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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Travel: Our Luxury Mini-Moon At The Fish Hotel In The Cotswolds

champagne by the fire mini-moon
the fish hotel estate in the cotswolds
the lancaster suite at the fish hotel
entrance to our spacious room and plenty of wood for the fire
countryside walks at the fish hotel cotswolds
spacious room with in-room log burner
spacious room at the fish hotel in the cotswolds
honey couple champagne on arrival
luxury travel in the cotswolds
newlyweds honeymooning in the cotswolds
mini-moon in the cotswolds at the fish hotel
bathroom spacious room the fish hotel
blue sunset in the cotswolds
outdoor dining and BBQ at fish hotel
spending a weekend in october at the fish hotel
bar area at the fish hotel
communal area fish hotel

Honeymoon Plans

I apologise in advance that it has taken me three months to write up and publish our mini-moon post. Blog posts featuring our wedding details and inspiration are still to come as well as a couple of posts about our actual honeymoon in the Maldives - gosh, so much content, so little time in the day! 

On that note, somehow, we still haven't written our thank-you cards - it feels shameful admitting to that, but time really does run away with itself! 

Did anyone else find it a slow process catching up with general life admin after their wedding?

Anyway, writing and re-living this post has brought all those special memories back and has reminded me that I still need to upload our gorgeous wedding photos to Facebook and Instagram and get some big versions printed to hang up around the house :)

So Why Did We Decide to "Mini-Moon"?

We had always been smitten with the idea of honeymooning in the Maldives - escaping from reality to a secluded, exotic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean was the perfect antidote for us. We married on 26th October, however, we booked our honeymoon for 4 weeks later in November, mainly because we didn't want to exhaust all of our annual leave in one sitting, plus, it gave us something to look forward to after the initial wedding madness. 

As we married on a Thursday, we thought that a couple of days away from it all, to reflect on one of the biggest moments of our lives together, in a luxurious hideaway suite would be the most sensible thing to do - obviously!

Our Luxury Mini-Moon In The Cotswolds

One of mine and Alex's favourite places to visit in the UK is The Cotswolds, with its small, characterful villages dotted around Gloucestershire and it's enviable honeysuckle cottages. We required somewhere close to home as we had Friday and Saturday night, before heading back to the reality of life and work on Monday morning. 

We decided upon The Fish Hotel for our short honeymoon break in the CotswoldsThe Fish Hotel is part of the exclusive Farncombe estate, which also includes luxurious sister hotels, Dormy House and Foxhill Manor. It's a unique place to visit and stay with its ultra-charming hillside location just outside the charming Cotswolds village of Broadway. A unique village-style retreat, with accommodation and amenities, spread out over the hillside. 

As it was a special occasion we opted for one of the Fish Hotel's "Big Suites" - said to be the largest (*& best) rooms in the estate. Our suite was at the end of a wing with its very own front door and porch area filled with plenty of logs for our in-room wood-burner! The room itself was stunning, super spacious & oozed luxury

It had Mr. and Mrs. Stocker written all over it! 

There was a super king-size bed, a separate bathroom with walk-in shower and free-standing bathtub and to top it all off, within our suite was a cosy sitting area with scandi-style armchairs and footstool draped in faux sheepskin rugs, and we had our very own in-room wood-burning stove. We also arrived to find a bottle of bubbly on ice - nice touch!

I believe only two of the big suites (Lancaster and Barnes-Wallis) contain wood-burning stoves, the other two have outdoor seating areas with tables and chairs. I guess it depends what season you visit if you're making a pit-stop in summer you may prefer an outdoor seating area, but on a chilly and autumnal October evening, you really can't beat drinking champagne, wrapped up and cosy by the log-fire. 

Unfortunately, we only had two nights in this lustful enclosure. We arrived quite late in the evening on Friday night after a day at my parents, hosting and reminiscing with friends, family and other wedding guests about our beautiful wedding, the day before. 

On Saturday we slept in late, grabbed a late brunch, & mid-afternoon we layered up in our warmest attire, pulled on our muddy wellington boots and took a leisurely stroll from the hotel down the hill into Broadway village, which took about 15 minutes. We found a warm and cosy pub, filled our bellies with some gourmet grub and gin cocktails. Later we headed back, chatted with the cows and spent about three hours before dinner sitting by the fire, drinking champagne, listening to music and loading up the wood-burner with logs. Short and sweet but a perfectly memorable break. 

We spent most of the weekend laughing and smiling in each other's company while reminiscing about every tiny detail and cheerful memory from our wedding day. It was the perfect mini-moon retreat - we felt completely blissful in each other's company, tucked away from reality, cosy in the countryside.

If you're looking for a romantic break in the Cotswolds and an affordable hotel with stylish and cosy rooms I strongly recommend you check out The Fish Hotel near Broadway. 

I believe The Fish Hotel is currently undergoing a large scale makeover and expanding its Scandi-clad accommodation offering with a treehouse, hideaway huts and refurbished farmhouse for 2018.

Where's your favourite place to visit in The Cotswolds?


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