Guest blog by Maeve de Burgh
Slow holidays don’t come any better.
Our girly break at Stone Barn in November 2019 was just idyllic, even though the weather was anything but. It didn’t stop raining long enough to venture far afield, but we didn’t mind. It just meant curling up infront of the cosy fire to take our wine and nibbles, rather than heading to the garden! Indeed, we just got our bags through the door as the first bottle was cracked open, along with a giant box of chocolates. That set the scene for the weekend, really.
Welcoming touches for our relaxed getaway
Waiting for us on arrival were:
● a lovely piece of homemade cake
● a set of vintage cups and saucers
● some fresh local milk in a glass bottle in the fridge
These were just some of the nice touches that owner Lucy provided, along with plenty of books and games with which to chill. With nothing to worry about or stress over, it was time to get our feet up! It had been a good innings since the three of us enjoyed quality time together. We made the most of getting away from our busy lives.
Cottage features on our indulgent weekend away
We all loved the large sociable space at Stone Barn. It included a sitting room with a large entertainment centre complete with HD TV. However, this combined with a modern well-equipped kitchen. Cooking was a doddle with everything you could possibly need. The bedrooms and beds were divinely comfortable and cosy, and we all had our own bathroom. And who could resist the luxurious hot tub to sink into under some of the darkest skies in the country with a gin and tonic in hand? We certainly didn’t!
An idyllic, historic village setting
The wonderful thing about Stone Barn is that it sits in a prime but quiet spot on historic Vicarage Road. However, it is only a few minutes by foot to the Victorian town of Minehead. Here you will find plenty of independent shops, cafes and a beach. We didn’t spend too much time shopping, not when there were several episodes of The Crown to watch on Netflix! Lazy days indeed. We’re perfecting slow holidays, after all!
Had we wanted to venture out every day there were plenty of places to see. In fact, Lucy provides a wealth of information on some of the best places to visit, eat and drink around Exmoor. Periwinkle Tea Rooms at Selworthy Green ticks all the boxes if you are looking for a cluster of traditional thatched cottages and a scrumptious afternoon tea. Alternatively, enjoy the magnificence of the Valley of Rocks, which you can reach via the A39. Incidentally, this is one of the most scenic routes in England. For us, Stone Barn was a great spot in which to simply relax and serve as a base from which to explore some dramatic coastline. We will be back!
The perfect post Corinavirus destination
In fact, our return has just been the subject of discussion on this chilly wet day while we’re locked down due to COVID-19 along with the rest of the country. When this is over, we’re hitting the Minehead trail and heading for Stone Barn once more. We shall bring chocolates, nibbles and even more wine. We might even throw in a gin liqueur for good measure.
Slow holidays involve a tipple (or two)!
We don’t care if it’s summer and we sip our drinks in the hot tub, or winter, with snow on the ground and we sip our drinks in the hot tub…do you sense a theme here? Whenever it is, we’ve promised ourselves a peaceful, relaxing, comfortable break in what is rapidly becoming my spiritual home. Stone Barn managed to capture the slowness of time for which this part of the British Isle is famous.
If we have the energy to spare we might even pop into The Royal Oak at Luxborough for a scrumptious pub lunch. It’s a beautiful drive and a warm welcome at the end from a traditional west country local.
A few days with my closest friends, my favourite food and a nice glass or two is just on the horizon and I’m keeping it within my sights.
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