This weekend we celebrated our wedding anniversary, 23 years and counting. There have been a fair few bumps in the road along the way, but whose marriage was ever smooth running? Each year we try to celebrate our anniversary by going away for the weekend minus the kids, just some quality time together. This year was no different and we booked a gorgeous hotel in the stunning Lake District, Grasmere to be exact.
The Lake District is one of my favourite places and finances permitting where I would love to retire to in due course. The scenery is stunning, the way of life is so relaxing and peaceful and to enjoy my days without the hustle and bustle I have been used to for the last 45 years.
Whilst the climate maybe wetter than most places in the UK, it is only a 90 minute drive away from where we currently live and it’s a beautiful drive at that passing so much greenery.
Although the whole of the Lake District is stunning, our favourite area is Ambleside and Grasmere. I love the outdoor life. The walks, views, countryside, local pubs, history and most places are dog friendly. The whole way and pace of life suits me down to the ground.
We drove up on Saturday reaching our hotel by lunchtime. Our room wasn’t ready but we were happy to park up the car and walk around the village sampling some lunch and sit by a roaring fire whilst I drank several pints of Guinness whilst my better half sampled the wine.
We received a very warm welcome at the hotel and the offer of the use of their umbrellas which was greatly received as we had forgot to bring ours with us. Even when the cloud is low and flowing over the tops of the hills, the Lake District is a beautiful sight.
Despite the rain there were plenty of people young and old out and about many with their dogs. We settled on lunch at a café that was situated in a converted old church. The building looked to have been renovated to a high standard fairly recently and we welcomed a break from the rain as we tucked into some lunch.
Once fed and watered we were off walking around and getting our bearings as my dad always said. One of the main hotels in the village is the Inn at Grasmere and one we have tried to book previously but it always seems to be booked up. We ventured in to the pub area, found ourselves some comfortable chairs by the roaring fire and spent the next few hours chatting away over a few pints and watching the world go by.
Prior to the weekend, some of my work colleagues recommended a few walks but with only having 24 hours away and the rain on Saturday we decided to give that a miss. One particular walk we spotted was a 5 mile walk to Ambleside which would be a nice stroll for next time. There is a lot more to see and do in Ambleside and we plan to do that walk and maybe travel back by bus after spending the day by the Lake Windermere.
We returned to the hotel and briefly mentioned to the owner our stay was due to our wedding anniversary, thinking little more about the conversation. After sharing a bottle of fizz in the bedroom we got changed and went down to eat our 4 course evening meal.
We had some canapes whilst sat by the fire and when we were led to our table there was a card waiting for us. The owners had written us an anniversary card which we thought was such a nice touch, sometimes it is those little things that make such a difference.
The food was first class as was the Argentinian Malbec wine which was quite possibly one of the best glass of red wine I have tasted.
By the time we had finished desert we were stuffed full and sloped off to the living room where we enjoyed some coffee then retired to bed. A combination of eating, drinking all afternoon and the fresh air had us in bed and asleep by 10pm.
We woke on Sunday morning to the birds chirping, the rain had ceased and a full English breakfast to tuck into. Once breakfast was had we checked out and had another walk around the village taking in the cemetery where to poet Wordsworth and his family are buried. We walked down by the river and purchased the famous Grasmere Gingerbread from the tiny shop nearby. A quick coffee and a last look at the scenery before the drive back home.
We had a great relaxing weekend in one of our favourite places and are already making plans to return later in the year. It was nice to see our son and the pets that goes without saying and you should never wish your life away but we can’t help but long for the days when we no longer need to work and everyday can be like a weekend.