What a wonderful weekend we had at The Welsh House.
All the way through January and the beginning of February, our weekend retreat away at The Welsh House was shining like a little beacon on the horizon, helping me find my way to the end of a busy month.
To spend four whole days together as a family with no work is a treat in itself. Simply by being on holiday you get to relax in a deeper way than is normally possible. I’m pretty good at going slow at home, but it is much easier to do when you are away. You can’t just put some washing on, answer some emails, or tidy up.
Nestled away down a single track lane, deep in the welsh countryside, is the delightful white stone cottage Bryn Eglur. The house has been brought back to life and restored beautifully by Dorian Bowen.
The bare bones of the building have so much character to them. From the thickest walls, to a stunning flagstone floor, and a wooden staircase that creaks conversationally as you climb it. In every nook, and in every corner there are rustic details that bring the cottage to life. We loved the wooden shutters that framed the little windows. Each morning we opened them to greet the day, and every night we closed them on the world. It was like steeping back to a simpler time, and we instantly felt at home.
On the Saturday morning we discovered the cottage has the cutest four legged friend that likes to come and visit. Bailey soon became besotted with Mrs Jones – the cat, whom was very charming. It didn’t take long for her to make herself comfortable on Bailey’s bed, which Bailey was more than happy about. I discovered them both lying there contently, Mrs Jones purring so loudly that you could feel the vibrations.
With no telly or internet connection, and little or no reception at the cottage it’s impossible to lose an hour on Instagram. We took lots of books and board games to occupy us, but didn’t need to as it was lovely to just hang out, talk, and be silly together. Saturday evening involved a spot of kitchen ballet, initiated by Bailey’s daddy (a must in a really big kitchen).
I regularly take a day off (or a few) from being online, specifically with the intention to avoid social networks for a while. I find it to be essential to my wellbeing, and it is one of the things that helps me slow down. Staying at The Welsh House sort of forces a digital detox, and automatically re-connects you to nature just by its wonderfully wild surroundings. There is another little cottage close by, but otherwise the only company is a field of sheep. With daffodils dotted about the grounds and a little stream near by, it’s pretty picture perfect.
For full disclosure, we did take our iPad with us, so that if Bailey awoke too early she could watch something downloaded and we could have a bit of a lie in – 21st century perks!
Nighttime at the cottage was pretty magical as surrounding the cottage were the darkest skies. We knew it would be a great spot for some star gazing, as the skies seemed bigger and the stars shone brighter. We had planned to do it on our last night, but the thickest fog I have ever seen rolled in from the coast and wrapped tightly around the cottage. It was so quiet that the silence almost rang in your ears, and every little noise felt amplified – you could see the moisture just hanging in the night air. We didn’t get to see the stars but the fog was quite something.
We loved our rustic retreat away. It was wonderful to escape everything for a weekend and explore a new part of the country. We’d love to go back when it is a little warmer and see it all in a different season.
I shared a little tour of the house and some snippets of our holiday on stories whist we were away. I had a few direct messages from people saying that they’d missed seeing the house, so I will re-share those moments over on Instagram stories today…
To find out more about The Welsh House, Bryn Eglur and the other cottages, and to check availability for 2107, look at their site here.