This weekend myself and Tom headed to the Peak District for a much needed weekend break away. We’ve been feeling the pressure of moving house recently so booked a cosy cottage in the Chesterfield countryside to try and escape the madness for a little bit. We only traveled a few hours south from where we live but it was enough to feel like we were really getting away from it all. It was just what we needed to take some stress out of life recently. I think a weekend in the country does wonders for your well-being so I thought I’d share my tips for making the most of a short weekend break away in the UK.
Home away from home
Choosing where you stay is a big part of creating the perfect weekend break away. Personally I want to have all the comforts of home without having to worry about the large pile of washing lurking in the basket. For this break we chose a self contained cottage attached to a farmers house on the out skirts of Chesterfield. It was the perfect size for us and had everything we needed, including kitchen, sitting room, bed & bathroom. Everything was clean, cosy and well presented which made us feel at home straight away. This meant we could de-stress and relax instantly without the guilt of not doing the washing.
We stayed at Springwell Farm in Holymoorside booked through Sykes Holiday Cottages.
The beauty of a weekend break in the UK countryside is that phone reception is often poor. So why not make the most of being out in the sticks and have a social media detox? Many holiday cottages don’t have wi-fi due to the rural location so it can be the perfect time to disconnect and focus on finishing your favourite book or getting stuck into a new crochet project. We chose a cottage with wi-fi just so we had the choice. I actually find having the time to catch up on blogging relaxing. (Hence this blog post being written!) Whatever your bag, use your weekend break to take some time to do something that makes you happy. This way you’ll go back to work and home life refreshed and ready to take on everyday life.
Check out the local amenities
Make the most of exploring somewhere new by seeing what the local area has to offer. From quaint country pubs to grand stately homes, the British countryside is rich with hidden gems. We love exploring new places and it’s often the unexpected places where you make the most memories. Chatsworth House was just a few minutes drive away from our holiday cottage, so spent a relaxing morning taking a stroll around the gardens.
Taking a UK break not only means discovering somewhere new but it can also be a chance to catch up with friends you’ve not seen in a while. We took the opportunity to meet up with our friends who live in Sheffield over the weekend, meeting them for a long walk around Bakewell and the surrounding countryside. I find socialising can do wonders to my wellbeing, not only distracting me from social media but making the effort to nurture friendships feels rewarding. Why not do both and mix a weekend away with meeting friends to make the most of the time away.
A weekend break in the country was just what we needed and I feel refreshed and revived going back to work tomorrow morning. Where would you go if you wanted to escape to the country for a weekend away?
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