After the disappointment of a cancelled Flybe flight in January we decided we would spend the first holiday of the year in the UK. Not knowing Wales in the slightest I decided that this was where we would be going (I always like to try new places and hey, I’m the one that always books!)
Firstly I booked via cottages4U which I was a little dubious of to begin with (would our booking get passed on, were they a good company etc etc) Turns out that the transaction was easy and reliable and I am well happy with the nice cottages4U people! It was all online and the hardest part was choosing which cottage to go for as there are some real gems on that site. For me it came down to kitchens, I love cooking and couldn’t stand the thought of being in a cottage without a large kitchen area for a week – you need a large kitchen for making plenty scones, cocktails and casseroles (in that order).
The drive down from Glasgow took slightly longer than expected but it did include a stop at Oswesterly to sample the market and a stop at Gretna Service Station (to refuel both us and the car). Oswesterly is well worth a stop, we wandered into town and got veg from the market (it was a Sat) and a coffee from the Bookery Bookstore. Opposite the Bookery is a Deli (yet another of my favourite places to be) where we stocked up on gourmet sausage rolls – a Leek and Larvae one for me (called the Welsh one) and Onion and Stilton for my other half (called the Shropshire).
When we turned up to the cottage we were blown away by it. We’d seen pictures online before we’d chosen it but it really was gorgeous. It’s also in a great location, away from the road with lots of little farmers tracks nearby for gentle evening strolls.
It’s one of those cute little houses where you just know you won’t care if you sight see at all and really, sitting in front of the fire with a bottle of wine just might be more preferable anyway. I’m on my third book of the holiday and it’s the third day so that should tell you something about how relaxing it is out here in the sticks.
So when we finally dragged ourselves away from the fire and wine here’s what we got up to in Wales: