Wedding Anniversary Getaway!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

It's taken me a few days to get around to posting about this but I just wanted to share a few photos of our wedding anniversary getaway on the weekend! It was soooo nice to snatch a bit of time back for ourselves (God knows I love my children, I really do, but some time away was long overdue!) and just remember what it was like to do stuff together without all the 'baggage' that goes along with going anywhere or doing anything with small kids.

We ventured to the New Forest, and to The Pig, near Brockenhurst specifically for our getaway, and I couldn't have asked for a nicer, more peaceful backdrop to our celebration. The hotel is basically a lovely, posh country pad with a fabulous restaurant which prides itself on fresh, seasonal and very locally sourced (mostly onsite, or if not certainly within a 25 mile radius) produce for it's ever-changing menu; as well as a handful of lovely, shabby chic bedrooms with heavenly monsoon showers (and if you get a really fancy room with a roll-top bath in your room - note we didn't but hey, maybe next time!).

We were so lucky with the weather - brilliant sunshine both days - and so on arrival we decided to take a stroll around the grounds. I wanted to see the Kitchen Garden where the chef and his team grow and pick all their own veg, etc, and just generally take in all the peace and quiet!

The front of the hotel

The side, including the restaurant conservatory and terrace

Overlooking the Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden (and a view of the "potting shed" where one could get pampering treatments and massages if one desired it!)

How not to pose for a photo!

Who's that cool dude?!

Hello Chickens!

Mec ventured down to see the Pigs but apparently they were quite smelly and totally disinterested in visitors!

This is an awful photo of me, but at least you can see I made an effort for dinner, dressing in my new pretty pink blouse (and you can see my anniversary present, my Bee necklace). And more importantly, you can kind of catch a glimpse of the beautiful garden conservatory which is the restaurant. As the sun went down and it grew dark, it was lovely dining by candle light).

A big swing in the garden - and yes, Mec is flexing his biceps in the photo below (boys eh!)


The next morning after a lazy and very delicious breakfast (I'd read that the breakfast was good, it didn't disappoint!), we headed into the New Forest and took a few walks and spotted some ponies just going about their business. We saw a beautiful foal and it's mama too, but they were just too far away to photograph and I certainly didn't want to disturb them. 

A leisurely drink at a local pub, enjoying the view before it was time to head home and rescue my parents who were on childcare duty. 

The lovely Alex Monroe Baby Bee necklace Mec got for as an anniversary - I know I dropped a large hint about it on here so no surprises really, but I definitely wasn't certain and so I was very chuffed to receive such a lovely present. I bought Mec a Bellroy leather wallet which I'd seen on his Pinterest board and which he loved also so smiles all round.

All in all it was a wonderful break and I would definitely recommend The Pig for a indulgent little get away! I only hope next time we don't wait another 7 years before we treat ourselves again! :)


  1. Yay! Happy Anniversary. You both look very happy. I really need a break too, it's just what we need to recharge the old batteries. Sadly, I won't get one till July! The Pig looks lovely. x


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