So TJ and I did something super spontaneous this weekend. We went away for a night in a hotel, just the two of us!
We had already asked my parents to look after Little Man this weekend so that we could decorate another part of the house, but following several months of ill health for both of us we decided that enough was enough and we needed a weekend off. No chores, no deadlines, no pressure, just time to be.
And it was just what we needed!
We decided to stay in High Tor Hotel, a lovely boutique hotel in Matlock, Derbyshire. It was only about an hour and a half in the car to get there and so perfect for a one night stay. When we got there we were blown away by the luxury of the room...
The bed was a great place to snuggle into to watch a film and read a book and just chill out without a care in the world. Dare I admit we took our onesies so that we could just spend the afternoon doing nothing but waiting for dinner?
Okay, I'll admit it, we weren't quite that boring... I mean how can you spend all afternoon in bed when your room is equipped with a bath so big it might as well be a swimming pool?
Honestly, the photo doesn't do it justice! Even with the two of us in there, there was still loads of space. No laying with your knees bent just so that you can get your shoulders under the water! And after the bath, well there was also a monsoon shower which was just glorious. I love a good soak in the bath or shower but rarely get time for more than a quick "jump in and jump out again" shower these days so this was the epitome of luxury for me!
Of course the day wouldn't have been complete without dressing up and having a nice dinner date together. We haven't done that in such a long time, not just because of time limits now we're parents but also because the sickness in my pregnancy left me with quite an aversion for eating out. But chilled out from our afternoon, I really enjoyed our dinner, especially as it was so relaxed in the restaurant of the hotel.
Believe it or not, this was the best "selfie" we could come up with!
We got a really good deal via laterooms.com and the room plus a full English Breakfast for both of us cost just short of £90. The dinner in the evening we paid for additionally but it was really reasonably priced and so delicious (bruschetta followed by cannelloni for Tim and grilled mushrooms for me), perfect for a dinner date with your loved one or a get together with family.
We never had a honeymoon and so this felt like a special treat to make up for that and get to know each other again properly after the past few years. Since becoming parents (even before that as my pregnancy was so tough) we have lost who we were as individuals and as a couple. We have lost a lot to the everyday pressures of raising a little one, but we've also been beaten down by various health issues and financial stresses. We've been merely surviving and have lost the work:life balance.
Having time to simply be in each other's company has made a real difference to how we feel, and all it took was a night away! The past couple of days I have done things I haven't done in years and I have enjoyed doing them. And I cannot recommend finding the time to just be with each other enough.
And if you're looking for a nice place to stay, do check out the High Tor Hotel. The hotel is beautiful, the staff so friendly and welcoming, and the area is lovely. Despite the rain we had a lovely walk through Matlock Bath on Saturday and would love to return again someday soon.
Disclaimer: Neither laterooms.com nor High Tor Hotel had any influence in this post. It is not a review, merely my own expression of what a wonderful weekend away we had at a lovely hotel! I recommend it in this post because I enjoyed it, not because I was asked to review it.