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Scarborough in Winter & a Luxury Stay at Ox Pasture Hall

Country Retreat in Yorkshire

I might have mentioned, it’s been a hectic six months and what with Christmas being the busiest time of year for me by the time we got to January we were both exhausted. Late last year the guys at Ox Pasture Hall asked me if I would review their country house hotel in Scarborough. Our house is not a happy, relaxing environment right now so a trip away is just what we needed.

I thought Ox Pasture Hall was quite an obscure Scarborough Hotel choice for a seaside break that I never would have thought to combine with a bit of countryside, but the hotel was just a £7 taxi ride away and we managed to jump in one straight from the train station entrance to get the best of both worlds.

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We were greeted with a very warm welcome and the guy at reception even suggested a time for us to have dinner so that our service wouldn’t be delayed by a party of 6 who had booked in. We were shown to our room, one of their luxury suites with a separate bedroom, living area and bathroom and left to relax for the afternoon.

Our room had a lovely view of the lake and gardens and even though it was raining, we decided to go for a little walk out. At one point we saw a guy watching us from his room… I reckon we looked a little insane, but I love the rain and I was really excited about the prospect of warming up in a hot bath afterwards. We don’t currently have a bath at home and Stu definitely didn’t realise a person could get so excited about a bath!

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The hotel was very peaceful and as there was no wifi or phone signal in the rooms we were completely cut off from work, hurrah! I enjoyed one of my playlists in the bath and Boyfriend watched some football on the sofa. No sound travelled between the two rooms. Then I donned my lovely hotel robe and we snuggled up to watch a film.

We arrived at the bar a little early for our table so we grabbed a drink and were seated in one of the communal lounges to look over the menu. It was nice not to have to balance my menu over my cutlery for once!
I’m usually a hearty meal kind of girl, but the restaurant was lovely and there was just the right amount of food to enjoy all three courses. It’s SO hard to pick a favourite, but I think the lemon tart just pipped it – which says something as I’m a savoury fiend!

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After dinner we retired to the lounge don’t you know and had a few drinks by the fire. It felt like we were the only people in the whole hotel, with just the staff member popping in and out when we wanted drinks. It was so lovely to be left to ourselves, enjoying the space like it was our own grand farmhouse. Unfortunately the music in the bar was akin to some really bad hold music and would have been much more suited to something classical. I was also a little disappointed by the lack of local beers on offer, but they had my trusted Disaronno so… what’s a girl to do?

We woke up in our huge bed to a nicely darkened room, with the sound of some morning geese for company and with the curtains open there was a lovely view out of both windows from the bed. A hotel that serves up Yorkshire tea actually in the rooms is my kind of hotel. We really didn’t want to get up for breakfast. Of course I’m glad we did, the bacon was cooked to perfection (I like it crispy) and the eggs were nice and runny.

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Checkout was 11am, which is always nice. I hate those places that kick you out at 10.30am when you’ve barely peeled your eyes open! Checkout was super quick and we were given some bottles of water for our onward journey. The receptionist called us a taxi while we waited in the lounge and then our stay was over!

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I really wanted to see the colourful beach huts at the North Bay in Scarborough, but I’d only read about them online. The taxi driver was really helpful and knew exactly where they were. He even gave us a brief history and tour of Scarborough as we were passing through, pointing out the new water park that’s being built which I am seriously excited about. As he dropped us off at the North Bay, the taxi driver showed us his favourite places to get a coffee and we wondered off down the beach. I think the taxi was a little over £7 again.

Scarborough in Winter
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Country House Hotel Scarborough

There was a weather warning for wind in Scarborough that day, but with our coats and scarves on we were plenty warm enough and it was so much fun to watch all the dogs running in and out of the sea on their morning walks. We were quite sheltered by a huge bank on the North Bay, but as it started to rain we hurried back to this super cute ice cream shack just off the beach which was open (and busy!) despite the odd time of year.

The walk round to the south bay was pretty dicey against the wind, so by the time we made it round we just had to nip into the pub on the front. The Golden Ball also just so happened to be a Sam Smith’s pub so I settled in for a rich cherry beer while our rattled brain cells settled back down to normal.

Visiting Scarborough in Winter

I wanted to explore the local independent shops of Scarborough, but they were sadly all closed. Sundays and Mondays seem to be off days for everyone in the town. We did manage to have a wander around a guitar shop and craft supplies shop though, so not too shabby. We obviously finished off our trip with a good plate of fish and chips at Mother Hubbard’s just down from the station. It looks pretty unsuspecting from the street, but upstairs the restaurant is huge with a fun tartan carpet. It was, of course, delicious with more Yorkshire Tea – I love you Scarborough!

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The package that Ox Pasture Hall provided us was worth £275 according to current offers, with all food included. There are cheaper rooms available if you’re not planning to spend as much time there. If you’re looking for a luxury stay with exceptional service, I can’t fault this hotel and even with the weather we had a great winter break in Scarborough.

Loves x xx

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Styling a Pinterest-Worthy Workspace with Pops of Colour

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When we moved into our new house, naturally the first room to be decorated and unpacked was my office/studio! I really wanted a space that felt like a professional studio instead of just a bedroom I was working out of. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest in the months leading up to our move and I had a solid idea of the sort of decor I wanted… clean, fresh white walls with bright pops of colour – a total Pinterest-worthy workspace!

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Office furniture with a pop of colour

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My desk was a gift from the lovely folks at Kit Out My Office and it’s the perfect addition to my studio with it’s clean, white tabletop and bright green drawers peeking out from underneath. It couldn’t be better if I’d designed it myself, right? It arrived flat packed in 4 packages and was really easy to put together – a bit like an IKEA piece, but some of the work was already done for you! I only needed help to lift the desk top when the drawers were attached because man, that beast was heavy!!

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I love my kooky accessories, they make for great Instagram peeks into my life and they’re fun to fiddle with when I’m on the phone or staring blankly with lack of thought or inspiration (not that it happens much of course!! *ahem*…). The travel inspired art was just something I pulled out of a scrapbooking kit and my colour wheel coaster/speaker stand was a bargainous chopping board from Home Bargains of all places. My awesome Big Bruv bought me the desk lamp for Christmas a couple of years ago and it finally has pride of place where it belongs. It didn’t really go in my teeny tiny office at the old house.

KikkiK Planner

A Pinterest Worthy Workspace

I’ve recently become a Kikki.K obsessive and I’m now the proud owner of the large planner in mint. I’ve never been good at using diaries and planners in the past, but actually I’m a convert this time and I take it everywhere with me! The fun pen pots were super cheap from IKEA and I have some bigger storage to match that I will share with you next time.

The drawers in my colour splash desk are really deep, perfect for storing all my photography props in one and my vast postage collection in the other. Seriously… I have a roll of customs labels, earring and necklace packaging, four types of stamps, address labels, a proof of postage pad, fragile & airmail stickers and a bunch of mailing bags all in one drawer. Best.

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Eating Out In Tenerife: Harley’s American Restaurant

Cadillac Dining Cars, Tenerife

We discovered Harley’s American Restaurant a few years ago when we first visited Tenerife and enjoyed a couple of breakfasts in their fun Cadillac dining cars, so when we arrived back for our late Summer holiday at the end of last year we were more than happy to have another visit! We managed to squeeze all 6 of our party into one of the cars, though it was a little tight. As eating out in Tenerife goes, it’s definitely a fun experience… for kids young and old ;)

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The menu didn’t seem to have changed at all since our last visit, but I managed to pick something I hadn’t tried before and wished I’d eaten it all of the times I’ve visited Harley’s – Mexican Breakfast Burrito, it was super tasty! The inside is pure British breakfast with great tasting sausage and bacon, but the outside is very Tex Mex with cheese and jalapenos soaking into the tortilla wrap. Of course, the whole thing was topped with a fried egg too! Nothing about this meal was remotely Canarian, haha!

On a friend’s recommendation I tried a frappuccino flavoured with real amaretto… when in Rome, eh? It was freaking delicious!! Love the topping of coffee beans, so cute. I’m going to have to start adding them to my coffees at home.

Eating Out In Tenerife

I haven’t tried Harley’s evening menu, but I’m lead to believe it’s quite a fun setting for night time entertainment and they have a decent cocktail menu. I’ve also never actually been inside (why wouldn’t you sit in a Cadillac in the sunshine?), but you can see the cars and motorbikes through the window and it definitely looks worth a browse if that’s your thing.

Harleys American Diner, Tenerife

Harley’s American Restaurant is on Avenida Espana in Adeje, Tenerife

Loves x xx

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