My husband likes surprises. I don't. They say opposites attract, which is good news for us.
For his birthday this year I decided to surprise him with a night away. I organised for my dad and step mum to come and look after the kids for a night, and then began the hunt for the perfect retreat.
I was thinking cosy log fires, lovely food, in the countryside somewhere so we could go for long walks, big beds, even bigger tubs.
I thought I'd found it. The Pig in the New Forest. Only just over an hour away from us, ponies strolling outside the door. I booked through Late Rooms, to save myself a couple of quid. Big mistake. When I called to book a meal a deux for the night we were there - the chef comes from The Ivy in London - they had no record of my booking. A frantic call to Late Rooms and I find out we are in fact double booked. So, the reservations lady at The Pig sent me a mail of all other rooms available in the area (some of them priced at £495 per night). None of them were right.
I headed to Mr & Mrs Smiths website, where I always go to find lovely hotels. They have beautiful hotels to suit most budgets. I ended up booking The Wheatsheaf Inn at Northleach, Cotswolds. It couldn't have been more perfect. Luxurious rooms at reasonable prices (£100 per night including continental brekkie), the food menu appealed, and again wasn't outrageously expensive. It didn't disappoint. We thought the service was outstanding. The way the staff spoke to each other and their guests was with the utmost respect. They couldn't do enough for us. They were friendly, and made our stay even more special. The husband loved it, and I certainly notched up a few brownie points due to the ales on tap and tasty steak he ordered for his dinner. I would highly recommend it for a night away with the other half. It has the cosy fires, massive comfy beds with Egyptian cotton bed sheets, large tubs to soak in with gorgeous products, fancy TVs (with Sky Sports) in your room, Hunter wellies to borrow and yummy food all in a beautiful Cotswold village. We loved!