Birthday trip

My husband and I haven’t had a break away without the children before, except for an overnight last year when we went to my friend Owen’s wedding. So when my mother in law offered to look after the boys for us, we were more than happy to take her up on the offer! We both celebrated our birthdays last week, so it seemed the ideal time to dash off somewhere for the weekend. We didn’t want to visit London again, as we’ve both been quite a few times, and decided to go somewhere we’d never been before. We also wanted to go somewhere that we’d be unlikely to take the children and where we could both relax. We were dithering between Dorset and the Cotswolds, but after looking at some Oxford guesthouses we decided to go there. We chose to stay at Burlington House, a guesthouse just outside the city centre. It looked lovely on the website; just the right mix of comfort and luxury as well as a good breakfast menu! Also, Burlington House doesn’t allow young children to stay, which was great for us. As we were having a break from our kids, the last thing we would have wanted was to be surrounded by other people’s children, bombing up and down the corridors at all hours of the day and night!

We left Cardiff on Friday afternoon after we’d collected the children from school. It took us two and a half hours to get to Oxford, as we decided to give the motorway a miss and go by the scenic route. It was lovely seeing more of the places we were passing, but husband got a bit fed up of roundabouts by the time we finally arrived! Once there, we went to our room and were delighted. It was at the top of the house, with a huge bed, ensuite bathroom and nice selection of coffee, teas and nice biscuits. Another nice touch was a bottle of mineral water on the hospitality tray. We had only been there for about ten minutes when we had a phone call to the room from the hotel manager, inviting us downstairs for a glass of juice with him. While we were downstairs he gave us a map of Oxford, recommended some local restaurants and showed us some adverts of things going on in the city. We were so impressed with this thoughtfulness, and it really helped us to get the weekend started nicely.

We went from the B&B to an Italian restaurant called Cibo! for dinner, and it was lovely. We had three courses and I had risotto for the first time in a restaurant. It was so relaxing and lovely, and such a nice change to both be out somewhere with my husband, and not to have to rush home! More about the rest of the weekend to follow…!


2 Responses

  1. Sounds like a splendid trip. Have to get back to Wales soon. In the mean time, I hang out at

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