Pregnant, sick and altogether feeling a bit rubbish I jumped at the chance when the lovely Vicky and Chris at Bethnal and Bec offered me a night in their scenic Bethnal retreat.
Based in the pretty village of Cottered in Hertfordshire this little haven is super easy to get to - for us, only 35 minutes along the A1 - and for an added splash of romance, just a stone’s throw from where Jon and I had our wedding reception.
These two newly built retreats are secluded spots of luxury equipped with all mod-cons and every detail, from the well-stocked kitchen to the perfectly plumped pillows, has been thought of. If you’ve got furbabies it’s also worth noting that they are dog friendly and provide a pantry of pup treats too!
Whilst we don’t have dogs, we do have an almost four year old and a 19 month old who we have never left overnight before - so to have a full evening to ourselves was a proper treat. We arrived at Bethnal in the early evening and found the hot tub on waiting for us and a well stocked kitchen with plenty of (alcoholic and more pregnancy friendly) drinks and nibbles to enjoy - all the more appealing knowing we didn’t have to share with two snack-hungry children!
I’m a worrier, so chose not to jump in the hot tub whilst preggers (I’m going to save that for a post-baby return trip when I can enjoy the scenic views and a glass of fizz) and instead got into my PJs and rustled up some homemade pizzas using the fresh dough and toppings we had pre-ordered and settling in by the wood-burner for some proper relaxation.
Like a lot of tired parents, we relished the chance of an early night and soon jumped into the super comfy bed and snuggled up to enjoy re-runs of Friends on Netflix. Bliss!
Checkout isn’t until 11am so we had plenty of time the next morning to ease into the day and squeeze in every last drop of relaxation we could.
It was a hard choice between starting the day with a bath in the gorgeously dramatic roll top or heading to the bathroom for a lengthy spell under the walk-in rainforest shower but the shower won. A hot, uninterrupted shower is the stuff of my mum-dreams!
Tempting as it could have been to have stayed there all morning we instead cooked up a fried breakfast using the basket of locally-sourced goodies included in the stay (delicious!) and enjoyed a coffee in the private garden, overlooking the fields and relishing in a bit of morning peace and quiet.
We packed our bags listening to 80s songs on the record player and noted how much of a difference a short break can make. A few hours of rest and relaxation provided the perfect pick-me-up after some really tough weeks. And whilst we didn’t go wild or do anything too fancy, the time spent together, reconnecting and enjoying each other’s company in a little bubble of comfort and luxury was perfect. I can’t wait to go back!
If you wanted to book your own trip to Bethnal and Bec they’ve kindly given me some codes you can use:
STACIE1NT: free fizz & nibbles with any 1 night booking
STACIE2NT: free food & drink hamper with any 2 night booking
Valid for bookings made up to 21st March 2019. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
A one night stay was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review, all words and thoughts my own. x