We're just back from a four day weekend away in Hereford. We stayed at the Holme Lacey House Warner Leisure hotel and had a lovely relaxing 70's weekend break ... although if I hear one more Suzi Quatro track I will scream. 😄
We left all the furry children in the care of Jason and Tash and set off in good time, although travelling on the Friday of a Bank Holiday weekend was not the best of ideas, but we finally made it to our destination after six hours on the road.
At about the halfway point we stopped for a while, the services was packed but it was a very necessary stop. I find it difficult to accept that Alan is still doing all the long distance driving and I always feel guilty.
Unfortunately, ALL the queues for food at the services were ridiculous except for MacDonald's which was having a very brief lull as we arrived. We made the best of a bad job and I discovered that MacDonald's black coffee is actually very tasty and less than half the price of a small Americano from Costa. Why didn't I discover this years ago when we used to commute from Cumbria to Berkshire every week for our jobs. I still don't like MacDonald's food though ... is it even actually food? It sat like a lead balloon in my stomach for hours after I had eaten it.
The front doors of the hotel, a welcome sight after the long journey.
We had a wander around part of the grounds opposite the doors just after we arrived, so that Alan could point you in the direction of the view.
It was lovely sitting on the wall and drinking in the rolling hills and watching the wildlife ... I do miss having a view from home.
Just one of the 'proper posh' ceilings in the main rooms.
We were sat waiting for a quiz to start when I took this ... sadly we didn't do very well, so we had to go and commiserate with ourselves over a drink on the terrace, now that went so much better. 😁
Each night there was entertainment from the 70's.
The first night was a Carpenters tribute act, not bad at all. The second night a Fleetwood Mac cover band, I don't know much about Fleetwood Mac but Alan was impressed, and then on the final night the room was really rocking with T. Rox. A T.Rex tribute act but who also sang songs by Mud, Slade, Bryan Ferry and even a couple of Bay City Rollers tracks. They really got everyone up and dancing the night away.
Of course Alan couldn't resist sitting on one of the lions for a photo opportunity.
It was a relaxing few days and we both enjoyed most aspects of it, especially the food as it was so nice not to have to think of what to make every night ... or have to wash up after it.
But somehow now that I am back home I am glad that I'm back to simplicity, and to be honest I would much rather have my caravan back and the little clubhouse that was there if you wanted entertainment on a Friday or Saturday night, or could be easily ignored if you just wanted your own company and a glass of wine on your own patio with snoring dogs at your feet.