A Relaxing Retreat

As you’ve probably heard me mention before, the hubby works long hours: 12-14hr days, 5 days a week so, as a surprise for his birthday, I booked a night away with spa, afternoon tea and a meal at the Chevin Country Park Hotel and Spa. My aim was for us to spend some quality time together in a relaxing atmosphere and enjoy some good food and drinks. No snotty toddler brandishing Toot Toot cars, shouting for Mummy or Daddy at 5:20am or general commitments that come with having a child, like keeping them alive on a daily basis – ha ha! No, the grandparents could have that joy for 24 hours whilst me and the husband reconnected and celebrated his birthday in style.

Before you go thinking that I am a very generous wife, I have to tell you that the spa afternoon with afternoon tea was a freebie. I had recently visited the same hotel with my friend for a late birthday treat however whilst we were there the pool and jacuzzi were freezing! I had emailed the manager of the hotel on my return and my compensation had been another afternoon with hour long massages to, hopefully, improve my view of the hotel and spa. In addition, we were kindly given some money at Christmas which I also put towards treating us to an Executive Suite at the hotel for the night!

chevin-country-park-hotelThe weekend didn’t get off to the best start when, as we were just going out for breakfast (we always have a birthday breakfast), I received a phone call from the Spa at the hotel saying that one of their therapists had been taken sick and they’d had to rearrange our massages to 10am…they rang at 10:30am! In their defence, they had tried to ring earlier in the week but I hadn’t got the message. Obviously I was upset that our weekend was going to be spoilt but the Spa Manager was able to at least fit my husband in for his massage. I did ask if something could be sorted out for me by the time we arrived. Luckily, when we got there someone hadn’t turned up for their massage (were they mad?!) so they managed to get us both in at the same time for half an hour, which was better than nothing!

As a good will gesture, they also gave me some cleanser suitable for my skin type and 12813901_820370861401346_762870360875790464_narranged for a couple of glasses of Prosecco with our Afternoon Tea so, despite my initial worries, they went out of the way to make sure out weekend wasn’t spoilt which I really appreciated.

Following our massages (which were blisschevin-country-park-hotel-2ful), we enjoyed some time in the sauna, pool, jacuzzi and outdoor hot tub. The spa has a lovely atmosphere, even when busy with groups of ladies having a girlie weekend away or children with their families, it is still relaxing and calm. I loved the outdoor hot tub, even though the weather was chilly, it was a sunny day and (as long as I kept my shoulders under the water) it was amazing to be able to just sit and chat to my husband….without a toddler clinging to my leg! The husband also enjoyed the spa however, being the big kid that he is, a nice swim in the pool turned into seeing how long both of us could swim under water (the entire length of the pool) or a race using only breast stroke (it was close, I stand by the fact that he held me back at the last minute so I didn’t win). He also dunked me and I got water up my nose. Not so relaxing but I did manage 20 minutes reading my book on a sun lounger while he went in the sauna again.

We indulged in Afternoon Tea with our free Prosecco about 3:30pm which was amazing: a selection of four flavours of sandwich, scones with clotted cream and jam, eton mess, chocolate cake, fudge and biscuits. Just enough after an afternoon of being lazy!

With satisfied bellies, we checked into our Executive Suite and I was suitably impressed with the size and comfort of the room. We had a lovely view over looking the lake and the spa. The bathroom was a decent size however I did feel like the bath and shower needed updating, they weren’t as luxurious/modern as the rest of the room/hotel.

I’d asked the husband to pack something smart/casual for the evening, but the donut forgot his shirt so even though I donned a pretty dress and curled my hair, without the fear of my son welding his hands to my curling wand, he was more casual than smart in t-shirt, jeans and pumps – hey ho. 944984_820371161401316_4535089363455031014_n

I’d booked a meal in the Lakeside restaurant for 7:30pm. The food was amazing. Unbelievable tasty and well presented. The staff were friendly, professional and informed. I was pleased as my husband loves nothing more than a nice meal out. You can see the full menu here, but this is what we had:

Me:

Starter: Oak Roasted Salmon and Crayfish Roulade

Main: Rump of Lamb with Chunky Chips, Tomatoes, Onion Rings and a Port and Yorkshire Blue Sauce.

Dessert: Salted Caramel Brownie with Popcorn Ice Cream.

Hubby:

Starter: Venison Bresaola

Main: Trio of Fish – Sea bass, cod, king prawn with a bouillabaisse sauce.

Dessert: Same as me!

By 9:20pm we’d eaten and both were full and knackered so, like the wild party animals we are (aka knackered parents), we headed back to our room and prompt both fell asleep within the hour! The bed was very comfortable and I’d been looking forward to a night of uninterrupted sleep and a lie in the next morning – ha ha! Whilst my husband slept soundly, I was awake several times – thanks to my bladder and mind! I woke up at 8:30 which, considering my usual get up time is around 6:30, I was quite pleased with.

Now I have to say, one of my favourite things about staying in a hotel is the breakfast in the morning. I love the variety of cereals, toast, croissants, fruit, eggs, bacon, sausages…I could go on but you get what I mean! Although the breakfast menu isn’t huge at the Chevin Country Park Hotel and Spa, it is good quality and very tasty. I had Bran Flakes with raisins, a croissant (or two – oops!) and Eggs Florentine whilst the hubby had several croissants followed by Smoked Salmon and Bacon….he can’t eat eggs. The view was, by far, my favourite thing about breakfast as we were given a table over looking the lake which was beautiful on the sunny day it was.

After breakfast we changed back into our swimming stuff and had half an hour in the hot tub before checking out and returning home to our lovely little boy, who had enjoyed a fun time with Janma and Johndad.

All in all, the hubby enjoyed his birthday surprise and so did I. It was pure relaxation and, although it felt weird not doing anything for 24 hours, not having to rush around or do any chores, it was perfect…apart from the slight hiccup at the beginning!

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Have you visited the Chevin Country Park Hotel and Spa before? Can you recommend any other Hotels/Spa’s in the Yorkshire area? What am I going to do to top this next birthday?! Comment below or find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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  3. Oh my this sounds amazing, I am not sure which bit to start with!! Its good that they managed to sort the massages out for you and a little bit of fizz always helps. The menu sounds delightful and just to have time out as a couple is so important. That would be us as well fast asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow – there is just no accounting for toddlers. Looks lovely so glad you had a good time. Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week x

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  4. crummymummy1 says:

    This looks lovely despite the wobbly start! Hope you had a nice time x #coolmumclub

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  5. Susan Mann says:

    wow that looks and sounds amazing. I could so be doing with that. Glad you enjoyed. xx Thanks for linking #abitofeverything xx

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  6. gotta love a spa break, although these days we tend to fall asleep, but at least it refreshes us

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  7. agentspitback says:

    Salted Caramel Brownie with Popcorn Ice Cream?? Is that even possible? All my favourites in the one single dessert dish. That’s enough to make me want to fly over now! Aw, glad that you had a wonderful time. It is so important to have that alone time. Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

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  8. Thank goodness your weekend was saved! I went on a one night spa break with Mr TB at Christmas and it was so nice to have a bit of adult time together without worrying about the kids. The outdoor jacuzzi sounds fab! #coolmumclub

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  9. Sounds wonderful! I love that you were both having races and messing about having fun in the pool. On our first spa trip the hubby and I managed to do an almost perfect version of “The lift” from Dirty Dancing in the outdoor pool haha. I’m sure they’d have kicked us out if they weren’t laughing at me floundering about like an idiot!

    Sounds like you had an amazing time xx

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  10. Oh, this looks lovely! Prosecco and afternoon tea look yummy! You cherish those nights away so much more after children, don’t you? We’re off for a few nights away soon – a hotel breakfast is one of my favourite parts too! #coolmumclub

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    • You so do! It was lovely! Missed the little man but definitely needed some couple time. Enjoy your nights away. We’re at a wedding down south in two weeks so will be away again without the little man #guitlymummy

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  11. The Pramshed says:

    This sounds like a fab weekend away, and great that you managed to offload the toddler. That’s annoying about the massage, but good of the hotel to arrange a couple of glasses of free prosecco. I long for the day when I can have a massage and read a book for 20 minutes. Hope your hubby had a fab birthday. Claire x #BloggerClubUK

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  12. Wow amazing! And truly deserved. So want to jump into that pool now! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

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  13. Something About Baby says:

    Wow this looks amazimg and makes me yearn for a weekend away with the hubster! I think today will be slent researching fantasy spa breaks….glad you had a great time! #coolmumclub

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  14. Wow! I am more than a bit jealous – looks amazing!! I am so in need of a spa day! xx #coolmumclub

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  15. I used to live round the corner from there!!! Such a fab and lovely hotel. Two of our friends got married there and it was such a lovely day. Glad you had a fantastic time away, it sounds like it was a much needed break for your both 🙂 #coolmumclub

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  16. Madeline says:

    Sounds like you had a really lovely time! Makes me really want to find somewhere for a night away with my husband, an undisturbed night and 8.30 lie in is enough to tempt me! x #BloggerClubUK

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