Last year myself and a bunch of friends decided to up sticks for the early Mayday bank holiday, hire a cottage in the middle of nowhere and have a relaxing long weekend away. The weekend was such a lot of fun that we decided to do it again this year, and it’s likely to turn into a bit of a tradition. This time, we went to Walcot in Lincolnshire to the wonderful Manor Barn.
We did a massive food and drink shop before our weekend away to ensure that we didn’t need to keep going out during the weekend and to ensure we had enough nibbles to last us then we jumped in our cars and headed North. We were pretty lucky as the journey only took us just over two hours and it was nice to have a bit of Friday evening as last year we arrived so late.
The place we hired out was a converted barn and it was beautiful. There was a massive open plan living room/ dining area which housed all six of us with loads of room left over. There was a twin bedroom and a toilet downstairs alongside a large kitchen with a breakfast table inside. Upstairs there was a triple bedroom with a massive bathroom beside it, and then the other side of the upstairs housed a massive master twin bedroom with an ensuite. All of the rooms could be made into double beds but we had requested singles. There was a BBQ and tables outside, although it was a little chilly to spend time out there.
The whole weekend away was super relaxed but we still went out and about and did things. Saturday saw us do a few hour walk in the morning/ early afternoon but we were sadly caught in a hail/ thunderstorm so rushed back to get out of our soaking clothing. Then we decided to head quad biking which was such an adrenaline rush and overall quite fun although some of us were a little apprehensive, to begin with.
The day finished with a massive water balloon fight because yes we are children at heart, a massive BBQ and then a drunken night of drinking games, cards against humanity and a revealing I have never game. Due to the over indulgence of alcohol Sunday did not start early at all and we actually had ‘breakfast’ at around 130pm *oops* but no regrets. We opted to take a drive about 40 minutes to Rutland Water to see this beautiful church on the lake and just have a nice chilled out afternoon.
Sunday culminated in dinner, chocolate, face masks and watching Bridesmaids, a proper girlie evening, although it was sadly ruined by some shitty news but fortunately I was with my girls and they helped me to get through the tears. The next morning it was an early one as we had to pack up the car ready to head home from our weekend away. We stopped in St Neots just outside of Cambridge on the way home for a lovely pub lunch and a wonder around their bank holiday fair and it was a great ending to a lovely weekend.