Scotland and The Lake District

Tebay ServicesDaughter 1 over at Helena’s Blog needed a new shower so Mr. C volunteers his services ….and that’s how it started – a spontaneous trip up to Scotland followed by a short break in The Lake District.

We set off early from Cardiff and after a Pain au Chocolat & Costa Latte  break, a wee stop and the compulsory browse at Tebay Services aka ‘The Best Services in The World’ in Westmorland, we eventually arrived in Glasgow.

George Square Premier Inn GlasgowWe tend to book an overnighter in a Premier Inn whenever we go up to see Helena in Aberdeen as it’s an awfully long drive to do in one day otherwise. We tend to go for Premier Inns as you know what you’re going to get and they’re reliably clean, comfortable, modern and ‘spot-on! This time we were in The Premier Inn George Square in Glasgow: last time we stayed in the Buchanan Galleries Premier Inn.

A simple, easy check-in, a swift unpacking of bits & bobs in our big contemporary room and off we went to stretch our legs after Strawberry Mojitoour mammoth journey. Like last time, we ended up going to The Hard Rock Cafe where the mandatory Strawberry Mojito was ordered and, it’s fair to say, enjoyed hugely whilst chair-dancing to the great music.  We shared a pizza and salad at Prezzo before returning to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.  PremierInn beds are amazingly comfortable and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad night’s sleep in one. Our room was right above the main street yet it was quiet and we slept like logs all night.

Breakfast the next morning in the Thyme Restaurant was perfect. Hot and tasty for Mr. C’s Full English and fresh & warm for my croissants and granola. The staff were attentive and efficient and coffee was good, hot and plentiful. Two delicious breakfasts and a painless check-out later, we started the final leg of our journey, the long drive up to Aberdeen.

Almondine Aberdeen - macaronsThe weekend passed in a blur for us all I think. Mr. C and M (daughter’s boyfriend) were busy doing the afore-mentioned bathroom and Helena and I were shopping for the various rooms in her new house which are nigh on furniture-less. As at New Year, we went to the lovely Almondine for a refuelling stop and were treated to the most delicious hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted and we obviously had to try one of their classic Macarons whilst we were there too. Well, needs must and all Windermere Marina Villagethat……..

After a weekend of catching-up and lots of hugs, Monday morning soon came along and we were on our way to The Lake District. We’d booked The Windermere Marina Village for a 4 night break as a last-minute after-thought but oh, what a find!  As soon as we checked into our Windward  apartment, we both saw the amazing view from our balcony and instantly said ‘We’ll definitely come back here’! We had a lovely one bedroom unit with our own decking/balcony and everything we could possibly Boathouse Bar and Restaurant Windermere Marina Villageneed. Unbelievably we also had good weather and had our breakfast outside every day on our own little sun-trap. We cooked for ourselves most of the time but we ate in The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant one evening and one lunchtime. Again, the views were great, the beers were cold and the staff were lovely! Next time we’ll eat there a bit more often, I think.

We’ve already decided we’d like to go back for the New Year but need to get saving first! Roll on our next Getaway……

Mrs C
In a nutshell, I'm a Mum to three gorgeous daughters and two step-sons who are gradually making their own lives and leaving Mr. C and I plenty of time to enjoy life just as a couple again. I'm a big fan of Afternoon Tea & Corrie and hate, with a vengeance, violence in films! I love reading 'proper' books though I concede that my birthday Kindle was brilliant on holidays.

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