The Rembrandt Spa #DiscoveryFriday

A spa day is always an absolute must and the Rembrandt delivered it beautifully!

A friend of mine and I had planned a little girly day for a while, to simply catch up and relax in a pool, a jacuzzi and have a massage, the Rembrandt in South Kensington was just the answer to our prayers.

A small spa that rests quietly in the basement of the hotel, it features a beautiful pool with columns and a fountain in the middle, a relaxation area, open gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. We got a twenty minute treatment, which was a massage and so completely relaxing. I really carry a lot of tension in my shoulders and need to very often have some help to relax them so this was PERFECT!

The beauty is that spas are slowly but surely becoming more accessible. We booked our afternoon with spabreaks.com and it cost us each £45, with free teas and coffees, treatment and full use of the spa for the whole day. It was great. Prices outside of London are even better and cheaper so it is definitely do-able to treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon once in a while.

So that is my little discovery for this week, let me know what you guys are getting up to.

Happy reading, writing and travelling!

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Knebworth House, Jousting #DiscoveryFriday

Just a quickie today, for Father’s day a few weeks ago we decided to spend the day watching Medieval Jousting in the grounds of Knebworth House.

I personally love Knebworth House, a lavish Tudor home that was once the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton. It brings great historic context to the area I live in and provides a host of cultural events throughout the year for all tastes! From an adventure playground and dinosaur trail for children, to visiting the house itself for all historians and lovers of the Victorian era, to events such as the jousting and even big rock festivals – Sonisphere has been held at the house’s grounds for a very long time.

It is a truly phenomenal venue and it is beautiful for a summer’s day celebration and family time.

So here is my little discovery for the week, a day to celebrate my wonderful father who I celebrate every day, and enjoy a picnic with my family in beautiful grounds with great unique entertainment.

Read more about Knebworth House and their events here.

Framlingham Castle #DiscoveryFriday

Another week, another Friday, another discovery! I love being able to say that I take as much opportunity as I can to discover new things in all my small ventures. Be it a weekend trip, or time with my family, I always like to discover something new, like food, music, movies, places, you name it I want to find it.

This weekend just gone I had the pleasure of visiting Framlingham Castle. For over 2 years I have been visiting Suffolk but had yet to visit the castle inside. I had seen it several times, perching on the hill at the highest point of the town. From Framlingham college you see it reflecting on the mere and its mirror image is as mighty as the building itself.

The castle which dates back to the 12th century, was owned by the Bigod family who held great power on the East Anglian region of England at the time. It has been owned by many influential families and in the late 13th century when Framlingham extended its parkland and became a ground for hunting it was considered a luxurious home town for many.

It is a fascinating historical building, having seem family conflicts, been torn down, rebuilt and expanded. Families have added extensive gardens and sections of entertainment to the area, it was even once part of Pembroke College, Oxford University, and it even survived World War II as it was part of the regional defences against potential German invasion. It is a true delight and so affordable to visit. The audio guides are free and quite entertaining. The small bridges that link each section of the building as you walk across them might give you mild vertigo so do be careful.

I totally recommend seeing this practically intact historical building and imagining that you are shooting arrows from the narrow windows to defend your home. It is stunning, majestic and represents another little bit of British History.Travelling inside the UK can be just as filled with wanderlust as can the rest of the world.

Happy travels and reading!

Champneys, Tring #DiscoveryFriday

Another week has gone, another Friday to celebrate. It has been a long week at work for me, and I am very excited to go to the countryside and spend sometime with my boyfriend, relaxing and just enjoying each other’s company and cooking. However, not all is bad. The week started quite nicely after a weekend away with my man in Champneys, Tring.

Let me tell you something dear readers, those adverts you see on the television for Secret Escapes, with the women whispering in their bikinis next to the pool are quite in fact true. We decided to sign up on the website a few weeks ago, and hold and behold, the moment we needed a little quick getaway just for the two of us, Champneys in Tring popped up! It was quite the discovery really.

Champneys is known in the UK to be the best chain of Health & Well-being Resort/Spas in the country. If you are looking for a truly relaxing experience I could not recommend this more. We had a beautiful en-suite bedroom, with the comfiest bed ever. We had a three course dinner included, breakfast and lunch, all the fitness classes and access to the gym facilities, pool and spa, as well as a Thalassotherapy session which was one of the most relaxing experiences ever.

One of the most refreshing rules at Champneys is a no use of mobile phones around the facilities, which was truly wonderful and so unfortunately I have no photos of our incredible stay but believe me when I say it is truly wonderful. So I will leave you with this video of introduction to the stunning resort. Book it… it’s worth every penny!

 

This video is owned by Champneys Resort

Discovery Friday – Adnams Brewery

This weekend just gone I had the pleasure of discovering the Adnams Brewery!

Sat at James’ house wondering to ourselves what on earth we should do for the day, we came across the tour online for only £12. It is James’ favourite beer and I was all up for any activity and cultural experience.

This was honestly lovely and such a pleasant surprise, as I did not expect to enjoy it at all because I do not actually like beer. That being said I found the scent of the factory intoxicating, with Hops from all over the world being brewed into the highest quality beer. We got to try some of the seeds used in the production of the beer, smell the most tropical of hops, and we were even invited to taste some of the finished product.

Personally, I preferred the lagers, one of them had the taste of mangoes and passion fruit and it was my favourite, though I still don’t think I could have stomached a whole glass of the stuff. We also tried some of the award winning Gin and Vodka they produce at their very young distillery and the Limoncello. We were all given vouchers to take a free beer home, which was great for James because he took mine and his, and we also had 10% off in the shop afterwards. I got my father some red wine produced in Argentina in a vineyard owned by Adnams, as well as some Mulled wine.

It was actually one of my favourite activities, because it was something so far from what I would have typically chosen to do and be interested in, but I truly enjoyed it. I would recommend it to any boozy person or couple to go, as well as anyone who just wants to try something new and different!

Adnams also offer Distillery tours and a make your own gin workshop.