Last Wednesday when the winds were howling and storms were threatened I took leave of my mummy-ing duties for a night and headed to At The Chapel for an evening with the i-escape team and a bunch of some of my blogging favourites.
Myself and my roomie Lori had kindly been offered a stay over at this beautiful venue and such a treat it was too. We checked into our twin, oohed at the beautiful bathroom and headed downstairs for a glass of prosecco and to hear more about what the company is about.
For anyone not familiar with the site (I wasn't!) i-escape find the best and most beautiful locations around the world. They are really selective about which hotels and venues they work with and a team member will review the place and state honestly the pro's and cons of every location. They basically find the 'little gems' you might only have heard about from a friend without you having to search them out. If you book through them you spend exactly the same amount as you would do by booking direct but you also get a little extra at each place (for example booking At The Chapel through them would mean you would get a free glass of prosecco on arrival) those little touches that make nights away that little bit extra special.
What was really interesting though is i-escape's 'with kids' section. Whenever we travel, book accommodation or visit locations, style is a big factor in us making a decision. I want to stay in a place that matches my aesthetics and if I'm on holiday I want it to be beautiful and unique. I think I must have spent a good few evening since adding place after place onto my wish list (like this architect's cottage in Reykyavik or this house boat in Berlin!). They are rated by family friendliness by one to three stars and a break down on why it was graded as such (perhaps buggy access wasn't great or the hotel didn't include children's activities etc). Although depending on what you want from a family friendly holiday one star could actually be exactly the time of thing you were after!
(in case you were wondering - top* / jeans* / shoes*)
above and below shots taken by Lori
After a good natter that evening (which reminds me that Wilf calls talking 'chattering' which is just so adorable 'I think I'm going to go chatter to daddy now' ahh) I sank into one the comfiest beds I've ever slept on and was awoken the croissants hanging from the door to our room. The best way to wake up in my opinion.
(last shot also taken by Lori)
Two delicious lattes were drunk in the restaurant downstairs as I wished I could return to my room and sink into that deep bath but home beckoned and I had a little boy to cuddle and share stories with. I love treats away like this and it always make me hug my son just that bit tighter and read another story with just that bit more enthusiasm after getting a bit of my own time.
I left At The Chapel and my evening with i-escape inspired by travel and all the wonderful and exciting places in the world to be discovered together with my family!
I was a guest of i-escape's At The Chapel but all words and thoughts are my own.