This weekend, Dan and I stole ourselves away for 3 nights in Wales. Child free. We couldn’t have been more excited! A chance for the two of us to just be, relax, talk – talk! to each other, gosh remember that?
We were looking forward to enjoying the Welsh air, cooking outside, sleeping under the stars, and making the time to indulge in things we like to do, without the boys.
Wild Meadow is stunning. All we could hope for and more. Owners Andrea and Jonathan, bought the field a couple of years ago, with the desire to have a patch of land of their own. Planting initially a small orchard, soon after a veg patch and fruit bushes…. then came the shepherds hut.
Dan and I fell in love. The hut is beautifully furnished, with Indian inspired throws, warm blankets and a log burner. The bed is the comfiest we’ve ever slept on, and found sleeping in there a dream. The outside kitchen is fab, well equipped with a gas stove, fridge and brightly coloured spotty enamel-ware. To the side is an outside shower room and basin and a little way off a composting loo.
We spent our days, watching the buzzards and red kites soar above us, cooking on the open fire using a Kolitch (which we’d not used before and soon got the hang of). Eating our way through the raspberries and cherries from the fruit orchard and swinging on the best swing ever!
That swing! Now parents – sometimes we feel like having a swing, but there is always a child or two saying ‘my turn’ or ‘push me’. Not this time – oh no. A double swing, the two of us, with a G&T in hand, sat and watched the sun cast shadows across the hills below us. It was bliss.
We took day trips to nearby Leominster for the antique / junk shops which there are many. And to Ledbury for it’s cobbled lanes and black and white buildings.
If you are looking for a family break (there is room for two small airbeds inside the shepherds hut) OR if you are looking for a romantic getaway in the great outdoors then Wild Meadow is your place. We are still dreaming we are there.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.