A couple of weeks ago, Halloween weekend, we left the city and drove across the Seven bridge to Wales, in particular the Wye Valley. It felt good to leave the darkness and the noise of Bristol behind and step in a calmer, autumn hued way of life.
Driving through the winding golden leafed lanes, we breathed out. I hadn’t realised how stressed I was until I left life behind. The beauty of late Autumn touched everything, highlighting it in a golden glow, with misty fields and copper tinged trees.
Our home for the weekend was The Chicken Shed. Not as rustic as it sounds, but a beautifully restored barn conversion that is filled with uber cool design features. It was love. True love. Instantly I didn’t want to leave (I know I say this every time, but really I didn’t!).
Just a short 45 minute drive from home, we were stood outside the cedar clad building staring across the valley in front. Heaven. Sue, the owner, showed us round and we could tell that this build was a labour of love for her. Two years in the making this beautiful space was once a rusted out, run down chicken coop. After a long building ‘journey’, the space now looks like this:
Yep! I think we all sighed and skipped around the place, even the boys! We had mentally moved in, within minutes of walking into the door. Sue shared with us how everything worked, like the space aged cooker and state of the art dishwasher, right down to how to use the fire pit outside. And then, we were left. Three days stretched before us….
Lazy mornings, spent drinking coffee and watching the mist roll across the valley in front of us.
Saturday was Halloween. We had picked up a couple of pumpkins from the market on our way there. First thing, the boys carved their squashes into gruesome beasts. Excitedly discussing our ‘party’ later that night. As darkness fell, Dan lit the fire pit and we cooked lamb chops over the fire, watching bats swoop above our heads.Owls hooted, and the boys wanted to be properly scared. So Dan and I told them spooky stories in the firelight. I loved being out of the City for Halloween, but not them. They missed the crazy marauding crowds of zombies and ghouls, and of course their sweet loot.
The following morning was bright yet foggy. The strangest combination. Brilliant warm sunshine with patches of deep fog. A photographers dream! I jumped from the car at every opportunity to photograph the light as it cast shafts through the trees. Oh heaven!
Three days in this beautiful home in a beautiful part of the world filled me with such happiness. I really didn’t want to go home. Dan and I have already looked on Rightmove at properties in the area!
I shall share more about our stay at The Chicken Shed in another post. Woods, wild adventures, waterfalls and pigs!
Thank you to Sue for inviting us to stay in this truly special place. For more information on how to book please check out their website.
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.