Husband and I try to have one or two mini-breaks each year, without the children. Even if it's just for one night, we both feel re-invigorated having uninterrupted couple time that lasts longer than two or three hours and which occurs far from our sofa. I can't believe I'm the only person who isn't that lively and interesting on a Friday night after a long week mothering my socks off.
For the past five years, we have kept the breaks to the UK as there are so many wonderful, nearby places I have yet to explore. I actually have a bucket list of UK cities that I would like to visit in the next few years. I guess there's no hurry, but I am a bit impatient. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago we visited Bath. The lovely people from eviivo had invited us try out one of their award-winning properties, so how could we say no?!
About two hours from south west London, via car, is the Wheelbrook Mill B&B. Off the main road, and down a windy road, you will find yourself in a delightful country guest house (you will find yourself lost if you arrive in the dark, so try and get there during daylight hours). The owners, Debbie and John, are extremely friendly friendly and helpful. The property itself is beyond charming. It is a converted water mill which has four rooms (some of which are perfect for families). There is a huge garden with the coolest tree house. I couldn't help but think how much our children would enjoy this place, especially in the summer.
Our first point of order after we arrived was of course to take a nap. We had driven to Bath, straight from London, and had spent four hours sight-seeing and were feeling a bit sleepy. Our super king size bed was comfortable, and oh so roomy. We were refreshed after an hour's nap so we headed to dinner at a local pub. One of the perks of going away without the children is being able to eat late and not worry about their bedtimes.
The next morning we awoke from a full, uninterrupted night of sleep to a cooked breakfast. Bliss. We then had just enough time for a rest before checking out. Sadly, we had problems connecting to WIFI and 3G during out stay. It is quite tough, as a blogger, to not be able to continually share one's life on social media. Then again, I think Husband might have enjoyed having my full attention.
Wheelbrook Mill is located only eight miles from Bath. It would make an excellent base from which to visit Bath, but also nearby Somerset and Wiltshire. John had recommended visiting the picturesque Lacock on our way back to London. Such a charming village, and we would never have gone there if he had not told us about it.
If you're not familiar with eviivo, they have over 6,000 properties, and more than just the average hotel. There are B&Bs, castles, vineyards, cottages and even haunted hotels. In the 2016 awards, Wheelbrook Mill won for South West 'Hidden Gem'. And it truly is a gem.
We were invited to visit Wheelbrook Mill for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.