Some time ago, we entered the Gilpin Hotel's 25th Anniversary Competition and were delighted to be chosen as one of the twenty five lucky couples to win an overnight stay in their Lake House. On Wednesday we headed off together for a long overdue second honeymoon in the Lake District. Leaving Megan in charge of the kids, we were able relax and spend some quality time together for the first time in years!!
A day of unexpected sunshine was a real bonus! As soon as we arrived we got into our swimming costumes, put on our robes and slippers and headed out to the beautiful lake. We lounged on the wooden jetty, relaxed in the outdoor hot tub and had an amazing afternoon tea on the veranda. It was just perfect!
We were chauffeured to the hotel for a five course meal with champagne, canapes and wine matching in the evening. Most of the food was absolutely exquisite, but I did discover that I don't have a cosmopolitan palate when it comes to desserts. Strawberries with basil puree and a red pepper sorbet did not work for me...even though it looked Masterchef beautiful. I am intrinsically a crumble and custard kind of girl!
We went for a lovely walk in the woodland as night fell. The lake looked beautiful. It was so peaceful and tranquil.
Our suite had views over the lake, an enormous comfy bed and an amazing bathroom. Full advantage was taken of it all.
Next day saw a full English veggie breakfast served in the conservatory. This was followed by a 30 minute filmed interview which is the second stage of the anniversary competition, where we were quizzed over our relationship, family and thoughts about holidays and special occasions. It was actually really fun and Zoe, the hotel owner was so warm and friendly we pretty much forgot that there was a camera pointing in our faces. Goodness knows what drivel I spouted!!
It was so lovely to be with Ian, on our own in a gorgeous place. However, I was glad to get home to the kids who were all perfectly fine and happy without us! I look forward to spending more days with my husband as the little ones get older. We have had a taste of what we have to look forward to in the future...and I liked it!!
Check out the Gilpin's Facebook Page. It would be a fantastic venue for a romantic retreat, a family party or a special occasion. Our video will be appearing on there very shortly in the final stage of the competition!