You know it’s time for a break when you love to cook, but don’t have time to cook; when you stay up until 2am on consecutive nights working on very, very last minute newspaper deadlines that the editor wants, like, now; and your mother asks what’s wrong because she heard on the grapevine that is really just your brother reading your tweets that you’ve resorted to take out (take out!) at least three times in one week. Yep, for me, that’s about breaking point.
Full disclosure: I’m in love with Mr and Mrs Smith (and no, this trip wasn’t a press freebie). I waste HOURS on the website, looking at insanely expensive but just so, so lovely hotels that don’t look like hotels but rather cool, luxurious homes away from home although, let’s face it, they can sometimes be a bit more for millionaires than mere mortals like me.
But then I spotted The Swan, a tiny little boutique getaway in Somerset with only six rooms which was within reach money-wise and not ostentatious for a weekend away and so it was decided: we’d leave our laptops, I promised not to check my Twitter timeline on my phone* and off we went.
Our room (above) was HUGE, with the right kind of low-key design – a vintage lamp here, a gorgeous grey armchair in the corner, a mid-century desk, a roll-top bath and the prettiest bevelled glass mirrors (three big ones, all in a row) in the bathroom, which inspired me to order one from eBay as soon as I got home. He caught up on a fortnight’s worth of sleep lost working late in one afternoon; I finished reading two novels (please read Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers). Here’s some pics of the other rooms too:
We ate pizza (sadly we forgot to book a table for evening dinner downstairs) across the street, popped into a pretty little homeware shop next door and watched 500 Days of Summer on the enormous flatscreen. A pit-stop in Bath to scoff some tea and cake, and then we were back home in London.
Okay, so to be honest, we didn’t do much. But the quiet life; you know, it’s a good life.
*in spirit with the whole weekend of not doing anything, we didn’t take photos either. So pics here are all from The Swan and Mr & Mrs Smith