I’m just a 9-5er wanting to make the most of my 5-9. I don’t want my life to be stream of days that blur into one. I want my life to be filled with fun little twists of adventure. And what a better way to start than by gently easing in with a little one night trip to a country hotel in Scarborough.
When I was invited for a stay at Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough, I was super excited for a chilled weekend away at a country hotel. I’m quite the busy-body who rarely allows herself time to switch off, kick back and relax. This boutique hotel looked like the perfect spot for some much needed relaxation.
Waking up on a rainy September morning, I was feeling extra autumnal as my Mother and I embarked on our road trip to Scarborough. Plus, we only had one little road-rage invoked argument so that’s quite the achievement. Pulling up towards the hotel, we were both feeling extremely giddy. The drizzly autumnal weather made the perfect backdrop for a country house nestled away in fields of green.
We grabbed our bags and made our way into the hotel. The service was wow, amazing. You seriously cannot fault it. As we arrived, the lovely gent who checked us in carried our bags (side note: he basically had to wrestle my bag off me because I feel sooo bad when other people carry my things for me!!) as he walked us through to our room, pointing out the bistro, restaurant and courtyards as we went by.
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
The room had the most beautiful view. If I woke up to that view every day, I swear I’d be the most zen person alive. From our sitting room, we had views of the lovely gardens and lake surrounded by fields of green whilst the bedroom overlooked the courtyard. Peering down at the courtyard, I felt like I had been teleported to a chic European village.
The room was filled with all the amenities you could need for a relaxing weekend. I’m talking tea and coffee, biscuits, magazines, bathroom toiletries and television in the sitting room and the bedroom. In the evening we did get a little bit chilly whilst waiting for the heating to kick in. After politely asking at the service desk for some blankets, the hotel were more than happy to help us out and brought some cozy pink blankets up to keep us toasty and snug!
The best part of the room (after the beautiful views of course) was the bathroom. Hello twin sinks, waterfall taps and a huge walk-in shower!
THE MOST HEAVENLY MEAL
After spending our evening escaping the rain and staying cozy in our room, we got dolled up and headed downstairs for our meal.
We were treated to the à la carte menu and a surprise bottle of prosecco to wash it down with. You may be aware that I don’t actually drink alcohol…but recently I’ve been toying with the idea of having a drink so hey, no time like the present! Let’s just say after 1 glass of prosecco and a little bit of whiskey, I was feeling giggly. Looks like I’ll be a cheap drunk if I ever decide to start drinking on nights out!
The meal was divine. I chose the white onion risotto for starter followed by the 2 bone rack of lamb and a trio of chocolate dessert. Prior to our meal, we were treated to walnut and sultana bread followed by complimentary mushroom amuse-bouche. After filling up on our main courses, we were yet again surprised with another unexpected course. The waiter brought out a pre-dessert of mango and passion fruit sorbet with whiskey foam. I swear, it was the fanciest meal I have ever eaten – a gastronomical delight. The presentation just could not be faulted either. 11/10 for a meal cooked, presented and served to perfected.
EXPLORING IN THE RAIN
On day two, we were greeted with another misty day of rain. Wrapped up warm in my parka, I didn’t mind. Before we headed out on our adventures, we fueled up on breakfast. Whilst my Mum kept things traditional opting for an english breakfast, I went for the Yorkshire toast, which is essentially French Toast, with sweetened marscapone and mixed berries. There was also an array of cereals, fruits, yoghurts, croissants and fresh juice to help yourself to.
Tummies happily filled, we headed out to explore the grounds. Flowers and sweet nooks and crannies at every turn, the Ox Pasture Hall gardens are so lovely. I can see why so many choose this place as their wedding spot and I have to admit, I loved noseying through people’s wedding albums!
There is so much to do nearby Scarborough from walking through the Yorkshire Moors to an almost never-ending list of country pursuits. With the rain clouds looming over us, we decided to stick locally and continue our adventures by exploring Scarborough.
Peasholm park was at the top of our list. A Japenese-styled park, it was like stepping into a whole new place. Japenese inspired architecture adorned the park while tame squirrels ran free. I don’t know if Pokemon Go is still a thing (it probably isn’t) but I even caught a Squirtle whilst in the park, just saying.
After wandering around the park, we strolled along to the seafront. We stuck to the calm south bay beach. The beach huts are bright and beautiful. One day I would love to hire a beach hut for a cute barbeque beach day. Scarborough is like a home away from home, with it’s old school seafront amusements, fairground rides and beach huts. It brought back all the feels of heading to the amusements as a kid to play tourist for a day.
I wish I knew you could do water sports because I totally would have packed my bikini! Next time I’m over in Scarborough, I’ll definitely be testing out my non-existent surfing skills on the water!
If only the sun had come out to join us for our weekend in Scarborough! I would have 100% explored the Scarborough castle. Instead, I admired it from afar. There’s something about old ruins that just wows me, thinking of all the life that once lived there a long, long time ago. There’s just so much history running through the core of the medieval castle that stands royally atop a hill on the coastline.
Happy with a weekend of relaxing and exploring in the country (and seaside!), we headed home. Although I had one of the loveliest weekends away in a while, I was really looking forward to getting home and seeing my dogs (definitely not a crazy dog lady). It’s good to know that if I ever want a weekend getaway with the dogs, Ox Pasture Hall is a dog friendly hotel. I’ll definitely be keeping in on the cards for a potential return trip with the poochies for a sunny weekend away.
*This post is created in collaboration with Ox Pasture Hall Hotel who kindly gifted me a complimentary one night hotel stay. However, all words, photos and opinions remain that of my own. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a message 🙂