I actually booked the rental house ‘The Find’ by mistake. Well, not mistake, but I calculated the prices wrong and it turned out to be a huge splurge for a 4 night stay.
We drove the short trip from Bristol through the pouring rain. James and I were a little concerned how our people mover filled to the brim would get down the unpaved steep driveway that the owner had warned us about. We stopped in for lunch at the most gorgeous pub/hotel in Cheltenham. We ate locally made sausages and pasta to warm our bodies. As we made our way down the windy roads to our splurge house, it was evident that we were in for a special week ahead. Pheasants wandered in front of our car, birds chirped in trees, the sun broke through the clouds and as we turned the final bend, the most gorgeous house introduced itself to us.
The caretaker took James on a 30 minute tour of the house, because it was so incredibly high tech, you almost needed a degree in IT to keep the house running.
Polished cement with underfloor heating flowed through the entire home, my favourite floor surface. Huge windows and pivot doors allowed light to shine into every room. The kitchen was so vast, we felt dwarfed in the giant space. A very modern fireplace dominated the living area and the entire home smelled like charred wood.
We emptied the contents of our brown bags from WholeFoods into the huge double fridges and pantries. Complimentary Hunter boots for the entire family in the store room provided a means for the kids to head out in the long grass and mud, exploring the pond and trampoline hidden in the woods. Spiderwebs clung to branches and butterflies fleeted between tree to tree. We enquired with the caretaker what animals lived nearby, to which she replied ‘Deer, foxes, pheasants mostly”.
The house was long and inspiring. Whenever I walked down the hallway to the bedrooms, I would run my hands along the polished cement, the cracks and imperfections were so beautiful.
The kids had their own room with toys in the wardrobe. Marlee had a lovely room with gorgeous ensuite and a sunken bath. James and I shared the most amazing master suite at the end of the house with a large bath and wet area. Off the kitchen area was a cosy den room with a built in desk, oversized TV with an extensive DVD collection and more toys for the kids.
More photos to come in the next post.