Our Night At The Belfry
Getting beaten by Eddie at mini golf was possibly not the highlight of my week, as I retrieved my ball from the mini stream (whilst he looked on apologetically), I made a mental note not to add ‘golf’ to my repertoire of skills.
As much as I like a foreign break there is something ultimately more relaxing about simply driving an hour up the road so, this week, Eddie and I spent a blissful night at The Belfry Hotel & Resort near Birmingham – better known for hosting Ryder Cups than children, I had heard wonderful things about the hotel and decided to organise a stay.
The basis of all good relationships is quality time together and a little time apart and that’s true even of children and parents, and so, the Ofsted registered crèche at The Belfry meant that I could indulge in an aromatherapy massage whilst Eddie was in soft play heaven. I was introduced to my therapist and chose a fitness aromatherapy blend which, I was told, would invigorate and refresh me: in actual fact, my massage was so good I did that thing where you wake yourself up snoring.
After my massage I headed to the spa’s ‘Fire & Ice Experience’ a unique luxury spa journey involving twelve alternating hot and cold experiences from a warm crystal steam room to a freezing ice shower (I actually poured an entire bucket of ice cold water over myself in the name of research, I’ve heard this can be good for skin tone and I can assure you everything tightened – at least temporarily). There was something eerily tranquil about the ice room and the crystal steam room was incredibly relaxing – the experience is a real spa day treat and would be an especially lovely experience to share with a partner or friend.
After Eddie had enjoyed a couple of hours making friends at the crèche we headed outdoors to play mini golf. We had a lot of fun putting our way around the picturesque mini golf course, at three years old, Eddie is at an age where we can enjoy activities together and we had a real laugh (mostly at my expense). Eddie also felt a sense of achievement as he was actually able to put the balls. It’s safe to say he absolutely loved his first mini Ryder Cup experience – he told me this was his favourite thing about our stay.
After Eddie had comfortably won at mini golf, we stayed outdoors and ventured to the beautiful adventure playground before joining the path for the woodland walk. There was something so tranquil about being completed immersed in nature – the natural habitat is home to bees, bugs and hedgehogs and there were beautiful signs giving descriptions about wildlife and its importance in our eco system. I was able to give Eddie lots of interesting facts and pass them off as my own knowledge – fantastic.
After a full day of play, massage, golf and woodland walks we dined at Rocco’s – one of The Belfry’s five restaurants. Eddie enjoyed a hearty bolognese and my home made pizza was divine. We headed back to our room, past the beautiful bar where I stared longingly at people drinking cocktails and snuggled up for the night.
After a fantastic nights sleep, we woke up early, had breakfast and enjoyed a swim in the pool before we started the short journey home; relaxed, refreshed and with wonderful memories.
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