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Before I move onto the impeccable five-course tasting menu, it’s only fair to mention that Grays Court is the only hotel in York with private access to the city’s mediaeval city walls and the view of the Minster from some of the hotel’s well-appointed rooms is incredible. There’re only 12 rooms making this little piece of 12th century Jacobean real-estate more like a rather large and rather plush family home than a hotel.
Set in such a magical location in the Yorkshire Dales, with so much going on close by, and with just the right amount of home comforts to ensure your experience is relaxing and comfortable without taking away from the 'at one with nature' adventure that my kids and the hubby loves, I can more than recommend a family glamping adventure at Catgill Farm.
I'm a primary school teacher and I'm a mum to a beautiful, bright and bubbly six-year-old. I witness the ups and downs of wellbeing in children every day. Every parent faces the same dilemma - how to ensure the wellbeing of our children - particularly from a mental health perspective in a world that is more pressured than ever in more ways than one.
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WIN a 2-night luxury glamping break with hot tub in the Yorkshire Dales. Sleeping up to 6 people, the luxury wooden pods with private bathroom and private hot tub promise the most luxurious glamping experience in the most picturesque of settings.
Food trucks offering an epic selection of food flavours from across the world hosted under the iconic railway arches of Glasgow Central station. This place ticks all my boxes – kid-friendly, dogs welcome, great food selection, beer to keep the hubby happy (including a microbrewery within), play area to burn off some toddler energy – but not compromising on style, decent wine if required or cool location.
Authentic, delicious and independent, Stuzzi offers Italian cuisine in a relaxed, friendly environment. This small eatery in the heart of Harrogate has an almost tangible passion for incredible ingredients and amazing Italian recipes.
Nestled in the heart of gorgeous Dedham (also known as 'Constable Country' after the work of renowned local painter, John Constable), Maison Talbooth is a boutique hotel that combines modern luxury with historic charm. It's a masterclass in top-class service and exquisite design, with rooms so gorgeous that you really won't want to check-out.
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Set in such a magical location in the Yorkshire Dales, with so much going on close by, and with just the right amount of home comforts to ensure your experience is relaxing and comfortable without taking away from the ‘at one with nature’ adventure that my kids and the hubby loves, I can more than recommend a family glamping adventure at Catgill Farm.
Nestled in the heart of gorgeous Dedham (also known as ‘Constable Country’ after the work of renowned local painter, John Constable), Maison Talbooth is a boutique hotel that combines modern luxury with historic charm. It’s a masterclass in top-class service and exquisite design, with rooms so gorgeous that you really won’t want to check-out.
If – and it’s a big if – you’re not yet tied to school holidays, September is the month to get some summer sun in the Northern Hemisphere. If you are, click away now; if you’re not, you’re in for a treat. The seas are warmer than earlier in the year, the peak holiday crowds have gone home and you’re more likely to find a bargain hotel room or villa than in July or August.
GIRL ABOUT WELLBEING
Sadly, most of my experience of pregnancy has been strongly associated with grief and loss. I have experienced three pregnancies and yet I only have one daughter who I can physically cherish. For me, pregnancy has become a worrying, anxious time with excitement constantly tainted with fear.
I was once told that I shouldn’t have anxiety because I have everything I want. I had a nice enough upbringing, my parents are still together and although they’re both from very poor backgrounds, they didn’t struggle as much for money by the time I started high school. I graduated from university to become a nurse, managed to buy a house with my husband and we have a child.
YES ME! I’m one of the 15% who suffered from a maternal mental health disorder. I talk about it all the time now. It pops up in most conversations. I write about mental health a lot.
I wish I’d have talked about my mental health more six years ago after the birth of Ferne when I thought I was ‘going round the bend’.
GIRL ABOUT FOOD
Fun fact. I used to be married to a chef. My role when we entertained was to help with the presentation. I wasn’t much of a sous chef, but I did pick up a few tips along the way. Luckily this is a simple salad that needs no qualifications to create! It tastes amazing and looks good too!
Whilst on holiday in Turkey, menemen omelette was one of my favourite meals to have at lunch. I’ve recreated a healthy alternative with only 200 calories per serving and Evelyn loves it too! It’s a perfect lunch that you can make the night before and warm at work- or a quick, easy and delicious tea!
I had a bit of a late awakening when it came to halloumi. For years, all I knew about it was that it squeaked. Squeaking cheese? No, I’ll pass, thanks. However – there came an occasion, what, about a year ago, when I was feeling particularly bold and tried it at a BBQ. I believe the phrase is ‘game changer’…
MEET THE EDITOR – LYNDSEY
Wife to Mr T, mummy to Ted & Ferne and Founder & Editor of Girl About.
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