Sometimes you need to quite literally get away from it all.
We’ve all dreamt of a retreat. Somewhere out in the middle of nowhere. No wifi, no signal, no children, no work, no responsibilities. Just peace and quiet.
Somewhere with breathtaking views, surrounded by nature and with a real back to basics feel. A log fire, lots of blankets, a place to curl up and read, or just even somewhere to sit quietly and think.
Recently we’ve found such a place. Believe me when I say I didn’t want to leave.
I am a blogger, a freelance writer, plus put another part time job on top of that and then throw in the fact that I am a mama, means I barely ever get a second to myself. I always feel tired, pulled in all directions and unable to switch off. My phone, my laptop, my toddler. They are always at my side.
But I’ve been wanting to get away from it all for a while now. Just two days away from technology, and two days away from work just to recharge.
Getting to go to this place was such a treat. An incredible treat.
Nestled between a farmhouse and rolling fields, close to the town of Boscastle in North Cornwall, is a breathtaking little barn conversion that has been made into a holiday home.
We found it on Airbnb and after reading all of the lovely reviews we quickly snapped it up!
It was the perfect gift and of course I wasn’t complaining about getting to go either!
At first I felt guilty at the idea of joining in on this retreat. Treating yourself when you’re a mum always seems to come with guilt. But I am so glad I did.
Inside the property (named Little Sheppy), was the cutest, cosiest little place I’ve ever seen. There was a roaring log fire, a big farmhouse dining table and an adorable kitchen, fully stocked with everything you could need.
There was a bathroom with both a bath and a shower, and a little snug stocked with boardgames, puzzles, dvds, including a little collection of black and white films.
There were books dotted around in every windowsill throughout the house and a huge bedroom upstairs, delicately decorated with a mixture of furry rugs, blankets and assorted furniture.
It was designed to be cosy.
Just outside the kitchen was my favourite spot. A little bench and two chairs, with views overlooking the farmland and out towards the sea.
It was so peaceful both inside and outside the property. All you could hear was pure nature.
The rooster sounding in the background, a few chickens clucking as they passed by the window, a cow here and there in the distance. But when they all stopped there was silence. Pure silence.
At night time, all that you could hear was the weather. A light wind tapping at the window.
I bet even on a stormy day the house is quite something. You could easily curl up on the chair with a cup of tea next to the log fire, and watch the weather play outside the window.
It was complete paradise.
Although I was all geared up and ready for the peace and quiet, at first it was so hard to switch off.
I still felt like I should be doing things. I felt like maybe I should be using this time to catch up on work or plan things for the future. Or maybe I should be making the most of the baby free time and go on a big hike or adventure.
But that wasn’t why I was here. It was purely to relax, enjoy the views and unwind.
From the moment we arrived we fell in love with the place. It was a private working farm and we were the only guests.
On arrival we were greeted by the owner who let us into the house. He explained how things worked in the house; such as the fire, and told us if we needed anything just to knock on their kitchen door, other than that they’d leave us undisturbed.
When we stepped into our little place, we were surprised to find some homemade soup and focaccia bread waiting for us on the dining table.
Such a welcome touch after our little drive up here. We immediately unpacked our things and warmed up with the soup, making the most of the afternoon sun by eating it outside whilst we sat and admired the views, feeling excited and very grateful to be here.
We only spent 48 hours away but it felt like a lot longer. Most of our time was spent in the kitchen/dining area reading books, attempting puzzles and just sitting peacefully by the fire enjoying the views.
We went for a walks through the little town of Boscastle and through the neighbouring and slightly famous Tintagel, but spent most of our time on the farm. We read that there were lots of coastal walks that we could get to from the farm, and although the weather was on our side, it was actually nice to not do much at all.
We cooked food in the little kitchen every night and also came prepared for our visit with a delicious range of cheeses, meats and crackers and treated ourselves to an evening feast on one of the days, before snuggling up to read one of the many books that were scattered about, followed by a much needed early night (I’d been up the entire night before with a very grumpy toddler).
On another of the days we popped down to the local farm store (a five minute drive away) for a delicious breakfast and to stock up on groceries and local wine, before swiftly returning to the cottage to relax some more.
I don’t remember the last time I got to sit and read a book. I don’t remember the last time I got to sleep in. I don’t remember the last time I switched off my phone and enjoyed my surroundings. I don’t remember the last time I was lost for things to do.
This retreat was perfect. So, so perfect. I’ll treasure the quiet. I’ll remember the easiness. I have definitely found my happy spot.
If you are in desperate need of a retreat, I couldn’t recommend here enough. You can find Little Sheppy on Airbnb by typing in Boscastle.
What do you think of our little retreat to Boscastle? Have you had some quiet time away from work or little ones before? Let me know in the comments below.