Hello, just thought I’d pop in and say hi!
It’s Saturday afternoon, it’s pretty grey here in Essex and rather windy too. Mark and I, are currently sat on the sofa both with our laptops resting on our legs whilst the rugby is on the TV. England vs Ireland.
If I am honest, I really would like to put the Christmas decorations up but, we are holding out until the last weekend of November.
Instead, I thought I would rewind my thoughts to a few months back when we visited Chichester. After the first Lockdown, as soon as we were free to start travelling again, we made our way to Chichester, a cathedral city in West Sussex.
Mark arranged the much needed weekend break away for us. I was very anxious about the thought of leaving our house, particularly, leaving the safety of home, after lockdown, but I can’t tell you how good it was for us to finally have a change of scenery and Mark’s reassurance.
Our accommodation for the weekend was The Clockhouse. A beautiful micro-house in the heart of Chichester located on a cobbled side street minutes walk from the town. I could have been on the set of a classic TV drama it was so picturesque.
All my fears about being in a new place were put at ease straight away. Hand santizers in each room, antibacterial products and the house was cleaned throughly before our arrival.
We had the most lovely welcome in the house, gorgeous fresh flowers in a vase on the dining table, fresh muffins and a bottle of bubbly for us to enjoy with a personalised handwritten card. The little things make these experiences all the better.
The house is small and cosy, a perfect retreat; living room and dining room all in one with stairs leading to the bedroom and bathroom, small kitchen with everything you’ll need if you were to stay in and cook, and a beautiful front courtyard with a BBQ, Chimnea, seating area and enough room to park a car. It was perfect. I especially loved the array of local artists paintings and drawings perfectly adorning the walls.
So, we made it this far. We ventured out to have our first restaurant meal since lockdown. We had been eating in the house for 3 months, OK, we had takeaways on occasion during lockdown, but there is nothing like eating out. It was incredible.
The restaurant, Viento De Levante, I remember to this day how tasty our Mediterranean dishes were and although our cooking isn’t bad, that night, my taste buds woke up and put our lockdown meals to shame.
Great service too, considering it had only recently opened, and like all businesses adapting to the new world, they did really well.
Mark had organised for breakfast and afternoon tea to be delivered at The Clockhouse. Again, all wonderfully presented in boxes with ribbons and small flowers tying it all together. A beautifully presented breakfast of oats, fruit, cake, muffins and yogurt.
The banana bread was my favourite and if it wasn’t for Mark’s dislike for bananas I would make my own banana bread and hope it is a delicious as the one in the breakfast box. I just wouldn’t dare eat it all to myself.
Afternoon tea was fantastic too, teapots and beautifully patterned china cups and saucers for the occasion.
A surprise trip to the drive in cinema at The Goodwood Racecourse to watch Reservoir Dogs (didn’t really matter that it wasn’t the greatest film).The fact that we were secure in the car, eating ice cream, popcorn, and chocolate underneath a blanket that I purchased that day bizarrely, doing something we had never done before was a great thing in itself.
Chichester has a cathedral, a lovely high street and it oozes history. We discovered a lovely place on our doorstep.
After so much time dreaming of getting on a plane to a foreign country and after numerous holiday cancellations and plane ticket changes, we ventured out for a staycation.
For more details about The Clockhouse and how to book your staycation there, you can visit their website here The Clockhouse Chichester
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. Bring on Santa! Take care and be safe.
See you soon.
With Love Mel x