At the end of December when I was trying not to think about January creeping up on us, I decided to do what I do best & plan a weekend away. The initial idea was somewhere not too far away that we could go to for just the 1 night so after a few hours online I came across The Ashton & instantly knew that was where we would be going. Everything about The Ashton was just simply perfect for what we wanted so we made the booking. Shortly after I received a welcome email from James the owner which included a really handy guide to Lancaster, where to go for pizza, cocktails, a bike ride etc.
Due to some work commitments we had to move our weekend & coincidentally it fell on Valentine’s weekend. James was very accommodating helping us shuffle around the dates & making sure we had dinner reservations for the evening. Located in Lancaster it was only a short drive away for us so on a Saturday we loaded up the car, picked a Spotify playlist & set off.
We arrived slowly pulling into the gravel driveway being very careful of the Hens that roam freely around the grounds. It was a beautiful Saturday with the sun shining & very cold crisp air so we were looking forward to getting ourselves settled & unwind ahead of the evening. James welcomed us into his beautiful home & we headed into essentially the living room of the house were we enjoyed a fresh pot of Tea, Coffee & delicious homemade cake. Straight away munching on the cake I relaxed, you truly feel at home & we knew it was definitely the right place to just relax & unwind.
After nearly licking the last crumb off the plate we headed up to our room which was The Grand Attic Bedroom & I was so happy we picked this one. The Ashton has 5 bedrooms spread over 2 floors, the decor is chic with muted colours along side some splashes of bold prints. We would have happily stayed in any of the 5 rooms in The Ashton, James detailed description of each room does have you spoilt for choice. As our dinner reservations were not until later in the evening the extra space in our room gave us the chance to really unwind. Our room was bright & airy with attic ceiling windows, King size bed right in the center that looked so comfortable & with its 100% cotton linen sheets it was a dream bed to sleep in. The bathroom was a great size, with a cast iron bath tub & a bonus of underfloor heating that was delicious on your toes on a cold February morning.
We settles into our room & it was easy to see that James had thought about all the details from the tes & coffee tray with yummy shortbread biscuits, Bose speakers that allowed us to continue listening to our playlist as we relaxed, a mini fridge that included a bottle of Prosecco that we popped open. I have to say possibly my favourite feature was the bath tub, I love a bubble bath & this was the perfect tub for that. I filled up the tub, light some of the candles James had kindly left in the room grabbed my book & 100% relaxed, its safe to say I was a prune when I go out.
All ready we headed out for dinner at ‘Quite Simply French’ which honestly really seems to be the only top food restaurant in Lancaster but its a goodie. Having been closed due to damage from the December floods, this was their first weekend since re-opening so we were glad to be there & the food did not disappoint. Accompanied with a warm bottle of red & a cocktail or two we enjoyed every mouthful of the fresh home cooked food.
The next morning after 1 of the best sleeps Iv had outside of my own bed (because our own beds are always the comfiest aren’t they?) We woke to a sunny crisp February morning that required tea in bed where I finally got to eat my way throughout the shortbreads & they were very tasty. After another long soak in the tub it would be rude not too, we headed down to breakfast. When I first discovered The Ashton their breakfasts was something that all their reviewers really praised so I knew we were in for a treat & we were not disappointed. Heading into the dining room we picked a table amongst the other residence (this was the 1st time we had seen or heard any of them) ordering some tea & coffee I headed up to the sideboard where there was a selection of fresh juices, cereals, fruit salads, homemade compot & granola, creamy thick yoghurt & a selection of home baked breads.
Enjoying some fresh orange with bowl of granola, berries & yoghurt we said good mooring to James & placed our cooked breakfast order so technically a 2nd breakfast but breakfast is the first meal of the day & one of my favourites. My boyfriend order the Full English whilst I opted for an English Muffin Breakfast, all of the produce used is local & fresh which you can always tell in the taste but the eggs from their very own hens the yolk was bright orange & overall it was delicious we were so full we couldn’t even finish them off.
Packing up our bags we headed out with very full tummies, feeling wonderfully relaxed that we really didn’t want to leave & would have happily stayed for another night. I am so happy that I found this gem it is one of the most beautiful & homely places I have stayed in. We both loved our stay here & I know that a revisit will definitely be getting put in the diary. AA x