Saturday, 30 June 2012

Orchard Carriage


I've only been back home for a day but could not resist posting some snaps of one of the places I stayed this week. Liam and I travelled down and up (in that order) the country, stopping off in Dorchester, rural Somerset, Malvern, Ledbury, Worcester (inadvertently, towed having broken down) and back to Birmingham in just less than a week. We drove 671 miles, ate far too much icecream, and generally had a lovely, chilled out time. Road trips are the best ways of doing a holiday on the cheap. You can pick and choose what to eat, where to visit, and where to stay, all to suit your budget. As long as you have enough petrol to get you home, the world is your oyster! I actually cried today I was so sad my holiday was over! Back to the grind in a couple of days. C'est la vie.

This is the beautiful Orchard Carriage, a restored railway carriage which has been transformed into the most beautiful hideaway in the middle of the Somerset countryside. It was quite a mission to find and essentially in the owners' back garden, but with running hot water, a couple of electrical sockets and a gas hob to make a cup of tea in the morning, it was just far enough from civilisation to relax. No twitter, no facebook, no phone! Bliss. 


I really couldn't recommend it enough. Liam is brilliant at finding far flung, unusual hotels and accommodation, and this may well be his best discovery yet. (Yes, well done, I know you're reading.) I'm going to go to bed now, and probably not get in a car again for at least another month.

What is the most unusual or noteworthy place you've ever stayed? 
Claire x

21 comments:

  1. Oh my stars, that looks absolutely gorgeous! I've never stayed in a place that looks as magical as that :D

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  2. That looks amazing! I'm so jealous!

    Claire
    x

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  3. Wow this looks lovely! Having a roadtrip and staying in random little places like this and just exploring is my idea of a perfect getaway - shame I don't have a car though!
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  4. GOOD GOD, this place looks amazing!!! im so glad you shared this! wow! loving your blog! :) xx Elly @ jazzlipsandtulips

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  5. that place is adorable. ive only ever stayed in bog standard hotels so this would be a dream, its so darn cute.

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  6. This looks amazing!! Thnk the best place ive stayed is in a turret in the wall around a city, it was a national trust property :) xx

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  7. The restored cottage looks amazing! I love finding little gems like that. Though I would be scared of falling off that bed!x

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  8. Wow this looks lovely! Glad you had a good holiday xx

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  9. That has to be the cutest holiday let I have ever seen! Xo

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  10. This looks incredible; you're so lucky to have stayed there!

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  11. this place looks amazing, well done to Liam! It's time like this that I wish I could drive! xx

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  12. Oh wow that sounds like a really fun holiday! That little carriage is so so cute - I love it :-)

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  13. This looks AMAZING! way more cute than the caravan I stayed in last year x

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  14. This looks lovely, the perfect little getaway location. I alway watch programmes that feature strange hotels and camping spots but I've never managed to get to one myself. (: xx

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  15. Oh my gosh! Oh fricking amazing, it looks IMMENSE! XX

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  16. That is possibly THE most idyllic situation I've ever seen!

    http://ohmyolivia.blogspot.co.uk/ <3

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  17. This is amazing!! It looks like a total upgrade of a trip Matt and I took last year to some camping pods in Cornwall. Far away, no technology and just somewhere far removed. I'm going to keep this in mind, it looks like an absolutely gorgeous space to spend some time xx

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  18. This looks beautiful! I love going on adventures but I haven't found anywhere quite like this before-gorgeous!

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  19. This place looks like it was labored out of love....the most amazing places I have stayed in were a floating 'faluca'(sp?) on the Nile and a 'maloca' (tribal house) on the banks of the Apaporis in the Amazon....

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  20. That looks beautiful! And you didn't tell me that you were in Worcester, that's right by me!

    Maria xxx

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  21. omg claire - i need to go here x

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