Recently I did a bit of travelling around the North of England, we were attending a family wedding but also celebrating my father’s 65th Birthday. We split the visit up and stayed in a lovely village called Barley for 2 nights then moved to Morecambe for the last night.
We got the train up from Bristol; we only had to change at Birmingham and we had reserved seats the entire way which made it a stress-less journey. By the time we checked into our first hotel, which was actually an Inn it was pretty late and we went straight to bed but I loved waking up in the morning and looking out of our window to see the beautiful village of Barley. The Inn was stunning; I believe it had recently had some renovation work because everything from the rooms to the pub downstairs seemed very new and had a modern twist on country styling.
The beds in the room were exceptionally comfortable and large, I actually can’t get over how comfortable these beds were and I am really fussy when it comes to sleeping. The room had a large TV, coffee/tea making facilities and a rainfall showerhead in the bathroom. We also had Orla Kiely toiletries which were a nice touch. Breakfast was included with our room and it was served in the bar area downstairs. The food was nice, the portions huge and it was obviously cooked really fresh but unfortunately the slow service let it down a tad.
We decided to make the most of being in such stunning surroundings and take a walk around the village and onto Upper and Lower Ogden Reservoirs. The walk wasn’t too hard going although part of it was up a long hill which left me a bit breathless (side note – really should start exercising more). We had initially considered walking to the top of Pendle Hill but decided against this due to time constraints where we still had to eat and get ready for the wedding party. Walking around in the countryside really took me back to my youth growing up in Scotland. We would spend most weekends exploring woodland trails, it was so much fun and you were always guaranteed to see something different. There weren’t many other people on the trail so it was incredibly peaceful. We ended our walk with some lunch in the pub garden of Pendle Inn where I enjoyed an amazing chicken and chorizo wrap.
There was a surprising amount of things to do and see in the village which included the adorable dog who I think lived with the garage owners opposite the Barley Mow. He was so cute and his little tongue was always hanging out of his mouth. We also made sure to take in the amazing homemade fairies that were in the general car park beside the picnic area.
The venue for the evening wedding reception was incredibly pretty, you were met at the entrance with a golf buggy and personal driver who took you off down a narrow country lane which at the bottom opened out into a beautiful valley. The path was lit up with a string of lights and it was just breathtaking. Totally instagramable. The gold buggies even had blankets supplied to keep warm on the short trip. Everything at the wedding was thought of and the evening flowed without a hitch. There was a marquee set up beside a large grass verge where there were several fire pits dotted around with hay bales and more blankets although they weren’t required with the warmth from the fires. There was a small stream running along which went under a bridge which was beautifully lit up and out onto a river. It was a perfect setting and a really good night. I had a fair few drinks, some cake, pizza and just had a really good time.
Before I knew it my two nights in this sleepy little village were finished and we set off for Morecambe for a night to celebrate my Dad’s birthday in style which I will talk about in my next blog post.