Juggling a freelance career with 3 daughters, 3 dogs and an overworked Assistant Head-Teacher husband means 24 hours away together is a fabulous treat.
Parenting experience tells us distance isn't important so for 24 hours way, travelling only 50 mins from our home in Somerset to Bradford on Avon is perfect.
Ultimately the shorter the distance the longer 'us time' we get. It makes packing really easy too.
Pub v boutique hotel is always a debate we have before we book a night away. Karl wants ales, a steak and a cosy fire, I want funky decor, a fabulous gin, a buzz and somewhere to walk.
Timbrells Yard ticks all boxes.
First up was a Tarquins Gin, recommended by the friendly bar man which was perfect to put me in relaxed mode. We had tasted this Cornish gin at our last mini-break in the autumn so evoked good memories immediately.
Perching at the restored vintage bar table, there is laidback vibe about the place and the decor felt as cool as a north London pub.
We arrived after the lunchtime rush, there was good mix of people like us (having a break away) with locals popping in for a pint with the dog and freelance types working.
We were blessed by cold sunny weather, my second gin was enjoyed wrapped up outside on the industrial styled tables and stools.
We then took a late afternoon stroll to enjoy the river and the sunset which Timbrells Yard looks over.
When you have a break from the children there is something quite fabulous about that time between 4-7pm when you find you have hours to relax, read and chill so we found comfort in hanging out in our room.
Our room looked over the river so a great place to sit and relax.
The decor is a bit uber cool. With a nostaglic nod to our childhood, a picture of Dennis the Menace and an ornament of a red Robot.
We stayed in the modern, renovated part of the hotel. Our room was contemporary split level mezzanine. It felt rather Scandinavian style.
I need that poster in my life and I'd forgotten about Dennis the Menace!
No pressure to have fun then!
The brilliance of Timbrells Yard is also the food.
So although I took an arty shot outside, we didn't leave the building that evening. That's the open kitchen restaurant inside. Theres a great hustle and bustle about the place and the young energetic staff keep the place alive and kicking.
I chose to wear some new cropped jeans by Zara, a vintage smoking jacket with red boots also Zara and red silk top by Mango. Clutch bag by local boutique Instant Vintage
This is the open mezzanine balcony that looks down to the restaurant.
The kitchen is literally below so you can see everything thats being cooked from up here!
It was time for fizz and we sat in a cool sofa area and enjoyed a glass with another couple who were also having a night away.
What can I say? We ate a lot!
I had the goats cheese starter...
and Karl had the steak..(which looked kind of healthy and apparently perfectly cooked...)
and I had belly pork, truffle mash, kale, chilli and crispy parsnips...all divine!
Its amazing how the next day you still really want breakfast? After a wonderful nights sleep in a very large comfortable rich cotton bed we strolled back down for more food and lots of coffee.
I always suggest a slouchy stylish breakfast look when I travel. I'm never ready at 8.30 to put my outfit on, but I don't want to look untidy. This printed sweatshirt by Instant Vintage was the perfect throw on teamed with my Me&Em trousers as before.
At breakfast we noticed a lot of tourists staying and we discussed that with only a 10 minute scenic train journey to Bath this would be the perfect place to stay in if you are visiting Bath to also enjoy the beauty of Bradford on Avon.
I had poached eggs and salmon and lots of coffee. Karl went for bacon, avocado and mushrooms. Safe to say we didn't eat much for the rest of the day but certainly needed a good walk afterwards.
There's so much to see in Bradford on Avon. Timbrells sits right on the river so you have beautiful walk 2 minutes from the door. It was another perfect morning and we enjoyed looking at the architecture the town has to offer.
I chose a utility style khaki jumpsuit which I styled with snakeskin boots, chunky belt and fabulous new cardigan-coat, scarf, and handbag all by Instant Vintage.
Walking along a river, a canal, finding a tithe barn. The steady pace of the town allowed us to really take in the architecture.
So after Karl getting his canal boat fix (and trying to persuade me that it was a great holiday option for the family!) I was able to visit my favourite boutique which has just opened a second store in Bradford on Avon. Instant Vintage for some instant fashion hits.
Handbag, Cardi-coat and scarf all from Instant Vintage who also has a boutique in George Street in Bath.
In just under 24 hours, we felt relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to return to the chaos at home. Thanks Timbrells, we will definitely repeat very soon.