A hot tub in a forest...

I honestly don't know how to start this post, except by saying all what follows will in no way do the experience justice - it was an adventure of pure perfection, and I wholeheartedly suggest you follow suit...

A few months ago, in the midst of busy season at work, I did some 2am blog scrolling to distract myself from yet another spreadsheet, and came across this blog post by Katy. I knew instantly we had to go, regardless of where it was, and I fired off some texts to James, which were answered next morning saying he'd booked it for June.

Weirdly, without ever having heard of it, it turns out Medstead is actually in between Southampton and Basingstoke, so we ended up having an insanely packed weekend, going from home to River Cottage in Winchester for lunch, staying in the wagon overnight, and heading off to Basingstoke the next morning.

We arrived at the wagon around 2pm so had the whole day to enjoy our little escape. It's super easy to get to, but once you're there, you're hidden from view in your own little forest.

 ...which backs onto a field! We made lots of cow friends - I was a bit worried the fence wouldn't hold them and we'd be trampled!

I finally got to toast marshmallows on the fire - the owner/builder, Ralph, has thought of everything and even supplied us with marshmallows!

I was a bit too over zealous...

We spent the afternoon relaxing in the hot tub, drinking the wine we brought back from Italy. It was pure perfection. (You have to heat the hot tub yourself using a log fire - so much fun!)

Afro chicken...
(Ralph's mum Jean showed us the chicks on arrival - they are literally the cutest things ever!)

Everything is handmade!

After our hot tub session, we wandered through the fields to the Yew Tree, a pub a couple of miles away. We had a very scenic walk, and the food was lovely when we got there - I fully recommend the sticky toffee pudding.

The wagon literally had everything you need for a few days away to escape from it all.

After our adventures, we watched the sun sent in the bath under the floor, finishing off the wine....

I honestly couldn't recommend it enough - I had a beautiful time.

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Italy - Coffee and elephants in Rome

Our first stop on our Italy trip was Rome and it was simply amazing! We did so much exploring and crammed so much in - I'd love to go again, it's such a great city! (So glad I ticked it off my 25 in 25 too...)

Here are the final photos from our trip!
(There are some more on my INSTAGRAM if you want more!)

Waaaaahhhhh! We're at the Colosseum! So many tourists! (Everywhere...) Sneaky side photo of James at the right there...

This is the Trevi fountain from the non-famous side...you can see how busy it is!

Arty shot of coffee in a square...pure bliss.

Typical Italian street...

Bridge over the river on the way to the Vatican.

Garden at the top of one of the hills.

The first real life elephant I've ever seen! (We went to the Zoo, they're not free-roaming, don't worry!)

Ruins and blue skies everywhere!

It was an utterly perfect two weeks, and I can't wait to go back! (We've got a few other places to tick off first though...)

Have you ever been to Rome? I'd love to hear your stories - TWEET ME!