Posted on January 21, 2016
Posted on January 7, 2016
The North Star Club is THE name in ‘Boutique Woodland Breaks’. If you’re not familiar with the term, don’t worry – neither was I till North Star popped up in my Instagram feed (yet another triumph for social media as if we needed proof it works!) and I was instantly curious.
The accommodation is luxury woodland cabins in an area of forest just outside York and is quite unlike anything else. As fate would have it, North Star Club and I contacted each other on the same day and it wasn’t long before we were booking a pre-Christmas stay.
North Star has created a new genre of accommodation for those wanting a cosy get-away. It invites you to be amongst the outdoors, whilst being several echelons up the glamping ladder (which they also invented – a la ‘Jolly Days Glamping‘). We invited the whole family (as you do), who don’t live to far away and thus began Christmas week early.
The careful thought to detail, the decorative flourishes and the feeling of ‘fit’ are what makes this place. Beautiful wreaths adorn the doors, there are furs everywhere and more fairy lights than leaves! I’d done my homework before we left and knew the designers Mr & Mrs Van Outersterp were award multi-award winning designers ~ it shows.
Our cabin had a large covered porch with table and chairs and a large gas BBQ. The first day there was so mild (for December) we were able to sit out and appreciate this space. The second day was much colder which forced us all indoors hence, Spring thru Autumn months you’d really be able to enjoy this ‘room’ outdoors.
Breakfast; ham and brie croissants with red-currant and ruby port sauce. Easiest to make and so tasty! The BBQ had a lid so they cooked in minutes and I’d taken disposable trays too so zero cleaning!
In through the front door was a small room with table, two chairs and a good-sized little fridge ↓, we hadn’t expected any crockery (as the website clearly states not self-catering) so had taken our own but on arrival found out there was no need. They provide it all. This room also had a sofa bed that slept two people.
The accommodation slept 6 in total. The sofa bed, a twin room, and the heart of the cabin – the Master Bedroom. This was GORGEOUS, had a wood-burning stove we kept lit all day and really was the room we all hung out in. The cabin managed to swallow varying combinations of 11 of us (some family came to hang out during the days). My point… quarters are not cramped!
Off the master bedroom was a bathroom almost as big. One of the facilities North Star offers is pre-bookable Spa treatments within the comfort of your bathroom… bliss!
Away from the cabins are some great communal spaces. The fire pit was lovely to take the kids to and simply sitting watching the flames whilst toasting marshmallows was magic. The Woodshed is a stones-throw and has seating and tables outside around a pizza stove. Our first night we ate pizzas here it was so mild and the additional space was perfect for the younger children.
Inside the Woodshed … well the pictures can do the talking!
The North Star Club is a definite recommend! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to return.
Visit the North Star Club website here, they have some fantastic images and more information about the various lodges guests can stay in.
What about the Food? When you click on the ‘FOOD’ tab of the North Star Club website, you are directed towards local restaurants. North Star state they are ‘not self-catering’ yet you are provided you with all the means to do so. No pun intended but there is everything apart from the kitchen sink (you wash your pots in the bathroom). As mentioned earlier, there was crockery and cutlery for six people, there was a washing up bowl with liquid, the BBQ was gas so cooking was good-to-go and trays and pans were available in the Woodshed… the ‘small fridge’ was a very decent size and we ate completely self-catered.
To us it was a ‘plus’ but couldn’t help thinking if it was better explained on the website, people might be encouraged to stay who otherwise wouldn’t if they felt they were going to have to eat out every meal.
UPDATE: 7th Jan 2.45pm Since posting this morning, I have heard from North Star who are firstly thrilled with the post and second, have said “the camp staff are meant to take away dirty pots as they have a washing area so that guests aren’t washing in their bathrooms – of which we are going to make this clearer going forward.”. This is good news and now makes complete sense, self-cater and prosper folks!
Posted on January 3, 2016
Life will give you lemons.
This year doesn’t stop being ‘my year’ when adversity hits.
It can be easy to assess a month or year based on how much crap we did or didn’t get.
But hardship will come.
It is a part of life.
We just need to keep moving, tough and as heart-breaking as that can sometimes be. Read More
Posted on December 10, 2015
What to buy for the stylishly minded? These three ideas have made their way into my world this past month, here’s the lowdown! ~OX
2. Love, Style, Life is the first book by Garance Doré. A fan of her blog and style; I was eager to get a copy. It didn’t disappoint. The book’s a perfect easy-read that can be dipped into, has great style advice written in Garance’s humorous hand and I finished in three ‘sittings’. This will be finding its way into many a stocking this Christmas I have no doubt – a great gift for around £12.
3. Having worn one pair of earrings pretty much consistently for the past 18 months (yes these ones), I have been on the look out for another pair…something a bit fabulous but not too ‘evening’. There’s many a cuff around at the moment and these I fell in love with. Again from Zara, wait till you see the price…
One ear (shown on the left) has a stud at the bottom with a cuff securing higher up the ear, and the other (on the right) is one of those drop-behind-the-ear jobs.
Aren’t they are just gorgeous and an absolute steal at £9.95!
Have fun shopping… shop local where you can, shop online when you can, don’t stress too much about it and don’t forget to gift yourself something!
Posted on September 10, 2015
Posted on July 14, 2015
Last week we visited the newly opened Keelham Farm Shop on the outskirts of Skipton, Yorkshire. It was a delight! Post school, I took one tired little lady (not that keen on the idea of going) who, once inside the doors, quickly became an excitable little lady ‘thrilled’ at what she experienced.
There is simply everything to go at; fresh produce, a bakery, deli counters with fresh meats, pies, curry’s, pulses and seeds, juice bar and a florist that makes up hand-tied bouquets.
Generational family photos on the walls of the original Keelham, (in Thornton, Bradford) are a lovely touch – this is their lifes work and creativity which has resulted in a unique shopping experience.
The novelty of picking out the fruit and veg (and sweets) we wanted (rather than picking up a sealed pack) and weighing them on non-digital scales prompted an unexpected response in my shopping buddy – it was a learning experience and she was fully immersed in it.
The cafe/restaurant was full but we secured a table and both enjoyed our food and drink. There is a mezzanine level opening soon which will add even more seating with a great view over the shopping hall.
This is not a place we would pass naturally very often, so will we go back? Some changes to the menu… with less carb-heavy options on there would definitely tempt me back (as Miss P was very happy with the kids menu). Outside of that, yes – this is a place we will take people to because of its creative simplicity and unique approach.
It’s the kind of place you may want to go on a family day when you want to go somewhere, but don’t want to do a shops/cinema/etc or it’s not nice enough for outdoors. This place ticks a few boxes in one go and you could spend a couple of hours there if you wanted.
Finally, and I wasn’t fully aware of this till I got home and casually looked at my receipt from the shopping we’d bought…it’s very good value for money!
They have a great website, find out more at Keelham Farm Shop.
Posted on March 26, 2015
Last weekend these coral crush’s entered my world that have
The colours are so blooming gorgeous and Spring has felt like a long time coming! It’s been busier than ever at Butler HQ what with the pre-Easter crazy, but taking the time to appreciate what we have is so important. Perfect antidote to ‘is it nearly Spring yet’ days.
1. First up – linen loveliness. Massimo Dutti do the best take on simple pieces – often there’s a little accent here or there that just ‘makes’ them. Two of their tops made their way into my wardrobe in Autumn that I have worn so much, I was eager to see what they would do for Spring. They haven’t disappointed. The detailing with the fine buttons down the back and patched sleeves on this top I instantly loved. It was only natural to get it in the navy aswell!
2. Next this GOR-GE-OUS nail colour. butter polish colours are beautiful and this is no exception. It went on yesterday for the first time and I have to say – I love it as a perfect midpoint between orange and pink. Some polishes look old a few hours after application, however butter have such a great finish they look like a professional job. This colour’s called Trout Pout.
3. Finally, these frilly tulips from M&S, which I’m told are parrot tulips…? On a day when a little pick-me-up was needed, these and a bar of 85% did just the trick. They are not as simplistic as ordinary tulips and have brought a lot of smiles. Bloomin lovely!