I decided to take a DIFFERENT approach to this blog. You see,i recently had the amazing opportunity to spend a weekend at the Rickety bridge manor house. However, to describe the experience in a way that would truly represent the unique guest house was challenging as different aspects appeal to different people! Therefore, I decided t share my FAVORITE memories of the weekend and In DOING so let the magic of the manor house speak for itself!
1) I embrace a warm cup of coffee between ENTWINED fingers as the warm liquid slowly removes all memory of the outdoor chill that still lingered on the tips of my hands. I was sitting in the lounge of our suite in the manor house gazing through one of the classic old dutch windows at the VINEYARDS beyond. The VINEYARDS had already started to show the rust-like appearance of the approaching winter as red and green blended in harmony. moments like these reminded me of a quote my MOTHER often repeats, "We are human beings...so take a deep breath and just be!"
2) Light and shadow danced on the walls as the embers of the wood fire swirled up the chimney and into the night air. I was curled up on the couch, under an enormous, fluffy blanket, giggling at one of my FAVOuRITE movies as i sipped on a glass of red wine. The ruby liquid lighting up as it caught the movement of the fire. This moment: my QUINTESSENTIAL winter fantasy.
3) my eyes open, slow and lazy, as i i attempt to crawl out of the nest of pillows and blankets i had not-so-DELICATELY constructed in my sleep. Warm rays lit the room with the unspoken promise of a beautiful, sunny day. I gazed out of the beautiful, classical window and marveled at how this house had been refurbished to combined the best of the classical cape dutch style with modern design.
4) my tummy grumbled expectantly as i gazed at the breakfast menu. I was sitting at the kitchen table of the MANOR house, fresh spring flowers elegantly displayed on the table next to bowls of fruit and pots of tea. The intimate breakfast setting encompassed the familiar and personal feel of the farm house, with the expert cooking of a five start guest house! Truly a great start to the day.
Now, i admit, these four memories are personal and may not appeal to EVERYONE, but isn't that what a get-away is supposed to be? An opportunity to rise above the mundane routine of EVERYDAY life and experience the things you personally enjoy. This, you see, is the magic of the manor house, combining LUXURY and intimacy means you can truly relax (because everything is taken care of) and that you can do what you find relaxing because it offers privacy! So, To sum it up in three words: beautiful, historic and classy!
"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so... get on your way!"
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