The Voice of Ireland judge and pop star Rachel Stevens took time out of her busy schedule to visit Hunter Lodges. Find out what she thought.....
When things get crazy busy, it’s nice to get away for a few days with the family and knowing how busy the diary’s looking, that’s exactly what I did with Alex, Amelie and Minnie earlier this year.
There are lots of great places to go in the UK for a mini break and the gorgeous Celtic Manor in Wales is one of them. We’ve been a couple of times before and because it’s only a few hours out of London, has lots of things for the girls to enjoy - and for Alex and I too! - it's a perfect getaway for us to chill out and relax.
We stayed in one of the Hunter Lodges which are beautiful - huge and yet they’ve got a real ‘homely’ feel to them. You don’t want to leave and to be honest you don’t need to if you don’t want to, because they have everything there that you can think of, but we decided to get out in the fresh air and make the most of the countryside and all the facilities with the girls. We took them on nature walks, explored the grounds (the view are stunning), golf courses - bliss! In fact, it turns out we have a little golfer in the family in Amelie, who put us all to shame at the crazy golf with an impressive performance!
There are a lots of different restaurants to choose from too - which is always a winner for Alex and I as we love a good menu ;) and the food was amazing! One of our favorites was the fine dining at 'Terry M’ … delicious! And a few nights we stayed in too, ordered food to the Lodge and snuggled up on the sofa, in front of the wood fire, hanging out in our pyjamas. The girls loved it - there's an amazing 360-degree view from the Lodge too so they were still spotting animals and things they wouldn't get to see in London even though we were cosied up inside.
I could literally feel my shoulders dropping after just a few hours of being there. I did pay a little visit to the spa and pool. Here’s me doing my best Audrey Hepburn impression - not quite as glam! - before the most amazing Elemis Visible Brilliance Facial treatment which I’d recommend and would definitely have again.
It felt like we’d been away so much longer than we had. We were looked after so well by everyone, that I’m wondering ‘How soon is too soon to go back?’ Maybe once my dancing shoes are hung up again, we’ll be able to cram another visit in … before heading back to Ireland to start the live shows for The Voice and #TeamRachel.
Read more at Rachel's Blog
Find out more: www.celtic-manor.com