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Mother’s Day trip to dreamy Calcot

Last weekend was a Mother’s Day on Sunday and that was a great opportunity for us to leave London and enjoy fresh air in beloved Cotswolds. So I packed my favourite beauty products and comfortable clothing into my new snazzy Lipault Paris suitcase and headed together with Tadhg and Liam to a breathtaking Calcot Manor. 

And yes it did take my breath away already when we were arriving. I love countryside spa places like this with lot of character and luxury feel. And to all of the pluses Calcot is very children friendly so it is fair to say I found my slice of heaven only few hours drive from London. It can be tricky to find places like this that welcome kids with open arms.

Minuly vikend byl Den Matek (tady v UK) a byla to skvela prilezitost se vydat mimo Londyn na vikend a uzit si cerstveho vzduchu v Cotswolds, kde to mam moc rada. A tak jsem si sbalila pohodlne obleceni a nejake oblibene produkty do sveho krasneho noveho kufru od Lipault Paris a vydala s Tadhgem a Liamkem do nadherneho hotelu Calcot Manor.

Mam hrozne rada tyhle lazenske hotely na britskem venkove. Tento byl kdysi farma a pochazi ze 14 stoleti a zvenci tak i pusobi a vevnitr na vas zapusobi typicky venkovsky luxus. A tak muzu uprimne rict, ze jsem nasla raj na zemi, ktery je par hodin autem od Londyna. A to uz jenom diky tomu, ze deti jsou tady vitane. Spousta obdobnych mist je urcena pouze pro deti coz mi asi momentalne neni moc platne. 

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Spending NYE in a cute cottage in Devon

Dreams are for chasing and making them happen. I have always wanted to do a countryside break and stay in a cosy cottage, enjoy the fire place, endless cups of tea, hot baths and peaceful village atmosphere. So when I suggested my other half to do NYE somewhere in the countryside he nodded quickly.

I will not sit here and tell you that travelling is the same as it used to be.  It is more challenging with children, you need so much more stuff, you need to plan more and obviously it is less comfortable so the idea of renting a place, pack everything in the car is just so easy. We have decided to find somewhere great on Airbnb as we used their services before for a road trip in Ireland and we loved it. Tadhg has always been keen on exploring Devon or Cornwall and as Devon is closer we opted for less hours of driving and it was perfect.

I have done lot of research and decided that I want to go for two bedrooms so Liam can have his own room and this is all you can do with Airbnb, there are no limits which is great. You can rent a penthouse or a small but stunning place like we did. This cottage totally stole my heart. It was exactly what I was looking for and it was so convenient for a small family. Liam loved it too. And I did get to enjoy those cups of tea and cosy armchair by the fire. And if you do not believe me you can check out a full video from our journey. I loved the setting more than anything. It is set in a lovely small village called Gittisham where pretty much every house is a cottage and has a thatched roof. It was such a lovely change from London especially after crazy month of December that was full of work, social events and Christmas madness.

And as we had a car with us we could explore other places. I cannot even describe how lovely the coastal towns are and how much character there is to find. The beaches as so lovely, fresh sea air, lovely cafes and things to do. It really was a great end how to finish a year and enjoy it with my little family. We had a bit of challenge to find good places to eat as I think we are spoiled by London. We are so used to have the best places at our door step with long opening hours and great food. Lot of places stopped serving lunch after 2 pm which is something we are not used to but there is a  hotel and pub  The Pig in a walking distance from the cottage which was beyond. You just have to book in advance as it was very busy but full of character. Well, if you are going to Devon come prepared :)

I would definitely do this again and hopefully I will as all three of us had a great time.

 

Sny jsou od toho, aby se plnily. Tim nemyslim nocni mury, spis ty krasne a takove to nase denni sneni. Ja vzdycky chtela stravit par dni na Anglickem venkove v krasne chaloupce, ktera ma charakter, krb a uzivat si tepla s hrnkem caje v ruce. A kdyz jsem navrhla si zajet nekam tady v Britanii na kratsi dovolenou, manzel okamzite kyvl.

Nebudu tady tvrdit, ze cestovani s detma je stejne jako predtim, protoze neni. Sbohem jsou ty casy, kdy jsem si letiste uzivala, behem letu precetla ctyri casopisy nebo pulku knizky. Cestovat se da, ale musite se na to poradne pripravit. S detma clovek potrebuju tunu veci a proto idea, ze vse nacpeme do auta a proste si nekam zajedeme se nam libila. A rozhodla jsem se najit neco idylickeho na Airbnb. Jejich sluzby jsem vyuzila nekolikrat, napriklad na nas road trip v Irsku a byla jsem spokojena. Tadhg chtel vzdy prozkoumat Devon nebo Cornwall a protoze Devon je zkratka blize, vyhral Devon. Je to asi 4,5 hodiny jizdy a tak jsem zacala hledat, kde se chceme ubytovat a naslu tuhle milou chaloupku, ktera me uchvatila. Je v malicke vesnici Gittisham, kde ma snad kazda budova doskovou strechu a vubec je v krasnem prostredi a presne to jsem chtela. Cestovat s airbnb s rodinou je opravdu super napad a ja si to hrozne uzila. Muzete se klidne podivat na cele video z nasi mini dovolene.

Nejlepsi bylo to, ze autem si clovek proste vsude zajel, projela jsem diky tomu krasne mestecka na pobrezi, uzila si plaze, kavaren na promenade, navstivila akvarium, ale taky jsem se podivala do mesta Exeter, kde jsem drive nebyla. Vse mate na dosah a vlastne si muzete zaridit program jak se vam to hodi a jak to vyhovuje prckovi. Trosku vetsi problem bylo obcas najit dobre misto, kde dobre vari. Londyn nas trochu rozmazlil a treba hodne se nam stavalo, ze restaurace neserviruji jidlo po druhe hodine a nektere byly treba v sobotu zavrene pres obed. Ale kousek od nas bylo neuveritelne misto The Pig, ktere je ztelesnenim britskeho venkova. Tolik charakteru a vyborneho jidla na jenom miste.

Ja si to opravdu uzila a myslim, ze kluci taky. Musime asi brzo vymyslet dalsi vylet.

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Hotel Nobu Shoreditch

The Nobu fever started many years ago thanks to Nobuyaki Matsuhisa and he really made an impact on the hospitality industry. And plus you may know about Nobu in connection with Robert de Niro who is an investor. Yes that is right!

Having visited Nobu in Mayfair I had certain idea about what to expect and those things would be quality, good food and good service. However, the question I had before the stay at Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch is how is the East London going to projected here. Most people know that West and East London have got totally different vibes and style.

And I think the designers and the teams behind this project did a good job. It reflects the far east influence and the Japanese style without a doubt. Every corner of the hotel is sleek and stylish and they thought of every small detail. However, it is not fully my style. I am more traditional kind of girl but no harm to experience a bit of change. The disadvantage would be definitely that the rooms are really dark and so are the corridors. I kept getting lost as the directions are pretty much non existent. Yes, it looks mysterious and chic but I would prefer to find my way back to room at all times. The whole building and the interior is a perfect fit for more industrial East London and the building is hidden really well giving it a bit of privacy.

After we checked in there were some issues with getting in the room so we were offered a different room. I think overall you can tell the hotel is new. The staff isn’t working well in between each other, they definitely need to improve their knowledge and work more on their team work. However this is probably caused by most people being new and it only opened few weeks ago. I am sure they will get there and will represent the Nobu brand moving forward. I do not want to list all the issues we experience in this post as I have Tripadvisor for that and that is where it belongs.

And now on the other note and that is food. Oh my….I had such a culinary experience when I decided to order in my room. I loved the sound of sashimi tacos and the staff was so kind and they made me those famous nobu fries even though it was not a dinner option. And I am definitely coming back for those. I simply cannot get them out of my mind. I was also happy with the breakfast and ordered the Japanese fusion english breakfast that had interesting touch. Although I still missed a piece of toast or bread but that may be just me. LOL

Another fab thing is the bed. Yes, let’s talk about that super comfortable large bed that deserves plus points. I even forgot I cannot have a bath as it was not simply an option with only a shower. On the other hand that gold basin is a dream, don’t you think.

Well, as you can see my feelings are mixed but then on the other hand you are not paying for that standard room too much money. I am definitely interested to go back and firmly believe there will be an improvement. You know I am still thinking of those fries so another visit is a must.

Nobu horecka zacala pred asi triceti lety a to diky zakladateli Nobuyaki Matsuhisa. A ten vytvoril ikonickou sit restauraci a hotelu.  A mozna vite o Nobu i diky Robertu de Niro, ktery je jeden z investoru. Ano a to je opravdu holy fakt. 

Ja jsem vyzkousela Nobu na Mayfair a kdyz jsem zjistila, ze stravim noc v nedavno otevrenem hotelu Nobu v Shoreditch, byla jsem zvedava. A to hlavne protoze vychodni a zapadni Londyn jsou dva velmi rozdilne svety. Maji jinou atmosferu, styl a vubec pusobi uplne jinak. Mela jsem tuseni, co by me tak mohlo cekat, ale i presto si nemuzu zvyknout na fakt, ze Nobu restaurace a navic i hotel se proste nachazi v techto koncinach. 

Myslim, ze architekti a interiorovy navrhari si s projektem poradili velmi dobre. Neprekvapil me vubec vliv dalekeho vychodu, ktery na vas okamzite dychne. Uprimne to neni uplne muj salek caje, ja mam radsi utulne a tradicni hotely, ale obcas zmena neuskodi. Je to otazka vkusu, kazdopadne je to velmi dobre udelano. I kdyz jsem byla zklamana z velikosti pokoju a take ze je vsude silena tma, neustale jsem se ztracela na chodbach. Nemaji tam skoro zadne navigace a radsi bych mela treba mene sik chodbu, ale hlavne, ze najdu bez stresu zpatky cestu do pokoje. 

Hned napoprve nastal problem s tim se vubec do pokoje dostat a tak jsem musela s kamaradkou Atosou zpatky na recepci. A vubec obdobne veci se nam dely porad. Neustale nam nosily cizi objednavky na pokoj apod. Vse davam za vinu tomu, ze je to misto nove, personal neni poradne zaskoleny a sehrany. Nebudu tady zachazet do detailu, na to mam tripadvisor, ale maji co dohanet. Doufam, ze pri dalsi navsteve bude vse lepsi. Myslim, ze to chce jenom cas anebo taky lepsi management. Kdo vi. 

Ale minusove body, ktere jim uberu za servis, jim musim pridat za jidlo. Objednala jsem si veceri na pokoj a to byl kulinarsky zazitek. Jeste ze tak. Zaujaly me sashimi tacos a chtela jsem vyzkouset Nobu hranolku, ktere si kazdy, kdo tam jedl hrozne chvali. A ze jsem nelitovala. Vratim se tam uz jenom kvuli hranolkam, opravdu vynikajici. A nejvic me potesilo to, ze nebyly vubec na vecernim menu a kuchari mi i je i tak udelali. A zajimava byla take snidane. Vyzkousela jsem English breakfast, ktera jako ve vsem mela japonsky vliv. Bylo to vyborne, ale klasicky toast ci kousek chleba by mi k tomu nevadil. 

A dalsi uzasnou veci byla super pohodlna postel, ktera byla velka, pohodlna a hrozne dobre se mi na ni spalo. Na druhou stranu mi chybela vana, i kdyz zlate umyvadlo jsem si chtela odnest domu. LOL 

Me pocity jsou po pobytu v tomto hotelu trosku smisene, ale zase si rikam, ze nas pokoj nestoji majlant a tak nemuzu ocekavat obrovskou vanu a spoustu mista. Pevne doufam, ze se zlepsi jejich pristup a personal, protoze bych se tam rada vratila, i kdyby jenom na ty vyborne hranolky. 

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Serene Paradise at Castell Son Claret

It has only been two days since I have left this paradise and already want to go back. Who can blame me? Let me take you on a little journey to Mallorca and feel the beauty of this stunning place Castell son Claret. 

Although I was meant to go with my plus one and baby Liam we had a big hurdle when boarding the plane and my friend could not leave UK due to some visa issues. I was terrified to travel on my own with 9 months old but I decided to go and really do not regret. The hotel staff made sure I had help at the airport and from that point they made my stay even better than expected. I kept saying to baby Liam we are a bit like a royalty, aren’t we?  LOL.

This place really is a hidden gem and luxury at Mallorca.

Je to jenom druhy den, co jsem zpatky v Londyne z tohoto raje a uz bych se nejradeji vratila. A nemuzete me obvinovat, protoze tento prekrasny hotel na Mallorce Castell son Claret je skutecny raj na zemi.

Prestoze jsem letela na Mallorcu s kamaradkou, tak diky problemu s vizy nemohla odletet. No nebudu vam lhat, bala jsem se jet sama, mela jsem sebou jenom Liama a tunu veci. Kdo cestuje s detmi tak asi vi, o cem mluvim. Riskla jsem to a i diky uzasnym zamestnacum hotelu vse zvladla. Na letisti me cekal taxikar a se vsim mi pomohl. A od te chvile jsem Liamkovi porad rikala, ze se mame jako princatka. LOL

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