We booked this trip all the way back in January, craving Summer with the hope of blue skies and sunshine. But in true Great British style, our summery stay was a stormy one. Complete with non-stop rain, rumbles of thunder and blustering winds. We drove through the countryside with the windscreen wipers at full speed wearing a slightly apprehensive look on our faces. We had booked one of the ‘Hilly Huts’ and we’re worried the whole stay would be a disaster, but it turns out we had absolutely nothing to worry about.
After checking in, we parked up and followed the wooden sign posts to our hut with a little bit of shelter from the towering trees. Although we were hurrying to get into the dry, we couldn’t help but stop and admire the incredible tree houses that were dotted around. Soon the smell of smoking log fires and chimneas filled the air amongst the sound of rain falling through the branches, and that’s when all the Hygge kicked in and my worries began to disappear. We found our hut all lit up, the radio already playing and a welcome note ready and waiting for us. We unpacked and stashed our bags under the bed, leaving a calm and cosy little space to chill out in. We made coffee from the Nespresso machine and lit the fire – something I never pictured us doing when we first booked! But it was perfect. The rain was beating against the windows and we felt sooo relaxed – exactly what we came for.
Although small, the space never felt too tiny or cramped. Each wall had its own little window, and the top half of the stable door could be propped open to let in the fresh air. A super comfy bed filled one half of the room, while the other half contained a sofa, foot stool, log fire and coffee making area (complete with Nespresso machine and pods!) We also had a fridge loaded with a complimentary mini bar consisting of beers, Prosecco, soft drinks and bottled water. Next to the fire were plenty of logs, kindling, matches and newspaper. Although our fire making skills weren’t quite up to scratch, the log store was just outside in case we ran short. The TV on the wall could be stretched right out to the bed – perfect for the built in Netflix. The en-suite was compact yet had everything you could need from the light up makeup mirror to the steaming hot shower.
We spotted the ‘Survival Guide’ propped up on one of the shelves, and soon discovered that we could order pizza straight to our door. The options sounded delicious and knowing that dinner was still a while away, we caved and picked up the phone. We ordered the mozzarella, basil, olive and sun dried tomato pizza and after about 20 minutes, we had a knock on the door and our food had arrived in a cute take-out box. The crispy thin base was loaded with toppings and we devoured every last crumb, all without leaving our hut.
But the best bit was outside… As soon as the rain had slowed down (plus a glass of Prosecco later to help me brave the weather) I grabbed the umbrella and headed to the tub. The Fish have thought of everything – by the front door we had a basket loaded full of towels, an outdoor mat, and even flip flops to take outside with us. The steam bellowed out as soon as we lifted the cover and the tub was ready to go. The views were incredible and we never felt over looked (we opted for Hilly Hut 3 after reading that this was one of the most private). It really was the perfect place to lie back with a glass of fizz in hand and watch the sun set over our home town – even in the rain.
Soon it was time to get ready for our evening meal. Having dined at Hook before, we were very excited to be back. The rain had finally stopped and we made our way back down to the main area of the hotel. As well as Hook, there’s also a beautifully decorated bar, cosy lounge, and outdoor terraces lit with festoon lights. We both opted for the steak which tasted incredible – so good that we didn’t make time for photos. We walked off dinner outside and finished our drinks under the terrace. All we wanted to do at this point was head back to our tub and finish the Prosecco.
Fortunately the next morning started off much brighter and we were able to do a little more exploring. All after breakfast of course! This was back in the Hook restaurant where we could choose from the scrummiest Continental selection, a ‘help yourself’ cooked breakfast, plus an eggs station where the chef could make you Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, eggs whatever you fancy… We were then tempted by the Boot Room – a place to pick up a pair of wellies and a map to one of the nearby villages, however we were feeling just a little too relaxed and opted for a walk around the estate instead. We spotted the twinkling fairy lights of the Hideaway Huts which we would love to come back and try out. We then wandered back through the lounge which makes the perfect setting for afternoon tea and back into the bar for one last drink before check out.
We slowly packed up our hut and said goodbye to our lovely little home for the past 24 hours and THAT incredible view. The Fish is such a special place to us and we will definitely be back soon…