When asked to review The Haybarn in Fryton, Slingsby, North Yorkshire by Gorgeous Cottages as a destination for ‘Posh Hen Do’s’ and ‘Girlie Getaways’ we were not prepared for the splendour to come. We headed to York and found our way to The Haybarn, one of the Cherrygarth Cottages luxury holiday cottages. It was pitch dark when we arrived at 7pm. Upon…

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The month of May sees the start of National Walking month and this year Nicola and I are going to try and walk  as an absolute minimum 20 minutes every single day. Of course there is a hashtag for this (#try20) but it’s not one we have created. Living Streets is the UK charity that champions…

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It’s week two of the Easter holidays for one half of the Sofa Stories team and the other half has a lovely birthday coming up. Here’s how I’m spending my week. Monday: Pirates and Princesses: Crook Hall & Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, DH1 5SZ Visitors are invited to follow a quest for treasure around the gardens…

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Date day with daughter we headed to the theatre for a production of ‘Snow White’. Rewind to 2010 and Emily and I were involved with Northern Stage’s anniversary project #40babies where a living book was created and captured from bump to three years old so Northern Stage Newcastle always holds fond memories. Fast forward to 2016,…

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This weekends coffee and cake stop was the beautiful Bradley Gardens . This destination lays 4.7 miles from my mum and dads home where I lived for 30 years but it was so well hidden behind an 18th century walled garden that I have only fell upon it one other time but that was only in 2015. The…

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