Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Twelve bloggers, one manor house and LOTS of cake... (PICTURE HEAVY)

This weekend I went away to Norbury Manor with some of my blogger friends and spent a lovely couple of days eating far too much cake, playing board games and going on long walks around stately homes, what more could you ask for?! There is always a risk when going on holiday with 12 people in one place together but Alex organised a really wonderful holiday with some of the loveliest people I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. Many thanks to AlexChloe (especially for her amazing food organisation skillz!) Sarah, Alice, Sophie, Sarah, Char, Bex, Lucy, Rosie and my roomie Gemma for a really fab time! I only wish I could go away with these girls every weekend! 
















  




♥  The manor itself! Our little old holiday cottage (!) was absolutely divine and I would love to have spent much longer there, it was lovely just to disappear off the grid for a while, even if the lack of phone signal took some getting used to! (Image is taken from the National Trust website.)
♥ We were greeted by a gorgeous bunch of flowers when we arrived which smelt heavenly
♥ I can't even begin to describe just how much cake I ate over the weekend, you know it's bad when you wake up on your first day back at work craving a slice of Victoria sponge for breakfast...
♥ The door out to the garden/grounds...
♥ The medieval knot garden outside the back door...
♥ The rather imposing gates...
♥ The window seats (!) in mine and Gem's room
♥ A real wood fire kept us nice and snug
♥  Rosie's dog Bodhi was absolutely lovely and I think everyone lost their heart to this little cutie!
♥  I love a bit of Articulate!
♥ ROLL TOP BATH KLAXON. I was absolutely in love with this bathroom and one day I will have my own manor house to live in...
♥ The walls were decorated with old paintings and gilt framed mirrors...
♥ My bed was ridiculously comfy and I really loved our room. It was done up in a gorgeous teal blue shade with no chintz in sight...
♥ CHANDELIER KLAXON. One day I will have one of these too...
♥ Each of the windows had little stained glass panels on showing various scenes which I imagine the original owners would have actually been doing. I like this guy's hairdo!
♥ The beautiful wood panelling and one of the many cupboards in the building...
♥ Me and Alex hanging out of the bedroom window, I would like to point out that she was fully clothed in this picture! ;)
♥ Our first meal in the house- Alex was kind enough to get us all a present- pictures to come soon!
♥ Love these girls, go #TeamNorbury!

Have you ever been on a blogger's holiday? Where do you think we should go next?
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16 comments

The Girl said...

I want to go baaaaaaaaaack.

*sobs*

There is literally no wood panelling at work. This makes me sad. Although someone has just brought in cake which I think should help - I don't want to go cold turkey.

char said...

I miss the Manor,. Waaaah.

Alex said...

I AM NOT NAKED IN THAT PHOTO! I don't actually remember what I was wearing, but I was definitely clothed!

I did laugh at the dining room table one. Glass of wine in hand, pj top on. Oh the shame of it.

I miss you all :( And The Manor. We should have pulled a mass sickie and taken the rest of the week off work!

Alice said...

Oh gosh Maria! I am feeling SO nostalgic right now, it was such a fab weekend, and it was really nice to meet you :)
The Manor was stunning, every inch, I'm still longing after the roll top bath and the amazing decor.

I've not had this much fun in such a long time. Great photos, especially the window one, so many amazing photo locations! We were truly spoilt.
xxx

Lauren said...

Wow maria that place looks like a dream! Such lovely architecture and interiors. I wish I lived where you lived so I could go there :P Looks like you had a great time though :) xo

Sarah said...

This looks amazing!!
x

Sophie - CGDN said...

Amazing pictures! It was great to meet you :)
I will miss the manor for ages now... it felt like home for those few days x

Lucy in the Clouds said...

Hehe - NAKED ALEX ON THE INTERNET!!!

Fab post Maria, was so lovely to meet you - definitely having grandeur withdrawal symptoms now :(

FAIIINT said...

Ahh, this looks like it was an amazing weekend! How awesome to get to stay in such a beautiful manor... And all those cakes too! Very jealous! :)

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

Cake and Articulate!? Sounds like the best weekend ever! I've never been on a blogging holiday but I do love going for drinks and day trips with my bloggy pals :)

xXxStundonxXx said...

Wow, wow, wow this seems like such an amazing weekend and something that I would love to do!
Glad you all had a great time x

The Photogramps said...

That weekend looks so fun! My favorite is the blue bath tub!!!
xo
ashley

www.thephotogramps.blogspot.com

The Photogramps said...

That weekend looks so fun! My favorite is the blue bath tub!!!
xo
ashley

www.thephotogramps.blogspot.com

Pardon My Fashion said...

OMG, I want to live here! SO GORGEOUS!

xoxo

Piera Anastasia Ramella Pezza said...

It seems you had fun!!!!
Major love for the cakes ahaha :)
And big kiss to the lovely dog :)

Aldo's clutch GIVEAWAY is up on my blog right now:
http://mystylerecipe.com/2013/03/24/aldo-red-lips-clutch-giveaway/

Kezzie said...

Bloomin heck that IS a lot of cake (that's the first cake piccie I have seen from this trip!). It sounds like so much fun! I love that roll top bath! Some friends and I hired a cottage in Derbyshire once and it had an amazing bath like that! Lovely post! Can't wait to see what you pressie was! Alex seems to have got it spot on with all the ones I've seen so far!x

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