Unplugging

This weekend I treated myself to something of a digital detox.

My man and I drove out to the countryside for a couple of nights, stopping at a pub along the way.

I did say digital detox, after all. Not a diet detox.

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More or less on the way to our eventual destination, we stopped of in Winchester.

The Chesil Rectory, to be exact.

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A snug, old pub with a crackling fire and cracking food.

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I started with a pile of crab (mostly hidden beneath the tower of carrots) and he had a beetroot tart.

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Followed by the most excellent wood pigeon with truffle risotto & cavolo nero.

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Apple crumble & custard.

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And a raspberry frangipane tart.

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An exceptionally good start to a rather drizzly weekend!

Fuelled up, we drove the rest of the way to our new home.

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A little tin shepherds hut, nestled in a meadow, in the middle of the woods. The Wriggly Tin.

If camping feels a little too much like hard work, allow me to introduce you to “Glamping“.

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A little kitchen, complete with wood fired stove.

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A dining room.

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Feather bed with crisp cotton sheets.

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And room for a little’un!

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With no electricity, wifi or phone reception, we set to and collected wood for the fire.

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Exceptionally excited, despite the persistent drizzling rain!

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Huge grey scarf (so soft and a bit of a bargain!) // Soft grey jumper

Skinny jeans // Black wellies (I had ordered these beauties, but they didn’t arrive in time.)

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Having lit the stove, I got to work laying the campfire.

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Thankfully the drizzle stopped for a while, but the wood was still pretty damp.

Mr Custard was a tremendous help.

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But we got it started in the end!

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Popped the kettle on.

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And set about unpacking.

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Stowed away all of our belongings.

Incase you’re as enamoured with all things blue as I am, you can find my weekend bag here!

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Finally we sat down for a nice cup of tea, and listened to the rain hammer down on the tin roof.

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The second it stopped again, we were out there ready to snuggle up beside the fire.

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And there was no way Custard was missing out on that action!

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We stayed out until the sun set, turning the meadow the most beautiful shade of violet.

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And then burning gold.

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I heated up a stew I’d brought along (steak and guinness if you’re curious)(in a rather fitting pink le creuset), we lit the lanterns and the candles.

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And settled in for the cosiest night I can remember.

Stove roaring away, chimney puffing, a bottle of wine, our books and more than a few marshmallows each.

I have to say, I could really get used to life without technology.

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  • Camping: not so much, but I could definitely get on board with glamping! Sometimes just a day away from all the digital distractions is enough for me, helps me sleep so much better!

    Laura x | http://www.lovedbylaura.com

  • That looks absolutely heavenly! I NEED a weekend to unplug! Did you come away feeling refreshed?

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  • Janine

    Aw looks like the most relaxing way to spend a drizzly weekend! I’m craving s’mores now. If you’re looking for more digital detoxes you should check out Canopy Under the Stars website, they’ve got loads of great escapes. Enjoy! X

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  • This is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

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  • This looks like the most incredible evening, I’m sure you both deserved such a lovely break. I have a serious hunger to run away from life for a camping trip right now!! And I could go for a little tin house of my own 🙂 x

    farouchefox.blogspot.com

  • Your little home away from home is beyond adorable!! I’d love to do something similar with my boyfriend, it seems like such a romantic weekend!

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  • Georgina Kim

    Glamping – your version sounds oh so incredibly idyllic, peaceful and cozy! I’d much prefer to take the route you took though unfortunately my man would prefer to do it the hard way, camp out in a true makeshift tent lol! Smart idea bringing something as fulfilling and tasty as stew on a trip. I can’t remember the last time I was on a digital detox! Even a break from facebook is quite rewarding.

  • Glamping is my favourite weekend away, mhmm absolute bliss!! You impressed me by whipping out that casserole I have to admit!
    Take me with you next time ok?
    Much love x

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  • I love all of these pictures, they look like something out of a movie. That place looks so lovely, I wish there was something like that near me!

  • Oh it sounds wonderful.

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  • Well this is the post of dreams! I love being in the countryside and this looks superb! I think I need a digital detox too.
    Bee | QueenBeady.com

  • what a great post and pictures !!!! This would be my boyfriend and I dream weekend away ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Fi

    I’m going to HAVE to do this, looks idillic x

  • HelenTheEagle

    This looks like so much fun! Just a little side note, though, I think you misspelled Wood fired stove as Food fired stove on accident 😉 Just thought I’d let you know.

  • It looks sooo relaxing! I could do with glamping I guess, it looks fun (and cozy)!

  • ninegrandstudent

    This sounds like my perfect night – would be lovely for a really romantic date! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Emma and Emily

    So gorgeous! I need myself a digital break badly!

    Emily x
    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • The slow pace

    If you love glamping, you’d adore les Roulotttes de Campagne. It’s more or less the same concept but you can have breakfast in a castle next to the Loire, for instance. They have the most amazing roulottes with a circus gipsy feel to it. Plus, croissants.
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.

  • Lucy Birchall

    I love that you stopped off in Winchester first! Despite having lived in the area for most of my life, I’ve never made it to the Chesill Rectory. I’ve heard such great things.

    This sounds like such a fun way to spend an evening or a weekend! It looks ridiculously snuggly and I’m all in favour of a digital detox. I took one in the middle of the year, and despite my initial reservations, it did me a world of good.

    She’s So Lucy

  • Such lovely photos! The food looks delicious!

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  • What a cute little hut, I love the interior decor. Just wondered about the toilet facilities though, that’s where I always come unstuck with camping!!!!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Ashleigh

    Absolutely nothing better. I switched off for about 6 weeks not so long ago and felt like a new person.

    Ashleigh | www,quintessentiallyme.co.uk

  • How fantastic is this! What a great idea, it’s so romantic and your photos are beautiful! I’m loving the idea of glamping.
    xo
    styleontheside.com

  • Wow this looks lovely and such a perfect little getaway, also sometimes a digital detox is needed.

  • Natalia

    These photos look stunning! Such a great idea for escaping the City! x
    Natalia – thewomaniwantobe.com

  • Glamping is definitely my kinda thing and this little caravan is so cute! SO cosy and a great way to fully escape and immerse yourself in the countryside.

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • This looks rather idyllic! I’m definitely not much of a camper, but glamping might tempt me! I’m completely in love with that weekender bag btw – so gorgeous! xxx

  • ScandinavianLife

    If that is how digital detox looks like maybe I ought to make same as well 🙂

    Loved the way The Chesil Restory had put an effort on how food looks.

  • I LOVE getting away from technology, wifi and all that it comes with once in a while! My sisters cabin in the mountains are perfect for it! (And Norwegian mountains are so beautiful, no matter the season) 🙂

  • Charlotte Elizabeth

    Looks like the most peaceful retreat for an Autumn evening! I bet Mr. Custard loved those crisp white sheets and feathered duvet!

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  • Anna D

    My fiancé and I go camping every summer and it’s so nice being in a place with no cell reception for a weekend. I need to digital detox more often!
    xx, anna
    http://www.lifewiththechampions.com

  • Looks wonderful, absolutely enchanting!!

  • That looks like the cutest little place to spend the night! Sometimes I’m really not in the mood for camping, so this is a happy medium! Glad you had fun!

  • This looks like the perfect getaway from the world! So cute. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • What a beautiful place to spend a digital detox! I would love to go somewhere like that and disconnect from every distraction in my life. Thank you for sharing!

  • This looks so incredible! I’ve been wanting to stay in one of these tiny cabins! What a wonderfully relaxing trip!

    Xx Casey
    http://thedistrictfox.com

  • Holly & Boydie G.

    What a perfect little getaway! I think everyone should take the chance to unplug and get outside! Great post!

  • Oh wow this looks amazing! Glamping is so cute! And the thought of roasting marshmallows… YUM!

    http://natalyg.co.uk

  • Katie

    That sounds like so much fun! When the Mr. and I went camping last year, we had the best time! It’s nice to get away from it all!

    Katie

    Halloween Costume Inspo on the Blog today!

    http://www.lamiabellavita.com

  • This looks like a perfect weekend away and time for unplugging from the digital world. Sometimes, a good break is all you need. Custard is the cutest and that scarf looks like the warmest thing ever. Might just have to grab one of them from Asos!

    Kathryn | Hungry Little Bear

  • I love this! This looks so cozy and comfortable

  • TheGivingBride

    That looks like a lovely weekend!

  • Omg this is so perfect!! I must investigate into doing something like this – I’m not the biggest fan of camping so this seems like the perfect way to experience the outdoors without the discomfort!

    http://www.sartorialscot.com

  • Wow, this hut is the cutest thing! Looks like a great place for a digital detox. Lucky you! (:

  • This looks amazing!! I love the photos 🙂

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  • That is beautiful! I wish they had this where I live.

  • Glamping looks amazing! I’d love to give it a try since I’m not a big fan of camping.

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  • Woh I love it! I’ve asked this before but I;m not sure if you answered, but what camera are you using at the moment because I’m LOVING the amazing pictures lately! <3

  • Looks like you had an amazing time! That place really does seem like the perfect place to just relax and chill out x

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  • This looks so perfect! That has to be the cutest little cabin ever. I probably wouldn’t even notice that it’s without electricity.

    Stamp, Please! Lifestyle and Travel

  • Oh my goodness, this post is an absolute dream! This is SO my kind of thing! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • OMG, that cabin is so cute and tiny! Reminds me of the “Tiny House Hunters” series on HGTV. Looks like such a wonderful time spent away from the hustle and bustle of London. Isn’t unplugging the best?!

  • This looks and sounds like the perfect trip away!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • What an absolute dream of a spot; I love switching off for a couple of nights and really just getting away from it all

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • Hannah Bee

    SO SO SO much love for this post! I love camping for the pure fact it’s back to basics- no phone signal, no wifi….no worries about blogging and social media!

    http://www.wearedannah.com

  • This looks like the most perfect weekend away – I’ve been wanting to try glamping for the longest time, but never got round to it yet. Brilliant idea bringing yourself a stew from home as well – just what you’d fancy when it’s a bit drizzly outside.

    Rachel x

    The Inelegant Wench

  • That place looks so gorgeous!! I really want to try glamping!! They sound so glam!!

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  • This place looks lovely and beyond-words in the “cute” department!

    I love the decor, I love the location, I love the rustic charm. I love it all!

    xKx

  • Liv Waelde

    just looks so lovely and autumnal!

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  • I don’t think there is any sound more relaxing than rain on a tin roof! xo

  • Oh my goodness, Rosie, this sounds spectacular and completely romantic!!! That’s it. I’m going glamping. Say hello to Mr. Custard!! xx

  • Shen Outar

    I’ve never seen anything like this before but it looks so cosy and adorable! Great post as always Rosie xx
    Luxe travel, food and lifestyle blogger | Shentalks.com

  • Elle Holden

    When your all time favourite blogger stays in the exact same hut as you!☺️So glad you had a lovely time, how sweet is Alex too, he even sent us a Christmas card after our stay…now you’ve made me want to go back xx

  • Wow! What a picturesque way to have a digital detox! This inspired me to do a little research on places i could go glamping myself. I’m not much of a camping type person but I could do something like this! Thanks for the great idea and I am glad you had a good getaway!

    ~Crissy
    http://www.whimsicalfawn.com

  • Rebecca

    Looks lovely! I am missing a good campfire to cuddle up to. Every time I read your posts I get insanely homesick, I simply must start saving those pennies for a trip back across the pond. In the meantime, plotting for a campfire of my own has begun!

  • I am truly desperate to have a getaway like this! We are so caught up in our online lives these days that we struggle to pay attention to what is happening in the real present and it’s such a shame. I must book time off work and make this happen soon!

    Beth x

    livingforthegoodlife.blogspot.co.uk

  • Veronica Ardaya

    This looks wonderful!! Loving the pictures 🙂

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  • Oh man! This is probably one of my favorite things you’ve posted yet. <3 Hair goals, travel goals, relationship goals!