• Shelley

Updated: Mar 1




A couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I took a trip to the historic Kenton Hall Estate for a couple of days of Glamping.



We set off on a beautiful sunny morning where the two hour journey to Stowmarket in the idyllic Suffolk countryside, was an extremely pleasant one, passing fields upon fields of golden wheat along with pretty country villages.




As we arrived, we were greeted with a stunning avenue of ancient trees which led us towards the main gates. Once parked, we gathered our belongings and walked through the enchanted woodland area towards the shepherds hut which was going to be our home for the next couple of days.







This was my first time glamping in a shepherds hut and it definitely did not disappoint. With it's countrystyle decor, king size bed complete with a wood burner stove, everything you would need for a cosy stay. Along with your own private shower room.



We had stopped off on our journey to stock up on provisions, so we could make full use of the the fantastic kitchen facilities that were available just a few minutes walk away from the

shepherds hut complete with an oven, fridge, toaster, and kettle. There were also plenty of plates, pots, pans and utensils at your disposal.






Just outside the kitchen area is a gorgeous communal cedar dining table, bench and charcoal barbecue along with a rather large fire pit surrounded by comfy padded seats.



Our first evening was spent walking through this magical woodland that was lit up with fairy lights and then we sat toasting marshmallows around our private fire pit until the sunset.



On awaking the next morning, was something quite special. Just sitting sipping tea on the wooden veranda looking out to the tranquil surroundings with nothing but the sound of birds singing, was my idea of heaven!




As well as the shepherds hut, this luxury glamping estate has a beautiful Moroccan themed yurt together with several cute wooden lodge tents all designed and furnished to a high standard. Perfect for hen weekends or groups of family and friends.








Later that morning the weather took a turn for the worst, so we decided to jump in the car and go for a drive into the local village of Debenham for a spot of lunch and then on to Ipswich for some shopping!




As it was still raining that evening, we cooked some tea and ate inside the hut, then lit some candles, hunkered down with a good book, chocolate treats and no WiFi. Perfect mother and daughter time!






The sun decided to shine on our last day, so I was up early to take a stroll around this beautiful estate. The magnificent Tudor manor house is a private family home but what makes this place so special is, it not only is a great place for glamping, but you can get married here too. Or even book a cookery class at The Food Hub with a varied of different courses.






Oh, and lets not forget the delightful cow pastures surrounding the estate, where they raise Longhorn cattle.


Thank you for a wonderful stay!


Shelley x


(I was a guest of Kenton Hall Estate, with many thanks to Emma for our lovely stay)




















  • Shelley

Updated: Mar 1


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Having visited many parts of Italy, Florence was the one city I wanted to return to. Both my daughter and I have been here before, Renee with her school and myself when back packing around Europe with my bestie many many moons ago. So, I thought it would be lovely to share this city break together as we both love to walk, explore and take lots of photos and it's also a great way of spending some much needed quality time with each other.


I absolutely adore Italy full stop. It was the first country I had ever visited when I was a little girl and fell in love with it there and then. For me it is the great food, architecture and how the Italians dress with such style and elegance. They are a nation that can make wearing a bin bag, look stylish!


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We had 3 days to spend exploring this beautiful city. Our afternoon flight got us into Peretole Airport around 8pm where we jumped straight into a cab and headed to our Airbnb apartment situated about 5 minute drive from the city centre. The owners had left a lovely list of places to eat locally so we decided to grab a takeaway pizza and head back to our apartment for an early night so we would be up bright eyed and bushey tailed the next morning.



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Florence is a buzzing city which is often considered as the most beautiful city in Italy. It is busy with magnificent architecture, works of art and is situated on the river Arno which is crossed by the famous Ponte Vecchio, the only Florentine bridge not to be destroyed in World War Two. Our first stop was spent walking on this historical bridge taking in the breathtaking views alongside the masses of other tourists.

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Then it was on to the marble Duomo, the central landmark of Florence, and its splendor is complimented by the surrounding works of art including Michelangelo’s David found in the Academia and numerous fantastic works of art found in the worlds oldest art gallery, the Uffizi where works by Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo can be found.


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The numerous churches around the city also have their fair share of works of art offering some of the richest collections and examples of both gothic and renaissance architecture. However, amongst the feast of cultural sites, Florence also has some peaceful gardens such as the Rose Garden and relaxing walks that can be taken around the edge of the city allowing one to appreciate stunning views over the city.



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Day two was spent wondering the cobbled streets, eating gelato and sitting outside cafes sipping coffee whilst watching the world go by followed by a tiny spot of retail therapy.



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The proximity to the Arno river was an important factor in Florence, dominating the world of fine leather goods especially beautiful bags in a rainbow of wonderful colours. The most picturesque solution for leather shopping is the open air markets in Florence such as San Lorenzo and Piazza del Mercato Nuovo and the lovely Ponte Vecchio.





On our final day my daughter had made a list of places she wanted to visit which included the Gucci Museum in the medival Palazzo della Mercanzia. It took you down memory lane to the very beginning of Guccio Gucci's story from 1921 through to Tom Ford's tenure and onwards. The Gucci Garden Galleria occupies the first and second floors of the palazzo, and tells the story of the house via an exhibition of clothing, accessories, video installations, artworks, documents and artefacts curated by Alessandro Michele and Maria Luisa Frisa.



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Until we meet again Florence....

Shelley x















  • Shelley

Updated: Mar 1



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I absolutely adore this time of year, it is so magical and makes me feel alive. It's that earthy smell when walking through the park or woodlands, with the air feeling so crisp and when the wind blows, the leaves fall like confetti crunching and crackling beneath your feet whilst foraging for autumn finds.


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In ancient times, autumn was one of the most important periods of the year as daylight began to fade while darkness lay ahead. The Romans believed that Autumnus was the bringer of the fruit and harvest and ancient Japan farmers practiced fire offerings in honor of Huichi in exchange for energy to finish the harvest.



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Ever since I can remember, Autumn has held that special place in my heart. It is that season where we swap our summer wardrobe for coats, woolly jumpers and scarfs, put the garden to bed, slow cook stews and baked apple crumbles. I

This is the time when we update our home decor with pumkins and candles. Although, I am not a huge fan of shorter days and darker evenings, I do love that feeling of Hygge when the fire is burning and the room is lit with fairy lights and candles making it look and feel so warm and cosy.


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In late autumn, nature delights us with an array of vivid shades such as bright reds, brilliant orange, yellows and the rich russet brown of conkers together with pine cones and when you bring them into your home, these earthy tones make for a comforting atmosphere.


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It is also that time of year when we celebrate Bonfire Night and dress up for Halloween but my daughter is now in her late teens, so I much prefer these days to just celebrate around a bonfire with a sparkler in hand.


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Let's not forget the ever so vivid autumn sunset in all its glory!


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Oh autumn I love you!


Shelley x











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