Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The Birthday Weekender | Marlow, Buckinghamshire

This weekend gone was my birthday. I'm not a massive fan of my birthdays, I don't cope well with the reminder of another year of my life passing and becoming yet another year older, so we won't dwell on that bit. I did however have a wonderful few days, special thanks to my boyfriend for arranging it all.

A little nod also goes out to the weather gods, who provided beautiful sunshine the whole weekend through which added to its perfection.

From the moment I opened my eyes on my birthday it was special. I relished the chance to lay in bed for a little while, and listen to the clattering coming from the kitchen as my boyfriend prepared a wonderful breakfast of blueberry pancakes, chopped banana, maple syrup and creme fraiche, accompanied by fresh coffee and juice. And of course everything always tastes so much better when you haven't slaved over the stove to make it yourself.

Michelle Louise Love


The sun was beaming down strong and bright when we made our way out to the car for our little road trip to Marlow in Buckinghamshire, I went there 6 years ago and fell in love with the place so I was really excited to go back.

I love the feeling of getting in the car on a beautiful sunny day when the blue sky is endless as you speed along the motorway with your favourite music up loud, excited to reach your destination but appreciating the journey, the time to talk, laugh and make plans. I even enjoy pulling into the service station, especially when we find a really nice plush one full of good places to eat and clean toilets (you know you appreciate that one too, nothing worse than a manky public lav). Our little rest stop was a rather impressive service station where we sat and ate noodles with thai red curry, and grabbed ourselves a starry b's coffee, which the boyf managed to spill and burn his hand a little with steaming hot americano! I of course made the sensible choice for such a warm day, an iced latte! I didn't burn myself.

Buckinghamshire sign
Marlow, Bucks

After the little pit stop we were back on our way, our destination was well within our sights with only a few miles left to go, they flew past and before we knew it we were pulling into the picturesque little village of Marlow, with its stunning little winding roads lined with very English looking cottages. And there is was, The Compleat Angler hotel, the place I had waited 6 years to return to and it looked every bit as beautiful as it did back then. Sitting proudly along side a beautiful bridge right on the waters edge it is such a perfect setting. I couldn't contain my smile as we walked through the archway that leads to reception, I was so excited to explore.

Compleat Angler, Marlow
Marlow, Buckinghamshire
swan. Marlow

We checked in and enjoyed a glass of fruit punch as we did, and then we were taken up to our room. I couldn't wait to dump our bags down and head back outside to the sunshine, I didn't want to miss a single second.

swans on the thames
Marlow, Bucks

Marlow is situated right on the River Thames and is honestly one of the most beautiful places to visit, we strolled along the riverside for miles as the minutes just melted away whilst we watched swans, ducks and boats pass us by.

Lamb, Marlow

Would you believe that only 20 seconds before, this little character was staring straight at us, we missed the shot and all the squeaking, kissing noises in the world wouldn't make him look our way again. He wasn't at all interested in having his photo taken!

boats, river thames, marlow


We passed idyllic looking homes right on the water front with boats moored up outside, can you imagine instead of going out your front door and jumping into your car you instead jump in your boat! That would be amazing and one day hopefully I will be lucky enough to be able to, both my boyfriend and I would love to have a boat. We made plans of what our weekends might have in store for us if we did, as we watched on whilst people cruised past on their own boats looking relaxed and sunkissed. What a dream.

Marlow Bucks


Reluctantly we had to turn back towards the hotel to get ready for dinner, I felt like I could have kept walking forever. It was so peaceful and picture perfect I never wanted to leave. But before reaching the hotel we stopped at the ice cream truck to indulge my inner child by getting a 99 cone with a flake.

After showering off the dust from our walk, we tarted ourselves up a bit and made our way down to the riverside restaurant for my birthday meal. The food was wonderful, I couldn't take any pictures of it I'm afraid as it was very quiet and it wouldn't have been the done thing in a place like this. The menu states it would like you to refrain from using your phone in the restaurant so I doubt they would appreciate me getting a little snap happy with the food!

Michelle Louise Love

The evening had slipped through our fingers, and we both felt really sleepy. And so to bed!

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We awoke to another beautiful sunny day and enjoyed breakfast overlooking the river. I tucked into a croissant with real butter, followed by eggs benedict. This is one of my favourite things to have for breakfast but I rarely do because it can be cooked so wrong and end up disappointing.
Their eggs benedict was not a disappointment at all, the poached eggs were cooked to perfection, so when I pierced them the yolk flowed out like liquid gold and pooled onto the english muffin with the delicious creamy hollendaise sauce. So incredibly tasty!

The Compleat Angler Hotel


It was sadly time to pack our things and say goodbye to Marlow, it had been a wonderful flying visit. Until next time, we shall undoubtedly be back to enjoy your wonderful hospitality!

marlow


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