Last weekend Boyfriend and I took ourselves off for a long weekend away in Yorkshire. We are a pair who are always on the go, visiting friends, family, and generally keeping very busy. And with the wedding coming up, it's really important to take some time out, sit back, and just enjoy being together. Boyfriend - the little scamp - actually booked this weekend himself, only letting me know what days I needed to take off work so up until we actually arrived in Yorkshire, I didn't really have any idea where we were going.
Brookhouse in Clapham is as picturesque a guest house you could ever imagine. Comprised of four bedrooms upstairs, and a dining room at the front of the house where breakfast is served -and dinner on selected evenings - it is utterly idyllic. Set a mile or so away from Clapham station, it is really easy to get to sans car, and is a very easy walkable distance from the village centre.
After an eunexpected - and very welcome - collection as we headed up to Clapham from the station, we were shown our room, which, out of the four on offer, was, I believe, the smallest. Perfect for two, the room had a double bed, tea and coffee making facilities, an en-suite bathroom, and tv. Towels and dressing gowns were also provided for us, and the room was already toasty warm (a very welcome thing as the weather was bitter.) The view from the window looked out over trees and green, and beautiful countryside, and I couldn't help but do a little giddy dance of glee that this was to be our home for the next two days.
The first evening, dinner was not on offer, so we dined out, but come the next morning, and breakfast time, we were really happy. A breakfast menu with a selection of various breakfast choices greeted us, and were were served tea and coffee as well as juice. The portions were generous but not massive, and certainly enough to fill you up for the start of your day ahead.
And dinner was just beautiful. So well-made and delicious. Three courses, with differing options available, plus the option of a cheeky glass of wine as a warming accompaniment. We tucked in, basking in the warmth of a roaring fire, and I knew that leaving the next day was going to be extremely difficult.
At first I didn't want to write this post, because Brookhouse is now so special to us. Everybody has that place that makes them feel at home every time they go there, and Brookhouse is now that place for us. The staff are so friendly, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere did not cease to be warm and welcoming throughout our stay. We have already booked our mini-moon stay and will be heading back in April. And I cannot wait!
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