at larchfield estate
I’ve been so excited to share these photos because it’s not too often that we get weather to rival the Mediterranean in Northern Ireland, and less so that we get to experience one of the most beautiful weather days in such idyllic surroundings. These sorts of days are that perfect, serendipitous mix of relaxation and restful, made even more fun by sharing them with friends too.
We headed to Larchfield Estate last week with Anna, Colin and their girls, to try out their Group Stays option, a new string to the award-winning events team’s bow. The six-hundred acre estate, well known for its popularity as a wedding and events venue, is now opening its on site accommodation for groups of eight or more to enjoy, complete with a range of dining options and a choice of added experiences too.
An overnight (or multi night – we really didn’t want to leave after just one!) stay can be enhanced with a number of activities. From cocktail classes to fishing, foraging walks and fine dining, the whole setting and hospitality of Larchfield is so perfect for extended family celebrations, corporate getaways or, as it was for us, just an excuse to spend some time with friends away from the hustle and bustle of the every day.
The beauty of Larchfield for us, was that we could relax on the estate whilst being absolutely certain that the children wouldn’t wander too far. We spent the most amazing evening outside, barbecuing and letting the kids run about in the gardens (not to mention that Penny Farthing action, if you caught it on Stories! 😉 ) all safe in the knowledge that we had it all to ourselves. And what a night it was!
After dropping our bags into Farm Cottage, and catching up with the Corry’s, we took a walk around the estate which is utterly stunning in June. From Myrtle the glamping truck, set in her own little wooded meadow, to the walled gardens and tropical greenhouse, everything was in beautiful bloom. We returned from our walk to a fully stocked fridge – with all manner of delicious barbecue food, salads and chilled wine – and carried it into the gardens to have dinner there. The weather made it all the more special of course, and having dinner catered for us in such gorgeous surroundings really did make it feel like being on holiday.
After the kids retired to bed, we sat up a little later, chatting outside with blankets and drinks. The evening went in a blink and, after a really restful sleep in our cottages and a gorgeous breakfast made with the contents of the hampers that the team at Larchfield had left for us, we headed for home (school Sports Day in our case!) I honestly wish we could have stayed longer.
A stay at Larchfield Estate is an oasis in the midst of the fast-paced and the frantic. It’s about embracing the slow, the peaceful and the private. Sharing simple moments with meaning. Being intentional in taking time out.
And four relaxed adults and five exhausted, happy kids can certainly vouch for that.
**We were invited to Larchfield Estate in order to trial their group stays package and for the purpose of writing this piece. As ever, all words, opinions, images and love of sunny evenings in beautiful places are entirely our own.**
For more information on group stays and experiences at Larchfield, contact the team here.