A Somerset Staycation

With the days getting shorter and the chilly weather setting in, I've been dreaming of making an escape to foreign climes... but sometimes all you really need is a break from routine, and our little Somerset staycation over bonfire weekend was just the ticket!

My family are spread out across the country, so we usually meet in the middle at my Mom's house in Warwickshire. But this weekend, we had a special reason to head to Somerset... my middle brother, James, turned 30 this year, and as a present our younger bother, Richard, booked him in for a sky dive. Rich decided to join him in jumping out of a plane... I, on the other hand, am not great with heights (!) but was totally up for watching them (I lie... watching two of your nearest and dearest hurtle towards the ground at over 100 miles an hour is actually pretty nerve-wracking!!)

But when they announced their plans, we decided to tag along for the ride, along with the kids and a rabble of friends (13 in total). Then the [very last minute] search began for a place to hole up for the weekend. My sister-in-law found a beautiful 16th century farmhouse in Wick, Somerset on Air BnB - what a find! Set just outside Langport, surrounded by rolling green hills and woodland, this stunning property is bursting with character. 

Perfectly described as a 'creative haven', the farmhouse boasts beautiful countryside views. The gardens are absolutely stunning, with a quirky collection of sculptures and pieces of art to be discovered.

On the Saturday, the boys headed off to the sky diving centre at Dunkeswell airfield. We joined them later, feeling somewhat nervous! 

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© Jon Stroud

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© Matt Rees

© Matt Rees

© Matt Rees

© Matt Rees

© Matt Rees

© Matt Rees

© Matt Rees

Our five-year-old absolutely loved watching his uncles sky dive! I have to say, it was an incredible experience, even as an observer. I was almost tempted to sign up myself! Just look at the looks on their faces after they landed...

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© Matt Rees

Sky diving done, and another thing ticked off the boys' bucket lists, we headed back to our lovely farmhouse. On such a chilly autumn weekend, we really appreciated the warm, cozy atmosphere of the place. Its owner, Penny, has filled it to the brim with antiques and quirky artefacts that give it a truly special vibe. We'll definitely be back!

This is not a sponsored post, but if you're looking for some creative inspiration or simply a lovely place to spend a long weekend in the countryside, I can absolutely recommend Penny's farmhouse in Wick. And the experience at skydive.buzz was absolutely brilliant if you're the adventurous type... I'll be keeping my feet firmly on the ground for now!

 
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