A month or so ago I was browsing Airbnb for a little getaway to celebrate our first wedding anniversary – seriously, how has it been over a year? Of-course Airbnb came through yet again and I ended up booking the cutest Shepherds Hut based in a little village called Buxton, just outside of Norwich. I’ve been sharing my Airbnb finds on here for the past few years and they honestly just keep getting better. The weather was pretty rotten but it didn’t matter, we had everything we needed in the hut, and actually, it just made it all the more cosy and a good excuse to use the log burner (secretly hoped we would be able to not gunna lie).
(if you’re interested in airbnb, I have an invite link here where you can get £25 off your first stay)
We arrived to ‘The Nest’ around 10pm Friday evening, we had to find a pub that had the football on (who can relate to my struggle with this?) luckily we found The Plough Inn, and the food and service was actually really lovely, I had the gnocci if you’re wondering… When I say the weather was rotten, it didn’t stop raining once, April showers at its finest. That definitely limited us on what we could do, but we knew that we wanted to go into Norwich city centre to have a wander around.
I really enjoyed going into Norwich city centre, the lanes are a good place to visit with the cobbled streets and cute cafes. Another spot I would definitely recommend is the markets, I’m still kicking myself because I came across Bo-Tanical, they had the exact plant I wanted and I decided to go back later to buy it so I didn’t have to carry it around all day, clearly everyone else knew how much of a bargain they were and snapped them all up before I had the chance. If you’re into your house plants then it’s one not to miss. There’s also Elm which is possibly one of the most beautiful little gift shops I’ve ever seen (on the pricey side but worth having a look) I would be buying most gifts for myself to be to completely honest, they had some amazing cushions and plant pots.
It wouldn’t be a trip some where new without trying out a coffee shop, because it was raining so much I popped into Waterstones to grab a book and we took shelter in The Alchemista, we shared a Blonde Brownie that was stupidly good and had a really nice coffee too. I noticed they do afternoon tea’s (which looked amazing), definitely a lovely independent to support if you’re looking for somewhere to grab a coffee or some food.
Around 3pm we decided to head back to our little hut and just stay there for the rest of the stay. We got the log burner going (it didn’t take long before the hut was toasty) and cooked some food together. It was the perfect mix of relaxing and seeing some where new. I would definitely go back to Norwich if I got the chance, it’s not too far from Lincoln and the perfect 2-3 hour distance for a weekend away.
I know I ramble on about my love for Airbnb, I’m in no way associated with them at all, I just love how unique the place you can find are and they’re so affordable so it means even more traveling which is always a winner! This year we also went on a quick trip to Sheffield and again it was an airbnb, and one of my favourites for Jays birthday a couple of years back was this Shepherds Hut in York.
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