There’s no better way to start the New Year than in the countryside: saying goodbye to 2013 with a muddy walk and a sunset and welcoming in 2014 with a dinner party in a gorgeous home.
It’s the second time that we’ve rented a house with friends for the end of the year and I love it, as it has none of the stress of previous New Years – trying to organise transport home, paying inflated prices for mediocre nights out etc.
We stayed in a place called Towcester (pronounced Toaster), which is near Silverstone in Northamptonshire. The small town dates back to Roman times and it still has lots of pretty Georgian and Victorian buildings in it.
The house itself was lovely, with lots of beautiful old furniture and quirky little touches. It also had a beautiful garden, which instantly made me want to go back in the summer.
After a busy Christmas with our families it was nice to have some time to chill out and catch up with each other in front of the cosy log fires. I’m not going to lie, most of our weekend did seem to revolve around food, although we did also manage to find some time for a murder mystery, plenty of games and the odd bit of dancing!
On New Year’s Eve we went for a walk in the fields surrounding the town and watching the sunset on the last day of 2013 felt like a lovely way to reflect on the year. (Although it did get slightly worrying when we realised that no one had thought to bring a torch out with them – country living fail!)
In the evening we had a huge meal, with everyone in charge of a different course, so it was time to get to grips with the Aga and attempt to become a Domestic Goddess!
As always, it was lots of fun and the perfect way to welcome in 2014. For once, I don’t currently have as many travel plans as I usually do for the year ahead, so I’m looking forward to coming up with some soon. Any ideas??