Friday, April 02, 2010

Long Weekend in Harrogate - Friday

We're going to John and Delyth's Wedding tomorrow in Leeds, so that's a perfect excuse to make a weekend of it.

brodsworthhall_348x264 We set off just before 10 and had a trouble-free journey  until we got to Doncaster, where the traffic just stopped just a mile or so before junction 36. We decided to make a slight detour and head for Brodsworth Hall and find somewhere for lunch.

Almost perfect timing then, as we arrived at around 12.35, just time to grab something to eat before looking round the house that opened at 1.

Brrrr, it's f-f-f-f-freezing!, can't wait to get inside!!!

What a nice place. A sort of modern old mansion - 1860s - if that makes sense.and English Heritage had had enough sense not to over restore the place, so you really got a feel for what the place really like. The Guides were really knowledgeable and the place was very busy. By 2.30, we'd done the place to death including walking round the very pretty - even in April - gardens.

Baytree B and B - HarrogateA good onward journey too - arriving at Baytree B and B run by Mandy at around 3.45. We quickly unpacked and then walked (yeah honest!) walked into Town looking for somewhere to eat tonight.

The rain is getting wetter and colder, so the walk into town was pretty 'orrible! Still, once into Harrogate, we wandered around the shops and even managed to spend some money too! (how unusual!!!!). We soon found a place to eat - Prezzo in Albert Street- and decided to eat early rather than walk all the way back to the B and B and walk back into town. The food and service was excellent and we had a really relaxed time (the bottle of wine between us helped!!!). Ninety-minutes later, We left staggered out of Prezzo, set the sat-nav to 'walk-mode' and followed the instructions back to the B and B. In spite of partial inebriation and a small screen, we made it. Time for feet-up. The final series of Ashes to Ashes starts tonight, but we'll probably wait until we're back home to watch it.