I'm a country girl at heart. As much as I love the bustle of a city and the buzz of busyness, my heart feels truly happy in open green fields, by the sea or in the mountains. Only when I can fill my lungs with crisp, clean air do I feel truly free and on top of the world. I'm a bumpkin, that's for sure.
So when Jack and I decided to escape to the Brecon Beacons in late July, I was so very excited to be in the middle of nowhere with my love, my camera and a good pair of walking boots.
We found the most adorable apartment set by a river through Airbnb. It was just gorgeous and the perfect place to switch off. We breakfasted on the balcony, drank endless cups of fresh ground coffee and Earl Grey, and gorged ourselves on croissants, fruit, granola, prosciutto and brie! It was certainly a treat yo' self getaway. In the days we hiked, we explored and we even tandem-bicycled (and that was quite the experience!), then came back to soak in a huge, freestanding bubble bath followed by a film in front of the wood-burner. It was all sorts of idyllic, and I would've quite liked to move in. If you're ever looking to stay in the area, I can't recommend this place enough.
I've included a few of my favourite snaps below and I'll have a little film to follow soon, too.
The river pictured above was the view from our balcony. I've used the word idyllic already, haven't I?
Below is the apartment owner's gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous dog, Albus. He'd greet us every morning and evening as we came in and out and was so affectionate I rather wish I could've taken him home with us! And on the right is just one of the three nights we treated ourselves to a night in front of the woodburner. I know - it's July. But we just couldn't resist!
A rainy morning called for breakfast (and a second breakfast) in bed and a tinkle on the piano.
Evenings spent studying the ordinance survey map, stargazing and snuggling. All the snuggling.
Such a darling (the both of them!).
Just another glorious view across the Welsh countryside.
This boy loves to keep me busy! Planning the steepest of hikes and rowing from one end of Llangorse Lake to the other. He has endless energy and skips straight up any mountain like a mountain goat.
I'm hoping we'll escape to the countryside again very soon for more open-air adventures.
Fingers & toes crossed!