I just got back from a lil’ holiday (I didn’t leave the country so I don’t think it actually counts as a ‘holiday’- maybe it was more of ‘staycation’?) and it was sooo fab! I love how you can drive for a few hours and yet still feel like you’ve travelled far. This post is going to be all about my weekend away… enjoy!
Thursday 24th August 2017
Everyone was up early on Thursday morning: my Mum, Dad, brother, sister and her boyfriend Ryan and, of course, myself. We were aiming to hit the road at 12:30pm as check-in was at 3pm and our destination was County Cavan- a two hour drive away from my home in County Derry. My sister drove my car and myself, Ryan and our brother accompanied her for the journey; Mum and Dad took their own car.
We made a few stops along the way (snack stop, toilet break, map check) and we made it to Ballyconnell log cabins just after 3pm. This place is absolutely magical! It’s a 5 minute drive off the main road, so deep into the forest that you don’t get any internet (including 3G and 4G) or phone reception to even send a basic text. We rented our cabin off Bernie, the most lovely southern woman I’ve ever met. She greeted us with a smile when we arrived (even our dog) and gave us a tour of the cabin while reassuring us that if we had any problems or questions, we needn’t hesitate to ask. This was home for the next few days and I wasn’t complaining.
We spent Thursday unpacking and getting settled in. We took a walk around the forest and lake (and just to have a nosey at the other cabins) and when we got back the plan was to find a Chinese takeout to save us cooking (we found one and it wasn’t powerful but we didn’t go hungry either so it was fine). I had a bath in the Jacuzzi bath tub (AMAZING) and applied a layer of tan, then I joined my Mum and sister, Niamh, for a drink.
We had relatives staying in the cabin next to us, so my Auntie, Granny and 2 cousins came over for a while. After a small photo shoot it was time for bed as we had a big day ahead of us. I had to share a room with my brother, Paul, and apparently my sleep talking (he claims it was shouting) was a slight problem for him.
Friday 25th August 2017
Today was the main reason we were in Cavan- my cousin Kirsty was getting married today in the Slieve Russell Hotel. Everything was moving at 90 miles per minute this morning. It was a rush for everyone to get a shower and get ready as the wedding was at 2pm. I showered, dried my hair and curled it before starting the nerve-racking task of trying to do semi-professional makeup (I think I succeeded) on Mum and myself. Once I was dressed, I literally had time for half a glass of Prosecco before it was time to go.
Paul and I went with our Granny and her boyfriend and we stopped at the shop so I could lift money for them. Here, I was shouted and cursed at by an extremely rude man who was apparently too entitled to wait for me to use the cash machine.
We arrived at the hotel with loads of time to spare so pictures were taken and I got to catch up with other relatives who were also at the wedding. The ceremony itself was short and sweet. Kirsty looked stunning and James looked very smart and everyone was happy. There was two hours of socialising after the ceremony and we were called into the main lounge at 5pm for speeches and dinner (a five course meal!!!!!) which was delicious!
I’m not much of a party girl so my family left the festivities at 10:30ish (I didn’t make them leave, it was collective decision) and holy crap I was glad to get back to the cabin for a cuddle with my dog and my bed!
Saturday 26th August 2017
Although everyone had a few drinks on Friday, no one was hungover so we were ready for a day of fun! My sleep talking was too much for Paul to handle that night so he slept on the sofa (soz) but I made up for it by giving him his birthday presents as he turned 14 years old today! Happy bday, bro!
Paul got to decide what we did today because it was his birthday and in the end he chose to go to Lough Key in Rosscommon (about a 50km drive- that’s about an hour and 40 minutes away) to do the Bora Bora, which is a big activity that requires you to solve different puzzles in order to unlock doors and escape (picture the Crystal Maze).
Unfortunately today of all days it was booked out so our long journey felt like it was for nothing. We didn’t want to just go back to Cavan though, so we rented a rowing boat for an hour and took it out to an island on the lough with an old castle. In my opinion, this was better.
On our way home we stopped at the shop and picked up and few things to cook that night. We watched Shallow Hal and ate our food and it was so chilled and relaxing.
Sunday 27th August 2017
We were heading home today and checkout is 11am sharp so it was a mad dash to get everything packed and cleaned for Bernie (who kindly informed us that we didn’t have to clean anything as she would have done it anyway) and we hit the road aiming for home.
Once again, we made a pit stop where I met a kitten and could have easily taken her home with me, but didn’t *disappointed sigh*. Although it was an amazing weekend, I was glad to be going home to my own bed (I truly am a home bird).
This weekend was defo my favourite of the whole summer. I took so many pictures and made so many memories that I don’t think I’ll be forgetting any time soon!
Have you ever stayed in a luxury log cabin in the woods?
Until next time…