Side Street Style: A Hertfordshire Mini break with F&F

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27/10/2017

A Hertfordshire Mini break with F&F


Stylish mama


There is nothing we love more than heading out on a little road trip and exploring a part of the UK we haven't been to before and Autumn is the perfect time to do that as the air slowly turns fresher but not being too biting, nights drawing in nearer and beautiful evenings for which to be outside having fun. Earlier this month we headed to Hertfordshire for a little countryside break with F&F clothing who kitted out the boys with everything they needed for an autumnal weekend. Our drive there was pretty straight forward and around 3hrs, we headed into Hertford for a bite to eat at Pizza Express before heading to the Hanbury Manor, a stunning Jacobean country manor which my youngest was convinced was a castle to much delight and to be fair it did look like one.


Drawing room

Countryside retreat


The Hanbury Manor has the most stunning reception and drawing room area where you could take in all the natural light from the huge floor to ceiling windows while indulging in an afternoon tea or some cocktails. We decided instead to explored the grounds which has a beautiful walled garden with an abundance of fruit trees as well as a secret garden and tennis courts. After breakfast we decided to take advantage of the pool in the spa and both boys loved it and it was a great way to start the day before heading to Paradise Wildlife park. 


Hotel breakfast

Walled garden

wild flowers


Paradise Wildlife Park was only around a 25min drive from Hanbury and went through some picturesque country lanes and as the sunshine came out it was lovely to see this part of Hertforshire. Now I have to be honest and say I am not overly keen on Zoos but this one does feel focused on conservation and gave a lot of opportunities for learning and was very informative as well as offering a lot of other activities such as the narrow gauge train, adventure play ground and plenty for all of us to see and do, also the kids absolutely loved it from the moment we arrived to the time we left they ran around with huge smiles on their faces. 


Big slide

Paradise Park
My eldest wearing a F&F shirt and F&F trousers 

As midday turned into mid afternoon it was starting to get a little bit more chilly which for us was actually perfect as the boys each had fantastic jackets from F&F that were so warm and cosy and will easily see them through winter without a problem. Also you always know when clothes are comfortable for young kids when they don't complain or try and strip them off, instead this meant we could enjoy being outdoors all day without any issues. I have always been a fan of F&F picking up bits and bobs for both boys since they were born and this years collection is no different, it's stylish and fun and practical, perfect for a busy family on the move. 


winter coat

outdoor adventures


We only headed back to the car at around 5pm as we really focused on not packing too much into a day but rather taking time to do things and enjoying the moment. We had such a lovely short break and sometimes thats all you need to feel restored again and ready for what the next week holds and wishing all weekends could be like this. 


Hanbury Manor

Thanks to F&F for inviting us on this mini break

17 comments:

  1. I've never been to the UK but I'm sure there's so many places like this there. We are heading out for a little R & R this weekend just for fun. These are so needed when you can't take a long trip.

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    1. Yes I agree, short trips are fantastic for just giving you a lift

      Laura x

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  2. It looks like you had a wonderful time! I've never been to the UK but this setting certainly looks idyllic. Your pictures are just lovely, too!

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    1. Thanks so much! You should come and see the UK for yourself, it's a great place

      Laura x

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  3. Now this really takes me back. I was once a buyer for F&F clothing. The head office was just round the corner from Hanbury Manor and corporate golf days hosted there were a big thing. I hated the game then, I think I'd have rather been in the SPA, yet now I play for pleasure. What a wonderful base it must be for a short break and your kids look toasty and comfy in their F&F clothing.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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    1. Oh wow thats amazing Fiona!! I bet you know Hanbury really well then - we really enjoyed it

      Laura x

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  4. I bought Lucas the most lovely shirt from Tesco the other day, it fleecy inside so perfect for this season x

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  5. Hanbury Manor looks stunning and it looks like you all had a wonderful time there. The boys outfits look lovely, we're huge fans of the F&F clothing range here! xx

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  6. Wow! I'd love to pay Hanbury Manor a visit.. it looks stunning. The boys look very handsome in their jackets as well!

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  7. Looks a lovely place to stay. I like a good weekend break too - might have to get organising something!

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  8. Some great photos for the family album Laura. I love the look of Hanbury Manor - wow!

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  9. Oh my goodness, what a stunning place to go for a mini break! I'd love to stay at a place like that!

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  10. I have to say, the manor looks amazing! I would love a short break in such a beautiful place too.

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  11. This looks like such a lovely break and beautiful photos, too.

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  12. Seems like you had a wonderful break and I love the children's outfits, very stylish! :)

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  13. This looks lovely, great photos too! I love the details. :) Coming over from CountryKids xx

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  14. This looks like a stunning place to stay and the kids look amazing in their F&F clothing. #countrykids

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