This past week was my 10th wedding anniversary, to celebrate I decided to treat myself and my husband to a night away at Old Mac Daddy in Elgin – our first sans kids in a while (so a very big treat!). We had visited The Pink Flamingo rooftop cinema located at the top of The Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street a while back and seen all the funky Airstream trailer “rooms” on the roof (see pics here) and had thought it was a fun idea…
When I heard that you could experience the same thing but out in the country I knew we had to try it out! I kept the destination a surprise from my husband and half way there started to get a bit concerned that he would not be as excited as me about the destination choice for a special anniversary… I think he was a bit worried when I said it was a “fun” place rather than “romantic”! As soon as we arrived I knew it was the right decision and he was pleased with my choice too (or should that be relieved?)
We were shown to our “trailer” in this trailer park with a difference and set about getting suitably relaxed. Besides the unusual bedroom situated inside the trailer, each suite comes with an outside patio with table and chairs from which to enjoy drinks overlooking the orchards, as well as a lounge area and separate bathroom (a variation on the trailers at The Grand Daddy where you are confined to the trailer for everything). This was a pleasant surprise as I wasn’t aware of the extension and it really made the experience that much better having a bit of space to spread out and relax. A unique aspect of these trailers is that each one has been decorated by a different designer and has a particular look all of it’s own. We stayed in The Dream trailer – based on the painting of the same name by Henri Rousseau – the entire inside of the trailer is beautifully hand-painted to depict the jungle! It’s camping with a difference! Next time I hope to try a different design – they all seem like a lot of fun!
The main thing to do at Old Mac Daddy is RELAX and enjoy the peace and quiet. This was by far my favourite aspect of our night away. When my husband wanted to turn on some music I had to nicely ask him to switch it off – the sounds of nothing were too sacred to spoil 😉
There are other activities to try out such as nature walks, swimming in the heated pool or hiring mountain bikes to explore the surrounding trails but we didn’t get a chance to try any of these out – our stay was FAR too short! I am certainly very keen to go back again and spend a bit longer…. On the premises is a beautiful restaurant with wonderful views over the valley and you can eat all your meals here so there is no reason to get in your car unless you WANT to explore Elgin and surrounds – and there are plenty of attractions in this beautiful part of the country too!
Going away on our own for a night was really special and we managed to chat all the way in the car (with no interruptions – how awesome!!) so when we arrived we actually just chilled out and didn’t have to talk much for a few hours (again, how awesome!) After an hour or so of peaceful reading and relaxing we started talking again and the fears that we might have run out of things to chat about – besides kids – were unfounded. We went for an early evening stroll around the grounds and down to the lake. What bliss to spend “suicide hour” taking photos and watching the countryside change colour with the sunset 😉
It was lovely to chat and chill and catch up 😉 and I can highly recommend it for all parents or even if you don’t have kids it is worth taking time to invest in your marriage or relationship every once in a while – time out with no obligations or responsibilities – just the two of you. Yes, there is place for family holidays and weekends away with friends too but it is a great way to reconnect as a couple and I am very grateful to my support team of grandparents who made it possible. We always come away feeling refreshed even if it’s only 36 hours and we always wonder why we don’t do it more often!! I think we should book another night away for later this year immediately so we don’t have any excuses! If you are overdue for a night or weekend away why not try Old Mac Daddy – they do allow kids and have a great kids play area and room if you don’t have the option of a babysitter but if you’re after a quite weekend surrounded by nature, nothing beats this quirky retreat!
images: Kathryn Rossiter
*This was not a sponsored post – all images and opinions are my own.