|We left London on the evening of the 23rd for the drive to Dukes farm. This was our home for the next 5 days. Dukes Farm is situated in Herefordshire about 3 hours north west of London (close to the Welsh border). The farm is a sheep farm and the owners have converted 3 of their barns into rented accommodation. We arrived about 10pm, unpacked and settled in.
The farm is on the side of a valley with spectacular views of the hills and mountains and surrounding area so the next morning I went with Dave, Katie & Tara for a walk up the mountain. It was a bit chilly up the top but well worth the effort. We headed back to the barns and started preparations for our Christmas feast the next day.
That evening (Christmas Eve) we were lucky enough to be invited to the main house for a Christmas drink with Ken & Ruth (the owners) & Mike, Grace & Arthur (their children). We enjoyed a few glasses of mulled wine during which some christmas carollers (the young farmers from the area) came by to sing (including Mike, Grace & Arthur). They joined us inside and we all sang Away in a Manger. Afterwards we went back to the barns and played drinking games until after midnight.
Christmas morning was spent helping prepare lunch. I made some mulled wine (my first ever attempt). We ate nibbles on the patio, had our ‘worst jumper competition’ won by Brooke and invited Ken & Ruth and family over for some drinks and nibbles. We had a late lunch of roast turkey, ham and roast vegetables during which we did our secret santa presents. After lunch we all settled in around the fire and played celebrity head and drinking games until we were too tired to carry on.
The following two days were spent exploring the farm, watching DVD's, relaxing by the fire, and playing cards games. It was great to escape from London for a few days and it was a fantastic trip away with plenty of eating and drinking.