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09/04/2014

Pretty vs. Pregnant: babymooning at Bamford

"Are you going on a babymoon?" This is a question posed by multiple people over the last few months. I have to confess, I didn't know what a babymoon was, but it seems that it's going on a mini-break when you're pregnant. Result.

My husband and I never need an excuse to go on a mini-break. And with less than three months to go until Baby Corfield-Smith arrives, now was the time for our next one, or our first babymoon, depending on which way you look at it.

 

Our destination of choice was The Bamford Haybarn Spa at Daylesford Farm, Gloucestershire. A farm may seem like an unusual venue for a spa and perhaps for a babymoon, but this is no ordinary farm and no ordinary spa. Daylesford is a fully functioning organic farm but also offers something for every element of your health, home and fridge. It's almost a way of living as well as somewhere gorgeous to visit.

 

On site there is the Farm Shop, a two-storey building filled to the brim with organic produce from the farm or bought in from artisan suppliers. It also stocks organic wine made at Daylesford's vineyard in France along with homewares including hand-made glass that is blown on the farm and Bamford's own organic linen. There's the Bamford shop that stocks clothing, a cookery school, and last, but by no means least, the Haybarn Spa.

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As you've probably guessed, the spa building was once used for storing hay, but now is the most luxe-looking barn you will ever see with white-washed floors, relaxation beds built on Cotswold stone and dressed in the softest blankets known to man. In short, it's what you wished your own house looked like.

 

The treatment menu is extensive but as we were on a babymoon the Bamford Pregnancy Massage (£65 for 55mins) was the one for me. The treatment rooms overlook the fields at the back of the farm. Even though you're meant to have your eyes shut during the treatment, I couldn't help but take the occasional peak at the gorgeous countryside before me. Plus, there is something magical about listening to plinky-plonky spa music with the accompaniment of genuine birdsong and the occasional cow mooing to go with.

 

The treatment began with my therapist gently pushing and manipulating my joints over the towel. I've never been to a chiropractor, but I'm guessing it's a similar experience to that and an absolute joy if you've reached the stage of pregnancy where your back, hips and pelvis ache, like mine do. It then proceeded into a deep massage using Bamford organic oils. I've written before about how I don't normally enjoy massages but when pregnant they become a necessity for your body to keep it strong and supple for all the hard work it's doing. Afterwards everything ached less and I even had enough energy for a short stroll around the farm before heading back to our abode for the night, Daylesford's sister inn, The Wild Rabbit, a five-minute drive down the road in the picturesque village of Kingham.

 

You can stay at Daylesford in cottages for up to eight people but as it was just the two (and a half) of us The Wild Rabbit seemed a cosier option. Like the farm, this is no ordinary pub. It strikes the perfect balance between rustic and chic. The beds are huge, just as well as I take up quite a bit of room these days, and covered in that organic linen again. There are homemade cookies in the room (demolished within seconds) and the restaurant combines beautiful crockery and glassware with a roaring fire and a menu brimming with Daylesford produce. At the end of our visit we were rested, de-stressed and very well fed. I whole-heartedly recommend babymooning, especially at Bamford.

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