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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Staycation | An Advocate Of Slow Living

Norfolk Mead Hotel Chanterelle RoomSpend some time here and you'll no doubt pick up on how I'm an advocate of slow living.  By this, I'm talking about a slower and more relaxed pace; live slowly, move slowly, react slowly.  I've never truly bought into the hype of fast paced living, especially when you can get just as much done (if not more) by not rushing at 1.2 million mph.  With this in mind, staycations have quickly become my best friend.  Don't get me wrong, I adore travelling abroad (with Germany next on the agenda to return to the spectacular Christmas markets!), but this year in particular I've learned to appreciate the simple staycation.  And by doing so, I've been taught an incredible lesson in slowing down both mentally and physically - out of want, but also necessity, due to a couple of frustrating health concerns.  So, now that we're nearing the end of the year, I figured it could be fun to look back over some of this year's British staycations covered on A Glass Of Ice, as well as add a new one to the list before 2017 comes to a close!  Enjoy!
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Last week I found myself in Norfolk for just 24 hours, staying overnight at The Norfolk Mead Hotel, a beautiful boutique hotel located a stone's throw from Norwich.  After leaving the city centre behind, you drive through narrow lanes and pass various fields and woodland to reach the 16-room hotel.  I can honestly say this was one of the most calming breaks I've experienced all year, particularly thanks to the relaxed luxury of the Chanterelle Suite, the hotel's bridal suite with double french doors leading out to a grand balcony.  The colour scheme is neutral and the bed was so comfortable it literally inspired me to order a new mattress the day after returning home!  If you happen to find yourself in Norwich anytime soon, I can't recommend The Norfolk Mead Hotel enough - it's ideal for shutting yourself away and being taught a lesson in how to take a step back, calm down and live slowly.

Psst! Take a closer look at the balcony on a crisp winter's morning >> Is Hygge Still A 'Thing?'
The Norfolk Mead Hotel Chanterelle Suite Balcony View
Jaeger Black Mongolian Fur Stole
The Norfolk Mead Hotel Chanterelle Suite Room Service Breakfast
The Norfolk Mead Hotel Room Service Breakfast Tray
The Norfolk Mead Hotel Bridal Suite Room Service Breakfast
Okay, time to delve into the travel section of A Glass Of Ice.  What other staycations have been ticked off the calendar this year?  Quite a few, it would seem!  If you're wondering where best to visit in 2018 to add to your list of British staycation adventures, be sure to leaf through some of the articles below for inspiration...

Room Service Breakfast Plate of Pastries
Dulwich Luxury Leather Jewellery Case Bathroom
Where to Stay in Norwich The Norfolk Mead Hotel
Grounds Gardens in The Norfolk Mead Hotel Travel Blog
Needless to say, staycations fall into a different category to travelling abroad and so you don't need to ditch one in favour of the other. But one thing's for sure, if you're in need of slowing down a little, staycations have got you covered.  Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this luxury boutique hotel, as well as how you feel on the topic of staycations - do you find them comforting?  Are you also an advocate of a slower pace of living?  Let me know in the comments below!

The Norfolk Mead Hotel
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With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. You have been to some seriously gorgeous places this year Gabrielle. Hope you are okay and your health problems get better soon. Gemma x

  2. You know, it’s really lovely to do staycations—I must do these more in the new year! Germany does indeed have some fantastic Christmas markets, in my opinion. :-) Wishing you good health and a marvellous holiday season, Gabrielle. xx/M

  3. Hope your health concerns resolve! Looks like such a nice hotel Gabrielle x
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  4. That huge velvet bed-head is the stuff of dreams! And I’m totally with you when it comes to slow living, I absolutely love having a weekend with not much booked because it means I can catch up on all the things that need doing and can just relax for a bit. Getting away somewhere locally isn’t something I do all that often, but it can be just as enjoyable as a trip anywhere else, and it’s generally cheaper and more relaxing since there’s less pressure to do a bunch of sightseeing and activities, etc. I’m sure Germany will be wonderful though, I’ve only been once years ago and I’m dying to go back!

  5. I always love your staycation pictures, they are the definition of slow living! I love a staycation myself, although I love a break abroad staying in this country always feels a little more relaxed and actually like a break! I hope you're OK lovely and that your health concerns aren't too serious, take it easy,
    Amy xx

  6. You have been to so many beautiful places this year, this hotel looks lovely.

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  7. I need to take a page from your book. I need to slow down, though staycations aren't really an option here. I live in a tiny, tiny town, with a single sketch motel. Maybe one day I'll experience that though! This post is lovely Gabrielle, and I hope you enjoy your travels. I always look forward to your German Christmas market photos!

  8. I love staycations Gabrielle! Boutique hotels are definitely the IT places to stay! That one is so pretty. You've inspired me to do more staycations :) Beautiful post.

  9. This looks like such a beautiful and relaxing place to stay and I'm so jealous of your upcoming trip to the German Christmas markets - they're the best!

    District of Chic

  10. everything looks so luxe! staycations can be the best!

  11. Lovely place!! I don't have any time at the moment but I usually love going away for the weekend and just take time off for myself :)

    Caterina |

  12. Staycations are a perfect compromise between the thrill of a trip and the comfort of home! I'm a firm believer in slowing down to promote good mental and physical health, and staycations can be a great re-energizer.

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  13. I adore staycations! We're so lucky to have the mountains only a couple of hours away, so we frequently head up there for a few days and it feels like we're completely disconnected from the crazy hustle and bustle of 'real life'. Honestly, staycations don't get nearly enough love! Even looking at these pictures made me feel more chilled out haha. Love it!

    Susie |

  14. Great pictures! And I love your suitcase:)

  15. Staycations are a wonderful way to relax. The location of the Norfolk Mead Hotel sounds great & I love the colour scheme! Have a nice weekend, Gabrielle!
    Miriam x

  16. Great pictures!!
    Mónica Sors

  17. I definitely agree with you when it comes to getting more stuffs done by doing them slowly, I know I don't feel productive at all when I'm trying to do everything in a rush! I don't do a lot of staycation, but this is actually something I want to experiment more in 2018!

  18. Staycations and city breaks are amazing to recharge in between traveling abroad. And you are so right about not rushing, you get as much done if you take your time, you´ll just feel better.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  19. Babe that's just the best thing ! Loving to stay in my city and slow down a bit :)

    Amazing pics as well !

  20. I am also all about slow living, it allows me not get stuck into a cycle of consumerism and unnecessary use. I can't wait to go to the Christmas Markets this year though, aren't they the best!?
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  21. Oh that looks and sounds like a beautiful place to stay! :) I wanted to go away somewhere for Christmas but left it a little too late to arrange something so perhaps a staycation is in the cards for us! :)

    Hope you are having a lovely week! I'm getting excited it will be December this weekend! We are going to put up our tree then.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  22. Wonderful that you're slowing down and traveling near home. I do love staycations, and this year I've done about three of them in nearby cities in Los Angeles. My favorite was in a small town called Santa Barbara, California. I used to travel there as a kid. It is a small beach town with little shops and restaurants all close to the water. The feel there is pure relaxationa and slow living for sure. You've inspired me to take another little trip soon!


  23. Going to Germany to see the Christmas Markets is a dream of mine! I love traveling so much, but a staycation also sounds really nice.

    Shann Eileen |

  24. Dude literally every time I visit your blog I'm always falling in love with your photographs! I genuinely can't process how you can make a photos of some stairs or something into something so aesthetically pleasing haha, if I tried to do it it'd look crap :')

    I hope you're okay in regards to medical problems, but it seems as though you still subject yourself to some awesome experiences! I'm a massive advocate for slow living and staycations, you can take in so much more and they're just a lot better in regards to richness of experiences.

    Little Moon Elephant

  25. I agree with Amy, You take amazing photos. Have you done "what Camera I use" post yet? Anyway I'm all about staycations!


    1. Hey Lena! I haven't done a camera-focussed post before, but if it helps I use a Canon EOS 100d.

      Gabrielle x

  26. So true though, so important to take it easy to and unwind. Especially a good reminder with the hectic pace of Christmas and everything. And looks like you had a lovely stay, gorgeous photos! Xx

  27. I am bad at going 0 to 100 in 2 seconds and I always feel like I need to rush which of course makes me a very high strung person. Hubby on the other hand is the opposite, he's very laid back and often reminds me to calm the heck down. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  28. This hotel looks so classy! But classy in a modern way, subtle, chic, complete. i really love their aesthetic.
    Also, I just entered your current giveaway from the previous post! :)

  29. Ooh, this hotel looks so pretty and chic!
    I went to Brighton for a weekend recently too and it was an amazing trip!
    Aleeha xXx

  30. Im in love with the black and white inspired interior of this place.
    Looks like an amazing staycation!

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  31. Staycations are a wonderful way to relax. Great pictures!

  32. The place looks so cozy! Hope you enjoyed your stay!

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  33. Oh, I'm sorry to hear about your bad health. I hope you will be fine and your health problems get better soon. I think staycation is a great idea. I love all the pics <3

    Kisses <3

  34. Beautiful pictures and a wonderful looking place! I'm a big fan of a staycation and Norfolk is perfect for it!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  35. You have visited some amazing places this year hun, bvut I really hope your health gets better, keep us up to date xx

  36. Sounds like a perfect stay cation!!

  37. The hotel looks so beautiful and perfect to relax!! Also, that breakfast is goals! :)

    I love the idea of slow living, I have felt that way in Croatia where you can spend 3-4 hours just drinking coffee and talking hahaha!

    Have a great weekend Gabrielle!


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  38. Wow I would love to stay at the hotel, it looks so beautiful and simply perfect to relax.
    The idea of slow living is so amazing, it's important to work smarter not harder!

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  39. What a lovely post Gabrielle and an enjoyable read. It's so important to sit back and relax, and staycations such as this one in Norfolk seems like such a perfect way to unwind, especially with a warm comfort mug of your favourite drink.

    I enjoy slow living, and one of the reasons I especially enjoyed Devon that's for sure.

    This pretty homely boutique hotel looks like such a cosy place to visit surrounded by greenery and the sound of silence, one of the best sounds in the world sometimes :-)

    Sending love, I do hope you're okay and that your health resumes soon dear Gabrielle!

    Lots of love,

    Laura xo

  40. You always take such beautiful photos! This looks like a really lovely place to stay and relax :) xx

  41. I have so often the quote "If you are in a hurry, go slowly" in my mind and therefore I absoutely understand your thoughts! Altough I have to admit I don't belong to the slow people ... here I definitely still have potential :) But the hotel where you stayed is so extremely lovely that I would love to stay there for a slow weekend and even longer :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  42. This place is gorgeous dear, and lovely photos as always!

    Jessica |

  43. Looks lovely, I think we all need to get away on something like this to relieve the stress of everyday living.


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