As the Easter holidays approached and I had not one thing planned for my days off, I was contacted by the lovely Susan, the owner of a new boutique B&B near Hillsborough, and invited for an overnight stay. Now I have to admit, watching the progress of this B&B growing and changing on Instagram, whether I had anything planned or not, I was definitely making a space in my diary for a stay at this new location. And as a bonus, Ruth from Willow Lane was coming along too!
It’s a long time since I stayed in a B&B so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But Baytree Boutique B&B is so far removed from what I remember of the last B&B I stayed in, and I have to say, that was a bit of a relief! You have the comforts of the personal touch from the owners, but you also have the space and anonymity I search for when on holiday.
Let me explain a little more! On arrival, we were greeted by Susan and welcomed into Baytree B&B where the necessary information was laid – Wifi password, taxi numbers, breakfast menu – all the essentials!! After a tour of the property (which is separate from the main house, but close enough if you have any issues), Susan took our coffee orders and left us to make ourselves comfortable – we headed straight to the living area for a catch up! The decor is minimalist and fresh but in contrast to the quaint look outside, is surprisingly modern inside.
Coffee and homemade treats devoured and Ruth and I set to taking some photos. I was taking full advantage of having a photographer (who isn’t 7 and doesn’t require pocket money for all photos taken!) and also the beautiful gardens around the house.
As the B&B is set just outside Hillsborough, it is in the ideal location to explore the area. From the castle, to the park and lake or into the village for lunch at The Owl and The Pussycat, flowers from Twigs and Twine or pick up something from a Northern Irish designer stocked in In klover. Ruth and I decided to explore a little further however, so headed for dinner at one of my current favourite restaurants, Bull and Ram in Ballynahinch (worth a visit if you haven yet been!).
On return to the B&B, the lights were on, the fire was lit (those special little touches are everywhere!) and we were ready to sit down with a glass of chilled prosecco! After the perfect relaxing evening, a magazine and easter egg were waiting upstairs for me to enjoy, so we said goodnight and headed off to our rooms. Fresh linen from The White Company with pillows of different densities for the best night’s sleep – to say Susan has thought of everything really is an understatement!
The 8am alarm came far too quickly! Although, the part of this stay I was looking forward to most was awaiting us – the breakfast! Susan offers an extensive menu of hot and cold dishes, all of which are selected the previous evening. Again, Instagram had sold me on her yoghurt and granola and the eggs benedict (even now as I write this, I’d happily go for breakfast every morning!!). Breakfast is served in Susan’s dining area in her own home but she also offers the option of serving it in the house, especially for guests staying a longer period.
Check out time came too quickly. We were slightly hesitant to leave, I’m already trying to work out my date of return!
Thank you to Susan for an amazing stay – whether you are visiting the area for a particular reason, or just getting a break away, Baytree Boutique B&B is top of my list of recommendations!