Nikki Edwards is a one of life’s multi-hypenates (mummy – wife – lawyer – mediator – business owner – plate spinner… ). She also writes the hugely popular blog, This_E17 Life. She recently visited Edgar House with old friends and all their children. In her own words…

Back in the late 90s I spent two years at York Sixth Form College and was lucky enough to make some friends for life. We had a lot of fun, shed a lot of tears and worked all the hours in our part time jobs (from telesales, to dinner ladies, chambermaids and retail, we did it all!) so that we could pay for nights out at Ziggys, shopping trips to New Look and an annual 18 – 30’s holiday, with fish bowls galore!

Roll on 25 years and we’re still having a lot of fun but things have changed a little. We’ve added a whole load of husbands and children to the group for a start! We now live all over and don’t get to see each other as much as we might like but when we do, it’s always the best of times and we treasure it.

A couple of weeks ago, 16 of us got together for an unforgettable weekend at Edgar House, a Daisy Joy Escapes property, in Chester. We’ve hired a lot of big houses over the years but this one is next level amazing! Truly spectacular and I could not recommend it more.

Whether you’re celebrating a big birthday, organising a family gathering, planning a hen do or looking for somewhere to meet up with a group of friends, I would have no hesitation in suggesting Edgar House.

So, let me tell you a little more…

I caught the train from Euston Station to Chester and it was a lovely 15 minute walk to the house, through Grosvenor Park to Queens Park Bridge and along the beautiful river Dee. It was my first trip to Chester and I hadn’t realised how stunning it would be.

The rest of the group drove, which was equally convenient as there are 10 dedicated car parking spaces at the back of the house.

The location was unbeatable. Set right on the city walls, with idyllic views of Old Dee Bridge. The garden are is huge! With comfortable seating areas to relax and have a drink, big tables for mealtimes and loads of room for the kids to run around. There is also a large gas bbq, which we made the most of,

There was so much space that we were even able to fit in a bouncy castle! Not something we’ve ever done before but we all agreed we would definitely do it again. It was on hire from Muddy Boots and was so easy to inflate. With the flick of a switch, it was up in less than a minute. Most importantly, it kept the kids entertained for the whole weekend, which meant we could have a proper catch up and enjoy the glorious views.

There was plenty inside for the kids (and grown ups) too – including a cinema room and a games room with juke box, foosball table and air hockey. The evening routine was pj’s then a movie before they headed off to bed in the zoo room. The house was equipped for them to all sleep in a proper bed but we had arranged for the Muddy Boots team to set up a jungle themed tipi sleepover in the zoo room and they choose to sleep in there together every night.

There are seven rooms in total, all with a different theme and most importantly, all with their own en suite. In my experience that’s really hard to find. A lot of the houses we’ve rented in the past have had a mix of rooms, with some definitely being the short straw. Not so at Edgar House. They were all equally luxurious and well equipped.

You can have a proper nosey at all of the rooms on the Daisy Joy website. If I had to choose a favourite, it would probably be the zoo room. It had a balcony, a great view and I loved the decor.

I suspect most people would choose the copper room though, as it has this magnificent free standing copper bath in the bedroom and its own private lounge! Talk about fancy.

Although the house is great for kids, the interiors definitely aren’t aimed at them, the theme is very grown up. Bold and luxurious with fun touches throughout. Every room is stunning! A real feast for the eyes.

The kitchen is a dream, equipped with everything you could need and I loved the huge living room with its feature fireplace and velvet sofas for everyone to stretch out but my favourite room in the house might just have been the snug library room. A secret hideaway, decorated in a delicious yellow, with a log burner in the corner, I imagine it would be the perfect place to snuggle up with a book in the winter.

We pretty much spent the whole weekend hanging out at the house because it was so glorious but there was also loads on offer, right on the doorstep. We didn’t make it to the races, only a 10 minute walk from the house but we did manage to drag ourselves out for a ride on the boats, an ice cream and a trip to the park to ride the miniature railway one afternoon. It was lovely but I was very happy to get back 🙂

In short, a weekend just wasn’t enough. The children had the best time. The adults had the best time. We were all very sad to leave and I’m already plotting a reason to return! Fancy joining me?

Thank you for memories Edgar House, I hope to see you again very soon xx

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