As you all know, the Mulberry Team work incredibly hard, around the clock- only very occasionally stopping for food, water or sleep… so you can understand our excitement when a glossy invitation popped through the door inviting us to check out the recently refurbished holiday cottages at Leeds castle which we are helping to market.
That was not all however, as we were also invited on a tour around the castle, a scrumptuous cream tea and to try our hand at either hawking or on a segway in the afternoon!
So, positively shaking with excitement, we made our way through the gorgeous manicured gardens, complete with peacocks and bubbling brooks last week to the grand Leeds Castle to enjoy our day out.
We had the privilege of a guided tour around the self catering holiday properties, from the intimate Weir cottage (an impossibly romantic boltholt for two overlooking the Weir pond, where kingfishers and other wildlife can be seen regularly), Broomfield Cottage which is decorated with a vintage feel right up to the spacious Knights Cottage, which comes complete with massive gardens and luxury in every space!
The cream tea that we enjoyed was befitting of the castles’ most famous occupant, King Henry VIII and even he would probably have not been able to finish the magnificent spread that was on offer. The cakes melted in your mouth and the company was even better…
To end our day we had the chance to either set out on the segways or try our hand at a little hawking- and being the adventurous sort of people that we are we split up and did both… our entrepid booking team member Emma volunteered to meet the birds first, nervously holding the bait out for ‘Boston’ (who was much scarier than he sounds!) to come and grab; and after our feathery friend sucessfully hunted and killed an baby rabbit (sob!) he was on his best behaviour.
Our own resident Dr Dolittle Carl, wasted no time in literally charming the birds from the trees and the day was rounded off with a visit from the cutest and most feathery baby owl, Zippy (just as cute as he sounds!).
For the rest of us, it was the high hills of Leeds Castle estate, all ready to be conquered via segway.
After some initial wobbles, we were segway-ing with the best of them, gradually working up to the top speed (an earth shattering 12.5mph), rushing up the hill to the best view of the castle and sending sheep scattering, there was even talk of Emma, our marketing manager, purchasing one for personal use!
We took on cattle grids, speed bumps and even tried a bit of offroading- proving ourselves as masters of the segway once and for all!
All in all, a fantastic day was had by all of us, and a massive thank you to Leeds castle for making it happen!