Thursday, 10 March 2011


Every year we collect our Tesco vouchers up and in March we cash them in for a short weekend break with a Marriot Spa hotel - this time we chose the Hollins Hall Country Spa in Shipley Yorkshire.   This year my sister and her husband joined us which made it even more special as we have not had a break away together for some years.  All in all the stay not including dinners or drinks cost £4.00 now that is what I call a bargain.  A big thank you to Mr Tesco.

Our first stop on the way to the hotel had to be the spa town of Harrogate and of course no visit to Harrogate would be complete without a visit to Betty's Teas Rooms.

How about these for Easter Egss - the largest one was £220.00!!! I'll stick to my Cadbury's thank you.
A little light lunch
then onto the serious business of shopping.

Just down the road from Betty's we came across a shop that was selling the most wonderful vintage and retro goodies over two floors.SPACE the girl behind the counter was dressed in a forties outfit and was wearing her hair in a snood - mind you it was pink so a little bit of todays fashion had crept in too.

After some time spent browing we moved onto the Montpelier Quarter of Harrogate where the antique shops are situated and spent some time browsing in the lovely shops there.  I bought lots of things for the stall and the booth and I also treated myself to this deco handpainted part tea set by Grimwades which I could not resist.
Of course no shopping trip would be complete without popping into CK's and this was our final port of call before moving onto the hotel.
I was really taken with the latest range of bags being made from vintage fabrics that are only being produced in ones and two's.   Could kick myself as I walked away from one that I really liked and when I went back it had gone.....


  1. Looks like you had a great trip Deb, with a perfect combination of lovely shopping, lovely food and beautiful surroundings.
    Ann x

  2. What fabulous shops ! its years since I`ve been to Harrogate-will have to remedy that ! loved your new teaset.

  3. All looks lovely. Tesco vouchers are great arn't they ! We are going to the Isle of Wight in the summer with ours.
    Love the tea set too
    Sue x

  4. Lovely photo's I adore your art deco tea set thats a real beauty, have a lovely weekend,dee x

  5. Hello Deb, how are you?
    I went to see you and I
    seen so many beautiful things went well
    the trip? Did you enjoy I have seen.
    In April, I come to England and I think I will
    see you in Brackley, when you're there?
    I saw some good things in your cabinet!
    A hug

  6. Wow, those Easter eggs....! All that vintage treasure waiting to be found and brought back to a new home...! Looks fab and all the better for being cheap. xx

  7. Looks like a nice break.....we get Betty's tea sent to us here in Canada.

  8. what a fab idea with your vouchers! I went to Harrogate with my Nan for a Crime Fiction festival and went to SPACE. I hadn't realised when I was there that the person who owns it runs one of the big national vintage fairs x


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