So as many of you are most definitely aware, on the 22nd February 2019 Bobby asked me to marry him and I said YES! What a weekend that was! I had absolutely no idea that he was planning on getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. I was completely oblivious and the whole weekend had been planned to a T.
22nd February is actually our anniversary and 2019 marked our 3rd. I had an inkling that Bobby was planning on taking me away for the weekend because he’d asked me to make sure I had the whole weekend free. Although I’d guessed that we were going away, I had absolutely no idea where. Bobby eventually confirmed that we were going to be going away somewhere and gave me an opportunity to ask questions.
“Are we going somewhere in the UK?” – “Yes”
“Is it somewhere we’ve been before?” – “Nope”
“Have we talked about going to this place before?” – “Nope”
“Do I need to take any swimwear?” – “Nope”
I literally had no idea where we could have been going. To make matters even more confusing Bobby presented me with a pair of wellies that I might need to wear on our weekend away. He also told me that we were getting a train to this unknown destination from Waterloo. My geography knowledge is utterly horrendous and I couldn’t even work out where we would be traveling to from Waterloo because I wasn’t sure where the trains went.
After a couple of hours traveling we arrived at the beautiful Sway in The New Forest. What a gorgeous place and an absolute breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle that London supplies daily. Now, if you’ve never been to The New Forest, I highly recommend you go, especially if you’re a walking fan. There are some stunning walking routes over fields and beautiful countryside surroundings that really do take your breath away. New Forest is also home to tonnes of wild donkeys and horses that litter the fields. They also turn up walking down the high street of some of the villages in The New Forest. Make sure you check it out on their official tourism website here.
Adding to the mystery of the weekend, Bobby had also given me a few clues about where we were going to be staying in Sway. I knew it wasn’t a hotel and it wasn’t a tent, so where could it be? Well, where it was, was amazing. We ended up staying in a beautifully converted Shepherd’s hut located on the grounds of a farm with stables. It was incredible.
The hut was surrounded by fields with horses that were kept in a stables located on the farm house grounds. The view was beautiful and such a calm and tranquil setting.
The Shepherd’s hut was decorated perfectly inside. There were so many homely decorations which made the hut feel so comfortable and cosy. Inside there was a double bed, TV, seating bench, kitchen equipped with microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, 2 hobs and fridge and a bathroom with a very large shower. Amanda who owns the hut had even supplied us with breakfast food and a bottle of prosecco in the fridge! (Which I thought was for it being our anniversary… how wrong I was!)
The Shepherd’s hut is available to book via airbnb and you can find it here. I highly recommend anyone to stay there. You are guaranteed to have the most beautiful time. The family who own it are lovely too and are more than willing to accommodate to your every need.
After arriving at the hut on the Friday, we had a couple of hours down time and then we got ready to go for a meal that Bobby had arranged for the evening. We went to a restaurant called The Mill which is in a little village called Gordleton – around a 15 minute drive from where we were staying. You can check it out here. We practically had the restaurant to ourselves when we arrived which was beautiful as it really allowed us to enjoy the setting. The restaurant is located in gorgeous grounds with a bridge running over a little river. The grounds also have a beautiful walkway leading up to the restaurant with lights leading the way along the path. Just stunning. We had beautiful food in the restaurant and shared some wine. It was all just perfect.
We headed back to the hut and decided to sit out on the patio. Bobby lit the log burner and put out some candles on the little table outside. We sat out there sipping champagne in the dark of night and it was beautiful. This is where the proposal happened. It was a wonderful and memorable moment and I will cherish it forever. It was such a personal moment for the two of us and one that I will never forget. I can’t explain how shocked I was. Honestly, I’ve never felt shock like it! I cried so much and of course I said yes! I am very excited to become the future Mrs Bonehill!
We spent the rest of our weekend away exploring the little town of Lymington and reveling in our new engagement bliss. It was beautiful. I feel like the luckiest woman on the planet! We have so much to look forward to and we have a wedding to get planning! It will be very interesting planning a wedding as a diabetic and actor because there are so many things to consider such as; will I need to have a special cut out in my dress for injections? Or, will we add a performance element to our wedding? Who knows? We can only wait and see! Wedding planning is definitely going to be kept under wraps for now because we want it to be a special experience for us both. Keep your eyes peeled though because I’m sure I’ll be doing a blog or 2 about how we’re getting on!