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Norbury Manor blogger takeover

This weekend, in a Grade I listed house in rural Derbyshire, 12 bloggers and a small dog got together to eat cake, drink wine, play Articulate, watch movies and explore the beautiful house and its surroundings.  Is there a collective noun for bloggers? A pose of bloggers, perhaps? (God bless whomever invented the self-timer - even Bodhi joined in on the photo fun!)

Organised by the lovely Alex at Odd Socks and Pretty Frocks, it really was an utterly wonderful weekend.  The lack of phone signal and internet was slightly alarming at first but turned out to be exactly what I needed.

It was really nice both to see some awesome ladies I now count as friends, and to meet some new faces. We initially descended on nearby Ashbourne on the Saturday for lunch and hellos, then convoying on to the country house in the afternoon.  After some issues locating the house which culminated in Sarah and Sarah having to lead a search party to find me and bring me back to the house, we all arrived, and the wonderful bakers of the party unpacked some rather exciting sweet treats - Victoria Sponge Cake, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate cake, super slutty brownies, lemon drizzle and peanut butter bars.  Things were about to get a little bit yummy (and remained that way for the rest of the weekend).

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After the excitement of cake we all had a good explore of the house.  It was like nowhere I'd ever even visited before let alone stayed - wood panelling, open fires, stained glass windows and utterly beautiful surroundings.  The house just went on forever, with countless bedrooms, bathrooms and drawing rooms.  Chloe and I were staying in the 'snug', a cute little room with bookshelves, window seats and a huge fire.

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The garden even had a little mini 'maze' which you could frequently see Bodhi's tail bobbing around! He loved being out in the fresh air and getting lots of attention and cuddles!

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Aside from a walk in the countryside on the Sunday we spent a lot of time in the house eating, drinking and chatting and it was an utterly blissful weekend.  On our walk we did have the pleasure of meeting these two chaps who I'm reliable informed are alpacas (hence why they were ignoring my cries of 'hello llamas!)

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I can't say I relished the four hour drive home and I've been pretty exhausted ever since (eating that much cake really takes it out of you!) but Bodhi and I had an awesome time and owe a huge thanks to Alex for organising it and Chloe for doing the food shop and making sure our bellies were full, not to mention the impressive feat of cooking a roast dinner for 12 people!

Derby Blogger Weekend

Have you ever stayed in a National Trust cottage? You can find out more about Norbury Manor here.

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29 comments

  1. Oh wow this looks absolutely amazing! Such a pretty location and beautiful bloggers!
    Sophie
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  2. This place looks amazing! What a beauty of a bath!

    The first two photos are great, you all look like you're having a great time. And that table of cakes? Oh my god! You're not helping my diet :)

    xx

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  3. I'm gutted I didn't get chance to pop over and say hello to you all while you were a stone's throw from me! What an idyllic way to spend a weekend, I bet Bodhi was loving the fuss from 12 bloggers!

    Jem xXx

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  4. I'm so sad I'm still not there.

    That first photo is brilliant - best idea ever.

    (I miss Bodhi)

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  5. Ooohhh it looks absolutely beautiful! Bet it was quite nice having no signal for a little while and being able to switch off :)
    And that roast dinner and all those cakes look amazing!
    x

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  6. What an awesome way to spend a weekend, such a lovely house!

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  7. Wow! This looks and sounds amazing, what a great way to spend a weekend! I am getting a sugar coma just looking at all that cake, yum :-) The house looks absolutely beautiful too, you lucky things! haha alpacas are so funny looking.
    Lianne x Rubyrubyslippers.blogspot.com

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  8. caaaaake!! llamas! Bodhi!! best weekend ever xx

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  9. It was great to meet you an Bodhi (even though he was a little over friendly at times!). LOVE the group pictures, I've been in stitches laughing at them x

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  10. Aww how lovely ! Hope you enjoyed :)

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  11. Ooo Rosie this looks lovely! And oh how I want your poochy - what type is he? Super cute! x

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  12. Sounds like you hd a ball! The cottage is gorgeous and the food

    www.mkstyleramblings.blogspot.com.au

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  13. How fun! This looks splendid, I wish there was more bloggers in my town! I absolutely cannot tell the difference between llamas and alpacas, haha, it's impossible!

    x

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  14. Ah your photos are fab Rosie! Making me miss our manor!! :(

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  15. Ahh the group photos turned out fabulously well!
    Was so lovely to see you again, and to meet Bodhi! x

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  16. What a lovely idea! You look like you had a wonderful time. Bet Bodhi was loving all the female attention :P

    Jen | sunny sweet pea xx

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  17. Aww it looks like you had such a lovely time! The Manor is gorgeous, loving the bathroom xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  18. I want to stay in that amazing manor and eat those cakes...YUM!

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  19. oh.my.god. that looks absolutely incredible! I bet in a way you were glad about the signal and internet issue. Really gives you time to unwind. This looks amazing, I'm literally googling that place right now!
    Kerry | Kerralina x
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  20. If it wasn't amazing enough that you got to stay in a beautiful manor house, you were greeted by a table of cakes - definitely mind kind of break away.

    Hannah cagneyandlace.com

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  21. It was so lovely to meet you and Bodhi. I'm so glad you both came, despite that massive drive!

    I've been laughing endlessly at those group photos. We are such a silly bunch!

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  22. Oh looks amazing! Sounds like you had a great time :)

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  23. Norbury Manor was such an absolute treasure - I had the best time I have had in such a long time, and meeting so many wonderful people this weekend has made me realise sometimes it's okay to be me.

    Both you and Bodhi are lovely, he really is the sweetest dog, and your true companion! I'm really glad I got to meet you :) xxx

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  24. That is such an amazing house, my god!!! Can you imagine how amazing it would be to live there all the time.. I would swan around and act like queen of the manor!!!

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  25. This looks like so much fun :) Totally salivating over the cake table. xx

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  26. It was so lovely to see you and Bodhi was super cute!

    Maria xxx

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  27. Looks so much fun! I've enjoyed reading all these Norbury posts and seeing your adorable dog everywhere!x

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  28. Totally jealous of your network abilities!

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