I remember getting the email and a list of dates and excitedly forwarding it on to Mark, because it would fit with my 27th birthday and our 'first year' together.
I was so chuffed to be asked. It was the first sort of ask of this kind really and the idea of going somewhere special made me the giddiest of kippers.
Scarborough is about two hours and forty-five minutes from us in Cheshire, so we set off around 11:00am, having dropped Bill to stay with my parents for the evening, and, after a pitstop, and a few wrong turns, in the Yorkshire countryside, we arrived at Ox Pasture Hall just after 2:00pm.
We were taken to room 27, which was actually a honeymoon suite, with the most beautiful courtyard view on one side.
The Afternoon Tea platter, presented on a classic cake stand, was just lovely. I would have appreciated a few more savoury bits I think, as I came out on quite the sugar high afterwards. But it was still lovely.
The scones (cream first, jam second - love me or hate me) were my favourite. And we washed it all down with a glass of Prosecco and a tea for Mark, and a coffee for me.
I have so many photographs I wish I could share, but trust me when I say that the entire grounds are beautiful. From neatly cut lawns, to towering trees with the setting sunlight peaking through. It was pretty romantic. There I said it.
Two of them continued to scoff away at the far right of the field, but one little guy, who we named Charlie (he seemed to suit it) ambled over.
And he took my breath away.
Takashi Hiraide's The Guest Cat to read), while Mark caught up with the football scores.
In the end he came to chat to me as I soaked and I felt like something out of Pretty Woman. We then spent an hour just chatting in those dressing gowns, before I got ready and he had a bit of a man nap (I can take that long).
Once I was (finally) ready, we headed down for our evening meal at the hotel restaurant.
We were met with a really lovely glass of Prosecco (I wish I'd asked what the name of this was!), while we decided what to eat.
I still swoon. Every bloody day.
We started with a complimentary slice of freshly baked bread - Mark chose the farmhouse white and I had the sundried tomato. Along with a gorgeous (and I mean gorgeous) vegetable soup. I'm not the biggest soup fan, if I'm honest, but this was lovely.
To start, Mark had the Sweet Marinated Herring Fillet (£8.50), which he loved as I don't like seafood at all and he rarely gets to have it at home.
I had the Duck Liver Parfait (£7.50), which had the crunchiest Melba toast and a lovely cranberry compote, which really cut through the buttery parfait.
Then we had an amuse bouche of some kind and all we know is that it was tart and fruity and fun to eat. It had a passion fruit taste about it and was almost like some sort of granita topped with a flavoured foam).
For main course, Mark had the Confit Duck Leg (£14.95), which I tried and was just beautiful. And had crispy skin and juicy flesh, which is hard to get right with duck.
I had the show-stopper by far though, the simply named 'Pork' (18.95) featured pork belly, tenderloin and black pudding and I cleared my plate. It was genuinely one of the best meals I've had in a while.
To end our meal, Mark had the Raspberry Creme Brûlée (£6.50), which came with buttery shortbread and a raspberry milkshake shot.
I, being the person I am, opted for the Yorkshire Cheese Board (£8.50) and the fruit and nut bread, with the blue cheese was my far my favourite combination.
After our meal, we cozied up by the wood burner and had a few drinks, before the yawns took over and we headed to bed, where Mark gave me my birthday presents early and I got all emotional (as usual).
In the morning we both opted for the Full Yorkshire Breakfast, and helped ourselves to toast. The sausages and black pudding were brilliant and I could tell the eggs were local as the the yolks were so sunny and bright!
After checking out, it was a long journey back home. But we had a little two year-old to snuggle at the end of it. So it wasn't so bad at all.
Thank you so much to the Ox Pasture Hall team for making my birthday and our stay so wonderful. If you want a short break (or even a long one) we couldn't recommend it enough.