Wednesday 24th August 2016

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“My hubby and I just celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Whilst it mightn’t sound like a huge achievement, when you’ve been an official ‘couple’ for almost ten years this blows most celebrity marriages out the water so in my books it is something to celebrate.

So, on what I am calling a milestone for my other half and I, here are some of my key observations on marriage to date – many of which are applicable to any relationship, however long you might have been together…


Things I thought were myths which aren’t:

  • Marriage is fatal for your waistline. This may also have something to do with age and a bi-product of having a family but, post-wedding, those pounds literally stick to you like glue and it takes time and energy to keep them off.
  • He can be right – sometimes!
  • She can be right – most of the time.
  • Reality TV can be enjoyed together, though you may have to adopt a more forceful approach on this one (i.e. hiding the remote and not giving them any choice in the matter). If your other half loves a bit of TOWIE or Real Wives Of… then they are a keeper (or watching it for the wrong reasons).
  • You don’t have to have a shared interest or ‘hobby’ – having your own friends and interests is just as important, as long as you do actually spend time together of course…
  • Your mother-in-law can be your number one supporter – believe it! Just learn how to keep her sweet. Who’s on for Sunday dinner this weekend?


Top three tips for husbands

  • The bins are ‘your’ job – sorry. But it isn’t gonna get you a medal.
  • If you’re going to make romantic gestures such as a weekend away or dinner at a fancy restaurant, make these frequent occurrences so as not to raise any (unwarranted) suspicion. Consistency is key, otherwise it might backfire!
  • Just say sorry sometimes, even if it kills you inside.


Top three tips for wives:

  • No one likes a martyr. I am particularly guilty of this. You are not always right – suck it up and smile if it means a peaceful life, unless of course he’s done something really stupid and / or unforgivable, then you can get involved in some high horse action, yay!
  • Make an effort with your appearance. I don’t mean eating salads and overdosing on fake tan; I spend a good portion of my life in my sweat pants so have decided to upgrade my supermarket PJs to more chic ‘leisure wear’ – some even have a touch of cashmere – so soft to the touch – check me!
  • Just say sorry sometimes, even if it kills you inside.


Both – take note:

  • Date night is king.

Everyone knows it is so easy to fall into a routine when you’re caught up in the 9-5 (and then some), have a family or just generally lead busy lifestyles. You can quickly sink into a spiral of keeping other people happy and overlook you and your partner’s needs. It categorically is a cliché but making time for each other should form part of your weekly to-do list, up there with the laundry, food shop and bed linen change.

So whether it’s a bottle of wine enjoyed in a quiet enclave, a candle lit dinner for two or a mini-break in a new city, here’s a roundup of some of Cairn Group’s most romantic venues across the UK. With over 26 hotels across the UK there’s an unrivalled choice of destination.


For the prefect mini-break…

  • For those after something typically romantic and tranquil there’s the luxurious and idyllic Stoke Place Hotel, which is just 30 minutes outside of London.
  • If you are your other half prefer more of a city break with lots of shopping and nightlife on the doorstep, look no further than Gardens Hotel Manchester, which overlooks the city’s Piccadilly Gardens.
  • Hotel Indigo Edinburgh conveniently located on Princes Street and with excellent links to Waverly mainline train station.
  • Cairn Hotel Newcastle located in the leafy suburb of Jesmond on the bustling Osbourne Road – a popular night spot for dinner, drinks and (occasionally) some dancing.


Dinner and drinks for two?

  • Arguably one of Newcastle’s most romantic restaurants, at Sohe you’ll not only experience some of the finest Asian cuisine ever but be able to wash it down with a selection of beautifully unique cocktails from the confines of an intimate and very plush dining booth.
  • North of the Border in Edinburgh you’ll be spoiled for choice at the award winning bar and restaurant Juniper. Alternatively Twenty Prince’s Street offers tasty meals served in sumptuous surroundings for those after something particularly visually appealing.
  • If it’s a trip to the Capital you’re after then try the Heights Restaurant located on the 15th floor of St George’s Hotel. Alongside the breathtaking views of London you can enjoy exquisite European and international cuisine – a true sensory experience.


Spread the love…

Whilst quality time with your other half is super important, it can be equally as fun to have a group mini-break so if a weekend away with other couples is more your style (and spreads the cost of a babysitter) consider one of the following options:

  • 91 Aparthotel which can be found in Newcastle and is made up of 16 stylish serviced apartments and studios.


  • You could also try the Windsor Street Apartments in Edinburgh – a stone’s throw from the city centre yet fully equipped kitchens and spacious living areas – a home from home if you decide to host your own dinner party.”


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