So I booked on the Makers Central event last year, which is in Birmingham, so that raises the question where am I going to stay.
When working away from home there's always that question "Where am I going to stay?"
So with taking part in the Makers Central event, at the NEC in Birmingham this month, as per usual it was the last thing I did, with a week to go.
I guess that's one way to concentrate the mind for the task at hand!
I knew I didn't want to stay in the vicinity of the NEC, especially when I was looking at the prices, as they seemed too expensive, and as the NEC is not that close to Birmingham city centre, that was another location I ruled out.
So I starting trawling the internet, and came across The Stables - Deer Park Farm, although approximately 10 miles away from the NEC, when in the car, it's not really a problem, and I loved that fact I would be in the country near nature, so it was booked.
After a long day of driving and building may stand at the Makers Central event, I set off to find my hotel, I but the postcode into my trusted Tom Tom and head out of the NEC complex, which by the way is absolutely mahoosive!
Anyone that knows me know that I least like driving in A country roads and roundabouts, and I am not sure if my Tom Tom had a perverse pleasure of taking this route to get me from the NEC to The Stables Deer Park Farm, added to the fact, that its maps has not been updated, when it tells me to turn right, when in actual fact there's a roundabout that I have to navigate to make that turn, but hey ho, that's on of the reasons, why you never solely rely on your sat nav for directions.
Luckily for me it was a really sunny day, the roads where relatively quiet, and so I didn't mind the 25 minute drive through country lanes to get to my accommodation.
When I arrived the first thing I noticed was a quaint old red post box, whose deign I've not seen in a very long time, and I wished I had stopped and taken a picture of it now.
I entered the code and the electronic gates open to allow me to enter the inner sanctum that was The Stables - Deer Park Farm.
Driving up the path, the first thing I saw as rabbits, just hoping around doing their thing, I knew then I was in the country, and as I carried on driving there were horses on my left and llamas on my right. I drive past the farm house and carry onto the chalet area, where I am greeted by the sign:
I turn around the corner and this is going to be home for the next couple of days:
It was so tranquil as being in the country tends to be, with the running water of the barrel ad deer horns waterfall, even the trains going past did not spoil the ambience.
It was quite interesting that everyone staying there was doing something at the NEC!
The room was bijoux to say the least, but it had everything you need for a couple of days, and anyway I was only planning to sleep and shower in there, so it was adequate enough.
The next day I spent some time just walking around the place absorbing the natural energy of the place, and just taking a few pictures:
I met a few of the neighbours on my last day at the Stables - Deer Park Farm, but unfortunately none of them were deers!
I really loved this place, the peace and the fact I was so close to nature, allowed me to decompress, relax and chill from the days activities, there was a Sainsbury's just over a mile away, so it was a great base for the NEC.
I am back at the NEC next year for another trade show, so I know I will be looking to book here again then