Nestled away down a leafy street in Fishponds, Bristol, is the charming brainchild of artist Sadie Spikes: The Curious Cabinet guesthouse.
Doubling as Sadie’s personal studio and gallery, this is not a B&B as you know it…
Possessing an air of magic instantly upon arrival, we were welcomed by a floral arrangement hanging from a birdcage next to the pastel entrance. From the moment you cross the threshold, you’ve entered a bubble of tranquillity, far from the bustling streets of the centre and a million miles away from a stressful working week.
Lovingly handcrafted, it’s not hard to see that a huge amount of thought has gone into furnishing every inch of the house. Vintage trinkets and unique pieces are placed throughout the soothing white hallways, the aesthetic created of a warm welcome into an artist’s home.
Tucked away in the eaves of the top floor is The Retreat, a haven of white where you can put your feet up and take five minutes to recover from your travels in one of the faux fur-lined wicker chairs with a coffee – or if you’re feeling extra luxurious, a decadent hot chocolate and marshmallows.
I kicked off my Converse – sparkly, of course – and wriggled my toes in the matching sheepskin rug, in preparation for a night of true relaxation and soaking up every inch of the “restorative powers” the website suggests.
That’s when I spotted the real star of the show through a folding door… the roll-top bath where I’d undoubtedly be spending the rest of my stay.
Perfectly positioned under an attic window, laying back in the bath with a glass of bubbly to stargaze was very much on the agenda – as was extra bubbly in the bath! Locating an Alice in Wonderland-esque bottle tied with carefully handwritten labels from the toiletries basket, I emptied it’s glistening contents into the tub and filled it to the top.
When my prune-y fingers and toes couldn’t possibly soak up any more water, I reluctantly splashed my way to the bedroom, where a huge squishy bed (complete with foam mattress of dreams!) was waiting to envelope me in a cloud of soft sheets worthy of royalty and strings of twinkling fairy lights.
Channelling all the inner peace I could muster from the comfortable quiet inside the house, I drifted off into a deliciously deep sleep to carry me through to the birdsong that woke me.
Breakfast was a delightful affair, as Sadie had put on a spread of all the home comforts you search for on a lazy weekend morning: jams, pastries, cereals and fruits waited for us in the quirky kitchen. Chat flowed easily over brewing teas and the buttering of croissants, about life in Bristol and beyond – and the feeling of catching up with an old friend in their cosy home flowed throughout the morning.
I couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to a day of exploring one of the cities I’ve always had a soft spot for, a city whose fiercely creative nature is very much reflected in the kitsch, unique rooms of Sadie’s magical space. It seems those restorative powers were true, seeping through the smooth wooden floors and nestled away in the top floor of a beautiful old home.
If you’re looking for a magical night away, then book your stay here.
Sadie’s also recently finished working on her Curious Retreats, a selection of charming vintage showvans just outside Bristol, if you’re interested in a stay then see here for more information.
My stay was complimentary, but all good words my own.
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