Castle Howard x Mumboss Event

I’ve not visited the magical stately home Castle Howard (erected on a former military castle hence the name) for years and years, so it was quite the treat to return to York last month for what was a book tour date slash mini break with my parents for 2 days in Yorkshire.

Castle Howard Yorksinstameet x Mumboss book event

I was back ‘home’ for the latest Yorksinstaeet run by creative mums Lou of Peony and Grace, Caroline of Flohr & Co and Victoria of The Yorkshire House Project who’d kindly invited me to speak at their 75 strong event and also stay at Castle Howard’s Librarian’s Cottage, a luxurious country abode within the estate which due to being far from a network, provided me with a digital detox to boot and a breather from my busy schedule. Excitingly, you can win a stay at the cottage at the bottom of the post.

Castle Howard Yorksinstameet x Mumboss book event

It really was an enriching time as I hung out with my folks, mostly watching telly round the fire, feasting on vegan dishes my Dad conjured up (the whole family’s gone plant-based post The Game Changers movie) and I equally had the chance to connect and reconnect with fellow mumbosses up North, some I’ve known since my school days (hey Annabel of fab This Mummy Loves) and others I’d touched base with over the years online and now, in real life.

Vicki of Honest Mum and her friend Annabel of This Mummy Loves

Sharing the lessons I’ve learned (mostly picked up from those far wiser than me, like my therapist) and discussing the lows and the highs, the adversity with the joys of juggling parenting and running your own business but vitally the freedom flexible work brings, was, as it always is, so deeply rewarding. Thank you to Fox Lane Books too for selling MUMBOSS-How to Survive and Thrive at Work and at Home, too.

Mumboss Book tour Vicki Psarias in conversation at Yorksinstameet at Castle Howard

(Fab to see Ali Mortimer of Heal Yourself Happy in the green blouse again too).

Vicki Psarias speaks at Yorksinstameet Vicki Psarias speaks at Yorksinstameet at Castle Howard


Vicki Psarias signs MUMBOSS books


Shout out to the joyous talent that is Charlotte Nelson of Charlotte Nelson Photography and super talented Emma White of The Jewellery Makers for my stunning silver engraved HONEST necklace and pretty earrings I’ve worn on the box twice before.

Vicki of Honest Mum and Emma White of The Jewellery Makers

Much love to my pal Karen of Busy Mum of Two Boys who was great support and even found me signal in a nearby supermarket carpark when I went live on BBC Radio 5 Live after the event!

Quick phone snap not by Charlotte below!


(Thanks to Paisie London for gifting me this gorge monochrome wrap dress).

I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed Yorkshire until I was back again to be honest. I’d had a fleeting visit to Leeds the week before for a super event with Meatless Farm where I was interviewed on the wonderful Katie Piper’s podcast, but I left feeling like I needed more time with my family. This time, was a perfect pause, and it’s encouraged me to change plans to go abroad for Christmas and head back to Leeds again.

Thank you so much to all who came and to Yorksinstameet and Castle Howard for their hospitality and generosity.

Now, for competition time!
You can win a Castle Howard holiday cottage weekend stay usually worth £890 (Friday to Monday) which excludes school holidays and peak event times below.

The cottage I stayed in, The Librarian’s Cottage, is a pretty stone abode in the Castle Howard estate village of Coneysthorpe with stunning bedrooms, a cosy living room with wood burner, a separate dining room also with wood burner, and cute kitchen with pantry.  Furnished with vintage pieces, items from Castle Howard itself and carefully chosen modern furnishings it’s a Pinterest dream and the picturesque garden with trickling stream and patio makes the cottage, a perfect family stay.

Cottages in the Castle Howard estate Librarian's Cottage Librarian's Cottage (Castle Howard) Librarian's Cottage (Castle Howard) Librarian's Cottage (Castle Howard) Librarian's Cottage (Castle Howard) Honest Mum

You might be offered any of the holiday cottages at this link as the competition is subject to availability: .
Photos of the cottage (with me in them which were taken by my Dad #instagramdad) and others of the cottage c/o Castle Howard.
Enter via Rafflecopter below.
Ends January 6th 2019
UK only.
No cash alternative.
No travel accommodation covered.
Subject to availability.
Booking must be made by December 2020.
Good luck!

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113 Responses

  1. lisa anderson

    I would love to win to get some adult time together, I would take my lovely boyfriend.

  2. Jackie Howell

    I would take my big sister as someplace we have both wanted to stay for a number of years after seeing on a tv programme. It would be fabulous surprise for her.

  3. Helen Stratton

    Even though we have been to York many times, I have never visited Castle Howard, even though it looks amazing. I would love to go and I would take my daughter and granddaughter with me.

  4. Julia Linsley

    Such an amazing place ad area with loads to see do and experience ! I would like to take my lovely husband for a treat and making memories such a great opportunity

  5. Neha Chauhan

    Never been on a Cottage holiday before. The place looks incredible. This would be a nice opportunity to take the family out and spend some good quality time with them.

  6. Nicola Wilson

    This is my Gran’s favourite place in the world but she is too unwell to travel now. I would send my Mum and Dad for a relaxing time away to unwind as they are working so hard looking after her.

  7. Gaynor Hill

    I would love to take my daughter Neve , she is my carer as I’m disabled with various conditions. I’ve not had a holiday or break away in the past 10 years, I’d appreciate so very much to be able to make beautiful memories which sadly I don’t have many and she can’t remember either , she is 15 years old . Her birthday is the end of January her 16th Birthday, this would be the ultimate treat and something she would always remember as such a special 16th . She has endured so much in the last year she really does deserve the world , we would both appreciate so very much xx

  8. Hugh Jones

    I would take my wife. I love the house and the magnificent scenery in its grounds.

  9. Lorna Roberts

    I went to uni in York and love the area. I’d take my best friend as she works really long hours and deserves a break.

  10. Paul Green

    I would go with my partner and kids we are yet to have a family holiday this would be amazing

  11. Kat B

    I’d love to win to get a proper break away from work! I’d love to take my best friend as we’ve both been through a lot this year and things are really looking up so it would be lovely to celebrate!

  12. Claire Blakeley

    This looks absolutely beautiful, I’d love to win and take my boyfriend to celebrate our engagement xxx

  13. Elizabeth Gaskell

    I’d take my lovely hubby of 33 years for a well deserved break. Great competition thanks for the chance to win. 🎄🎄🎄🤗🤗🤗

    • Laura Robinson

      Me and my boyfriend are going to do our first Christmas together in the new year so we can spend some quality time away from family. Plan is rent a cute cottage…

  14. Liz

    I’d love to take my husband and have a treat for our 25th Wedding Anniversary year.

    We made it!

  15. Javier Garcia-Marcos

    I work shifts and it’s hard to get enough sleep in between shifts, This break would help me catch up a little, I’d take my new partner.

  16. Nicola Hartshorn

    I’d love the chance to get away with my partner who works shifts so we don’t get together much.

  17. Diana Hartshorn

    I’d take my other half for a romantic break and some time away from all the hassle of everyday life

  18. Brian Hartshorn

    It’s an area of the country we never get to so we would love to visit. I’d take my other half, of course

  19. Michelle Crowe

    I’d really love to take my partner steve and our daughter. It look so beautiful.

  20. Nicola Dean

    I’ve always wanted to go to castle Howard but never gotten around to it. I love the history and the beauty of it. I would take my husband.

  21. ValB

    I would take my husband – its been a busy year for our golden wedding anniversary and a relaxing break would be most welcome

  22. Hilda Wright

    The accommodation looks fantastic and it is an area I’d love to explore! I’d take my boyfriend P!

  23. samj

    I would take my husband. My husband has been trying to get his business off the ground for a while now and hasn’t had much luck. We are both quite stressed and fed up of not having an little luxuries like this in our lives. Winning would help to revive our spirits and our relationship. What a lovely Christmas miracle this would be, if we were lucky enough to win.

  24. Sean Eccles

    I would go with my partner and kids we are yet to have a family holiday this would be amazing x

  25. Lauren Buddle

    Every year from the age of 2 until I was 13-14 we always used to go on holiday in Yorkshire and we would always visit Howard Castle. We’d make a whole day of it, take a picnic, explore the house and have a lovely wander through the gardens. Since my brother and I have grown up my Mum hasn’t been back to Castle Howard so i would absolutely love to take her back and to stay there would be so wonderful! It would bring back lovely memories and give me and mum the chance to have some girl time!

  26. Eva Lorraine Appleby

    I would take my partner Paul and l would love to win as we could spend some quality time together and we have not had a break for years.


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