I don't know what you do for a living, but a 6 month gap in work history may come back to haunt you with future employment prospects. Seems like a fairly frivolous risk to me.
I work in the Academic sector, one of the renowned Universities worldwide, they are into work-life balance as much as possible so sabbaticals are encouraged. Though you do have to present your case, and a 6 month *tennis* break would be tougher to sell than something more *creative*. Maybe i can wrap it up in some kind of creative bubbly, artsy way........ needs thought.
It's feeling like a bad idea for the reward tbh....cant say I'm surpised, was my inkling too. Now a 2 year break, that would be awesome!