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5 new luxury hotels opening in the UK in 2013

5 new luxury hotels opening in the UK in 2013

It’s the start of the year, which means we’ll be thinking about planning our holidays for the year ahead. Here’s a guide to new luxury hotels that will be opening in the UK during 2013, which will be worth checking out. Café Royal, London Café Royal opened its doors on 3rd December 2012, but its […]

Special feature: The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, Kelso, Scotland

Special feature: The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, Kelso, Scotland

The wonderful welcome from Robyn at reception is typical of the staff at the Roxburghe. Always at hand, always willing, yet never interfering. This wonderful Georgian house, owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, is situated on the banks of the River Teviot. This river, together with the Tweed where the Duke also has beats available […]

Rabbits, chutney and old oak beams: Broadgrove House, Somerset

Rabbits, chutney and old oak beams: Broadgrove House, Somerset

Nestled in sweeping green pastures, on the Somerset and Wiltshire border, Broadgrove House is chocolate-box perfect. Fresh from the grueling waters of nearby Vobster Quay, my quest for quiet, warm, comfort was complete. This is a gorgeous B&B. As we drove up the sweeping manicured drive, this old crofter’s cottage was a sight for sore, […]

Heritage London: a stay at The Rookery Hotel

Heritage London: a stay at The Rookery Hotel

Nestled into an unassuming corner of Clerkenwell, The Rookery is a glorious boutique London hideaway. Occupying the old houses of St Peter’s Lane, and around the corner from Old Smithfield’s Market, the Rookery is slap bang in the centre of London’s historical market heartland. The present Smithfield’s Market was established by an Act of Parliament […]

3 sophisticated European locations to celebrate the New Year in style

3 sophisticated European locations to celebrate the New Year in style

There are many different ways in which you can choose to celebrate your New Year – these ideas will let you customise your own celebrations, enjoy the luxury and savour many of the benefits of a top class hotel in the intimacy of your own accommodation. Three ideas that promise to provide a New Year’s […]

Secret London: the St James's Hotel and Club

Secret London: the St James’s Hotel and Club

Checking into the St James’s Hotel and Club is an understated affair. This is one of London’s most discrete, boutique hotels, proffering a sophisticated brand of urban luxury; utilized by a core group of discerning London regulars, and (increasingly) a dazzling resume of international dignitaries and global business scions. Condoleezza Rice stayed here last month. […]

3 new hotels for London's luxury market

3 new hotels for London’s luxury market

Three brand new hotels will hope to open in 2013 in London, each adding their own distinctive brand of luxury living to the capital. London has seen a lot of activity in the hotel industry recently. In what was a rather unseeming rush to open, enlarge and upgrade in time to host the Lycra-clad classes of […]

7 of the ultimate places to get away from it all this Christmas

7 of the ultimate places to get away from it all this Christmas

The build-up to Christmas is invariably a very hectic time. Add to that the preparations for the big day itself and it’s perhaps understandable that many people choose to go away and be well and truly pampered instead. Here we provide a round-up on 7 places – chosen primarily from a European perspective – where […]

5 more of the best luxury cottages in the UK

5 more of the best luxury cottages in the UK

Sometimes we all need to recharge the batteries and a short break away from the stresses and strains of modern life can really make all the difference. So, following on from a guest blogger’s popular ‘5 of the best luxury cottages in the UK‘ post of a few days ago, we thought you’d follow it up […]

Top 10 tips for a luxury weekend in York

Top 10 tips for a luxury weekend in York

The city of York has long been considered one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the UK, and it’s not difficult to see why. Dubbed ‘the capital of the north’, York boasts a stunning Gothic minster as well as the longest intact city walls in the country. The city’s accessibility adds to its appeal: […]

5 of the best luxury cottages in the UK

5 of the best luxury cottages in the UK

The UK has always been famous for holidaymakers travelling abroad. However in recent years, milder weather and ever rising flight costs has led to a rise in the number of people staying at home for their holidays. This demand has been met with the emergence of some fantastic upscale accommodation, set within the British countryside. These cottages are usually […]

A right Royal stay: Rubens at the Palace, London

A right Royal stay: Rubens at the Palace, London

The Rubens at the Palace is what it says on the tin; four star luxury accommodation, closer to Buckingham Palace than any other London hotel. The Goring might have the Middleton stamp of approval, but what this hotel has is location, location, location. The family and Twitter friendly hotel On the way down to London […]

New luxury hotel in London

New luxury hotel in London

Located at one of London’s most prestigious addresses in Knightsbridge, new townhouse hotel The Wellesley offers contemporary luxury, traditional glamour and uncompromising service. The building has been beautifully restored with a combination of its 1920s history and contemporary style with interiors created by award-winning design experts Fox Linton. As well as its 36 rooms and […]

A luxurious five star family getaway to Scotland

A luxurious five star family getaway to Scotland

It was with some trepidation that I booked a four day break at Gleneagles. Gleneagles is a world famous, 5 star luxury hotel. It is without doubt a beautiful and magical place. The hotel website describes it as “a palace in the glens”.  It has Scotland’s only restaurant awarded two Michelin stars. So why might […]

Interview with Michael Frye, Founder of British Heritage Chauffeur Tours

Interview with Michael Frye, Founder of British Heritage Chauffeur Tours

Michael Frye, founder of British Heritage Chauffeur Tours, is one of those lucky people who has been able to enjoy two vastly different professions. For twenty years he was one of the principals of the London Symphony Orchestra, where he had the honour of meeting Stravinsky, and performing with musicians as diverse as Herbert Von […]

5 of the best fine dining experiences in Brighton, UK

5 of the best fine dining experiences in Brighton, UK

Brighton is host to one of the World’s best rated food festivals which is held twice a year turning the city in to a foodie haven. With its unique charm, fresh local produce and Brighton’s ’boutique’ style, it’s no great surprise that Brighton & Hove has a wealth fine dining and full service restaurants offering […]

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