Category: United Kingdom

Interview with Camilla Shaughnessy, Founder of EventfulStays.com

Interview with Camilla Shaughnessy, Founder of EventfulStays.com

Camilla Shaughnessy is the founder of EventfulStays.com, a UK accommodation website which specialises in mid- to high-end home stays available for short term lets searchable by event. Camilla enjoyed the echelons of senior positions in corporate life before establishing her own consultancy firm in 1994. She went on to launch Eventful Stays in December 2010, […]

Special feature: Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, UK (and Legoland Windsor!)

Special feature: Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, UK (and Legoland Windsor!)

Last week we stayed at the thousand year old Stoke Park estate in Buckinghamshire. The estate has an illustrious history with prestigious owners that have included Elizabeth I in the late 16th Century and the Penn family in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Thomas Penn, son of William Penn (who founded Pennsylvania) purchased […]

The world's best pools

The world’s best pools

In the highly competitive tourism industry, pools have become a focal point in most of the world’s finest resorts and hotels. They are not only a place to unwind, swim a few laps or work on your tan; many are architectural wonders. For the family oriented market, indoor and outdoor water parks are all the […]

Olympic fever: 8 things to do on a luxury Summer break in London

Olympic fever: 8 things to do on a luxury Summer break in London

With the Olympics coming to London next year there will be thousands more visitors than usual in an already busy city throughout the Summer. As well as the sports fans, competitors and accompanying family and friends, there will also be dignitaries, government officials, leaders of industry and a host of VIPs who will want to […]

Busting the post-holiday blues with Your Holiday Wash

Busting the post-holiday blues with Your Holiday Wash

While the annual holiday is for most of us the highlight of the year, the return home can be a daunting prospect. Not only are we hit with the reality of returning to work but there’s also a host of mundane tasks that need to be tackled. In addition to adjusting our body-clock, processing the holiday […]

Discover a real life Gold Award-winning garden

Discover a real life Gold Award-winning garden

This week London has been abuzz as green fingered enthusiasts and professional landscapers from all over the globe descend upon the capital to take part, celebrate and commemorate one of the world’s most famous horticultural events which for almost one hundred years has called on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea its home. Over […]

Special feature: Rutland Apartment, Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh, UK

Special feature: Rutland Apartment, Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh, UK

Last weekend we stayed at the Rutland Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh but not in one of their rooms; instead, we were just a short way down the road from the hotel in the beautiful Rutland Apartment which offers so much more than a hotel room.  We were warmly welcomed by Liz who made […]

The 10 most romantic restaurants in the world

The 10 most romantic restaurants in the world

Looking for somewhere really special to take your partner out for dinner? Tripadvisor have announced their 10 most romantic restaurants and for once there’s a good geographic spread with not one country represented more than once. Here’s the list they came up with, but please tell us your favourites that didn’t make the list but […]

26.2 miles through Edinburgh

26.2 miles through Edinburgh

This Sunday I shall be running in the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.  If I’ve helped you in some way with A Luxury Travel Blog, or if you’re just feeling mighty generous, I really would appreciate it if you could sponsor me.  I have set up a JustGiving page at […]

Ooooh... look... we won, we won!

Ooooh… look… we won, we won!

Great news just in! Despite listing more than 45,000 properties in 116 countries, the Holiday Lettings Hall of Fame 2011 listed our very own luxury holiday apartment as its overall winner!  Needless to say, my wife and I are rather pleased that all our hard work appears to be paying off.  For those that don’t […]

Interview with John Dixon, Chairman and Managing Director of Prestige Holidays

Interview with John Dixon, Chairman and Managing Director of Prestige Holidays

John Dixon is the co-founder, Chairman and Managing Director of independent tour operator Prestige Holidays and has worked in luxury travel for over 40 years. Prestige Holidays is celebrating its 22nd year in the luxury travel market and is  known for its quality holidays, excellent personal service and strong attention to detail. The company features four and […]

Where to stay in London: the top hotels by guest satisfaction

Where to stay in London: the top hotels by guest satisfaction

With the spotlight on London for the big wedding, this is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the hotels whom guests consider to be the city’s hotel royalty: Egerton House, The Levin, Haymarket Hotel, The SoHo Hotel and The Milestone Hotel. The list come from ReviewPro’s City Rankings Project that is working to identify the most […]

The world’s most expensive apartments

The world’s most expensive apartments have gone on the market in one of London’s most desirable areas.  There are 86 luxury apartments at One Hyde Park, ranging in price from $10m for a one bedroom apartment to a whopping $223m for a penthouse.

Special offer at London’s 47 Park Street

Between now and the end of May, visitors to London Mayfair’s boutique 47 Park Street hotel and private Members’ club get two nights’ stay at a reduced rate plus a free bottle of Champagne and specially designed cupcakes. The five-star 47 Park Street, Grand Residences by Marriott is offering visitors to London the special opportunity […]

5 of the best places to play golf in Europe

5 of the best places to play golf in Europe

If you are a true golf aficionado, a golfing holiday at one of Europe’s luxury golf resorts would be a dream come true. There you can golf the same fairways that have challenged some of the world’s golf legends, fine tune your game, sample some of the best cuisine the region has to offer and […]

Europe’s top 10 hidden gem hotels

I’m not sure what makes a hotel a ‘hidden gem’ as a considerable number in the list that follows are to be found in major European cities. That aside, here’s the top 10 hidden gem hotels according to Tripadvisor. (They don’t actually say ‘Europe’s top 10′ but since all of them are in Europe (in […]

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