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An Autumn guide for an English Country Garden

As the heat of summer slowly winds down into the cooler climes of autumn, gardens are peaceful sanctuaries to absorb the natural beauty of England, and the UK is blessed with an astonishing abundance and variety of gardens to explore. “How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence” so wrote 19th-century […]

The world's most beautiful castles

The world’s most beautiful castles

When it comes to luxury, there’s nothing more glorious or opulent than a castle, and no grander way to spend your vacation than exploring the turrets, spirals and decadecent secrets of the world’s most beautiful palaces. If you’re looking to live out your fairytale dreams, make sure you stop by any one of these architectural […]

10 of the quirkiest hotels in the world

10 of the quirkiest hotels in the world

Travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor has unveiled 10 of the world’s quirkiest hotels, ranked according to the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings from the past year. For travelers who want to look beyond the conventional hotel room, TripAdvisor revealed these highly-rated weird and wonderful hotels around the globe. “Booking a stay […]

7 fun things to do in South Devon

7 fun things to do in South Devon

One of the main reasons for visiting South Devon is its many rich offerings; miles of dramatic coastline, beaches, walks, wildlife, pubs, villages, harbours and castles. We’ve picked ten of the best things to do in South Devon to make your summer a memorable one. 1. Explore one of Devon’s finest castles Just a short […]

Short stay: Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, UK

Short stay: Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, UK

Famed for its appearances in numerous films – Bridget Jones’s Diary, Goldfinger, Tomorrow Never Dies, Layer Cake and more – Stoke Park is clearly a firm favourite with Pinewood Studios (just 5 miles away) and the British film industry. But if appearances in major movies wasn’t enough to convince you, Britain’s first country club’s many […]

Belgravia: 10 reasons to visit the village thriving in Central London

Belgravia: 10 reasons to visit the village thriving in Central London

Within a few miles of Oxford Circus, Paddington, Heathrow and any deafening maelstrom of London chaos you care to mention, Belgravia surprisingly has the aura of a peaceful country village from a bygone era. With artisan bakers, book shop, chocolatiers, delicatessens, jewellers, tailors and vintners on Belgravia’s cobbled streets it seems like nostalgic time-travel. In fact, […]

Special feature: The Hayloft, Cumrew, Eden Valley, Cumbria, UK

Special feature: The Hayloft, Cumrew, Eden Valley, Cumbria, UK

Our latest trip was to the Eden Valley on the eastern side of Cumbria. Whilst many visitors to the county head for the Lake District, areas that are peripheral to the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site are often overlooked. Those who venture further afield than the confines of the National Park are rewarded with […]

6 ways to experience India in London

6 ways to experience India in London

One need not travel across the world to experience India’s exceptional treasures. London is bursting with some of the finest ancient sculptures, Mughal jewellery, gemstones, textiles, food, fashion and events. To showcase these wonderful Indian links in our capital, we have compiled our own guide of the best and most enticing places to eat, drink, […]

5 luxurious English country hotels

5 luxurious English country hotels

Baronial sweeping staircases, the scent of rose gardens, cucumber sandwiches, croquet lawns, stern portraits of 19th century gentry, gin-and-tonic on a terrace overlooking a lake: we all love a relaxing weekend at an English Country House. For a few short days we can play the aristocrat, luxuriating in four-poster beds and waking to the smell […]

5 ways to unwind in Canterbury

5 ways to unwind in Canterbury

My trips in the UK are few and far between, but I’m always pleasantly surprised by how beautifully manicured England can be and Canterbury is no exception. Aside from its grand status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it maintains a pleasant small-town charm, with a youthful energy brought in by a large population of […]

5 luxurious places to stay in southern Scotland

5 luxurious places to stay in southern Scotland

Scotland does luxury very very well. This is not necessarily something you would expect from the home of the deep fried mars bar but Scotland is a truly wonderful destination for the luxury traveller. Here are five wonderfully luxurious places to stay in Southern Scotland: 21212 Restaurant With Rooms 21212 is a Michelin star winning restaurant […]

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12 of the best hotel interiors

As travellers today are more frequently in search of the unique and insta-worthy, ever more ravishing interiors are fast replacing the cookie-cutter ‘hotel look’ around the world. There is nothing more exciting than staying in a hotel that far exceeds expectations, capturing the ‘wow factor’ from the very first sight, and the industry is brimming […]

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7 of the UK’s best sightseeing destinations

We’re edging ever closer to the Summer each day here in the UK. So, to make the most of the warmer weather and lighter nights, why not start exploring some of the UK’s top sights and attractions? From the natural beauty of the Scilly Isles to the magic of Loch Lomond, through to the fascinating […]

London's secret village: Seven Dials

London’s secret village: Seven Dials

Creating an elite village in the heart of London was Sir Thomas Neale’s ambition when King William lll gave him a generous plot of land, near Covent Garden, back in 1690. Only recently has Seven Dials justified this 17th century Property Developer’s confidence. Now it is a quirky mix of 95 premises: including independent cafes, eateries […]

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

May is a wonderful time of year to get out and explore the countryside. The weather is getting sunnier (for much of the northern hemisphere, at least) and yet most places are not yet overrun by tourism. With many families staying at home (whilst school and university examinations are in full swing), it’s a great […]

Short stay: Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, Westminster, London, UK

Short stay: Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, Westminster, London, UK

Tucked away towards the rear of St. James’ Court, a Taj hotel, and only a short distance from Buckingham Palace, is the exclusive, five-star Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences. This luxurious, all-suite hotel was built at the turn of the 20th century and today consists of 86 luxury suites, ranging from one to […]