Category: United Kingdom

Short stay: Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK

Short stay: Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK

Whatley Manor, situated three miles from Malmesbury in a sleepy corner of Wiltshire, was purchased in 2000 and painstakingly restored and brought back to its former glory by the Landolt family. This traditional country house hotel was converted from a 19th century farmhouse and opened in 2003 with a commitment to make it a destination […]

48 hours in Plymouth, UK

48 hours in Plymouth, UK

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve visited Plymouth now, but this historical, marine city by the sea just keeps giving me new experiences. Here are my top picks for a weekend visit: Walking the Hoe Firstly, blow those cobwebs away and get yourself oriented by taking a breezy saunter along the seafront, known […]

Top 5 Easter holiday ideas for families

Top 5 Easter holiday ideas for families

Sadly the Summer holidays are approaching an end and the nation has the prospect of the cooler winter months ahead. Therefore I think there is no better time to plan some exciting activities and family adventures for some of the next big holidays in 2018 to look forward to. The sheer pleasure of knowing you […]

5 of the best beaches in the Lake District

5 of the best beaches in the Lake District

The beaches along the Lake District’s western shore are sandy and shingle jewels waiting to be discovered. Whilst there may not be lifeguards and bright shops selling inflatable toys, pack your bucket and spade and enjoy a Lake District beach holiday. From seals watching to sunset horseback rides; dog walking to paddling. Lake District beaches […]

5 of the best restaurants in Canary Wharf

5 of the best restaurants in Canary Wharf

Who would have thought? When I first moved to Canary Wharf in the late 1999, there was literally nothing. One Tesco Metro and a handful of shops and restaurants which were closing on Friday night to reopen on Monday. British friends and colleagues stared at me puzzled and slightly snobbish from their West London postcodes […]

Short stay: Lantern & Larks glamping at Exton Park, Rutland, UK

Short stay: Lantern & Larks glamping at Exton Park, Rutland, UK

On a large country estate in England’s smallest county lies a wonderfully secluded Lantern & Larks glamping site. On arrival, we were warmly greeted by June who showed us to our ‘tent’ located in a peaceful walled garden on the Exton Park estate. There’s no electricity, no WiFi and no mobile signal. To some this […]

5 top girls' days out in Edinburgh

5 top girls’ days out in Edinburgh

When the girls get together they need more than just fun.  No girls’ day out is complete without the essential pampering, retail therapy, and catch-up over fizz or cocktails. Edinburgh hosts a playground of luxury experiences and indulgent places for any lady who wants to tick the days out boxes. Shopping at Multrees Walk or […]

When things heat up in Edinburgh, where are the cool people?

When things heat up in Edinburgh, where are the cool people?

When temperatures first flutter upwards around May, the optimists of Edinburgh fondly anticipate a Summer where finding somewhere to escape the heat will be part of any jaunt. The venues below are worth a visit no matter the weather, but if you need to cool off from the beating Scottish sun they will do just […]

Top 5 reasons to visit Tynemouth, UK

Top 5 reasons to visit Tynemouth, UK

Located just eight miles from Newcastle city centre is the historical coastal village of Tynemouth. Comparable to Whitby, Tynemouth offers Blue Flag beaches, independent stores, and a bar scene to rival the city. With so much on offer in this hidden gem, we’re taking a look at the 5 top reasons to visit this slice […]

Coworth Park, Berkshire

6 of the best family friendly hotels in the UK

The British Isles have been having the most glorious summer weather this year, and more and more people are choosing to escape to the green countryside with their clan, rather than going abroad. The British Isles are perfect for family holidays, whether you are looking for a short weekend break or long school holiday, there […]

Top 5 luxury family friendly foodie holidays

Top 5 luxury family friendly foodie holidays

Food glorious food – never such a true statement written. I find food so important in life, but especially on holiday. So many times I’ve arrived in paradise, but one mouthful of the so-called hotel’s or restaurant’s delicacies have been such a disappointment and really tainted my holiday experience. Like for so many this is […]

17 reasons every traveller should visit Lord's

17 reasons every traveller should visit Lord’s

Forget a trip to Harrods, a stroll around Hyde Park, or a riverboat ride down the Thames – if you want to indulge in the quintessential English experience this summer, get yourself to Lord’s for a game of Test cricket. Here are 10 reasons every traveller should visit the “Home of Cricket” in St John’s […]

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

5 of the most memorable steam train journeys around the world

The great puffs of steam, the deep chug of the engine and the screech of the whistle as your train pulls out of the station. The romance of a steam train journey never fades, and it’s the same wherever you go. Here we’ve put together some of the most memorable steam train journeys you can […]

The UK's newest World Heritage Site is also its biggest

The UK’s newest World Heritage Site is also its biggest

So, as you may have heard… the area I am proud to call home – the English Lake District – is now officially a World Heritage Site, putting it alongside the iconic Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as a site of global, cultural and historical significance. Not only is it […]

Wonders of the Lake District World Heritage Site

Wonders of the Lake District World Heritage Site

In 2017 the Lake District joins the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in enjoying World Heritage Status. Whilst these are great monoliths, the Lake District is a petite natural wonder, filled with its very own network of hundreds of miles of hand built stone walls, mausoleums, […]

The perfect pre-cursor to Wimbledon: The Boodles, Stoke Park

The perfect pre-cursor to Wimbledon: The Boodles, Stoke Park

Anyone for tennis? These words are synonymous with Wimbledon but there is a new venue rapidly gaining recognition as THE place to warm up before the two weeks before the famous Championships. This is The Boodles at Stoke Park – a glorious setting for a wonderful event for the tennis fan but also appreciated by […]

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