Hot tubs and lake views | The perfect log cabin in the Cotswolds

Hot tubs and lake views | The perfect log cabin in the Cotswolds

As I gaze out across the moonlit lake from my balcony, the stars shimmer in a clear night’s sky, their mirror images reflected in the water. It’s my first night in an idyllic log cabin in the Cotswolds. Below me, a rowboat is moored by our private jetty....
The best bars in Belfast

The best bars in Belfast

When it comes to drinking, no one does it better than the Irish! And Belfast has more than its fair share of wonderfully traditional and quirky pubs, oozing with character and overflowing with superb beer. Whiskey, gin and cocktail aficionados won’t go thirsty...
Top 20 plus things to do in the Algarve

Top 20 plus things to do in the Algarve

Dramatic coastal walks, never-ending sandy beaches, fabulous food and wine, friendly locals, historic towns and villages, not to mention reasonable prices, it’s small wonder that Portugal, and in particular the Algarve, is a favourite holiday destination with us...
The best restaurants in Belfast

The best restaurants in Belfast

If like me, food and drink are important to you when you travel, Northern Ireland is a fabulous destination, thanks to its rich agricultural heritage and the passion of its producers, chefs, and restauranteurs. Since I first visited in 2016, I’ve returned every...
The essential guide to Quinta do Lago in the Algarve

The essential guide to Quinta do Lago in the Algarve

With never-ending sandy beaches and the Ria Formosa nature reserve on the doorstep, not to mention the charming old town of Faro just a short drive away, there is so much more on offer in this region of the Algarve than just playing golf, as I recently discovered when...
The ultimate spa weekend at Foxhills Country Club, Surrey

The ultimate spa weekend at Foxhills Country Club, Surrey

Picture a historic stately home set in 400 acres in the Surrey countryside. Roaring fires, wood panelling, an outdoor hot tub and fluffy robes and slippers, not to mention cocktails to die for. Add to this, three restaurants, four swimming pools, a gym and fitness...
Porto tónico | How to make the perfect white port cocktail

Porto tónico | How to make the perfect white port cocktail

Sitting with a view out to sea and a Porto tónico in hand, I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face as it sets low in the sky. This is the first time I’ve come across this refreshing white port cocktail and it’s wonderful. At €6, I’m...
Secret London, unusual places to visit in London

Secret London, unusual places to visit in London

Down narrow passageways overflowing with antiquities, busts, life masks and architectural features bathed in an amber glow, I wander around this unusual townhouse in London. Every inch of wall space and every nook and many a cranny is filled with sculptures and...
Ispica, getting off the beaten track in Sicily

Ispica, getting off the beaten track in Sicily

As I a gaze upwards and my eyes drink in the colourful fresco above me, I notice a large brush stroke that looks out of place. My guide explains that this is the last fresco painted by Olivio Sòzzi, a prolific artist whose work adorns many churches and...

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