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...
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 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...
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...
How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

As I stir the Christmas pudding mix, I make a wish, as do each of us in turn. We are gathered in the stunning Jacobean Hall of a former medieval coaching inn now a luxury hotel, The Spread Eagle in Midhurst, West Sussex. It’s the Sunday before Advent Sunday and...
Make it a Red Letter Day with an experience gift this Christmas

Make it a Red Letter Day with an experience gift this Christmas

As I lie on my back looking up at the sky, a golden oak leaf dances above me whipped up by the wind. The burnished gold of the trees looks glorious set against the blue sky, with just a few fluffy white clouds floating by. A couple behind the trees at the edge of the...
Learning how to make cheddar cheese in Cheddar Gorge

Learning how to make cheddar cheese in Cheddar Gorge

As I make my way through the dimly lit caves, I wonder how many years ago the strange, surreal structures that surrounded me were formed. We pass rocks which appear to flow like a waterfall and in one spot I feel I can almost make out an angst-filled face screaming in...
Top 10 things to do in London at Christmas

Top 10 things to do in London at Christmas

Famous department stores decorated in festive bling, twinkling lights draped above the streets as bright red double-decker buses pass by and sparkling Christmas trees of every size are plentiful. Wine is mulling, chestnuts are roasting and a rosy-cheeked,...
10 wonderful places to visit in October

10 wonderful places to visit in October

One of my favourite times of year for travel is October, as the days grow shorter and the weather becomes cooler. Both in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe there’s less demand for holiday packages and hotel rooms, so prices drop and popular locations are...

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