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Cornish walks: Porthgwarra to Nanjizal

The coastline of Cornwall is a complete set of footpaths. So there is no shortage of stunning walks. Each time we visit Cornwall we find a new one – normally one that has been mentioned years ago by my Grandpa or parents. This time, with a windy north-easterly wind forecast, we headed for the south coast, between the Lizard and Lands End. Do you recognise the smugglers cove of Porthgwarra from Poldark?  We first came here many years ago. That time we…

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A treehouse retreat: elegance and luxury at the Chewton Glen

“It’s definitely a treehouse” Mr P squeaked at me last Friday! Since the opening in 2012, I have been lusting after a stay. The Chewton Glen has long been our favourite place to squirrel away near home for some quality RnR. But we have never stayed in the trees. Until now! I didn’t believe we were actually going to be staying in a treehouse. Even when I saw the confirmation. They are like gold dust – just one small part…

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Life’s little luxuries: taking a simple timeout

In the search for the perfect hotel, winter sunshine and glamorous flights it is easy to forget about life’s little luxuries. The things that actually matter. How lucky are we to have what we have? And to already live a life we love. We don’t need to scour the globe for a paradise, there’s plenty sat on the doorstep. Sometimes a simple timeout from the daily grind to one of these is all that’s needed to recharge. Peaceful, calm, relaxing and…

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The journey: enjoy the A to B

The journey is as important as the destination! Although perhaps getting up at 6am 5 days a week isn’t the best example of such a journey! Why is it so tough? Despite all the practice. Yet set the alarm for 5am to go on holiday and we leap out of bed before it goes off! I write this sat in the car on the way to Cornwall! Unpredictably we woke with the 6am alarm. Something about being run ragged and…

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Monthly Meanderings: September & October

Two months at once because not much happened in September! A month always dominated by work! Very little time for much else! October more than made up for that, although a lot of that was work too! This year it was a case of ‘hi September’ and ‘oh, hi winter’… Literally overnight. Perhaps I should take some of the blame. I am the girl that waited for the end of summer to arrive and then bought a boat… The moment we shook hands…

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Amberlair: world’s first crowdfunded boutique hotel

We all know that I love a boutique hotel… But how about one where the target customer is involved in its design and funding… Enter Amberlair! An inspired idea – the world’s first crowdfunded boutique hotel! Can you imagine just how perfect and truly boutique a hotel designed by boutique lovers could be? The wait is almost over! You may remember that they interviewed me back in 2015 not long after the idea started taking shape? Well it is far more…

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Me and my: travel companions

We all have them. Our unflinchingly supportive travel companions! Going everywhere with us, putting up with endless traipsing around… Cardigan, scarf, umbrella and lactofree milk portions… It isn’t just me is it (awkward silence…)? Because travel has so many different types I had a think about what travel companions are steadfastly with me wherever I am for whatever reason… And it’s obvious! They don’t groan at long days exploring or tut if they don’t get used at all… I mean…

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Astor Grill at Cliveden House

Where has the time gone since we were special guests at Cliveden House? Somehow I neglected to write my post about the charming Astor Grill. It’s one of those places that I wish was just at the end of my road at home.  Maybe just a little bit further away, for a nice stroll through the countryside? It is the perfect mix of relaxed and luxurious and an excellent place for an end of week supper. I remembered I hadn’t written it when I…

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rural retreat

Country life ❤️ city work

This summer because of country life, we have not travelled as much as usual. Being blissfully holed up in our new home in the country meant we didn’t want to. We just booked our December getaway and I said to Mr P (only half-joking) that I wasn’t sure I wanted to be away from home for 10 nights! ? When we moved here, I thought I would miss our lovely Southampton home but I have barely thought of it!  At…

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