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Winchester Dining: Club Epicure

The concept of a supper club is entirely new to me. As (let’s be honest these days) is going out on a work night! So it was quite the occasion last week when we trundled off to a private home in Winchester for our very first supper club. Let me introduce Club Epicure, an excellent new dining option on the Winchester foodie scene. Alex and Hatty are definitely the hosts with the most – hosting and catering for two dining…

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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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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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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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Airbnb in Greece: a Crete retreat

We almost didn’t go to Greece this summer. We had toyed with the idea a while ago. But it was too hard to choose the island, expensive flights, a plethora of accommodation choices… It was in the too difficult category. Then a friend mentioned he had booked an enormous villa and they had plenty of space. Could we join them? Yes we could! Even better, business class flights to Crete were cheaper than economy. I would almost call it a cheap flight!…

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10 things: to eat in London

My travel style is discreet and homely. It follows that my food taste would be similar. Working in London, on and off for ten years and more solidly over the last theee, has been a fun foodie discovery. There is such a choice and something for all tastes. Hidden amongst the big brand big dollar spots are some true gems. Some have been work discoveries, others recommendations from friends and a few just good luck to be passing by. All…

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British Airways: fasten your seatbelts for turbulence

I’ve always flown British Airways. They’ve always had the best choice of routes out of the UK. Until recently they were genuinely good too.  I’ve sat next to royalty before, it wasn’t just my view! These days I’d almost happily take the gimmicks of Virgin Upper or the lack of a special meal in American Airlines business. But the last few times I’ve flown long haul on business there hasn’t always been space with those carriers… I used to love…

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The Telegraaf Hotel: a boutique stay in Tallinn

When we visited Tallinn in April we were rather impressed! A gorgeous medieval town unspoilt by tourism and some excellent places to stay! The Telegraaf was our base.  It is a boutique hotel located on the edge of the old town.  When we stayed it was part of Small Luxury Hotels. It’s now part of Autograph Collection which have plenty of independent hotels. Relais & Chateaux and Leading Hotels of the World are also in town, but the Telegraaf took my fancy!…

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Lisbon city retreat: Palacio Ramalhete

We arrived at our Lisbon palacio at 12.01. I know this because I glanced at my watch. The sun was ‘past the yard arm’ and I gladly accepted a welcome glass of bubbles. It was pouring with rain outside, this was the bottled sunshine for the day. Our room at Palacio Ramalhete wasn’t ready but with three gorgeous lounges to relax in this wasn’t a problem. Furnished with big white sofas, fresh flowers and dotted with Taschen and teNeues coffee table…

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