Modern art tends to divide people. There are those that hate it, those that see deep meanings behind the canvases and those that aren’t bothered either way. The beauty of taking anyone to the Tate Modern, is that all camps are totally looked after. Confused? Follow me. The Tate Modern is quite some edifice, rising up from the Thames riverbank. A former power station designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, it consisted of a stunning turbine hall,… View Post

5 Romantic Staycation Spots in England

5 Romantic Staycation Spots in England

If you google ‘romantic weekends for couples in England’ you’ll get a thousand recommendations. Misty country breaks, city exploring, beach bach staycations full of sand, four-poster beds in castle hotels, forest-dwelling glamping – the lot. England is a land full of history, romance and a train network that linking up all of these fabulous places to explore.

Hotel Review: Stratford-upon-Avon Billesley Manor Hotel

Hotel Review: Stratford-upon-Avon Billesley Manor Hotel

For the second night of our Stratford-upon-Avon staycation, we went deep into the countryside. (Well, as deep as 20 minutes in a cab could get away from the train station.) We booked at night at the Billesley Manor Hotel for some much-needed relaxation time. Set in 11 acres of parkland, Billesley Manor is a stunning 16th-century Elizabethan manor house. Located just 3 miles from Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, this historic property is steeped in history and charm.… View Post

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon: Anne Hathaway’s …

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

This isn’t the Anne Hathway of modern Hollywood fame, but the alleged wife (‘alleged wife’ because as I understand historians can’t conclusively tell us who Shakespeare actually was) of infamous Elizabethan playwright Shakespeare. Anne and her family grew up in this cottage, in the small village of Shottery about a mile out of Stratford-upon-Avon. On a gorgeous day full of sunshine and blue skies, we walked from Alveston Manor Hotel and Spa in the centre… View Post

Restaurant Review – Rick Stein, Sandbanks, Poole

Restaurant Review – Rick Stein, Sandbanks, Poole

Being totally honest, when I went down to Bournemouth it was without any plans, other than watching the sunset with my book in hand and wandering along the beach for an ice cream. So when I was kindly tipped off that Rick Stein has a restaurant just along the bay in Sandbanks, Poole, I knew that I needed to get a little organised and book myself a last-minute lunch table there. One of the hardest… View Post