When I snuck away for my seaside weekend to Bournemouth, I did it for one reason; a hotel balcony view over the ocean. A couple of the hotels that I wanted to stay in along the coast were fully booked,  I booked into the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton. It was everything I wanted – a Victorian grand dame in true British seaside style, but not so glam that it had airs and graces. Just a… View Post

Hidden Secrets of London: Chiswick House and Gardens

Hidden Secrets of London: Chiswick House and Gardens

There should be a law passed declaring that all historic houses and gardens must be visited at the end of sunny days, and as near to twilight as possible. There is a magic in dappling sun as it beams lazily through tree boughs that can’t quite be put into words. Especially in the beautiful Chiswick House and Gardens grounds. Chiswick House is a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens in west London. The house… View Post

Unique England: The Kington Langley Scarecrow Competition

Unique England: The Kington Langley Scarecrow Competition

England to me is personified in 3 words; beauty, history and a touch of the surreal. There really isn’t quite a country like in the whole rest of the world. (I could write thousands more words on this Island – and have done – but let’s stick to 3 for the sake of this post not topping out at 18,000 words.) Enter stage right the annual Kington Langley Scarecrow Competition. From intrepid explorers conquering the… View Post

A Beautiful Beach Staycation in Bournemouth

A Beautiful Beach Staycation in Bournemouth

The ocean waves have been calling my name. Eventually, I decided on a Bournemouth escape. I simply wanted to read my book on the train for a couple of hours of English countryside, stay somewhere lovely and get some of that Vitamin Sea.

A Taste of Modern Luxury: A Staycation at …

A Taste of Modern Luxury: A Staycation at the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel

Of late life has been crazily busy – working, planning, scheming et al – and so when I found myself on a rainy day in London, clutching shopping bags in the dour rain with a supperclub in the evening, I simply decided a treat was in order. That treat was a staycation at the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel in Moorgate. Sitting in a cafe, idly flicking through my favourite hotel booking website (mostly because… View Post