Get lost in Ostuni
Oct04

Get lost in Ostuni

Eye-watering white-painted flat-topped facades become commonplace in Greece, where stunning landscapes are accented by bright white buildings set against impossibly deep blue skies – but wait; this is Italy. Its perhaps no coincidence that Ostuni, ‘La Città Bianca’, sits in Puglia, deep in the heel of Italy; only a fighting ship’s paddle away from the Greeks, who were some of the first conquerors of this area – swiftly followed by a...

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A matched pair in the Loire
Sep20

A matched pair in the Loire

Take a pair of older cars – and their owners – head south through France and discover a matched pair of restaurant and chambre d’hôtes that are ‘off the beaten track’ within the Loire valley. We’d stuck a pin in the map, at roughly a three-hour drive headed south from Cherbourg and then asked Google where the best restaurant was for lunch. As the older of the cars is a 1966 Austin Healey 3000, he’s designated to lead the way and...

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You would; at Rosewood
Mar29

You would; at Rosewood

London isn’t short of swanky, expensive and imposing hotels with presence – but Rosewood excels with – as its own publicity states –  ‘a sense of place’ This landmark Edwardian architectural leviathan reposes in splendour in High Holborn, very much a part of the establishment, yet with a youthful rebelliousness and edgy persona that makes it ideal for the avant garde traveller who doesn’t like to be outwardly ostentatious...

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Life for the living in Lulworth
Jan18

Life for the living in Lulworth

To happen across sleepy Lulworth village and its surroundings you wouldn’t expect them to have always been a hub of English entertainment. To be fair, much of this revolved around the elegant and imposing Lulworth Castle, designed and built primarily as a hunting lodge but with the express purpose of being a venue for court and society parties. Built in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, even as a ‘faux...

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Riding into Beverley – in the footsteps of ‘Victoria’
Dec21

Riding into Beverley – in the footsteps of ‘Victoria’

The market town of Beverley offers an olde-England welcome that initially seems disproportionately dominated by the imposing Beverley Minster. We have to confess to knowing very little about the existence of Beverley in East Riding until we arrived by chance whilst visiting family near Hull. We were also immediately intrigued to find in this relatively unknown town one of the finest Gothic churches in Europe. The market town of...

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Meandering in Malta – diary of a long weekend
Dec14

Meandering in Malta – diary of a long weekend

Marcus & Emma Doo, our guest writers, great friends and long term residents of Malta put together a wonderful weekend diary for you. We’ve put together what we believe to be an ideal long weekend in Malta and Gozo that would suit those who seek to experience Malta’s culture, history, sights, fine dining and relaxation! We’ve spent enjoyable time in all of these venues at various times, on trips from overseas and...

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