Samode Safari Lodge – a fine heritage
Nov16

Samode Safari Lodge – a fine heritage

If ever there is an argument for visiting a wildlife park and never leaving your hotel then Samode Safari Lodge has to be it! It’s not often that we’re taken aback on entering an hotel room but at Samode Safari Lodge on the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park in India we experience a definite double-take! We should have expected a treat as Samode’s other hotels (beautiful heritage properties in Rajasthan) had, on previously visits to...

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Mallorca – game, set and match
Jul27

Mallorca – game, set and match

Combine a group of friends, a love of tennis, fine wine and food with a stunning villa and you’ve got the perfect recipe for fun in the sun. It’s become something of an annual tradition for a group of us to pick a country, find a villa with a tennis court and pool that will accommodate all, a location that offers interest and distraction – and then get stuck into full-on enjoyment for a week of games, great dining and lots of...

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Calm and charm in the Cotswolds
Jun29

Calm and charm in the Cotswolds

When an English summer permits, there’s no more enchanting a place than Easter Cottage to spend time just chilling in the Cotswolds. We set off with the roof down on a blisteringly hot summer’s day and after an effortless drive turn up, lightly-toasted, at Church Enstone in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds. We’ve eschewed more grand and ostentatious alternatives in favour of investigating the quietly charming and comfortable...

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Fateh Garh – when a lake doesn’t float your boat
Apr27

Fateh Garh – when a lake doesn’t float your boat

An alternative luxury hideaway in Udaipur, city of lakes, that won’t sink your budget. Udaipur, sometimes optimistically called the ‘Venice of the East’ is one of the principal attractions in Rajasthan, famous for its Lake Palace that ‘floats’ ship-like in the middle of Lake Pichola, We were initially pleasantly surprised by the rich and fertile lands surrounding the approaches to Udaipur, where it lies on the southern slopes of...

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Shahpura Bagh – half way to everywhere
Apr20

Shahpura Bagh – half way to everywhere

Don’t rush through Rajasthan; make sure you rest a while at Shahpura Bagh to absorb the real colour of this wonderful Indian state. So often, we hear of people who’ve been on ‘The Golden Triangle’ tour being hurried through India to give them a taste of its wonders, leaving them exhausted and overwhelmed. Part of any tour will inevitably cover at least the mesmerisingly busy city of Jaipur, if not Udaipur and Jodhpur as well,...

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Cherrie’s India personal packing list
Feb09

Cherrie’s India personal packing list

Cherrie’s rough guide to travelling around India in comfort For the most part in India, as with most travel, it’s down to comfort and common sense. Be aware of the environment you’re going into and how you like to feel generally. I’ve listed my suggested packing list at the end of this post but here first are a few general pointers. When are you going? Generally, however choose your clothing as you would for a more extreme...

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