Moor Hall, Lancashire

I first tried Mark Birchall’s food at l’enclume back in 2012. It may well have been Simon Rogan’s restaurant in that little village of Cartmel in Cumbria, but it was head chef Mark’s food that was really spectacular. Great news then to hear he’s opened a restaurant with rooms on his home turf in Lancashire. Aughton, West Lancashire, to be precise. We arrive after a … Continue reading Moor Hall, Lancashire

Cliveden House, Berkshire

Cliveden House is a National Trust property and hotel set within stunning grounds in Taplow, Berkshire. Once home to Lord and Lady Astor, the outside swimming pool was made famous as the location for the Profumo affair and guests at the time ranged from Winston Churchill to Charlie Chaplin. It’s had quite an illustrious existence. Over our numerous visits, be it for afternoon tea, lunch … Continue reading Cliveden House, Berkshire

The Devonshire Club, Devonshire Square

The Devonshire Club is a new hotel and members club in the City, tucked away in a square just behind Liverpool Street station (opposite Pitt Cue). At the helm is Brian Clivaz, he’s the chap who made his name at Home House, The Arts Club and more recently L’Escargot – London’s oldest French restaurant. Our deluxe club room, number 403, is simple but practical. I … Continue reading The Devonshire Club, Devonshire Square

Newforge House, Northern Ireland

There’s something rather charming about Newforge House, based a forty minute drive from George Best airport, Belfast. There’s a gravel driveway leading up to a small yet grand house covered in ivy. It’s quaint. Once in, it’s all antiques and creaky floorboards. John and Lou Mathers are the owners of the 17th century house which has been in their family for six generations. The furniture … Continue reading Newforge House, Northern Ireland

Gleneagles, Scotland

Gleneagles isn’t just a hotel; there are three golf courses, a spa, Scotland’s only 2 Michelin starred restaurant, 3 more casual restaurants, not to mention all the activities; a falconry school, off-roading, clay pigeon shooting, archery, horse riding. Plus, it’s all set within stunning Scottish countryside, grounds we fall in love with just a few seconds after arriving. The journey is about an hour drive from … Continue reading Gleneagles, Scotland

A House for Essex, Wrabness

I’ve never seen anything quite like A House for Essex, a collaboration between Living Architecture, an organisation which creates architecturally astounding buildings which plebs like you and I can stay in, FAT Architecture and artist Grayson Perry. It’s simply magical. We reach the padlocked gated entrance by driving down a tiny country lane in the middle of Wrabness village, Essex. The house is plonked in … Continue reading A House for Essex, Wrabness

The Artist Residence, Penzance

The Artist Residence currently has 3 hotels in the UK; London, Penzance, Brighton, with the latter once appearing on channel 5’s The Hotel Inspector. Our visit on this occasion being there one in Cornwall. It’s come a long way since those days. Originally a different local artist would design each room, resulting in an eclectic and rather odd place to stay. You wouldn’t know of … Continue reading The Artist Residence, Penzance

Chapel House, Penzance

The vibe at Chapel House makes you feel relaxed as soon as you walk in the door. We were first greeted by Susan who owns this converted Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse, now a six bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of Penzance, and I’m not sure we’ve ever received a warmer welcome elsewhere. She gives us a tour of the living room areas, all fabulously … Continue reading Chapel House, Penzance

The Whitebrook, Wales

It doesn’t get more secluded than The Whitebrook in Monmouth, Wales – well I’m sure it does but you really do feel in the middle of nowhere. There’s no wifi (they say they have it but good luck getting a connection) and there’s certainly no phone signal. With a view from our room of the Wye Valley opposite, a night at this Michelin starred restaurant … Continue reading The Whitebrook, Wales

The Ludlow, New York

The Ludlow hotel is perfectly situated (on Ludlow itself, Lower East Side, New York); it’s a trendy area with the right amount of grime and graffiti, with good restaurants and fun bars nearby. It’s also opposite Katz’s Deli, which is where that orgasm scene was filmed in ‘When Harry Met Sally’. If you like a reuben sandwich then it’s a must. Our room was a … Continue reading The Ludlow, New York