Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

Part of the Calcot Collection, which consists of 7 hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK, Calcot Manor is the jewel in their crown. Sprawled across 220 acres of Cotswolds meadowland it truly is a stunning place. Our one night stay is in a Large Family Suite called The Woodchester and although we arrive child-less, I imagine it’s the perfect space for a couple and … Continue reading Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

The Hoxton Paris

Soon set for world domination The Hoxton is globally going from strength to strength. They have hotels in Hoxton, then Holborn, then Amsterdam. Soon there’ll be Brooklyn, Portland, Chicago and Southwark in London. Arguably their most beautiful property yet is in Paris. Based in the Rue du Sentier, if it’s art you’re into, you can get to most of the good stuff on foot: Louvre … Continue reading The Hoxton Paris

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

Ynyshir, Wales

Ynyshir (pronounced ‘Un-Is-Hear’) is a restaurant with rooms in Ynyshir, Wales from couple Gareth Ward and Amelia Dora who took the reigns after the original owner died back in 2016. It holds a Michelin star – although after dinner I’m surprised it doesn’t have two. The bedrooms in the main house have upgrades and modernisation in the planning – although we find our room, Renoir, … Continue reading Ynyshir, Wales

The Hoxton, Shoreditch

The Hoxton has gone through quite the expansion recently. They’ve opened hotels in Amsterdam and Paris, Brooklyn is on its way and they’ve just started building works on Blackfriars Bridge Road in Southwark. Their original, in Shoreditch, has been sitting pretty since 2006. On our Friday night stay the foyer is pumping; there’s loud music and quite the jolly atmosphere. Our “Cosy” room is small … Continue reading The Hoxton, Shoreditch

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