Reviews

For every weekend away you need a good base and place to eat. Here are my top suggestions of places to stay and where to get great grub on your short break. Every hotel, B&B, restaurant, cafe etc is on here because I think it’s fully worthy of your time and attention!

The Fallen Angel, Cornwall. A Review.

Folded into sub-tropical gardens, bible-black amongst the green, with a gaze fixed on the fishing-boat bob of Mousehole, is a bolthole sinful enough to bring the Devil to his knees.

A hot tub holiday weekend in Devon

The short and sweet: Devon cottages come in all shapes and sizes, but not all of them come with their own luxury hot tub for a down-to-earth price. The Linney Cottage is one of the exceptions. This 2 bedroom, ground-floor modern cottage is part of Cofton Holidays – an...

Is this the best cocktail bar in London?

London’s One Aldwych has more than one thing to write home about. The dove-grey hotel sits in a princely position at the confluence of The Strand and The Aldwych, curving gently to follow the road and keep its eye on the neighbouring theatres. It’s an impressive...

Gin bliss at London’s Gin Hotel: The Distillery

Free may be the most powerful word in the English language, but gin comes a close second. At least in my lexicon. For those of you who know me well, you’ll know that gin plays a big role in my wellbeing, alongside carrot sticks and cream eggs. So when I heard there...

Boutique surprises at St Michael’s, Painswick

  St Michael’s B&B proves we shouldn’t scoff at little packages. For more often than not, they contain the biggest roars of them all. St Michael’s B&B and Restaurant looks mouse-like. Set back from the road, a gentle slope to its gait, as modest as any...

A Lakeside Long Weekend At Log House Holidays

A Lakeside Weekend At Log House Holidays 12th May 2017 Welcome to Moondara Moondara is a lakeside Finnish log cabin that is impressive on an almost heart-stopping scale. With the solidness of a mountain, it holds its own against an unspoilt watery landscape; the...

The Lapland Hotel, Tampere: A Review

“The simple, pristine landscapes of Lapland have been captured and converted into style, comfort and elegance.” The Hotel: The Lapland Hotel, Tampere, Finland The Cost: My room cost €122 a night (low season) The Short and Sweet: The Lapland Hotel in Tampere is on a...

Stayokay Utrecht-Centrum: Exclusive first review

Hip new hostels open up a world of affordable city breaks for savvy weekenders – if you’re prepared to put your hostel preconceptions aside, that is. Smile there’s cake’ – the orange neon letters announced optimistically as I checked myself into Utrecht’s...

Dreamcatcher Cottage, Cornwall: A Review

One need never fear bad dreams sleeping under a dreamcatcher, or so the Native Americans believed. And you know, I think they’re on to something. I spent a long weekend slumbering under the watchful eye of Dreamcatcher Cottage in Cornwall, and not a bad thought, word...

The Mandeville Hotel, London: A Review

The hotel: The Mandeville Hotel, Marylebone, London The cost: Riviera rooms from £217 a night The short and sweet: You’ll find The Mandeville Hotel tucked neatly behind the throb of London’s Oxford Street, amongst a peaceful strip of grand Victorian buildings,...

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