A weekend in Brunel’s Bristol

Although Isambard Kingdom Brunel wasn’t born in Bristol, the city is home to 7 of his most ingenious creations. So for fans of this great engineer, a weekend visit to Bristol is a must – and I have just the guide for you.

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…

A Lakeside Long Weekend At Log House …

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 and is the second largest lodge in the eight-strong Log House Holidays selection.

A stormy night at The Falcon Hotel, …

PAINSWICK, GLOUCESTERSHIRE – The night is boiling with fury as I arrive at the Falcon Hotel in Painswick. Storm Barney is ripping up everything in its path; chewing trees, gardens, and rivers like a fabled giant hell bent on revenge.…

Autumn day out: Playing Alice at Prinknash …

PRINKNASH BIRD AND DEER PARK, Gloucestershire – Alice In Wonderland can keep her pipe-smoking caterpillars and amorphous Cheshire cats, because Gloucestershire has a wonderland of its own lazing along the Wolds near Gloucester. Leaf-blown trails, wooded follies, exotic birds, Disney-eyed deer…

OMG: I’ve found the BEST cafe …

In certain situations, it is not appropriate to shout “O-M-G!” at the top of your voice. Like confession or a funeral, for example. But today – well, today – it was appropriate and entirely deserved because I found this place – the best…

15 photos that’ll make you pine for …

You’ll find the village of Painswick snoozing in the Stroud Valley, Gloucestershire. It’s a warren of ribboning streets and Hobbit-friendly cottages, scattered with a few places to eat and drink. And standing majestically at its heart is St Mary’s Church, surrounded with Yew trees; 99 of them to be…