A trip to Blenheim Palace

Have you ever taken a trip to Blenheim Palace? Situated in the pretty town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace is easily accessible from the A34 and makes a perfect spot for a day out. Gifted to the 1st Duke of Marlborough in 1704 by a very grateful Queen Anne as thanks for his victory at the battle of Blenheim.  With a Capability Brown landscape that took ten years to

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Snowdrops at Welford Park

To be honest I had forgotten about the snowdrops at Welford Park until Annie mentioned it last week.  They are only there for such a short time that if we wanted to see them we would have to be quick.  Which is how we ended up there this week, for the first time in a couple of years. Welford Park is more famous these days for being the home of

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A frosty foggy Hinton Ampner

It was a frosty foggy Hinton Ampner house that greeted Annie and I this morning.  The main house is currently closed for some much needed TLC but the grounds were open, as was the cafe so Annie and I picked Hinton Ampner as our spot to meet up for a mooch, a catch up and a sausage roll.   Hinton Ampner, of course, is somewhere I have featured on here

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The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

The Pig in the Wall is a 12 room boutique hotel in the heart of Southampton.  But it’s more than that.  It’s quirky, and comfy and built into the town’s medieval walls, some of the rooms even make a feature of the wall (ask for room 10).  If you were to look at the location on Google Maps you might think “hmm, no thanks, it’s on a busy road with

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7 things to do in Windsor

You can’t write a “7 things to do in Windsor” post and NOT mention Windsor Castle, but after that what else is there to do in this historic Berkshire town? Windsor Castle Of course you don’t have to visit the Castle of course (I am ashamed to say I have visited Windsor half a dozen times and have never done a tour of the castle.  That is because I only live

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Avebury Stones

It is hard to believe that the Avebury Stones date back to pre-historic times when you are standing up close to them.  Hard to imagine just what they could tell you if they could speak.  Or that you can get so close to them, that they aren’t fenced off in order to preserve them. The Avebury Stones and the Henge monument are particularly unusual, not just because it’s the largest

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A Christmas trip to The Vyne

In that weird period between Christmas and New Year we decided to do a Christmas trip to The Vyne.  I had been the week before  to see Christmas at the Vyne decorated with its Charles Dickens theme, but Lady Barrow (Bruce’s mum) had never been.   Lady B and Jim had driven past the signs for it many many times but somehow never managed to stop and visit.  So with

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The Brighton i360

Yes, British Airways i360 is a 162m observation tower on the seafront in Brighton.  Yes it holds 175 people and yes it does indeed weigh a total of 100 tons. But beyond the figures the Brighton i360 is a must see attraction if you are on the south coast of England.  It’s a venue that hosts events such as “Yoga in the Sky” and allows you enjoy a glass of

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Off the beaten path best holiday destinations you haven’t considered

Exploring new places is something everyone should do in their lifetime. You can learn so much from visiting a new city, country, or continent, not just about the culture, history, or people of that place, but also about yourself.   Travelling is rewarding in so many ways. You can gain so much life experience from opening yourself up to new adventures, new foods, new languages, new friends, and new challenges.

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White Horse Hotel, Dorking — Review

The White Horse in Dorking sits right in the heart of this picturesque market town, nestled in the Surrey Hills.   The drive there was gorgeous, along pretty country lanes, through typically English villages and then down what has been described as one of the best high streets in Britain. As the great Simon Calder once said, if you want to travel you should really start in your own back

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The garden at Mottisfont

I have been to Mottisfont at least half a dozen times now and yet I have only been in the house once.  Why?  Well because no matter the season the gardens here are stunning, and I say that as somebody who’s own garden is an expanse of grass and weeds.   These top two pics are of the kitchen garden, just outside the walled garden and they are just coming

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Cotswold House Hotel — Review

We were invited as guests of the hotel for the purpose of this review   The Cotswold House Hotel and Spa is one of those hidden gem hotels.  You know the ones.  The ones you want to talk about but at the same time you don’t want too many people to know about it because you want to keep it a secret.   It also has one of the most

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