The Bush Hotel, Farnham. A review

The Bush Hotel in Farnham feels like a secret that those of us who know about it don’t really want to share with the rest of the world. And even if you are local and drive through Farnham regularly you would be forgiven for not knowing this little peaceful haven was there despite the fact it has been welcoming guests since 1618. Step off the pavement in onto it’s cobbled

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Guernsey’s bathing pools

Nestled along the captivating coastline of Guernsey, a charming gem in the Channel Islands, lie a collection of exquisite bathing pools. These picturesque havens, carved into the rocky shores, offer visitors an idyllic setting for relaxation, tranquility, and rejuvenation. They have recently seen a huge investment and now make for a must visit attraction. A Natural Oasis of Serenity: Guernsey’s bathing pools are a hidden treasure, secluded spots where the

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Victor Hugo’s House — Guernsey

You might not realise it but Guernsey, a picturesque island nestled in the English Channel, holds a significant place in literary history as the sanctuary that inspired one of the greatest writers of all time—Victor Hugo. We had been to the island a few times before we finally visited Victor Hugo’s house and as we prepare to visit the island again we have already booked a revisit to the House

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Billesley church

You would be forgiven for not knowing this little church exists. It is tucked away at the end of a small lane behind nearby Billesley Hotel and a neighbouring farm. There was once a bustling village here but it was wiped out by the plague in the 1400s. There has been a church on this site since the 1100s but the present building has “only” been here since the 1800s.

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A weekend in Towcester

The third of our “visit all the -cester towns in England” (click the link to see the other places we have been) saw us spending the weekend in Towcester. It feels really mean to say that you dont need a whole weekend in Towcester, a morning will do it but there is a reason why people generally say ‘oh are you are off to Silverstone?” when you mention you are

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Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa — A review

I was thrilled when we were invited to experience an overnight stay at beautiful Billesley Manor recently. Not only because it is very close to one of our favourite areas of the country, the Cotswolds, but because it also meant to we got to visit another of the towns ending in cester, Alcester. You can read about that by clicking on the link, but for now what about the Billesley

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A day in Alcester

When we set out to visit all the towns in England that end in cester I have to admit that I didn’t envisage us spending a day in Alcester as I had never heard of it. Despite the fact it lies just off the M40 and so therefore we have driven past it hundreds, if not thousands of times. Alcester is a market town that has been around since Roman

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A weekend in Worcester

We were in Worcester for the weekend when we realised it was of only a handful of towns in England that end in cester. I say “we”. It wasn’t we at all, it was Bruce because that is how his brain works. Once we realised they were all “do-able” for a weekend we promised ourselves we would set out to visit them all this year. We found ourselves in Worcester

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Visiting all the -cester towns in England

Did you know that there are only a few towns or cities in England that end in -cester? And if you ever find yourself saying “what are the towns that end in Cester?” I can tell you that in alphabetical order they are Alcester, Bicester, Cirencester, Frocester, Gloucester, Leicester, Towcester, and Worcester. You are welcome. This isn’t why we ended up in Worcester in the middle of January but whilst

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Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, a review

Bruce first visited Luciano forty years ago so he was excited to revisit when I mentioned that I fancied going there for dinner after seeing their posts on Instagram. Technically when he was last there it was a nightclub called Brasingamen’s where footballers and wannabe WAGs hung out, and not a beautiful restaurant run by popular chef Gino D’Acampo, but he was excited nonetheless. If you know Alderley Edge at

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Things to do in Bath that aren’t baths

There are so many more things to do in Bath other than the baths that I thought I would do a post listing my favourite things to do in Bath that aren’t the baths. Don’t get me wrong, the baths are fantastic and something you should do but equally there are lots of other things to do that might be a little over shadowed. Bath is a relatively small city

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[AD} Hotel Indigo Bath, perfect for a night away

When Hotel Indigo Bath got in touch to ask if we would like to experience a night away in their hotel we jumped at the chance. Bath is a city steeped in history and most of it, I am ashamed to say, new to me. We stopped off in Lacock on the way to Bath, a place that I highly recommend if Wiltshire is somewhere you haven’t been before. With

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