White Horse Hotel, Dorking — Review

As the great Simon Calder once said, if you want to travel you should really start in your own back yard.  It struck a chord with me as I have been lucky enough to spend many a holiday abroad but have largely ignored the fact I live in a gorgeous part of England.   So when I was asked if Mr B and I would like a night away in

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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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Alton Towers Stargazing Pods — Review

This weekend, to mark “Look Up at the Sky Day” Alton Towers Resort’s opened their brand new Stargazing Pods for the summer season and we were invited to see them for ourselves.  Sadly I couldn’t make it but Caity and Dan were all too happy to travel up to Derbyshire and try them out for us. There are 102 of the these pods, all offering comfortable accommodation with direct access

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Gringotts Wizarding Bank

You would think that after visiting over a dozen times Ellie would be over visiting Warner Bros Studio Tour, but nope. Actually nothing could be further from the truth.   And you might think that having been so many times there would be nothing new to see.  Not so.  Especially this year as Gringott’s Wizarding Bank opens in its biggest expansion.   Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking

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Easter fun with National Trust

Bring the whole family together this Easter and treat your loved ones to the excitement of a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at beautiful National Trust locations in and around Hampshire. Get ready for a school holiday break full of fun and discovery as you spot the first signs of spring, and experience nature bursting into life at special places the National Trust looks after. Become a nature detective and follow

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Feb half term with the National Trust

  Get outdoors this February half-term with the National Trust – in and around Hampshire  February half-term is fast approaching, and there are loads of activities at National Trust places for kids to get messy, muddy and back in touch with nature. It’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to create special memories and get inspiration for the year ahead. Give nature a hand and tackle Hinton Ampner’s spring

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The Night Before Christmas at Mottisfont.

When I recently wrote about all the things happening around Hampshire in National Trust houses this month, one grabbed my attention more than any other.   The Night Before Christmas is one of my favourite poems, and Mottisfont is one of my favourite National Trust properties. Win Win and a great excuse for a morning out with my BFF and our cameras Mottisfont The Night Before Christmas 24 November –

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Experience a sparkling and colourful Christmas at National Trust places in and around Hampshire

  If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the high street crowds this Christmas, consider a visit to a National Trust place. Our historic houses in and around Hampshire feature sparkling decorations and Christmas trees, fresh winter greenery and festive trails. Outside, you’ll discover beautiful garden landscapes filled with winter colour and scent. Classic Christmas stories are brought to life at Mottisfont and Uppark, and there’s a festive murder

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Festive fun at National Trust places in Surrey this Christmas

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”.  Isn’t it?  I normally don’t feel Christmassy until at least the middle of December but for some reason I am feeling really festive  already. So if you’re already ahead of the game and all organised how about looking for somewhere special to sneak off to for the day.   Or if you have still to do your shopping but want to escape

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The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock

The Feathers Hotel is a 21 room hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, a sleep little village with a bustling high street full of independent shops and pubs.   The hotel itself sits in the heart of the village (hence the lack of a car park but there is plenty of on street parking around) and is  steeped in history: The front reception area and study was a Sanatorium in the late 18th

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HDYGG — 27th May

Gosh it feels like such a long time since I sat down and wrote a blog post I am not sure I even remember how these days.   Seems that life is rushing past me faster than ever and I find myself approaching the middle of the year without really knowing what has happened to the previous few months. Life has happened.  Lots of it.  Real life that has kept me

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