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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My top 7 travel wonders #ad

Ad — Feature I had a conversation with Jonnie this week about his trip to Switzerland and how he feels he has “done the area” he travelled to.  He went up mountains, got on cable cars, went inside glaciers, did all the chocolate factories and other touristy places and came away thinking he could well and truly tick Interlaken off his list.     I joked how that is absolutely

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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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Reflections on Barbados — Part 3

  The final part of our trip to Barbados is a list of the places we went to on days 11 to 16, the last portion of our holiday.  If you want to catch up on the other days you can find there here:  Barbados Part 1 and Barbados Part 2 Day Eleven We had promised ourselves a day in Bridgetown.  So us girls could shop, and so the boys

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Reflections on Barbados — Part 2

When I wrote part one of our trip to Barbados (Reflections on Barbados — part 1)  I had no intention of splitting it into three posts.  I thought I would just list all 16 days on one post but having reached 1000 words and 10 photos after just five days I thought it best to split it.   So here is the second part of our Barbados trip, days 6

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Reflections on Barbados — Part 1

It won’t have escaped the attention of the eagle eyed amongst you that we have just spent a couple of weeks in Barbados.   It seemed like a good idea therefore put all the info in one place on where we went, where we ate and some useful tips and information in case you might be considering heading over there any time soon.   Except that would make for a

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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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A Menorcan Sojourn — Day seven

I didn’t even know that Bloody Island existed when we arrived in Menorca.   But then we saw an advert for the Yellow Catamaran boat company and that they visited the island a few times a week so it seemed like the perfect way to spend our last morning on the island.   The boat leaves from Mahon at 10.30, with tickets on sale from the kiosk where you board (recommend you

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A Menorcan Sojourn — Day Six

Binibeca was high on my list of places to visit during our week in Menorca, and had also featured heavily on the “Places to see” lists of people I had asked to give me their recommendations. A whole fisherman’s village, again built on to top of a cliff beside the sea, Binibeca Vell is all about the white washed walls, terracotta floors, narrow cobbled streets and dark painted doors.   It

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A Menorcan sojourn — Day Five

  We started the day by turning left out of the resort and down towards the coast, rather than turning right and up towards the main roads.   Arenal D’en Castell sits on the northern coast of Menorca, and therefore on the coast.   There are plenty of places to park that then allow you to wander down on to the golden sand of the bay and spending the day on the

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A Menorcan Sojourn — Day Four

Today we ventured over to Ciutadella.  The other major town on the island, at the opposite end from Mahon.  It might have been the capital of Menorca but lost out in a vote to decide who could call themselves the main town, though it is widely regarded as the religious capital of the island.   In true Barrow style we did no research on any of it before we left,

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A Menorcan Sojourn — Day three

So with the news that a friend was staying on the other side of the island, without a pool, we wasted no time in saying “well why don’t you come for breakfast and a swim”!   Our place is the perfect spot for a breakfast and pool party after all!   Suffice to say they were VERY impressed when they arrived and sad they hadn’t thought of booking with James Villas too. 

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