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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A Menorcan Sojourn — Day Two

The first day of a villa holiday is always dominated by a food shop, isn’t it?   Or in our case two.     I never leave home without tea and milk but it’s hard to bring anything more than that isn’t it?   And I do love a foreign supermarket! Mr B and I did a quick Google of nearby supermarkets over a cup of tea and found there were several within

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A Menorcan Sojourn — Day one

  We arrived at Villa Grace late last night, slightly battered by a rather disrupted flight (not the fault of the airline at all, who were amazing,  but a rather loud passenger who not only screamed for an hour but kicked the back our seats and threw things at our heads) and pretty much dumped our stuff and headed out to find somewhere to eat.  From a first glance though

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The one about the yoga retreat

I don’t actually know where to start with this one if I am honest.   To such an extent that I haven’t been able to get my head around the angle I want to come at this post and have, therefore, sat on it for ten days.     I should probably just start at the beginning shouldn’t I? The beginning, as with all life changing things in my life, started with

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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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#PoppiesTour

  They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them  I have written a couple of times about our family’s connection with WW1,  how my great grandfather fought and died in the war, explaining more in this post from 2015: WW1, VE Day and

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Saddlescombe Farm Open Day

Sunday 22 April sees the National Trust’s hamlet at Saddlescombe open to the public – a rare opportunity to visit this secluded farm on the South Downs – once owned by the Knights Templar.  Visitors can enjoy specialist tours, craft and farmers market & children’s activities. Saddlescombe will be open for just one day for visitors to come and experience this traditional downland farm that is steeped in history.  Expert

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