Author Archives: Solange Berchemin

Drakes Of Brighton

24/01/2019 by .

With Valentine’s around the corner, the L. word is….. Location. ‘Now’ is the ideal time to think about whisking your adorable-other to a fabulous place.

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Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

27/07/2018 by .

Do you remember wedding 3, in Four Weddings and a Funeral? That’s the one where Carrie marries the ‘stiff in the skirt’. Wasn’t the location for the reception…. drop dead gorgeous? Armathwaite Hall, in the stunning Lake District, is similar in many ways.

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Highcliffe Contemporary B&B

11/07/2017 by .

The door opened wide onto a large hallway bathed in the afternoon Cornish light. But, all I could see was two beaming faces “We’ve been expecting you, coffee?” says Vanessa Clark as husband Simon directed us to a large welcoming lounge with an open fireplace, a 19th century apothecary’s cabinet to die for and spellbinding wallpaper denoting a designer eye for unusual and eclectic décor. We had arrived at Highcliffe Contemporary B&B.

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Florence Gardens Hotel

25/01/2017 by .

Portsmouth has been much maligned, Spike Milligan relegated the whole town to Room 101 and sure, a weekend break in Portsmouth doesn’t have the same ring as 48 hours in Corfu or Majorca. You won’t see minke whales, otters or seals frolicking on the coast like you could, up in Scotland. But Portsmouth has a rich literary and naval history, the first Sherlock Holmes was written here. There is a newly restored and amazing dockyard with Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose and Nelson’s Victory.

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24 hours in Newcastle

01/05/2016 by .

In 2014, The Guardian readers voted Newcastle best city-break destination. I had 24 hours in Newcastle to find out why, but with so much to explore, would 24 hours in Newcastle be enough?

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The Adonis Hotel Singapore

25/03/2016 by .

When asked “What is….exactly….a boutique hotel?” my heart sinks.

I could recite the Oxford dictionary definition, without hesitations: “It’s a stylish small hotel, didah, didah, didah…..”  But my true answer is “I don’t know”. Really, I don’t but unfailingly I’ll recognize one, when I’ll see one. In my opinion, half the hotels claiming being Boutique, just aren’t. Yes, they might well be small or located in a fashionable area or even both but that doesn’t win them the title.

The Adonis Hotel Singapore is.

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