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InterContinental London Park Lane

19/03/2020 by .

The view from the window from my new Mayfair Collection room, high up at the InterContinental Hotel Park Lane, was impressive. No question, a memorable London vignette.

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Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel, Bath

09/03/2020 by .

If you feel that you are staying in a magazine photo-shoot, it’s probably because you are. You’ve read the Country Living magazine, now live the life.

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Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London Docklands

27/02/2020 by .

It’s not often you can honestly say you have stayed the night in a city hotel that’s quite literally different from anywhere else you may have experienced. Sunborn London is just that. A superyacht permanently moored at the Royal Victoria Dock, no more than a yardarm from the O2 and Excel Centre.

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Highbullen Hotel, North Devon

25/02/2020 by .

Maybe Agatha Christie missed a trick. Sat gloriously high on a ridge between Dartmoor and Exmoor, bordered by the Rivers Mole and Taw, sits Highbullen, a Victorian Gothic house made for a murder mystery.

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Bankside Hotel, London South Bank

25/02/2020 by .

London’s South Bank has always been a popular spot. Plenty of tourists looking to enjoy some Thameside entertainment, The Tate Modern, the National Theatre, the BFI. Trouble is, for me, it’s all a bit brutalist grey concrete.

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Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton

18/02/2020 by .

A Brighton institution, Hotel Pelirocco is so cool that the owners even released an album in 2003. It’s the kind of CD you slip on to set the mood for a stylish dinner party, and its sexy, bohemian tracks reflect the establishment’s unique vibe.

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The Merry Harriers, Surrey

13/02/2020 by .

Shepherds Huts have come a long way since Thomas Hardy’s day. Though they have always had a romantic artisanal appeal, boosted by films of Hardy’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, where Gabriel Oak eked out a lonely shepherd’s life until he met Bathsheba Everdene.

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The Bristol Hotel, Bristol

30/01/2020 by .

I was last in Bristol in the 1970s when the harbour was a desolate wasteland. Since then it’s been spectacularly transformed by tasteful new developments which include bars, restaurants and art spaces.

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Paschoe House, Devon

23/12/2019 by .

There’s romance in the air at Paschoe House, a luxury boutique twixt moors and sea in North Devon. And mystery too.

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Hartwell House Hotel and Spa, Aylesbury

17/12/2019 by .

Pack away the history books. Switch off the History Channel. We’ve got Hartwell House as a slice of both British and European heritage. This is a regal residence that makes Downton Abbey look a tad nouveau riche.

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