• Reviewed: Kulm Hotel, St Moritz

    Heritage, history, old-school comfort and hair-raising fun are all part of the package at Kulm Hotel, St Moritz – the oldest hotel in Switzerland’s glitzy winter hotspot, writes Nick Scott
    After a series of business trips staying in urban guesthouses which resemble The Death Star’s hospitality wing – “stark minimalism” is the common press release platitude […]

  • Eurostar: Ebbsfleet to Lille

    For two decades Eurostar has been best known for services linking London with Paris and Brussels, but on this trip Director sampled the short trip from Ebbsfleet International in Kent to Lille, northern France
    Over 20 years ago, Eurostar changed cross-Channel travel forever with the launch of direct train services from London to Paris and Brussels […]

  • Huntsham Court, Exmoor National Park

    A Victorian Gothic mansion on the edge of Exmoor National Park proved a home away from home for our reviewer and his family
    Many of us dream of running a guesthouse but few take the leap. Not so Chris Badham and Damian Llambias, who took on a 31-bedroom mansion when they bought the 145-year-old Huntsham Court […]

  • Wine bolthole: The Vineyard

    In rural Berkshire, there’s a little corner of California where you can enjoy fine wines from one of Britain’s most celebrated cellars. Food, wine and art blend beautifully at The Vineyard, a five-star hotel in Stockcross, near Newbury. Often described as a temple to Californian wine, the hotel is owned by Sir Peter Michael, who was […]

  • Weston Park, Staffordshire

    Fine art, equally fine dining and rustic cosiness are in abundance at this Staffordshire retreat. But it’s the impeccably kept grounds that make it a perfect head-clearing location for a corporate event
    Weston Park was gifted to the nation in 1986 by the seventh Earl of Bradford, and is now owned by independent charitable trust, the […]

  • Laura Ashley The Manor, Elstree

    The famous textiles and interiors brand has opened a Home Counties bolthole, giving guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in quintessentially English style
    When Merthyr Tydfil-born fashion designer Laura Ashley bestowed her name upon the textile company she founded with husband Bernard in 1953 she graced fabric lovers across the world with a sense of romantic […]

  • The Old Swan & Minster Mill

    Romantics, pastoral aesthetes, foodies and historians will all find a lot to love in this Cotswolds bolthole. But anglers are the most likely to fall for it hook, line and sinker. With its ivy-laced stone walls, mossy roof, low ceilings, twisty staircases and irregular shaped beams, the Old Swan & Minster Mill is the Cotswolds at […]