Hotels & Reviews
Adventures with a Mifi
The MiFi is a small portable device that provides a secure connection to the internet for several people at one time. It is available to hire, already set up for the destination to be visited. A must for those who have to work while travelling outside the UK.
Houghton Lodge and its Tea Rooms in the Test Valley, Hampshire
The Test Valley in Hampshire is a unique landscape. Clear chalk streams thread their way through a gently undulating countryside bordered by lush water meadows and beautiful properties. The sweeping lawns of Houghton Lodge reach down to the banks of the River Test famous for its fly fishing.
Marvellous Maison 76 is the Heart of Montreuil sur Mer in Pas de Calais, France
Sometimes it is thoughtful little touches that make all the difference and those I experienced at Maison 76 in Montreuil sur Mer in Pas de Calais, France elevated my stay there to a very special experience.
The Excellent Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne, Dorset
The Eastbury Hotel is ideally situated close to the centre of Sherborne in Dorset which features two castles and an Abbey. Its lovely walled garden will make you feel you have travelled to another world not just a train journey from London. Thanks to the friendly and efficient staff, it is a real home from home – enhanced by the super food by chef Matt Street in the two rosette Seasons restaurant.
The Polurrian on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall
The Polurrian occupies a stunning location on a cliff top on the coastline of the scenic Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. It is well-placed for walks along the South West Coast path and it is close to the amenities of Mullion, a traditional Cornish village.
Luxury Personified at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, South Carolina
At the top of the elegant staircase leading to the East Wing is the "Ocean Room":https://kiawahresort.com/dining/the-ocean-room/ that offers gourmet dining. Gregg, the head waiter provides such wonderful descriptions of each dish I was constantly changing my mind. Gregg is so persuasive I was not surprised to learn that the restaurant sells more bottles of the digestive drink Underberg than any other place in America.
The Bembridge Coast Hotel in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight
The hotel is situated so close to the coast that the beach is a natural extension of the lovely grounds that surround it. These grounds include a small pitch and putt course and a formal walled garden. Easy access to the beach means guests can walks along the beach. When the tide is out it is possible to walk from the hotel to Bembridge Harbour. A lovely long walk through impressive scenery. At high tide the Coast Path offers a pleasant alternative ...
MiFi – A Little Gem
As the MiFi is so small it fits snuggly into my pocket ready for action should I suddenly need internet access. The only drawbacks I have found so far is that I have to be able to connect with "Vodaphone":https://www.vodafone.co.uk but this network is so widespread this is not really a problem. Also, if I forget to disconnect the battery does run down very quickly. MiFi can be hired from "cellhire":https://www.cellhire.co.uk/products/data-sim-card/. It was easy to use and definitely smoothed my passage while travelling.
Cedar Manor Hotel in Windermere
I was warmly greeted by its owner, Jonathon, and immediately offered a cup of tea. He made the tea himself and brought it to the lounge. I had noticed a beautiful stained glass church-style window behind the bar at the far end of the lounge. I was not surprised to discover that the house and been built in 1854. It was designed by J S Crowther who had also designed the church of St Mary next door and Holehird, a mansion on the outskirts of Windermere. Crowther is most well-known for his restoration and repair of Manchester Cathedral.
Step into Christmas at Bournemouth
I followed the unique festive trail of over one hundred glittering trees and illuminations to the "Christmas Market":https://christmasinbournemouth.co.uk in the town square. I particularly enjoyed walking through the huge conical Wonderland Tree and watching it change colour. The Christmas Market features a bar in the large wooden Alpine Chalet and pretty wooden huts selling a variety of products not available on the High Street ...