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6 affordable family-friendly retreats by Nadine Mellor of i-escape

What do we love more than a holiday? Why, a holiday that doesn't cost the earth, of course. Because Spring is upon us and Summer is only around the corner, our thoughts have turned to holidays (although, let's be honest, it's a subject I could think about all year-round). From Italy to India, Nadine Mellor, Editor of i-escape's Kids Collection gives us her top recommendations...…

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3 great villas to book right now

If you, like me, haven't sorted out your summer holiday yet, then may we throw a little sunshine-drenched inspiration your way? Villa specialists Scott Williams are experts when it comes to beautiful houses in beautiful places. And so, we thought they'd be the perfect people to ask about villas available to book right now. And even if you're not in the market for a holiday, do take a look as these gorgeous houses offer some serious interior inspiration...…

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Win! A weekend in Hay-on-Wye for 6 people

Is there anything better than a weekend away with friends? We, think not, which is why we are bouncing around like puppies at the thought of this prize. Thanks to Sugar & Loaf (whose handpicked collection of luxury cottages in Wales will have you hankering for a holiday), we have a weekend in Hay-on-Wye for you and your family or 5 friends (yes, 6 people in total!) up for grabs - and you can even bring your dog. This chic little town on the Welsh borders is home to arguably the UK's most famous literary festival and is also one of the prettiest places in the country. And the cottage? Think wood floors, a country kitchen and pure rural perfection...…

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Win! A stay at The Pig-in The Wall

January may be nearing its end, but winter is still here, so we thought that you might need a little something to pep you up. And so, we are ridiculously excited to announce the first of our 2017 competitions: the chance to win a stay at The Pig-in The Wall in Southampton, an amazing boutique hotel from the award-winning Lime Wood Group.…

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Win! A stay at The Painswick: 2016’s hottest new British hotel

Christmas is coming and to celebrate we have a wonderful prize to give away: a stay at the Painswick in Gloucestershire, a super-stylish sister hotel to the legendary Barnsley House in Gloucestershire. Beautiful rooms? Check. Great food? Check. Spa Treatments? But, of course. If that all sounds good, then read on....…

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The Soho Hotel: can a hip hotel ever be family-friendly?

I may have mentioned more than once that I used to be a Travel Editor. I may also have mentioned that my life is remarkably different now. Where once there were glamorous press trips, exotic adventures and nights in stunning hotels that were so amazing they made me cry tears of PURE JOY, there's now the school run, head lice and rainy Cornwall during the summer holidays. But, that's not to say that I've lost my love or appreciation of a wonderful hotel. Oh no, no, no, I might just appreciate them even more. But are the kind of hotels that I love (you know, luxurious, stylish, 100% grown-up great) compatible with the kind of people for whom Lego is more important than the way the bartender mixes the martinis? Thankfully, when it comes to London's Soho Hotel, the answer is YES. My children, somewhat horrifyingly appreciate a luxury hotel just as much as I do (to which, I simultaneously say Hurrah! and 'It's only downhill from here folks.') And when I took my six-year old on a trip to London to see Matilda and stay at The Soho Hotel, we discovered that not only is it great for grown-ups,…

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Family-friendly travel: Sweden for the summer?

Sweden isn’t just for fashion, snow and super-blonde hotties – it’s also fantastic for holidays. The beaches are gorgeous (trust me, I’ve seen them in all their delicious white-sand gorgeousness), the summer light is almost endless and there’s just so much to do for families. Whether you hit Stockholm, head to an island or lounge around by the sea, you’re in for a good time……

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Insider’s guide to Corfu: with kids or without kids, just go…

One of the world's all-time favourite holiday destinations, Corfu is the sun-drenched Greek Island famed not only as the setting for Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, but also as a place of gorgeous beaches, beautiful scenery and stunning coastal views over the glittering Mediterranean. Inspired by pictures of her ridiculously amazing villa Agnos House (available to rent this summer through Scott Williams), we turned to Interior Designer Looby Crean, who has been visiting Corfu for years and is an expert on what to do and where to go on this most idyllic of Greek islands. If you're going this summer, read on for her hot tips and to discover how she transformed the house into a stunning home. If not, read on, be inspired and book for next year! You won't regret it....…