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Dream holiday: The Ile de Ré

As Autumn arrives in a flurry of torrential rain, it seems the perfect time to bring you this promised post: an update to my Ile de Ré guide. We went back to one of our favourite places this summer and it was as lovely as ever. We used to be frequent visitors, but veered towards Corsica for our holidays the past few years. But now both children are keen cyclists - and one in particular is a chap in need of almost constant movement - it was the perfect time to revisit the utterly glorious island of light.…

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We want to holiday here: Lary in the Scottish Highlands

Instagram is a funny old beast, but it can introduce you to fantastic feeds to follow and places to visit. Emily Salvesen's The Muddy Mummy is one such feed and her beautiful Scottish cottages (available to rent through air b'n'b are definitely ones to visit. We got the lowdown on Lary, the biggest of her stunning cottages, her decorating style and why the Highlands should be on everyone's must-visit list....…

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A New Girl’s Guide to Winchester

One of the nicest things about moving to a new place is showing visitors around your new neighbourhood - I loved it when Alex came to visit for the first time. I thought I'd do the same here. So here's my new girl's guide to Winchester - welcome! (You might want to make a cup of tea - it's a long one...) …

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Is Beaverbrook the UK’s best new hotel? We think so…

A weekend, even a night away, without the kids is equivalent to a week in the Maldives these days. So restful, so good for the soul and so essential, I think, to keeping you sane and letting you feel like 'you' again, that it should be prescribed to overworked, dog-tired adults everywhere. And, if you only have one, maybe two nights 'off' a year, then you've got to make them count right? You've got to go somewhere really, really this-is-incredible special to make the most of it. Which is where Beaverbrook, a beautiful new country hotel in Surrey comes in...…

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Edinburgh: the perfect weekend destination

Weekends away. Remember those? I'm not sure if we did many, if any, of those planned weekend aways that you see in Hollywood movies or in ITV dramas just before Something Terrible happens, but we certainly went 'away' and it was generally at the 'weekend', something that we don't tend to do much of now. I say 'much of', I mean 'hardly ever, practically never', but when it does very occasionally happen, I was always think 'we should, nay, we need to do more of this'. Especially when it is to somewhere like Edinburgh, which in my humble opinion is one of the most beautiful and best places to visit on the planet....…

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A Christmas Escape/Escape Christmas?

For the last couple of years, my husband and I haven't given each other a present as such, but instead used the money we've 'saved' on a weekend away. And with hotels like these, who wouldn't want a night in one as a present?…