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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?…

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City Break: Why your next weekend away should be in London

Weekends away without the kids? Remember them? The sheer gloriousness of being able to do what you want, when you want and as little as you want ALL THE TIME? No meals to prepare, no-one to put to bed, no-one to wake you up, no Lego to step on or Octonauts to watch (I have been watching Octonauts with various children for the last 7 years. I've done my time). It goes without saying (but I feel I should) that we love and feel very lucky to have our kids, but occasionally (ahem), you need time on your own. Time to regroup, reconnect and rediscover your old child-free self.…

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Family camping UK: Cool Camping: Kids tells us where to go

If you'd told me ten years ago that I'd ever seriously consider going camping then I would have assumed you'd been knocking back the sauce. As a Travel Editor who reviewed 5-star hotels for a living, I was used to the luxuries in life, but OH how time changes. No longer paid to do such things, which are now firmly out of my reach, and with a gaggle of children underfoot, I've started to think that - actually, camping, or to be more accurate, glamping might be alright. An adventure even. And considering that we actually slept in a tipi on our wedding night, two or even three nights would be quite fun. So, when I heard that a new book was coming out Cool Camping: Kids, listing the best, most beautiful family-friendly sites in the UK, I asked the Editor, James Warner Smith to share his top 5 places for sleeping under canvas this summer...…