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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...…

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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...…