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Hot Hotel Review: Limewood, New Forest, Hampshire

Sometimes you just need a little luxe in your life. To be pampered, looked after and reminded that yes, actually, you really are rather fab. Which is why a night or two at Limewood, the luxury boutique retreat in the heart of the New Forest is exactly the kind of pep-me-up we all need……

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3 new UK hotels for 2016

There are few things I love more than a gorgeous boutique hotel. They're almost up there on a par with my children (I'm kidding, I'm kidding...or am I?!) Which is why, I am extremely excited about the prospect of these three new beauties opening this Spring. Two (The Pig at Combe and The Painswick) come from bonafide leaders in the boutique hotel field, whilst the third (Thyme) looks so darn lovely, we are sure it's a classic in the making. And, what's that? An opening offer for one of them of £99 per night? Yup, it's too good to ignore.... …

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Into the Woods: amazing tree houses for the perfect weekend break

I never used to like autumn. It always seemed to feel like the beginning of the end, the slow, cold march towards a long, dark winter. But then, children came along, and quite frankly, I didn’t have time to dwell on it anymore. And then, without even thinking about it, I found that I actually rather liked the season. The changing colours, snuggly knits, crunchy leaves, bunkering down inside when the wind is whipping up outside and of course, those bright blue autumnal days that are just so beautiful because they are so rare. With all this in mind, I’ve also grown fond of autumnal breaks. This year we’re off to CenterParcs and I’m actually really looking forward to cosying up in a cabin in the woods, but where I’d really like to be staying is a treehouse. A lovely, luxurious treehouse which makes you feel like some glorious bird of paradise nesting up in the treetops…And oh, I’ve found some beauties……

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Design inspiration: how to get the Calcot Manor look

If I could choose one hotel in the UK where I could escape to time and time again, it would be Calcot Manor. For families, it is utterly perfect in every way. Not only does it tick every box when it comes to small people – an AMAZING creche, completely child-friendly facilities, a genius listening service – but it is also incredibly stylish and very relaxed, managing to straddle that tricky line of being as good for parents who haven’t given up their game as it is for children who just want to play games. One of the many things I love about it (you can read all about the other reasons here) is the design. Its country-cool vibe is just beautiful and is all down to the genius designer behind it, Nicky Farquhar, who blends rustic elements with contemporary touches in the most stylish manner. We asked Nicky to open her little black interiors book and let us gain an insight to the ‘Calcot’ look. If only, so we can dream about recreating it at home……

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Time for a break?

I was chatting to someone the other day telling them how I was planning on giving up sugar, how I was in the middle of a ‘dry January’ and how I was doing all this healthy stuff in a bid to get my lagging energy back. She looked at me, raised an eyebrow and replied in a fabulous Texan drawl, “what you need is a holidaaaay….” And you know what. She’s right. Holidays really are the best medicine. If you, like me, have no long-haul trip to the sunshine planned (I wish), then a weekend away really is the next best thing. Which is why I’m desperate to go to this gorgeous-looking and amazingly affordable (we’re talking from under £100 a night) hotel….…

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Take me away

Right. Let’s do it. Let’s all save our pennies and treat ourselves to something. It’s November. We need it. Perhaps you’re hankering after a new sweater or maybe a loose pair of leather trousers? (Something’s happened to me. The fashion mafia have struck a spell over me and I actually rather fancy some.) Maybe there’s a pair of shoes you’ve been lusting after forever? Or a picture or a painting that would make you feel just that little bit happier? You could have a massage to ease those knots and lull you to sleep. Or maybe, just maybe you’d really rather love a weekend away. Which is where I come in….…

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What to wear and where to wear it…by Matthew Williamson

Is there any designer as synonymous with beautiful, bright boho luxe as Matthew Williamson? From Ibiza to Miami, LA to Mallorca, glamorous women from around the world can be spotted wafting from pool to party in one of his exquisite designs. Worn by the likes of Thandie Newton, Blake Lively and Sienna Miller, Matthew is one of the UK’s best-known and best-loved designers. He may live in London, but he seriously loves to travel. From Goa to Ibiza, the Maldives to the Caribbean, he can regularly be found on a plane in search of creative inspiration. Glamorous, yet down-to-earth and totally in tune with what women want, he knows exactly what every woman should have in their holiday wardrobe (and where they should wear it)……

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How to…book a family holiday by Tamara Heber-Percy of Mr & Mrs Smith

You probably have your summer holiday plans sorted. If not, don’t worry, we have help at hand from the very knowledgeable and very lovely Tamara Heber-Percy, co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith. Having just launched Smith & Family, a new collection of hotels cherry-picked for parents with children in tow, working mum Tamara knows everything there is to know about gorgeous hotels, travelling with kids and choosing the right place for ALL the family. Even if this summer’s trip is well and truly planned, there are still future holidays to think about, so don’t book without reading this first. Happy Holidays!…