• The good life at Goodwood: A country cottage escape

    Think of Goodwood and your first thoughts might be of its vintage racetrack, its aerodrome or its place in the horse-racing calendar. But the estate offers much more – from a hotel, golf course and spa, to its own restaurants, club and bars. And

  • The ultimate house party at Casa Amore in Tenerife

    A few weeks before our multi-generation group (aged from five to sixties) holidayed at Casa Amore, the residents included a laughter (collective noun) of ladies of a certain age who celebrated from dawn to dusk. On the day we left, the incomers were

  • Staying at one of the UK’s most beautiful locations

    The waterways and tidal creeks around the estuaries of the South Hams are a delight to explore. Meandering lanes hug the water’s edge and lead to little beaches and coves and hidden villages. Don’t let the slightly scary narrow roads put you off, these

  • From cow sheds to comfort zone on a family estate near York

    Breathing new life into Hutton Wandesley Estate since taking over the place with her husband in 2014, Sasha York has reimagined this traditional rural estate which has been in the York family for 150 years. Originally from Northumberland, Sasha

  • Camping on Exmoor with a car rooftop tent

    It’s Friday night, the weather forecast looks good, you haven’t got any plans for the weekend and the call of the campsite is beckoning. But then you think about the faff of getting the tent set up, the blowing up of airbeds and the hammering in of

  • Holiday with your hound in Kent: the best accommodation

    One of the much lauded attributes that Kent has to offer its visitors is its natural beauty. From coast to country, cliff walks to Canterbury, strolls along the beach to wanderings through pretty towns, villages and heritage sites, Kent is a beautiful

  • Why Gosport is emerging as a great weekend break in Hampshire

    Think of the perfect destination in Hampshire for a weekend break and I’ll give it to you, Gosport, doesn’t exactly spring to mind. But Haslar Marina, based on Haslar Road just a ten-minute stroll from the Gosport Ferry terminal, is here to change

  • Holiday with your hound in Essex: the best accommodation

    From its food to its countryside strolls, its restaurants to its coastline, Essex is not only a great place to visit with friends and family, but with canine companions as well. As stats show more than 50 per cent of us choose to travel with our four-legged

  • Inside the stylish Willowbeck Lodge in Scotby near Carlisle

    Tucked away off the main road down from the church and behind some of the larger houses in Scotby, Willowbeck Lodge is an unexpected find in a village. A small, stylish hotel with a very smart restaurant is usually the preserve of townhouses or city

  • An indulgent weeknight break at Windermere’s newest hotel

    Leonardo DiCaprio and I are at the cinema. He is playing Howard Hughes, the intrepid aviation and movie magnate, viewing the rushes of his film Hell’s Angels that is in financial freefall. I am me, watching Leo watching the film. Howard is joined only

  • The Grapevine: Cheers to a glass of Sussex!

    Raising a glass of Sussex This month it’s two years since the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs approved the registration of the county as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) for wine, giving it similar status to celebrated

  • Should you use a credit card to pay for a holiday this summer?

    Whether you’re looking to secure a last-minute deal for a family holiday abroad, a break away in the UK or a luxury cruise with your partner, the question of how to pay for your trip is an important one. Credit cards are a popular option as they allow

  • In search of Bridgerton on a short break in the city of Bath

    The streets of Bath offer a snapshot of Regency history and a step into the world of the hit period drama Bridgerton, says Naomi Clarke. As I promenade through the blossoming gardens of Bath, recounting the latest romantic entanglements of my friendship