Short stay: Indigo Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

Short stay: Indigo Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK By Michael Edwards on May 21, 2022 in Accommodation, Bars, Europe, Featured, Going Out, Hotels, Regions, Restaurants, United Kingdom, Western Europe There is no doubting that this is Shakespeare country. The half-timbered, mullion-windowed Indigo Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon, leans out over Chapel Street, as it has for centuries. Yet, after a […]

CroisiEurope's Charming Provence cruise, France

CroisiEurope’s Charming Provence cruise, France By Michael Edwards on May 05, 2022 in Cruises & Boat Travel, Europe, Featured, France, Leisure Travel, Regions, Speciality Travel, Western Europe For six nights and seven days, the 22 berth MS Anne-Marie, a luxurious hotel barge, departs from Arles into the rivers and canal that run through Europe’s largest […]

Short stay: De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Short stay: De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK By Michael Edwards on Apr 29, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Western Europe Completing the rebuilding of centuries-old Latimer House in 1838, architect Edwin Blore was congratulated on recreating the spirit of “Merrie Olde England” by one contemporary reviewer. Nearly two centuries on, […]

7 reasons to visit Porto, Portugal

7 reasons to visit Porto, Portugal By Michael Edwards on Apr 27, 2022 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Going Out, Hotels, Portugal, Regions, Restaurants, Western Europe North of Lisbon and south of the Spanish border, Porto is Portugal’s second city in the green north. Porto is a city of cobbled squares and vertiginous hillsides clinging to […]

Where to eat at Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

Where to eat at Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal By Michael Edwards on Apr 26, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Portugal, Regions, Resorts, Restaurants, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe Facing the shimmering blues of the Mediterranean on Portugal’s Algarve coastline, 13 restaurants are dotted through Quinta do Lago. It is […]

Short Stay: Magnolia Hotel, Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

Short Stay: Magnolia Hotel, Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal By Michael Edwards on Apr 14, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Hotels, Portugal, Regions, Western Europe Step back into 1950s Miami glamour at the Magnolia Hotel. Where it is easy to imagine Audrey Hepburn and Rock Hudson skipping through the neon time-warp of pastel pinks […]

Short stay: Mo.Co.Ou Hotel, Porto, Portugal

Short stay: Mo.Co.Ou Hotel, Porto, Portugal By Michael Edwards on Apr 10, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Hotels, Portugal, Regions, Western Europe The coolest place to stay in Porto. Here the hotel is reinvented as a place to “Stay. Listen. Play.” Throughout the ample public areas music plays. Listen out for some blues or jazz […]

Short stay: The Bristol Hotel, Bristol, UK

Short stay: The Bristol Hotel, Bristol, UK By Michael Edwards on Mar 30, 2022 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Featured, Going Out, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Western Europe In prime position on the waterfront, The Bristol Hotel makes a bold eponymous claim to be the place to stay in Bristol. First opening in the 1960s, the […]

Short stay: Burnham Beeches Hotel, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Short stay: Burnham Beeches Hotel, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, UK By Michael Edwards on Mar 12, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Western Europe Back in 1727 this Georgian hunting lodge fondly recalled classical architecture: elegantly balanced, symmetrically proportioned and brilliantly, dazzlingly white. Cant Hill, as it was then named, was the resting place […]

Short stay: Beachcroft Hall & Beach Hut Suites, Felpham, West Sussex, UK

Short stay: Beachcroft Hall & Beach Hut Suites, Felpham, West Sussex, UK By Michael Edwards on Mar 05, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Western Europe Four designer Beach Hut Suites sit just yards from Felpham’s beach. It’s a bucket and spade shoreline where seagulls call and sea breezes rustle the palm […]

Short stay: The Fellows House, Cambridge, UK

Short stay: The Fellows House, Cambridge, UK By Michael Edwards on Mar 02, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Vacation Rentals, Western Europe “Feel at home, feel inspired, feel like a fellow,” invites the hotel’s mantra. Strategically positioned, a mere eight minute stroll from Jesus Green, The Fellows House is the very essence […]

Developments at the Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat, Langkawi, Malaysia

Developments at the Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat, Langkawi, Malaysia By Michael Edwards on Feb 25, 2022 in Accommodation, Asia, Malaysia, Regions, Resorts At Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat the views are timeless. Each of the eleven studios, suites and cottages, serenely secluded by the rainforest, looks out across the infinite blues of the Andaman sea. Every room has […]

9 reasons to visit Lisbon, Portugal

9 reasons to visit Lisbon, Portugal By Michael Edwards on Feb 23, 2022 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Going Out, Hotels, Portugal, Regions, Western Europe Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, has many faces. Rebuilt after the earthquake and tsunami of 1755, much of that historic era of reconstruction remains. Today, Lisbon continues to expand along the banks […]

5 more historic English hotels

5 more historic English hotels By Michael Edwards on Feb 16, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Hotels, Regions, United Kingdom, Western Europe England’s rich history is remarkably preserved, both in town and country, throughout the land. A plethora of historic houses have been given new life through sensitive and thoughtful restoration. Below is a selection of […]

Short stay: Barrow Hill Barns, near Petersfield, The South Downs, UK

Short stay: Barrow Hill Barns, near Petersfield, The South Downs, UK By Michael Edwards on Feb 15, 2022 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Featured, Going Out, Regions, United Kingdom, Vacation Rentals, Western Europe It is easy to see why these eight ultra-luxurious detached cottages are given five stars by Visit England. These brick and flint barn-style […]