Review: The Stables, Chateau de la Fuye, Chinon, France

This is the Versailles of gites. Within the shadow of the fifteenth-century Château de La Fuye sits a romantic tower for two and a luxurious three-bedroom gite sleeping six. Imaginatively converted from the chateau’s former stables, this historic and stylish self-catering gite captures the very essence of the Loire. Dressed in white tuffeau stone, so […]

Review: Hotel Indigo Coventry, Warwickshire, UK

Opened in January 2024, the brand-new Hotel Indigo Coventry has an elegant barcode cladding of metallic blues. Shades that home in on Coventry’s history. Originally it was the blue tint of the city’s woven cloth that brought spectacular medieval wealth. Today that blue is celebrated in Coventry City’s sky-blue football shirts. On the ground floor, […]

Review: Thornbury Castle Hotel and Restaurant, near Bristol, UK

In 2021, The Times crowned Thornbury Castle Hotel as Britain’s Best Romantic Hotel. Guests time travel back to Tudor days, to a castle that was once Henry Vlll’s country escape, for a majestic taste of Renaissance living. Sleep regally in the octagonal Henry Vlll suite, where he and Anne Boleyn stayed for 10 days in […]

5 luxurious Sri Lankan hotels

Facebook X Pinterest Sri Lanka is an island to be toured. Hire a driver and car for a week or two to savour the charms of the Teardrop Island that falls from India’s south-east coast. Though travel on Sri Lanka’s pock-marked roads – where overflowing buses, bikes, cows, goats, trucks, tuk-tuks and even elephants compete […]

Review: DoubleTree by Hilton Metropole Brighton, Sussex, UK

When the red-brick Metropole opened in 1890, such was its allure that special trains were laid on to deliver guests to the 700 room hotel. Sir Winston Churchill enjoyed pheasant and chocolate gateau in the restaurant in 1947, whilst later on Princess Margaret, Margot Fonteyn, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor all checked-in. Now, after a […]

Review: Brighton i360, Sussex, UK

Once Brighton was renowned for horizontal piers, three of them, stretching out towards a horizon where blue sky merges with blue seas. Now Brighton has a vertical pier reaching for the sky. The i360, royally opened by Prince Phillip in the summer of 2016, is a futuristic UFO-like addition to Brighton’s historic bucket-and-spade shoreline. Incredible […]

Review: The Cottage in the Wood Malvern, UK

No longer merely a Georgian cottage, this boutique hotel is now a fine-dining destination drawing foodies from afar. Earlier this year the 1919 Restaurant, at The Cottage in the Wood, received the accolade of a third AA Rosette. A reward for the passionate creativity of Rob Mason, Head Chef. Moreover, the superlative quality of the […]

Review: Gal Oya Lodge, Galgamuwa, Sri Lanka

Three hours south-east of Kandy, Gal Oya Lodge is the gateway to a National Park that includes Sri Lanka’s largest lake, Senanayake Samudraya. It is the only place in Sri Lanka where you can take a boat safari to see elephants swimming between some of the lake’s 47 islands. Beyond mobile phone reception, beyond wi-fi […]

Review: Stafford Bungalow, Sri Lanka

Days of Raj elegance live on behind the white picket fences at the Stafford Bungalow. The roads to Ragala snake, writhe and wriggle forever upwards through the tea fields of Sri Lanka’s central region. A mile above sea level, in Sri Lankan hill country, sits the Stafford Bungalow. A luxury boutique villa with full service. […]

Review: Rosyth Estate House, Kegalle, Sri Lanka

Review: Rosyth Estate House, Kegalle, Sri Lanka By Michael Edwards on Oct 16, 2023 in Accommodation, Asia, Featured, Hotels, Regions, Resorts, Sri Lanka Colonial charm meets Vogue tropical-photo-shoot-style at Rosyth Estate House. Two hours north of Colombo airport, Rosyth Estate House is the perfect soft-landing spot for a Sri Lanka arrival. Owners Farzana and Neil […]