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    A Stay at the Luton Hoo Hotel

    April 20, 2018

    Mr Frederic Billet is a very busy man. Deputy Hotel Manager for the majestic Luton Hoo Hotel, he has VIP guests to meet, grounds to keep, barrel aged wines to select and perhaps most importantly – clocks to wind. “They need winding each week, or else time can stop”, he says in a rolling French accent, worriedly thumbing his way through a collection of bronze keys. “Today I have six clocks to wind, but then others will fall behind and…

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  • A Night At The Arch Hotel, London

    In 1791, London’s Great Cumberland Place was complete. A handsome thoroughfare that ran between Marble Arch and leafy Hyde Park, Great Cumberland was a street lined with towering Georgian mansions and flickering oil lamps…

    April 18, 2018
  • Discovering The Dartmoor Artisan Trail

    ‘It’s like the scene from Ghost,’ Laura quipped, ‘Just without the romance or skill.’ Ignoring her jibes, I hesitantly pressed the pedal that controlled the slippery red clay – the wobbly mass forming a…

    April 3, 2018
  • A Weekend in Durham

    As the train pulled into Durham’s neat, stone station, I felt a jolt of excitement. We were finally back in my favourite corner of the country – the wildly beautiful North East – with…

    March 18, 2018
  • A Day in the Life of an English Tourism Superstar

    Last week, as the rest of the UK were ordered indoors, Richard Darlington headed outside. Confronting Storm Emma’s biting winds and wild blizzards, Richard – a working shepherd – faced a problem. He needed…

    March 13, 2018
  • Itineraries for Microadventures in England

     “A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding” – Alastair Humphreys Last weekend, I stood browsing the stationery aisle of my local…

    March 4, 2018
  • An Itinerary for a UK Road Trip

    Who doesn’t love a road trip? Piling into the car with your friends, you’ve got the roof down and the wind in your hair. Ahead of you is nothing but miles of empty road, adventure…

    March 3, 2018
  • Escaping the January Blues in Bath

    This year, it seems the nation was in unanimous agreement that January dragged on for far longer than its so-called 31 days. Seemingly endless weeks filled with grey cloud and drizzle, compiled with an…

    February 11, 2018
  • A Guide to a Weekend in Norwich

    I was 9 when I was told that my best friend was moving away. Her name was Catherine and she’d arrived in my life two years before; a blonde haired ballerina from the Forest…

    December 19, 2017
  • A Guide to Dartmoor, Devon

    It was the afternoon of Halloween; a watery sunlight forcing its way through grey clouds. Ahead of me lay miles of treeless moorland: waterlogged peat and rusty grassland disappearing into the mist. Just a…

    November 21, 2017
  • A Guide to Northumberland

    Watching the miniature, virtual car move steadily along the cracked screen of my aged SatNav, I began to feel restless. My legs squirmed amongst the camera cases and pile of coats that Laura had…

    November 4, 2017