A Weekend on Skye

A Weekend on Skye

The drive to Skye is one of the most amazing in the UK. After a summer rain shower, the vibrancy of the surroundings is majestic, especially in Glencoe. A word of warning though. If you’re taking the ferry to Skye, you need to book in advance – something we only discovered upon arrival and, with…

Paris - The 6th or 16th

Paris - The 6th or 16th

My memory tends to capture random moments in life, and one of which was a claim made by a French lecturer that she lived in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Not that I had any interest in her home address, but it was the tone of voice, an astringent sense of pride, that caught my…

Mabel

Mabel

In the back of a cheese toastie store you usually expect to find a store room with cheese and bread in it, not a bar, and not one that’s self described as a ‘Cocktail Den and Rum Empire’ – but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Mabel in Paris. Mabel, is a cocktail bar twice…

Lords of the Manor

Lords of the Manor

For years now Lords of the Manor, a former rectory in the picturesque village of Upper Slaughter nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, has been one of the leading small luxury country house hotels. A charming hotel in a secluded picturesque spot, it has paid host in recent years to the Crown Prince of…