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Postcard From: Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and Spa, Anglesey

Postcard From: Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and Spa, Anglesey

Before the madness of fashion week I headed off to Anglesey, Wales for a mini spa break at the Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and Spa for a spot of relaxation with my boyfriend. This luxury retreat has a touch of the Downton Abbey grandeur, with its mansion exterior, exquisite grand hall filled with a staircase made for Lady Mary to walk down, a grand piano, incredible artwork, and luxurious leather sofas to enjoy a spot of tea on.

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Postcard From: The Grove Hotel In Herfordshire

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A couple of weeks ago I was treated to a night away at the luxury hotel The Grove, a golf, spa and beach resort in the Hertfordshire countryside by Lee Cooper, and I loved my relaxing break so much that I thought I would share some pictures I took.

As a five-star hotel you would expect The Grove to be fancy, and it is, but what surprised me the most was just how friendly the resort was, and how even though it is huge with more than 200 room it felt boutique in its quirky appearance with art installations in the corridors of cows, rubber ducks and even feathers – and its picturesque location really made my overnight stay feel like days it was so relaxing.

Located just 30 minutes outside London, this hotel is a perfect hideaway to recharge your batteries, and with 300 acres to explore you will definitely find a quiet spot to relax. What I loved about this hotel, other than the amazing service and gorgeous room, had to be the incredible gardens, pieces of art dotty around the estate, and the fact that it has an urban beach complete with volleyball, an outside swimming pool, lawn croquet and table tennis all hidden behind the walled garden.

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There is something special about The Grove, they really have thought of everything from making the rooms feel homely complete with arm chair, a large TV and a desk for doing work, stocking up the bathroom with cosmetics from The White Company, and even coming into my room to turn down my bed and put a pair of slippers out – which was a lovely touch after a long day.

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It is the grounds of this hotel which I enjoyed the most, it was lovely to walk around the well-kept gardens, the lovely water installations, and be surprised by random pieces of art including a sculpture made out of recycling, a metal skeleton figure, and a gorgeous glass tree that looked simply divine in the sunshine.

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As well as taking walks around the grounds, I also enjoyed the facilities at the Sequoia Spa, which has an extensive treatment menu using ESPA products. As I was driving back soon after my appointment I didn’t want to go for a uber-relaxing massage or a facial, I will definitely have to go back to experience those, instead I went for a luxury pedicure complete with a leg message, which was the perfect end to a night away.

Granted this isn’t a cheap break, rooms are around the £300 price bracket per night, but if you are after a relaxing hideaway close to London with someone to walk, enjoy the picturesque views, maybe enjoy a round of golf or even indulge in a spa treatment or two I would most certainly recommend it as a luxury treat.

I think I will have to try and find an excuse to go back as I would love to try their afternoon tea – I heard only good things while I was there but didn’t have the chance to taste for myself.

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For more pictures of my stay at The Grove, Hertfordshire head on over to my Facebook page.

**Fashionista Barbie was a guest of Lee Cooper**

[Pics: all by me, Fashionista Barbie]

Afternoon Tea: The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

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I adore the Art Deco era, whether it is in fashion, art or architecture, and one of the best things about the sleepy North West seaside town of Morecambe, that my Mum now lives in, has to be the Art Deco features along the seafront, in particular the gorgeously restored, The Midland Hotel.

A while back when visiting my Mum, and while the sun was shining, we decided to take a walk along the promenade, take some pictures and enjoy afternoon tea at The Midland Hotel’s Sun Terrace Restaurant, which looks out across Morecambe bay.

I love an afternoon tea that masters the fine line between traditional and modern and I think The Midland does that really well. Priced at only £16.50 for the traditional afternoon tea, it is not only excellent value but absolutely delicious. It comes with a selection of finger sandwiches, which for veggies like Mum and I was egg mayonnaise and watercress and cucumber and cream cheese, this was followed up with a gorgeous platter of cakes including a glazed fruit tart, a chocolate éclair and a piece of carrot cake. Finishing off the afternoon tea were some of the best scones I have ever tasted, which were made even nicer with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam.

But afternoon tea is much more than just the food, the service, the setting, the crockery and the tea selection really plays a big part and The Midland completely won me over. From the traditional bone china to the seaside view, everything about this afternoon tea was luxurious, and was topped off nicely with one of the best Earl Grey teas I have ever tasted.

I would totally recommend the afternoon tea if you are in the Morecambe area, and I hope one day I get to stay in the hotel as I would love to see inside one of their luxurious suites!!!

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Originally opened in the 1930s, The Midland Hotel stood in ruins for a number of years until development company Urban Splash lovingly restored it to its former glory and added a few modern touches to the Art Deco hotel and re-opened it in 2008.

There are a number of special elements to the design of this building that I adore, from the decadent seahorses standing tall at the front of the building to Eric Gill’s Neptune and Triton Medallion peering down from the top of the spiral staircase. It is because of buildings like this, designed by architect Oliver Hill that makes me love architecture; I just love how he designed this curving hotel to complement the prom, allowing guests to look out over the bay. They really don’t make buildings like this anymore.

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Seaside Style: Bank Holiday Day Trip To Felixstowe

Felixstowe-my-style-14What are Bank Holidays for if not a trip to the seaside, especially when it is sunny, and a chance to top up on ice-cream, candy floss, make sandcastles and play in the arcades. My boyfriend and I like a day trip, and living near Cambridge means we have a lot of gorgeous coastline in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, which isn’t that far away in the car.

Over the years we have done a lot of the beaches in Norfolk including Hunstanton and Cromer so this Bank Holiday we thought we would give Suffolk a try and head on over to Felixstowe, a seaside town we both hadn’t been to before.

Quieter than say Blackpool and Brighton, there is a charm about Felixstowe with its colourful beach huts, sea front gardens and miles of beach to stroll down while eating an ice cream. And in the sunshine this was such a great day for testing out my new Canon 650d camera and having my style snaps taken by some palm trees makes it look somewhere tropical and warm.

What did you do this Bank Holiday?

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My Style: Oh La La Tee, Zoe Karssen (similar one) // Hudson Jeans Bacara in Vancouver, Jeanography (c/o) // Straw bag, Cath Kidston, (similar one) // Gladiator flats, F&F for Tescos // Silver bracelet stack, New Look // Tiffany’s bracelet // Glasses, Retro54 // Orange wrap watch, Guess // shot with Canon 650d //

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