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Feb 27 2014

Postcard From: Berwick Lodge Hotel In Bristol

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I am a huge fan of boutique hotels, I love staying somewhere with a touch of character, so when our good friends were getting married at the Berwick Lodge Hotel in Bristol I was excited to stay as it has only 10 suites, each with its own ‘signature’ style.

Of course before we arrived I checked out the hotel’s website, sometimes when places say individual style to each suite it just means a change in wallpaper, when it comes to Berwick Lodge is means that literally everything is different in each suite that before we left we all had to check out each others room. It was hilarious as some of the rooms are so big that we could have all slept in there comfortably.

We were in ‘Ionia’, one of the superior suites located in the eaves of the house and on one of the windiest nights it did sound like we might get blown away at any time, but that all added to the charm of this luxurious stay.

First thing we noticed when we entered the room was how huge the bed was, the hotel claims it is just a super queen size bed, but it felt so much bigger and was so comfortable I slept like a log. But what really wowed me had to be the stunning bathroom with its free-standing claw foot bath, unusual and gorgeous tiling, and the massage shower that was the perfect pick-me-up – oh and every bathroom should have underfloor heating it was lush.

When we arrived the weather was horrible so I didn’t really take notice of the fact we had a balcony, I would have probably blown straight off, but the next day was calm and sunny and it was nice looking out over the incredible garden and seeing across the channel to Wales. I just wish we had more to time to take it all in.

As well as loving our room, it was nice to wander around the 18 acres of garden and woodland, in the summer I bet this place is great to read a book and just relax next to the striking fountain. In February, when it is cold it was just pretty to look at and then retreat back inside the great house with its inviting fireplaces and dramatic chandeliers.

We didn’t have chance to have an evening meal here or afternoon tea, which was a shame as I have heard great things, but I did get to enjoy the blueberry pancakes which were delicious.

If you are after somewhere a little different just outside Bristol and close to the motorway definitely look into this hotel. If you live closer to Bristol that try out the extensive À La Carte menu, the chef was a semi-finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals.

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Berwick Lodge Hotel, Berwick Drive, Bristol BS10 7TD.

Oct 05 2013

Postcard From: Anglesey, Wales – My Top 5 Things To Do

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So I have shared where to stay on the beautiful island of Anglesey in Wales, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called home for a number of years, now here are my five top things to see and do:

South Stack Lighthouse

This lighthouse on the rugged coast of Anglesey is so close to Ireland that my mobile phone informed me I was in another country – not quite but the views of endless sea and cliffs is a spectacular sight. The lighthouse itself is on an island – 400 steps down, and when you realise that you are more unfit than you are you really can take in the beauty of this landmark attraction. The only problem is that once you are down you have to climb back up – thankfully there are a lot of resting points that I pretended were great spots to snap the horizon!!!

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Beaumaris Castle

Billed as the greatest unfinished masterpiece and the most technically perfect castle, Beaumaris Castle is full of history. This is one of the best Edwardian castles around due to its symmetrical concentric ‘walls within walls’ design and even though it was never finished as money and supplies ran out you can still see that this would have been a beast of a building to attack.

After you’ve climbed the walls, walked the full circle around the castle, and taken in the view head down into the cute town of Beaumaris which has a great selection of cute boutiques and cafes.

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Llynnon Windmill

I am kind of obsessed by windmills, I am not sure why, maybe it is the calm motion or the fact I have always wanted a round room, but if I know one is the area I have to go visit. This mill, built in 1775, is the only working mill in Wales and even with hardly any wind it still managed to rotate its sails around. I really could have sat there for hours watching. As well as still producing its own wholemeal flour using organic wheat it also has a great cafe – the food was delicious – so makes for a perfect rest spot.

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Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens

Overlooking the Menai Strait, this elegant National Trust house not only offers beautiful views but also a gorgeous 1930s restyled interior. As well as admiring the grandeur of the house, Plas Newydd has an exquisite romantic mural by Rex Whistler, which takes up the whole dinning room, but what I loved most about this place though are the gardens and outside space. There is a lot of explore from the ornate terrace gardens filled with wild flowers to the woodland walk along the coast.

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My fifth thing to do in Anglesey isn’t an attraction – just simple to admire the views, the scenery and the tranquil nature of the island. With views of Snowdonia, the Menai Bridge, the Irish Sea and the largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales there is always something to see from heather-covered cliff tops, cute coastal towns, sandy beaches, and you’ll be surprised by how blue the sea is!!!

Anglesey might not be large but it is beautiful and was the perfect place to take a relaxing short break.

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Want to see the island in 30 seconds? Well check out my HTC Zoe I made of my visit:

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Oct 05 2013

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

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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.

This place is like stepping back in time with its traditional feel and elegant touches, huge rooms, gilded wallpaper, a library, and more clocks than I have ever seen before from ornate mantel clocks to a huge grandfather clock at the top of the stairs.

The outside of the hotel was just as exquisite with tranquil grounds filled with interesting sculptures that lit up at night to gorgeous flowers and even palm trees, which looked amazing in the sun. It really is the most beautiful location for a spa.

As well as possessing all the traditional elegance of a country mansion house this four star hotel also has all the modern comforts – with great size rooms, a spa with a thermal suite and a great selection of holistic and beauty treatments by Decleor and Guinot, as well as two restaurants – a fine dining experience and a more relaxed bistro, the hotel also offers a great afternoon tea.

If you are after a hotel with a touch of elegance, a tranquil location, but great amenities then you have to try the Tre-Ysgawen Hall – it really did act as the perfect base to explore the tiny island of Anglesey.

To show off all elements of my stay I have put together a short video on my HTC One:

Want to know what to do while you are on Anglesey? Well stay tuned for my second blog on my five things to do!!! 

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Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7UR. Tel: 01248 750750.
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