Pairings | Hotels
Ever since lastminute.com introduced us all to the nailbiting thrill of leaving our hotel booking until the final moment it’s generally been assumed that’s the best way to get a bargain. But does it work on one of the most heavily booked nights of the year, New Year’s Eve, especially in a top destination like London?
A few weeks ago I was invited to try out the menu at the Hotel du Vieux Moulin, Domaine Laroche’s wine bar and restaurant in a converted water mill in Chablis. What they didn’t mention was that they’d just opened a cutting edge boutique hotel.
When we took our recent road trip round Hampshire and Sussex recently (which you can read about here) I finally got to stay at the stylish Pig in Brockenhurst, a marvellous ‘restaurant with rooms’ as the owner Robin Hutson put it. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
So many institutions are being converted into hotels these days that one should feel no great surprise at staying at a former eye hospital. But I must confess to feeling a shade queasy at spending a night in the operating room* at the Magdalen Chapter in Exeter - particularly when I spotted the drain in the floor down which many unspeakable fluids must have been sluiced . . .
Every summer we used to drive down to our house in Languedoc in the south of France stopping off a couple of nights on the way. This post on our favourite hotels and chambres d’hotes was written back in 2014 but I've updated it with a new discovery, L'Hibernie.
If you didn’t manage to get away for a romantic break this weekend here’s your chance to remedy that with a two night stay at the fabulous Scarlet hotel off the north Cornwall coast. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
We Londoners are spoiled for choice when it comes to weekend breaks. A lot of people are drawn west to the Cotswolds or south to Sussex, Hampshire and the New Forest. For me, though, East Anglia takes some beating.
Since I visited The Beaumont a few weeks ago and was shown round its fabulous rooms I’ve been thinking an overnight stay would make an amazing prize for our newsletter subscribers. So I asked them and they said yes! THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
If you’re feeling as though winter will never end (me too!) we’ve got a brilliant prize to cheer you up this month: a two night stay at the luxurious Stoke Park hotel country club, spa and hotel in Buckinghamshire worth well over £500. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.