A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

There's always a risk when you go to a place you've yearned to go to since forever. What if it doesn't live up to your expectations? What if it was all a hype?Well I'm pleased to say that Cape Cod, even off-season and with Hurricane José on the way, was every bit as special as I'd hoped it would be. Ok, a bit more sunshine,

Splendid Santorini

View from Imerovigli

Santorini conjures up lots of images of white stone, blue roof buildings perched precariously on precipitous cliffs overlooking a gigantic water-filled crater.So, we were excited about our forthcoming visit, especially as the reason for the visit was to be there for our daughter’s wedding in Santorini.  It was also going to be as part of a much bigger trip that was going to take in


Amsterdam Canals at Dusk

As any frequent flyer will tell you, Amsterdam is no more than a quick up-and-down hop. What they won't tell you is that if your plane happens to land on the southbound runway at Schipol airport it takes almost as long to get to the gate as it did getting to the Netherlands. However, with typical Dutch efficiency we were through the airport and on

Cliveden House – Quality and Luxury

Entrance Hall at Cliveden House

Think 40 minutes from London, think seclusion and privacy, think luxury, think history and culture - think Cliveden House.Nestled in secluded woodland somewhere between Slough and Marlow there’s a huge brick wall surrounding a magnificent looking house in spectacular grounds boasting a diverse and fascinating history.  Owned by the National Trust, Cliveden House has been preserved to an amazing standard and its 5-star luxury hotel

The Arch Hotel, London

A room at The Arch Hotel

The Arch Hotel - One of the things we often discuss about staying in London is - where?  With it being such a huge place it’s often hard to know where’s the best place to camp down for a night in the smoke.West End is always good - plenty there - lots of nice pubs and restaurants, a wealth of things to see, do and

Soar Mill Cove Hotel in Devon

Soar Mill Cove Hotel

I haven't been to Devon for years but this weekend Mr. C and I went along to stay at a real gem of a hotel not too far from Salcombe.  Soar Mill Cove hotel lived up to and indeed exceeded our expectations and it's one of those places, that we both said, we'd have loved to have stayed the week in. A weekend really wasn't

Birthday Time at The Vale Resort

Years ago, a man wearing a shower cap on a street corner tapped me on the shoulder and said I was a lucky man. Of course I knew this anyway, but it is a phrase much repeated by Mrs C when I'm in receipt of her kindly given gifts.Last year for my umpteenth 21st birthday I was treated to a night at the impressive Celtic

Premier Inn Southampton

We’re quite the gadabouts really, aren’t we!  One month in Scotland, the next down on the South Coast.  That’s what comes of having offspring scattered all around the place.  It’s a reason (or excuse) to travel from one end of the country to another on a regular basis.Our latest venture took us to Southampton - the land of the cruise ship and…. hmm, I’ll have

A Glasgow Sleepover!

A few weeks back we went up to visit our eldest daughter in Aberdeen. Helena has been living and working in Aberdeen since she left Uni and loves it up there. Obviously I'm happy she's happy, has a great job, lovely boyfriend and all the rest but Aberdeen is flipping miles away so every visit is a trek and a half! Cardiff Airport doesn't offer flights

A Spa Break at Careys Manor and SenSpa

A few weeks back, Mr. C and I mosied on down to The New Forest for a Spa Break at Careys Manor and SenSpa in Brockenhurst. Check-in was in the beautiful, old building and I loved the fact that the reception desk had hand-creams and other lotions and potions from the SenSpa for us to try out before we'd even filled in the registration form.