Category Archives: Hotels

Cooden Beach East Sussex +

The Steady Path to Abstraction It may not be as obscure as Donegal’s Murder Hole Beach but Cooden Beach is certainly lower profile than its better known Sussex coast neighbours Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne. The Cooden Beach Hotel, a half timbered … Continue reading

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Chelsea Harbour + Chelsea Harbour Hotel London

Suite Success Over the course of multiple visits – breakfasts and brunches, dates and dinners, walks and weekends – Lavender’s Blue cover and discover and rediscover London’s best Eighties development. Back in the day, Astrid Bray was Director of Sales … Continue reading

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Oranmore House + Garden Ballymena Antrim

Good Natured Of course, the drawing room mantelpiece has some rather fetching garniture. A pair of Staffordshire dogs are very on period. Books on steeplechasing ride high over the piano under a painting of ‘Beef or Salmon’, a past winner … Continue reading

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Antrim + Down Coasts

Dockers and Carters Once a place to leave, not to live, never mind visit, least of all for a luxury travel experience, how times have changed. The east coast of Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim and Down with Belfast sitting over … Continue reading

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Rare Champagne + La Dame de Pic Four Seasons Hotel 10 Trinity Square London

Lotto and Cavagnole and Faro and Lansquenet Writing in Edwardian Architecture, Alastair Service describes the host building and its place in the architectural lexicon: “The commission for the Port of London Authority building was won in a competition of 1912 … Continue reading

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The Shard + Shangri La Hotel London

Curtins Closing The last hurrah. Armed with a camera, a lust for life and a lack of vertigo, it’s all about a 26 second ascent to the 34th floor of The Shard, roughly halfway up the UK’s tallest cloudscraper. The … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Rue de Rivoli Paris

A Boulevard of Dreams and Things “We met at the little bar across the place from Dior’s called the Fontaine-de-something and had one – two – three Champagne cocktails on my expense account. Then we had lunch.” Shamrocks and Unicorns, … Continue reading

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Hôtel Charles V + St Paul Le Marais Paris

De Temps en Temps Continuing the bookending theme of a year well spent: Easter in George V, Christmas in Charles V. The former, westward upstream of Notre Dame; the latter, eastward downstream. One, extrovert art deco; the other, discreet Swedish … Continue reading

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Paris + Autumn

Coucou Loulou Frou Frou Paris was a dream that autumn, a beautifully drawn dream.

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Chicks with Bricks + The Prince’s Trust + The Ned London

Changing the Narrative It’s the time of year for females to be out in force. And a few feisty males. Celebrating women in property and construction is what makes Chicks with Bricks tick. The pre Christmas highlight is a fundraiser … Continue reading

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World Boutique Hotel Awards 2019 +

The Four Score Nations Robin Sheppard, Co Founder of Bespoke Hotels, calls it, “A star studded, must attend, essential date in the world’s perpetual calendar.” The ninth World Boutique Hotel Awards takes place, as ever, in Merchant Taylors’ Hall in … Continue reading

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Sir Simon Milton Foundation Gala Dinner + The Nine Kings Suite Royal Lancaster Hotel London

Lots of Fun The first charity ball of the season interlocked the party circuits of London life. After being bagpiped into a drinks reception flowing with Champagne Irroy and Bergerie de la Bastide 2015, Robert Davis MBE, Chairman of the … Continue reading

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The Jetty Restaurant + Harbour Hotel Southampton

The Munificence and Counsel of Steel Magnolia Surrounded by a sea of sails, Harbour Hotel itself is tiered like a mega yacht, ship shape, a frozen avalanche of balconies cascading down to the pier. HGP Architects’ expansive use of glass … Continue reading

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La Divine Comédie Demeure Privée + Spa Avignon

A Sense of Theatre A private paradise. A secret world. A hidden kingdom. Cloistered glory. The very essence of exclusivity. If luxury could be bottled… heavenly scent. A multiple epiphanic realisation of complete beauty and tranquillity. Not even a Gallic … Continue reading

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Forss House Thurso Caithness + The Chimneys

Passing Places Really, a newspaper cutting was enough to book Forss House for a Highlands escape. Those chimneys, even looming large in a thumbnail! Close to the northernmost point of Britain, Dunnet Head, the hotel overlooks a serpentine river and … Continue reading

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