Category Archives: Luxury

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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Deal Town + Pier Kent

A Diction Words do come easy to us. There are plenty to play with in Kent’s prettiest town. Take house names. The quizzical Fanny’s Dilemma. The often out of season Christmas House. Then there’s the nautical: Dolphin Cottage, Sea Haze … 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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Ox + Ox Cave Belfast

Strength and Honour   We’re talking lunch and dinner in the same restaurant but not on the same day. Four flights; two meals. Throw in a couple of winter storms and it’s all about dedication to the cause. Ox is … Continue reading

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Montalto House + Estate Ballynahinch Down

A Dawning of Clarity Upon Complexity Braving Storm Ciara, on a blustery photogenic winter’s day, architect John O’Connell and his client Managing Director David Wilson lead a two-to-two private tour of Montalto Estate: The Big House; The Carriage Rooms; and … Continue reading

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The Windsors + Frogmore Cottage Windsor

Fit for a Princess Reel life.

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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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The House of Lavender’s Blue + Filmography

The Tapestry of Dawn “Your house is so cinematic!” Film Director Stephan Pierre Mitchell “This is a museum! When you wake up that’s how the house makes you feel.” Model Yasmin Jamaal “Creativity is creativity.” CEO Big Deal Films Dhanny … Continue reading

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XU Tearoom + Restaurant Soho London

Tea Total As dedicated fully signed up staunchly supportive loyal members of the Taiwanese Tea Appreciation Society, we were duty bound one wintry Saturday afternoon in Taipei Soho to dip and sip our way through the tasting menu and brew … Continue reading

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Printemps Paris +

Spring We’ll always have printemps Printemps.

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Elisabeth Visoanska + Place des Vosges Paris

Fortune Favours the Few She may have one of the hottest addresses in Paris (Place des Vosges is of course Henri IV’s early 17th century grande projet of arcaded shops with residences above fronted by four palatial façades set around … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Montparnasse Paris

Positive Capability The 14th Arrondisement hosted the vanguard of 1920s avant garde Paris. Writer Alice Toklas called it “the city of boulevard bars and Baudeloire”. Poet Guillaume Apollinaire went further: “a quarter of crazies”. Marianne Faithfull now calls it home, … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Jardin des Tuileries Paris

Come on Gloria   And are you quite pleased to see the Jardin des Tuileries? As ever snappy, Nairn’s Paris states, “The eastern end, next to the Louvre, is a mini Versailles of formal planting: the western end, next to … 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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