Enriching the lives of the world's most passionate travellers. Bespoke, luxury experienced based holidays in Asia. Experience is everything! www.experiencetravelgroup.com
Step back, relax and indulge at milsoms Kesgrave Hall, a contemporary 4-star hotel with 23 fabulous bedrooms ranging from standard through to the 'top grade'. Plenty of theatre can be found in the restaurant overlooked by the Engine Room, with head chef Stuart Oliver championing all that is great about Suffolk produce. http://www.milsomhotels.com/kesgrave-hall/
Relax in style in the heart of Suffolk's most beautiful, peaceful countryside: come to Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf & Spa - to stay or simply to enjoy our bars, restaurant and many other facilities. Set in 120 acres of historic parkland and just ten easy miles from Ipswich, child-friendly, family-owned Ufford Park Woodbridge offers you so much more, including: High-standard hotel accommodation, with 90 en-suite bedrooms, undulating 18-hole championship, par-71 golf course - as used by the PGA EuroPro Tour.Modern. Well-equipped health club with spacious gym and indoor, deck-level swimming pool, and the very latest thermal suite spa and much more! http://www.uffordpark.co.uk/
Bailey Robinson are a British based luxury travel company providing tailor made holidays across hand-picked global locations. Our experts will create a holiday to match your requirements and help you choose the best location for your holiday. www.baileyrobinson.com
Wilderness Cottages offer a variety of self catering holiday properties throughout Scotland. These range in size from small cosy cottages, ideal for honeymoon couples and romantic holidays, or larger holiday cottages to sleep from six to twelve. From remote crofts to stays in luxury apartments we have properties to suit all tastes. Many cottages are open all year, have log fires and make pets welcome. http://www.wildernesscottages.co.uk/
Abercrombie & Kent Villas offer a wide range of luxury villas throughout Europe, from French chateaux to Tuscan farmhouses. As well as beautiful properties, we can also help organise the finer things that make your holiday complete with everything from private chefs to local hosts to help you make the most of your stay. www.akvillas.com
With over 600 wonderful holiday cottages throughout Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset, we’ve got something for everyone. For nearly 30 years, we’ve welcomed guests to the West Country and now also proudly offer over 100 properties in The New Forest, too. Over half of our properties welcome dogs, making us one of the ‘dog-friendliest’ holiday companies in the country, so, head over to our website today and find your perfect property for 2016. http://www.toadhallcottages.com/
Introducing the Elegant Address Luxury Property Group - a Luxury Property Consultancy providing specialist knowledge, unrivalled British bespoke service and a vast portfolio of hand-picked luxury villas, five star hotels, chalets and apartments for rental and sale within some of the world's most glamorous, exotic and characteristic locations. http://elegant-addresslpg.com/
Boutique collection of private holiday houses sleeping 2 to 12 in unrivalled luxury in Cornwall on the idyllic Roseland peninsula. Our properties are ideal for 2 to 12 guests, couples looking for a relaxing holiday together or larger groups of families and friends gathering for a special occasion, reunion or holiday. Whether you are looking for a short weekend break of 3 nights, midweek break of 4 nights or a week or two week holiday we would be delighted to welcome you to St Mawes Retreats. http://www.stmawesretreats.co.uk/
The tight knit family business based in North Pembrokeshire represents over 300 fabulous holiday properties throughout the most stunning coastal, countryside and mountainous regions of Wales. They began their business even before the Welsh Tourist Board existed and when they finally caught up Quality Cottages was the first company to be awarded a gold medal for services to self catering holidays in Wales, probably setting the bench mark for future standards. http://www.qualitycottages.co.uk
Hideaways cottages provide the perfect escape from busy and stressful lifestyles. Located across the south of England from Cornwall to Kent and up to the Cotswolds and Welsh borders, Hideaways specialises in high quality properties - from idyllic, romantic retreats just for 2 to large barn conversions sleeping up to 22. www.hideaways.co.uk
Personally owned and run by Ian and Suzanne Newman, Footpath Holidays has been providing high quality walking holidays in Britain since 1983. Holiday options include guided walking as part of a group, self-guided holidays based in a single centre and self-guided holidays moving on each day and having your luggage transported. Every year Footpath Holidays organises a number of "tailor-made" itineraries e.g. walks associated with pilgrimage routes, James Herriot's Yorkshire, Daphne Du Maurier's Cornwall, or the Arthurian Legends. http://www.footpath-holidays.com/
At Carrier, we have more than 30 years of experience creating luxury holidays. Our holidays are personal, bespoke and tailor-made to the desires of each holidaymaker, and we leave no stone unturned and no detail overlooked, a perfect holiday choice. www.carrier.co.uk
Something a little different... unusual holiday accommodations such as a Treehouses, gypsy wagons, off-grid places, or cool glamping abodes are our passion. And these alternative, ecologically sensitive holidays are something more of us are seeking out. Increasingly we want things in life that are authentic and unique and our choice of holiday accommodation is reflected in this. www.qualityunearthed.co.uk
Beautiful grounds, surrounding a graceful 16th Century Grade 1 listed Country House Hotel. A warm welcome from friendly efficient staff, showing you through to a sumptuous lounge with a roaring log fires during the winter months, papers to read while you relax on deep sofas with a Traditional Afternoon Tea awaiting you after a stroll in the grounds. www.hintleshamhall.com
Powder Byrne is the luxury holiday company for parents. And kids. With over 30 years of experience creating inspiring getaways for active families, we'd love to put together the perfect holiday for you. www.powderbyrne.com
The Pier stands proudly overlooking the picturesque harbour and the confluence of the Stour and Orwell rivers. Long established in Harwich, the hotel boasts four stars with two rosettes for cooking. The Harbourside on the first floor of The Pier, is renowned for using locally caught seafood, much of which is landed in the harbour opposite. Head Chef, John Goff takes much of his influence from the sea so Harwich lobster and crab are nearly always on the menu served whichever way you'd like. Stay over and capture the ambience of this delightful old town, a night in The Mayflower suite, complete with telescope is a must! http://www.milsomhotels.com/thepier
Whether you are looking for contemporary chic or classic comfort, Suffolk Cottage Holidays' stylish, luxury cottages are the very best in Suffolk. In the heart of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our coastal and countryside cottages are set in some of East Anglia's finest locations. www.suffolkcottageholidays.com/
Inntravel specialise in Slow holidays, which reveal the lesser-taken path and offer a truly individual holiday experience. From carefully crafted self-guided walking and cycling holidays, to inspiring winter snow holidays, uncover hidden corners and authentic local experiences along the way. www.inntravel.co.uk
Give yourself something to look forward to in the New Year with a holiday from Sykes Cottages. With over 4,000 self-catering holiday cottages throughout the UK and Ireland, you'll be spoilt for choice when planning your 2016 getaway. To find out more, visit our website or give us a call. www.sykescottages.co.uk
Bovey Castle is a five-star hotel set within a 275-acre private estate with its own championship golf course, offering guests the unpretentious grandeur and sumptuous decor of true English luxury on Dartmoor National Park www.boveycastle.com
Founded by Paul Carberry in 2003, New Zealand in Depth specialise in creating tailor-made holidays to New Zealand. Paul has spent more than a year of his life on the ground in New Zealand and offers a genuine personal service, taking the time to understand his clients, their interests and their needs. This is the only way to create a truly bespoke holiday experience. http://www.newzealandindepth.com/
St Brides Bay Cottages offers delightful cottages in superb locations around the North Pembrokeshire Coast. "Welcome" might be a small word, but here it has a very big meaning. The scenery is spectacular, the air is crystal fresh and the villages are full of character. The rugged beauty offers the perfect backdrop for a real get-away-from-it-all holiday. www.stbridesbaycottages.com
Number One Dart Marina is an exquisite home in a breath-taking location by the River Dart in Dartmouth, Devon. For an exclusive destination with a stunning combination of views, luxury and style, within a few steps of Dart Marina Hotel & Spa, see more at www.dartmarina.com/numberone
Step back, relax and indulge at Maison Talbooth. Twelve individual bedrooms, day spa, outdoor pool (heated to a sizzling 85 degrees all year), hot tub, pool house and tennis court. Guests dine at the award winning Le Talbooth restaurant beside the river Stour, just a minute away by courtesy car. www.milsomhotels.com/maison
Winter sun just a short hop, skip and a jump away! Enjoy a fully staffed villa holiday at Villa Damali in Morocco. Quality Villas offer luxury villas with pools across the country, a perfect way to ditch the winter blues. Fully bonded members of ABTA: book in confidence. www.qualityvillas.com/morocco
Beacon Park Boats is a family-run business offering luxury narrowboat holidays on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales. Alasdair and Sarah Kirkpatrick combine their love of design, craftsmanship, boating, engineering and hospitality to give you the very best in canal boat holiday experiences. https://beaconparkboats.com/
Wickham Hall - Cathy Bramley
Synopsis Wickham Hall was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.
Holly Swift has just landed the job of her dreams: events co-ordinator at Wickham Hall, the beautiful manor home that sits proudly at the heart of the village where she grew up. Not only does she get to organise for a living and work in stunning surroundings, but it will also put a bit of distance between Holly and her problems at home.
As Holly falls in love with the busy world of Wickham Hall - from family weddings to summer festivals, firework displays and Christmas grottos - she also finds a place in her heart for her friendly (if unusual) colleagues.
But life isn’t as easily organised as an event at Wickham Hall (and even those have their complications…). Can Holly learn to let go and live in the moment? After all, that’s when the magic happens…
Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Wickham Hall is a very satisfying book, making you want to keep reading as the various characters develop and the story unfolds. Perfect for curling up and hiding away from the wintery weather outside!
Stuffocation - James Wallman
In this brilliant and original book, James Wallman explains and analyses why Stuffocation is the most pressing problem of our time - and then goes in search of its solution. On the way, he goes down the halls of the Élysée Palace with Nicolas Sarkozy, up in a helicopter above Barbra Streisand's house on the California coast, and into the world of the original Mad Men.Through fascinating characters and brilliantly told stories, Wallman introduces the innovators whose lifestyles provide clues to how we will all be living tomorrow, and he makes some of the world's most counter-intuitive, radical, and world changing ideas feel inspiring - and possible for us all.
Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In Stuffocation James Wallman encourages the reader to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. Wallman suggests that rather than buying a new watch or another pair of shoes, we should invest in shared experiences like holidays and time with friends. It is an intriguing read with insights on psychology, economics and culture. Fascinating and thought provoking, full of questions and debate, perfect for a weekend read!
Accidentally Overweight - Dr. Libby Weaver
In a dynamic, fresh approach to weight loss, acclaimed nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver shows that the 'calorie equation' - how much you eat versus how much you move - is not the only determinant of our body shape and size.
Drawing on her 17 years of clinical practice, her strong scientific background in both nutrition and dietics and her PhD in biochemistry, Dr Libby discusses the real factors that cause us either to lose or gain weight. These nine factors are calories, stress hormones, sex hormones, liver function, thyroid function, gut bacteria, insulin, the nervous system and emotions.
Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This is a thought provoking book, Dr Libby Weaver emphasizes the importance of reading this book all the way through rather than dipping into it, as there is a sequence to the way the book is presented. Looking first at Digestion she then describes the weight loss puzzle as having 9 elements including the following: Calories, Stress Hormones, Sex Hormones, The Liver, Gut Bacteria, The Thyroid, Insulin, The Nervous System, Emotions, which she examines in turn. Together with case studies this is a useful and helpful book in identifying a new and interesting approach to how our bodies work.
The Great Big Sleep - Sean Julian
In this beautiful new picture book, two friends Squirrel and Bear are very nearly ready for their long winter sleep. But there’s just one problem – no matter how hard Squirrel tries, he Just Isn’t Tired.
When Bear gets annoyed with Squirrel for making too much noise, Squirrel runs away and gets lost in the snow, causing Bear to have a big think about what’s really important. Containing gentle messages about friendship, acceptance and keeping your temper, this hilarious and heart-warming bedtime tale highlights an issue recognisable to parents and children alike – how to manage when you really CAN’T fall asleep!
Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This is an adorable book, beautifully illustrated, with an inspired storyline, destined to become a bedtime favourite. Our junior reviewers absolutely loved it!
This Christmas, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa
This Christmas, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa will be partnering with L’Opéra National de Bordeaux, opposite the hotel in La Place de la Comédie, where they will showcase the ballet performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
An ode to the art and décor of ballet, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Package at Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa will allow guests to delve into a magical world, which includes: - Double room accommodation for two, including daily breakfast at ‘The Bordeaux’, the hotel’s 19th-century Belle-Epoque brasserie - Two tickets to a performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Bordeaux Opera House - A cocktail of choice between ‘Evil Maleficent’ or ‘Princess Aurora’ - Spa Access for two people.
L’Opéra National de Bordeaux and Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa were both designed and built on La Place de La Comédie square by the acclaimed architect Victor Louis in the 18th century. The relationship between these two institutions started with an artistic and musical programme, launched in 2011. Today their geographical and cultural heritage brings them together again with ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
The ‘Sleeping Beauty’ package at Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa starts from €444 (approx. £320), including taxes, and is available from 18 to 31 December 2015, welcoming guests for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and festive weekend breaks in Bordeaux.http://www.ghbordeaux.com/uk/