Roll over Black Friday… common sense Tuesday is coming!

Unless you have had been on a trip to the moon recently, it would have been hard to escape the anticipation and promotion around Black Friday and today, Cyber Monday… but is it rocket science after all? Many of us (taking a large gulp of an assumption on your behalf) will have the festive season on…

Float into Christmas feeling relaxed and refreshed…

Wouldn’t it be nice to head into the Christmas period with a weight lifted from your shoulders. Ready for the grueling schedule of consecutive Christmas night-outs, the aches and pains of over indulgence and too long on the dance floor or simply escaping the pleasures of the in-laws… Well, we can’t promise to solve your…

The seasons are a changing… and so have we!

As the clocks have gone back, thoughts inevitably turn to frosty mornings, colder days and longer nights… but… take some time to enjoy the best of now and a glorious, golden Autumn. I was reminded on a recent weekend visit through Ashridge Estate that the best of the British weather, lies simply in its variety and…

A time for giving… so make it something they really want!

As the shops begin to play a couple more festive songs, and the street decoration boxes begin to get unpacked up and down the country, it is near on impossible to miss that Christmas is coming… and for some it comes earlier and earlier each year. Each year, we dust of the resolutions of yesteryear to…

The Belfry… so much more than golf!

For many, the name ‘The Belfry’ is synonymous with golf. True, The Belfry offers an array of golf courses to match anyone’s game, but nestled in over 500 acres of countryside there is more to this place than just fairways and birdies. From dining room to treatment table, spacious accommodation and acres to explore, discover luxury in…

The Hampshire High Life

England’s bucolic countryside is dotted with charming cottages and elegant manor houses, but the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is one spot well worth lingering a little longer at. About an hour southwest of London, the 18th-century Georgian-style structure sits in Dogmersfield Park, which is no stranger to famous faces. It was here that Henry VIII first…

Grandeur on the sea

The Grand Brighton, sitting proudly along one of the UK’s most iconic seafronts.

An Olympic Gift

If the success of Team GB at this year’s Olympic games in Rio has distracted you from your day to day affairs, perhaps our slightly ‘crow barred’ round up of hotels with Olympian pedigree can help provide some gift inspiration… well, we do our best! So, in no particular order, as they’re all Gold… on…

Afternoon Tea experience guide…

A few friendly tips on afternoon tea and how to make the most of your next afternoon tea experience. Afternoon Tea is a quintessentially British institution and it’s popularity continues to grow with the experience becoming more individual and stylised by an assortment of venues. Call it what you may… Cream Tea, High Tea, Elevenses (for…

I (poodle) do!

Treats and retreats… Gift ideas for dog lovers. So we are a nation of pet lovers and now new research from PetsPyjamas reveals that 60% of dog owners would take their pet on honeymoon, if they could… and a waggingly-staggering 90% admit to buying their furry chum a birthday or Christmas gift. Gracia Amico, CEO of PetsPyjamas, said:…

Here comes the science bit…

In case you had forgotten, we have always said that experiences make the best presents and now more research has been conducted to prove it! Are you the type of person who likes to have a gift list of ideas for your loved ones, but each year it seems harder and harder to get the…

Cool Summer Gift Ideas

Ahhh…Summer! Any of the lovely hotels on What I Really Wanted would make a great retreat for either a stay-cation, a day trip or even an afternoon or evening time out during the Summer. What is especially fitting for this time of year is the selection that have access to the great outdoors, outdoor pools, golf courses, tennis…