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…

Team WIRW: Jan

We are like a little family here so wanted to let you know who everyone is and what they do at What I Really Wanted. So we asked everyone to answer a few questions. Some answers are quite interesting… Introducing Jan, who is the product manager for What I Really Wanted.com. She is always looking…

Team WIRW: Jerry

We are like a little family here so wanted to let you know who everyone is and what they do at What I Really Wanted. So we asked everyone to answer a few questions. Some answers are quite interesting… Introducing Jerry, who works mostly in our Client Services and Service Support teams, supporting our amazing clients…

The sweet taste of the vineyard…

If you think this hotel’s name is nothing more than a quirky link to a hint of some vague association to wines, then think again. Whilst the vines may not be visible on site here, The Vineyard’s extensive cellar holds over 30,000 bottles, a fair few of which are Californian award winners, including a unique…

Team WIRW: Rod

We are like a little family here so wanted to let you know who everyone is and what they do at What I Really Wanted. So we asked everyone to answer a few questions. Some answers are quite interesting… Introducing Rod, our sales and marketing manager: What did you want to be growing up? A…

Vroom with a view…

Introducing a Surrey gem that will leave you in a spin! The unique, design-led Brooklands Hotel first opened its doors in 2010 on the site of the iconic Brooklands race track and offers the ultimate combination of contemporary design with a vibrant history. The racing heritage can be seen throughout the hotel’s artwork and more…