Smell a few of life’s flowers at Gravetye Manor

Built in 1598 by Richard Infield, Gravetye Manor was for his bride, Katharine Compton. The initials ‘R’ and ‘K’ can still be seen over the main entrance door and portraits of the couple are carved in oak over the fireplace in one of the bedrooms. Gravetye’s most notable owner, William Robinson one of the greatest…

A Life Enriching Experience at the Corinthia Hotel London

Unquestionably one of London’s finest, Corinthia Hotel London combines grandeur and heritage with modern freshness. Featuring seven penthouses, two world-class restaurants, the award-winning ESPA Life at Corinthia spa and much more, the hotel is a destination in itself, minutes from the West End and the River Thames. Perfectly positioned in the heart of London, the…

Raithwaite Estate, a grand coastal retreat

Whitby, North Yorkshire, is home to Raithwaite Estate, a grand coastal retreat comprised of two hotels, a collection of quaint private stone cottages, an ultra-exclusive Lake House and a tranquil spa. Two minutes from the beach and covering around 100 acres, there are a range of buildings on the Estate including: The Hall; which is home…

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…

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…

Grandeur on the sea

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

One for the Dads…

As a relatively new Dad, Father’s Day now takes on new meaning. In previous years, I’d be scratching my head thinking what could I possibly get for my Dad. The man who, for all intents and purposes, had everything he wanted… I know he did, because I would normally be asking for it or to…