Published in the Autumn 2012 issue of Heart Home magazine.
The Lugger Hotel, Cornwall
The Lugger Hotel is the ideal setting for a Frenchman’s Creek-style romantic getaway. Once a smuggler’s inn, the hotel still retains its atmospheric fog-filled history, but now embraces a more relaxed and modern feel.
The boutique hideaway can be found in the delightfully coastal village of Portloe. Think whitewashed walls, lobster pots and fishing boats – and you won’t be disappointed. The hotel clings to the water’s edge, literally a stone’s throw from the Cornish surf. With a heavenly terrace for sampling locally sourced treats when the sun does shine, a cosy and chic interior for less pleasant weather and a luxourious spa for truly disappointing days, The Lugger is a seafront haven whatever the British weather throws your way.
Plus, in Portloe, with miles of rugged coastal path to explore, little mobile phone signal and no street lamps, you can really get away from it all.
Artists’ Beach House, Whitstable, Kent
If you’re dreaming of Great British summer holiday, what could be better than your very own cottage on the beach? Set on the edge of Tankerton Beach in Kent, surrounded by wild woodland, the Artist’s Beach House is an idyllic setting for the ultimate beachside break.
You can spend your days sunbathing on the sand, reclining in your hammock or frolicking in the surf – there’s even an outdoor shower for rinsing off afterwards. The white, wood clad beach house was built in 1906 and retains all of its vintage charm, with a wrap around veranda and chic period features. The veranda is the perfect spot to enjoy 180° views of the ocean, or indulge in some seaside cuisine – fish n’ chips anyone?
The Artists’ Beach House is easily accessible from London, too. After just a 90 minute train ride you’ll be able to hear the sound of the surf and sink your toes into the sand.
Titchwell Manor, Titchwell, Norfolk
Set above the North Norfolk coastline in the pretty village of Titchwell, Titchwell Manor is a perfect bolthole from which to explore Norfolk’s sweeping stretches of sandy coastline.
The county’s beaches will delight bird watchers, sand castle builders and sun seekers alike. Marshes and woodland sit alongside miles of sand that are just crying out for a picnic blanket. When you’ve selected the perfect sun-soaked spot indulge in a lunch of local crab and deliciously salty samphire.
Titchwell Manor itself is an elegant Victorian manor. Simply designed, with calm, coastal shades and luxurious fabrics, it’s an ideal place to wipe the sand off your feet and refresh after a day on the beach. With ambitious, bold and eclectic menus, foodies won’t be disappointed by dishes on offer in the Manor’s restaurant either.
This charming hotel, set on the edge of Titchwell Marsh, is the perfect treat for a summery weekend away.
Published in the summer issue of Heart Home magazine.
Leave the stresses and strains of everyday life behind and retreat into the countryside this spring. Whatever your budget, we’ve found three of the best secluded spots for a weekend away…
Read the article at Hearthomemag.co.uk.
Published in the Spring 2012 issue of Heart Home magazine.
Come in from the cold and prepare for a weekend of countryside comfort. Heart Home has found three of the best British rural retreats… Set in the heart of the New Forest, the ultra trendy Pig hotel is the perfect place to escape the niggles and … Continue reading
Bored of identikit interiors and characterless hotels? Heart Home takes a look at London’s most eccentric and ludicrously luxurious places to spend the night.
Just a hop, a skip and a jump across St John Square from the Zetter Hotel, the brand new Zetter Townhouse is following it it’s older sister’s ultra cool footsteps. Sat on top of an exclusive cocktail lounge, which serves pioneering drinks and delicious British cuisine, the townhouse consists of 13 lavishly designed and eccentrically decorated bedrooms (from £246). Paying homage to London’s rich heritage, displaying exotic oddities, and providing the ultimate in luxurious bathrooms, the Zetter Townhouse is a million miles away from any hotel you will have stayed in before….
To read the rest of the article go to www.hearthomemag.co.uk and flick through the autumn issue to page 152.
Published in the autumn issue of Heart Home magazine.
I contribute to Interior Design magazine, Heart Home… inspiring readers to create their own great British Homes.
After years of neglect, the pretty seaside town of Margate is cashing in on its nostalgic, retro appeal and quickly reclaiming its place as one of Britain’s must-visit towns. Whether you are an art enthusiast or a secret shopaholic, there is plenty to keep you entertained in Margate; the town boasts a number of quirky, to downright eccentric, attractions and is the perfect spot to indulge in some good, old-fashioned seaside fun.
A stay at The Reading Rooms is almost reason enough to visit Margate; located in the old town, the Reading Rooms boutique B&B is the ultimate place to lay your head. Each room of the 5-star hotel is the perfect luxurious getaway, boasting hand carved super-king beds and fluffy white towels….
To read the rest of the article click on the link and flick to page 20 in the autumn issue of Heart Home Mag.
Published in the autumn issue of Heart Home magazine.
The first issue of Heart Home magazine launched on September 15th. Run by the lovely Carole King (Dear Designer’s Blog), Arianna Trapani (Arianna Interiors) and Daniel Nelson (Atelier Tally) (with a little bit of my help!), Heart Home is the first digital magazine of its kind. It is a quarterly magazine celebrating all that is unique and good about interior decor and lifestyle, championing independent British Designers and inspiring readers to create their own great British Homes.
Look out for my articles on Margate and London’s weirdest hotels. Hope you enjoy!
PASS THE SLOP BUCKET…
Plans to return the glamorous-sounding slop bucket into every British kitchen have been questioned following a recent survey.
Rather than being dumped in land fills along with other household waste, the government, as part of their zero waste initiative, aim to have Britain’s homes recycling their food scraps. Slop buckets, which are already provided by all councils in Wales and half of those in England, are soon to be enforced nationwide.
But a poll carried out by Friends of the Earth has revealed that the effect slop buckets have on reducing waste may have been exaggerated. After asking 1,000 homes, the survey concluded that there is no significant difference in the perceived amount of food thrown away between those with slop buckets and those without.
However the poll also found that 80% of homes had positive attitudes towards having a slop bucket.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT KEEPS YOU SLIM
Those who use public transport as opposed to travelling by car are less likely to be overweight.
Taking the bus has been hailed as the way to beat obesity in a study published today by Imperial College London. The study monitored around 9,000 men and women over the age of 60 and found that those who used their free bus passes were 20 per cent less likely to become obese than those who didn’t.
The free bus pass scheme, which was introduced in 2006, cost England an estimated £943 million in 2009. The authors of the study hope that the apparent health benefits of England’s free bus passes will protect the scheme from future cuts.
A DEPRESSING STATISTIC
Record numbers of women are feeling blue, with one in seven being affected by depression.
According to a recent study, women are twice as likely to suffer from the illness than they were 40 years ago, giving them double the chance of getting depression than men.
One argument is that the pressure of pursuing a career and having a family is leaving women needing to reach for medical help, although the study suggests that rather than an actual increase in depression rates, there could simply be an increase in the number of anti-depressants being prescribed to women. The study found that women are more likely to visit their GP and as a result are twice as likely to be diagnosed as depressed.
Published on The Lady magazine’s website on Tuesday 13th September.
After weeks of trying, I have finally worked out how to publish the magazine on my blog! This is the summer issue of Razz, Exeter uni’s student magazine, and the last magazine Emma and I edited. Hope you enjoy reading it!
Click on the ‘RAZZ’ tab to view the other three magazines we put together during 2010/11.