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A Guide to Guernsey History

A Guide to Guernsey History From its coastal castles and sea defences to its mysterious underground passages and caves, Guernsey is steeped in history. Much celebrated by locals and historians alike, the Island hosts year-round festivals and events to commemorate historical happenings, with a particularly important series of events planned for 2015 to mark the… [read more]
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The Best National Trust Houses in Dorset

The Best National Trust Houses in Dorset Mansions, castles and beautifully manicured gardens, Dorset offers some fantastic diversions for weekenders. Settle into the comfort of our country house Summer Lodge, for a quintessentially English retreat and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. You’re in Hardy country here so make sure you get out and explore the local sites. With… [read more]
Posted in Just for Fun

How To Make The Perfect Christmas Pudding

How To Make The Perfect Christmas Pudding A flaming Christmas pudding is the ultimate end to the Christmas Day meal, and a truly British tradition. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas pudding to serve to family and friends, why not try making your own this year? For all those budding Mrs Beetons out there, we’ve managed… [read more]
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The Best Hat Shops in London

The Best Hat Shops in London From Trilbies to Top Hats, Bowlers to Fedoras, and all manner of fascinators and feathered adornments in between, hats are firmly ingrained within British fashion. Once reserved for special occasions only, hats are now seen as an everyday accessory, with everyone from high street retailers to traditional milliners and trendy… [read more]
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A Traditional London Christmas Gift List

A Traditional London Christmas Gift List December has hit the streets of London, and with it more tinsel, twinkling lights and Christmas baubles than ever before. But peer behind the festive window displays and the colossal task of Christmas shopping appears just as daunting as ever. Yes, it all seems rather fun until you’re battling your… [read more]
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Summer in South Africa: The Season’s Best Events

Summer in South Africa: The Season’s Best Events Whether you’re off to the sun-drenched city of Cape Town and the iconic The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, or wining and dining at The Oyster Box in sub-tropical Durban, summer in South Africa is a beautiful thing. But what is there to do when you’ve finally had your fill… [read more]
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London December Events

The Nutcracker at London Coliseum Over Christmas and New Year’s, an almost overwhelming number of events touch down in London. From concerts and curated food festivals to wintertime staples like The Nutcracker, December is invariably a busy time of year. For those staying at one of our central London hotels, you’ll be perfectly placed to… [read more]
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Interview with the Chef: Stefan Matz at Ashford Castle

Succulent Lamb served in the George V Dining Room Acclaimed Head Chef Stefan Matz has led the kitchen at Ashford Castle for the past 11 years, delighting diners with fresh, seasonal dishes. Originally from Germany, Stefan moved to Ireland in 1990, and has worked in many prestigious restaurants, including his own Michelin starred restaurant and hotel Erriseask House in… [read more]
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Discover life as a Ghille at Ashford Castle

Frank the Ghille at Ashford Castle Frank Costello, the experienced Ghillie at Ashford Castle has been living by Lough Corrib his entire life – so no one knows the lough, and of course the fish, quite as well! But before you hop in the boat and set out for the day, discover a bit more about… [read more]
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Guernsey Events for Winter 2014

Guernsey Events for Winter 2014 For an island that is only 25 square miles, Guernsey offers an incredible number of things to see, places to discover, and activities to take part in. This winter is no exception, with everything from craft markets to music festivals to the traditional Christmas Wonderland taking place on the island,… [read more]
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