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International Bespoke Hotels

Now the British winter seems here to stay, most of us are dreaming about getting away to the sunshine. Even if we can’t drop everything and take off right this instant, at least we can plan a holiday in the sun for later in the year. If you’re tired of the usual hotel brands, and eager to experience something a little bit different, there are plenty of bespoke hotels offering unique experiences in locations ranging from surprisingly unfamiliar corners of Europe to the exotic and far-flung. Allow us to show you a few…

Reads Hotel, Mallorca

The major resorts on Mallorca may be crowded, but the setting around Reads shows why the original tourists came to the island. The first five-star hotel in the island’s countryside, Reads is one of those bespoke hotels that has been offering exclusive service to its guests since 1995.

Nestling again the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Reads has suites and double bedrooms that offer views across four acres of landscaped gardens and vineyards where the hotel produces its own wine. The Vespasian Spa, rated by Tatler amongst the top 50 spas in the world, provides an impressive range of wellness options.

Reads Hotel Majorca

Palazzo Belmonte, Italy

In the Campania region, two hours down the Italian coast from Naples, Palazzo Belmonte is a 17th century palace converted into a luxury hotel, with a choice of apartments and suites as well as a restaurant. With a private beach on this glorious Mediterranean coastline as well as a swimming pool, it’s surrounded by extensive walled gardens.

And if this wasn’t a great find just five miles away, the Villa Sirena  with seven en-suite double bedrooms is under the same management. Besides its own swimming pool and Roman ruins, guests at the Villa Sirena can also use the Palazzo’s facilities. So you can chose from your type of Bespoke Hotels from one location and the facilities that you want.

The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Puducherry, India sunset

The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Puducherry, India

If you’re looking for something worlds away, both geographically and culturally, the Dune Eco Village and Spa is a beach hotel in south-east India that offers a mixture of eco-friendly living, Indian spirituality and a glorious climate. With 55 bungalows (many of them historical buildings) offering accommodation, the Village also has a spa that provides alternative therapies such as Watsu, as well as yoga, meditation and Ayurdevic treatments.

The Dune is as much a way of life as a hotel, and guests are invited to share activities like milking the cows on the property’s organic farm, which provides most of the food serviced in the healthy-eating restaurants. And alongside the quieter activities in the spa, a wide range of sports are available — as well as the glorious beaches on the Bay of Bengal.

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Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day

What makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day? The right two people, certainly, but where you are and what you do can also play a role. Your perfect setting may be wild or sophisticated, tranquil or exotic — you have a vast choice.

A Perfect Valentine’s Day Break

Most hotels and restaurants offer a special Valentine’s service, and you might find the perfect dinner at the restaurant round the corner — as long as you’re not just being given a red rose with your chips and told to make do.

For a really special experience, though, you can have your candle-lit dinner in real style as part of a complete romantic break giving you a night or two in luxury. Packages vary a little, but a good hotel will probably offer chocolates and champagne in addition to dinner, as well as breakfast in bed.

Valentine's Day - Columba Inverness
Columba Inverness

You might only have eyes for one another over dinner, but the surroundings make a romantic occasion more memorable. If your tastes run to the rugged splendour of the Scottish Highlands, for instance, the Dunollie Hotel on the Isle of Skye is set against the background of spectacular mountains, while the Columba Hotel in Inverness offers picturesque views overlooking the River Ness and across to Inverness Castle.

For a bit of English tradition, on the other hand, the Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket and the George Hotel in the village of Piercebridge near Darlington are both venerable coaching inns, though the facilities have been fully modernised. The Carnoustie Golf Hotel, on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to supplement romance with a round on one of Scotland’s greatest golf courses. Or, if greens and fairways aren’t really your thing, you can be pampered in a top-class spa centre.

Further Afield

A one or two night break in a fine British hotel can be a wonderful experience, but perhaps you want a more exotic location. Valentine’s Day is a worldwide phenomenon and hotels all over the world offer romantic packages, whether you’re looking for a short break or to incorporate your romantic escape into a longer holiday.

Destinations for an exotic Valentine’s break range from Los Angeles to Phuket in Thailand, but you don’t have to go that far. There’s always Paris — a romantic break in the city of love still does the trick!]

Valentine's DAy 2016 - Columba Inverness
Columba Inverness

Whatever you decide, it’s still about being with the right person, but choosing the best place can make it more special. You bring the romance, and the setting and service will do the rest.

Discover Ripley and a famous Coaching Inn in Surrey

The beautiful village of Ripley has a storied history extending over several centuries, from its mediaeval priory and coaching inn, to a crucial role played in the growth of cricket, as well as being Eric Clapton’s birthplace. Set in the lovely Surrey countryside, it’s surrounded by sites well worth a visit and just a short drive from Guildford and Woking.

Coaching Inn bedroom Talbot Ripley
The Talbot – bedroom

It is also the home of The Talbot , which has more than played its part in history. It is even said to have provided the stage for Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton’s love affair to blossom in 1798, and remains one of England’s finest coaching inns.

The Village

The 2007 winner of the Calor Surrey Village of the Year, Ripley reflects its long history. Full of picturesque historical buildings and a large village green, Ripley hosts a monthly Farmer’s Market, a Christmas Fair and a spectacular bonfire and fireworks event that includes a procession, a funfair and live music.

Sport is well catered for. The area is rich in golf courses, the closest being The Wisley, a 27-hole course whose members include Colin Montgomerie, while the 250-year-old Ripley Cricket Club plays regularly on the Green.

Local Attractions

Historic Ripley Coaching Inn
Historic Ripley

The countryside around Ripley offers some beautiful walking routes, especially along the tow-path of the17th-century River Wey Navigation. This offers superb views of the ruined Newark Priory on an island in the river, and the historic Walsham Lock and Weir is near the village.

Just a few miles up the road, you can find the world-famous Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley, 240 acres of the beautiful and the experimental, with the best garden bookshop in the country. If you need more, it’s only seven miles to the university city of Guildford, which offers museums, galleries and a truly elegant cathedral.

Shopping

Ripley has quaint, unusual shops to explore. Besides the expected antique outlets, such as Sweerts De Landas and J. Hartley Antiques, you can bring out your musical side at Ripley Guitars, or purchase glassware at Jo Downs Handmade Glass, as well as browsing A. Luff & Sons garden centre.

If you’re looking for a more cosmopolitan shopping experience, Guildford and Woking are each ten minutes’ drive away.

Eating Out

Ripley offers a wide choice of restaurants for its size, from the Michelin-starred Drake’s Restaurant to the fine cooking of the Talbot coaching inn, Anchor, Seven Stars and the Ripley Curry Garden. For afternoon tea and cakes, Pinnock’s Coffee House and the Nest Home & Café are both excellent.

Pubs and Night-life

Ripley is well supplied with pubs, many of which also offer food. A number of them go back to the age of the coaching inn, and pubs like the Anchor and the Jolly Sailor have a traditional feel matching the village.

In keeping with Ripley’s character, you won’t find lively nightspots here if you are staying overnight. If you’re looking for trendy bars and nightclubs, though, you’ll find a wide selection just seven miles up the road in Guildford.

There are many Places and Country House Hotels to visit in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is one of England’s favourite destinations, famous for its rolling hills and idyllic villages. The quintessentially English towns that dot the region boast fairy-tale names like Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh, with Chipping Campden always on the tourist route. You’ll also find thatched cottages, twisting footpaths and honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting filled with fabulous country house hotels .

Plan Your Visit

Plan ahead for your visit to this part of the English countryside. You can walk over hills or through idlyllic villages and head out on cycle paths with the family. Stop at a Cotswold pub for lunch or browse outdoor foodie and artisanal markets before returning to your idyllic country house hotel  for a great meal and a good night’s rest.

This part of the gently undulating and seemingly evergreen countryside is enough to send Anglophile tourists into rapture

However, long before the tourist invasion, the Romans left their legacy in Cirencester, and the remains of villas and forts can be seen from Bury Hill to Woodchester.

Chipping Campden – a great Cotswold Village

Chipping Campden is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the Cotswolds . It is ideal for that short break. The location in the North Cotswolds is an ideal base for your accommodation for a touring break.

You can enjoy this charming old wool merchants’ town, and the nearby surrounding shire counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

Chipping Campden Country House HotelsEvery year, the scenery around Chipping Campden delights visitors to this ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds‘. From snowdrops pushing through the snow in winter; bluebells in the woodland in springtime; to the fields carpeted with poppies in early summer. As summer progresses, you can take some short walks around the hills surrounding Campden and view the fields of lavender.  Finally, Autumn sees the fields of bales of hay and trees and fields turn gold.

“Chipping” means market or market place from the old English “Ceping”. Campden was already established in the 7th century and derives its name from the Saxon “Campa-denu” or “Campadene”, meaning a valley with fields or enclosures of cultivated land.

Chipping Campden was a rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages enjoying the patronage of wealthy wool merchants. Today it is a popular Cotswold tourist destination with old inns, a country house hotels, specialist shops and restaurants. The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from Cotswold stone, and boasts a wealth of fine architecture. In the town stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627. In 1970 the High Street and much of the rest of the town was officially designated a conservation area to preserve the ancient town for centuries to come.

Other attractions include the grand wool church of St James – with its medieval altar frontals and vast and extravagant 17th-century monuments – as well as the Court Barn near the church is now a museum celebrating the rich Arts and Crafts tradition of the area

Hidcote near country house hotelsThere are two famous and historic gardens nearby: at Hidcote Manor Garden, owned and managed by the National Trust, and at Kiftsgate, privately owned but open to the public.

As you can see, the Cotswolds and the area around Chipping Campden make a perfect place to visit. Whether in summer or winter, there’s always something to fascinate you.