Author: Michael Edwards

Charming Provence – cruising the Camargue

Cruising, Travel

Michael Edwards continues his hotel barge cruise through Provence.

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CroisiEurope’s Charming Provence

Europe, Travel

Sailing on a luxurious hotel barge, Michael Edwards cruises from Arles to Sète....

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De Vere Latimer Estate – The luxury “Spy House” in the Chilterns

Around The UK, Travel

Michael Edwards luxuriously lives the past at the De Vere Latimer Estate in the heart of Buckinghamshire ...

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The Douro valley – a tour of wine enlightenment

Europe

Michael Edwards’ Douro day trip, from Porto, takes in one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions.

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M.Ou.Co. – the ideal base for a melodic tour of captivating Porto

Europe

Michael Edwards discovers that M.Ou.Co reinvents the hotel in the heart of Porto....

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The Bristol Hotel – a luxurious stopover on thriving harbourside

Around The UK, Travel

Staying at The Bristol Hotel, Michael Edwards discovers Bristol’s thriving waterside....

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Georgian elegance at Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire

Around The UK

Michael Edwards stays at Burnham Beeches Hotel where afternoon tea is a very special ritual.

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Glorious West Sussex coast and country

Around The UK

Staying in Beachcroft Hotel’s Beach Hut Suites at Felpham, Michael Edwards explores West Sussex....

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The Fellows House delivers charm, luxury and history in Cambridge

Around The UK, Travel

Staying at The Fellows House, in Cambridge, Michael Edwards discovers home-from-home comforts...

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Idyllic dog-friendly break at Barrow Hill Barns on the South Downs 

Around The UK, Travel

Michael Edwards visits Barrow Hill Barns, a Premier Cottage, in Hampshire.

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Discover Azulejo tiles and get creative in Lisbon

Europe, Travel

In Portugal’s city of art, Michael Edwards enjoys a hands-on art experience. ...

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Hotel Britania – Lisbon’s beautiful art deco heritage

Europe • One Comment

Michael Edwards visits historic Lisbon and stays at the beautiful art deco Britania Hotel....

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The beauty of Beaulieu and the National Motor Museum

Around The UK

There’s No Time To Die for Michael Edwards as he explores Beaulieu’s many attractions.

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Broadstairs: The best of British bays and beaches

Around The UK, Travel

Michael Edwards enjoys a short UK beach break at one of the “freshest and freest little places in the world” - Broadstairs in Kent....

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Margate’s rich heritage evolves into cultural renaissance

Around The UK, Travel

Michael Edwards stays at the Kentish coastal town that’s reinventing itself. ...

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Five great English getaways

Travel

Michael Edwards takes a look at five stylish hotels for escapes in 2022

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Abbey Farm – glamping in Norfolk

Around The UK

Michael Edwards discovers chic comfort at Abbey Farm, Alby...

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Christmas at Blenheim Palace is a festive wonderland

What's on • One Comment

Michael Edwards visits the ultimate winter wonderland in the heart of Oxfordshire....

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Stunning winter escapes at English country hotels

Around The UK

Michael Edwards picks his top 5 English country hotels for a winter getaway.

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Eastbury Hotel – relaxed luxury in a Victorian potting shed

Around The UK, Travel

Michael Edwards visits Eastbury Hotel in Dorset and enjoys the unusual luxury of a stay in a Victorian Garden Potting Shed Suite … ...

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Ignite at Polesden Lacey – an illuminating experience

Around The UK

Michael Edwards follows the spectacular light trail at the National Trust house in the Surrey Hills...

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Burleigh Court Hotel: a forager’s delight in the Cotswolds

Around The UK

Staying at Burleigh Court Hotel, near Minchinhampton, Michael Edwards discovers an enlightening country escape and learns how to forage for a stellar dinner.

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Beginner’s guide to Dubai – a warm winter safe haven

Travel, World Wide

With a high vaccination rate Dubai is a safe winter haven. Michael Edwards offers a beginner’s guide....

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The Cavendish – ideal Christmas shopping base

Around The UK

Michael Edwards sets The Cavendish, in the swanky St James area of London, as his Christmas shopping base....

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Le Boat tour of the stunning West Highlands

Around The UK

Continuing along the Caledonian Canal, Michael Edwards explores the West Highlands of Scotland.

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Scotland: the magnificent Caledonian Canal

Around The UK, Travel

Michael Edwards calls Telford's engineering masterwork, the Caledonian Canal, home for a week as he sails from Fort William to Inverness on...

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Winerist – enjoying the world of wine

Travel, Food & Drink

Michael Edwards indulges in some blue-sky thinking for days when travel is easier....

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Whittlebury Park: Luxury spa days and sumptuous surroundings

Around The UK

Michael Edwards visits an oasis of leisure in 700 acres of rural splendour.

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Art and culture in Liverpool drive city renaissance

Around The UK

Michael Edwards discovers that Liverpool’s loss of UNESCO World Heritage status hasn't dented the city's post industrial cultural...

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Liverpool city break on a budget -Stay-Zeni apartments

Around The UK

Staying in affordable studio self-catering accommodation, Michael Edwards discovers Liverpool....

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Wynford – a luxurious holiday home in the Lakes

Around The UK

Big group holidays are back. Michael Edwards stays at a stylish house for 12 in Ambleside.

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Historic luxury – Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

Around The UK

Michael Edwards time travels into the past to see how 'new money' built a stately country pile near York ...

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Short break in Valletta as Malta added to the travel green list

Travel, World Wide

Michael Edwards looks at the rich history of Malta and its capital, Valletta. ...

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The Belfry Hotel and Resort, Warwickshire

Around The UK

Michael Edwards stays at The Belfry Hotel and Resort for all the family offering far more than just golf

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The Black Bull at Sedbergh in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

Around The UK • 2 Comments

Michael Edwards visits a traditional coaching inn which has become a gourmet getaway with surprisingly oriental influences....

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Practical bargain break: Citadines Barbican

Around The UK

Michael Edwards takes a short break at Citadines Barbican and discovers that London’s Culture Mile is blissfully quiet...

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Luxury at Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Around The UK • One Comment

Michael Edwards is privileged to stay at one of England’s finest country houses in Shakespeare country.

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Rothay Manor – The Lake District

Around The UK

Ambleside boutique hotel’s fine dining chef Dan McGeorge is making headlines: Michael Edwards investigates and tastes. ...

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The Roseate Reading

Travel, Around The UK

After months of lost living, Michael Edwards catches up at Reading’s five-star oasis of civilisation...

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Blackheath and Greenwich

Around The UK

Blackheath and Greenwich – Michael Edwards visits London’s historic but oft-overlooked green acres on the south bank of the Thames

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Hampton Manor – the foodie estate

Around The UK

Michael Edwards visits the Warwickshire estate where they are reviving the art of the country house party. ...

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Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa – a Cheshire escape

Around The UK

From Posh ‘n’ Becks to Margaret Thatcher, many people have enjoyed a tranquil break at Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa. Michael Edwards...

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Roseate House – returning to London

Around The UK

We have missed vibrant London’s life. Michael Edwards recalls a stay at the Grade II listed Roseate House London, last summer.

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Chichen Itza: Mexico’s wonder of the world

World Wide

Chichen Itza was one of the most important city-states in pre-Hispanic America and is one of the most visited archaeological sites in...

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Kendal, Cumbria – best of all worlds

Around The UK

Staycation looks like our best holiday option in 2021. Michael Edward looks at escapes to self-catering apartments in Kendal, Cumbria....

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Serene self-catering at the Cary Arms, Babbacombe, Devon

Around The UK

Short break venues such as the self-catering cottages at Babbacombe Bay are gearing up for guests, Michael Edwards reviews.

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Staffordshire: A country escape

Around The UK

Country walks, superb food and a classic village pub, Michael Edwards enjoys a stay at The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone....

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Highbullen Hotel, North Devon

Around The UK

Rain or shine Highbullen Hotel is an all year-round resort. Michael Edwards indulges in the facilities....

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Llama love in Surrey

Around The UK

Staying in a Shepherds Hut, Michael Edwards goes glamping in Hambledon and treks with llamas through the Surrey Hills

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Passau and the three rivers

Europe

Few cities in land-locked Central Europe are almost surrounded by water. Michael Edwards finds that Germany's Passau, with a Dachshund...

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A rainforest retreat

World Wide

Ambong Pool Villas overlooks Malaysia's Andaman Sea and the islands that make-up the Langkawi archipelago. Michael Edwards visits one of...

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Unforgettable Langkawi

World Wide

Langkawi is a dream destination for a honeymoon, second honeymoon or a memorable holiday. Michael Edwards enjoys unforgettable views on an unforgettable holiday.

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Abu Dhabi’s surprising attraction

World Wide

More Harley Street than Holby City, Abu Dhabi's Falcon Hospital preserves Emirati heritage. Michael Edwards drops in on some frequent...

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Foodie Fez

World Wide

The Fez Cooking School introduces guests to the world of Moroccan flavours. Michael Edwards shops in the medina and makes lunch....

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Devon: Between two moors

Around The UK

Paschoe House is a favourite destination for lovers of food and peaceful country living. Michael Edwards tells the story of a remarkable and stylish renovation.

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Hartwell House Hotel and Spa

Around The UK

From the Domesday Book to hosting a G7 Finance Ministers Meeting, the elegant Hartwell House has been at the heart of history. Michael...

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The Danish Riviera

Europe

The Danish Royal family head for the North Zealand coastline as their summer retreat. Michael Edwards goes in search of the Riviera's...

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Bratislava: Europe’s newest capital

Cruising

On the A-ROSA Donna’s Danube Highlights Cruise, Michael Edwards visits Bratislava.

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Port of call: Budapest

Cruising

Michael Edwards continues his sojourn up the Danube as the A-ROSA arrives in the historical Hungarian city, Budapest....

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Vienna’s imperial grandeur

Cruising

The A-ROSA Donna cruises through the Danube's glorious history. Michael Edwards savours the culture and the cuisine....

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Albi – so typically French

Europe

Heading south into France’s Occitanie region, Michael Edwards discovers a city proud of its heritage.

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Finding Fez

World Wide

The Palais Amani majestically sits within Fez's walled Medina. Michael Edwards discovers Morocco's second city....

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Red Sea adventure

World Wide

Roll back the years - or take those chances you never took - at Breakers Diving and Surfing Lodge, on Somabay, writes Michael Edwards....

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Country living in Harrogate

Around The UK

Country Living St George brings the pages of the much-loved magazine to life in a stylish hotel. Michael Edwards visits Harrogate to investigate.

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Danish Design

Europe

The Danes have a talent for design. Michael Edwards visits Copenhagen's Absalon Hotel, Uformel Restaurant and cruises the canals to...

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St Andrews, Scotland

Around The UK

There is much more to St Andrews than golf as Michael Edwards discovers on a stay at the Fairmont St Andrews....

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The Peugeot 5008 SUV GT-Line

Motoring

Heading off on a U.K. road-trip, Michael Edwards puts the Peugeot 5008 SUV GT-Line through its paces.

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Malmo: Sweden’s third city

Europe

Michael Edwards takes a boat cruise to explore a Swedish City that has reinvented itself....

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An English Country retreat

Around The UK

Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa, a beautifully restored 19th century family home, is a classic English retreat. Michael Edwards visits....

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Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Around The UK

Queen Victoria seemed to control her vast empire from the Isle of Wight but she was more vulnerable than her image suggests writes Michael Edwards

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Bringing the taste of Morocco home

Travel

Creating amongst intricately carved decor, Michael Edwards joins the Cookery Course at Riad Star Marrakech....

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The Algarve’s affordable wellness retreat

Europe

After a 'wellness evaluation', burning around 600 calories in 30 minutes and sampling some classes - Michael Edwards returns from Longevity...

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Secret escapes – Old Amersham

Around The UK

Free fly-fishing lessons, a mobile library called Anthony and art from the South of France. Michael Edwards travels to the quaint Buckinghamshire town, lunching at Gilbey’s.

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A short hop to the Isle of Wight

Around The UK

It's just a short crossing to the Isle of Wight. Michael Edwards takes a Wightlink Ferry across the Solent to stay at The Royal Hotel,...

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Forgotten France

Europe

Taking quiet roads through the Tarn region, Michael Edwards discovers France's hill-top villages....

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Red City Riads

World Wide

Staying with Marrakech-Riad, Michael Edwards explores Morocco’s most dramatic city.

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Sherborne, Dorset

Around The UK

Staying at the Eastbury Hotel, Michael Edwards explores Sherborne's many charms....

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From nunnery to luxury hotel

Around The UK

Once Stanbrook Abbey was a grand 19th Century nunnery. Michael Edwards visits Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, now a luxurious rural escape in...

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Railway revival

Around The UK

Enthusiasts are breathing new life into branch lines culled by Dr Beeching in the 60s. Michael Edwards visits Churnet Valley Railway and gets a steam powered taste of nostalgia.

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The perfect gin and tonic

Around The UK

Design a gin to your taste. Michael Edwards spends a day at Nelson's Distillery and School, Uttoxeter....

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Mauritius cruising

World Wide

Taking to the high seas, Michael Edwards enjoys a cruise along the coastline of the paradise island of Mauritius....

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Bryher: The Isles of Scilly

Around The UK

The tiny island of Bryher lies just 30 miles south-west of Lands End. Staying at the luxurious Hell Bay Hotel, Michael Edwards meets some of the population of just 90 people.

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Talland Bay, Cornwall

Around The UK

Talland Bay Hotel, luxurious and quirky, sits between Looe and Polperro. Michael Edwards explores the spectacular sea-swept South Cornwall...

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London’s Spy Hotel

Around The UK

St Ermin's Hotel, Westminster, was at the heart of spying intrigue for much of the last century. Michael Edwards investigates....

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Mature travellers seek adventure

Travel

A recent Rough Guides survey shows that many older travellers have a growing sense of adventure. Michael Edwards reports on some ambitious travel plans.

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Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera

World Wide

Michael Edwards relaxes at The Cascades Golf Resort, Spa & Thalasso on Somabay...

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Mauritius in 10 tastes

World Wide

The flavours of Mauritius tell the story of this Indian Ocean nation from colonial days through to independence. Michael Edwards tastes his...

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A walking safari

World Wide

If you’re planning a safari don’t forget to include some time exploring by foot. Michael Edwards says there is much to be learnt from slow travel.

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Queen Victoria’s Swiss Mountain

Europe

Following Queen Victoria's ascent of 7,000 feet Mount Pilatus, Michael Edwards stays in the Hotel Pilatus-Kulm...

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Singapore’s big year

World Wide

Two centuries ago Sir Stafford Raffles "discovered" Singapore. Michael Edwards reports that 2019, packed with events and festivals, is a...

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Flavours of the USA

Around The UK

What was JFK drinking during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Michael Edwards dines his way to the answer at POTUS Restaurant, at the Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment.

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Nestled in the New Forest

Around The UK

Michael Edwards visits Rhinefield House Hotel. Not only is it a gourmet's delight, this palatial property is also perfectly located for...

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Majestic Muscat

World Wide

The Intercontinental Hotel is in a prime location for relaxing between visiting Muscat's sophisticated attractions. Michael Edwards reports...

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Light up Lucerne

Europe

LILU was the first Light Festival Lucerne. Michael Edwards visits one of Switzerland’s most stylish cities and predicts that LILU will grow and grow.

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Winter sunshine

World Wide

Michael Edwards escapes the British winter at the luxurious Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai...

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The other Dubai

World Wide

There's another side to high-rise digital Dubai. Michael Edwards stays at Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah, in the heritage area, and learns how...

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Jane Austen’s House Museum

Around The UK

A humble cottage in Chawton, Hampshire draws Janeites from all over the globe. Michael Edwards visits and investigates Jane Austen’s enduring appeal

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Historic Hampshire

Around The UK

Michael Edwards discovers a peaceful country retreat at Audleys Wood Hotel near Basingstoke....

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The Meerkat OAP

World Wide

Few people would consider retiring to the remote inferno of the Kalahari, most prefer a cosy McCarthy & Stone apartment within walking...

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Domaine de Perches

Europe

Many of us dream of that epic restoration project in rural France. Michael Edwards enjoys a sumptuous boutique hotel that escaped Grand Designs’ attention

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