I’m a big fan of Valentine’s Day. In fact, you’ve probably already worked out, I’m a fan of any occasion! But, one that involves me, my husband and a bit of romance is always going to make me happy.
As with everything we do, we don’t like to follow the norm and just book a meal out on February 14. We like to find something just a touch different to do – that may even mean dining out on an alternative day that week and then indulging in an intimate meal for two at home on the day of love itself. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive, but it does have to be special.
If you’re looking for inspiration to make your Valentine’s Day go with a bang, take a look at these ideas I’ve come across… » Read more
When Mr Robertson and I were invited to spend a night at Ashford International Hotel, I must admit we were not expecting anything glamorous. Thinking the location would be the selling point – a short drive from the Eurostar at Ashford International station – we went along with open minds but low expectations.
Well, you know that old saying don’t judge a book by its cover, that came to mind when we found out what is behind the less than inspiring name.
Because, the hotel, regardless of its name, literally offers brides and grooms everything they could wish for for their big day. Want a small, intimate wedding? The Courtyard Suite and the Garden Suite are ideal as they host just 50 people each for a wedding breakfast. » Read more
It’s been a couple of months since the husband and I have packed a bag and headed off for a romantic break. So, when the opportunity for a road trip to Bury St Edmunds and a stay at The Angel Hotel came up, we were there like a shot.
I had spotted this pretty, ivy clad hotel when I visited the Suffolk town for their wonderful Christmas market back in December and had made a mental note to have a stay there sometime. It proved to be the most ideal spot to enjoy a romantic, relaxing getaway, with everything on the doorstep we could need, yet with a calm and peaceful environment to unwind in and just be together. We adore our home, but the fact I missed our Contemporary Suite when we left says it all. And that copper bath, wow. » Read more
There’s nothing better than those first few days after you’ve said your vows and become husband and wife. If you’re lucky enough to go straight away on honeymoon, you’ll find yourselves floating around on your own little cloud. More and more, couples are delaying their honeymoons, though, maybe to choose a better time of year to visit their country of choice or to give them time to save. To keep the wedding thrill going in the meantime, a perfect idea is to head off on a minimoon – a short, more local break away.
And I’ve come across what looks like the ideal place to start your married life in luxury. Dart Marina Hotel & Spa (www.dartmarina.com) offers a stylish home on the banks of the River Dart, in Devon. Number One gives couples the option to celebrate in luxurious surroundings, relaxing on a private terrace on the riverside. » Read more
Torn between the desire for a beach wedding and the want to have all of your family and friends with you? I have found the solution! The Gallivant (www.the gallivant.co.uk) sits across the road from the stunning sand dunes of Camber Sands beach in East Sussex. Inspired by the coastal retreats of California, The Gallivant not only has the seaside location, but is also the most incredible wedding venue you could wish for.
My mum and I went for a visit and were blown away by what we found. In the weeks leading up to our trip, my mum had been swooning over images online of the venue, with its New England decor and restful haven feel. The reality lived up to expectations and we enjoyed the most relaxing 24-hour “holiday”. » Read more
As we all melt in the UK heatwave, my thoughts are taken straight back to this time last month when we celebrated our second wedding anniversary in the beautiful Tuscan sunshine. Italy is a place I’ve long been keen to explore, with a list as long as my arm of parts of the beautiful country I want to visit. So, our wedding anniversary seemed the ideal time to take our first trip.
Some of my favourite things in the world are cosy character hotels, time to relax and enjoy a pampering and, of course, beautiful weddings! So, a trip to The Swan at Lavenham (www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk) was pretty much a perfect offering for me.
My husband and I visited for his birthday and so were looking for an ultra special overnight stay and we were not disappointed. The higgledy piggledy 15th century hotel, spa and wedding venue is among a charming and characterful medieval Suffolk countryside village…if oak beams, wonky floors and history are your thing, then this is the place to go. » Read more
I’m a real romantic and I love precious times spent with my husband (I would imagine you’ve worked that out already!).
So, when we were invited to spend a night away at a luxury cottage made for two, I was beyond excited. Woodfarm Barns (www.woodfarmbarns.com) are a collection of the most beautiful mini cottages built in the grounds of the owner’s farmhouse in the Suffolk countryside. After research told him cottages are most often hired by couples looking for a romantic getaway, owner Carl Scott made it his mission to offer just that. » Read more
Traditional wedding gift lists are seemingly becoming a thing of the past. Like many other couples today, we asked our guests to gift money towards our honeymoon which lightened the load on us financially.
But, we did struggle with knowing how to ask our friends and family, as well as debating whether it was wise to dish out our personal bank details. Meet…Mrs Shelley Green. She has the answer to the demand for a more modern gift list.
The former secondary school teacher gave up her day job to launch Buy Our Honeymoon (www.buy-our-honeymoon.com) with husband Andrew. After trying it out successfully for their own wedding in 2005, they decided to launch it as a business for other couples, working around their children Zoe and Ava.