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Venue: Finding everything you need at Ashford International Hotel

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.
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Get-away: Luxury minimoon in Devon

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.
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Getaway: A night at wedding venue The Swan at Lavenham

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.

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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.
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The Shard…as a wedding venue!

Wow is the only word I can say. My husband and I (yep, still love saying that!) were invited to spend 24 hours at the most incredible wedding venue. Standing proud above London’s skyline, The Shard is actually a wedding venue. Who knew!

The Shard

Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, (www.shangri-la.com/london) occupies levels 34 to 52 of western Europe’s tallest building.
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Competition! Win a pair of show tickets from London Theatre Bookings

Who fancies a trip to the theatre on Monday March 31 to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Musical? I’ve teamed up with London Theatre Bookings (www.londontheatrebookings.com) to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to the show at the Savoy Theatre, London.


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Get-away: Our romantic stay at Down Hall Country House Hotel

With both Mr Robertson and I being self-employed, we’ve always enjoyed lots of mini breaks and nights away to recharge our batteries without the need to take too much time off work. With this being our first Valentine’s Day as Mr and Mrs, we felt it was time to head off for another special night away.


With an overnight bag packed, we headed the short drive away to the four star Down Hall Country House Hotel (www.downhall.co.uk), in Hatfield Heath, Essex, for our dinner, bed and breakfast stay.

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