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Restaurant Review: Bourgee, Timberhill in Norwich

Essex-brand Bourgee opened the first of its brand new ‘Luxe Lounge’ restaurants in November at the Castle Mall’s Timberhill Terrace.

Launched by entrepreneur James Welling and celebrity chef Mark Baumann, who were excited to bring the brand to Norfolk, they commented “We have undergone a lot of change in the last year which has been a difficult time for us all, but we see the launch of Bourgee in Norwich as a significant moment for the brand. A chance for us to show exactly what Bourgee stands for and deliver our vision as a duo with full effect”.

Review: The Treehouse on the Lake, Luxury Lodges, Clowance Estate, Cornwall

It was always my childhood fantasy to camp out in a treehouse, but with the lack of trees in my garden at home, and no friends with treehouses, sadly it was never meant to be. So when Luxury Lodges invited me to stay in their rustic escape, The Treehouse on the Lake, I couldn’t believe my luck.

The Treetop Hideaway

Under the forest canopy, in the heart of the Cornish countryside, the treehouse stands high opposite the Clowance Estates picturesque lake, home to resident swan (and treehouse security) George and his band of ducks.

Hotel Review: The Norfolk Mead, Coltishall in Norfolk

Norfolk is all about picturesque countryside, on which you can always spot a Saxon or Norman church tower. Whether it’s taking a trip to the coast; walking through the Broads National Park; or enjoying a romantic city break in Norwich, there is something to offer everyone.

Known as the gateway to the Broads, the village of Coltishall is busy riverside village, with its own common, good walks, eighteenth-century buildings, interesting shops and several Broads Quality Charter eating-places.

Hotel Review: Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi Coast in Italy

I conclude my Italian adventures, which have taken me to Lake GardaTuscany and Rome, with a stay on the stunning Amalfi coast.

After a 90-minute drive from Naples station along the breath-taking coastal roads, we weave our way through the mountains, battling rainstorms and reaching points almost as high as the clouds. Afraid of heights, then don’t look down!

It’s not one of the easiest destinations to reach but like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow the elegant, cliffside Hotel Santa Caterina is well worth the journey. The family-run hotel opened in 1904 and is now in its fourth generation.

Set in an art deco villa on Amalfi drive, it offers a courteous and old-fashioned charm. With the likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian and Hillary Clinton staying as guests, Hotel Santa Caterina offers the perfect hideaway.

Hotel Review: Hotel Raphael, Rome in Italy

I continue my Italian adventures, and after visiting Lake Garda and Tuscany, it is time to take in the wonders of Rome.

I have always loved the expression “when in Rome” and at last I could finally use it in the right context, but with so much to do and only one day to do it in, we required two things, a central base and a big map of the historical city.

The stunning vine covered façade of the Hotel Raphael offered us just that. Overlooking a small square just behind the Piazza Navona, it’s a stone’s throw away from some of Rome’s most exciting attractions.

As part of the luxury Relais & Chateaux group, the hotel built in 1963, has accents of historic architecture and is filled with art and sculptures. Renovated in 2012 it feels elegant and comfortable at the same time.

Hotel Review: Castello Del Nero, Tuscany in Italy


I continue my 4 part Italian adventure, and after starting at Lake Garda she journeys down to the scenic Tuscan countryside.

Tuscany is known for its undulating hills, vineyards and cypress-lined olive groves, and with a rich cultural heritage, mouth-watering food, world class wines and the infamous Tuscan sun, it’s a perfect destination for history lovers and foodies alike.

Hotel Review: Lefay Resort and Spa, Lake Garda in Italy

I take on a 4 part Italian adventure, starting with a trip to Lefay Resort & Spa overlooking scenic Lake Garda.

When I think of Italy, I conjure up thoughts of sparkling coastlines, fine food and ancient history. Having never visited before, it seemed like the perfect destination for the second leg of my honeymoon.

Following the theme of romance, we start our journey where my favourite pair of star-crossed lovers began theirs in Verona.

As we enter the arrivals lounge, our hotel driver is ready and waiting to whisk us away to stop number one. After approximately an hour’s drive, including a brief Italian lesson, courtesy of our driver Raphael, we get our first glance of this beautiful country.

Hotel Review: The Pigs, Edgefield in Norfolk

Just ten minutes shy of the charming town of Holt in Norfolk, you will find The Pigs, Edgefield, offering comforting local food and luxury accommodation – with a twist!

This 17th Century country pub is full of charm and character and is one of the Norfolk Passport brands alongside Byfords of Holt and The Assembly House, Norwich.

The Pigs have created more than just your average B&B, here is a place to eat, sleep, spa and repeat, in fact, you’ll feel like a pig in muck when you stay at The Pigs.

Hotel Review: The Fritton Arms, Norfolk

On the banks of Fritton Lake as part of the impressive 5000-acre Somerleyton Estate, it is hard to miss the impressive mustard yellow façade of The Fritton Arms, dating back to the 16th century.

Re-opened in 2014 by Hugh Crossley, known to most as Lord Somerleyton, this country retreat makes the perfect place to relax with loved ones. Boasting nine simple but elegantly furnished rooms overlooking stunning views of the grounds, you wouldn’t be mistaken to think they had drawn inspiration from the popular Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire.

Hotel Review: Robinson Club Nobilis – Belek, Turkey

Known as the “Bridge between East and West”, the enchanting country of Turkey offers plenty to discover for the keen traveller. It’s been the meeting ground of many cultures for over 10,000 years.

This year, visits to Turkey are even outselling mainland Spain and the Canary Islands, as British holidaymakers return in big numbers.

Just 30 kilometers from the Antalya province and midway between Antalya and Side, Belek makes a quaint holiday resort, drawing an exclusive international crowd to its shores, known as the ‘Beverly Hills’ of the Turkish Riviera.

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