Painswick Rococo Garden

Rococo Garden (© Sara Chardin)

My winter visit to Painswick Rococo Garden, in the Cotswold town of Painswick, gave me a glimpse back to a flamboyant and frivolous era, where gardens were designed to capture the light-hearted and pleasure-seeking atmosphere of the times.

While this garden is beautiful to visit at any time of year, it is most famous for its breathtaking display of snowdrops visible in winter.

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Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle 2017

Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light

We went to see this year’s Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle on the freezing night that later saw the Cotswolds being covered in snow. Getting all wrapped against the cold only added to the festive atmosphere. This is one sure-fire way to give yourself some extra seasonal sparkle.

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Winter Weekend in Salzburg

View across to the old town

Only 1 hour 40 minutes’ flying time from London, Salzburg in Austria is an ideal quick-getaway destination for a short break at any time of year. Mum and I chose a weekend in Salzburg for our annual Christmas Market pilgrimage. We discovered this beautiful, riverside city has a wonderfully, festive atmosphere.

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Indian fine dining at Prithvi

Tandoor-baked salmon, Indian fine dining

I hadn’t been to Prithvi, on Cheltenham’s Bath Road, since it first opened. Quite probably because I’m a spontaneous sort of diner, and you have to book a table here weeks in advance, due to its immense popularity. This restaurant doesn’t purport to be your usual style of curry house, but offers Indian fine dining.

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Trevose Harbour House in St Ives

Morning view from Room 4

In need of a little luxury (from my point of view) before we embarked on our adventure to hike over 40 miles of the South West Coast Path, Mr Skylark and I checked in for one night at Trevose Harbour House in St Ives, Cornwall.

I’d found Trevose Harbour House in St Ives by googling boutique hotels, and boutique it certainly turned out to be.

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Clifton Lido: Swim and Eat

View from our table at Bird Food

An outdoor swimming pool hidden amongst the back streets of the vibrant Bristol neighbourhood of Clifton: Discover more about swimming and eating at the glorious Clifton Lido.

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