Devon is just one of those happy places where you take a big gasp of sea air and forget all of your worries. We recently made a quick dash for the coastline and checked ourselves into a lovely cottage in South Devon before deciding on where to go for lunch.
Devon is all about fresh fish and the locals take great pride in serving up some of the best. You really are spoilt for choice on where to go but I‘m going to let you into a secret, it’s called Beachhouse.
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Going on safari in South Africa has been one of my favourite experiences in life so I was delighted to see that it was the theme of this year’s Chelsea in Bloom to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.
Grab a map and a pair of bins at the makeshift Safari Lodge in Sloane Square and take a stroll through the pretty savanna of Chelsea… you’re in for a treat!
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Scarlett Johansson once said, “I still eat a burger at a counter with ketchup dripping down my face.” A girl after my own heart!
Anyone who knows me, know’s that I’m a HUGE fan of burgers. There’s nothing quite like a medium/rare cooked beef burger cushioned between a lightly toasted brioche bun. It also needs the perfect amount of tomato relish and fresh lettuce leaves to complete the masterpiece.
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I can’t believe it! Nearly three months have passed since our fairytale wedding in South Africa at Babylonstoren. We’re forever looking over photos from the day and whenever a bottle of South African red is opened, it transports us right back to those sun-drenched, centuries-old vineyards set amongst the most incredible Cape Dutch architecture.
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With the prospect of a rare weekend to ourselves, we decided to swap the chaos of London for Hampshire’s rolling green. Nestled between a quaint little village called Bentley and Lower Froyle, you will find the Anchor Inn, just a ten minute drive from Farnham.
The Anchor Inn is part of the Epicurean Collection who also own a group of boutique inns and restaurants such as The Sands End in Fulham, The Crosskeys in Chelsea and The Trout at Tadpole Bridge in Oxfordshire.
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If you want to dazzle the crowds with your home baking skills, then this is the recipe for you!
It’s the perfect time of year for afternoon tea (ignore the constant downpours for now!) so get the mixing bowls at the ready, give your finest chinaware a good ol’ dusting and set the oven to 180c/ 350 F.
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Having made the big decision to get married in South Africa after we got engaged in the same country, we began the rather daunting journey into planning our big day. I’ve worked in Public Relations for ten years and ran countless events across Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. Without a passing thought, I was convinced we could do this alone, no sweat.
One of my favourite spots in South Africa!
La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek (just one hour’s drive from Cape Town) has been running for many years now and these guys have hospitality down to a tee. We first visited over a year ago and took one of their Manor House suites for a few nights. We were hooked! This time round, we were celebrating our status as newlyweds and without hesitation booked ourselves into one of their vineyard suites with it’s own private plunge pool.
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If you’re taking advantage of the Cape Winelands wine route, be sure to stop at the Delaire Graff Wine Estate, nestled between majestic mountains and lush vineyards. It’s one of South Africa’s finest vineyards in Stellenbosch and was acquired by Diamantaire and visionary Laurence Graff in 2003.
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With over 160 vineyards in the Franschhoek valley, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out in the Cape Winelands.
We collected our car from the airport and headed straight to one of our favourite restaurants, The Kitchen at Maison Wine Estate. It’s just one hour’s drive from Cape Town Intl taking the N1 and then the R45 into Franschhoek.
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