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Royal Garden Hotel: Exploring London with the family

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  Have I told you about how Mr. and Mrs. Modern started dating? Back in the height of the dotcom boom when we were mid-level executives living on separate continents and working for Silicon Valley startups? Well … I was in San Francisco in corporate marketing at a software company. Mr. Modern was in sales for […]

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Henley Festival: Not just for grownups!

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  I’ve been a fan of the Henley Festival for years. After the rowers and crowds leave Henley Regatta, the grounds turn into a spectacular art and music festival. Adults don their finest (it’s a black tie event) and around every corner their is something magical to explore. There’s always a headline performance (ala Elton John or […]

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Cornwall: The Residence at Gwel an Mor

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    The first thing you notice when you reach Gwel an Mor in Cornwall is the views. They stretch above high above Portreath and go deep into the wild blue Atlantic. The resort has been charming visitors for years, but this is our first time here and we’re guests to check out their newest venture. The Residence is […]

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Sykes Cottages: Nans-Tek in North Cornwall

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  “Mummy it’s perfect!” my 11-year-old exclaims as we explore our Cornish holiday home. She opens the sky blue door to reveal a perfectly formed twin room with French doors that open on to a sprawling hedge covered valley. She quickly claims it as “hers” and says she wants to live in this house when she’s grown up. Of course […]

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Potters Resort: A traditional British seaside holiday

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  It’s the end of our bank holiday weekend at Potters Resort and I am waving a green paper napkin in the air, singing “ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta!” between bites of a bacon sarnie. My girls join in, wiping pancake crumbs and Nutella from their faces. Hubby slinks down and pretends to read the paper. I’m not the only […]

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Family fun: A weekend in Hampshire

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For a while, everything in medieval England revolved around Hampshire, especially Winchester, the former capitol. Thanks in part to Henry VIII, the surrounding areas flourished when the ruler went a bit mad building castles and fortifications to save England from invasion. Henry hunted in the New Forest and his 3rd wife was from the county. Now Hampshire is the largest […]

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Luxury weekend in the Cotswolds (with kids!)

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  If you want to experience the Cotswolds in style, the 5-star Old Swan and Minster Mill is an excellent choice. From the honey-coloured buildings to country walks and cream teas, the 15th century hotel is quintessentially English. Set in 65 acres of wild-flower meadows, gardens and woodlands bordering the River Windrush in Old Minster (just west of […]

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Tweens welcome! Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

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  Last Saturday we stayed at the Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront as part of the Holiday Inn You’re Welcome campaign, which is all about families feeling welcome, whether you have muddy boots, messy eaters or stroppy tweens.  As a family, we were especially interested to hear that breakfast and kids’ meals are included with stays for children under […]

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Skiing in England!

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  I took the girls skiing today … in England!  The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead is one of the UK’s newest indoor real snow ski slopes, and the closest one to London. TBH, we really didn’t know what to expect. We’ve been to ski learning centres that have rubber/plastic slopes, which are like trying […]

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Family travel: What to do in the Isles of Scilly

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  Have you been to Scilly?  That’s what I’ve asked everyone I know recently. I’m obsessed with this British archipelago which is 28 miles of the coast of Cornwall. I’m not surprised when many say the Isles of Scilly are on their travel bucket list. The gulf stream ensures it never frosts, creating a climate where subtropical […]

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