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Favourites: Tregarthen’s Hotel in the Isles of Scilly

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  Not many hotels make it on to my favourites list. The ones that do have that special je ne sais quoi, I-want-to-stay-here-forever feeling. I know when I find one because I start planning a return nearly as soon as I get there. Tregarthen’s made it on to my list. Scilly is a magical place. This […]

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Forest Holidays: Family time in Blackwood Forest

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    Dusk: Our Forest Holidays cabin in #BlackwoodForest #familytravel #travel #England #uk #Hampshire @forestholidays A photo posted by Susanna Scott (@amodernmother) on Jun 27, 2015 at 1:27pm PDT   Visits to my mother-in-law’s home in Burnside in Scotland always include long day excursions, visiting quaint towns in the Scottish countryside. On one particular trip to Calendar, after the […]

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Summer must-do: Giffords Circus

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  The Sunday Telegraph calls it “the nation’s most glamorous troupe”. I can only describe it a cross between a village green circus, Britain’s Got Talent and Cirque de Soleil. For years, those in the know religiously booked their tickets for Giffords Circus, an intimate, independent circus that mainly entertained those in the Cotswolds. The troupe has widened its […]

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Isle of Wight: What to do and where to stay

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  There’s something about going to an Island that is exciting and exotic. The Isle of Wight is just two hours from where we live in the Thames Valley and once you get to the crossing at Lymington in the New Forest (by far the nicer place to catch the ferry) that carefree-leave-everything-behind holiday feeling sets in. A short […]

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Family Itinerary: North Norfolk Coast and the Broads

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  I’ll come right out with it: I’m officially in love with Norfolk. This visit was my first and I’m entranced. In a way, the North Norfolk coast reminds me a bit of California’s northern counties. There are wide sandy beaches that go on for miles, spectacular coastline, abundant wildlife and seaside communities. They even have surfers! […]

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London: Girls weekend in Marylebone

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  Getting together with old  friends for a quality period of time is like dusting off a room of your life and sifting through memories while cultivating new ones. Girls weekends, proper ones where you shed kids/husbands/responsibilities, are quite fun. Liberating even. A little reminder that being a mother is not just about the kids, but it’s […]

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Oxford: Day trip to Blenheim Palace

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  On our recent road trip to Oxford in our Fiat 500L MPW we stopped by Blenheim Palace in Woodstock. It’s only 20 minutes from Oxford, and is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  Now a world heritage site, Blenheim Palace was given to […]

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Weekend in Oxford: 7 things to do with kids!

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  Ah, Oxford, the city of dreaming spires! With 39 colleges, world-class museums and architecture, dining and shopping, Oxford is one of England’s most vibrant cities.  Look below to see how we got on, including my suggestions for the top 7 things to do while visiting Oxford with kids.     1. Stay central! We stayed at […]

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Somerset: At The Chapel in Bruton

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  One of the things I love is finding travel gems – the places to stay that are off the beaten track and just that little bit different. You usually hear about them from friends, or from friends of friends, or friends of friends of friends. You know what I mean. They aren’t easy to find and they […]

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London South Bank & Westminster: Activities for families

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London’s South Bank/Westminster area is full of all kinds of activities that families will enjoy. From Parliament to museums to the London Eye, there’s something for just about everyone. We visited recently and I had a great time researching what was on offer, and what I thought my family – 9, 10, and 12-year-old girls […]

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