I’ve been itching to go to Lisbon for years and I’d have got there a lot sooner had I realised how late in the year it holds its heat. At the end of October last year I was walking round in flip-flops and it hit 24C! With handy flights from Gatwick it’s well worth considering for a long weekend, or half term getaway.
What I loved about the place is that the city is not just historic, with all those pretty mosaic streets and tiled walls I was expecting, it’s damn cool too.
Well, I think it’s safe to say that the Muddy Stoke Park spa break competition was popular! Over 2000 entries and a lot of finger crossing, but Christina St Croix obviously worked her toes too, because she has snaffled the luxe spa break for two for the night. You lucky, lucky (*sob*) lucky lady.
So it’s congratulations to Christina and sorry to the rest of you but fear not, mes amis – it wouldn’t be Muddy without another competition skidding around the corner any minute in a sports car…
It wasn’t only Tom Hiddleston’s lovely form that caused some wistful sighing from those of us watching the BBC’s The Night Manager; there were also those glorious backdrops.
The good news is that you can sashay in Tom’s footsteps and stay and eat in some of the actual locations from the series.
OK, Roper’s gorgeous Mallorcan pad is private, and when Tom was giving us the Matterhorn in Switzerland <cough> his hotel was faked up.
Forget Christmas, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (5-29 Aug this year) is the annual highlight on my calendar and I’ve just rather late (yes, really) got booked up for this August. If you’re thinking of going and you haven’t sorted your accommodation yet you really need to get a wriggle on as it’s filling up fast.
My organisation when it comes to plotting a plan of attack for the festival itself is FAR better – the butt of many a joke in fact – and I’ll be sharing that with you nearer the time.
At the start of November I spent a week living in a shoebox of a hotel room with a plastic shower ‘pod’ in London’s Docklands while I, somewhat ironically, reported on a travel show.
After days living out of a suitcase I decided it’d be great to do it all again… well, for one more night and somewhere a lot less functional, so I pounced on a deal I saw for the Bell Inn in Ticehurst.
From most places in the county a Gatwick flight is going to be a holiday clincher. But while flying from right here in Sussex is handier than Heathrow, if you’re after something a bit more adventurous than a fly-and-flop in the sun, your choice is pretty limited.
So, much excitement at Chez Muddy when we heard that British Airways was introducing direct flights from Gatwick to both Peru and Costa Rica from May.
Did you catch the Channel Four series Restoring Britain’s Landmarks at the end of last year? It followed the work of the Landmark Trust, a charity that for the last 50 years has saved historic, often unusual buildings and turned them into gorgeous places to stay.
I’ve been a fan for years, have stayed in a couple of Landmarks and have pored over the brochure so often the rest feel like old friends.