A Day Out in Edinburgh

Living in the countryside and being a total home lover, venturing out is not something I do a lot of. I love village life and walks along the beach and being a writer, I do have to be careful: unless you are actually sitting at your desk for long periods of time, not a lot […]

Wardhill Castle

Following on from my last post about guests arriving – just in case you do not have enough room, why not relocate the whole family to a remote castle in the Highlands for a week? Wardhill is a fairytale castle, pictured here from a distance, with its magical spires and turrets. Up close, the creamy, […]

Welcome to Torridon

Also in the recent June issue of Ideal Home was this stunning contemporary home, called The Net Store Located on the far north west coast of Scotland. Some of the road trips we have undertaken in the creation of the Great Scottish Indoors have been truly remarkable. My love of this scenery is what inspired me to […]

Mid Rock House

Continuing with my theme of travel, but back in Scotland now, I thought I would cover a summer destination in the gorgeous seaside village of Elie on the East Neuk of Fife. A truly stunning property and very much a ‘home from home’, suitable for an extended family or a large group of friends. It […]

Andorra

Anyone following my Instagram stories will realise that I have been treated to truly wonderful press trip to Soldeu, part of the Grandvalira ski resort in Andorra. Andorra has in the past been perceived as a younger sibling in the ski world, somewhere families went to learn to snowplough, but inevitably, a bit like all […]

Chalet Savoie Faire

I would like to follow on from my post about Ballintaggart Farm, a Perthshire cookery school, with a story about an equally brilliant, destination cook school, this time in the French Alps: Chalet Savoie Faire. It appeared in the January issue of Period Living magazine and to be honest, visiting it was one of the […]

Going back to my roots

A little bit about me – I was born into quite straitened circumstances: my parents were a middle class, educated couple, who, somewhere along the line, had taken a vow of poverty: they met at a communist party meeting in Hampstead – cute I know. This weekend was a nostalgia trip for me because I […]

Isle of Lewis

Stunning feature in this months Coast magazine. It was one of the most intense weeks of our life, starting with my nephew’s wedding in Oxford on the Saturday. My brother invited us to eat as a family on the Friday night so we left Gullane at about 9am, expecting to easily manage a shower and […]

Sealoch House

Autumn is upon us and I am really enjoying the still warm weekends and rich colours. Anyone exploring the Highlands during the rest of the summer would do well to stop off in Ullapool and enjoy the hospitality of Terry and Shirley Rose, owners of Westlea House, a stylish Boutique B&B in the heart of […]

Holiday Heaven

I had been wondering what to do for my 50th ever since I was 49, and, if I am honest, have been slightly worrying about it… Should I have a big party? Go away somewhere? With my family? Friends? Husband? I just couldn’t decide… Our daughter Eva suggested a painting holiday, wonderful idea! We looked […]

Glamping anyone?

Very, very proud of a feature we have done for the current Coast magazine, the April issue… It is about the Glamping facilities in the breathtaking surroundings of Cambo House, on the East Neuk, just by St Andrews

A Mother and Daughter Bonding Opportunity

Wasn’t sure whether to call this post the above, or ‘Skiing whilst approaching the Menopause’ or, ‘Making the Most of Budget Ski Accomodation Interiors’…? I have just had a wonderful week skiing in the French Alps with my 14 year old daughter. We very sadly left Doug and her brother behind, due to exams on […]

Budapest

Inspired by Accor Hotels request for bloggers to share their love about their favourite city, of course, I had to choose Budapest. They asked us the 3 things we like the most about it.