Zell Am See

Just had a fabulous holiday with Crystal Ski in this delightful mediaeval town just south of Salzburg, and I was delighted to see it so promptly published in the Sunday Post newspaper supplement, PS Magazine, this weekend. Zell is located at the foot of the Schmittenhöhe Mountain on the shores of Lake Zell. It is situated […]

Coorie

Coorie

This gorgeous contemporary lodge, a two bedroom new build on the edge of Loch Venachar in Stirlingshire, is a must-go destination for the adventurous. The owners are property design duo, Debbie & Dene Happell of Nest Scotland Debbie’s family have owned a holiday home on the edge of Scotland’s Loch Venachar for nearly 20 years and […]

Nerja

We were invited to visit Nerja, as guests of James Villas. Once a small fishing village, Nerja has blossomed into one of Spain’s most popular coastal destinations in Andalucía. Steeped in natural beauty, facing the sea with the Sierra de Almijara mountains rising sharply behind. The old town is typically Andalucian, full of white-washed houses, and pebble streets. Perfect for exploring away […]

Madeira In Fife

My trip to the East Neuk… What a treat this was, a wee adventure in one of my favourite parts of the world. Whenever I arrive, I think ‘should I live here?’ The East Neuk is basically a string of gorgeous fishing villages along a stunning coastline, backing onto pretty countryside, where one of my […]

Catherine’s Vineyard Cottages

I have got to know a lady in Hungary who, like me is half Hungarian, but unlike me, is the great, great, great grand daughter of Charles Dickens, on her British side. She is a global ambassador for the Dickens family, and has also set up a home and business in Hungary called Catherine’s Vineyard […]

Van Life

Welcome to Scotland Thariea and River Paige! Their story has really caught my eye. They have a stunning Instagram feed @slowlywild, where they document buying an old Bournemouth council bus and turning it into their family home in which they plan to travel with their three young children, in the UK, at present, and once […]

Mouse Cottage

So inspired by our recent feature in the May 2021 issue of Period Living magazine. The owner, Penny Kennedy, is a wonderful artist and a successful designer, she created a beautiful range of stationery for many years that included cards and wrapping paper. Penny bought her cottage near the pretty Perthshire town of Aberfeldy at […]

A shower room in Budapest

Well, the renovation is well under way. We have knocked a wall down between what was the kitchenette and the cramped shower room, to create a much more luxurious bathing space entered from the hall. We are creating a walk-in shower, the space is quite tight, but by choosing a long, narrow shower tray and […]

Budapest studio

You may or may not know that I am half Hungarian and that Doug and I own a small studio apartment in Budapest. We bought it partly as an investment and partly to have a home there, which we really enjoy. We have owned it for 10 years now and it is a little run […]

Umi

We were invited to sample a new Japanese restaurant in Edinburgh, Umi, in Stockbridge. I honestly could not have been more excited – I lead a very quiet life and a night out in Stockbridge just felt so glamorous!The restaurant had a classic Japanese interior, complete with cosy nooks where you sat down below the floor…Gorgeous mood lighting […]

A chic break in Elie

Such a lovely destination – this sunny village, central to a string of  fishing villages, on the sparklingly pretty East Neuk of Fife, Elie is undeniably chic. With its beautiful south facing beach, fabulous beachside homes, it is Scotland’s answer to St Tropez if you ask me and a great base to explore from. The […]

Wedding Anniversary outing

Well, we really over-egged it this year – the 16th February marked 24 years – no big deal I know, but we received a tsunami of gifts and invitations. Crystalski invited us to return to the village in the Dolomites where we had our honeymoon, read about it here. Our family invited us to lunch […]

The Dolomites Super Ski Area

Out of the blue, Douglas and I received a wonderful invitation, Crystalski asked us to write about the Val Di Fassa, a dramatic valley in the stunning Italian Dolomites where we spent our honeymoon. Result!! We were asked to  relate our adventures as empty nesters, compared to our honeymoon and our experiences skiing with our […]