Review: River Mansion Spa, Llandysul, Wales, UK

Introduction: Time of year: Late May, 2017. Purpose of trip: This was the second part of a two night ‘mystery road trip’ organised by Nigel. I had no idea where we were heading–and about 30 minutes to pack before Nigel started the car. The only advice was to ‘bring a swimming costume…’ ! Why we … More Review: River Mansion Spa, Llandysul, Wales, UK

Review: Eynsham Hall Hotel, Witney, UK

Introduction: Time of year:  March 2017 Purpose of trip:  We don’t need an excuse to visit the Cotswolds as we love the area, but this was one of a series of weekend visits to research a possible property purchase. Why we chose this place:  Eynsham Hall describes itself as “one of Oxfordshire’s great country houses” and … More Review: Eynsham Hall Hotel, Witney, UK

10 surprising facts about New Zealand

We’ve absolutely loved New Zealand and we’ve learnt a lot too. Here are 10 things that we didn’t know about the country until we travelled here. 1-In spring on the west coast of the south island, people go mad for whitebait. When we stayed in the tiny village of Haast, the owner of our accommodation … More 10 surprising facts about New Zealand

Review: Murchison Lodge, Murchison, New Zealand

Introduction: Time of year: September 2016 Purpose of trip: This was a one night stopover on our drive up through South Island, during our round the world trip. Why we chose this place: This accommodation was actually chosen for us by the travel agent who fixed the New Zealand leg of our 57 day trip … More Review: Murchison Lodge, Murchison, New Zealand

New Zealand: Amazing, astonishing and we’ve only just arrived

It was tea-break time for Diane and Jeanette at the general store in Ross on New Zealand’s little Highway Six. They sat at the wooden table outside the shop; as Di lit a cigarette and Jeanette sunk her teeth into a pink fruit bun. We were on a bench nearby, enjoying the ice cream they’d … More New Zealand: Amazing, astonishing and we’ve only just arrived

Review:The Waterman’s Arms, nr Totnes, Devon, UK

Introduction: Time of year: April 2016 Purpose of trip: We travelled here to join a two-venue family party. Why we chose this place: The second part of the celebration was being held here; but if we’d been browsing for a weekend break, the pub’s idyllic, riverside location and 17th century beauty would have caught our … More Review:The Waterman’s Arms, nr Totnes, Devon, UK

Review: The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Introduction Time of year: We arrived mid afternoon on March 31st, 2016. Purpose of trip: We wanted to combine relaxation with hill-walking and sampling some great, locally-produced food. Why we chose this place: We chose The Oak Tree Inn because neither of us had visited Loch Lomond before, but had heard it was a beautiful … More Review: The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, Loch Lomond, Scotland

New Zealand: who wouldn’t choose it?

You seem to get a mixture of furrowed brows and raised eyebrows when people ask for a rough sketch of your round the world trip. I guess that’s because everybody has their own wishlist. But say New Zealand….and they’re smiling. All of them. Maybe it’s because they were enchanted by the Lord of the Rings and … More New Zealand: who wouldn’t choose it?