Boutique stay at Spitbank Fort

The Solent, renowned for its warships, cruise liners and yachts, is also home to a stunning, if a little eccentric boutique hotel which gives ‘getting away from it all’ a new, and distinctly nautical perspective. Spitbank Fort is a mile off shore between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Built in the 1860’s with the threat of a French invasion, she played a role in … Continue reading Private: Eccentric boutique stay at Spitbank Fort

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Love food, hate fuss? The Earl of March is for you.

Fine dining in a relaxed pub setting is the best of both worlds for those who love food but hate fuss. The Earl of March near Chichester is a perfect balance between the two. This is a country pub in the West Sussex village of Lavant with a delightful garden and set against the picturesque backdrop of Goodwood and the South Downs. The food is as … Continue reading Love food, hate fuss? The Earl of March is for you.

Father’s Day. What sort of Dad is yours?

What do you buy the dad who’s got everything?  Well, we live in a spectacular part of the British Isles, so why not treat him to some of its highlights. Give him the gift of a wonderful summer memory! Yee ha dad For the yee ha dad how about a cowboy stay in an iconic Airstream thanks to Vintage Vacations on the Isle of Wight? … Continue reading Father’s Day. What sort of Dad is yours?

Happy Camping

We’ve been camping and touring in our sensational south for many years. Here’s a little insight into where we’ve parked our home-from-homes. Brocklands Camping, West Meon, Hampshire If you’re in need of some peace and quiet then there’s a haven nestled in the South Downs National Park, overlooking Hampshire’s stunning Meon Valley. Pitch your caravan or motorhome at Brocklands Farm and you have space, tranquillity, … Continue reading Happy Camping

A canvas of sand and sea

The unique quality of early morning light, a canvas of sand and sea and two horses leaving a sun-crested wake as they move through the shallows. It’s undeniable that we live in a stunning part of the British Isles. These images are of West Beachlands at Hayling Island near Portsmouth, a sheltered stretch of the south coast with direct beach access from the car park which … Continue reading A canvas of sand and sea

A quintessentially Cornish break

Porthcothan is a little-known village with a stunning, quintessentially Cornish Bay with grassy dunes, a huge swathe of sand and fantastic rock-pooling at low tide. Despite being close to the tourist draw of Padstow, it has a ‘step back in time’ quality reminiscent of the beach holidays we had as children. Ruddy cheeks, flip flops and sandy picnics. It’s idyllic for body boarding and water … Continue reading A quintessentially Cornish break

A spring kaleidoscope of colour

In the Spring, the 200 acres of Exbury Gardens near Beaulieu in the New Forest are transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour as the world-famous Rothshilds collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, and camelias burst into life after the winter months. There are more than 20 miles of paths criss-crossing the gardens, and you can choose as many of those to explore as you like. We visited … Continue reading A spring kaleidoscope of colour

Fort Nelson Poppies at Portsmouth

My 92-year-old mum is disabled so a visit to The Tower of London’s ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ wasn’t an option. Today we headed off with her to Portsmouth to the Royal Armouries’ Fort Nelson to see Poppies:Wave, the last stop on the #PoppiesTour. Wave is the sculpture which was the key dramatic element of the 2014 Tower installation. An arc of crimson flowers which, … Continue reading Fort Nelson Poppies at Portsmouth

A long leisurely pint with a changing harbour view

There’s something about water, especially when there’s lots happening on it, that is both therapeutic and time-wasting.  So, if you’ve got a couple of hours to spare and fancy a pint of real ale or a speciality gin, whatever the weather, then head to the Still & West at Old Portsmouth. This is a very old Grade II listed pub which sits right on the … Continue reading A long leisurely pint with a changing harbour view