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The George at Rye

It was Nancy who when I told her I had yet to visit Rye and suggested I did so. I heard from a friend of mine who had a good trip ashore in property that rich London townies attracted by the fast communication by rail to Ashford International were now buying up second homes there and for golfers [...]

July 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

A day In Eastbourne

I first started to visit Eastbourne when a friend of mine, now passed on, moved there. He was man of discerning and demanding tastes and if these were satisfied as they were by Eastbourne you would know that the place was worth it. Yesterday I entertained Lottie, our Munich friend, who was over for [...]

June 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Schwarzreiter/ Bayerischer Hof

I prepped up on Munich restaurants and Schwarzreiter came up trumps. I was concerned as it was located in the Four Seasons Hotel and hotel restaurants can lack atmosphere and attract only a business clientele.  In fact it had a separate entrance and the number of business people were outnumbered [...]

March 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

a la Colthard

Yesterday Bob and I travelled up to London for the birthday celebration lunch of his godson’s mother, an old friend of mine too. She had booked the Oxo Tower for the event. I am being forced to revise my dictum of not trusting a restaurant with panoramic views. The food and service were stunning [...]

January 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Q Hotel

As soon as we arrived and the dishy young concierge greeted us wearing a bowery cap, braces and dungarees looking like an extra from The Sting I realised we were in a seriously cool hotel. This was reinforced by the bold modern art exhibited in the foyer. Bob spent a while contemplating this [...]

December 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon a trip

Yesterday was essentially a ‘travel day’, i.e. my return home from Palma via Gatwick Airport. After a fairly crowded schedule spent shadowing my son Barry for 48 hours, it began with me having a light hotel breakfast, checking out and then strolling down the hill to the main drag opposite the [...]

November 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: The Artist Residence/Brighton

I have stayed at the Artist Residence, Pimlico, London, and yesterday, though much nearer, I tried for the first time its sister hotel in Brighton. Both could be described as rustic/chic, plenty of wood, brick, big country drawers and chests in a cool, funky ambience. The Brighton Artist has an [...]

November 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Eden Roc Hotel and Tetou

Neither of the two places we visited yesterday would be for anyone on an austerity budget. You have the impression that after driving past the gorgeous villas of Cap D’Antibes, the largest is owned by Boris Yeltsin’s daughter, that both are maximising the super wealth of the area. [...]

April 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Sanary memory

We all left Sanary yesterday evening with positive memories. We particularly liked the hotel, La Farandole. A modern construction of stone overlooking the beach, la Gorgette, between Sanary and Bandol it had lovely views over the bay. My room with plate glass windows looking out to sea, cream tiles [...]

April 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sanary sur Mer

Yesterday I led the National Rust party to Sanary, a small town on the sea between the two great ports of Toulon and Marseilles. It was colonised by Aldous Huxley and Cyril Connolly and Cybille Bedford who wrote a rather good memoir of her upbringing there called Jigsaw. We decided to take the [...]

April 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

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