Category Archives: Travel

Out of the office…

May 11, 2017

Out of the office...

A very quick post today to let you know that I’m taking a short break from blogging, as I’m getting married this weekend! We’ll then be heading off for a mini-moon in Cornwall, but I’ll be back later in May with more interiors and lifestyle inspiration (and possibly a few wedding photos!).

In the meantime, here some pictures of the stunning Cornish coastline to feast your eyes upon, all captured by our wedding photographer Taylor & Porter during our recent engagement shoot

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Hotel Danmark | Copenhagen

March 13, 2017

Hotel Danmark | Copenhagen | These Four Walls blog

I have a bit of design-related travel news to start the week, as I’ve just discovered that Brochner Hotels, owner of long-time Copenhagen favourite Hotel SP34, is about to launch a brand-new base in the Danish capital.

Called Hotel Danmark, it’s due to open its doors to guests in April and, from the look of the press photos, it’s going to be stunning. The interiors blend sleek Scandinavian lines and mid-century modern classics with decadent touches, including four-poster beds, forest-green walls and brass accents. I particularly love the leather-padded headboards, which are softened by snuggly cushions in pale grey and mint green, and the striking dome-shaped bedside lamps.

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A road trip through Liguria

March 3, 2017

A road trip through Liguria, Italy | These Four Walls blog

Last autumn Chris and I embarked on a mammoth road trip through the Liguria region of northern Italy, reviewing hotels for my day job with i-escape. We flew into Pisa and followed the coast all the way round to the French border and back again, travelling more than 1000km over the course of a week.  A packed schedule left little time to explore, but I was so struck with the colours and textures we encountered – velvety-green hills, the endless turquoise sea, crumbling plaster walls in a rainbow of earthy hues – that I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos.

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A winter weekend at Artist Residence Cornwall

February 14, 2017

A winter weekend at Artist Residence Cornwall | These Four Walls blog

There’s something so invigorating about being by the sea in winter: the crashing waves, the empty beaches, the vast skies, the beautifully crisp light… Nothing beats it for blasting away any lingering post-Christmas cobwebs, and so the other weekend Chris and I hopped in the car and journeyed down to the western tip of Cornwall for a sneaky coastal getaway.

Our base was Artist Residence Cornwall, a stylish and eclectic hotel in the heart of Penzance. It’s perfect for a relaxing break, with friendly staff, a lounge-bar filled with sink-into-comfy armchairs, and the kind of easygoing vibe that instantly lulls you into holiday mode. And it’s great-value, with rates starting at well under £100 a night in low season.

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Weeke Barton | Devon

November 10, 2016

Weeke Barton | Devon | These Four Walls blog

Last week I shared some photos of Hotel Endsleigh, the first of two places which Chris and I stayed at during our recent escape to Devon. As promised, here’s a peek at the second: Weeke Barton, hidden above a wooded valley on the edge of brooding Dartmoor National Park.

This beautiful B&B is an entirely different kettle of fish to Hotel Endsleigh. Yes, it’s set in another old building – more than 500 years old, in fact, and rumoured by locals to be the longest traditional longhouse in the area. But inside it’s been given a contemporary makeover by owners Jo and Sam, a former restaurant manager and a graphic designer who swapped London life for the wilds of Devon in 2007.

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Hotel Endsleigh | Devon

November 4, 2016

Hotel Endsleigh, Devon | These Four Walls blog

Sometimes, modern life becomes so hectic that you have to escape, even if only for a day or two. Last month Chris and I did just that, using a visit to our Devon wedding venue as an excuse for a sneaky midweek break at two very different places to stay. The base for our first night: Hotel Endsleigh.

Hidden in private parkland on the banks of the River Tamar, with views out over a densely wooded valley and not another building in sight, it’s an enchanting place. It felt almost as if, along the winding lanes between the A30 and the flower-flanked entrance, we’d left the 21st century behind and entered a fairy tale.

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A weekend afloat on a London houseboat

September 26, 2016

A weekend afloat on a London houseboat | These Four Walls blog

I’ve always fancied embarking on a canal holiday – pootling along with a glass of wine in hand, watching the world drift slowly by. I’ve also always been fascinated by houseboats, and on trips to Amsterdam and Copenhagen I’ve found myself peering through portholes for a glimpse of life on the water. So, when Chris and I were offered a night’s stay at The Palmer, a houseboat rental on Regent’s Canal in East London, we jumped at the chance.

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A summer evening by the sea

August 17, 2016

A summer evening by the sea | These Four Walls blog

I blogged last week about my determination to savour the last few weeks of summer, and it’s something I’ve been putting into action this week. On Monday Chris and I left the office on the dot of six (a rarity for both of us) and headed straight to Clevedon, a pretty little town on the North Somerset coast, half an hour’s drive from Bristol.

Clevedon is famous for its Victorian pier, whose graceful arches and spindly cast-iron legs soar above the sea. We arrived just in time to see MV Balmoral, a beautiful old ship which ferries day trippers around the South West, docking at its end, before strolling along the boards to watch the sun set over the Bristol Channel. It was a magical evening: the sky slowly changing from rose-pink to inky-blue, the distant mountains of Wales glowing on the horizon, the waves sploshing gently beneath our feet.

Here are a few photos that I couldn’t resist sharing…

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Berlin restaurants & cafés

July 20, 2016

Spindler | Berlin restaurants & cafés | These Four Walls blog

Like all good holidays, our trip to Berlin involved a fair amount of eating and drinking, and the incredible array of restaurants and cafés meant we were spoilt for choice. For my final instalment from the city, here’s a round-up of our favourite foodie discoveries…

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72 hours in Berlin

July 16, 2016

72 hours in Berlin | These Four Walls blog

I have another installment from our recent trip to Berlin today (if you missed last week’s post about our wonderful B&B, Linnen, you can see it here).

It’s safe to say that the edgy, eclectic German capital captured our hearts from the moment we arrived. It isn’t exactly pretty – it’s shabby in places, with plenty of sprawling Soviet-era apartment blocks – but it buzzes with life and creativity. It’s also full of character, and every neighbourhood has its own personality, from down-to-earth Prenzlauer Berg (where we were staying) to vibrant, multicultural Kreuzberg (home to a large Turkish community).

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