Taking inspiration from the world around you …

Although I reference my clients occasionally, I don’t normally talk about my “day job” within this, my personal travel blog.  For this week however, with no apologies, I am focussing on my newest client – the newly reopened Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel.  The reason?  I admire what the owners, Mercure and Trevillion Interiors…

The last days of Nelson …

As a proud Portsmuthian, you can’t live in this naval city without knowing a little bit about Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson – it would be unthinkable.  We have his flagship HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, his memorial atop Portsdown Hill and even Fort Nelson, one of Palmeston’s Follies – a brilliant museum to visit….

The ultimate dovecote

This surely has to be the most magnificent dovecote I have ever seen – I call it the Westcott Wonder.  Pristinely thatched and maintained in the picturesque village of Westcott, one mile west of Dorking in the Surrey Hills, the dovecote resides close to the central village green.  It has a weather vane above it…

Agatha Christie & the Mystery of Surrey’s Silent Pool!

For this second week’s post, we continue the watery theme with a visit to The Silent Pool, Shere, just outside of Guildford. I had no idea this was opposite Newlands Corner otherwise I would certainly have visited sooner! Due to the bad weather last year, the walk around the Silent Pool is somewhat curtailed at present,…

Box Hill’s Stepping Stones

This week, I am still staying in the Surrey Hills area, (my new favourite place to visit) but this time, there’s a watery theme. One of the most popular parts of the National Trust’s Stepping Stones walk in Box Hill is undoubtedly the walk across the River Mole by way of the 17 hexagonal stepping…