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Domaine De Manville Is Giving You Your Personal Domain in Provence

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  Site Where: 13520 Les Baux de Provence , France
July 16, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

How about a hotel with an average of 3.3 acres for each of its rooms – sounds good? That’s kind of the case at Domaine de Manville, a stunning new country estate which just opened in Provence, one of the most textbook ‘French’ places in France (apart from all the British expats growing their own wine). It’s set in a sweeping, 100-acre estate – and there are just 30 rooms to enjoy the space.

And you know it’s good, because it’s been snapped up by the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.

The estate – a former farm – rolls out in the valley below a medieval hilltop village, Les Baux, with olive trees and lavender fields around it. Rooms look quietly luxurious, with neutral colors, linen (linen!) sheets and omg-rolltop-tubs-in-the-bathrooms.

There’s also a spa and gym, restaurant with wine cellar, tea salon, a gorgeous outdoor pool and a “scenic 18-hole golf course” in the grounds. Activities will include wine tasting and truffle hunting. Heaven!

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On the River Inn Opens in Picturesque Vermont

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  Site Where: 1653 RT4 West Woodstock Rd [map], Woodstock, Vermont, United States
June 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Four score ago (1934) Laurance Rockefeller, of THE Rockefeller clan, and Mary French were wed in Woodstock, Vermont, and became hoteliers by purchasing the Woodstock Inn. Now another family-owned hotel has opened in the white clapboard town of Woodstock506 On the River Inn – the first US hotel for the family who owns and manages the Palacina and Zanzibar Collections in Europe and East Africa. This hotel is, however, a sentimental favorite for the family because husband Aaren grew up in Woodstock.

The 30-room On the River Inn comes across as a chic country estate – warm and comfy designed by a family with means. The palette is natural linen, stone, weathered leather and distressed wood with some design quirks that include old Vermonter quotes on throw pillows (“Hard telling, not knowing” – yeah, we don’t know what it means either) and an open country-style kitchen with a carpenter’s worktable and milk crates. Owner and designer Paulina Raguz of Palacina Interiors describes her concept as “a balance between a rustic farmhouse aesthetic and luxurious comfort. The décor is an homage to Vermont.”

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Is This The Most Generous Collection Of Hotel Toiletries You've Ever Seen?

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  Site Where: Babington, Frome, Somerset, United Kingdom, BA11 3RW
December 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

In a world of shrinking amenities (hello, slippers, we miss you) and toiletry bottles getting ever smaller, it’s a mammoth relief to rock up somewhere and find as many options for molly coddling in your hotel room as you have at home.

And at Babington House, the country outpost of Soho House, the selection is pretty incredible. With full-size bottles of the entire Cowshed range of toiletries, you'll be spending more time in the bathroom than the rest of the room!

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Comfy Beds But No Marmalade At 'The Best Country House Hotel In The World'

September 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was when news popped into our inbox of Lough Eske Castle winning the title Best Luxury Countryside Hotel In The World at the Luxury Hotel Awards that we had two burning questions. What is Lough Eske Castle? And what are the Luxury Hotel Awards?

According to the website:

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels worldwide. This Award was established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in hoteliering. It is about congratulating hotels that have taken the extra step & such differentiated themselves from "good hotels" to "exceptional hotels".

The list of this year’s winners is here, if you want to take a look. But in the meantime, what’s more interesting to us is a peek at Lough Eske Castle – especially as, apparently, it’s won the same award for the past three years.

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For Those Moments When One Michelin-Starred Chef Just Isn't Enough

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  Site Where: Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, GL54 2JD
September 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Having dinner cooked by one Michelin starred chef is normally in our dreams enough for us but if you’re the type who’s not easily pleased, the dinner going down on Sunday at Lords of the Manor in the Cotswolds might be worth a gander: it’s for one night only and is being cooked by no fewer than two Michelin-starred chefs.

The chefs in question are Matt Weedon from the hotel, and Alan Murchinson from L’Ortolan in Berkshire and the dinner is a one off meal that the hotel is, we hope not optimistically, naming “a culinary tour de force”. No word on the menu yet but since dishes normally include things like “Cornish red mullet and crab steamed in a courgette flower on a warm aubergine gateau with olive croquant and bouillabaisse sauce”, you can bet it’ll be fairly spectacular.

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Racy But Traditional: A New Cotswolds Hotel For Rahs and WAGs

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  Site Where: Southam Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
February 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM | by | Comment (1)

It’s been a little while since we had a nice country house hotel opening, so we’re excited to hear from a tipster about the Ellenborough Park, in the Cotswolds, just outside Cheltenham, that’s opening (or rather, reopening, refurbished and under new management) on Friday.

According to the website, the hotel will offer 62 bedrooms designed by Nina Campbell in a “traditional yet sophisticated English country house style”. From the photos, they look frilly, but not offensively so – not exactly our normal style, but something we could branch out of our comfort zone for. The bathrooms, however, look a little more modern – and all rooms have Hypnos beds, laptop-sized safes, iPod docking stations and – important for a chilly country manor – underfloor heating in the bathrooms. Although – gasp! Is that a country house-style peekaboo bathroom we see? Surely not.

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Got Spare Change This Christmas? Buy a Castle For the Day

December 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cliveden. All yours for £80k.

What do you get someone who has everything for Christmas? Or, rather, someone who doesn’t have everything but could quite do with a fancy present? The answer: a castle. Or, if you prefer, an old home of Queen Victoria or even an entire Cotswolds village.

Yep, the uber-posh hotel chain Von Essen (although “chain” is probably the wrong word for something as swanky as this) is “selling” a day’s exclusive use of their properties. So if you’ve ever had any lord and lady fantasies, and if they’ve been squashed by that cow Middleton, you can take out your frustrations this way.

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