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A song of heat and ice at Titanic Spa

November 3, 2017 1 Comment

One of my favourite spas in the UK is right here in gorgeous Yorkshire – Titanic Spa, near Huddersfield. It’s at Linthwaite, locally known as Linfit, apparently, a village four miles west of Huddersfield in the Colne Valley. Textile mills were built there in the early 1900s, harnessing the power of the River Colne. The[Read More]

Escape to a shepherd’s hut

June 30, 2017 No comments

We love Yorkshire but sometimes our travels take us to other beautiful places and this is one we wanted to share. It’s a luxurious, hand-built shepherd’s hut in the most beautiful location. It belongs to Alun Moore, owner of  Beacon Hill Farm, an award-winning holiday idyll at Longhorsley, near Morpeth, in Northumberland. He and his[Read More]

Why I love The Principal York

February 3, 2017 1 Comment

One of my missions this year is to build a few more treats into my life. It was beginning to feel a bit like Groundhog Day. Work, eat, swim, sleep, repeat. Yawn. I’ve already made a slam bang start with a Friday night  stay at The Principal York, which used to be known as The[Read More]

GY on tour: I capture the casale

November 4, 2016 No comments

As regular readers will know, I have a bit of a thing for towers and old follies. This splendid edifice is called La Torre del Piano – the tower of the plain – and it is owned by Alana and Joe Mazza, Yorkshire folk who have forsaken God’s own county to open the very beautiful Casale[Read More]

Discovering Bishopthorpe Road

June 2, 2016 1 Comment

Leaving my lunch box at home proved fortuitous when I was out and about for work recently. Ruth Penty, owner of the B&B I was writing about, the fabulous and fashionable Staymor in York, suggested I go to the deli on Bishopthorpe Road or Bishy Road, as it’s known to those who know it and[Read More]