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David Kelman, head chef of Cotswolds country house Ellenborough Park, marks his TV appearance on The Great British Menu with a limited series of dining events (the next one’s on Wednesday 9 July). Smith sent managing editor Anthony Leyton along for a taste of what promises to be a unique gourmet getaway… ‘So the menu’s […]

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Top 10 hotels to book for Easter

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Sorted out your Easter weekend plans? No? Tsk tsk. We’ve done the hard work for all you time-short, plan-lacking escape-seekers by rounding up short-break destinations for the fast approaching long weekend. We’ve still got plenty of romantic hotels with Easter availability (but probably not for long): below are 10 of our favourites. Be it country comforts, […]

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Roaring fires, mood-lit showers, outdoor hot tubs and beds large enough to lose yourself in… Set in the pretty rural setting of Chipping Campden, Cotswold House Hotel & Spa is the boutique hotel equivalent of a cashmere-wrapped hot water bottle and a (very stylish) fleecy onesie. You’ll have to try very, very hard indeed to […]

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You already know that Smith hotels and romantic weekends go together like moonlight and music: but what are the other ingredients of a super-stylish mini-break? We’ve rounded up this season’s perfect weekend-away travel companions – from the products that will make eyes sparkle on the Amalfi Coast to the best bedrooms to book in Barcelona… […]

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After several days spent juggling turkeys, presents and bottles of whisky (for Santa, natch) while entertaining the family, you’re probably in need of some downtime. Why not give yourself a pat on the back and retreat to a fabulous 15th-century boutique hotel in the Cotswolds? Style Fifteenth-century thoroughbred Setting Racy Prestbury Why this week? If frantic last-minute Christmas shopping has […]

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Looking for a room at the inn? We all know this is a crazy time of year, but The Wheatsheaf Inn has gone totally crackers, with an amazing ‘Golden Ticket’ Christmas offer – this chic Cotswolds coaching house turned gastrohub (and Bloody Mary competition host) has just a few rooms left for December 2012, and has […]

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StyleNest founder Hannah Rouch Q&A

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Since we’re in the family way (or will be very soon: look out for smithandfamily.co.uk on an internet near you), we spend a lot of time scouting around for anything that makes parenting that little bit easier, or reminds you that, even though you’ve had kids, you’re still a human, with your own interests, passions […]

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Spring’s a superb time to head for the hills. The changeable British weather won’t be a problem at Cowley Manor hotel in the Cotswolds: if the sun shines, there are acres of undulating English countryside in which to frolic… and if it rains, this boutique bolthole’s billiard room is the perfect place to hide out. […]

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The Wheatsheaf Inn: hotel of the week

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Banish the January blues by canoodling in the country: The Wheatsheaf Inn will do nicely. This historic Cotswolds coaching inn seems to have it all: stylish rooms, a parade of strokeable livestock for children, and a restaurant that capitalises on its rural bounty. There’s also that title-snatching cocktail from the recent Cotswolds Bloody Mary Competition… Style […]

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The Bloody Mary: probably the best hangover cure known to man. Fact. Also, probably the single best drink you can craft from in-flight trolley ingredients (or, if you’re totally lazy, from Belvedere’s pre-macerated Bloody Mary vodka, right). Fact 2.0. Also, in the wrong hands, potentially the most repulsive, godawful hash of a cocktail on God’s […]

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