Boutique hotels were only the beginning; now Mr & Mrs Smith have taken to the roads too. You might have spotted a wee piece in Grazia the other week (the one sporting a delightfully floral Cameron Diaz on the cover) about boutique road trips – the Smith team have road-tested seven great drives all over the UK, from the Cotswolds to Poolewe, and written up their travels to cover everything from gastropub stop-offs to baby-changing facilities.
So, whether you fancy cruising the valleys of West Wales, exploring Windermere and the Lake District or just a gentler run on the South Downs, Smith’s got it covered.
Of course, there are far more than seven great luxury road trips in the UK, and we can’t possibly do all of them (chance’d be a fine thing), so, together with some very friendly folk at Saab, (who kindly lent us their cars to test the trips in), we’ve also been beavering away at an online route planner.
It’s a nifty tool that lets you map your own trip from any A to any B in the UK – and includes the best restaurants to stop off at, the best sights to see, and the best boutique hotels to bed down in for the night. You can even choose to avoid motorways.
As with any complicated web gadgetry, there’s been a glitch or two on the way, but the Smith route planner is up and running and, to put it bluntly, we’re chuffed to bits with it.
We’d love your feedback though, so please let us know what you think. And if you too have any great ideas for road trips – anywhere in the world – we’d love to hear them.