Burghley Horse Trials event guide

In the diary: Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

'This prestigious and popular leg of the global Grand Slam of Eventing brings the world's top riders and horses together to test their skill, stamina and speed across three pulse-quickening equestrian disciplines at the highest competition level: CCI 4*. Away from the thundering hooves and gleaming tack, there's a weekend's worth of eating, drinking, shopping and people-watching to enjoy'
Cowley Manor hotel in the Cotswolds

Cowley Manor, the Cotswolds: hotel of the week

Cowley Manor hotel in the CotswoldsSpring’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.

Style Modernised manor house
Setting Rolling Cotswolds countryside

Sip it and see: wine-tasting at Chewton Glen

Baron Philippe de Rothschild tasting event at Chewton GlenThere can be few things more irksome than being left out while an entire roomful of smug people simultaneously rave about something you’ve never tried (like a super-exclusive wine) or somewhere you’ve never been (like a favourite hotel) – and believe me, at Mr & Mrs Smith, it’s a regular occurrence. It’s like being back in the playground, having missed that vital episode of Dynasty and therefore being condemned to permanent social Coventry. See sample conversation below.

New Forest spa hotel Chewton Glen, Hampshire Colleague 1: ‘I was at Chewton Glen for a spa weekend last month, we had such a great time…’

Colleague 2: ‘Oh yes, I love it there! The New Forest is so lovely. And aren’t the rooms great?’

Colleague 3: ‘Yes, we stayed in the Poachers Suite when we went down last year…’

Colleague 2: ‘That’s where we stayed too! The bathroom’s amazing, isn’t it? And what about that two-person shower, eh!’ [repeat ad nauseam with self-congratulatory smiles all round]

Even anonymous members of the public were rubbing it in, voting Chewton Glen on of the top three ‘Best UK hotels‘ in a recent poll in the Sunday Times Travel supplement.

It used to annoy me. But not any more. Because – drum roll please – I am now a fully signed-up member of the official Chewton Glen Fan Club and feel that entitles me to a lengthy gush about a wonderful wine-tasting evening I recently spent at Hampshire’s Most Splendiferous Spa-Enhanced Country-House Hotel.