Spectacular spectacular Château de Lartigolle

Burlesque at Château de Lartigolle, Gers, France

Beloved Smith & Friends self-catering property Château de Lartigolle in Gers is known for hosting special social shindigs, Burlesque at Château de Lartigolle, Gers, Franceand this summer they really wowed us with their Burlesque event. Hope you like my and Gavin Mitchell’s snapshots of this rather sexy soirée.

As well as serving a feast in their party-perfect vaulted cellar, London’s Tassel Club entertained revellers with risqué performances from a Marilyn-esque Banbury Cross and Bettie-Page-y Annette Betté Kallow (although what truly took our breath away was Miss Peacock’s magnificent hula-hooping).

Soundtracking these festivities throughout were top-hatted tune-spinners Bart & Baker and the Parisian DJs’ unique electro-poppy blend of swing. But enough of this chit-chat – what you really want are some snapshots from these sexy shenanigans, yes? So here we go…

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Smith seeks stylish self-catering cottages

Stayed somewhere amazing? Tell us about it!

When it comes to researching hip holiday homes, you realise just what a valuable service Smith provides with Smith & Friends (our cherry-picked collection of luxury self-catering properties and vacation rentals), when you have to scour the internet for private properties with that boutique-hotel wow factor.

It’s tremendously hard seeking out really special self-catering stays for Smith & Friends, as places that are genuinely stylish or chic in every way are few and far between.

In order to find one diamond you have to wade through hundreds and hundreds of hive-inducing bedspreads, dodgy sofas, hideous headboards, and terrible 80s wooden kitchens (I won’t even mention the decades-old B&Q bathrooms) to find the occasional Starck-fitted, Designers Guild-furnished cool cottage. And then there’s the actual in-person visit to check towels are properly plumped, glasses aren’t chipped and there’s no cigarette burn on the bedsheets. Gosh our members have it lucky being able to refer to our hand-picked selection of chic retreats.

We’ve been exhaustively scouring Britain’s favourite holidayspots to unearth a few more 2/3-bedroom cottages, two hours from London, but we’d love to find new properties in the Cotswolds, Dorset, Sussex and Kent, or on the coast (especially in Devon, Cornwall).

SO if any of you have stayed somewhere truly special, answers on a postcard please. Or better still, share your recommendations with us.

We’d love to add a few smaller luxe-for-less lodgings to our collection, with a super-high level of attention-to-detail, and sophisticated taste in design and decor.

So what would be my fantasy Smith & Friends escape?

Lunch with John Hitchcox

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