My first family holiday in North Devon was when I was three years old. It was 1967 and my Dad drove my Mum, me, my baby brother and my grandparents from Hove all the way down to Devon in a blue VW Dormobile. Apparently we did cool things before we even knew they were cool!
We stayed in a caravan at Woolacombe Sands and spent our days on the wide sandy beach. I remember my Grandad bringing me a crab he’d caught in a bucket and being absolutely terrified of it. We had donkey rides and ice creams, played in the sea and built sandcastles. Happy days.
Things to do in North Devon and why it makes the perfect family holiday destination…
In April I went back to North Devon for another family holiday. Mr Jones, my son, his girlfriend and their four-month baby Jack came too. This time I was the grandparent! What goes around eh… Our base for the week was Horizons in Ilfracombe, North Devon, a modern, seaside themed apartment overlooking the town’s pretty harbour.
Who doesn’t love a weekend away or UK staycation exploring a new place, especially when it’s home to a quirky pier, a lighthouse and rows of colourful beach huts. Add in the Salthouse Harbour Hotel and the company of my daughter, Amy, and that ticks all my boxes. We set off to the English county of Suffolk to visit Southwold and Ipswich on a girly weekend.
Southwold beach huts
It’s not difficult to see why Mykonos is one of the most photgraphed destinations in the Greek Islands. Spend a day in Mykonos exploring ancient windmills, swimming in crystal clear waters, discovering pretty churches and losing yourself in winding alleyways lined with white-washed houses adorned with blue-shuttered windows. Mykonos is stunning.
The Majorca boutique hotel scene has a new addition. Stepping through billowing white curtains into the grounds of Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous felt like walking into a luxury fragrance ad.
Everywhere is so pristinely white and stylishly radiant at this Majorca boutique hotel that I almost expected Charlize Theron to come wafting across the terrace in a cloud of mimosa. I didn’t have time to ponder this much before being welcomed into the Selini Bar where a glass of crisp Moet accompanied check-in. The attention to detail is impeccable.
I’m back from my camping Ilbarritz trip toYelloh Village Ilbarritz near the French town of Biarritz in south west France. It was my first visit to Pays Basque and my first experience of camping in France. We usually head to the French Alps for winter skiing. I was looking forward to discovering what the region had to offer and seeing if the Basque region differed from the rest of France. I wasn’t disappointed. Fabulous beaches, the friendliest of people, excellent food and a few surprises along the way made it a brilliant weekend. Let me tell you about camping in Ilbarritz and what the area has to offer. (more…)
Imagine an Italian wine-maker, two chefs and five suitcases bulging with Italy’s finest produce all packed into a Fiat Panda. Now add two dozen eggs, copious amounts of virgin olive oil and the mother of all pasta pots. This was the cosy scene as the Palazzo Tronconi trio travelled to Rome airport, en-route to the UK, to host an Italian culinary masterclass.
Bookings for You director, Jo Mackay, invited me along for a taste of unrestrained Italian hospitality and to learn about a new addition to her villa portfolio. For a taste of Palazzo Tronconi Italian food and wine holidays read on…