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FANTASTIC FOOD FESTIVALS AWE-INSPIRING DESTINATIONS The Pennine Way ··Buckinghamshire The Isles of Scilly ··The Isle of Wight

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T’S BEEN A LONG TIME coming, and our gardens and open countryside have had to endure some late-season shocks, but summer is definitely around the corner! There’s an optimistic buzz in the air and, in this issue, we hope to show you why. Harry and Meghan’s special day will obviously be a highlight and the eyes of the world will be on the historic Royal Borough of Windsor (p34). There’s a brief introduction to royal etiquette (p46) and we feature leading hotels with themed packages on offer (p42). Our ‘Made in Britain’ heritage is further celebrated with reviews of traditional boat-building (p88) and some of our ancient and sensational cathedrals (p52) as well as a peek into the scandalous Georgian world of Lady Elizabeth Lamb (p30). Don’t ignore the plethora of food festivals (p67) around the UK – first-class fare and proud of it! Planning a visit, long or short? We focus on the fascinating Isle of Wight (p62), the slumbering Vale of Aylesbury (p38) and the beguilingly beautiful Isles of Scilly (p74), while tickling your fancy with a night at Kent’s historic Hever Castle (p83), a hike along the Pennine Way (p48) and some quirky, less well-known attractions in the capital (p24). On p12, you will find our cultural diary is full of the promise of artistic pleasure and, in our regular features, we bring you up-to-the-minute travel news and suggestions (pp7,96) and our pick of the latest on the UK fashion scene (p21) and leading brands (p94). Now – in your own time, relax and read!

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42 CONTENTS May/June 2018



Top 10 shows, exhibitions and events for your May/June calendar.


The life and loves of Elizabeth Lamb.


Royal-watchers and romantics of the world - discover the best of this small Berkshire town on the River Thames.


Hotels offering Royal Experiences.


Centuries of traditions and royal etiquette.

52. TEN OF THE BEST BRITISH CATHEDRALS A living connection to our ancient history.


From Cornwall to Cardigan Bay, this summer promises to bring some sizzling hot food festivals.

83. OVERNIGHT AT HEVER CASTLE Sleeping in the shadow of Henry VIII.


A seafaring nation with a great naval heritage –Emma Johnson meets some of the major players of the waves.



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FANTASTIC FOOD FESTIVALS AWE-INSPIRING DESTINATIONS The Pennine Way ···Buckinghamshire The Isles of Scilly ·The Isle of Wight




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From quagga skeletons to coffee, cake and cats!

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - A PERFECT GATEWAY TO THE NORTH Delight in unspoilt rural landscape.


Discover the beauty of The Pennine Way.


A fascinating island, full of charm, culture and royal heritage.

THE ISLES OF SCILLY - A DREAMY DESTINATION Stepping back in time, while relaxing in luxury beachside accommodation.







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TRAVEL NEWS From exhibitions to celebrations, anniversaries to events, here's our pick of the best must-know news...



A rare opportunity to purchase a twelve-seat Grand Tier Box at the world famous Royal Albert Hall, London! The venue has played host to such global superstars as, Adele and Ed Sheeran. Ownership of the box (which has twelve seats, rather than the more usual ten) places guests in close proximity to The Royal Box, providing an enviable view of many of the world’s most anticipated music concerts and events. The future owner and their lucky invited guests will have the opportunity in the coming year to see Cirque Du Soliel’s Ovo, Morissey, Marti Pellow, Art Garfunkel as well as events such as The Proms and The Olivier Awards to name but a few. Available exclusively through Harrods Estates, offers in excess of £3,000,000 invited! » visit


The Royal Mint has revealed a new collection of 10p coins that mark an exciting departure from themes normally associated with the 1,000-year-old organisation. Featuring amongst the new designs there's a cup of tea, fish and chips, cricket, and the Loch Ness monster. The 26 coins map out the A-Z of what makes Britain great – from the Angel of the North to a Zebra Crossing. » royalmint/coinhunt


A former Northern Lighthouse Board ship is about to open as a luxury Hotel, in Edinburgh, following a £3.5million development. FINGAL is located in historic Port of Leith close to the iconic Royal Yacht Britannia, and will provide the ultimate in luxury with 23 beautifully styled cabins, many with their own private balcony, each named after Stevenson lighthouses, inspired by Fingal’s rich maritime heritage. Head of Hospitality and Events, Andrew Thomson, said: “Fingal is like no other in Scotland. It is a privilege to take this historic ship and create a new, exciting and world-class addition to the Scottish tourism landscape.” » To find out more about the hotel and date of opening visit:

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE History was made as Delapré Abbey, an exciting visitor attraction in Northamptonshire, opened its doors for the first guests to explore its 900 years of history. Special guest Sarah Beeny (property developer and television presenter) cut the ribbon at the official opening. Delapré Abbey is located in 600 acres of parkland in the centre of Northamptonshire, and will be open six days a week over the summer. » EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM



The UK’s most decadent and sophisticated festival. Henley Festival will take place on the stunning River Thames 11-15th July »

Panerai British Classic Yacht Week, the premier classic yacht regatta in the UK is in Cowes, Isle of Wight between 14-21 July. »


The shores of England’s largest lake come alive 18-20 May with stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, wake boarding and sailing »

GRAND LOCATION The Principal London has just

opened its doors after an extensive restoration paying homage to the building’s illustrious history. Overlooking Bloomsbury’s Russell Square and clad in Royal Doulton thé-au-lait terracotta. Opening room rate from £225















A place with significant historical significance, Hatfield House is an unmissable royal attraction, 20 minutes by train from central London. It was here in 1558, in the Old Palace, that Elizabeth I learned she would become Queen. As a visitor this summer you can tour the halls, gallery, library and chapel; and the Grand Staircase, which is particularly impressive. »


Anglo-Scottish Sleepers, David Meara: For over a hundred years there have been sleeper trains running to a variety of destinations throughout Great Britain. The longest running services are those between England and Scotland, which started in 1873.The Scottish sleeper services, now branded as the Caledonian Sleeper are due to have seventy-five brand new carriages in the autumn of 2018 that will create a new level of hotel-style service.Illustrated throughout a fascinating history is told of these railway icons about the service along with stories and anecdotes from those who use the sleepers –capturing the essence of one of the most civilised ways of travelling long distances in this country. £14.99,



British Airways 100 Years of Aviation Posters, Paul Jarvis: This collection of 200 posters from the archives of British Airways provides a stunning visual history of air travel from the earliest days to the present. Airline posters often evoked the glamour of air travel at a time when it was a novelty and the height of sophistication. In more recent years the very best creative talents of marketeers and designers have been employed to produce some memorable modern artwork. This richly illustrated collection is a must for anyone interested in aviation and anyone who appreciates design. £16.99,




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Arundel Castle, West Sussex, will host its largest ever tulip festival , with over 60,000 flowers set to bloom in the Castle's stunning gardens. This year also marks the 950th anniversary of the Castle and the 10th anniversary of the Collector Earl's Garden. April-May »



A Boundless Summer is a brand new festival this year, taking Celebrate the glorious Great Outdoors and ‘all things British’ place in the grounds of Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath this summer at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire where music, with UB40 and The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & dance and history come together at a quintessentially British Tonnino Baliardo as this year’s headline acts. Garden Party. A very British affair at Britain’s Greatest Palace 7-8 July » 3-14 July »


With its gold leaf and pale yellow stonework glinting in the spring sunshine, Chatsworth in Derbyshire has reopened to the public following the biggest restoration and conservation of the house, garden and park since the 1820s. The 10-year long programme, costing more than £32million, sees Chatsworth restored to its full glory, both inside and out. »

DUOFOLD FOUNTAIN PEN Marking Parker's 130th anniversary, and limited to a production of 1300, this exclusive Duofold captures the essence of exploration with 22 hand-assembled components £2,430 »

THE MACALLAN 50 YEARS OLD The Macallan have just unveiled this new and remarkably rare limited edition single malt whisky. With a finite volume of 200 bottles worldwide, this rich and complex whisky is a highly limited and expertly crafted release priced at £25,000 for the 70cl bottle. » May/June 2018



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Agenda Top 10 shows, exhibitions and performances May/June WORDS by Melanie Abrams 12 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l May/June 2018



With so many glammed up, photoshopped images, the candid and often unflattering paintings by top British artist Chantal Joffe make a refreshing change. Now her intimate views of family and friends, as well as herself, are on show at Manchester’s The Lowry from 19 May for the venue’s Week 53 arts festival. “I wanted to give visitors a sense of breadth of her work that has put women front and centre over the last 20 years,” said Michael Simpson, the gallery’s director of visual arts and show curator. 

» Personal Feeling is the Main Thing - Chantal Joffe is on from 19 May to 2 September 2018 at The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ, 0843 208 6000, Week 53 is on from 17 to 28 May 2018.

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As the subject of a Selma Hayek film and with works collected by Madonna, Frida Kahlo remains one of the most recognisable artists. Now her personal possessions are unveiled at the V&A from 16 June. It’s the first time they have been seen outside her Mexico homeland. Born in 1907, the painter became the centre of Mexico’s avant-garde social scene alongside her husband, the muralist, Diego Rivera. Against the backdrop of her life and times, linger over the outfits she wore for her self-portraits and other iconic photos. Discover her Revlon make-up secrets that helped her construct her distinctive image which “has kept her current to each generation,” said curator, Claire Wilcox. 

» Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up is on from 16 June to 4 November 2018

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Azzedine Alaïa “wanted to represent his love of design,” said Design Museum curator, Gemma Curtin of the Tunisian fashion designer’s plans for his first UK exhibition opening 10 May before his sudden passing at Christmas. His timeless body-skimming clothes have adorned Naomi Campbell to Kim Kardashian since the 1980s, earning him the moniker, “king of cling”. Now over 60 iconic pieces including the bandage dresses, corset belts and experimental leathers can be seen alongside installations by his friends including legendary industrial designer, Marc Newson. 

» Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier is on from 10 May to 7 October 2018 at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG,



Get to know this 1950s musical again as the King and I opens at the London Palladium from 21 June. Based on the memoirs of the school teacher to the King of Siam’s children, Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe reprise their award-winning Broadway roles – made famous by Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in the 1956 film (for which he won an Oscar and she won a Golden Globe). Shall We Dance and other famous show stoppers will get those toes tapping. 

» The King and I is on from 21 June to 29 September 2018 at the London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF, 020 7087 7755

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Hasta la vista George Clooney and Brad Pitt, there’s a new Ocean’s gang in town. This time full of feisty women led by Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie, played by Sandra Bullock. Her eight strong crew plot to steal a $150 million diamond necklace at the glam Met Ball, including close friend, Lou (aka Cate Blanchett) and hacker, Nine Ball (aka Rihanna in her first film role). Helena Bonham Carter leads the British contingent as gang member, Rose, whilst James Corden pops up as Debbie Ocean’s confidante.  » Ocean’s 8 is released from 22 June by Warner Bros. Pictures

BRIGHT BRITISH STARS British actors make their mark in May’s Star Wars prequel of Han Solo before he joined the Rebel Alliance. See Emilia Clarke, best known as Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen, in her first major film role and Paul Bettany who is also in the new Avengers: Infinity War. Fresh from TV success with Line of Duty and Westworld is Thandie Newton. Watch out for Phoebe Waller-Bridge who is also making a name for herself as a writer and producer and American Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo.  » Solo: A Star Wars Story is released on 24 May 2018

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Pop princess, Taylor Swift brings her Reputation tour to Manchester and London in June, hot on the heels of her first UK number one – Look What You Made Me Do - from her best-selling 2017 album, Reputation. Prepare to party as her pop and country sounds evolve into electro dance and R&B beats. Helping the Shake It Off singer rock the stadia will be Havana hitmaker, Camila Cabello and Brit pop star, Charlie XCX. 

» Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour is on 8 and 9 June at the Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 3FF and 22 and 23 June at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HA9 0WS,



Michael Jackson remains a cultural superstar, still dominating bedroom walls to billboards. Now from 28 June, London’s National Portrait Gallery shows the Thriller singer’s impact on contemporary art in Michael Jackson: On the Wall. “It is rare that there is something new to say about someone so famous, but here that is the case,” said Dr Nicholas Cullinan, the gallery’s director and show curator. See Andy Warhol’s pop art makeover, David LaChapelle’s glossy theatrical take and Grayson Perry’s playful collage-style pot. 

» Michael Jackson: On the Wall is on from 28 June to 21 October 2018

at the National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, 020 7306 0055,



Fresh from headlining the Superbowl LII halftime show, Justin Timberlake is touring Britain this June after four years away. Kicking off in Birmingham, the SexyBack singer is celebrating his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods, which mixes his unmistakable pop, R&B, funk and soul sound with a new country vibe. "It sounds more like where I've come from (Memphis, Tennessee) than any other music I've ever made,” he said.  » Justin Timberlake: Man of the Woods tour is on from 27 June to 11

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Poldark hunk, Aidan Turner, transforms from people’s hero to terrorist in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre in June. The black comedy sees Turner as Mad Padraic return to the Island of Inishmore to exact a bloody revenge when his cat is murdered. The playwright, Martin McDonagh, is a man of the moment too: having written and directed this year’s double Oscar-winning film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 

» The Lieutenant of Inishmore is on from 23 June to 8 September 2018

at the Noel Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AU, 0844 482 5141,

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Museum Mania

If you thought museums were boring then think again! London is home the Natural History Museum, showcasing 80 million specimens from a 9,000-year-old human skeleton to a 4.5 billionyear-old meteorite, while the Museum of London tells the entire story of this great city from 450,000 BC to the present day. You will find all manner of animal oddities at the Grant Museum of Zoology where some 68,000 specimens cover the whole Animal Kingdom from the skeleton of a quagga - a long-extinct species of zebra – to the bones of a dodo and a jar of preserved moles, or for a slice of the darker side of Victorian life, the Jack the Ripper Museum has recreated scenes in the heart of Whitechapel during the reign of the still-unidentified serial killer. May/June 2018



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Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

Eating Out

Grab a coffee at Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in trendy east London, and you might be joined by a furry tablemate – here you can relax with the three C's: coffee, cake and cats. If you prefer your food cold and crunchy, visit the Cereal Killer Café, where every meal is of the breakfast bowl variety from Coco Pops to Lucky Charms. And while we’d love to tell you more about the Chambers of Flavour, here you arrive at a secret location for an evening of gastro and theatrical treats.

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For something truly peculiar, head to House of Dreams, a delightfully odd collection of items found by artist Stephen Wright; his personal memories and scavenged curios, from dolls' heads and bottle tops to false teeth and wigs are all displayed in his East Dulwich home. In God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow, you’ll find an eye-assaulting collection of neon art, created and curated by late designer Chris Bracey, from salvaged neon signs, old movie props and retro film sets. Open to the public as a homage to his life's work, it’s free to visit, and you can buy, rent or simply ogle the glittering kaleidoscope before you.

Tunnel within Churchill War Rooms. © IWM (CWR 000508)

Other quirky places we love:

• Head over to the London Mithraeum, also known as the Temple of Mithras, Walbrook, to experience ancient London. This is a Roman temple excavated after World War II, where over 600 Roman artefacts including the earliest writing tablets were discovered by archaeologists. Built along one of London’s lost rivers, the Walbrook, it was earmarked for a new location, but has been returned to its original site and is now open to the public in Bloomberg's European headquarters. • Transport yourself back to wartime London with a visit to Churchill's War Rooms, the underground bunker from where Winston Churchill coordinated the Allied forces during World War II, eventually leading them to victory. • Plus over in Highgate, you’ll find the final resting place of Karl Marx and George Michael at Highgate Cemetery. Built in Victorian times, it’s famous for its grand memorials and elaborate style - you can explore the newer East Cemetery independently or take a guided tour of the original (more architecturally impressive) West Cemetery. May/June 2018



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Elizabeth, ‘Lady M’, etching by Braun 30 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l May/June 2018 Clement after John Hoppner

The life and loves of Elizabeth Lamb...

Viscountess Melbourne

Elizabeth, Viscountess Melbourne rose from the squire’s daughter in the North Riding of Yorkshire to the pinnacle of Georgian society. Her story is an object lesson in ambition set against astonishing change for her aristocratic friends such as Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire. Queen Victoria was devoted to her son, William, when he became her first Prime Minister. Melbourne, Australia, was named after the family title she helped to found. Colin Brown describes her life, her loves and how she was still able to capture Lord Byron’s heart when she was in her sixties and he was only twenty-four.


HE GEORGIAN PERIOD has been called the Age of Elegance. It was also the Age of Unrest. Britain appeared at times close to revolution. Britain lost the revolutionary war of American Independence. The industrial revolution turned towns and cities in the North of England into overcrowded metropolises of poor families forced from their rural way of life. The ruling elite feared the French predilection for beheading its aristocrats would jump the Channel and set Britain ablaze. But for the small circle of landowning aristocrats who together ruled Britain, it was a time of unprecedented privilege. Lacking a need to work, they entertained themselves with Georgian pursuits, gambling at cards and horse racing, drinking – gout was widespread, and romantic affairs for both men and women. One of the unwritten rules was that a woman could enjoy herself with as many lovers as she liked, providing she was discreet. It was into this world that Elizabeth Milbanke stepped on 13 April 1769 when she married Sir Peniston Lamb, an MP, rich man-about-town, and a wastrel. It was a marriage of convenience. She was seventeen and he was twenty-four. He had inherited a vast fortune a year earlier from his

father Sir Matthew Lamb with £500,000 in cash and £500,000 in property and land including Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire and Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire, worth about £121 million at today’s prices. The Victorian writer William Torrens said Sir Peniston ‘indulged in all the pleasures of a pleasure-seeking age’… he was ‘on the whole a good-for-little indolent apathetic kindly man who never had a quarrel in his life.’ He needed Elizabeth to give him an heir and some respectability. Elizabeth needed his fortune to satisfy her burgeoning ambition to steer her family to the apex of Georgian society and she would do that with grace, tact, shrewdness and careful calculation, all the qualities her husband lacked. Elizabeth Milbanke was the daughter of a Yorkshire country squire and MP in the North Riding. She had been born in 1751 at the family estate, Halnaby Hall, near Richmond and had been well educated at home. Her family proudly could trace their roots back to the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, and she had an uncle who was a senior courtier at the court of St James’s in London. She was pregnant with their first child when she discovered that her husband had taken up with a celebrated actress and courtesan, Sophia Baddeley. Her ‘friend’, Mrs Steele later published a kiss-and-tell memoir of his exploits which read w

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The ground floor apartments of Lord and Lady Melbourne as they may have looked when Elizabeth entertained Byron there.

Peniston Lamb, Lady M’s son who died of TB in 1805, with powdered hair, shortly before he died.

like one of the popular Georgian farces by the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. They were excruciatingly embarrassing in their detail, but Elizabeth, though young, took it all in her stride. Her price was that she never had another child by her husband. She had two or three children by George Wyndham, the third Earl of Egremont, owner of Petworth in West Sussex, including her second son William, who in late middle age became Queen Victoria’s beloved Prime Minister (played by Rufus Sewell in the ITV drama, Victoria). Between 1770 and 1787, Elizabeth produced six children and only one, her first son, was by Sir Peniston. After that, she had a string of lovers. Whether or not Lord Melbourne acquiesced in his wife’s affairs is hard to prove, but there is strong circumstantial evidence that Peniston knew all about his wife’s infidelities because he profited from her liaisons. Her biggest coup was securing Prince George, the Prince of Wales, as one of her lovers when he was 21. She produced a son by him which he came very close to acknowledging as his own by acting as his godfather.


In November 1783, the same month that Elizabeth knew she had become pregnant by him, the palace announced in the London Gazette that her husband had been made a Viscount with a courtesy title as a Gentleman of the Bedchamber on the staff of the Prince of Wales. Elizabeth’s most intimate friend was Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, much to the annoyance of the Duchess’s family. Her mother Lady Spencer repeatedly pleaded with her daughter to break off her relationship with Lady Melbourne but she refused. She was in awe of Elizabeth, and wrote her letters that are in the archives at the Devonshires’ country seat, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and the Lamb archive at the British Library showing that she appeared to be frightened of her: ‘My dearest Them (Themire, the goddess of wisdom)…you must never be angry with me.’ It was said of Georgiana that she would never enter a room without a ‘hop and a jump’. Where Georgiana was gushing, Elizabeth was cunning and some said she was devious. Lady Holland, another grande dame of the Georgian era, compared her to the notoriously scheming Madame de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. She was handsome rather than beautiful with lustrous brown hair and blue eyes but men found her fascinating because she was different. She was, said Lord David Cecil, ‘a

National Trust's 17th century Petworth Mansion and Park, landscaped by 'Capability' Brown

PETWORTH, WEST SUSSEX This National Trust property, stately home with elegant rooms now a National Trust property open to the public. Elizabeth was a frequent visitor; it was owned by her longterm lover, George Wyndham, third Earl of Egremont, who was probably the father of her son William. ST JAMES CHURCH, PICCADILLY, LONDON This is where William Lamb and Elizabeth’s other children were baptised. The ornate font is attributed to the genius of carving, Grinling Gibbons. York House, Whitehall, as it looked when it was exchanged by the Duke of York with the Melbournes.

ALBANY, PICCADILLY, LONDON Rebuilt by the royal architect, Sir William Chambers for Lord and Lady Melbourne as their London home between 1771 and 1774, Elizabeth used her husband’s fortune to pay for the lavish interiors. Lady Melbourne held court here for the Prince of Wales before he became Regent. You may admire the outside, but do not try to gain admission. It was converted in her lifetime to flats and is exclusively for private tenants. BROCKET HALL, HERTFORDSHIRE Brocket Hall was inherited by Lord Melbourne from his father and was the Melbourne’s favourite country house. It has seen many royal visitors including the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria, who was entertained here by William Lamb. Emily Lamb, Elizabeth’s daughter, married her lover Lord Palmerston, the great Victorian statesman, who is reputed to have died at Brocket while having sex with a maid on a billiard table! Today it is part of an international golf course, which can accommodate private parties. You can stay as a guest in the stables converted into luxury bedrooms.

man’s woman’, who took a deep interest in what men had to say and do. She presided over a glittering Whig salon for over three decades, first at Melbourne House which she arranged to have built just off Piccadilly (now the Albany) and later at Melbourne House in Whitehall (the small dumpy building with the portico on the street next to Horse Guards) after she did a house swop with the Duke of York. The great wits of the Georgian age including the Whig leader Charles James Fox and Sheridan were regular guests at her table and she won the lasting friendship of Prince George for her sage advice. In her sixties, she

faced her biggest scandal when her son William Lamb’s wife, Caroline, had a wild and public affair with the poet Lord Byron in 1812. Lady Caroline Lamb’s wild antics – slashing her wrists at a ball – made Melbourne House one of London’s most a notorious addresses in London. Elizabeth nevertheless charmed Byron and engineered his marriage to her niece, Annabella Milbanke. It was a disaster but it succeeded in extricating the poet from her son’s marriage. It was claimed she and Byron became lovers; they exchanged rings and letters like lovers. Elizabeth was such an extraordinary woman, no-one would say it never happened. 

MELBOURNE HALL, DERBYSHIRE, This is a small, beautiful country mansion surrounded by a village where Lord Melbourne’s mother was born. It is still in private hands, and is open to public briefly during the summer. 

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IS FUNCTIONAL, MOTTE-AND-BAILEY stronghold, one of a series of nine such timber structures rapidly erected around London to deter rebellion against the 1066 Norman invaders, is, even today, a central feature of the astonishing edifice which all succeeding monarchs have strengthened, developed and embellished. In the 12th century, Henry II built a stone fortress on William’s mound and this remained until 1820, when George IV added height, perhaps to improve the view! When HM The Queen is in residence, her Standard flies proudly atop the tower; at other times, the Union Flag has to suffice. Windsor Castle is now the world’s oldest and largest castle, occupying a site of 13 acres (5 hectares), and has been enjoyed as a peaceful royal residence throughout its history, its mighty curtain walls never having been breached. Century by century, the monarchs have added, usually sympathetically, to the grandeur, beauty and fine artworks of the castle and, when Harry and Meghan are married in St George’s Chapel, they will be standing in the Plantagenet shadow of Edward IV, who commissioned its construction in the 15th century. Opened to the public in the late 20th century, following a catastrophic fire in 1992, the castle now attracts over a million visitors, each year, wondering at the glorious architecture, the aweinspiring state rooms and entertaining spaces and the sensational works of art. These are taken from the Royal Collection and include paintings and sculptures by great masters, battlefield acquisitions and classic porcelain or precious metal table decorations, not forgetting Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a ‘no expense spared’ 1920’s 1:12 scale model of a royal palace of the time, fully-furnished and decorated by the finest artists and craftsmen. Leading directly from The Quadrangle, home of the private royal apartments, is the Long Walk, a 2.65 mile avenue from the heart of the 5000 acre Great Park, the Queen’s favourite drive and the breathtaking access route for dignitaries visiting the castle. The original town of Windsor was established 3-400 years before William’s fortress but, being three miles away, was abandoned in favour of a ‘new’ settlement. A charming town, in its own right, with an eclectic mixture of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and modern influences, Windsor has a satisfying blend of ancient and modern in its architecture, streets and shopping. It also follows the lead given by its illustrious main feature and makes the most of its easy transport connections. The river, in ages gone the main thoroughfare to London, is now abuzz with launches, cruisers and pleasure craft, not to mention the rowers and scullers, particularly the scholars of the world-famous Eton College, located just a mile from the town centre. Runnymede, legendary island site of the signing of Magna Carta in 1215, is only a few oar-strokes away. As you would hope, the town boasts any number of sources of ‘refreshment’, liquid or more substantial, and there is enough variety to satisfy the most demanding, whether thirsting for delicious, locally-brewed craft ales or hungry, for good pub-grub or the finest of gourmet dining. Within easy distance from London (12 miles west of Heathrow), and well served by public transport, Windsor welcomes visitors. But, be warned, the combination of the people, the heritage and the unmatchable beauty of the Thames Valley may prove so irresistible you may find yourself staying longer than intended.


Guard on duty standing with gun at security point in Windsor Castle

Where to stay

Perfectly situated for access to all the town’s attractions, on the surprisingly traffic-free High Street, the Macdonald Windsor Hotel brings a nourishing hint of Scotland to the Thames Valley. Not only ideal for the castle, the hotel is within easy range of, for example, the Ascot and Windsor racecourses, Frogmore House and The Savill Garden (both in Great Park) and every child’s dream destinations, Legoland and Thorpe Park. Rather more peaceful options include the gardens at Cliveden, golf at Stoke Park, roaming the Great Park or a leisurely boatride on the river. The hotel’s main entrance is subtly understated and to be found directly opposite the 1691 Guildhall and the improbably leaning, timber-framed Market Cross House of a similar age. It leads through low-lit lounge areas (perfect for those afternoon teas) to the welcoming reception. With décor predominantly in mushroom, burgundy and shades of grey, the hotel oozes contemporary appeal and its 120 luxurious guestrooms and suites, spread over five floors of Georgian solidity, are each unique in layout and decoration, impeccably finished and with heavenly bathrooms. Lighting is unthreateningly ‘soft’ in the public rooms and Caley’s, the opulent cocktail bar, is stylishly modern, without being brash, making for a welcoming pre- and post-dinner atmosphere. The Caledonian theme is continued into the restaurant, the Scottish Steakhouse, which lives up to its name, serving the finest steaks in town, as well as offering super-fresh fish dishes and other well-conceived alternatives to grills. Their ‘Cullen Skink’, a nourishing soup of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions, has to be the best outside Scotland and is most welcome on a chilly evening. In the morning the most difficult choice is between the melt-in-the-mouth smoked salmon or authentic grilled kippers, served properly ‘on the bone’. The Macdonald reputation for reliable quality has been well-earned and their multi award-winning hotel in Windsor is deserving of all the accolades which come its way.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Nestled between motorways, and sheltered by the Chiltern Hills, the beautiful unspoilt rural Vale Of Aylesbury, North Buckinghamshire, holds the key to the Cotswolds and the Midlands.


Pictured opposite page: Pretty cottages and Crendon Church in Long Crendon. Pictured on this page: The Butchers and The Pointer, Brill


comfortable, with Hypnos beds and White Company linen. Don’t be deceived, when entering the flagfloored, low-ceilinged bar, thronged with local customers, that The Pointer is just another country-pub. I can confirm that the beer, locally-brewed, is good, and very welcome after a day’s drive, but it is the lure of the restaurant, separately-sited away from the bar and accessed via the open-fired lounge, which draws in the patrons. Warm, home-baked bread is brought to the table, in a linen bag, with a choice of butters. The locally-churned organic version is saltily delicious but, if you get the chance, lose yourself in the decadent flavour of their beef-dripping butter, dreamily reminiscent of roast beef and Sunday lunches. A succession of top-quality dishes follows and each reaches the quality-bar set high by that humble butter. With most of the raw materials used by Head Chef, James Graham, and his team emanating from the Howdens’ own organic farm, freshness and flavour are to be expected but my 50-day aged, Longhorn rib-eye steak was sensational.

In the south-west corner of the Vale, on the crest of a low hill, sits one of the charming villages for which the area is renowned. Brill boasts 1100+ residents, a parish church dating back 900 years, two shops, two pubs and a restored windmill. Although it was a Royalist stronghold during the 17th century English Civil War, it is an unlikely site for a 21st century gastronomic revolution but here you can find The Pointer, the 2018 Michelin Eating-Out Pub of the Year. Since buying the pub in 2011, David and Fiona Howden’s enthusiastic development and investment in both staff and the fabric of the building has brought commercial and award-winning success, culminating in their most recent accolade. Not content with transforming the fortunes of the pub, they opened a nostalgically-tiny old-fashioned butcher’s shop near the church (nowhere is far away!) and, from this year, can offer first-rate accommodation, encouraging pub/restaurant goers to relax and enjoy, without the worry of the journey home. There are just four en-suite rooms in a converted 18th century cottage, opposite the pub, but each is beautifully appointed and marvellously

Pigs at The Pointer's Farm.



HE GREAT ARTERIAL ROUTES of the M1 and M40, away from London, neatly bypass this 350sq miles of gently rolling, largely agricultural landscape, familiar to followers of the Midsomer Murders TV series, as they carry traffic to the north and west of the capital. Taking advantage of the resulting tranquillity, the Vale has retained that indefinable charm which has been its historic essence. Although the county takes its name from the small town of Buckingham, Henry VIII awarded the title of ‘county town’ to ancient Aylesbury, in 1529, in an apparent attempt to curry favour with Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne, Henry’s ill-fated second wife. Regrettably, little of the medieval centre still stands, a notable exception being the King’s Head, a timber-framed coaching-inn survivor from the 15th century and well worth a visit. Fans of David Bowie will be drawn to the Market Place to see the newly-installed bronze sculpture of the pop icon, in the town because the first appearance of his w

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Waddesdon Manor

HARTWELL HOUSE HOTEL AND SPA, AYLESBURY The long, illustrious history of the Hartwell House estate, in years gone by the seat of kings of both England and France, can be enjoyed by all who stay in the excellent Historic House Hotel into which it has been sympathetically transformed. Naturally, this great house has seen many architectural changes, over the centuries, and what you now have is an early-Georgian mansion with exquisite interiors of Jacobean, Baroque and Rococo influence, sitting in 94-acres of landscaped parkland, dotted with arboreal features, classic buildings and statuary. After a meticulous six year programme of restoration and modernisation, it opened as a 30-roomed hotel in 1989 and was given into the care of the National Trust in 2008. Since then, it has maintained its standing as a 4 AA Red Star hotel and has become an honoured member of the ‘Relais & Chateaux’ and prestigious ‘Pride of Britain’ organisations, its appeal evolving, as fashions change. The abandoned orangery, coach-house and stable block was stripped out and now hosts the generously-proportioned indoor swimming-pool, gymnasium, sauna and steamroom of the Hartwell Spa, where, in immaculate treatment rooms, all manner of therapies and beauty routines are administered by skilled professionals. The increasing demand for accommodation for larger parties, and families, is also answered – the Old Rectory, within the estate, can take up to 10 guests, in private (self-catered, if you wish) luxury and with a manicured, two acre garden in which to play or relax. Even our four-legged friends can be equally pampered, staying in one of the 16 suites and bedrooms making up Hartwell Court (formerly estate officers’ quarters), in superb comfort. Such a great setting deserves a restaurant to match and, in the Sir John Soane-inspired dining-room, Executive Head Chef, Daniel Richardson, presents seriously good, imaginative dishes, perfectly served. In recent time, awards and recognition, for both the food and the extensive wine-list, have been a regular feature and, based on my experience, this magnificent house, just an hour’s drive from Central London (quicker by train), will surely receive many more. /


’alter-ego’, Ziggy Stardust, took place in a nearby club. Away from such modern culture, the Vale is home to a multitude of sleepy villages and hamlets and it must have been this bucolic air which attracted the great and good to invest in grand stately homes and estates. Buckinghamshire boasts more National Trust properties than any other county and south of the Chilterns lie great Thames-side houses like Cliveden and Stoke Park. Further north, you will find magnificent architectural gems like Florence Nightingale’s Claydon House, Stowe and, unmissably, VisitEngland’s 2017 ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Waddesdon Manor. This was built, in French style, between 1874-89 to house Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s fine art collections and given to the nation, complete with all contents, in 1957. Sadly, James Callaghan, in 1977, refused the opportunity to acquire another great Rothschild ‘treasure-house’, Mentmore Towers and its extraordinary contents, for a modest £2m. After years of indecision, the contents were auctioned, raising over £6m, and the house and park sold separately.

Sadly, it now stands empty and neglected, in danger of dereliction. On the outskirts of Aylesbury, a kinder fate befell Hartwell Hall, a less ostentatious pile but one with an illustrious history going back to the 11th century. In the 19th century, it became a refuge for the exiled king of France, Louis XVIII, and his large entourage before finally being painstakingly restored in the late 20th century and opened as a perfectly presented country-house hotel. Peacefully nestled between Luton, to the east, and Oxford, to the West, The Vale of Aylesbury gives visitors a taste of a quieter England, unhurried and sedate, with country roads and lanes blissfully free of heavy traffic, except for tractors. As a relaxing tourist base, it’s ideally situated to give access to a bewildering choice of attractions, whatever the preference. Great houses abound but alternatives include the famous zoo at Whipsnade, for steam buffs, the Railway Centre at Quainton and, for the energetic the exciting challenge of the North Bucks Way. While not, strictly, within the Vale, the irresistible appeal of the Bicester Shopping Village cannot be ignored. This shrine to retail therapy brings together, in one cobbled street, outlets for 160 of the biggest brands in Britain, including Armani, Burberry, DKNY, Prada and Versace, and all at discounted prices. Just over the ‘border’, also, is fabulous Oxford, bustling ‘city of dreaming spires’ and historic home to the many colleges making up the world-renowned university. 

The Great British Escape Stoke Park is a luxury 5 AA Red Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club set within 300 acres of beautiful parkland and offers world-class sporting and leisure facilities.

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49 Bedrooms and Suites Award winning Spa 27 hole Championship Golf Course 3 Restaurants and Bars, including Humphry’s (3 AA Rosette, fine dining) 13 Tennis Courts (indoor, grass and artificial clay) Indoor Pool State of the art Gym with Fitness, Hot Yoga and Spinning Studios hosting up to 50 classes per week Crèche Games Room


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35 minutes from London, 7 miles from Heathrow Airport and a short drive from Windsor makes Stoke Park an ideal location and perfect setting for stopovers and luxury breaks. For more information or to book, please contact our Reservations Team on 01753 717172 or email

ENJOY YOUR STAY In celebration of the Royal Wedding, hotels across the UK are getting ready to mark the occasion. We hope you enjoy our pick of the best Royal Experiences, where you too can raise a glass to toast Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they marry this May at Windsor Castle.

Royal Tea at The Rubens at the Palace

Royal Afternoon Tea at The Arch London

Martini Library at The Arch London







includes a two night stay in an extravagant two-bedroom suite with a large entertainment lounge and private courtyard or kitchenette. During their stay, guests are treated to a Best of British three-course dinner in the hotel’s stylish restaurant, Hunter 486. The following morning, guests receive the ultimate Royal treatment whilst indulging in a luxurious Champagne breakfast. This will be followed by a quintessential Royal Afternoon Tea for a truly British experience! The exclusive package includes a tour of Windsor Castle, the venue for the Royal nuptials and home to The Queen, boasting over 900 years of Royal history. The package also includes a £100 Fortnum & Mason shopping voucher for a truly exquisite shopping spree. The Arch London can also arrange airport transfers for guests. The Royal Wedding package Priced at £3,900 per room for a two-night stay based on two people sharing The Royal Wedding package is available exclusively throughout May 2018. †


Five-star boutique hotel, The Arch London, located in an affluent area of Marylebone, across the road from Queen Madge’s London pad, has created a lavish Royal Wedding package in celebration of Meghan and Harry. Renowned as one of London’s best kept secrets for those in the know, The Arch London is the perfect place to make patriotic guests feel like royalty during their stay. Tucked away on a calm residential street a stone’s throw from the city bustle of the West End, Bond Street and Hyde Park, it spans seven Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes. The art-infused range of stunning en-suite rooms and suites provides five-star accommodation while their inspiring restaurant and bar offers the perfect location to relax and dine in style. Additional touches, including complimentary soft drinks in all rooms, ambrosial restaurant menu, opulent Martini Library and a chic Champagne Lounge enhance the experience. The ultimate luxury getaway, here guests can celebrate the big day in style and be treated like royalty themselves.

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We a l s o l ov e . . . The Rubens at the Palace Located opposite Buckingham Palace, this is the perfect hotel to enjoy a Cucumber and Cream Cheese sandwich, served overlooking the Royal Mews, this unique afternoon tea concept features a selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches and sweet treats, priced at £39 per person.


Royal recipes at The Savoy Inspired by royal weddings past and present The Savoy’s new Afternoon Tea menu will feature Her Majesty The Queen’s favourite cake of soft chocolate ganache, rich tea biscuits and rum soaked raisins that is based on an authentic historic Royal recipe.



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Prêt-à-Portea Masterclasses

Throughout May The Berkeley hotel is celebrating the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by giving guests the chance to create their very own Royal Wedding Prêt-à-Portea. Guests will be welcomed into the hotel’s bakery by the head pastry chef to attend masterclasses that recreate a few fashion favourites as bridal biscuits and cakes. There will be wedding dress biscuits inspired by the likes of Ralph & Russo, Phillipa Lepley and Suzanne Neville, and stiletto shoe cookies inspired by Manolo Blahnik’s, Jimmy Choo’s and Nicholas Kirkwood’s bridal creations. As well as learning everything they need to host their own royal-themed tea parties, after the masterclasses guests will tuck into Prêt-à-Porteas with limited edition regal bridal designs in the SS18 Collections bedecking the cake stand. †

Royal Wedding Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel

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A princess For Meghan Markle and Prince Harry when it comes to planning their wedding there’s centuries of traditions and royal etiquette to get to grips with before their big day!

Floral Homage

When Victoria, the Princess Royal, married in 1858 her bouquet contained myrtle from her mother Queen Victoria’s own garden. Since then every royal bride – including the Duchess of Cambridge – has included a sprig from the exact same plant, which still grows in the grounds of Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight, the former private home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This as-yet-unbroken tradition suggests Meghan will do the same.

Golden Gifts

In 1923 The Queen Mother started another royal tradition by using rare Welsh gold. Tucked into the lush green landscape of the stunning Snowdonia National Park in Wales, is the Clogau St David mine, from which the finest quality gold was extracted and used to create her wedding band. Though the gold veins have since run dry, Clogau, now a family-run jewellery company, has a small, carefully rationed supply. Queen Elizabeth II also has her own modest reserves, so we imagine there would be enough for at least two more bands. Whether Prince Harry would wear his ring after the big day, however, would also remain to be seen, as it’s also traditional for upper-class men to eschew all jewellery – including wedding bands.

A Royal Feast

After the ceremony, Meghan and Prince Harry will treat their guests to a lavish feast, known as a ‘wedding breakfast’, regardless of the time of day it’s eaten. Queen Elizabeth II and The Queen Mother both opted for menus with a formal French influence, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to champion locally grown cuisine.


If Meghan and Prince Harry follow suit, perhaps they'll also serve Jersey Royal potatoes and Hebridean langoustines. They could choose to serve flavoursome Gressingham duck, from family-run farms in Norfolk and Suffolk. Otherwise, the Windsor Farm Shop conveniently sells beef, pork and lamb reared on the Royal Farms. Mimic the monarch by visiting the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, where the farm shop is also open to the public. Or trace the procession route Megan and Prince Harry will take on their wedding day, ending with the picturesque Long Walk and a visit to Windsor Castle. To complete the fine-dining experience, Megan and Prince Harry may turn to iconic cheesemongers Paxton & Whitfield for a selection of British cheeses. Pick up a hamper from their original Jermyn Street store in London - opened in 1797 and you could enjoy a picnic in one of the nearby Royal Parks, such as St James’ Park or Green Park, while live-streaming their televised wedding day.

Playing By The Rules

In addition, Meghan will need to learn the rules surrounding a traditional royal wedding. “As the newly-married couple begins to walk down the aisle at St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, they will pause so Prince Harry can bow and Meghan will curtsy in front of Her Majesty the Queen,” explained former royal butler and etiquette expert, Grant Harrold. Normally, the bride and groom are first to eat at a wedding reception. However, royal etiquette insists nobody starts eating before Her Majesty the Queen. Similarly, when she finishes, everyone else stops eating too. “The Queen, being an excellent hostess, will, of course, make sure guests within her eyesight are finished before she stops eating,” added Mr Harrold. With news that members of the public will also be invited to join the wedding celebrations, there may well be a rush of bookings at Mr Harrold’s Royal Etiquette workshop, where participants are taught appropriate protocols when interacting with royals, aristocrats and VIP families.

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Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction for 12 Years

Follow in the footsteps of Royalty when you step aboard Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace, an exclusive use five-star evening events venue and visitor attraction in Edinburgh. Discover how the Royal Family and 220 crew lived. See where Prince Harry and Prince William spent their summer holidays every year. Discover where kings and queens, world leaders and celebrities were wined and dined. Royal Deck Tea Room | Gift Shop | Free Parking | Fully Accessible Free Audio Tour available in 30 languages

Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ 0131 555 8800 | Registered charity SC028070


CENTURY The Pennine Way spans 268 miles, an undulating backbone of the north that begins in the village of Edale in England's first National Park, the Peak District, and ends in Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.


MMORTALISED IN LITERATURE, film and television, the verdant hills and melancholic moorlands have provided the backdrop to some of the classics of our time. Visitor’s can hop on and off the mesmeric Pennine Way, hiking around some of Britain’s most diverse and captivating countryside and for food, history and literary patrons, the Yorkshire Dales is a real sweet spot. Primitive hunter-gatherers can be traced back 12,000 years in the Yorkshire Dales with hunting tools such as flints excavated from Victoria Cave in Ribblesdale. In the 18th and 19th century, the Yorkshire Dales was one of the main lead mining areas in England and today scattered remains of former mine workings, mills and other industries demonstrate the region’s rich industrial heritage. What is most striking, though, is its beauty; quaint marketplaces and charming villages are cocooned between humpbacked valleys criss-crossed with ancient stone walls. Traditional buildings of locally quarried stone unify this corner of the country and the patchwork valleys, rivers, farmsteads and pastures are beguiling. Driving into the dales, the road winding between the broad, sweeping dales and the icy blue-white sky filling almost every inch of the panorama, it feels as though little has changed since the first farmers started tending these fields. Modern cities (the dales are handily located an easy drive from historic York and Harrogate) feel a world away. Along the twisting road from Redmire, one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval castles still proves an imposing entrance to Wensleydale. w


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Walltown Crags below Hadrian's Wall

Bolton Castle was originally built by Sir Richard Le Scrope and its scars bear testament to over 600 years of history. Made famous by Mary, Queen of Scots who was imprisoned in the castle after her escape from Scotland, the chambers in the south-west tower where she is thought to have stayed and are open to the public. Inside visitors can also explore the Old Kitchens, Dungeon, Solar, Nursery and the Armory while the castle grounds, maze and ornate gardens will ignite a taste for the outdoors. Amid forested ravines, waterfalls helter-skelter through the dales. Some of the most famous are found at Aysgarth, where the River Ure cascades down a triple flight of limestone clefts. Picnic or head to the tea room on the bridge for a Yorkshire brew and look out for film crews – Aysgarth’s scenic falls are a favoured backdrop for film and TV and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was filmed here. A few miles away Hardraw Force, England’s highest single drop waterfall, tumbles to the earth in the garden of the Green Dragon public house in Hardraw. The inn dates back to the 13th century and visitors can stop for a hearty feed in view of the cascading waterfall. It’s not only its diverse natural landscape that make this part of England so attractive but today it’s recognised as a hotspot for artisans and fine food producers. A host of revered restaurants, inns and cafés have also emerged with Yorkshire now the most Michelin-star spangled place outside of London in the UK. Around four miles from the Aysgarth, Yorebridge House offers upscale lodgings with beautiful views and an excellent dining 50 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l May/June 2018

room. A boutique hotel near the town of Bainbridge, the family-run staging post goes above and beyond – staff will even pick guests from the local village train station on arrival. The hotel was once a school house and many original features remain. Rooms are contemporary and stylish, with a few enjoying private courtyard gardens, river views and hot tubs. Two minutes down the road, the hotel also offers a gorgeous Barn Suite. Attached to the owner’s house but still extremely secluded and private, the now-luxury barn dates back to 1650 – though the entire house plot actually dates back to 1304 and is thought to be the first ever building erected in the dales. Should you be able to prise yourself from your room at Yorebridge, fabulous walking trails, cycling routes and bridleways forge off in just about every direction. Over the hills, Lake Semer Water is a picturesque spot with its own host of green lanes to choose from. For foodies, the Wensleydale Creamery, made famous by the Wallace and Gromit animations, is close by and an excellent introduction to the region’s booming gourmet reputation. Within four miles of Yorebridge’s front door, there are five food and craft markets each week and tea rooms, farm shops and producers abound. The dale’s unofficial capital is the picturesque enclave of Reeth. Located slap bang between two of the finest dales Reeth’s huge village green is flanked by shop, homely bakeries and afternoon tea emporiums. Pack a picnic and hike along the Arkle Beck to Arkengarthdale or yomp along the waterway and stop for lunch at the Charles Bathurst Inn.

Malham Cove

Crathorne Hall

Many visitors head west, across the dales and on to the Lake District. Near the Lancashire and Cumbrian borders, the Ingleton Falls trail offers beautiful forested walks and great views of the Falls while the 70m high curving limestone cliff of Malham Cove is a magnet for hikers and climbers alike. On the western edge of the dales, Hipping Hall is a 3 AA rosette gem. The lovingly resorted hotel dates back 350 years and is a culinary crossroads – geographically sitting in the county of Lancashire, a stone’s throw from the Lake District and framed by the Yorkshire Dales, its kitchen sources delectable local produce from all three corners. Hipping’s beautiful beamed dining room is understated and elegant, with a huge tapestry hanging at one end. Here the food is the star and Head Chef Oli Martin combines unique flavours and textures with exquisite flair. You know a restaurant is good when even the bread and butter (whipped and fluffy) is the talk of the table. Unusual flavour combinations ¬– the mushrooms on toast comes with a sour dust and Juno custard that is showstopping – elevate this menu, while the local seasonal meats (Goosnargh duck, Hartshead beef and Cumbrian red deer in our case) are stunning. For food lovers, Hipping is a must-visit. 

Hipping Hall

For those heading east from Arkengarthdale, perhaps to the North York Moors Crathorne Hall was the largest country house built during the reign of Edward VII and is now a country hotel and great base for exploring. The hotel has a rich political and historical heritage and was home of Lord Dugdale, who served in Churchill’s post-war cabinet (then known as Sir Thomas Dugdale). As a private residence, Crathorne hosted conservative Prime Ministers, Prince Charles, The Queen Mother for a small lunch party in 1968 and musicians such as Yehudi Menuhin and composers such as Benjamin Britten stayed at the Hall when they performed at the nearby Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond. May/June 2018



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They’re the link to our medieval past, a living connection to a part of our ancient history and a continuous thread through centuries of change. Bernadette Fallon selects 10 inspiring cathedrals to visit.



It’s the Mother Church, not only of all England but of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the seat of the most powerful archbishop in the country. Canterbury Cathedral has seen it all in 1,400 years of history and today is one of the most famous church buildings in Europe. It’s the site of the oldest cathedral in England and its foundation marks the Christian conversion of a large part of the country after Augustine, a Benedictine monk sent by Pope Gregory to convert the Pagan Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, arrived in Kent in 597. It’s also of course the site of a very famous murder when Archbishop Thomas Becket was butchered by four royal knights of King Henry II. Today a small altar marks the spot of Becket’s murder, nearby a white stone stained with red is said to be the spot where his head lay bleeding after the deed was done. The original shrine, covered in gold and precious jewels, was dismantled under the orders of King Henry VIII during the Reformation. Other must-sees in the cathedral include St Gabriel’s Chapel with wall paintings that date from the Middle Ages, the Great South Window with its medieval stained glass and a contemporary sculpture by artist Antony Gormley in the crypt, suspended above the original site of Becket’s tomb.

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WINCHESTER IS THE LONGEST cathedral in Britain, stretching 169m from the west entrance to the east end, and one of the biggest medieval churches in the world. Built on the site and using the stones of the old minster in the onetime capital city of England, it was founded in 1079 by William the Conqueror, just thirteen years after his victory at Hastings. It is the final resting place of St Swithun of the ’40 days of rain’ fame – though his original shrine was destroyed – and author Jane Austen, who has no less than three memorials in the nave. And while Swithun’s shrine didn’t survive the destruction of the Reformation, several medieval chantry chapels miraculously did, including that of Bishop Stephen Gardiner, former Bishop of Winchester and a key player in the court of King Henry VIII who was subsequently imprisoned in the Tower of London for his Catholic beliefs. But one of the cathedral’s most famous memorials is not to a saint, bishop or literary legend, but a dockyard diver. A bronze sculpture of William Walker celebrates the man who saved the cathedral with his bare hands at the start of the 20th century; diving under the building in deep water to underpin the cathedral’s foundations and save it from sinking into the ground beneath.





FOUNDED AS THE final resting place of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Durham Cathedral began life as a simple timber shrine. As Cuthbert’s fame grew with news of the miracles he performed for pilgrims to the site, the shrine became a church and at the end of the 11th century, today’s mighty cathedral began to take shape. William of St Carilef (William of Calais) was its first ‘prince bishop’ - until the 19th century the Bishop of Durham was a military leader as well as a religious one - appointed by William the Conqueror in 1080. He was responsible for getting the cathedral built and construction began in 1093 at the eastern end. First completed was the choir and then builders moved on to the nave, which was fully completed almost forty years later. Back then, Cuthbert’s shrine was described as ‘the most sumptuous in all of England’. Today it’s a simple stone slab behind the high altar, the original plundered and destroyed in the Reformation. But even if Durham lost its shrine, it still has its wonders.


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IT’S ONE OF THE MOST quintessentially English cathedrals and its spire is the tallest in the country. Set in lush meadows by a river, Constable painted about 300 different versions of Salisbury Cathedral over his lifetime. And it is unusual among its medieval counterparts in not evolving piecemeal, section by section, but was built as a single creation in the 13th century, the third structure to hold the name Salisbury Cathedral but the first one to occupy this site. Within its walls you’ll find some of the oldest carved choir stalls in the country, including some gifted by King Henry III in 1236; one of the most stunning examples of fan vaulting in England, dating from the Perpendicular Gothic period; and the oldest working clock in existence, dating from about 1386. One of the cathedral’s most arresting features is placed in the nave. The Living Water Font was designed by British water sculptor William Pye and installed in 2008, on the eve of Michaelmas Day, as part of the 750th anniversary celebrations of the original consecration of the cathedral in 1258.



THE ‘SOFT BLONDE STONE’ of Lincoln’s great west front is all that remains of the original Norman building founded here in 1072 by William the Conqueror’s travelling companion and supporter, the Benedictine monk Remigius. On top of one of the steepest hills in the country, the cathedral can be seen from most parts of the county and was described by the Victorian critic John Ruskin as ‘the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth two of any other cathedrals we have’. It was also for a time in the Middle Ages the tallest building in the world. Today, Lincoln displays a perfect history of medieval architecture through the cathedral’s many phases - from Norman to each of the Gothic styles. From the Early English nave to the Decorated Gothic screen that separates it from the quire with its magical angel carvings, to the final Gothic flourishing, Perpendicular, in the east end. This is home to St Hugh’s shrine, in memory of the revered 12th century bishop who was canonised a saint when he performed many miracles for pilgrims after his death. Above the shrine is the Lincoln imp, turned to stone by an angel after causing mayhem during a religious procession, today forever grinning at the visitors below




YORK MINSTER is one of the biggest Medieval Gothic cathedrals in northern Europe and holds half of all the Medieval stained-glass in England. As the Mother Church of the Northern Province, it’s one of the most important spiritual centres in Britain and the seat of an archbishop. It costs £20,000 a day to run and employs a full-time staff of 200, including thirty permanent glaziers and stonemasons, as well as 500 volunteers. Its history stretches back to the Roman Emperor Constantine, who founded the first church in York in the 4th century. The first minster was a wooden church built in 627 for the baptism of King Edwin of Northumbria. Although the current minster is an impressive 800 years old, dating back to the 13th century when the 250-year building programme began, this is in fact the fourth minster to be built in the city. York’s treasures include the famous Rose Window, with its stonework from 1240 and glass from the early 1500s, the Five Sisters window that dates from the 13th century, and features in Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, and the magnificent Decorated Gothic Chapter House, which has played home to English parliaments in its history.

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KNOWN AS THE ‘SHIP OF THE FENS’, Ely Cathedral rises majestically from the surrounding landscape. Isolated on an island until the draining of the Fens marshland several centuries ago, today it rises magically from the early morning mists. Magical too is the story of its origin. Most unusually it was founded by a woman, Etheldreda, an Anglo-Saxon princess of the 7th century and the daughter of the King of East Anglia. The Anglo-Saxon church she established became a monastery and in 1081 work on today’s cathedral began on this site. In the 13th century a large extension was added to the building to accommodate Etheldreda’s shrine and make room for the crowds of pilgrims who flocked to visit it. Today St Ethelreda’s Chapel is marked by a modern statue made in the 1960s by Philip Turner and nothing remains here of her original relics. The cathedral is particularly famous for its Octagon and Lantern, a masterpiece of medieval engineering built from wood to replace the Norman central tower that fell down in the 14th century. It frames the central space high above the nave with a dazzling display of elegantly executed arches, painted panels and detailed carving. Visitors can take a guided tour up to it and right out onto the roof itself for a not-tobe-missed experience.



ST DAVID IS THE PATRON SAINT of Wales and the cathedral that bears his name stands on the site of his 6th century monastery in the city of St Davids, the smallest city in the UK but so important it dropped its apostrophe. This historic site was in fact a centre of Christian worship and pilgrimage long before St Augustine arrived in Kent to spread the faith. William the Conqueror visited as a pilgrim, as did King Henry II after the cathedral was established in the 12th century. All were drawn to pray at the shrine of St David, which like so many others, was defaced in the Reformation. Today, its stonework has been updated with gleaming painted icons by local artist Sarah Crisp. Other memorials to visit in the cathedral include the tomb of Edward Tudor, father of King Henry VII and grandfather to King Henry VIII, and the grand Gothic Holy Trinity Chapel, final resting place of St Davids’ Bishop Vaughan.

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ST GILES CATHEDRAL has been a place of worship for nearly 900 year and has played a tumultuous part in Scottish history, a legendary scene of revolts and reconciliations. It’s believed to have been founded around 1124 by King David and named in memory of a 7th century Greek hermit, the patron saint of – among other things – lepers. Only a few of the stones of the original medieval building remain and today the oldest part of the cathedral is believed to be the sanctuary at the crossing, dating from the early 1300s. Among the famous historical figures it has played host to over the years are John Knox, one of the foremost proponents of the Reformation in Scotland and Jenny Geddes, who may have been responsible for the start of the Civil War that overthrew the monarchy, though her actual existence is still in some dispute. The cathedral is also home to the Knights of the Most Ancient and Most Noble order of the Thistle, who have their own regal chapel in the cathedral, a wonderful Gothic creation, which, despite its ancient appearance, dates from the early 20th century.



RIPON CATHEDRAL MAY HOLD the body of one of the greatest early saints of England and might just have provided the inspiration for one of the bestknown books in the English language. What we know for sure is that, while it’s not the oldest church building in the UK, its 7th-century crypt dates from 672 and predates every existing cathedral in the country. It was founded by Wilfrid, the bishop who is also credited with the origins of Chichester Cathedral. Canonised a saint after his death, his body may still rest in the cathedral though the site is long lost. But his life is celebrated in a contemporary glass memorial close to the cathedral’s main entrance. There’s a treasure trove of stunning carvings on the misericord seats in the quire, one of which shows a griffin chasing a rabbit down a rabbit hole. It may just have inspired Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, the pen name of writer Charles Dodgson. Dodgson was very familiar with Ripon and was a frequent visitor to the cathedral as his father, also Charles, was canon there in the 1850s.



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HE NEW VISITOR’S FIRST impression of the Isle of Wight is that it is not unlike the rest of UK, but without the traffic, people and frantic pace of life. You realise quickly that rushing is simply an unrewarding waste of energy, and that patience is a virtuous necessity. A smooth one-hour crossing with the excellent Red Funnel service ( deposits you in the quieter part of Cowes and getting about on the extensive network of main roads and country lanes is quite easy on this exquisitely presented 384 sq km patch of Old England. For centuries, its bucolic beauty and tranquillity have attracted artists and literary giants, the quaintness of its benevolent climate, seaside villages and sandy beaches have lured generations of tourists and its footpaths and bridleways have been a paradise for walkers, ramblers and cyclists. When, in 1851, Queen Victoria and her Prince Consort, Albert, were looking for a ‘holiday home’, away from the congested conditions of London, they chose w

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From Cornwall to Cardigan Bay, this summer promises to bring some sizzling hot food festivals. With music, marquees and Michelin chefs on the menu, tickets are sure to sell like hot cakes...




The capital’s ultimate culinary celebration will bring a delectably fresh line-up of the world’s best chefs, exciting restaurants, unique culinary experiences and the best gourmet producers to Regent’s Park this summer. Food lovers will be spoilt for choice at Taste of London with 40 of London’s most exciting restaurants popping up in the park over the five days. Restaurants making their Taste of London debut include the Portuguese sensation Bar Douro, Mexican taqueria El Pastor, West African Ikoyi, Mexican taco restaurant Breddos Tacos, and Amalfi-inspired Italian Sorella. At The Fire Pit, a stellar line-up of chefs will demonstrate their skill in unlocking incredible flavours over fire. Visitors are in for a treat on the Opening Night of the festival as open flame cooking vanguard Niklas Ekstedt (Ekstedt, Sweden) is set to co-host the feature alongside festival favourite DJ BBQ. The impressive restaurant line-up includes Japanese inspired London mainstay ROKA, Anglo-Indian showstopper Kricket, inventive Brixton favourites Salon, Michelin-starred Club Gascon and Duddell’s, whose sensational Cantonese and dim sum dishes earned their Hong Kong original a Michelin star. If all of that is enough to tempt you then you can buy tickets online now (from £17) †

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The magnificent Blenheim Palace is an idyllic setting for a bank holiday weekend foodies paradise. With over 150 exhibitors, fascinating masterclasses with food and drink experts (including Raymond Blanc OBE and Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo) and engaging demonstrations held within the stunning grounds of the palace. Fantastic British Food Festivals organise food festivals in other fabulous locations across the UK too including at Stonor Park in Henley-on-Thames on Father’s Day weekend (17-18 June), Wimbledon Park (2527 August), Surrey Hills (8-9 September), The London Riverside Festival (28-30 September) and Castle Howard near York (5-7 October). †

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The annual Smoked & Uncut festival is more glamour than grunge, and you can expect a line-up of handpicked classic and contemporary music artists as well as homemade street food, local ales and plenty of cocktails. The glamorous foodies festival, it’s famed for its large family-style pop-up restaurant ‘Feasts’ which see some of the country’s best chefs cook up a storm for sold-out communal Feasting tables. This year’s chefs include Angela Hartnett, Sophie Mitchell, Lee Tiernan and Neil Borthwick. The festival will hit four locations in 2018: Brockenhurst at The Pig on June 16th, The Pig Near Bath on June 30th, the glorious Lime Wood hotel near Lyndhurst on July 14th, and The Pig at Combe on July 28th. Tickets are £37 for adults and £20 for children aged six to 14. Book your tickets online at † w

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Over the bank holiday weekend, held in Oxford South Parks, the Foodies Festival sees Great British Bake Off Stars baking live in The Cake & Desserts Theatre. Michelin starred Chefs, Great British Menu Winners, MasterChef Champions and top local chefs will be cooking their signature recipes in the Stoves Chefs Theatre. Plus Great British Bake Off Winner Sophie Faldo will be baking live, while headline acts Dodgy and Toploader will be playing live. There are several Foodies Festivals across the UK this summer, including in Brighton, Bristol and London in May, Birmingham in June, Tatton Park, Cheshire in July, and a festival in Edinburgh also in August. Adult tickets cost from £24, (children £5) while VIP tickets, to include a glass of bubbly on arrival, access to the VIP area, goody bag, priority entry to theatre and masterclass sessions and refreshments cost £44. † w B R E





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Another of the country’s longest running food festivals is at Cardigan Bay. This one was established by a group of local fishermen in 1997 to show what fish were available locally and how fish can be prepared. It aimed at demystifying fish and shellfish and increase demand of such a local product that was increasingly rarely sampled in the homes of local people. At the annual festival visitors get a chance to watch chefs prepare local fish and sample dishes that they can then attempt at home. Local lobster, crab, mackerel, mullet, seabass and much more are cooked in all different styles. The festival gives visitors a chance to get up close with some of the finest chefs Wales has to offer, which last year included Michelin starred chefs Bryan Webb of Tyddyn Llan, Gareth Ward of Ynyshir Hall and Hywel Jones of Lucknum Park. †




There’s no place more quintessentially British than the glorious Cotswolds so there could be no better location for a food festival than Alex James’s Farm near Chipping Norton. Take the whole family this August to experience the ultimate feel-good festival with a combination of top class food and a smashing line up of live music. Expect to hear music from the likes of Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit and Craig David, as well as food from none other than Raymond Blanc, Marco Pierre White and many more. As well as plenty of food and drink there’s more for the family to get involved in, from a big top to tree climbing and the vintage fairground. As for the food, expect some delicious street food, lots of cookery school workshops to get involved in and the popular fire pit – for marshmallow roasting and spit. Day tickets cost from £64, camping tickets for the weekend are also available starting at £179 for an adult. †


Wander through vines, meet the buffalo, explore the lavender fields, tour breweries and get hands on in the kitchen. All this and more is happening across the county as part of July’s month-long Hampshire Food Festival organised by local food group, Hampshire Fare. The award-winning Hampshire Food Festival is now in its 18th year. Popular with residents and visitors to the county, the month-long festival is a chance to explore what goes on behind the scenes to grow, rear and serve some of the county’s tastiest produce. Hampshire Food Festival includes the Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival being held at Raimes Vineyard on Sunday 22nd July, 12pm to 4.30pm. Lyburn Farm Tours will be offering tours of their farm with a cheese supper in the barn afterwards on various dates during the festival. The Lavender Fields near Alton will be running open days with tractor rides and cream teas. Broughton Buffalo will be opening the farm gates on 7th July when visitors can meet the animals and tuck into a buffalo burger. †

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In Wales, the Abergavenny Food Festival has been taking place for the last 18 years. During its time, visitors have been able to meet TV chefs such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Darina Allen and Tom Kerridge. As well as top speakers, there are also markets to peruse, parties after hours, entertainment for kids, farmyards animals, chef demos, tours and forages, talks and debates, as well as tasting workshops and masterclasses. This festival favourite has earned itself a reputation as one of the best food events in the country. It's become a haven for chefs and food lovers, as the largest and longest running food festival in Wales. Weekend wristbands from just £14. †


This year’s Taste of Shetland Festival takes place at the Clickimin Leisure Complex and the big announcement for this year is that Gary Maclean, MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016 and Scotland’s first ever National Chef will be attending. A huge fan of Shetland and a passionate advocate for cooking fresh, nutritious and locally sourced food, Gary will be demonstrating his inspirational culinary skills. Gary won’t be the only attraction, visitors can browse the wide range of food and drink stalls from local producers, be the first to try new products launched at the festival, and have some of Shetland’s finest ingredients cooked to order in our hot food section. The Food Theatre has a wide range of demonstrations from leading cooks and chefs running throughout the weekend, and the Heritage Area shows why Shetland has such a special relationship with food and drink with exhibitions and live sessions. The climax of the weekend is the live final of the Taste of Shetland Cooking Challenge, when the judges’ crown who they believe is Shetland’s best amateur cook. Tickets weren’t on sale as we went to print, but keep an eye on the website at †


Falmouth’s Events Square will again play host to one of Cornwall’s biggest and best loved specialist food festivals, Falmouth Oyster Festival, for the 22nd year. The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls. Daily cookery demonstrations are held during the festival by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce. The programme includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition and a Grand Oyster Draw. No need for tickets to this one, entry is free. †

Three of the best island festivals:

• Taste of Scilly Festival 2018 – 1-30 September A month-long celebration tucking into low-food miles, slow-food culture of the famously unspoilt archipelago. „ • Alderney’s Food & Drink Festival – July Dozens of food and drink events and offers will be served up as part of the 11-day extravaganza and Alderney’s fabulous beef, pork, seafood and creamy dairy dishes are the main event. „ • The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival – 18-19 August Set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland. Its the islands biggest summer show.  „ visitisleofwight.


Lincoln Sausage festival Celebrate all things sausage on October 13 including the famous Lincolnshire sausage, at the Lincoln Sausage Festival - held in and around the Lincoln Castle grounds! /whatson

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With her family, Jessica Way discovers their perfect islands, stepping back in time, while relaxing in luxury beachside accommodation. There’s a sense of magic in this remarkable archipelago, where simple pleasures and outdoor adventures offer complete contentment and blissful happiness.


HE ISLES OF SCILLY are, for me, one of the most idyllic locations across the world. The islands offer beauty, tranquillity, history and adventure, but beyond all this, there’s a quintessentially Britishness which feels extraordinarily romantic, calm and kind – like nowhere else I’ve ever visited. With a ferry service from Penzance and flights from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter airports – plus a new helicopter service on the horizon – there is no better time to make your plans to visit these wonderful islands. The five inhabited islands (St Mary's, Tresco, St Martin's, Bryher and St Agnes) have, between them, a relatively small landmass of approximately 16 km², with 2,200 people lucky enough to call them home, and with the entire archipelago designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located just off the coast of Cornwall, with one of the most temperate and mild climates in Britain, it is difficult to believe that the allure of white sandy beaches, awash with wildlife, mighty seas and rugged coastlines, can be so easily reached from our mainland.


The Islands

Our visit to Scilly was in early autumn, the perfect time for lovers of wildlife, and seeing the sub-tropical plants and flowers at their very best – especially at the Tresco Abbey Garden, a botanical paradise boasting an incredible 20,000 plant species. It is home to thriving red squirrels and the fascinating Valhalla museum – a collection of figureheads collected from shipwrecks around the islands – making for a wonderful highlight of any trip. I could see us visiting at anytime of the year though, in the summer for the beaches and outdoor pursuits, from stand-up paddle boarding and sailing to scuba diving, and in the winter for a true taste of island life – and imagine how wonderfully quiet and cosy it would be when celebrating Christmas. There’s the more difficult decision of which island to choose as home for your stay, with each of the five islands having its own personality and unique charm, offering something very special in its own way. It’s a tough choice.

St Mary's: This is the main island where you will first arrive (be it by ferry or flight), and its small capital, Hugh Town, is where you will find museums, cafés, shops and galleries – as well as being just a few minutes walk to the quayside, where inter-island boats can ferry you further with routes to each of the islands.

For many, St Mary’s is the perfect gateway to visiting the other islands for varied day trips, throughout their holiday. There is also more to see just a short golf buggy drive or cycle ride away. In 2018, the new ‘On the Quay’ restaurant opened, offering Pashley Cycles bike hire for a fantastic way to explore the island – plus picnic hampers made to order. There is plenty for history buffs to explore here as well. We enjoyed the panoramic views from the Garrison headland (once the frontline of England’s defences), the iconic Star Castle that harks back to the 16th Century, the Iron Age burial chamber at Bant’s Carn and the ancient settlement at Halangy Down. St Mary’s punches way above its weight in terms of tasty island delights, from island-reared duck to freshly landed lobster, mackerel or crab. We sampled some of this delicious local produce at Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar, while enjoying the unrivalled views of the sea, boats and harbour – it was fabulous. w

Places to visit in St Mary's:

• On the Quay, • Garrison Headland, Iron Age burial chamber at Bant’s Carn and Ancient settlement at Halangy Down, • Star Castle, • Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar,

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Where we stayed...

Tresco: The Isles of Scilly's second largest island, and the only island to be privately-owned, Tresco has been leased from the Duchy of Cornwall to the Dorrien-Smith family since 1834. A sub-tropical sophistication, home to the awe-inspiring Tresco Abbey Garden (a must-visit!) and with more modern luxury offered to their overnight guests and day visitors than you’d typically find on any of the other more rugged islands. We stayed on the western side of Tresco in a luxurious cottage in the Flying Boat development, a first-class retreat, with modern-day comforts, yet still uncompromising of character and charm - built on the site of a former World War One flying-boat station. As with the Sea Gardens on the eastern side of Tresco, these contemporary, New England style beachfront cottages, sleeping up to ten people, provide luxurious accommodation with breathtaking views. Almost directly next door to our cottage, Flora, was the spa, store and delicatessen, Flying Boat restaurant, bike hire and Island Office – the convenience of this just added to the magical bliss of our stay. The bikes we hired were superb for exploring further afield, as we headed off to explore the more rugged north and around the coast to Castle Down, with fantastic views of Round Island, Teän, St Helen’s and Bryher. During our adventures we discovered the remains of Cromwell’s Castle and King Charles’ Castle, dating back to the English Civil War, before heading on further to Ruin Beach café for the most delicious wood-fired oven pizzas and fresh fish. Also highly recommended is The New Inn, located just a short walk from our cottage, and close to New Grimsby quay, where we sampled the most amazingly juicy lobster. They offer award-winning local food, including succulent Tresco Beef burgers, fish from the surrounding waters and fresh vegetables from Tresco Abbey Garden. New Grimsby quay was our closest ferry pick-up point for exploring the other islands. Tresco Boat Services run scheduled trips, scenic tours and private hire. Scheduled services run daily in the main season and you can generally just turn up and jump onboard. However, all boating is weather- and tide-dependent, so boat times are regularly posted on boards around the Island. w Places to visit in Tresco:

• Tresco Abbey Gardens, abbey-garden • Cromwell’s Castle and King Charles’ Castle, • The Flying Boat Restaurant, Ruin Beach Café and The New Inn


islands’ finest fare, like Scilly crab cakes, sea bass with samphire, and dark chocolate truffle and raspberry torte, unless Emma is there helping him! One of the highlights on St Agnes is visiting Periglis Church to see the most beautiful stained glass window, depicting two gigs racing towards a sinking ship. The rowers’ faces are images of real people from the islands, portrayed by local artist Oriel Hicks, and the windows are inscribed “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you”. Oriel explains “It’s not only a memorial to four of my favourite people, three of whom are no longer with us, but it also honours all the brave Scillonians who put out to sea to help others in danger without any thought for their own safety”. It’s a very moving scene typical of the 1800s, when gigs were the islands’ original lifeboats and pilot boats. w

Bryher and St Agnes: The wild and rugged landscapes of Bryher and

St Agnes, the smallest of Scilly's inhabited islands, offer fabulous coastal walking adventures with shell-strewn beaches lapped by turquoise waters. While exploring St Agnes, spend a wonderful day discovering coves, seabirds and rugged islets, while admiring the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean from Britain’s most south-westerly outpost. A bit of fun for visitors is St Agnes’ connection, by a sand bar, only at low tide, to the diminutive island of Gugh. Barefoot amblers wander across ‘The Bar’ to discover wildlife, Bronze Age Obadiah’s Barrow and a nine-feet-tall ‘Old Man’ standing stone before heading back in time to avoid becoming a castaway as the tide floods back in! Famous for its iconic lighthouse landmark, now a private home, St Agnes is a great destination for water sport lovers, with kayaks and paddleboards available to hire from the stunning beach next to Troytown campsite. We took a wander around the island, and stopped in at Troytown Farm, run by the Hicks family, where we were told there are seven other “Mrs Hicks” living on St Agnes! At the farm they have a small herd of dairy cows, providing the milk for delicious ice creams and other dairy products. We treated Holly and Daisy before heading up towards Coastguard Cottages and Coastguards Café. Coastguards Café is a charming, characterful must-visit lunch stop, situated high above Santa Warna Cove, with one of the wildest views you’ll find in England. Family-owned and run by local lad, Tristan Hicks, this cool island café, with wooden tables and artistic-coastal flair, serves great coffee and delicious crab sandwiches, with a selection of homemade lunches, cakes and cream teas, using local produce. The service, menu and setting really are excellent, and, if you’re lucky enough to secure one of the prime-position outdoor seating tables, you can enjoy this fabulous fare while making the most of the imposing views. In the evening, the same spot is transformed into what is quite possibly the remotest fish restaurant in Britain, High Tide, run by a Kiwi chef and his artist wife, Mark and Emma Eberlein. The menu is dictated by the day's catch, with just a couple of options for starter, main and dessert, and is pretty much a one-man operation, with Mark serving up some of the

Places to visit in St Agnes:

• St Agnes Water Sports, • Troytown Farm, • Coastguards Café, • Periglis Church,

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St Martin's: The final island to mention - although we sadly didn’t have

the time to visit on this trip, St Martin's, with its mile upon mile of white sandy beaches, backed by marram-topped dunes and palm trees, and an award-winning dive school where you can snorkel among inquisitive seals. St Martin's isn't only rich in natural beauty; its 120 or so residents are an enterprising bunch of flower farmers, jewellery makers and winemakers, to name a few. There are plenty of places to indulge in tasty cuisine too. Dom and Emily lay on hearty pub grub alongside a platter of live music events at The Seven Stones Inn, while Polreath Café serves cream teas and lovely lunches. You can fine dine in style at Karma St Martin's, fill your picnic basket at St Martin's Store & Post Office, or tuck into pasties, quiches and tasty treats from the famous Island Bakery. No matter which island you decide on, the picturesque sea views are unparalleled, made special by the enticing outlines of the other islands close by, each fringed by sandy beaches.

A picture-perfect postcard setting at every turn There is so much natural beauty on the Isles of Scilly – spoiling your visual senses in an abundance of views. Coupled with the excellent food, clear waters and fresh sea air, the emphasis is on appreciating your surroundings, good health, and community. The friendly warmth of the people, residents and visitors alike, cosy log-fires, walks, bike rides, and sinple outdoor living - experiencing real ‘Swallows and Amazons’ style adventures - takes over completely and becomes a beautiful experience where only transcendent memories and spectacular images fill each of your days. The Isles of Scilly not only offer great accommodation, fabulous food, magnificent gardens and dreamy beaches, there’s wonderful wildlife, art galleries, museums and watersports too - not to mention countless events and island festivals to enjoy, throughout the year. The World Pilot Gig Championships for example, held every year (early May Bank Holiday weekend) sees some 150 gigs, and their crews, from Scilly, the southwest and around the world descend on the islands for an annual rowing festival, bringing a slice of Scilly’s history to life. Throughout September, the islands’ Taste of Scilly festival is a monthlong celebration where you can really tuck into the islands’ fuller flavours, meet the islands’ producers, watch them work, and enjoy their fabulous food. Nowhere in the UK can the food and drink be more locally-produced than that consumed across these five tiny islands. The Isles of Scilly is also home to over 230 scheduled monuments, with a greater density of historical sites than anywhere else in the British Isles, so you could re-visit many times and still feel inspired by new experiences. People do return to the islands, year after year, and we plan to do the same - it really is like another world - an idyllic paradise. 


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Island Events

• Daymark Festival, St Martin’s | 30 March-1 April • Walk Scilly Festival | 4-14 April • World Pilot Gig Championships, St Mary’s | 4-6 May • Spring Scilly Swim Challenge | 12 May • Art Scilly | 12-19 May • Scilly Folk Festival | 24-29 May • Traditional Island Fetes | July/August • Bank Holiday Festival plus The Red Arrows | 25-27 August • Taste of Scilly | Throughout September • Walk Scilly Weekend | 11-15 October • Christmas Street Festival, St Mary’s | 21 December


St Agnes Boating Wildlife Safaris (working with the Seabird Recovery Project) to promote the island’s wildlife; Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and other nesting seabirds

TRESCO ISLAND Tresco is a glorious private island, just 30 miles from the Cornish coast in the Isles of Scilly archipelago. Most famous for the subtropical Abbey Garden, Tresco is also home to luxurious accommodation, a blissful spa, award-winning restaurants and white sand beaches that stretch for miles.

Meander through the world-famous garden or relax in the island spa. Enjoy local shellfish or explore a historic castle. Stroll along deserted beaches, or sail on sparkling seas. Find a gentler pace of life on Tresco Island. See TRESCO.CO.UK or speak to an islander on +44 (0)1720 422849

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ODAY’S VISITORS to Hever Castle and Gardens, Kent, would be excused for thinking that this historic house had always been as perfectly preserved and maintained, throughout the 800 years of its existence, during which it was, famously, the family home of Anne Boleyn, later to become the 2nd wife of Henry VIII, and, later, the retreat provided by him to Anne of Cleves, his divorced 4th wife. The truth is that this exquisite slice of England’s royal heritage was saved from collapse by one of the richest men in USA, William Waldorf Astor, in 1903. Under his stewardship, a five-year restoration programme was undertaken, employing 1600 craftsmen and labourers. His enormous wealth enabled the castle to be saved, the flood-prone river re-routed and today’s estate, lake and gardens to be created. Astor also had designed and built, to provide space for his family and all the entertaining they enjoyed, a ‘modern’ extension, in authentic replication of a Tudor village. Although it is linked, by a covered bridge across the moat, the village is perfectly unobtrusive. Now, under new ownership, the family’s ‘house’ has been wholly reconfigured and offers the fortunate few an opportunity to taste the joys of living at Hever. The ‘Astor Wing’, as it is now known, has its own, private gate, drive, parking and gardens, and the former, family accommodation is now providing spacious, elegant accommodation, lounges, drawing-rooms, entertainment spaces and a number of secluded corners, befitting a wealthy person’s preferences. You have a choice from 28 luxurious 5* guestrooms and suites, each individually styled, proportioned and aligned. 19 of the rooms are within the main family ‘house’ and, this whole fantasy of a setting is extremely popular for spectacular wedding celebrations, discreet business gatherings and important family events. Across the cobbled courtyard of this faux-Tudor paradise are the other rooms, in the Anne Boleyn Wing, where, with unmatched views to the moated castle, the atmosphere intensified. There seemed to be whispers, both of passion, Anne’s

‟Across the cobbled courtyard of this faux-Tudor paradise are the other rooms, in the Anne Boleyn Wing, where, with unmatched views to the moated castle, the atmosphere intensified”... sister Mary having been Henry’s long-time mistress, and of frustration, as Anne refused to become just his latest conquest, insisting on becoming his Queen, a reluctance which had profound, constitutional consequences. Our low-ceilinged room was like a doorway into living history, generously furnished, perfectly decorated and dotted with antique pieces and ornaments. The bed was firm enough for comfort and vast enough to accommodate either the most distant of relationships or the pursuit of cool linen. Naturally, the 21st century necessities of flatscreen TV, free wi-fi, tea/coffee-making facilities, etc were provided and the bathroom was huge and immaculate. To awake, after an undisturbed sleep, in this most meticulous re-creation of a 15th century cottage (albeit with 21st century comforts), and overlook both the castle and the very orchard through which the love-sick king pursued his tragic prey, was poignantly affecting. There is even an immaculately-presented 4-bedroomed, self-catering cottage, ‘Medley Court’, with its own private garden, for families or groups of friends to achieve w

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the absolute pinnacle of all rural ‘escapes’. This must have been for guests whom even the Astors wanted to impress! All in all, the Astor Wing offers an unbeatable venue for memorable getaways. As a bonus for Astor Wing guests, rates include access, throughout the stay, to the Castle and Gardens and many will delight in the singular pleasures of a morning- or evening-stroll about the estate at those times when it is closed to the public. Special catering arrangements can be made for the grander ‘events’ but individual bookings (other than for Medley Court) are strictly on a Bed & Breakfast (exceedingly good) basis, with evening meals provided at any one of a number of suggested, nearby hostelries. One of these, unsurprisingly called ‘Henry VIII’, is within a comfortably short walking distance and, based on our experience, is strongly recommended. Booking a table at this popular countrypub, particularly at weekends, is advisable. If you prefer to spend the evening within the estate, enjoying the freedom to roam its entirety, free from the day’s tourists, you can find refreshment with a selection of drinks available from Reception, where service is unfailingly friendly, efficient and helpful. Whether it’s a tee-time at the nearby championship golf course, opening times at local attractions or simply arranging a picnic hamper, nothing appears to be too much trouble. Astor’s great passion for English history was matched only by his ambition to preserve, and sympathetically improve, the properties he acquired. In addition to Hever, his investment secured the magnificent Cliveden, the venue of 1960s notoriety. At Hever, his far-sighted, grand design of enhancement and improvement, plans for which are displayed in the castle, included the draining of a large area of marshy land to have built an Italianate garden, in which to display, in an ideal, football-pitch sized setting, his extensive collection of classic statuary and ornaments, some over 2000 years old. Despite this, and much else, it is the building of the Astor Wing for which we should be particularly appreciative. This Edwardian addition to a medieval gem was perfectly conceived and created, and our inheritance is that we can all now embrace the experience of the most delicious b&b in Britain.  86 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l May/June 2018

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The May Day Festival May 5 - May 7 Hever Castle’s May Day Festival incorporates traditional celebrations to welcome the summer from the mythical Green Man of folklore and Jack-in-the-Green plus Maypole dancing on the Castle forecourt. Father’s Day Weekend June 16 - June 17 Say thank you to dad this Father’s Day and spoil him with a memorable day out and meal. Children can create a car themed keyring to give to dad in free craft workshops. Hever’s Home Front June 23 - June 24 Discover what life and work was like during the Second World War in our Hever’s Home Front event. Visit the tea dance tent, explore vintage stalls and learn to swing-dance. Come in 1940s dress and round the day off with a traditional afternoon tea. Hever in Bloom June 26 - July 1 During Hever in Bloom experience the quintessential English Rose Garden at the height of its summer beauty with guided tours of the awardwinning Gardens. Many of the Castle rooms will be filled with English floral arrangements.

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Made in Britain

BRITANNIA rules the waves

A seafaring nation with a great naval heritage – from transport and trade to pleasure and performance - the British boatbuilding industry has commanded respect for five centuries. And, as the desire for skilled craftsmanship and boating for pleasure continues to grow, Emma Johnson meets some of the major players of the waves. 88 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l May/June 2018


S RATTY AND MOLE WEND their merry way down a stream in Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel The Wind in the Willows, Rat puts into words the inexplicable draw that boating has for so many... A 500-year-old British industry - started by King Henry VIII who was the first monarch to dedicate considerable time and money into growing the British fleet - British boatbuilding soon expanded beyond naval vessels and those used for transport and trade, into something that celebrated boating for pleasure. During the late 1800's and early part of the 1900's punts, canoes and rowing boats became very popular, together with steam and electric launches. In 1920, a preference for petrol-powered launches gave rise to elegant motorboats; followed then by the boat industry’s biggest shift throughout the 50's and '60s, when the introduction of fibreglass in the construction of boats, particularly cabin cruisers, saw the launch of numerous yachting brands, and a desire for larger seaworthy vessels that has refused to wane.

Pleasure Boating Today the boatbuilding world encompasses two camps –


“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -absolutely nothing -half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,’ he went on dreamily.”

those who favour modern machinery and materials, as well as a penchant for technological wizardry and sheer size; and a return to classic wooden boats, typified by highly skilled craftsmanship, clean lines and heritage styles. “Britain is steeped in maritime history,” says Richard Freebody, whose company, Freebody, designs, builds and restores every type of launch from the smallest dinghy through to electric canoes, motor launches, saloon launches and steam launches from 8ft to 50ft. “My father, Peter Freebody, resisted the 50’s and 60’s fashion for fibre glass. He stuck with the restoration and building of traditional wooden boats, which resulted in the resurgence of interest in wooden launches - something which continues to go from strength to strength today.” It is the company’s depth of knowledge of boatbuilding, built over many generations, whilst still keeping up to date with modern technology, that sets it apart. “We use modern machinery and techniques where applicable, but in the main, we stick to traditional methods and techniques which have been proven over many centuries,” says Richard. “Ultimately, it is the skill of the craftsmen which creates these wonderful boats.” To still be building wooden boats in the traditional way, at a time when the boating sector is full of plastic, is something British boatmakers are very proud to be championing. “Wooden boats are sustainable, recyclable, handle better out to sea, look beautiful and are each totally unique,” says Alex Mears, director of H.J Mears & Son, which has been operating for 73 years on the Devon coast, and is known for its keen eye for design, sustainability and longevity. “Like a fine watch, boats can be passed from generation to generation. The way we build traditional wooden clinker boats, the materials and the techniques, has not changed since my grandfather founded our business at the end of the war in 1945. We build boats by eye, without plans, so each boat is unique. Our boats are built to withstand the rigours of beach launching, years of abuse and hard work from fisherman, and have to cope with all the great British weather can muster.” Mears goes on, explaining how much the building of boats is linked to location: “Our boats are a direct response to our region. Our steep shingle beaches, shallow tidal harbours and short choppy seas have made our boats the way they are today.” w May/June 2018 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l 89

Richard Freebody echoes his thoughts, explaining how the company also owes a lot of its success to its location, in his case, to keeping production on the Thames. “Our location on the Thames is so important to our identity, as we are very much a gateway into the beautiful reaches, hotels and restaurants of the middle Thames,” says Freebody, whose passion for the river is strong. Freebody’s workshops are situated on a quiet millpond, complete with resident ducks, kingfishers, moorhens and swallows, and offer up a classic boatyard scene, with dozens of beautifullycrafted launches, gently bobbing together against the jetty. Working here with highly skilled craftsmen to polish and perfect a range of beautiful boats is what has kept the company going for over three centuries. “I think it is important that British boats excel in terms of function as well as form,” says Dave Cockwell, founder and managing director at Cockwells, which designs and produces custom-built craft from its creekside headquarters in Cornwall. Cockwells seem to epitomise the bridge between the two boatbuilding worlds, at once classic and modern. Renowned for tailormade boats and yachts with a real focus on design as well as build, Cockwell’s boats look and feel like they are built by a craftsman with a bag of hand tools working at a bench and to some extent they are - however the company also have in-house tools including a CNC machine and 3D CAD operation, and they also use the latest carbon fibre and composites technology to meet strict weight requirements and use modern GRP production methods, to minimise maintenance and optimise performance. Cockwells has recently won both a 2017 ShowBoats Design Award for its Limousine tender, and a 2018 Motor Boat of the Year Award for its Duchy 35, that was designed and built entirely by the Cockwells team. “We design beautiful bespoke boats that are built to last, combining the timehonoured skills of the shipwright with modern luxury and excellent seakeeping,” says Cockwell.

“Our location on the Thames is so important to our identity, as we are very much a gateway into the beautiful reaches, hotels and restaurants of the middle Thames,” says Freebody”

Technological Wizardry

While tradition and handed-down skills are paramount, elsewhere in the industry a passion for technological innovation is driving great change. “The boat building industry is still rather antiquated in its process when you compare to the automotive industry and aeronautics, but recently the trend has definitely been towards much larger superyachts with enhanced technology,” explains Fiona Pool, CEO of Hunton Yachts, which first came to prominence in 1980 making powerboats, and is renowned for a combination of performance-driven engineering and a keen design eye. w 90 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l May/June 2018

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Fairline Yachts

Made in Britain In 2016, the brand (previously Hunton Powerboats) restructured and reformed as Hunton Yachts, a huge turning point in the company's history as it now focuses on luxury performance boats. “I take most inspiration from the car industry,” says Pool. “The traditional craftsmanship method of hand-laying hulls is over for us, we have moved into newer techniques and are installing more and more technology into the boats to enhance user experience.” This approach can clearly be seen in Hunton’s classic XRS43, a design that has withstood the test of time and remains one of its bestsellers. And it is this outlook overall which is increasingly seeing British brands at the forefront of the market. At Fairline Yachts’ new manufacturing site at Hythe, Southampton Water, on the south coast, due to open this summer, work is underway to create a modern space that can cope with building boats over 60ft long. Founded in the mid-sixities, Fairline’s first launch was the Fairline 19, a delicate river cruiser which blended handcrafted techniques with the latest GRP boat construction practises of the time. From here, it has developed its offering immeasurably, and its revolutionary Targa 63 GTO – with extended cockpit options and vast outdoor space - is testament to Fairline’s now global client base. Its decision in 2016 to collaborate with celebrated Italian designer Alberto Mancini and Dutch naval architects, Vripack, as well as the move to expand to Southampton, has been seen as a bold gesture by a British brand to take its name to a global market. Providing over 200 local jobs, the Southampton site is part of the brand’s commitment to British boatbuilding and engineering. “There is a global recognition of quality boats being built in the UK,” says Russell Currie, managing director of Fairline Yachts. “We have always remained committed to our rich history of building timeless, classic yachts, our dedication to exceptional British craftsmanship, the exquisite materials we choose, our investment in cutting edge innovation, design and technology and the attention we pay to ensure every perfect detail,” he added. It is this kind of commitment to design and style that is starting to set British yachtbuilding apart. Sunseeker, for instance, which started as Poole Powerboats in Poole in 1969, was one of the UK's first big builders of boats for the sports and leisure markets, gradually adapting its

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“I take most inspiration from the car industry... The traditional craftsmanship method of hand-laying hulls is over for us, we have moved into newer techniques and are installing more and more technology into the boats to enhance user experience.” models from the dainty Sovereign 20 and Sports 23, to its now renowned, flagship 155 Yacht. Today the brand is a world leader, employing over 2,000 highly skilled designers, engineers and master craftsmen at its Poole headquarters, exporting around 140 yachts a year to more than 45 countries. Still proudly based in south west England, and launched in 1965, Princess Yachts is one Britain’s most well-known and innovative British boatbuilders, and its yachts are some of the most technically-advanced in the world. In 2017, it won a Motor Boat Award for ‘Sportscruisers over 45ft’ for its much-celebrated V58 Open yacht, which judges said was “a truly intoxicating mix of style, sophistication and speed, with a party boat deck layout.” A year before, its Princess 35M won a Superyacht Awards for its contemporary yet ageless interior. Judges found “a high quality of construction and excellent technical, service and crew areas. A well-balanced yacht indeed.” Of course, when it comes to boats, balance is quite literally essential. And treading the fine line between wooden, hand-crafted beauties, whose gentle lines and quintessential approach conjure up a real sense of heritage, and sea-conquering super vessels, complete with space-defying modern technology, takes real skill. Crucially though, whether party yacht or pleasure boat, the true essence of being on the water, of messing about in boats has not been lost from British boatbuilding. As Richard Freebody says: “Being born and bred here in the Thames Valley, I would say that from a relaxation point of view, there is unlikely to be anywhere better on a summer's day than gently cruising along the river and exploring the many idyllic backwaters in a beautiful launch.” He certainly paints a tranquil scene – of a beautifullycrafted, wooden vessel, puttering quietly along the smooth waters, sunlight glinting from the riverbank, and a sense of calm in the air. Indeed, perhaps old Ratty was right, there simply is nothing better in life than messing about in boats. 

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With the British Isles drenched in maritime history, Cro'Jack brings a nautical feel to a purely British themed collection by paying homage to its origins. The brand Cro’Jack was officially launched in 2009 in Staffordshire, England with an idea of combining British knowhow and craftsmanship with a selection of old British mills.

Made in Staffordshire, Thorndale pride themselves on their authentically British heritage with a contemporary twist on classic designs. Their skilled in-house designers have thoughtfully created a range of both men’s and women’s bags suitable for work, leisure and travel, using hand-painted British leather combined with durable wax and nylon fabrics.

John Partridge is a small-to-medium, Staffordshire-based brand with an exceptional reputation, based on their history of making and selling superior country clothing products. Pieces are crafted using the finest Merino, Shetland and British wools. Range includes waxed jackets and quilted waistcoats, accessories and furniture.

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Ruark Audio, the British purveyor of stylish standalone music systems, is delighted to announce the release of MRx – its first connected wireless speaker. MRx embodies the exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail that has become the hallmark of Ruark’s range and further exemplifies the brand’s ongoing process of industrial design.

London-based Yull was founded by Sarah Watkinson as a ‘style over fashion’ label in 2011 after receiving funding from the Prince's Trust. As one of the only independent shoe labels manufacturing in Britain, Yull prides itself on being patriotic, whilst creating wearable and timeless shoes with each style and design being iconically named after British destinations.

A British family-owned business designing and crafting impeccably stylish luxury clothing from the alpaca on their eco-friendly farm in Exmoor. All British Alpaca products are sustainable and hypoallergenic. Guaranteed provenance with traceability of their alpaca fibre – Exclusive, Ethical and British!

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The Leather Satchel Co are a group of British Master Craftsmen that create satchels based on the traditional style of Oxford and Cambridge schools. The company was started in 1966 by Steven Hanshaw and is still owned by the same family today, with Chris, Keith and (young) Steve Hanshaw as the next generation.

One of only three Single-Estate distilleries in England, Spitfire Heritage 1930s Gin is distilled in the heart of Cambridgeshire in hand beaten copper stills, housed in a stunning 200 year old barn beside a duck pond. Multi award-winning Master Distiller John Walters works his alchemy to create a retro gin of exceptional quality.

Set in rural Lincolnshire, just a few miles from the historic Cathedral City of Lincoln. Hemswell Antique Centres is the ideal venue for an enjoyable day out! A great opportunity to find that unique gift for that special someone who has everything; or treat yourself to vintage items that you won’t find on the high street.

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A collection of 50 privately-owned independent British hotels. Locations range from coastal, waterside and countryside to bustling cities. All member hotels provide superb hospitality to their guests and properties include castles, manor houses, country mansions, spa hotels, contemporary properties, stately homes and even a cruise ship.

A family-run business for the past 35 years. Ian and Suzanne Newman live in and work from the tiny village of Norton Bavant, in the heart of rural Wiltshire, and enjoy nothing better than to share their knowledge of, and life-long enthusiasm for, the British countryside with guests from both home and abroad.

Iconic Luxury Hotels brings together a small collection of exceptional hotels spread across Britain; Cliveden House, Berkshire; Chewton Glen, Hampshire; The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds, and 11 Cadogan Gardens, London. Each property has its own character but they all share a common commitment to delivering outstanding experiences.

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Llangoed Hall is nestled in seventeen acres of gardens and parkland in Brecon, Wales and isn't a typical hotel. There is no reception desk and guests can enjoy an honesty bar whenever they like. This hotel is also home to a large telescope which guests are encouraged to use after dark to stargaze. The hotel's restaurant is home to 3 AA Rosettes.

From Land's End to The Orkney Islands, Adderley Travel is the specialist in small group garden tours for overseas visitors. Their 2018 programme of fully-escorted tours (to include Chelsea Flower Show tour, The Cotswolds and Oxford tour and the Far North & Orkney tour) are packed with wonderful experiences of Britain, our landscape, culture and heritage.

Nestled away on the picturesque Isle of Anglesey on the Menai Strait, with breath-taking views overlooking Snowdonia, you will find Chateau Rhianfa. Escape the fast pace of everyday life and check in to their pictureperfect French Château; dream the night away in a stylish bedrooms and dine in the award-winning restaurant.

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There is something very special about each of the nine carefully chosen hotels in the Eden Hotel Collection. Each one has been selected for the unique qualities it offers; the beautiful architecture, outstanding food, peaceful surroundings and the sense of total escape and relaxation offered to each and every guest.

Creekside Cottages offers a fine collection of individual waterside, rural and village self-catering properties on the south coast of Cornwall. These holiday cottages are located in some of the best areas of Cornwall and some are situated just yards from the seashore, truly a waterside holiday.

Comfortable, stylish and full of character, find the holiday home of your dreams within this beautiful collection of over 450 luxury, self-catering holiday properties in the UK and Ireland. From converted barns, cosy cottages and even lighthouse-keepers’ cottages, there’s sure to be a property that will be perfect for you and your family.

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RULY SPECIAL HIDDEN GEMS, offering a totally unique unrivalled experience, as opposed to simply re-inventing the wheel as they challenge their closest rivals, are few are far between now in London. However, at 27 Restaurant & Bar, they really are in a league of their own, completely ahead-ofthe-curve, and offering a mouth-watering dining menu in a luxurious and relaxed environment. Only recently opened within the prestigious Crown London Aspinalls Club, 27 Restaurant & Bar offers premium dishes in four distinct cuisines; Modern European, Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern, designed to cater exclusively for Crown London Aspinalls’ global guests and created by specialist chefs using only the finest, locally sourced ingredients. I have to admit, before reviewing for myself, I was highly sceptical with such an array of sumptuous dishes from around the world, all on one menu, if the chefs really would deliver on their promise of the very best of fine dining experience I had come along to experience. Executive Chef, Nicola Ducceschi, heads up the kitchen with his carefully selected brigade of experts. Signature dishes include Grilled USDA rib eye with black pepper Sanzoku sauce and onion tempura, and Lobster Mirch Masala. On the sweeter side, I highly recommend the Caramelised Apple Tarte Fine with Armagnac ice cream. Continuously striving to ensure the best guest experience, the kitchen often prepares ‘off-the-menu’ dishes too - according to its guests' wishes. Nicola found the time to share a course with us, and was one of the calmest, most relaxed chefs I have ever had the pleasure to meet - and I was not disappointed by the food either, the tastes were exquisite.


Their cellar is home to a collection of fine wines carefully selected from the most exclusive vineyards around the world – plus there's an extensive selection of fine whisky and spirits to appeal to the most discerning palate. To create the relaxed and exclusive environment closely aligned to the Crown Resorts portfolio, the property has undergone a major refurbishment programme. Renowned designer Caroline Smith and her team have created a beacon of British style in an intimate setting for guests to revel in. Although modern in décor, there are subtle hints remaining of the club’s past history, including many priceless artworks collected by the original owner, John Aspinall. For diners wishing for total discretion, 27 Resturant & Bar also offers a private dining room called the Curzon Room - an ideal setting for a celebratory dinner. Private dining is membership only, this is complimentary through Crown London Aspinalls Reception and a very simple process. If you are interested in the club-side too, originally founded in the 1960s by the celebrated conservationist John Aspinall, Crown London Aspinalls is an exclusive high-end London casino and is one of only five such casinos situated in London’s prime West End entertainment district - offering its members and guests an exciting world of international VIP gaming. At present, an A La Carte menu with seasonal specialities and lunchtime specials are on offer with afternoon tea and weekend brunch menus to follow in the near future. Prices average at £30 for a main course from the A La Carte menu. During the lunch sitting, diners can select either 2-courses at £28 or 3-courses at £35.  »

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