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Families & Holidays

JUNE 2017

EDITOR’S LETTER We have been very fortunate recently to enjoy some beautiful weather, if you are planning a weekend break, or a longer holiday, we have some wonderful sources of inspiration in this issue as well as our delightful children’s brands. We also have features on the following: Afternoon Tea in Style - how to create an indulgent afternoon tea. Planning a Creative Summer – a round up of suggestions of places to visit to explore your creativity for you and your family. We also review a collection of delightful books that have recently been published. Perfect reading for the weekend, enjoy! Picture Credits: Front Cover courtesy of Beacon Park Boats Other images throughout the magazine supplied by the various companies, or publishers featured. Please Note All information about products and services are supplied to us by the individual organizations, or agencies acting on their behalf. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that all information is accurate, it may be subject to change. Please check with individual organizations for the latest information about all events, products, or news items. Inclusion in this magazine does not imply endorsement by Hot Brands Cool Places. Hot Brands Cool Places does not accept responsibility for the content of any external site.


ABERCROMBIE & KENT VILLAS Abercrombie & Kent has been offering wonderful travel experiences for almost 50 years since the company was formed in 1962. Abercrombie & Kent provides assurance that our luxury villas measure up to the photography, floorplans and descriptions provided on our website and via our travel experts. Moreover, Abercrombie & Kent’s villas are checked and inspected meticulously by our team to ensure that they are safe for your stay - as well as beautiful.

NEW ZEALAND IN DEPTH Founded by Paul Carberry in 2003, New Zealand in Depth specialise in creating tailor-made holidays to New Zealand. Paul has spent more than a year of his life on the ground in New Zealand and offers a genuine personal service, taking the time to understand his clients, their interests and their needs. This is the only way to create a truly bespoke experience.


QUALITY VILLAS Contemporary, farmhouse, multi-generational holiday, romantic honeymoon stone cottage‌ we curate a collection of exceptional villas in incredible destinations and provide supreme personal service. Use our free concierge service to bolt on treats such as cooks and massage in Italy France and Morocco.


INNTRAVEL Inntravel specialise in Slow holidays, which reveal the lesser-taken path and offer a truly individual holiday experience. Uncover hidden corners and authentic local experiences in Europe and beyond, journeying by foot, bike or train on Inntravel’s self-guided Slow holidays.


OLIVER’S TRAVELS Oliver’s Travels do everything but the ordinary. A small team of globetrotters who are more than a little obsessive about where they stay. Each of their villas are hand-picked by their award-winning team, and the end result is an extensive portfolio of quirky and unique holiday homes bursting with character, across Europe and the Caribbean. Fancy staying in an enchanting chateau in Dordogne, a weekend partying in Spain, or spending a week basking in the Italian sunshine with your own private pool? It’s a cliché, but Oliver’s Travels really has it all.


SYKES COTTAGES Sykes Cottages offers over 7,500 handpicked holiday cottages across the UK & Ireland. Having grown to be one of the nation’s leading independent holiday cottage agencies, we have more than 25 years’ experience helping you find your dream holiday home.


NUMBER ONE DART MARINA Number One Dart Marina is an exquisite home in a breath-taking location by the River Dart in Dartmouth, Devon. A stunning combination of views, luxury and style, within a few steps of Dart Marina Hotel & Spa, see more at


LSA INTERNATIONAL Innovative design and quality craftsmanship are the hallmarks of LSA International. The London based brand is recognised as one of the world’s foremost producers of decorative accessories, tableware and barware. LSA International products are selected by some of the world’s top retailers, interior designers, stylists, restaurateurs, sommeliers and mixologists.

Afternoon Tea in Style There is nothing quite as indulgent as a delicious afternoon tea! As the summer season has started with all the wonderful events that signal the start of summer, what could be more delightful than creating your own afternoon tea. It’s so easy to rush through life on automatic pilot, being so distracted with our own thoughts, or other’s actions that we find themselves crossing a road, or driving a familiar drive and suddenly wondering how we got there. Equally after a stressful day meals are consumed automatically, or eaten at desks while answering emails. Taking time to create a special meal, can be very soothing in both the planning and the ultimate consumption. As well as creating the meal, think about who to invite; a best friend, an elderly relative, someone who you know would really appreciate the opportunity. Book yourself time to prepare the food and think about the finer touches of your table decoration, beautiful china, cutlery, tablecloth, napkins, and flowers. Perhaps have tea dance music, or other quiet relaxing music playing in the background to create a special ambiance. One of our favourite sources of inspiration for what to prepare is the delightful Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent, which includes deliciously indulgent recipes for sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes and other fancies. 11

This delightful book includes the key techniques involved in patisserie, baking, chocolate work, and serving savory dishes in 80 beautifully illustrated recipes. Beautifully illustrated with easy to follow recipes including classics such as Smoked salmon and whipped cream cheese sandwiches, Cherry and almond bakewell tarts, Vanilla shortbread, and Fruited scones; Cucumber sandwiches with yuzu and chive butter, and Crab mayonnaise eclairs; as well as more adventurous offerings. An invaluable source of inspiration, there are also six guest recipes from top restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Gramercy Tavern, The Berkeley, Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and Harrods. Once prepared, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Tea Party Invitation image courtesy of Miss Modern Calligraphy Image above courtesy of LSA International 12

ROBERT WELCH - RADFORD TIME FOR TEA HAMPER SET Radford cutlery has a classic design that is versatile enough to complement any table setting. Spoons and forks are made using the highest quality 18/10 stainless steel. Knife blades are made from specially hardened stainless steel to provide the finest possible cutting edge. Inspired by the great British love of afternoon tea, this special edition collection is available in a mirror polished stainless steel finish, has a 25 year guarantee and is dishwasher safe. Silver plated Radford cutlery is also available. Presented in ‘Time for Tea’ gift boxes within a traditional hand-woven wicker basket.


BEACON PARK BOATS Beacon Park Boats is a family business offering luxury narrowboat holidays on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. Each of the seventeen boats in this 5-star fleet was designed and built by Alasdair and Sarah Kirkpatrick and their team. Expect sumptuous beds, exquisite shower rooms, high-spec kitchens and luxurious lounges. Short breaks and longer holidays. Dogs welcome, too.


CARBIS BAY HOLIDAYS Carbis Bay Holidays specialise in luxury 4 & 5 star self catering accommodation in St Ives and Carbis Bay, they are proud to offer a selection of over 150 properties. Short breaks available. 01736 630015


QUALITY COTTAGES The tight knit family business based in North Pembrokeshire represents over 300 fabulous holiday properties throughout the most stunning coastal, countryside and mountainous regions of Wales. Quality Cottages was the first company to be awarded a gold medal for services to self catering holidays in Wales.


QUALITY UNEARTHED Something a little different... unusual holiday accommodations such as Treehouses, gypsy wagons, off-grid places, or cool glamping abodes are our passion. And these alternative, ecologically sensitive holidays are something more of us are seeking out. Increasingly we want things in life that are authentic and unique and our choice of holiday accommodation is reflected in this.


SUFFOLK COTTAGE HOLIDAYS Suffolk Cottage Holidays can guarantee a tailor-made recommendation to suit your holiday requirements. Whether you’re in need of dog-friendly accommodation or properties suitable for young children, our experienced team are always on hand to find the ideal property for you.


TOAD HALL COTTAGES With over 600 wonderful holiday cottages throughout Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset, we’ve got something for everyone. For nearly 30 years, we’ve welcomed guests to the West Country and now also proudly offer over 100 properties in The New Forest, too. Over half of our properties welcome dogs, making us one of the ‘dog-friendliest’ holiday companies in the country, so, head over to our website today and find your perfect property for 2017.


FOOTPATH HOLIDAYS Personally owned and run by Ian and Suzanne Newman, Footpath Holidays has been providing high quality walking holidays in Britain since 1983. Holiday options include guided walking as part of a group, self-guided holidays based in a single centre and self-guided holidays moving on each day and having your luggage transported. Every year Footpath Holidays organises a number of ‘tailor-made’ itineraries e.g. walks associated with pilgrimage routes, James Herriot’s Yorkshire, Daphne Du Maurier’s Cornwall, or the Arthurian Legends.


WILDERNESS COTTAGES Wilderness Cottages offer a variety of self catering holiday properties throughout Scotland. These range in size from small cosy cottages, ideal for honeymoon couples and romantic holidays, or larger holiday cottages to sleep from six to twelve. From remote crofts to stays in luxury apartments we have properties to suit all tastes. Many cottages are open all year, have log fires and make pets welcome.


Planning a Creative Summer


This year summer has come early, and for all of us trapped behind computers, in offices, or just working hard at managing the daily life of home and work, we often look enviously at those basking in the unexpected sunshine, or having the freedom to have a more relaxed work/life balance. All is not lost, however, there is still plenty of time to plan activities, short weekend breaks and holidays where we can explore our creativity. First, spend time thinking about what creative activities you really enjoy taking part in. Is this something that you want to do on your own, with a friend, or partner, or as a family? If you are going on holiday, finding a location where there is opportunity to do something creative is a wonderful way of combining the two. Whether staying in a hotel, or self-catering it is always worth enquiring what opportunities there are available locally. Travel companies are becoming far more aware of the diverse interests of their guests, concierge services are now much more widely available, and the perfect solution to your creative needs is to have it arranged before you arrive. Even if you are not planning a holiday away, there are many ways that you can stimulate your creativity at home. For children in particular having a collection of crafting materials is a perfect way of encouraging them to leave the technology behind. Or you can combine the two by using online videos to help them with some of their creations. Wherever you take your holiday, part of the fun is planning your itinerary, and finding unusual activities is part of that joy. While adventure activities may appeal to many, there is a real growth in mindfulness and taking a slower route to relaxation. Depending on what you want to take part in, think carefully about which day you choose for your activity, some creative activities require you to return another day to collect the item you have created, so always enquire about the process and allow enough time for this. There are so many opportunities available both in the UK and further afield, for all the family, everything from cooking, wine tasting, short filmmaking, pottery, creative writing and much more. It is also possible to combine a leisure activity with something that could help you, or your family,develop in their career. For example, London Film Academy in Fulham have created a practical filmmaking course this Summer for teenagers who are interested in learning more about the working processes of film and TV. The two week course runs from 24 July – 4 August and is aimed at 13 – 17 year olds, offering would-be filmmakers an action-packed two weeks of fun workshops exploring the six key disciplines of the filmmaking process. Everyone leaves with the knowledge and skills to continue making film, whether on an iPhone, or other equipment they have to hand. Working in small groups with film and TV professionals, participants will explore the main disciplines of filmmaking: screenwriting, directing, camera operating, cinematography, sound and editing; to take a story from script to screen. Shooting a number of films in both studio and on-location environments using a high-end HD camera, the students will produce live action shorts, with a cinema screening for family and friends, and a finished DVD, complete with credits and an IMDB profile.


Summer at the National Trust is all about 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾. Create some wild art is number 18 on the list! Here are some highlights for wild art events happening during the summer: Stowe, Buckinghamshire Wednesdays throughout the summer holidays Every Wednesday throughout the holidays is Wild Wednesday at Stowe when you can book in with the team for a different activity each week. Make wild art, grow cress in pots or see if you can spot the waterbirds on the lake. Price: £2 per child (normal admission applies), booking essential Berrington Hall, Herefordshire Sunday 23 July, 11am – 3pm Flower creation workshop in the Walled Garden Make something special for yourself at Berrington as we are joined by ‘The Green Eyed Monster’ company who are turning old bottles into something extraordinary... Price: £5 per child (normal admission applies), booking not needed Woolacombe, Devon Sunday 6 August , 10:30am – 2:30pm Art Attack Let your imagination run free and create some amazing beach art out of items found by our Beach Rangers this summer. Price: Free (normal admission applies), booking not needed Basildon Park, Berkshire 1 June – 31 August, daily, 10am – 5pm Everyday throughout June, July & August there will be boxes placed at various points around the Basildon parkland which contain some basic art materials. It is then up to you to get creative, by making a piece of art based on the views you can see at various points. All completed pieces of art should then be placed back in a box at Visitor Reception for the Basildon Park team to collect in. Price: Free (normal admission applies), booking not needed Other activities this summer include: The Dartmoor Artisan Trail, Devon Launching this summer, the Dartmoor Artisan Trail will take visitors behind the scenes of Dartmoor National Park’s diverse artisan community. Workshops, demonstrations and tours will allow visitors to watch beekeepers, blacksmiths, cider makers, shoemakers, weavers, potters and painters at work, and to buy products directly from the makers. Visitors can tailor self-guided or chauffeur-driven tours, or join group organised and walking tours. 24

Selby Arts Festival, North Yorkshire 22-30 July The inaugural Selby Arts Festival will be a seven-day extravaganza of music, dance and theatre. Upfest, Bristol 29-31 July Europe’s largest free street and graffiti art festival attracts over 250 graffiti artists from all over the world. Artists produce 30,000 square foot of artwork over the weekend to the soundtrack of live music at locations including the Tobacco Factory, Hen and Chicken, and the Climbing Centre. This annual family-friendly festival sees hundreds of families attend each year, with kids taking part in graffiti workshop and art-related activities. Every year, the festival raises money for The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA). bOing! International Family Festival, Canterbury 26-27 August Canterbury’s family arts festival bounces back to the Gulbenkian in 2017. The theatre and grounds of the University of Kent’s art centre will host a packed programme of the very best in theatre, dance, music and film for all ages. Expect magical performances and exciting experiences; 2016 saw the premiere of Pinocchio by Jasmin Vardimon Company, the enchanting Dybwikdans’ The Princess and the Pea, new commissions by leading arts and dance groups, and the UK premiere of Pop-Up Garden. London Design Festival, London 16-24 September Taking place in various locations across the city, the London Design Festival celebrates and promotes the capital as the world’s design capital. Over 400 events and exhibitions showcase London’s creativity through displays from educators, thinkers and creatives from around the world. Some of 2016’s highlights included: a crazy golf course in Trafalgar Square designed by top British creatives Paul Smith, Mark Wallinger, Tom Dixon and Zaha Hadid; Baboushka Boxes referencing London’s housing crisis in Notting Hill; a 20-metre moving metallic ribbon in the V&A’s Tapestry Gallery; and a dynamic installation in the courtyard of the Black Cultural Archives. This is just a taster of some of the creative events happening this summer. For further ideas on creative events in summer, you may find it useful to take a look at the following: There will also be many local town and village events happening all over the country and wherever you take your holiday. A creative holiday is about stimulating your senses, so that you return rejuvenated and thinking about your life in a more creative way, whether it is your home, your work, or how your organize your time. The key is to try and keep that sense of freedom, once you return.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that all information is accurate, it may be subject to change. Please check with individual organizations for the latest information about all events.

RUFUS RABBIT Rufus Rabbit, the funny bunny whose gorgeously packaged baby gift range was lovingly created by Anna Danielle, co-owner of the family firm The Little Dog. Dedicated to creating quality gifts with a service to match, Rufus Rabbit always goes the extra mile to create a smile!

DOUGLAS THE BOY WONDER With attention to detail and contemporary styling at his roots, Douglas The Boy Wonder is the latest brand to be lovingly created by artist Anna Danielle. With attention to detail and contemporary styling at his roots, Douglas products are both stylish and practical. Dedicated to creating quality gifts with a service to match, The Little Dog always goes the extra mile to create a smile!

ATTICUS & GILDA Atticus & Gilda is a night wear company based in London designing stylish PJ’s nighties & travel accessories for boys & girls. Using thoughtfully sourced fabrics all in 100% cotton, this season sees us launch our stunning printed kimonos. Visit

WHITE RABBIT ENGLAND White Rabbit England is a luxury childrens’ brand founded in 2001 by sisters Charlotte Thompson and Victoria Sullivan. We design and manufacture lighting and interiors for the nursery and special gifts for little ones. Our award winning White Rabbit lamp represents perfectly the uniqueness and quality of both the design and manufacture of everything we do to create heirlooms of the future. “Designed by us, made for you, keep forever”

ST MAWES RETREATS Boutique collection of private holiday houses sleeping 2 to 12 in unrivalled luxury in Cornwall on the idyllic Roseland peninsula. Our properties are ideal for 2 to 12 guests, couples looking for a relaxing holiday together or larger groups of families and friends gathering for a special occasion, reunion or holiday. Whether you are looking for a short weekend break of 3 nights, midweek break of 4 nights or a week or two week holiday we would be delighted to welcome you to St Mawes Retreats.

UFFORD PARK Relax in style in the heart of Suffolk’s most beautiful, peaceful countryside: come to Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf & Spa – to stay or simply to enjoy our bars, restaurant and many other facilities. Set in 120 acres of historic parkland and just ten easy miles from Ipswich, child-friendly, family-owned Ufford Park Woodbridge offers you so much more including: High-standard hotel accommodation, undulating 18-hole championship, par-71 golf course – as used by the PGA EuroPro Tour, modern, well-equipped health club with spacious gym and indoor, deck-level swimming pool and the very latest thermal suite spa and much more!

LITTLE LUCY WILLOW Beautiful children’s furniture collections by Little Lucy Willow, handmade to order in the UK. Timeless designs in perfect pastels, for girls and boys, toddlers or teens. To view our exclusive collections, plus luxury children’s bedding, decor and accessories, visit

CARRIER Carrier knows that to travel is to make aspirations comes true; our curated selection is the perfect starting point to explore some of the finest family holidays. Time together is precious - allow Carrier to create the ultimate family getaway in 2017.

ST BRIDES BAY COTTAGES St Brides Bay Cottages offers delightful cottages in superb locations around the North Pembrokeshire Coast. “Welcome� might be a small word, but here it has a very big meaning. The scenery is spectacular, the air is crystal fresh and the villages are full of character. The rugged beauty offers the perfect backdrop for a real get-away-from-it-all holiday.

THE PIER The Pier stands proudly overlooking the picturesque harbour and the confluence of the Stour and Orwell rivers. Long established in Harwich, the hotel boasts four stars with two rosettes for cooking. The Harbourside on the first floor of The Pier, is renowned for using locally caught seafood, much of which is landed in the harbour opposite. Head Chef, John Goff takes much of his influence from the sea so Harwich lobster and crab are nearly always on the menu served whichever way you’d like. Stay over and capture the ambience of this delightful old town, a night in The Mayflower suite, complete with telescope is a must!

KESGRAVE HALL Step back, relax and indulge at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, a contemporary 4-star hotel with 23 fabulous bedrooms ranging from standard through to the ‘top grade’. Plenty of theatre can be found in the restaurant overlooked by the Engine Room, with head chef Stuart Oliver championing all that is great about Suffolk produce.

MAISON TALBOOTH Step back, relax and indulge at Maison Talbooth. Twelve individual bedrooms, day spa, outdoor pool (heated to a sizzling 85 degrees all year), hot tub, pool house and tennis court. Guests dine at the award winning Le Talbooth restaurant beside the river Stour, just a minute away by courtesy car.

BAILEY ROBINSON Bailey Robinson is a luxury travel company that aspires to evoke the golden age of travel when people were treated as individuals and the world was waiting to be discovered. At Bailey Robinson our priorities are to listen and to understand what matters to you so we can tailor an itinerary that exceeds your expectations. Our passionate team has over 180 years collective experience and in depth, first-hand knowledge of the destinations that we cover. By focusing on the detail and with our special contacts, you can trust us to create your perfect holiday.

EXPERIENCE TRAVEL GROUP Enriching the lives of the world’s most passionate travellers. Bespoke, luxury experienced based holidays in Asia. Experience is everything!

BOOK REVIEWS Modern Calligraphy - A step-by-step guide to mastering the art of creativity - Lucy Edmonds Synopsis: A beautiful workbook that provides an introduction to modern calligraphy and creative ways to develop your own unique style of lettering. Modern Calligraphy is a step-by-step workbook for those wanting to learn this super trendy form of lettering, and unlock your creativity to boot. Written by Lucy Edmonds, the founder of Quill London, the book will guide readers through the first steps of pointed pen calligraphy, encouraging you to spend an hour a week developing and practicing a new skill. Designed for complete beginners, the book offers tips, tricks and techniques on the materials required and how to use them properly, how to approach the modern calligraphy letterforms, and most importantly explores ways to develop our own modern calligraphy style. Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict If you are intrigued by modern calligraphy this is a great place to start exploring and practising your own technique. With an introduction which gives you the background to the art, together with practical exercises, you’ll learn about the equipment and how to use it. There are also examples of what you can do with your new skill - from envelope addressing and event stationery to beautiful dinner party menus and gift tags. How to Draw Type and Influence People An Activity Book - Sarah Hyndman Synopsis: We are all type consumers and interact with type in our everyday lives. Typefaces in all shapes and sizes evoke an emotional response and trigger associated memories before we’ve even read the words. How to Draw Type and Influence People shows how we use type to understand different messages. Each typeface is introduced and explained and then creative exercises show the reader how to draw each font and invite them to explore the associations evoked by the styles, to reveal why they have come about and how to create their own versions. Ideal for all those who work with type daily, this book provides an accessible way in to the world of typefaces, for the general reader, but also graphic designers who want to explore fonts in more detail and design their own letterforms. Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict We loved Why Fonts Matter, an earlier book by Sarah and How to Draw Type and Influence People is another fascinating and stimulating book about typography. Very accessible and full of fascinating facts and exercises, it’s a brilliant insight into typefaces and their influence.

Paper Quilling- Elizabeth Moad Synopsis: Elizabeth Moad takes you through simple step-by-step techniques to show you how to make beautiful quilled cards, gift boxes, tags and wall art for family and friends. Modern motifs, vibrant papers and funky framing can be used to transform this ancient craft into contemporary designs that appeal to all ages. Elizabeth uses elements such as patterns and colour combinations as a starting point and then translates them into exciting quilling ideas. Using minimal equipment and featuring flowers, balloons, hearts, owls and more, create unique and lovely gifts for the special occasions in your life. Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict This is a beautiful book, with suggestions for 20 imaginative projects. If you are looking for a different hobby this is a great one to add to your collection. Freedom Seeker-Beth Kempton Live More. Worry Less. Do What You Love. Synopsis: Freedom Seeker is about a caged bird and how she sets herself free. It is a call to action based on one simple concept, that personal freedom is a choice. For so many people who feel trapped by circumstances, money, guilt, doubt, and fear, this is a revolutionary idea. It is the story of a woman who went from life-loving, risk-taking adventurer to grown-up, settled down, mother-wife-business owner, before realizing the life she had built was suffocating her. It is the result of her quest for freedom, through the life-changing impact of marriage, the trials of motherhood, and the pressures of running her own business. It’s about how she escaped and came alive again. It is full of personal stories, both the author’s own and those of some amazing people she knows, whose open hearts and deep courage will take your breath away. It also includes a host of original, transformational tools to help the reader escape their cage and learn to soar. The book shows how to make the most of the extraordinary time we are living in, where technology offers new ways to live, work, learn, and connect with each other. It’s a very current manual for living more, and worrying less. Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict With the beautiful summer weather, it is easy to understand why people are inspired to soar, to want to explore distant horizons and to challenge assumptions about their future. In Freedom Seeker, Beth Kempton creates a step-by-step process using 8 Freedom Keys to encourage people to step outside their cage to find freedom. Full of helpful advice and lessons from others this book will inspire you to explore your own potential.

ANCIENNE AMBIANCE Discover sublimely fragranced gifts for yourself or someone special at Ancienne Ambiance, award-winning purveyors of superb perfumes, candles, home fragrance and bodycare, inspired by antiquity. Visit the Ancienne Ambiance boutique in the heart of Chelsea, or shop online with complimentary worldwide delivery.


Hot Brands Cool Places Families and Holidays Issue 2017  

If you are planning a weekend break, or a longer holiday, we have some wonderful sources of inspiration in this issue as well as our delight...

Hot Brands Cool Places Families and Holidays Issue 2017  

If you are planning a weekend break, or a longer holiday, we have some wonderful sources of inspiration in this issue as well as our delight...