Monday, 20 November 2017

Just in case you didn't believe me - here's #NorthcoteManor in #Devon later that morning. It is a traditional English Country House hotel that I suspect hasn't changed too much since it first opened as such in 1972. The 'new' manor house was built in 1716, although there's a Victorian wing to the North East, added later. Remains of the original building can still be seen in the grounds and there are Parish records dating back to 1592. there's also a mention of the manor as it was in 1103 - in the reign of King Henry I in the papers of a previous owner, the Right Honourable Sir Stafford Northcote who died in the late 1800s. It's had many owners including Richard Babbage (I believe an ancestor of Charles Babbage) and Colonel Gracey who built the Northern Indian railway system. The motto over the door reads 'I follow the light'. I was particularly impressed by the friendly service, the pristine rooms and the excellent food - the hotel is managed by the head chef and I'm truly amazed by the close-knit supportive team who host @NorthcoteManor. The food, which has a two AA rosette listing, was unexpectedly excellent and in my book deserves its third rosette sooner rather than later. And, as it is on the #TarkaLine - on the way to #Barnstable it's a haven for walkers and #Naturelovers #LoveEngland @visitengland #lovedevon #travelwriter #instatravel #travelgram #travelblogger #instatbn #writetotravel #instapassport #postcardsfromtheworld #guardiantravelsnaps #ttot #tbin #travelblog #bbctravel #thedevonnetwork #iamplymouth #nationalparks #devondays #ukpotd #uk_greatshots #gloriousbritain #autumncolour #jessopsmoment #brilliantbritain


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

This year for me has been one of discovering the Czech Republic. Although, I've only been there twice, I've already fallen in love. Firstly with #Brno, then with #Prague and finally with #Pardubice. These rooftops are unmistakeably Prague but taken from a secret garden - #Vrtba - a hidden gem of a Baroque walled garden from 1720 in Lesser Town (Mala Strana), rarely seen by visitors to Prague. I spent a happy day exploring some of the hidden gardens of Prague with a guide from insightcities who are largely academics with a passion for the heritage of the cities where they are based. This one, the first on our itinerary, was both stunning and fascinating for the political leverage that its owner hoped would result from building it. As they say, a luminous glimpse into life of nobility in the 18th century and the aesthetics of #Baroque landscaping. And, when you climb to the very top courtyard with its marine-themed grotto, you are also rewarded by this beautiful vista of Prague’s cityscape. I have still to write about my last visit to Prague with #VisitCZ but was delighted to be honoured with their #Travelblogger award at #WTM2017 - apart from a great set of flights, accommodation and more that means I can go back, I'm genuinely thrilled that my writing on LondonUnattached is appreciated! #travelwriter #instatravel #travelgram#travelblog #instatbn #writetotravel #visitprague #postcardsfromtheworld #guardiantravelsnaps #ttot #tbin @czechtourism_UK #insta_prague #cezchrepublic #prague #theprettycities #alley #wonderful_prague #charlesbridge #Прага #чехия #instaprague #ig_europe