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Usually our regular hotel/holiday slot is titled leaving London however we feel that sometimes a change is as good as a holiday and if you can see London through the eyes of an early adopter rather than the drudge of the workers in the city then perfect.

Number Sixteen will allow you to do just that. So wether you're reading this planning a trip to London (as we know many of you do) or reading it thinking you just need a break from your poky flat, then read on!

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Number Sixteen is part of the Firmdale Group and offers wonderfully designed rooms and even a garden in the heart of South Kensington, London.

As we mentioned - if you are one of the many few that lives in London sharing a flat with no outside space to speak of then this will be your personal slice of living heaven for you stay.

The interior design which you simply can't miss throughout has been created by owner, Kit Kemp. If you get home and feel that your house is a little lack lustre after bathing in a wash of colours during your Number Sixteen stay then not to worry, you can buy some of the Kit Kemp collections used throughout the hotel yourself - or her book and gather some inspiration for your own little pad.

NO16 Library MR C

If you are concerned about leaving canine friends at home then don't be - the hotel allows small dogs in the rooms which is a great bonus to anyone the knows the trials and tribulations of finding doggy cover.

No16 Garden MR R

So with any concerns put aside you can get on with enjoying a stay in some of the most colourful sumptuousness we have come across in our hotel travels.

You have the choice to sit tranquil and quiet in the courtyard garden behind the hotel - making full use of the wonderful afternoon tea on the hotel menu or wonder out the front of the hotel to the more bustling but still relaxing South Kensington Streets. There are bars, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs a plenty in the vicinity and you are a stones through away from Hyde Park and the Natural History Museum. Both brilliant days out.

NO16 Drawing Room NEW MR

If you just want to lounge around the hotel - which you may do seeing as it is so beautiful then there are beauty treatments available in for form of Soholistic. There are no special treatment rooms at Number Sixteen - rather you have your chosen treatments in the comfort of your own room - wonderful!

Firmdale Hotels partner with Temple Spa to provide a unisex range of highly advanced products and treatments created to combat the stresses and strains of everyday life, perfect for renewing your London living love. At Number Sixteen you will get the very best in anti-ageing skin care, aromatherapy and anti-oxidants without leaving your room.

There are two great offers on at the hotel currently - one - a Sunday Stay-over and another ready for Valentines.

Take Monday off or leave from a wonderfully comfortable bed and rested night by taking up the offer to stay at Number Sixteen over Sunday night.

Included in your stay:
Chilled glass of Champagne
Welcome gift
Continental breakfast

Superior Room from £252
Luxury Room from £282
Deluxe Room from £324

Alternatively plan your Valentines now and really get those brownie points from your other half. Even though you would have done all the hard booking work you can still relax and enjoy your gift to your  significant and much loved other. Number Sixteen will lay out chocolates and a chilled bottle of Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier Champagne ready for your arrival and wake you up with a Continental breakfast for two in the morning.

Superior Room from £372
Luxury Room from £414
Deluxe Room from £456

Valid 13-15 February

For reservations, please book online above. For more information, please contact the hotel directly on T: 020 7589 5232 or CLICK HERE to email.

A stay at Number Sixteen doesn't need to be a special occasion though - we fully recommend it for some rest and recuperation if you are a Londoner or a luxurious break to sample city life if you come from out of town.

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T: +44 (0)20 7589 5232

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Hudson’s, the leading publisher of heritage and tourist information in the UK, has launched three unique short breaks for summer 2015. The breaks, which will include tours to Rutland, Derbyshire and Yorkshire, take place over three days with two nights’ accommodation, one evening meal and the company of an expert lecturer. Each includes visits to a number of celebrated stately homes such as Burghley, Haddon Hall and Kedleston as well as little known country houses and villages such as Deene Park and Tissington.

Through these tours visitors can explore the history of Britain through great architecture, family stories, interior decoration and stunning works of art. The breaks are aimed at curious individuals, couples and older families looking for a truly enriching experience. They can book a short break over a weekend or midweek or combine two tours to make a week’s adventure. By using the services of an expert lecturer, visitors are given new insights into history plus they have the opportunity to visit places exclusively out of normal opening hours.

Prices start from just £530 per person including accommodation, meals, entrance tickets and travel and thereby offer excellent value for money. The tours can be booked with just one simple phone call or online at so alleviating any stress through planning and organisation.

For more information on Hudson’s please visit the website at



Set in the beautiful countryside of Cheshire, Rookery Hall Hotel in Nantwich is really something quite special.

It feels like it's been designed for those in need of an escaped from the grind and dirt of London and not only is it ultra peaceful and relaxing - it's also got all the modern amenities you need to make your stay a complete break.


The hotel is massive  - spread across 38 acres with 70 bedrooms. The rooms are decked out with everything you could think of including - luxurious baths to disappear into for a few hours (with TVs built in – what more could you want).

When you drag yourself out of the room (you really don’t need to – there’s room service on hand for those weekend stays…) the dining rooms are worth a look in. The antique dark wooden panelling gives a sophisticated decadence to the bar and dining rooms which look out onto the stunning garden views.

Salon Restaurant [1]

Even if you’re not staying over night, the food on offer is enough for a visit. The menu is everything you might expect from a country house restaurant but what gives Rookery Hall the edge over other similar hotels is the quality and extra touch that goes into everything. Every dish we had was not only beautifully presented but also substantial and delicious. It's hearty, comforting food and everything you want after a long day relaxing (hiking) around the neighbouring landscape.


Just to top it all off - there’s an Elemis spa in a converted stable block on hand to bring you back to your full restorative state. There’s seven treatment rooms, a relaxation room, glass-roofed indoor swimming pool and a gym (should you feel the urge). If you looking to unwind – you don’t need to look very far.

The entire stay is a thing of restoration and relaxation and the perfect antidote to London which everyone should and must experience. It’s only 15 minutes away from the M6 and we’re already planning our next escape back…

hotel outside

Stay in a hobbit house do something different

As the final film of the Hobbit trilogies turn the world bat shit crazy for Hobbits why not do something different, get out of the smog of London and go and stay in a Hobbit House?, the UK’s largest holiday rental site - offers holidaymakers a memorable experience where they may even spot Bilbo Baggins himself!

Forget Middle-earth. The Hobbit House in the ‘Shire’ of Northwest Montana offers visitors an enchanting experience. The lodge is located in ‘Hobbit Village’ which comes to life at night with a mystic light display on Hobbit Lane consisting of a cavalcade of mushrooms and fairy structures: fans may even spot the shadow of Bilbo Baggins as he drinks and entertains his friends.

Northwest Montana offers a very similar landscape to that imaging by Tolkein for Middle-earth, with beautiful mountains and crystal clear lakes. Guests are advised to avoid the Troll Mine where nasty trolls live, but can visit to the mini Elven Village.

unnamedAt 1,000 square foot, the guest cottage comes complete with one king bedroom and a hobbit guest bedroom. Other features include a well-equipped kitchen, a flat screen TV, a library and a wood burning stove for those rare chilly nights: the cottage is always warm as it’s underground, of course! Guests can also savour some cram and raise a toast with Ent-draught on the deck which overlooks the Shire.

Since hobbits like to eat at least six times a day, the owners share a special treat with each guest upon their arrival: a very large and distinctive Trollhouse cookie made with special fairy dust and hobbit ingredients!

Just as Bilbo Baggins and his friends  journey into the “Wild” and see creatures of Tolkien’s Wilderland, so can the guests at Hobbit Village. An abundance of wildlife can be spotted in the surrounding countryside including Baldwin the resident Bald Eagle, blue herons, deer, elk, moose, coyotes and the occasional bear or wolf.

The Hobbit House sleeps four and is available for rental from $316 (£202) per night.


Stratford Upon Avon - Shakespears homeThe Olympics are nearly over but if you’re looking for a chance to escape the last minute rush or indeed just to get out of the city after the craziness that has been the last few weeks then we suggest heading to Stratford Upon Avon.

Just under two hours outside of London (leaving from Marylebone) Startford Upon Avon is the perfect visiting place for anyone who wants to get out of London but doesn’t want to have to travel for hours and hours just to feel like they’re getting a break from the Big Smoke.

The city is of course best known as being the home of none other than Shakespeare but it also has mile and miles of green space, a beautiful river, several riverside pubs, some amazing restaurants and bars as well as several theatres that you can enjoy on your day. Here's what you need to know...


What to stay: There are plenty of hotels and B&B's around but we suggest The Legacy Falcon a 16th century residence complete with half-timbering and a quaint Tudor feel with modern bedrooms and communal areas. This hotel has everything you'll need to make your stay an enjoyable one from open fire places for relaxing in front of with a glass of red wine or an ale to a beautiful courtyard garden and award winning restaurant. It's also in the heart of town so you're right next to everything you could ever wish to visit.

What to do: There's several pass times around Stratford but we suggest taking the  hop on, hop off City Bus Tour as it's by far the quickest and easiest way of seeing everything the city has to offer in a short time. All five of Shakespeares houses are worth a visit in particular Mary Arden's Farm, a real working Tudor farm complete with falconry displays, a petting zoo, horses, goats, pigs and several other types of animal. What's more when you buy a ticket to all five houses you make a pretty big saving and tickets are valid for up to 12 months so you can return any time. Aside from the houses there's also the Stratford armories, a butterfly farm and a beautiful park to explore which regularly plays hosts to markets and music and theatre events.

Where to eat and drink: We recommend Marlowe's which claims to offer the finest food and cellar in the area. Situated in the heart of town it's the perfect spot for a bite of dinner in traditional Tudor surroundings. We suggest trying the rib eye steak which is really, really good. As for drinking there are loads of reasonably priced and very cosy pubs in the area as well as some more up market and trendy bars such as No.7, and Hole in the Wall.

For more information head over to the tourist information website which has loads of tips and tricks and places to visit in the area.