Archerfield House, North Berwick

For another pre-lockdown 2.0 treat, we managed to squeeze in an overnight trip to Archerfield House in Dirleton, North Berwick. I’m no stranger to Archerfield, popping in to catch up with friends for a coffee or some lunch and to visit their spa. It was great this time though to get to spend the night….

House of Gods Hotel

In early December, for a certain someone’s birthday, I booked us into the House of Gods Hotel in the Cowgate to take advantage of their ‘Locked up like I’m famous’ package which included pizza, cocktails and ‘unlimited prosecco’. I’d seen pictures on social media of the package and it looked like a lot of fun,…

Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa, Pitlochry

I’m always on the hunt for a wee night or weekend away from city life, somewhere comfortable, with good food and preferably a spa (though the latter is not a deal breaker)! It’s just nice to get away from the norm, particularly in these more challenging times we find ourselves in. So, a friend and…

Treviso

Italy, as you will see by my recent travels, is one of my favourite countries to visit. The food, the prosecco, the scenery and the culture all make it a great place to take a holiday. So when it was suggested that a certain someone wanted to go and watch their beloved Edinburgh Rugby play…

Florence & Pisa

I love Italy and have had many fantastic trips around the country, from my very first time in Garda in 1992 to the latest trip to Cinque Terre, Florence and Pisa. Florence has long remained a favourite of mine, the architecture, the food and the weather as well as the ability to walk without the…

The Grandtully Hotel

Back in March we finally made it to The Grandtully Hotel in Perthshire, run by the wonderful family behind Ballintaggart Farm and formerly the Supper Club Charlie and Evelyn’s table in Edinburgh. Having visited the Supper Club, I knew that their next venture would be a great one. The Grandtully Hotel sits in the little…

Sevilla, Spain

I last visited Sevilla as part of a backpacking adventure travelling around Spain and Portugal about 15 years ago – I loved it and always said one day I would come back. Luckily Easyjet have started direct flights from Edinburgh to Seville, so we decided to utilise the Easter break and take a long weekend in…

Naples

  The next stop on our Italian adventure, albeit a brief one was Naples.  I had been here about 20 years ago and as it turned out, had little memory of the city!  We took the ferry from the harbour in Sorrento, it is only about 45 minutes and when you arrive in the madness…

Amalfi Coast

It’s been a while since I last wrote a post, but there is nothing better to inspire you to start writing again than spending a week on the Amalfi Coast! Mid-June a friend and I took ourselves off to Italy where we spent 5 nights in the amazing Agriturismo Antico Casale nestled between Sorrento and…

Istanbul

Istanbul is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a while, not for any particular reason other than it looked amazing (and also Ottolenghi’s ‘Mediterranean’ did nothing to put me off!).  Luckily in January Turkish Airlines had a sale on and we managed to get bargainous flights direct to Istanbul for some springtime sunshine!  We…