Hawaii

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The Big Island It’s always a good time to visit Hawaii. It benefits from warm and gentle trade winds, mild temperatures and sunny skies. Hawaii is an ideal holiday destination throughout the year.   Hawaii is a long way and a flight to Los Angeles is good place to break the journey.  There are some […]

Three of the best Winter Breaks

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Christmas Markets It’s not too late to visit a Christmas Market in one of the places where they originated. Begin your festivities a little earlier this year and discover spectacular Christmas markets all over Europe. Search for hand-made gifts and trinkets. Weave through illuminated stalls and sip hot chocolate or mulled wine as you get […]

Kind Guests

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No Act of kindness,                 no matter how small,                          is ever wasted   – Aesop     We always try to be kind to our guests but it is not all one way traffic. We are lucky enough to have a lovely clientele who are also kind in return. Here are some examples One day […]

Respecting the Environment and Saving Money

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I have found in looking at ‘Green’ policies of various businesses that there is a slightly sanctimonious ring to many of their policy statements. While I am as keen as the next person to ‘Save the Planet’, the fact of the matter is that following environmentally friendly policies reduces costs. As the custodian of Springwood, […]

Goings on at Gatwick

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I was lucky enough to be able to join a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Gatwick this week. This began with several presentations , dealing first of all with the ‘Elephant in the Room’ which was the recent announcement that their bid for another runway has been rejected in favour of Heathrow. They put on […]

Some of Our Favourite National Trust Properties

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Standon House Only 13 miles from Springwood, Standon is Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden. This summer you can take a specialist tour to learn more about the architecture of the house designed by Phillip Webb who was a friend and collaborator of William Morris. […]

Gatwick Restaurant Review

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Restaurants ‘Airside’ at Gatwick Airport Read our Gatwick Restaurant Review below. Airports are not known for their culinary delights and an expensive meal can often turn out to be a disappointment. I have scoured all the Reviews on Trip Advisor (to save you doing it) to come up with a current consensus of opinion on […]

Gatwick Airport to Barbados

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Check out our travel blogger Mary as she leaves freezing Gatwick Airport for sunnier climbs. As we stepped through the aircraft door into the Barbados sunshine we immediately became aware of the heat.  No longer cold as when we had left Gatwick Airport just eight and a half hours previously.  We have been away this month […]

Some background History

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Some background to Horley’s development. Many of our guests who have taken a stroll up the road to Ye Olde Six Bells and looked at the houses in Massett’s Road ask me how and why Horley developed, particularly the big houses like Springwood. So here is a little about its history. Following the Norman Conquest, […]

The Best of Canada and Alaska

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The Gatwick blogger.   The best of Canada and Alaska.   One Sunny afternoon in July we boarded a very cramped plane to Calgary. On arrival and waiting for our rep to collect all her charges there was quite a lot of banter going around. It looked promising for some fun as we were going […]