How To Get The Art Deco ‘Look’

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Have fun being your own interior designer Art Deco is increasingly influencing today’s high end interior designers looking for a more tailored formal style, a possible backlash against shabby chic. Crucially, if you embrace the Art Deco style it will always look ‘modern’. Art Deco design was the birth of modernity and many of it’s […]

Lost or Damaged Luggage

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What to do if your luggage doesn’t turn up on the carousel – Happily, Gatwick is one of the better airports at looking after your luggage. You are 39% more likely to have your luggage lost or damaged when travelling via Heathrow than travelling via Gatwick. However, it can happen so check out here what […]

An Adventure in Reykjavik

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An Adventure in Reykjavik. Today’s travel blog is from Iceland, quite right as it feels like that here at the moment.  A short break to this exciting destination, should go on your travel “to do” list. How to get there and getting around There are plenty of carriers from Gatwick, EasyJet of course, Iceland Air […]

Naturetrek and Wildlife Watching

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Naturetrek and Wildlife Watching We have been working with Naturetrek; the specialist wildlife tour company, for over 2 years now. We accommodate their Guides and clients prior to tours leaving from Gatwick. I have yet to travel with them myself but I am in the unique position of having met scores of their clients before […]

Springwood Shortbread

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Home Made All Butter Shortbread Whenever I have the time, I like to make our guests feel special by personally making a home made treat for the in room hospitality trays. A firm favourite are these personalised All Butter Shortbread.   Here is the Recipe Ingredients 100 grams icing Sugar 200 grams plain Flour 100 […]

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 […]