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Amsterdam is Turning its Bridge Houses into Tiny Hotels

Amsterdam is Turning its Bridge Houses into Tiny Hotels

© Mirjam Bleeker, courtesy of SWEETS hotel

Well that’s it for me. I’ll never stay in a normal hotel in Amsterdam again now that 28 of the city’s bridge houses have been transformed into charming little hotel rooms. For over a century, these canalside gate houses accommodated the storied bridge keepers whose task it was to conduct the city’s water traffic and allow boats to pass.Read the rest

The Diva Who Grew Her Own Exotic Kingdom

The Diva Who Grew Her Own Exotic Kingdom

Madame Ganna Walska

“Don’t touch. And don’t eat what you touch unless you want to die” are the first words you’ll hear upon entering Lotusland, the exotic, 37-acre kingdom of plants tucked away in the quiet town of Montecito, California. Its roots run three owners and 135 years deep, but it’s the touch of its final, failed opera singer patroness, Madame Ganna Walska, that makes the legacy behind its pink walls so magical…

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Lunch at the Forgotten Rothschild Party Palace

Lunch at the Forgotten Rothschild Party Palace

© MessyNessyChic

I stood looking up at the gates, hands on my hips, wondering what forgotten chateau I’d stumbled upon this time. We’d taken a detour to avoid the traffic back into Paris and suddenly pulled over into the ditch by the side of the road at my absolute insistence. What I didn’t know then, peeping through the iron bars, was that I was standing at the back entrance of the largest and most luxurious 19th-century château in France.Read the rest

Valentina’s Lost Orangery

Valentina’s Lost Orangery

I can’t give you romance with a chocolate box or a card with teddy bears on it, but I thought I might, just for a moment, take you to one of the most romantic secret gardens I’ve ever had the pleasure of stumbling upon…

The Orangery at Euridge Manor in the Cotswolds is set in ancient grounds and woodland beside explorer Sir Walter Raleigh’s old hunting lodge. Surrounded by the ruins of a castle and evergreen palm trees in the middle of the English countryside, this hidden gem is as fairytale as it gets. But here’s the kicker– it’s available to stay overnight in. 

And if you can find just three other friends to stay with you (or another couple), it adds up to £95 per … Read the rest