Bowness-on-Windermere: Prepare To Feel Old: The New Laura Ashley Hotel Is Really Swish

What was the moment you realized you’d grown old? Walking through the door of your first house? Gazing into the eyes of your first child? Realising you can’t drink on a school night without being overcome by work shame the next day?

For us, it happened today, when we looked at the photos of the new Laura Ashley hotel in Lake Windermere – The Belsfield, which opened last week – and said, “ooh nice, wanna go there.”

Laura Ashley: the middle class b?te noir of our 1980s childhood. The Lake District: the middle class, middle aged holiday destination for ruddy-faced people whose idea of excitement is nibbling on a square of Kendal mint cake while

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TLC Makes Courtyard by Marriott Feel So Damn Unpretty With Their Rider Demands

Lately, we’ve been digging Courtyard by Marriott Hotels, thanks to their new, functional room layouts, ever-present free WiFi, nifty media pods and their convenient Bistro cafes. But it turns out Courtyard by Marriott gets no TLC from the 90s R&B band, TLC.

The Smoking Gun uncovered a rider for the band’s TLC Reunion Tour (which is just T-Boz and Chilli, RIP LEFT EYE) and after several food specifications–Nobu sushi for Chilli, turkey sandwiches with Miracle Whip for T-Boz, the contract demands suites for the singers in a “5 star hotel.” A “4 star hotel” will do “if a 5 Star Hotel is not available in the applicable location.”

And more specifically, under no circumstances

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Singita’s Sasakwa Lodge in Tanzania: Where Downtown Abbey Would Feel at Home

The Sasakwa Lodge, Singita’s premier property in Northern Tanzania, offers a heavy touch of old world, English opulence in the country’s Grumeti Reserve.

If Lord Grantham were ever to take a trip to Africa, this is where he and other denizens Downtown Abbey would lay their heads for the night. But today, even heads of state, royals and celebrities head to Sasakwa to soak up the authentic African ambiance and the expansive view of the vast Serengeti plains below.

The elegant, turn of the century manor house is counterbalanced with a carefully collected and well-curated mix of evocative African artifacts. It gives the posh property an African savvy meets boho chic appeal.


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