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1.12.16

Travel: Burley Manor, Nestled Within The New Forest

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Grounds

Burley Manor is located just outside the picturesque village of Burley on the outskirts of the New Forest, directly accessible from the M27.

The historic grade II listed building dates back to 1852 and is surrounded by beautiful New Forest countryside and a red deer sanctuary sits directly to the front of the hotel.

When you visit the New Forest there is a group of around 3000 locals that you really can't ignore, and no, I'm not talking about the people! If you ever visited before you'll know that as soon as your car is greeted by the metal grids on the road, your in for a treat!

Let's just say the New Forest is like experiencing a safari, right here in the UK, however with only one predominant species - horses, who roam free, everywhere and I mean everywhere, make sure you drive slowly around the villages because there might just be one standing outside the local newsagents.

The hotel compromises 40 rooms and suites which are spread across the original Grade II-listed main manor house and the modern garden wing which houses the rooms and suites with outdoor verandas. If you are a dog owner, you'll be pleased to know this is where you can stay with your furry four-legged friend!

Within the hotel gardens, for guests, there is also the luxury of an outdoor heated swimming pool which is open from June to September. One minor downside about visiting the hotel out of season!

Room

Our Manor Crown Suite was situated within the main manor building itself, individually designed for indulgence and relaxation. It was a striking room with nature-inspired colours throughout - dark, carved wood across the wardrobe, dressing table and bed posts.

Bold fabrics feature throughout, I particularly loved the bold floral curtains which spanned the length of the bay window. Other unique features included the four-poster bed and free-standing roll-top bath tub.

The room was extremely spacious with a couple of armchairs, a dressing table, large wardrobe, rustic countryside trunk and generous extra touches included a glass jar of homemade cookies and complimentary temple spa goodies.

If this wasn't enough, the room also features a power shower (as well as the lavish free standing roll top bath directly in our bedroom), a top quality Hypnos bed with sumptuous bedding, a generous supply of tea, coffee and biscuits, complimentary Wi-Fi, DAB radio and fluffy bathrobes and slippers.

A stand-out feature of the bedrooms within the main house is their clear eye for detail, while carefully ensuring retention of the manors historic charm, now combined with a mix of antique furniture and modern comforts.

As we visited in the autumn season, around the 5th November (Bonfire night), we were also lucky to be able to have a first-hand view direct from our bedroom window of the bonfire which the hotel had set up outside the front of the building. The bonfire oozed a warm and comforting sight from our bedroom window before dinner.

Treatment Rooms

Although small in its offering, the Burley Manor is also able to offer a range of luxurious and indulgent treatments with Temple Spa products, again inspired by the Meditteranean. It is apparent from the spa menu that treatments have been carefully selected to compliment the hotel theme throughout and most importantly leave you feeling refreshed long after you leave the comfort of the treatment rooms.

During my stay I was offering a complimentary treatment from this menu, which was lovely as it allowed me to extend a little bit of pampering time across the week, as well as a moment to sit, relax, simply sit back, do nothing and re-energise.

I chose the Spa Manicure - designed to leave your hands and fingertips looking elegant and feeling oh so good, which is exactly what I needed. A lovely little extra of the manicure was that after choosing the nail treatment colour I was then able to keep and take the remaining bottle of Nail Polish home with me!

Explore all of the spa treatments on offer here.

Dining

Again addressing the theme throughout, the restaurant at Burley Manor takes its inspiration from the Mediterranean, with bold flavours expressed across vibrant and rustic dishes.

Their Med-inspired dishes follow the seasons while allowing nature to take a leading role in the menu. Ingredients are still sourced locally, however, prepared simply with the help of their wood-fire oven to ensure each flavour is carefully drawn out.

I wanted to talk about our dinner in the restaurant in a separate post, watch this space! 

For more information see below: 

Burley Manor Hotel
Ringwood Road 
Burley
New Forest
Hampshire
BH24 4BS
https://www.burleymanor.com/

To make a reservation call Burley Manor on 01425 403522. Doubles from £139, B&B. Dogs welcome.

(*) My overnight stay, dinner and spa treatment at Burley Manor Hotel were provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own (*)
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23.11.16

Travel: Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London Review

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Deconstructed beef and ale pie
white chocolate and apricot mousse
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Did you know that one of London's most exclusive areas also has its own waterfront oasis on offer? 
Yep - you heard it here first, Chelsea has its very own harbour! 
I was extremely lucky as Luxury Lifestyle Magazine offered me the opportunity to review the Chelsea Harbour Hotel. A large and spacious hotel with an enviable Thames-side location. Plus, it's the capital’s only five-star all-suite hotel and is tucked away within the idyllic Marina; definitely Chelsea’s well-kept secret.
Writing for Luxury Lifestyle Magazine means I have the opportunity to explore, travel, visit and stay at some fabulously luxurious restaurants and hotels. More importantly, this opportunity enables me to showcase my writing skills to a much larger audience and will gradually help me towards building up a portfolio of travel articles for high-profile clients. 
About
So whats the deal? The Chelsea Harbour Hotel is a luxury, five-star, all-suite hotel set in the exclusive Chelsea Harbour Marina within walking distance from the well-known Kings Road and only a stone’s throw away from Imperial Wharf station.
On arrival, it’s clear why this hotel would attract, neatly tucked away within its own tranquil waterfront location. As soon as arrive you are greeted by a grand lobby entrance, marbled floors and towering vases abundant with impressive flower displays. I imagine they house an impressive Christmas tree during the festive season.
Our Suite
At reception we were warmly greeted and informed that our suite had been upgraded to a Marina King Suite – this sure was music to my ears on arrival after a long-gruelling week at work!
The suite itself was very spacious with plenty of space for the two of us. The suite comprises of living quarters, bedroom, bathroom with separate shower and bath and a private balcony overlooking the Chelsea Marina. This was the show-stopper!
In a city where small, cramped rooms command high prices it really is a bonus to have this amount of space.
Dining Experience
We dined on the three-course menu (at a very reasonably priced £19.50), competitively priced for London. For each course there was a choice of three options.
For starters, I chose the Potato and black pudding fritters with poached quail egg and mixed leaves and my partner chose the Goat’s cheese tart with roasted vegetables and onion chutney. We both shared and picked a little bit at each others. Unfortunately, my starter was quite average, mainly due to the fact that my ‘poached quails egg’ was overcooked and I was counting on the runny yolk to complement the otherwise dry potato and black pudding fritters.
However, the goats cheese tart with onion chutney was more than palatable so I ended up eating most of this!
For mains, I chose the beef and ale pie with roasted root vegetables and my partner the herb crusted salmon fillet with white bean puree and chorizo. I liked the idea behind the presentation as it the components were styled in a “deconstructed” manner with all the elements layered separately on the plate. The beef was rich, bold and flavoursome.
After a rather rich main course I was keen for a lighter dessert that still boasted luxury flavours. I navigated towards the white chocolate and apricot mousse and my partner the chocolate and raspberry tart. The desserts were very well presented with plenty of attention to detail. 
Want to read more?
Without giving too much away, I'd love for you to head over to Luxury Lifestyle Magazine and read the full review of my luxurious stay at Chelsea Harbour Hotel
Or why not check out my other hotel and restaurant reviews on the site? http://www.luxurylifestylemag.co.uk/author/rightupmystreetblog/

I'd really appreciate you taking a look and letting me know what you think?
xo. 
*Please note my occasional writing position at Luxury Lifestyle Magazine is an unpaid position, I am merely a contributor to the site and receive complimentary food, drink and overnight accommodation in return for an honest review and feature on the Luxury Lifestyle Magazine website.*

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16.11.16

Travel: Mostwari Private Game Reserve - Outdoor Boma Dining

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If  you didn't already know, a Boma dinner represents African outdoor dining at its best. Traditional bomas are set up whereby guests are enclosed to dine under the clear, sky littered African night sky. Dinners will typically be made up of delicious barbecue meat buffets.

The african boma has a long history dating back to pre-colonial Africa where natives used to house livestock within these wooden fences. The closely knit fences also used to serve as wind shields.

Today, many farmers are known to still use this method to fence in their livestock or enclose a homestead, however safari game lodges around the continent, just like Mostwari Private Game Reserve have also adopted these structures and celebrate their architectural history by using these stylised wooden structures to house outdoor dining areas. Typically these are warm and inviting outdoor spaces where guests are able to dine under the African night sky after a long day out on a private game safari.

Our Boma Dinner Experience:

When staying at the Mostwari luxury game lodge, we experienced just this! We were very lucky, as merely footsteps away from our lodgings, nestled within the surrounding Timbavati bush perched a traditional African starlit Boma.

Every night after our evening game drive at the Mostwari game lodge, at 7.30pm prompt we were collected from our lodge by a guide and walked across to the Boma cocktail bar for pre-dinner drinks along with all the other guests and Mostwari staff.

At 8pm every night dinner was served in the boma under the sparkling Africa sky. Not just a dinner, but a unique cultural experience! We counted ourselves very lucky to be able to experience two evenings of boma dinners during our three night stay at Mostwari. On the third night we also dined underneath the stars, however in a slightly different environment, high up in the elevation of a tree, in our very own treehouse sitting in the middle of the South African bush.

Each night we sat down to dinner at a table with fellow guests from our daily game drives. Further adding to the unique experience, our knowledgable guide, Godfrey, also sat with us each night at dinner and ate with us, while sharing many tales and stories of his exciting adventures as a guide at Mostwari.

Initially we were slightly concerned that taking our holidays in their winter could prove a chilly night under the stars or even worse, the weather may not permit the boma dinners to take place.

However, with lanterns scattered around the outside and across each table, a huge central fire and towering fences shielding us from the wind - the temperatures in the evening were more than endurable, in fact, most nights I ended up stripping off a couple of my layers as it proved very toasty sitting next to the open fire, enjoying a cold glass of South African pinot!

To add to the atmosphere and this one-in-a-lifetime experience, some of the Mostwari staff members also entertained us with performances of traditional African songs and dances. We thoroughly enjoyed our boma dinner experiences and will never forget those couple of nights spent in the bush.

Boma dinners are a unique, outdoor dining experience not to be missed - if your planning on visiting South Africa and your budget permits, I'd definitely recommend you consider staying in a luxury private game reserve who will facilitate this traditional outdoor african dining as an option.

xo.
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8.11.16

Lifestyle: Weekly Instagram Snapshots #2

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Welcoming in a new week with another weekly Instagram snapshots post so you can see what I've been getting up to most recently!

Don't forget to give me a follow over on @rightupmystreet for daily travel, lifestyle and fashion updates.

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Instagram Snapshots #2 - *Picture descriptions from left to right*

Free-standing Bath Tubs
Nothing screams pure luxury quite like a free-standing roll top bath in your hotel room surrounding by complimentary Temple Spa goodies! This weekend we stayed at the beautiful Burley Manor, a country manor in the New Forest.

Spa Manicure Treat
This weekend in the New Forest, the hotel also treated me to a complimentary spa treatment of my choice. With a new shiny ring and no painted nails I knew I needed a manicure as soon as possible! I love this nail polish colour by Temple Spa - what's even better is with the "Spa Manicure" you get to take the nail polish home with you!

The Last of The Autumn Leaves
This photo was taken yesterday, sadly its getting to that time of year where all the beautiful autumnal leaves are now making their way down towards the floor, although it makes for pretty #FromWhereIStand photos it also makes me slightly sad that my favourite season is almost over!

Autumn Home Styling: Fairy Lights
Winter is coming and a chill is drawing in - and all I want to do is dress my bedroom in fairy lights. Warming and bright, what more could you need to help spruce up your interiors?

Engagement Happiness!
My living room table and window sill is currently full of engagement cards which is making me seriously happy right now :) I don't think I'll be moving them for a while!

Cute Cat Alert
On a morning this one is always lurking on the bed when I'm getting ready for work, frequently making me late and disrupting me with her cuteness. Seriously, could you resist this face?

A Weekend Spent at Burley Manor
A weekend spent at Burley Manor in the countryside wouldn't be complete without a full New Forest breakfast with all ingredients locally sourced from the nearby farm. Delicious!

The Cutest, Fluffiest Cat
Again, isn't she just the cutest? I couldn't help but include two photos of this beauty, who happened to adopt the perfect cat-sofa position just in time for a photo. Snap!

Byron Burgers - Standard Pre-Gig Food
Last week me and Alex headed to London to see one of our favourite bands, Local Natives for the 7th time! We saw them at KOKO London in Camden and on route stopped at Byron Burger in Waterloo for our traditional pre-gig meal - a delicious Byron Burger!!

xo.
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2.11.16

Travel: Where To Visit on Aldeburgh Seafront?

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Where to visit on Aldeburgh Seafront?

Little did I know before we arrived, but Aldeburgh is world-renowned due to its connection with Benjamin Britten, the founder of the Aldeburgh Festival - a music festival which takes place here every June. 

A typical British seaside town by nature with pebble beach, pastel-coloured houses lining it's promenade and a fish hut selling fresh, local produce on the pebbled beach-front. As you walk the seafront you will pass a variety of seafront hotels, restaurants and smaller seaside cafes. 

1. Aldeburgh high-street

Running parallel to the promenade is Aldeburgh's bustling high-street, full to brim of clothing boutiques, antique and art shops, a cinema, ice-cream shops, a large variety of restaurants and of course it's famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop (aldeburghfishandchips.co.uk). 

I definitely recommend you stop here for a leisurely bite to eat, I suggest you head on over to the pub next door; Ye Old Cross Keys where you can stroll into the outdoor seating area out the back with your fish and chips and order a drink from the pub too, or if you'd prefer, theres a little hut out the back of the pub making homemade pizzas too! 

2. Visit the famous scallop statue

Take a wander along the beach and you'll soon reach the Scallop statue which was designed by Maggi Hambling - Suffolk born and bred. Inscribed into the sculpture are the words "I hear those voices that will not be drowned". A great picture spot for anyone wanting to capture memories from their trip to Suffolk's famous pebble coastline. 

3. Walk along the beach down to Thorpeness

If you enjoy strolling and taking in the fresh, sea air, then its definitely worth taking the beach walk down to Thorpeness. This quaint little coastal village is whimsical by nature! 

There is even a boating lake with Peter Pan theme, complete with tiny islands with locations found in the Peter Pan novel. You can hire a boat to explore the lake during the Spring - Summer months. 

Where to stay?

If your looking to visit and make a mini-break of your visit, make sure you consider The Brudenell Hotel which boasts an enviable spot on Aldeburgh's seafront: http://www.right-up-my-street.co.uk/2016/10/the-brudenell-hotel-aldeburgh-seafront.html
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