Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Matfen, Northumberland - save 40%
The ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett, Matfen Hall Hotel is a dignified country estate in the rugged Northumberland countryside. It's...... more
The ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett, Matfen Hall Hotel is a dignified country estate in the rugged Northumberland countryside. It's surrounded on all sides by 300 acres of pretty parkland and is just half an hours' drive from Newcastle city centre. Winner of two North East England Tourism Awards, it strikes the perfect balance of old school British tradition and modern luxury.Dining is a stately affair with the grand old library providing a dramatic setting for the two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant. There's also a chic brasserie in the conservatory and a pub-style lodge overlooking the golf course. No need to choose between golfing and spa time as here, both are exceptional. The excellent spa and leisure facilities offer an indoor pool and plenty of treatments and the 27-hole golf course is one of the best in the country. This offer includes a stay in a Classic room with breakfast, use of the spa and fitness facilities and a 15% discount on spa treatments, golf or in-hotel dining (this doesn't include drinks). We also have a second offer available which includes all of the above plus a three-course dinner.
Jennifer D'Abo at Home: Recipes for Stylish People in a Hurry - Jennifer D'Abo
Jennifer d'Abo At Home is subtitled "Recipes for Stylish People in a Hurry", which probably disqualifies this reviewer from comment. Who can these stylish...... more
Jennifer d'Abo At Home is subtitled "Recipes for Stylish People in a Hurry", which probably disqualifies this reviewer from comment. Who can these stylish people be? Fashion editors? Society hostesses? Peter Mandelson? At any rate this very smart production, "assembled at the repeated requests of her many friends who have enjoyed and even marvelled at the dinners and lunches she so graciously presents in her own home" (as the publishers tell us), rather begs the question of why stylish people in a hurry should be doing their own cooking in the first place. For pity's sake, what are servants and restaurants for? Can it be that Jennifer d'Abo is short of a bob or two and is doing it for the money? She certainly looks worried in the cover photograph, rather fretfully posed in the Chinese Room of Blake's Hotel (so stylish it makes your teeth hurt). What about the recipes? How do they rate for stylishness? Truth to tell, most are rather humdrum little dinner party or lunch dishes, perfectly good but nothing out of the ordinary. But they are lifted by association. Beetroot Terrine With Sour Cream and Chives, for example, a very simple jellied borscht, is transformed by the knowledge that was created for the wife of the US ambassador "because she liked beetroots and England". Or Curried Melon Balls (melon, curry powder, mayonnaise), admired by Kenneth J. Lane, "the most famous and talented designer of costume jewellery, the best host in New York". As for Cod With Egg Sauce: "My son always eats it at Swinley Forest Golf Club". Conceivably useful, therefore, as a repertoire of quick meals, if that's what you need, although you might have to give your guests a bit of background information. Or if you're one of Jennifer d'Abo's many friends you'll have bought it already. --Robin Davidson
Advantages: Glorious scenery, in all weathers; lovely and peaceful Disadvantages: Occasional tailbacks on narrow roads at the height of the tourist season
...one thing I?ve never needed to concern myself with, but there are numerous bed and breakfasts, particularly in the pubs, as well as hotels in the large towns and cities mentioned
Dartmoor is sometimes described as ?England?s last wilderness?. Maybe that?s an exaggeration, but there is many a spot where you can imagine yourself well off the beaten track....
Advantages: Fun, slightly educational, great for hand-eye co-ordination Disadvantages: Quite expensive for what it is
...a lot and seems to take a real interest in.
One such item which I thought would be one of those occasions was the Gator Golf game. This is generally aimed at children a little younger than me son so I thought he would soon lose interest in wanting the game, but he went on and on about it so in the end my grandparents brought it for him for Christmas.
I thought after a game or two he would...
Advantages: looks exciting Disadvantages: it's tacky, doesn't hold interest, looks much better on the advert
...would say that this game probably lasts about 2 minutes and after that your child will lose interest.
This game does look exciting as the crocodile is large, bright and plastic with a big mouth that opens up. It comes with two little golf sticks and 2 balls- one green, one yellow. There is a little counter up the side of the stick which can keep score.
You open the crocodile's mouth and the aim is...