If you are a plane enthusiast, this is the hotel for you. If you like incredibly good food, cool design and a fine cocktail list you won’t have much to complain about either.

You could be forgiven for missing that the ‘Aviator’ is a hotel as from the outside; it gives a rather good impression of a commercial building. Or in fact an airline hangar. Any misgivings will be dispelled as you step into perhaps the most ascetically pleasing foyers I’ve ever encountered with superb staircase which, from the top, presents a flawless optical illusion.

A Sky Suite is roomy and comfortable, with the additional extra of a lounge with large TV separate from the main bedroom area (there’s a smaller TV here too in case you just can’t do without your bedtime viewing). We chose to spend a couple of hours pre-dinner watching an appropriately themed aviation movie, but there were plenty of new releases to choose from, for free, (and not all plane related!)

Drinks in the Sky Bar included an eclectic cocktail list and sultry lighting. I can recommend the (award winning) Silver Jet, the large red chilli giving the tequila a further deliciously warm tingle. My first cocktail of the day was an easy drinking vanilla and elderflower daiquiri at check in. I like their style. From the Sky Bar, on a lighter evening, you’d have views over the adjoining Farnborough airport. If you listen closely you’ll get further clues on your location in the busy restaurant, with many a whispered conversation relating to private jets and flying conditions. Very elite.

Many chefs can produce a fabulous looking plate of food. Far less manage to pull off a triumph of not only flavour, but texture, temperature, colour…everything really. Tiny melt-in-the-mouth beetroot and raspberry meringues and shards of deliciously flavoured ice were memorable accompaniments to my crisp skinned mackerel starter. The wine list was delightful too; I’ve not come across a bottle of Pinot Gris since our last visit to New Zealand. Oh, and any dietary requirements? No problem. The professional and informed staff smooth any concerns or questions away. The service could have been a little quicker, but hey, there were diners with planes to catch the next day; all we had to do was relax and enjoy, which the Aviator made effortlessly easy.


 

HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS

From US250+ per night

– Michelin star quality food
– Professional and friendly staff
– Well equipped and spacious rooms

– Limited options locally to explore

CONTACT INFORMATION

+44 1252 555 890
www.aviatorbytag.com/contact

www.aviatorbytag.com

REVIEW BY

Chris & HannahChris & Hannah
Directors

 
Painswick is one of those quaint Cotswold’s villages where sandstone houses are crammed along narrow windy streets in between weathered churchyards, gnarled trees and long-established gardens.

Unless you knew about it you would almost certainly miss Cardynham House. Even if you do know about it it’s easy to walk straight past the unprepossessing chunky front door which opens straight onto the street.

This 15th century boutique hotel is full of surprises- the Palm Room draped in floaty white fabrics, dark and brooding heavily festooned four poster boudoirs and the incongruous pool room which really does boast a fair sized, private, glass-encased swimming pool within the high courtyard walls. The corridors are narrow, the ceilings are low and the doors are opened by huge original keys. You’ll stumble upon cosy reading rooms you never knew were there and probably won’t find again. With plenty of traditional British pubs and a handful of local restaurants a stone’s throw away this charming place offers a warningly traditional get-away in a beautiful part of the English countryside.


 

HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS

From US150+ per night
 
– Quaint, historic charm
– Central village location

– On street parking
– Limited food choices.

CONTACT INFORMATION

+44 (0)1452 814006
info@cardynham.co.uk

www.cardynham.co.uk

REVIEW BY

Chris & HannahChris & Hannah
Directors

 
Whether it’s windswept and cosy or sun-kissed and stylish, the Scarlet remains perfectly in tune with the changing moods of the Cornish coast. Set amongst the rocky cliffs of Mawgan Porth the views change on the hour with the shifting tides and skies; with huge windows taking in the landscape from the bed, bath or sofas it’s easy to spend hours simply gazing out at the magic and mystery of this wonderful region.

The hotel has impressive ‘eco’ credentials and the minimalist designed restaurant boasts a menu packed with organic and locally sourced wonders. Waiting staff are knowledgeable without being overly formal; in fact the atmosphere from the trendy bar to the welcoming spa manages to combine sleek sophistication with genuine friendliness. For a special treat book yourself in for an outdoor hot tub high on the cliff. You’ll sip champagne as the fire is stoked beneath what looks like a giant teacup; to anyone glancing across on it looks distinctly like you are being prepared for dinner!


 

HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS

From US250+ per night

– Great design and funky interiours
– Stunning views out to sea
– Great pool and outdoor hot tubs

– None!

CONTACT INFORMATION

+44 1637 861800
stay@scarlethotel.co.uk

www.scarlethotel.co.uk

REVIEW BY

Chris & HannahChris & Hannah
Directors