The eagerly-awaited opening of Kent's most exciting new hotel takes place tomorrow after the £8 million refurbishment of an historic manor house.It follows the transformation of the former Bridge Country Club near Canterbury which is now known as The Pig at Bridge Place.It is one of a growing number of boutique hotels being created by the brand in the south which specialises in converting historic buildings into fabulously-styled hotels, renown for their trademark cosy furnishings and fittings, decor and "homegrown" food...But the project in Bridge has proved the most personal for hotelier Robin Hutson and his interior designer wife Judy whose parents lived in the village and they were married at the church just a few hundreds yard from their new hotel."It really has been a labour of love for us and we have put our heart and soul into it," said Robin."It just a great feeling to see it all finished and the building given a new lease of life."Mr Hutson said he was also excited by … [Read more...] about A look inside Kent’s newest hotel following stunning makeover
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WHILE Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may never get to rule the country, with their holistic medical approach and environmentally conscious attitude, they're undoubtedly the king and queen of the New Age. Practising meditation in the run up to the royal birth and ensuring their home is up to date with feng shui, the hippy royals are said to only eat organic food and even used vegan paint in the newly refurbished nursery of Frogmore cottage. Priding themselves on caring for the environment, relying on renewable green energy at home, the couple have even shared images of endangered animals on their newly formed Instagram page. The Duchess is thought to be having Baby Sussex at home, too, shunning royal tradition - it's just one of the reasons her much anticipated baby is one of the most alternative royals in history. While the couple are always on-trend, it's thought that the cost of the green friendly lifestyle has totted up to more than £100,000 since the start of Meghan's … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle’s ‘new age’ baby plans have cost more than £100k
There's a new party in town and everyone is invited. Expect vampires, booming music and a delectable banquet to feast on. And if you live in Surrey or Hampshire, luckily you don't have far to travel for the latest party for the whole family. Giant Lego balloons and colourful bunting lead the way to the new Haunted House Monster Party ride at Legoland in Windsor. Inside the green rickety house, park-goers are led to the exciting new ride. A suited female vampire holding an invitation welcomes visitors into the park's newest experience. Her invite calls for everything from wicked witches, to crazy scientists, rock monsters and zombie pirates. Myself and my mini reviewer- my four-year-old son, Elliott, are none of these fortunately. Luckily we do fit into another category she calls for - party guests. Read More Today's top stories SPOILER ALERT: Here's what happens on the ride... We are ready to party and we venture on through the dark building to the start of the ride. We gather in a … [Read more...] about Get ready to be spooked on the new ride at Legoland Windsor
Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum opens its doors for the new season this weekend - and there is a new addition to the team. The original Boulton and Paul corrugated bungalow, which houses the museum, was originally occupied by Thomas and Mary Wield, who moved to Woodhall Spa in the 1880 from Hampshire to work at the Spa Baths. In 1887, Thomas Wield started a donkey-drawn bath chair business and transported patients and visitors between the Spa Baths, the various hotels and the Railway Station.Now that long association with the donkey has been celebrated with the commissioning of a near life size donkey, made from steel plate. Mick Toyne Engineering produced the donkey and James Wilderspin, who now runs the business, delivered it to the Iddesleigh Road site. A spokesman for the museum said: “The project was generously funded by a grant from the Postcode Lottery, for which the directors are very grateful.” The donkey stands by the gates as visitors enter the museum garden. A … [Read more...] about New addition gives nod to Wodhall Spa museum’s past
PUBLISHED: 18:01 06 April 2019 | UPDATED: 18:01 06 April 2019 Judy Rimmer Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy in Class (1983). Photo: Orion Pictures/IMDB Orion Pictures/IMDB The Brat Pack was born 35 years ago, with the release of Sixteen Candles. Were you a fan? Here’s a look at their impact and where they are now. Sixteen Candles (1984). Photo: Universal Pictures/IMDBAlthough the Brat Pack burst on to our screens in 1984 with John Hughes’s Sixteen Candles, the term was coined the following year, by a journalist on New York magazine. It might have had a sneering note at the start, but it quickly caught on, and will forever be associated with the stars of the 1980s movies which defined teenage angst, such as The Breakfast Club and St Elmo’s Fire. Over the years, many different actors have been associated with the Brat Pack, including superstar Tom Cruise, as well as other names like Phoebe Cates, Matthew Broderick and Kevin Bacon. But these … [Read more...] about Were you a fan of the Brat Pack in the 1980s?