Hot buttered Toast

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I love autumn – the chill in the air, the clear sunshine and the anticipation of my annual pilgrimage to the Lake District. This week has been hectic, exciting, energising and exhausting in equal measure and has left me yearning for time cocooning at home. If only my weekend could look a little something like… 

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A whitewashed and woody Italian retreat

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I’m suffering from a serious bout of Olympic fever here in London and am almost delirious with excitement, but if you’ve already had enough and are looking to escape I have the perfect spot for you. This old mill belongs to Katrin Arens who designs and makes rustic furniture from reclaimed wood. It’s set in… 

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Back to nature at Bivouac

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Here’s another addition to my cavegirl travel list. Bivouac not only has a great name, it sounds like a great place to stay, eat and explore too. Bivouac is a posh, eco-friendly holiday camp in the Yorkshire Dales, which aims to be ‘all things luxurious and rustic’ – my dream combination! I’d choose to stay… 

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R is for Rustic

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I can’t decide if ‘rustic’ is one of those annoying decorating adjectives that people splash about when they can’t think of a better way to describe a room that’s woody, natural, comfortably rough and beautifully worn. However, after a loooong week and a glass or two of Pimms, I can’t think of a better word… 

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