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ITCM slept here

ITCM slept here logoA series of personal reports on selected hotels by ITCM staff

Enjoy Henry VIII luxury at Leeds Castle in Kent

Leeds Castle exterior

Roger St Pierre is almost lost for words

Kent’s breathtakingly exquisite Leeds Castle is a moat- and lake-girded medieval wonder that appears as if it has leapt straight from the pages of a fairytale. In its time it has housed six Queens of England. Indeed, it was here, at the self-proclaimed ‘loveliest castle in the world’, that Henry VIII built one of the floors expressly to accommodate his first wife Katherine of Aragon and her ladies in waiting.

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As stylish as it gets

Villa Ayrault birds eye view

Roger St Pierre enjoys ‘la bonne vie’ at Villa Ayrault

A divine ‘Sixties retro-Hollywood styled mansion, La Villa Ayrault is set atop an imposing grass mound on the outskirts of the attractive little town of Châtillon du Thouet and just two miles from historic Parthenay.
Close to the Loire Valley and the beautiful coastlines of Brittany and the Vendee, we are talking quintessential France.


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A Kent stately home at your service

Chilston Park exterior

Roger St Pierre marvels at Chilston Park

It was John and Judith Miller, high-profile co-editors and publishers of the renowned ‘Miller’s Antiques Guide’ – the industry’s bible – who transformed Kent’s stately Chilston Park property from a run-down and crumbling period mansion into a classic country house hotel.

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French golf venue in easy reach

Najeti Hôtel Du Golf exterior

Roger St Pierre reports on Najeti Hôtel Du Golf

Just 30 minutes inland from the Channel Tunnel, the historic old market town of Saint Omer was for centuries a key staging post between London and Paris but then the autoroute opened, causing most of the tourism traffic to bypass the town.
That’s a shame, because it’s at the centre of a region full of history, culture, pretty towns and villages, great cuisine and unspoilt countryside: pure ’La Belle France’ at its most accessible.


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One of the world’s best for sustainability

Inspira Santa Marta Hotel

Michelle Chenery reports on Lisbon’s Inspira Santa Marta Hotel

Just a few steps from Avenida da Liberdade in the very centre of Lisbon is an oasis of calm and tranquillity. It is the Inspira Santa Marta boutique hotel.
This is a unique property because of its dedication to a concept built on the basis of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. It adheres to the guidance of Feng-Shui through the entire hotel. It believes in maintaining the balance between humanity and the world around us and strives to create an oasis of harmony, in which all the positive energies of Feng-Shui are able to flow freely, revitalising the mind and soul.


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