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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Bastide de Capelongue - Why We Can't Resist Returning

On our recent trip to France we went back to Bastide de Capelongue which is one of my favorite places on earth. I reviewed it a few years ago and while I raved, I realized I didn't post nearly enough photos. I thought this time I would give you a much better sense of why we keep coming back.
This is a hotel built around Edouard Loubert's two star Michelin restaurant. Everything here is part of his vision of the perfect Provencal retreat - from the linen sheets to the view over the hilltop town of Bonnieux, which you can see just beyond the swimming pool in the photo above.
This is one of my favorite places on earth. We have visited lots of the towns nearby and so now we just relax, eat and go on walks through the countryside when we're here. Finally I'm beginning to understand why people return to the same places over and over. This time we enjoyed the food (as always) and walked to the nearby village of Lacoste, I'll be blogging about our meals and the walk separately.

The public spaces, photographed above and below, give you a sense of the relaxed yet sophisticated style.

There's a tranquil quiet here I love. This time we had a ground floor room with a small terrace looking out over the lawn. The bathroom had been updated which was overdue, though you may be out of luck if you're looking for a separate shower. I love the bath products too which have the most wonderful lavender scent.
In May the weather can be changable and it was showery, although one morning it was warm enough to have breakfast on the terrace below.

 As you can see the gardens are gorgeous. I'd love to return when the lavender is in bloom, maybe next time - fingers crossed!
Details: As always I booked my stay through Luxury Link. They've been offering a demi-pension deal for Bastide de Capelongue for years although recently they seem to have changed the deal to include two rather than three dinners over a  three night stay.