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Chinese New Year: Celebrate at Longueville House

Happy New Year. The 16th February sees the beginning of the Chinese New Year.  2018 is the Year of the Dog – the Earth Dog to be precise.  This movable annual festival is eagerly awaited by [...]

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Coopershill House – Perfect Venue for House Party

This year I have decided to ignore February and Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, 14th February.  There are several reasons for this – it falls on a Wednesday – Ash Wednesday! Secondly, I [...]

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January Blues Escape!

January can be such a long month after all the excitement of Christmas.  If by any chance you got a Blue Book voucher as a present at Christmas a good suggestion to shorten the middle of winter [...]

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Herbert Park Hotel

Delighted to list The Herbert Park Hotel as new entry on my website today www.hilaryfinlay.com. A great new addition to my selection of super hotels to stay in.  Enjoy reading my review of this [...]

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Three Wise Choices for Christmas

  The Merrion Hotel Dublin – Give yourself a treat this Christmas A stylish Christmas awaits guests in the 5 star Merrion Hotel in the Georgian Quarter of Dublin’s fair city.  Here you will [...]

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Dinner Dances – never out of fashion

Children always love to dress up whether it be for Halloween or playing games with friends.  That urge to dress up doesn’t go away when we become adults.  That is probably why dinner dances [...]

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Advent Markets in Austria evoke Spirit of Christmas

Advent markets are wonderful occasions to get you in the festive mood; particularly if they are located in villages and towns where the tradition goes back many decades.  This custom began [...]

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Solvang – a Hidden Gem in the U.S.

Memories are funny things; they hit you sometimes without any reason.  This morning I was suddenly reminded of a road trip some years ago along Route 1 in the U.S. (naturally driving a [...]

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November Breaks! Country House Hotels with real fires

We all know about Guy Fawkes on the 5th November and the tradition of fireworks on that particular date.  November could be called a ‘month for the fire’ as winter time has now arrived and with [...]

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Air Travel in Dublin yesterday – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good:  Yes, it was time for our annual golfing holiday with our friends.  We have been taking this week in Spain for the last five years and no hiccups with our travel until this year. It was [...]

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