Getaway House, Upstate New York

Getaway House offers a rare opportunity to escape everyday life. The company has handcrafted cabins for guests to visit outside of New York, Boston and DC… a chance to appreciate nature, switch off from city chaos and reconnect with your family and friends.

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After five days making the most of all New York city had to offer, the Getaway House in the Catskills Mountains was a welcome break for us.

Although there are few details provided before arriving at the cabin, all the communication was brilliantly efficient and organised. We received a full itinerary email the day before our stay, with driving instructions, tips on where to buy food nearby and a few handy facts about our forest getaway. Excited and eager to arrive at our wilderness abode we stocked up on groceries at Otto’s Market in Germantown (steak and vegetables) and drove to the specified secret location.

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We were very at home in our two-person cabin named ‘Hope’, there are also cabins available for four guests (with two Queen beds). The cabins are cosy but thanks to the clever layout don’t feel at all cramped. The natural materials blend perfectly with the beautiful surroundings, and there are plenty of windows to let in maximum light from the outside world.

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Inside the cabin we found everything we needed (two hobs, a fridge, and cooking utensils) and a few extra treats (s’mores for cooking by the campfire). The small bathroom is found at one end of the cabin with a shower and toilet. Extra basic provisions are also stocked in the cabin and can be purchased for a small fee. Before our dinner we had fun reading the books provided (Cabin Porn has a range of endearing tales) and flicking through the Getaway notebook, filled with poetry, games and quizzes. After a relaxing evening we switched off the light and drifted off to sleep under the moonlight.

I loved my time at the Getaway House. For me it offered an unusual occasion to relax, unwind and switch off from my busy digital-focused lifestyle. I can’t recommend this beautiful and remote hideaway enough.

More information and book a stay at the Getaway House here.

Viceroy Central Park, New York

It is never easy picking a hotel in a huge city like New York. Many of the options are overpriced for undersized rooms, but Viceroy Central Park have got the balance just right… offering stylish, comfortable rooms in the middle of Manhattan.

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The Viceroy chain has properties all over the world and is continuing to expand. Their New York hotel opened in 2013, a fashionable addition to the business-focussed accommodation in this central area of town. Found on West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, it is the ideal hotel for work or leisure trips. The 29-storey building features 240 rooms (including 42 suites) alongside a popular Rooftop bar with unrivalled views, and their signature restaurant, Kingside, on the ground floor.

We loved our 1920s style Park View Suite. Located on the 22nd floor, we had iconic views from our window, a real joy to wake up to each morning. In the bedroom, the custom-made bed steals all the attention, blissfully comfy with the softest bedding you could dream of. The spacious living room was tastefully designed with deco-esque velvet furniture and charming lamps.

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The bathroom was decorated in a dark and glamorous style, think black shiny tiles and brass gold details. A powerful shower (complete with circular window) was fully stocked with Roil Amanda George toiletries, and I took full advantage of the delicious smelling La Botega moisturiser, also found in our bathroom.

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If you’ve had a long day sightseeing, or a big night out on the town, there is nothing better than ordering breakfast to your room. I can highly recommend the pancakes with red fruits and maple syrup, enormous in size with the best fluffy, light texture… they were delicious. We had an Illy Espresso maker in our room, making it easy to fight off jet-lag with caffeine whenever needed!

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The Viceroy are clever to always consider every kind of traveller by providing amenities to keep all guests entertained… In our room I noticed the Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Sound System and a collaboration with Hunter wellies. Downstairs, the Kingside restaurant welcomes external visitors as well as those staying in the hotel.

Centrally located with a sophisticated personality, Viceroy Central Park will suit the style-savvy traveller, who’s out adventuring during the day and in need of a luxuriously restful sleep at night.

More information and book a room at Viceroy New York here.

A Day Trip to Soho Farmhouse

I seem to know a lot of people who are a member of Soho House… which means I hear a lot about Soho Farmhouse, the group’s countryside retreat in Oxfordshire. Last week, finally, I had the opportunity to visit this much-loved property for a day exploring the facilities.

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Driving in through the grand entrance gates I was struck by the sheer size of the estate. 40 cabins, a four-bedroom cottage and a seven-bedroom farm house are set amongst 100 acres of lovely English countryside. Once inside the Soho Farmhouse gates, the most difficult decision you’ll make is where to enjoy your morning cappuccino.

The spa is particularly spectacular, with an indoor pool and heated outdoor pool, steam room and sauna, high-tech gym and a wide range of Cowshed spa treatments.

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There are numerous spaces for relaxing and working, and I can only imagine how the outdoor areas come to life in the summer. We sat for a while in the main barn, where the sofas are topped with plumb velvet pillows, there are cosy log fires offering warmth and staff are on hand to bring you whatever beverage or snack you desire. I also loved the Farmshop & Deli, a perfectly quaint space with tiled floors, delicious delicacies and wholesome lunch options.

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I spent a while wandering outside too… as guests rode by on their branded bicycles I went to say “hello” to the horses at the stables and visited the greenhouse and gardens. Kids can roam free in the Soho Farmhouse grounds, and with so many different activities there is always something to entertain them.

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Hungry from the intake of fresh country air, we headed back to the Main Barn for lunch, though I was tempted by the Japanese cuisine at Pen Yen. The food is simple, wholesome and comforting, whether you want something indulgent like the house cheeseburger, or prefer to choose from the healthy salads and soups. We nearly opted for the Spit roast Springfield Farm chicken for two with pork stuffing and potato & onion bake (which felt fitting in these surroundings) but decided to choose an assortment of dishes from the main a la carte menu… wood oven margarita pizza, wonderfully creamy burrata and delicious charred roasted cauliflower with onion.

Sadly, after lunch it was time to return to reality and drive back to London, but not before a quick pitstop at Bicester Village… just 15 minutes drive from Soho Farmhouse. It is yet another reason to stay at this British countryside sanctuary.

More information and book a stay at Soho Farmhouse here.