1) Sum up yourself in five words.
|Ho ho ho!|
One of the best places to do this is Marie Antoinette’s tea room, where the family left me in peace for a blissful half hour and ‘let me eat cake’ (geddit).
For me, part of a good holiday is staying in a nice hotel or B&B that offers a real experience in the way that it has been designed and furnished. Obviously comfy beds and mod cons (or as Blackadder would have it ‘soft tucker, tasty beds’) are very important too. But it’s lovely to have a break from the same four walls of your own place and be inspired by the decor around you (at least until the kids wake up).
A friend of mine recently suggested somewhere to me that definitely ticks these boxes. The Garden House Studio is a small, self-contained holiday let based in Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast, which has been lovingly furnished in the mid-century style, beloved of the owners. In fact they love seeking out design classics so much, they operate a ‘try and buy’ service where you can purchase some pieces for yourself! See anything you fancy?