There are places - wonderful places - that inspire the same descriptions over and over again. A hidden gem. A well-kept secret. A home away from home. And for good reason.
It's all true of At the Chapel. And, indeed, of the beautiful hotels and hip hideaways found on the books of i-escape. A few weeks back the two came together in the most delightful evening for bloggers. I was invited to the hotel in Bruton - one of my very favourites - to a drinks reception hosted by the travel company, who told us about their newly launched i-escape with kids section.
As jet-setting couples can sometimes feel hampered by the arrival of children, i-escape have carefully selected nearly 900 family destinations in 50 countries worldwide with the express purpose of making it easy to enjoy adventurous travel with little ones in tow. Enthusiastic travel experts showed us some of the properties on offer, while a speed-dating service made connections for us individually based on the adventures we'd blogged previously. Everything about the evening demonstrated an attention to detail and personalised approach that was impressive and reassuring, and everyone I met - i-escape staff, At the Chapel personnel, and fellow bloggers - was friendly, warm, and passionate.
After drinks and pizza in the downstairs club room, I headed up to my room for a deep bath and an even deeper sleep. In the morning, a bag of buttery but light croissants hung on my door handle for me to enjoy back in the enormous bed, a cafeteria of fresh coffee by my side.
Thanks to i-escape for inviting me to the event, to At the Chapel for my stay, and to both for the images.
I review the hotel in the upcoming March issue of The Simple Things - look out for it on the newsstand at the end of February.
For more travel adventures, have a look here.