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A designer stay at Llangoed Hall – Laura Ashley’s stunning Welsh country home

On the site of the first Welsh Parliament, stands an Edwardian country house hotel. Llangoed Hall was the last of our stops during a recent summer trip to Wales. Of all the remarkable properties we experienced while in the United Kingdom, Llangoed Hall in Llyswen, Powys, was the best in terms of  showcasing an ideal mix of a perfect countryside location, a fine dining restaurant on-site,  vast manicured grounds, tasteful interiors and exceptional service.

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A tale of traditional Thai recipes, a family kitchen and ultimate food Nirvana at ‘Baan’ in Bangkok

Last Thursday we dined at Baan, a restaurant located on Bangkok’s Wireless road. When Laveena and I walked in with our mothers, we found the interiors to be rather small, yet modern and unpretentious with concrete floors and marble table tops. I was honestly expecting something a tad more traditional and Thai as I had read that Baan’s menu was a reflection of a local family’s precious recipes, handed down generations. Not any ordinary local Thai family though. The Michelin starred Chef ‘Ton’ Thitid, the immensely talented culinary genius behind Asia’s 20th best restaurant Le Du, is the co-owner of Baan which he runs with his charming and handsome young brother Tam.

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Aristocratic Excellence at a Welsh Manor

After a nearly 5 and a half hour long drive from Newbridge On Usk, which included a lunch stop at a Michelin quality restaurant – ‘Dorrington’s Horseshoes’ run by the lovely Tanya Manolova, we arrived at Bodysgallen Hall and Spa. The wonderfully Welsh stone manor sits on Pydew Mountain and offers some of the finest views in this neck of North Wales.

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