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Sorry for the delay but here are the pictures of the lovely Paris apartment we rented for five glorious days. The apartment is located in District 15 near the Convention metro station and is just a 20 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. The apartment sleeps six with two double rooms and one twin. If you want the contact details of the owner just drop me an email. For some reason I forgot to take a picture of the kitchen but trust me it is lovely and has everything you need.

This looks like the perfect place to gather family or friends for a week stay!

This lucky girl recently spent a weekend there with friends.

Locherlour Mill has been lovingly restored and converted into a private residence. The Mill is used as the principle private residence of the owner of Locherlour Estates, but when the owner is not living at the Mill, it is available to rent as a holiday home for family gr oups for a maximum number of 140 days a year.

Prices range from £2,950 – £4,500 for a weekly stay at the Mill, they also offer short breaks and weekend stays.

Well we almost didn’t make it to Spain due to flight cancellations etc but we managed to book another flight in the end. Although the fun didn’t stop there.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

We arrived at our villa and it was nothing like the description. The first thing we noticed was the smell of mould and it was freezing despite several heaters being on. And to top it off the bedding and sofa felt damp. However we smiled and took the keys because frankly I think we were both in shock. But after the first night we knew we could not spend another night there so we checked into the hotel room below for two nights until we decided what to do for the rest of the week.

So much for our cheap getaway!

The room above was a suite in the Lola Hotel located in Malaga city centre. I think we went to the other extreme because we wanted so deperately to forgot about the smell from the villa. And the price of hotels in Spain are a little cheaper than Ireland so we took comfort in that.

**more pics of our holiday in Spain to come.

I still can’t believe we are at the end of 2009 but I have high hopes for 2010.

Another thing I can’t quite believe is that I have managed to post on a regular basis. Thats not like me.

But I guess when you enjoy something it is easy to stick with it.

So Happy Christmas to you all and I will be back around the 11 January with loads of news.

Here is a sneak peak of the gaff I will be staying in for five days next April.

Most of the (well all of the) properties on Haven In Paris, a luxury holiday rental website, are out of my price range. But that doesn’t stop me from drooling over the apartments all the same. I really love the two bedrooms below. I would sleep soundly in either one. Both rooms are part of a lovely 3 bedroom apartment in the heart of the art and antique district in Paris. Ooh la la

haven in paris bedroom

haven in paris bedroom2

We didn’t really take a summer holiday due to the usual reasons but I am sick of penny pinching and I want a break! I am currently toying with the idea of 3 nights in Amsterdam. I checked out the hotels the lovely Danielle from The Style Files suggested in her Amsterdam city guide – there are some very cool designer hotels in there. I would have no problem staying in any one of them. But now I am thinking how lovely it would be to stay in a houseboat! If anyone has stayed in a houseboat before I would love to hear about it.

here are some pics from Houseboathotel website -

I just love these two rooms from Ilse’s latest project. She has just completed a revamp of Das Kranzbach spa hotel in the Bavarian Alps. The second picture below reminds me a little of the Bellinter House interior.

Check out the rest of the rooms and pictures over at Remodelista.

this room above looks so inviting and warm. I could definitely spend an evening here sipping some wine.

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