From long sojourns in Europe to stolen weekends in glorious Britain, all of the folk at Sawday’s love to get away to meet hospitable hosts, eat fabulous food and stay at some very special places. Here are some of our most recent stays.
Casa 109, Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain
Casa 109 is a great place to stay if you want to explore Seville without a car. You are slap bang in the middle of the trendy Alameda district with its covered fish, meat and vegetable market, lively tapas bars and evening flamenco. You can walk to the Cathedral, a myriad of beautiful churches, the important Alcazar palace with its Moorish Azulejos and several interesting museums.
Return to your gloriously cool townhouse with a shady courtyard for escaping the fierce heat. The kitchen has all you need to whip up a holiday meal, bedrooms are comfy and have wooden shutters and great big fans. At the top of the house is a great roof terrace with another big table, colourful cushions and a BBQ. Gaze over the rooftops of Seville while you turn your fresh fish from the market. Lovely.
Nicola Crosse, Guardian of Special
BridgeHouse Hotel, Beaminster, Dorset
I wasn’t surprised when I heard that BridgeHouse Hotel had been honoured with a Sawday’s Fabulous Food hotel award. A fireside cream tea on arrival provided perfect respite from the howling gales, and any future dessert will have to work very hard to win my affection after the white chocolate brioche bread and butter pudding. The whole place was chock-full of original features, the beds were heavenly and the village is dotted with quaint listed buildings, perfect for an afternoon potter.
Georgia, PR Executive
Les Toits de Paris, 15th Arr., Paris
You’re snug in the heart of Paris, tucked away from the tourists but within strolling distance of the landmarks, and Matthieu will fire you up with adventures for the day over adelicious breakfast. No need to eat out (although you might choose to, of course, this is Paris) as your chic little apartment has everything you need to whip up an omelette and chill a bottle or two. This was our third time in Paris and the first when we felt almost Parisian, thanks to the location, the artisan vibe and Matthieu’s secret maps for exploring.
Sarah, Account Manager for UK & Ireland
Chambres d’Hôtes à Vallecalle, Corsica, France
I am used to my heart lifting when I arrive at our places, but this was a take-off rather than a mere lift. There was an immediate atmosphereof charming shambles, with the terrace emphasising the light and shadow under the trees, the vast tree-roots, the views and the peace – rather than the outside furniture. Inside, too, the owners know what is important in suchan old house: furniture only as needed, rather than to impress, with an emphasis on the ancient floorboards and walls. It is perfection, assisted by startling views across the valley and to the distant coast. And there is somuch to do and see, if you can lift yourself off the deck chairs under that spreading tree.
Il Casale del Duca, Marche, Italy
We did our morning yoga on the grass at the from of this wonderful old farmhouse, and could focus on the distant sight of Urbino cradled between two hills, as if suspended by the gods as a vision of urban heaven on earth. It was a rare and magical view, across miles of rolling and unblemished countryside. The house is comfortable, ancient, adorned with handsome furniture, old floors, beams and a sense of educated but unfussy elegance. The fact that Urbino is but 15 minutes away is almost gilding the lilly.
Alastair Sawday, Founder of Sawday’s
Looking for your next getaway? We’ve personally inspected all of our places and can vouch for their loveliness: www.sawdays