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Published: 03/06/2019


A lot of people had told me what a beautiful Island Madeira is and now I’ve been I can say for certain that they’re not wrong!


Madeira is known as The Flower Island for good reason. Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, in a similar area to the Canary Islands and Morocco the year round mild weather is ideal for some beautiful flowers to grow. Wherever you look there are some amazing flower displays, particularly if you visit in May as I did when they celebrate the Flower Festival. Walking around Funchal at this time of year you smell lovely flowers wherever you go!


I stayed in Funchal which is the capital of Madeira. A bustling town perched on the cliff tops with an abundance of bars and restaurants to please all tastes. Funchal is a popular cruise port and you may be lucky enough to see one of the big cruise ships in dock at the far end of the town.


I stayed at the Belmond Reid’s Palace, a famous old hotel with over 100 years of history. This hotel is full of old fashioned charm, staff that will do anything for you and some amazing views from its pool and terraces. If you like a bit of luxury and to be properly looked after this hotel is definitely for you.


I viewed a lot of different hotels while in Madeira but along with the Belmond Reid’s Palace, these are a few that I would recommend:

Quinta Jardins Do Lago

Porto Santa Maria

The Cliff Bay


Madeira is a very mountainous Island and the best way to make sure you see the best of it is to do a Jeep Safari. This took us as high as 5500 feet above the sea until we were literally above the clouds! We saw some spectacular views, went off road up some very steep roads (so steep that they have steps down the middle of them built into the road for people to walk down!) and finished the trip at the Cabo Girão skywalk. This is a glass walkway 1900 feet over the sea, if you’re brave enough to walk across the view down is incredible!



If you have a head for heights I would recommend taking the cable car up from Funchal to the village of Monte, a beautiful little old village high up in the mountains. The journey takes around 10 -15 minutes and the views out to sea and of the orange topped buildings are spectacular.


While up in Monte you have to do the toboggan trip down the mountain. This is a local tradition where you sit in hand crafted wicker toboggans which are driven by two men who use their rubber soled shoes as brakes! You will journey 2kms downhill from Monte at quite a speed while cars are forced to wait at the stop signs held up to let the toboggans through. It is an experience not to be missed!


I hope this blog has helped you to get an idea of what a wonderful place to visit Madeira is. Please contact me on 01482 581888 or at if you have any further questions or book an appointment to see me through our website to discuss your next holiday to Madeira.

Please see below some of my photos from my trip below:

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Staff Member: Alison

California itself is such a large state and has something to attract everyone from all walks of life so is definitely a must if you get the chance!

I was lucky enough to visit Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Venice Beach – there’s such a huge contrast between all three although they are within 2 hours of each other.

Santa Barbara – This was our first stop.  We flew direct from Heathrow with BA/AA into LAX (Los Angeles) with around a 2 hour transfer to the city.

When we arrived, I knew straight away why a lot of the celebrities visited here to ‘chill’ and get away from the hustle and bustle of LA/Hollywood.  It has a very relaxed atmosphere with a stunning harbour and beach with shops dotted along. 

Santa Barbara is very eco-friendly with a strong focus on their eco system and marine life. It is so lovely to go out into the ocean in search of dolphins and whales and we were lucky enough to see them up close which was absolutely amazing! 

Santa Barbara sits on a hillside, so a lot of their properties are higher up with amazing views of the sea.  There are a couple of hotels that sit at the bottom of the hill on the beachfront, one being the Hilton Santa Barbara, which is a fantastic option if you want to be in the thick of it all but they also have some stunning properties in the hills, The Belmont & Ritz Carlton which are very popular with the more elite that want a luxury break away in peace and tranquillity.

Santa Barbara has a nice climate all year round rarely falling below 20c, it is warmer September-October time and this is their peak season.

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Staff Member: Emily

Published: 07/06/2018

Africa Specialist - Gemma

AFRICA – and all that it offers - Gemma Russell Africa Specialist


I am very excited when I am asked about holiday to Africa.  The country is so vast and diverse with so many holiday and touring options available.

In South Africa, known as the “Rainbow Nation”, there will always be a welcome waiting for you.  Whether you are looking for a family friendly hotel, a romantic honeymoon or a tour, there is something for everyone.  On a recent trip,  Cape Town was my first stop then onto Hermanus (for whale watching during May-October), Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in the Winelands – and of course your trip would not be complete without a visit to one of the Game Reserves – on this occasion the Inverdoorn Game Reserve (approximately 3 hours drive). 

When choosing where to stay along the route you are spoilt for choice;  from small boutique hotels and guest houses to luxury hotels and spas. My own favourite has to be The Radisson Blu in Cape Town located on the waterfront overlooking the ocean – amazing!!! 



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Staff Member: Gemma

Published: 18/01/2018

Look at our new look Brough Shop

Take a look at our new look Brough Shop.

As you first step in you will be greeted by our reception desk, which looks after appointments and if you don’t know who to see they will direct you to the right holiday specialist for your holiday requirements.

To the rear of the shop there are now two ‘Luxury Lounges’ for customers when booking appointments who require more dedicated time for holidays such as cruise and stay or multi- centre holidays.

Make an appointment either online or by calling direct so you can enjoy our new look Brough shop.  


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Published: 09/11/2017


I now know why California is on nearly every traveller’s bucket list and with good reason too. There is so much to do and see and I still only saw parts of this huge state, seeing it all nearly takes a lifetime. But this is what makes it a perfect place to visit for those of us with wanderlust.

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