Chef and hotelier Michael Caines in the drawing room at Lympstone Manor, his hotel and restaurant on the south Devon coast.

“I fell asleep at the wheel. I woke up on impact and I realised instantly what had happened. I remember it very graphically. It was a nightmare . . . (...)

A drawing room at Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois which has been named Irish hotel of the year 2018 by the AA. Photograph: James Fennell

Ballyfin Demesne, a former boarding school in Co Laois, which underwent an extensive nine-year restoration before opening as a luxury hotel in 2011, i(...)

One of the beautifully restored reception rooms of Ballyfin in Co Laois

If Carson, the butler from Downton Abbey, were to appear on the steps of Ballyfin in Co Laois it would be no great surprise. The demesne’s mile-lon(...)