Ian & Cathy Furbank – Italy, Sorrento & surrounds (October 13)

We don’t do relaxing holidays. We don’t do holidays where the toughest decision of the day is where to go out to eat. We don’t do holidays where the most taxing thing is whether one really shouldn’t have yet another glass of Prosecco. We don’t do holidays where we can’t think whether we want to continue sitting in the sun or whether we should go for another swim in the sea. We don’t do holidays that are so relaxing that we really, REALLY, DON’T WANT TO GO HOME!  AND IT WAS ALL YOUR FAULT. (Editors note …. Ian and Cathy are amongst my favourite clients ever and I wouldn’t accept any feedback without a massive dose of humour thrown in!). 

La Locande delle Donne Monache, converted monastery, fabulous – I’d love to know where you found this place: it is very out of the way. The hotel is a lovely size, has a wonderful swimming pool/outdoor dining area. It is very twee, and run marvellously by the owner and her family. Without wishing to sound unkind, I hope the area doesn’t become too well known as it is an absolute gem!  When we got to Sorrento . . . OMG, our suite at Hotel Bellevue Syrene was absolutely huge, with a shower I could have lain down in, a dressing area, and a balcony which opened out onto the view across the Bay of Naples to Vesuvius. I have no idea how you managed to talk me into getting a room in this hotel, but I think we have discovered what heaven might be like.  As usual the whole organisation, choice of hotel, resort and weather was impeccable. And you arranged for Vesuvius not to blow it’s top whilst we were there. So that’s another item ticked off the list: I am amazed I’ve finally seen Pompeii and particularly Herculaneum.