Escape to the Chateau stars Dick Strawbridge and wife Angel deny claims they ‘bullied’ staff

Escape to the Chateau stars Dick Strawbridge and wife Angel deny claims they ‘bullied’ staff during filming of Channel 4 show and accuse producers of trying to make it a ‘trashy reality programme’ Escape to the Chateau followed Dick and Angel Strawbridge’s renovations Bought run-down 45-room chateau for £280,000 in the Pays de la Loire … Read more

‘Car thief’ reverses Range Rover on VW Golf ‘during botched escape while being chased by owners’

‘Car thief’ reverses Range Rover on top of VW Golf ‘during botched escape while being chased by furious owners’ The crash happened in Brigadier Hill, Enfield, on April 8 after the car was stolen An 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of stealing the vehicle from property  Believed the cars were owned by same couple who … Read more

Summer holidays abroad: Everything you need to know from tests to the most likely destinations

Overseas trips are to be permitted under a ‘traffic light’ country classification scheme with different requirements. But which countries will be classed ‘green’? This is a watershed moment. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has come to his senses at last, with travel abroad possible from as early as May 17. ‘I’m not advising against booking summer holidays,’ … Read more

Why travel writer Tom Chesshyre is dreaming of the tiny island of Makunudhoo in the Maldives

Off the tourist map: Why travel writer TOM CHESSHYRE is dreaming of Makunudhoo in the Maldives – one of the most remote islands in the archipelago While there, he was the only tourist on the island and says that he stayed in a local’s comfortable spare room  He describes the island as having a ‘delicious … Read more

Kyrgyzstan woman dragged into car for forced marriage murdered after trying to escape

This is the horrifying moment a young woman was ambushed by three men on her way home from work and shoved into a car in Kyrgyzstan – hours before she was found murdered in a case of ‘bride kidnapping’. Security camera footage shows Aizada Kanatbekova, 27, being surrounded by the trio before they grab her and push … Read more

UK shepherd’s hut holidays are all the rage and they come with chic interiors and hot tubs

Shepherds didn’t have it anything like this good. These days, their once-simple huts – long established on luxury camping sites and farms – are popping up in the grounds of upmarket hotels and pubs, where guests can do everything from feast on meals from Michelin-starred kitchens to take gin-making classes before a soak in a … Read more

The striking winning images in the Storm Photos of the Year contest revealed

Electric photography! The striking winning images in an international storm photo contest revealed, from jaw-dropping lightning to incredible tornadoes and menacing cloud formations The inaugural Storm Photos of the Year competition saw entries pour in from around the world  There were two categories in the contest, Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year  … Read more

UK cruises: Foreign jaunts may be tricky – so take one of these new voyages around the British coast

It was the news we’d been waiting for – holidays can start again on May 17. And cruises are included, as long as they stay close to shore. Simone Clarke, of specialist agency Iglu Cruise, says: ‘Given ongoing uncertainty around international travel, these cruises are great for people looking for a change of scenery and … Read more

Great British boltholes: A review of The Bear, Dorset

Delightful Dorset: Inside the heritage-chic Georgian pub that’s perfect for exploring the delights of the Purbecks The Bear is a lovingly restored 18th Century coaching inn located in the town of Wareham, Dorset Its ten rooms are named after famous bears – Aloysius features a ‘showstopper’ bathroom with copper bath  Chef Chris Button serves imaginative … Read more

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Meet Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag as you sail the Danube

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Meet Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag as you dance along the Danube By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 22:01 BST, 3 April 2021 | Updated: 22:01 BST, 3 April 2021 The news last month that Anton Du Beke is on the list of professional dancers for this autumn’s … Read more