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Summer Dresses Make Tallia A Preferred Destination

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When lockdown eases and we’re allowed to travel, we’ve got a lovely little weekend break lined up in a National Trust hotel in Buckinghamshire that we stayed in a few years ago. Hartwell House, “The Hotel with Royal History”.

Hartwell House is a Grade I listed property standing in over 90 acres of gardens and parkland. Guests at Hartwell House will be staying in illustrious company.  The most famous resident was Louis XVIII, exiled King of France. In 1938 the house and estate were acquired by Ernest Cook, an early hero of the conservation movement.

Forty miles north west of London, in Buckinghamshire, Hartwell House offers 48 unique bedrooms and suites, each individually designed in a traditional country house style, and with antiques and fine paintings. The main Dining Room has been designed in the style of the eminent early 19th century architect, Sir John Soane. The restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes. Hartwell Spa in the grounds has a mosaic-lined indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, gym and Hartwell Café.

Anyway, here are the dresses…

I recently bought three gorgeous dresses from one of my favourite boutiques in Cowbridge, Tallia. Owner Sue Jones has a great range of clothing which can take you from day to evening perfectly. I’ve bought a few pieces from K-Design, one of her brands. What do I love about them? They’re perfect for travelling, for sightseeing and for wearing when going out to dinner. |I can dress them down with chunky trainers or dress them up with ankle boots or shoes. If the weather gets a bit nippy, a denim jacket will be my friend. Being 100% polyester, they don’t crease, so another brownie point from me. I also love the vibrant colours and intricate details – jewels and beading, ties and frills.

Sue’s daughter Victoria is modelling them here. So, they may be hanging up in my wardrobe for now, but as soon as we can visit the gorgeous Hartwell House, I’ll post my pics on how I wore them there.


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