My love for boutique hotels runs deep; before working with Mr & Mrs Smith, I ran a 12-bedroom hotel and restaurant in Dorset. After that venture, I moved to Italy for a year and spent my free time exploring Europe. On my return to the UK I worked in the luxury retail sector for stylish swimwear brand Orlebar Brown before diving back into boutique hotels with Mr & Mrs Smith. I love being able to tap into the knowledge I’ve gathered through my previous work and travel experiences – pointing out the most scenic routes through the Alps and the best Tuscan villages to lunch in – to help Smith members build their dream holidays.
Nicholas'stop Mr & Mrs Smith stays
Castello di Reschio Bell’Aria
The Castello di Reschio estate – a set of carefully restored properties – sits on 10,000 acres of unspoilt land that include a rowboat-ready lake. Hilltop stay Bell’Aria has uninterrupted views of the rolling Umbrian hills, a private pool, alfresco fireplace and sunset-ready outdoor lounge spot.View Hotel
Pack a power strip – one converter gives you five sockets, so there’s no fumbling about the hotel room trying to find a socket for each of your devices.
I wish I was...
hiking through Guadarrama National Park; it's an hour's drive north of Madrid and quite honestly, before I went, I had no idea it was even there. I’d recommend planning a stop off here before your stay in Madrid.