The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE SU­SAN KUROSAWA

SUITE 309 at the lux­u­ri­ous Con­naught in May­fair has all the bells and whis­tles. A splitlevel es­cape with sep­a­rate sitting room, Krug cham­pagne in the fridge and over­sized bed with linen so crisp I can barely drag my­self out for room-ser­vice break­fast, it’s the per­fect place to spoil one­self rot­ten for a night in Lon­don. As with all Re­lais & Chateaux Grand Chef prop­er­ties, the Con­naught has much to brag about in the food depart­ment: its glam­orous din­ing room is run by Miche­lin­starred French chef He­lene Dar­roze. Ad­dressed to kill? Ab­sol­u­ment. More: re­lais­ ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER Syd­ney Week­ender: Mike Whit­ney has been host­ing this show since 1994 and you could for­get he was a baggy green­capped crick­eter, ex­cept he can’t re­sist the oc­ca­sional ref­er­ence to the glory days; he’s an ami­able pre­sen­ter of this di­gest of events in Syd­ney and sur­rounds, which has a use­ful tie-in web­site. To­day, 5.30pm, Seven. Coun­try House Res­cue: Too­tle pip, there are new episodes of this ir­re­sistible se­ries in which Ruth Wat­son sorts out moul­der­ing aris­to­crats and their crum­bling seats; this week she’s at Tape­ley Park in Devon where the eco-ac­tivist owner is de­cid­edly odd. Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, Life­Style.

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