This is the time of year for house guests, whether that’s family travelling in from far-flung places or a stream of friends dropping in from out of town. It puts a lot of pressure on our pads to be at their best! I don’t know about you guys, but I want houseguests to feel like they are staying at the Ritz even if they are crashing in the small spare room. Below is my blueprint for making your home worthy of boutique-hotel status:

Pamper your guests

I always place a scented candle on the bedside, some blooms and a few books like an autobiography, a glossy coffee table tome and a novel. Nice! Don’t forget to create a beautifully soft and inviting bed for them too. Even the spare room deserves indulgently comfy bedding and layered up textiles. Go one step further and add soft thick white hand towels or toiletries in a bowl or basket to add another layer of luxury.

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Scent the room

I always want guests to be welcomed into a home that smells divine and I’m totally obsessed with my very latest discovery; We Took to the Woods scented candles. The fragrance instantly conjures up a deep pine forest, and because they’re wrapped in bark they look as good as they smell! Aside from that, I overdose on bunches of herbs and foliage like rosemary or eucalyptus. I place them everywhere so that when guests arrive, the place smells intoxicating.

Create cosy corners

Make sure the bedroom has an extra cosy nook when you have guests staying. A little occasional chair or stool is the perfect place for them to be able to relax or curl up with a good book (you can put some favourite reads by the bed for them too!). Add a few sheepskins and fluffy cushions and you’ve got it nailed.

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Make sure YOU and your guests relax!

At this time of year, it’s always a good idea to have a fire burning gently in the grate, some lounge chill out music on low and tonnes of candles to set the scene. On the drinks trolley, I’ll set up a good claret so everyone can help themselves and I rarely bother with dessert. Instead, I’ll have little bowls of sweet clementines on tables, some crystallised ginger for nibbling and some chocolates with freshly ground coffee to round things off! Can’t wait for guests to turn up now…