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Petronella Stofberg is a former fashion editor, Creative Director at Bosjes Farm, and Co- Founder of Wardrobe Icons with Laura Fantacci. Wardrobe Icons is an online styling platform which pulls together the latest fashion and beauty trends. 

Where did you take your last vacation? 

Whistable in Kent for the Easter Break. It was romantic and cosy in an Enid Blyton/Shirley Hughes kind of way. We rented a house on the beach promenade that was charming, with open fires, home baked cakes and fresh oysters. It was a quintessentially English sea side break with rain and wind to boot. 

Sea side views, Whistable

Sea side views, Whistable

Beach Huts on  Whistable beach, Kent

Beach Huts on Whistable beach, Kent

Self-catered beach houses on Whistable seafront

Self-catered beach houses on Whistable seafront


Which hotel (anywhere in the world) would you recommend most highly and why? 

Sea views at  Santa Caterina , Italy

Sea views at Santa Caterina, Italy


Santa Caterina in Amalfi. It is like stepping into a picture book. Walking though the orange and lemon groves to your room, amazing views over the sea, beautiful food and tasteful traditional decor. So many pinch me moments, it stands out as one of my all time favourite places.

Hotel  Santa Caterina's  botanic gardens

Hotel Santa Caterina's botanic gardens

Santa Caterina's idyllic balcony views

Santa Caterina's idyllic balcony views


Name a place / hotel you've yet to go to, but is on the wish list? 

Villa Itrea , Puglia 

Villa Itrea, Puglia 


I have small children so for now I have turned a blind eye to new hotels - I couldn't handle inconveniencing other people. I prefer to stay with them in Villas or Guest Houses. Luxury rentals do the best upmarket ones but I have recently had some excellent suggestions for fairly cheap and cheerful villas in Puglia which are visiting over the next coming months. 

Villa Elia , Puglia

Villa Elia, Puglia


What will you be packing this summer? 

Same as I always pack, floaty maxi and midi dresses, bucket raffia beach hats, sunglasses, slides in a rainbow of colours and textures and my favourite one pieces.


Holiday read this year?  

I just finished Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I need a good gripping page turner with the kids otherwise I will never read. 

Into the Water , Paula Hawkins

Into the Water, Paula Hawkins

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