Christie's was there to auction off 20 fibreglass camels, like the cows that appeared in New York. The charity auction raised $1.4 million, so we managed to earn our keep!
FOR PLEASURE: The Marina Hotel at Fowey in Cornwall has everything I feel I need. It overlooks the river Fowey and the ever-changing harbour, and is far enough from the town centre that you don't notice the hordes of tourists. It's a great base for coastline walks, and the more intrepid can hike across Bodmin Moor and lunch at Jamaica Inn. I've walked on the moor, but it's a pretty wild place in inclement weather. My first experience of the hotel was our wedding reception. It must be one of the few UK hotels where you can board a seaplane to fly you from your reception. They clear the yachts from their harbour moorings, so the plane can fly in. We walked to the end of the hotel grounds and took a boat to the seaplane, which flew us to Exeter airport. I probably wasn't the harbourmaster's flavour of the month, but at least he arranged the boat for us! We visit the Marina regularly, and usually stay in one of the rooms at the top with a private balcony.
- Hugh Edmeades is chairman of Christie's South Kensington, London.