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2020 09 30 Buxton Crescent Front

Travel: Buxton Crescent Spa Hotel – we test the waters

After a £70million, 17-years in the making renovation, Neil Sowerby finds himself in pampered heaven

2020 09 01 Victorian House Bar Area

Victorian House Hotel - Grasmere’s newest Boutique bolthole

An amazing find with a secret Shepherd’s Hut, riverside garden and stargazer rooms

2020 08 20 Rothay Garden Hotel Front

Stay in Grasmere, Cumbria – Rothay Garden Hotel

Deanna Thomas heads up to the lakes for a family-friendly, dog-friendly trip

2020 04 08 Rothay Manor Exterior Seating

Lake District luxury – Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside

A cautious Deanna Thomas wonders if it's possible to really relax in the shadow of...

Custard Tarts

Tuk tuks, tiles and gastronomy galore - An Iberian Escape to Portugal

Vicky Smith finds quirky experiences, local insights and top lodgings with a special local company

2020 05 10 St Ives Seafront

Sail Lofts St Ives are a Cornish dream

Neil Sowerby battens down the hatches in a luxury dog-friendly coastal bolthole

2020 04 18 Homewood Outside

Homewood bound for quirky country house charm

A boutique base for the Roman city, but Neil Sowerby discovers much more

2019 09 23 Mama Shelter London 11

British luxury in the West, Parisian hip in the East - a tale of two London hotels

Vicky Smith checks out Mama Shelter and quaffs champagne at Hyatt Regency London - The...

2019 09 04 Rabbies Kilt

From Highlands to Hebrides - A fling in bonny Scotland

As its small group tours launch in Manchester, Rabbie’s takes Vicky Smith beyond the guidebooks...

190703 River

In Deepest Dordogne is there life after foie gras?

Surely the Dordogne, bastion of regional tradition, built on foundations of foie gras, confit and...

190414 Ponies

Tall trees and a small dog in the New Forest

Our base, the award-winning, mega dog-friendly Balmer Lawn Hotel, was itself built in the mid-1800s...

190219 Ghent Main

Illuminating times in Flemish gem Ghent

Ghent’s revival after the Austrian invasion came with the Industrial Revolution, and it has our...

190301 Turija Sausages

Belgrade – the full package for history and hedonism

Boozy, buzzing Belgrade is liberal and laid-back, with a relaxed gay scene and as bustling...

181202 Hams Teresas

Why Seville Tapas is my new Devouring passion

We were in Seville as part of a guided foodie stroll run by Devour, www.devourtours.comwhich...

181130 Gaztelugatxe

Footloose and foodwise on a pilgrimage to Bilbao

This circular walk was organised by award-winning tour operators Purely Pyrenees. The next four days...

181201 Longuevillemain

Coast, country and city – how to have a Corking time!

And to think we’d only come to Youghal (pronounced Yawl), on a late detour, for...

181124 Sunset

Seeking out the true taste of Zakynthos, heavenly Ionian isle

We sought sunshine in Zakynthos’ wines, enjoying a wine tasting session at the hotel (€40)...

181123 Dartmouth

Go west for wine, cheese… and the Mayflower ghosts

This is still a county rich in all things edible and drinkable – dairy, meat...

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