Posts Tagged “hotel”

The Swan at Lavenham

The Swan at Lavenham

The Swan Hotel is just as perfect as Lavenham itself! Lavenham is the kind of village that even we who live in Britain don’t expect to find anymore. It’s a chocolate-box beautiful spot – it’s an historic drama set-worthy location and it’s hard to imagine how it has remained in such original condition. This is…

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Mallorca for the Arts

Mallorca for the Arts

Valldemossa is a beautiful and unspoilt village and worth a visit even if Chopin isn’t your favourite composer We might well think we know everything about Mallorca – possibly spelled Majorca and often pronounced with a hard ‘j’! It’s evidently a tapestry of an island and so far we are just considering the name! This…

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The White Lion, Aldeburgh

The White Lion, Aldeburgh

A quintessential sea-front hotel with a smart façade I am well-travelled but I still believe that there are few places better than Britain on balmy summer days, and particularly when one is fanned by soft sea breezes. Aldeburgh is an historic town and tourist destination for visitors who appreciate its expansive Blue Flag shingle beach….

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Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

Hollywood actor Errol Flynn stayed at the Bon Sol This deceptively large hotel couldn’t have a better location. Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa is in Illetas, which is only 8 km (5 miles) from central Palma. One doesn’t need the extra expense of car hire: the bus stop is only a few yards away…

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Roch Castle

Roch Castle

The castle is perched in imposing fashion on a rocky outcrop on the edge of the village of Roch Roch Castle (in Welsh: Castell y Garn) is a 12th-century castle, located at the village of Roch near Haverfordwest, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Yes, we have all visited castles. Britain is peppered with them, indicating our somewhat…

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The Garden House – a stay with friends

The Garden House – a stay with friends

The Garden House is on a more human scale than the main house The Beaverbrook Estate is vast. The main house (to be completed as a hotel of distinction later in 2017) is baronial. But there is another hotel which is part of this well-appointed complex and it’s unique. The Garden House is on a…

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Castle Hotel Windsor

Castle Hotel Windsor

Windsor is just 23 miles (37 km) from Central London with convenient transport links. It’s not far from Heathrow Airport and many visitors are lucky enough to get an aerial view of Windsor Castle from the plane. It’s a shame that a relatively small number make it out of the capital to come and get…

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Montigo in Batam Indonesia

Montigo in Batam Indonesia

The name Batam refers to both an island and a municipality, the largest city in the Riau Islands, a province of Indonesia. You might not think you know where this is but if you have travelled to Singapore you would perhaps have already seen it: Batam is found across the Strait of Singapore. It is…

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The Talbot for fine dining

The Talbot for fine dining

The Talbot has history. It’s typical of coaching inns all over the country and this one, in particular, has a story – well, probably many. It is said to have provided the venue for assignations between Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton in 1798. There is a brass plate bearing Nelson’s name on one of the…

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Hotel TerraVina Dining

Hotel TerraVina Dining

Hotel TerraVina is a gem. It’s a well-appointed house – well, it seems like someone’s home (read the accommodation review here). A line of colourful wellies in the hall welcomes the arriving guests. The rooms are individually designed and the beds are the best I have ever slept on! One might not want to leave…

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The Rib Room – for more than ribs

The Rib Room – for more than ribs

The food scene in London has changed so much over the past couple of decades. We have moved away from that shocking reality of poor quality, few interesting options and culinary apathy. We have some of the world’s best restaurants, the most vibrant international dishes and a huge panorama of choices including beef rib! A…

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The Terrace at The Montagu Arms

The Terrace at The Montagu Arms

The New Forest is a beautiful and ancient area in the south of England and is in fact very far from ‘new’. It was a royal hunting estate and was created in 1079 by William I. You will likely know him as William the Conqueror who took possession of that tract of land and everything…

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Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm

Rotterdam – building with new energy, treasuring old charm

I had visited Holland once before. That was Amsterdam and many years ago. I travelled by air and the flight was quick – Holland is nearer than one might think. But a trip to Rotterdam via Stena Line ferry from Harwich made that diverse and vibrant city even more accessible. Rotterdam is the second-largest city…

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Southern Oregon – sleep and eat in style

Southern Oregon – sleep and eat in style

The average British tourist heading for the US on vacation will likely have limited horizons. There is the Big Apple with the draw of bright lights and a nice bit of shopping. Stores are full of good-quality goods and they are affordable due to advantageous exchange rates. Florida has long been a magnet for sun-starved…

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Chinese Cricket Club

Chinese Cricket Club

Located on the corner of New Bridge Street in Blackfriars, Chinese Cricket Club couldn’t be more convenient for those using the newly refurbished Underground station opposite. Don’t look for wickets, practice-nets and pavilion: this Club is located inside The Crowne Plaza Hotel. Established in 2009, the restaurant is named in honour of the original Chinese…

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Caxton Grill – St Ermin’s Hotel

Caxton Grill – St Ermin’s Hotel

St Ermin’s has long been a favourite hotel although I have, in truth, never actually stayed there. One is impressed by its charm before one even reaches the front door. The red brick, stonework and planting all contrive to create a vision from a more elegant era. The hotel foyer is stunning with a sweeping…

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Cheval Three Quays review

Cheval Three Quays review

We travel and we spend time in hotels. Yes, but how often have we had extended time away from home and wished that we had a place to rest our heads that was a bit more like, well, home? A few more amenities would do the trick. Cheval have the answer! Cheval Three Quays is…

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Sweet Valentines – Etruscan Chocohotel – Perugia, Italy

Sweet Valentines – Etruscan Chocohotel – Perugia, Italy

Isn’t it a perennial problem? What to do for Valentine’s Day! When one has had the same partner for several decades one starts to run out of romantic options. You might possibly get away with socks for Christmas, but they just don’t cut the mustard for Valentines. Jewellery is predictable, and restaurants are always full…

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Alentejo – Open Fires and Warm Hospitality – Where to stay

Alentejo – Open Fires and Warm Hospitality – Where to stay

Pousadas de Portugal in Alentejo is a network of quality and characterful hotels that give the guest a chance to experience unique charm. The group was started in the 1940s and now has forty-three properties. The network is mostly owned by the Portuguese government but managed by a private group, Grupo Pestana Pousadas. The first Pousada…

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Vila Vita Parc Resort Algarve Portugal

Vila Vita Parc Resort Algarve Portugal

One muses on holidays in Europe next year: perhaps France, as the south does have amazing weather and there is always the food. Perhaps a winter break to enjoy some bearable temperatures and maybe even some patches of blue sky. Spain has the ever-popular tapas as well as those vibrant cities of Barcelona and Madrid….

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