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HF Holidays – Derwent Bank

En route to our hotel in the Lake District, my eight-year-old son, Peter, asked what the “HF” stood for in HF Holidays. My explanation that it was an acronym for “Holiday Fellowship” didn’t register – not surprisingly. But after enjoying a three-night break with the UK’s largest walking and leisure activity holiday provider with over [...]

By | August 10th, 2015|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on HF Holidays – Derwent Bank

Skelwith Fold – New Self-Catering Option

Until now, award-winning Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, situated just outside the bustling Lake District town of Ambleside, has comprised mainly of privately-owned static holiday homes; in fact, there are 300 of them. Other than buying a unit, the only way holidaymakers could stay on the site, which is surrounded by woodland favoured by naturalist David Bellamy [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Skelwith Fold – New Self-Catering Option

YHA Helvellyn

This hostel is appropriately named because it seems like you’ve travelled halfway up the mountain by the time you reach the car park! Sitting in the shadow of England’s 3rd highest peak, above the pretty lakeside village of Glenridding, the route to the hostel turns from tarmac road to stony track, providing a decent test [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on YHA Helvellyn

Avon Gorge Hotel – Bristol

Many hotels claim they have a decent view but the location of Bristol’s Avon Gorge Hotel takes some beating. It’s situated on the edge, quite literally, of a deep gorge in the heart of Clifton Village, overlooking Brunel’s fabulous Clifton Suspension Bridge. This hotel will always remain close to my heart, being the place where I [...]

By | July 16th, 2015|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on Avon Gorge Hotel – Bristol

Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

I’ve stayed in a few of these large hotel/leisure complexes and sometimes they promise more than they can deliver. But that’s not the case at Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa.  Whilst the self-contained resort has two beautifully-designed championship courses, it offers much more than just a round of golf. As you turn off [...]

By | July 16th, 2015|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

Premier Inn – Weymouth Seafront

One thing I like about Premier Inn is their predictability. When I book a hotel room I want to know what I can expect in terms of service, facilities and, most importantly, quality of accommodation; I don’t want any nasty surprises. There is always an exception but, by and large, you know that award-winning Premier [...]

By | June 10th, 2015|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on Premier Inn – Weymouth Seafront

Go Native – Hyde Park

This was my first experience of using Go Native, who “provide business and leisure travellers with the most exciting selection of serviced apartments across the UK and in a growing number of European and US cities”. Well, I can only base my judgement on the time my family and I spent at their Hyde Park [...]

By | April 29th, 2015|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Go Native – Hyde Park

Royal Oak Hotel

When looking for a base from which to explore Snowdonia, the beautiful village of Betws-y-Coed, regarded as the gateway to the national park, takes some beating. It’s reputedly the “home of Britain’s first artists’ colony” and you can understand why such artistic individuals were smitten with the place. Surrounded by dense woodland, the village – [...]

By | December 4th, 2014|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on Royal Oak Hotel

Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Golf & Spa

There are many superlatives I could use to describe the 4-star Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Golf & Spa but “delightful” seems sufficient to sum up our weekend experience at the hotel. It might not be the most attractive in terms of its external appearance, but it’s what happens inside that counts – and in that [...]

By | November 14th, 2014|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs|0 Comments


One thing you’re guaranteed if holidaying in Guernsey is tranquillity. It’s such a peaceful and unrushed island and, as Visit Guernsey’s promotional material boasts, you’ll “rediscover what life’s about”. Well, it’s certainly what holidays should be about. But for us – a family of four – the adventure began en-route to the island, which is [...]

By | October 24th, 2014|Accommodation, Destinations, Self-Catering|0 Comments