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The Belfry – Hotel & Resort

My claim to fame is that I got a hole in one at The Belfry, the spiritual home of the Ryder Cup. On which of the three first-class courses, I hear you ask. Well, it’s time to own up: it was while enjoying a round on the 12-hole Ryder Legends course, one of the best [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Accommodation, Destinations, Hotels/B&Bs, Ideas|Comments Off on The Belfry – Hotel & Resort

Ettington Park Hotel – Stratford-upon-Avon

If you’re on the hunt for an opulent, well-managed place to stay in the midst of Shakespeare’s England, then consider the Ettington Park Hotel, just six miles outside Stratford-upon-Avon. Surrounded by 40 acres of beautiful parkland, it’s got lots to offer, including a tranquil rural setting. When all you can see are trees and huge [...]

By | April 26th, 2016|Accommodation, Destinations, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on Ettington Park Hotel – Stratford-upon-Avon

HF Holidays – Larpool Hall, Whitby

Our first taste of an HF Holidays’ family walking adventure was at Derwent Bank, a picturesque location on the shores of Derwent Water in the Lake District. The short break excelled expectations and led to my two children coining the phrase, “Happy Family Holidays”, whenever I mentioned HF.  Fast-forward nearly 12 months and I’m pleased [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Latest Reviews|Comments Off on HF Holidays – Larpool Hall, Whitby

YHA Brighton

The YHA has hostels in some pretty decent settings and Brighton is no exception. In fact, it’s a perfect location, just across from the beach and the entrance to the city’s Grade II listed pier; and if that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, it’s within walking distance of the main tourist attractions and shops, [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Self-Catering|Comments Off on YHA Brighton

The Bristol – Harbourside

The Bristol – part of The Doyle Collection, a group of eight luxury hotels located in five cities in Ireland, UK and the States – has many merits, as my family and I discovered when we stayed one night in January 2016. One of its main selling points is the prime location. Edging the harbourside [...]

By | January 29th, 2016|Accommodation, Attractions, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on The Bristol – Harbourside

The Priory Inn – Tetbury

If you’re heading to the Cotswolds and looking for a child-friendly place to stay where delicious meals are dished up and a welcome smile greets you the moment you arrive, then try The Priory Inn. Situated in the thriving market town of Tetbury, the inn is owned by Dave and Tanya Kelly, who’ve worked in [...]

By | November 18th, 2015|Accommodation, Attractions, Hotels/B&Bs|Comments Off on The Priory Inn – Tetbury

Alykes Garden Village – Zante

I spent a week with my family at Alykes Garden Village, just outside the village of Alykes on the attractive Greek island of Zante. We stayed in a four-person studio (number 101). Equipment and facilities were basic, but that was what we expected. On arrival, we had to ask Jimmy, the owner, for extra cutlery. [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|Accommodation, Destinations, Hotels/B&Bs, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Alykes Garden Village – Zante

Hassness Country House – Lake District

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the Lake District’s most beautiful corner – well, that’s my opinion – then look no further than Hassness Country House, run by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. This grand, white-walled manor-styled property is the jewel in the operator’s wide-ranging portfolio. It’s easy to see why because it has much [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Ideas|Comments Off on Hassness Country House – Lake District

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