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Harrogate – 2016

This was our second visit to the elegant Yorkshire spa town and we were pleased to discover that it hasn’t lost any of its vitality – it remains a destination you’d be hard pressed not to enjoy. It’s easy to see why this alluring town has forged a long and successful history for itself in [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|Destinations, Ideas|0 Comments

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

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

Harrogate

Harrogate is home to the happiest people in Britain, according to a recent study by online estate agency Rightmove. Being regarded as the happiest place to live is, of course, a real feather in this spa town’s cap and, I’m pleased to say, rubs off on its visitors – well, that’s if my family’s recent [...]

By | August 13th, 2015|Destinations|Comments Off on Harrogate

Leicestershire’s Stay, Play, Explore – 2015

Entertaining the kids isn’t cheap these days. Deep pockets are often essesntial, especially if you’re looking to visit several family-friendly attractions and, perhaps, stay overnight in a hotel. But there are exceptions, as visitors to Leicestershire will discover. The region’s tourism body, Leicestershire Promotions, have devised “Stay, Play, Explore”, offering visitors several themed packages. Prices [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|Attractions, Destinations|Comments Off on Leicestershire’s Stay, Play, Explore – 2015

Chester

We couldn’t have visited Chester at a more opportune time. My eight-year-old son was studying Romans at school so Cheshire’s county town offered plenty of attractions on the history front. We walked along a stretch of the well-preserved City Walls, the most complete in Britain which date from the Roman occupation 2,000 years ago, before [...]

By | July 16th, 2015|Destinations|Comments Off on Chester

Snowdonia – 2014

The alluring beauty of Snowdonia entices visitors to return year after year. Encapsulated within this northwestern corner of Wales is a diverse landscape of high, rugged mountains, wide expanses of inland water, intriguing coastline and a wealth of attractions to satisfy everyone’s needs. A quick flip through the Attractions of Snowdonia brochure shows you [...]

By | December 2nd, 2014|Destinations|Comments Off on Snowdonia – 2014

Shrewsbury

The Shropshire town of Shrewsbury, dubbed the “Town of Flowers”, is a pretty rare specimen. Not only is it a destination which, by and large, has managed to blend its old and new architecture rather seamlessly but it has resisted the temptation to let chain stores take over the high street. So many UK towns [...]

By | November 25th, 2014|Destinations|Comments Off on Shrewsbury

Guernsey

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