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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

YHA Borrowdale

Nestled in the Borrowdale Valley at the foot of rugged crags and impressive fells is Borrowdale Youth Hostel. My family and I spent one night in this ski chalet-styled property and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Yes, it was the end of July – school holiday season – which meant the hostel was packed and the [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Accommodation, Ideas, Self-Catering|Comments Off on YHA Borrowdale

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

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

The Atlantic Hotel – Jersey

It’s extremely rare that I settle down to write a review with nothing but positives to report. However much I’ve enjoyed a visit to an attraction, hotel or restaurant, there is usually something, however small, where I can offer some constructive criticism in the hope that the proprietor can improve their customers’ experience. But I’ve [...]

By | September 10th, 2015|Hotels/B&Bs, Ideas|Comments Off on The Atlantic Hotel – Jersey

Cape Verde

A collective gasp greeted the shoal of brightly-coloured fish gliding into view. Peering through the glass-bottomed boat, the translucent emerald green water afforded a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious underwater world. We viewed shipwrecks and were treated to a majestic display from schools of `dolphin swimming nearby before Neptunus, a yellow boat aptly named after [...]

By | February 7th, 2013|Destinations, Ideas|0 Comments