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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


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

Silverdale Caravan Park

Holgates own several caravan parks on or near the coastline of Morecambe Bay with Silverdale – which won Cumbria Tourism’s “Best Holiday Park” award for 2014 – the company’s flagship site. Set amid 100 acres of scenic park and woodland, Silverdale – which takes its name from the picturesque village nearby – offers 80 hard-standing [...]

By | October 8th, 2014|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Silverdale Caravan Park

Grasmere Hostel

  Just outside the picturesque village of Grasmere, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, you’ll discover Grasmere Hostel – and what a find it is, too. Part of Broadrayne Farm – which also offers self-catering cottages – this independent hostel is owned by the ever-helpful Dave Keighley and his wife. (c) [...]

By | September 8th, 2014|Accommodation, Self-Catering|0 Comments

Elterwater Independent Hostel

For me, Elterwater is one of the Lake District’s true gems: a cluster of houses and a pub lying in the Langdale Valley, just half a mile from the picturesque lake from which its name is derived. As well as its quaintness, the village is ideally placed for exploring some of the Central Lakes’ most [...]

By | September 8th, 2014|Accommodation, Self-Catering|0 Comments

Grasmere Youth Hostel

Anyone who, like me, is a regular visitor to the Lake District knows that the pretty village of Grasmere is a real honeypot visited by people from around the world. Part of the draw is, of course, its beauty – oh, and then there’s the William Wordsworth connection! The great poet lived here for much [...]

By | September 4th, 2014|Accommodation, Self-Catering|0 Comments

Railholiday – Mevy

After enjoying a rail holiday with a difference a year or so ago, courtesy of the amiable Lizzy and Dave Stroud, my family and I jumped at the chance of reviewing their latest holiday offering: Mevy, a GWR slip coach. For anyone wanting the lowdown on the Strouds’ innovative business (basically, converting old railway carriages [...]

By | June 5th, 2014|Accommodation, Self-Catering|0 Comments

Plas Cadnant

Plas Cadnant is set in a picturesque hidden valley, overlooking the Menai Straits and Snowdonia on the Isle of Anglesey. The glorious 19th century gardens of this unique 200-acre estate were painstakingly uncovered and restored over 15 years. Visit the traditional tea rooms to wind down after a romantic stroll together around the gardens and [...]

By | February 3rd, 2014|Accommodation, Attractions, Self-Catering|0 Comments

Braydeston House – Norfolk

One of the pluses of visiting Norfolk is that you won’t struggle when it comes to sourcing fine accommodation – there are plenty of excellent places to stay throughout the county. But if you’re after some Georgian charm, try Braydeston House in the pleasant village of Brundall – you won’t be disappointed. This fine Georgian country [...]

By | November 6th, 2013|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Self-Catering|0 Comments

Skelwith Fold Caravan Park

If you’re looking for a caravan park in the heart of the Lake District, close to the popular town of Ambleside and some of the region’s most beautiful fells, then take a look at Skelwith Fold. Set amid the 130-acre grounds of a former country home, the park provides caravan holiday homes for private owners [...]

By | September 9th, 2013|Accommodation, Camping, Latest Reviews, Self-Catering|0 Comments