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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

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

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

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