Hotels & Reviews
Hotel Halvard: Outstanding Hotel on the Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is a fascinating and unusual destination. Hotel Halvard in the capital, Douglas, is not only a good location from which to explore the island but also a very special hotel incorporating excellent customer service and the Hotel Halvard Restaurant which offers excellent, freshly cooked cuisine using local Manx products. Situated on the Loch Promenade, a section of Douglas Promenade it is within walking distance of all transport hubs including trams and steam trains and spectacular sea views.
The Stafford London is Simply the Best
The Stafford London. an elegant yet cosy luxury hotel occupies an interesting assortment of historic buildings. These include three private residences that go back to the seventeenth century. Classical bedrooms and luxurious suites occupy the Carriage House and old stables and the ancient Wine Cellars feature a small museum. Great personalities, past and present, are linked with the Stafford whose rooms have many a tale to tell. A stay here is a unique experience.
The Excellent Eastbury Hotel & Spa in Sherborne, Dorset
The Eastbury Hotel & Spa is ideally situated close to the centre of Sherborne in Dorset which features two castles and an Abbey. Its lovely walled garden will make you feel you have travelled to another world not just a train journey from London. Thanks to the friendly and efficient staff, it is a real home from home – enhanced by the super food by chef Matt Street in the two rosette Seasons restaurant.
An Illuminated Trail at Kingston Lacy in Dorset
This December Kingston Lacey, a National Trust Property near Wimborne in Dorset has excelled with its Illuminated Walk featuring amazing feats of lights and lasers including a Neon Tree, a Heart Arch Walk, and the Christmas Cathedral linked by Snowflake Walks.
Pop Up Somerset Puts the Glam into Glamping
Glamping or luxury camping is a great way to enjoy the countryside while enjoying the comforts associated with a hotel room. My Safari Suite at the Pop Up Somerset campsite exceeded all my expectations and it was an amazing experience. It was wonderful being so close to nature, enjoying a barbecue meal in good company and visiting Feltham’s Farm to taste its award winning cheeses.
Norma – A Unique Sicilian Restaurant in London
Norma, a Sicilian restaurant in the London district of Fitzrovia is a cut above the many Italian restaurants in the capital city. Created by Ben Tish, Culinary Director at The Stafford London, it puts an unusual Moorish twist on its food and interior design. For lovers of good food and wine it is the place to dine.
Five Top Places for a Day Out in England
Beyond the formal gardens the River Path winds its way down to the banks of the privately owned Beaulieu River. This area is a very natural contrast to the formality of the gardens around the house. Other attractions include a bog garden and a huge rock garden. The latter, spread over an area of two acres is probably the largest of its kind in Europe. A miniature train trundles around the grounds at regular intervals ...
A Special Staycation in York
Prolonged lockdowns in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic means we now have to change our plans for holidays. A ban on non-essential international travel means the staycation is a more attractive option. But this requires careful planning including checking of local restrictions and pre-booking attractions which is now essential for most places.
Ignite Trail at Kingston Lacy
As darkness falls on Kingston Lacy the magical Ignite Trail lights up. Mythical creatures and old favourites surrounded by dancing flames await beyond a carpet of blazing torches that light your way.
Tesalate - the Revolutionary Beach Towel
If anyone should know how to produce the ultimate beach towel it is the Australians with their multitude of beaches and love of sea sports. The Tesalate beach towel comes in different sizes and a large selection of eye-catching designs. This super-absorbent, sand-repellent towel folds down small enough to if in a rucksack or small bag.