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  • Llys Meddyg in Newport, Pembrokeshire – A Restaurant with Rooms and a Yurt

    Llys Meddyg in Newport, Pembrokeshire – A Restaurant with Rooms and a Yurt

    When I arrived at my accommodation, Llys Meddyg in Newport, Pembrokeshire in Wales I was warmly welcomed by Cecilia, mother of the owner Ed and his wife Lou. After I had checked in and taken my luggage to my room I joined Cecilia in the lounge for a cup of tea. During our conversation Cecilia told me about the restaurant and the local area and suggested a walk I could do before dinner that evening. She also said I should have a look at their garden ...

  • Vytautas Mineral Spa – My Favourite Hotel in the Spa Town of Birštonas in Lithuania

    Vytautas Mineral Spa – My Favourite Hotel in the Spa Town of Birštonas in Lithuania

    From the outside the Vytautas Mineral Spa resembles a long-armed space ship that has carefully set itself down on earth beside a lake surrounded by luscious green parkland. It was hard to believe that I was within five minutes' walk of the centre of Birštonas a pretty spa town in Lithuania ...

  • Hotel Føroyar – A Special Hotel in Tórshavn, Capital of the Faroe Islands

    Hotel Føroyar – A Special Hotel in Tórshavn, Capital of the Faroe Islands

    When I arrived at the Hotel Føroyar I was delighted to see that it had a traditional turf roof. But I could not help wondering if this was genuine. The turf roof comprises a covering of birch bark topped by tiles of turf has been popular since prehistoric times. Today they continue to triumph over other possible materials as the advantages include the absorption of rainwater and the provision of insulation in winter yet they are cool in summer. My doubts were soon removed by the sight of new turf being laid in one section of the roof. The presence of a lone black sheep had me wondering if he was waiting to graze the new grass ...

  • Heywood Spa Hotel in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales

    Heywood Spa Hotel in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales

    The Heywood Spa Hotel is located in a quiet, residential area above the town centre of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Wales as befits its origins as an elegant country house. The present owners, Claire and Peter Nutty, have fulfilled their aim to create cosy yet upmarket accommodation for tourists visiting Tenby. This hotel offers comfortable, tastefully furnished rooms in the house itself.

  • Panoramas and Portraits at the Excellent Twr y Felin Hotel in St David's Pembrokeshire

    Panoramas and Portraits at the Excellent Twr y Felin Hotel in St David's Pembrokeshire

    It was with great and justified pride that Emma showed me to my suite when I checked into the Twr y Felin Hotel in St David’s, Pembrokeshire in Wales. The Tyddewi (Windmill Tower) Suite occupies the three floors of the original windmill that was built here in 1806. This windmill had a chequered history being damaged several times in terrible storms and on two occasions its wings and paddles were blown off. Despite these misadventures the windmill ground corn intermittently for nearly a century until it ceased operations in 1904. New buildings were added and the windmill was first converted into a hotel ...

  • The Cross, a Delightful Bed and Breakfast in Croscombe, Somerset

    The Cross, a Delightful Bed and Breakfast in Croscombe, Somerset

    Hospitality has been a long-standing tradition at The Cross in Croscombe, Somerset ever since this original medieval building was licensed as a public house in 1516. In those days it was called the Rose and Crown and retained this name until 1976 when it changed its name to the Bull Terrier. The doors of the Bull Terrier closed for the last time in 2014 and the property was sold. The new owner, Terri Chichester, undertook the huge task of converting this lovely building into impressive bed and breakfast accommodation ...

  • Balmer Lawn Hotel - a Brockenhurst Beauty in England's New Forest

    Balmer Lawn Hotel - a Brockenhurst Beauty in England's New Forest

    Ideally situated in the village of Brockenhurst in the New Forest the Balmer Lawn Hotel is as steeped in history as the common land,Balmer Lawn, that surrounds it. Once known as Palmers Lawn it is recorded that the waters of the Lymington River that flow past the hotel were known as Palmers Waters and there was a small settlement here known as Palmers Hamlet. The lawn was once the site of an annual horse race but complaints of damage to the turf brought that to an end. Today it is home to the Brockenhurst Cricket Club. The lawn extends behind the hotel and is perfect for an early morning walk ...

  • By the Sea at the Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

    By the Sea at the Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

    There are not many places where you can luxuriate in a hot bath while listening to the waves ebbing and flowing on the beach below. Or breakfast in your room watching the sun rise over the sea beyond your window. At the Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh I discovered I could do both ...

  • Jewels in the Crown at Woodbridge

    Jewels in the Crown at Woodbridge

    A narrow staircase and a long corridor led me to my room and the realisation that this was a hotel with character. I love hotels with character and this place has a unique style. It is a fascinating blend of popular ‘local’ and sophisticated hotel. The décor downstairs suits both – wooden chairs and tables surrounded by subtly decorated walls. The same tasteful style continues in the rooms ...

  • Hiding Away in Sherwood Forest - A Uniquely English Experience

    Hiding Away in Sherwood Forest - A Uniquely English Experience

    I am always on the look-out for new experiences – I have zip-wired in Guatemala, ridden an ostrich in South Africa and been white-water rafting through a gorge in Bali. But none of these experiences have given me such lasting pleasure as a recent stay at the Sherwood Hideaway … Check out some great late deals for August 2017 at "Sherwood Hideaway":http://www.sherwoodhideaway.com

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