Hotels & Reviews
Novotel in York, England
The Novotel in York is nicely appointed on the bank of the River Foss and a short walk from the city centre. When I arrived I was warmly welcomed and settled in the lounge as my room was not ready. I had a light lunch from the bar while I waited. It was really good comprising fresh artisan bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a small salad ...
Sport Hotel Daniel in Pescasseroli, Abruzzo in Italy
Sometimes it is not the splendour of the place or the attractions around it but one small act of kindness that is the dominant memory of a visit. And so it was regarding my stay at Hotel Sport Daniel. The breakfast buffet here featured a good variety of fresh fruit including my favourite, cherries. On my last morning there were no cherries and when I asked the waiter he explained that as the previous day had been Sunday and no deliveries there were none left. It was not a problem as there was plenty of other fruit to choose from. I forgot all about and went out for the morning. When I returned for a light lunch prior to leaving for the airport I was presented with a plate piled high with cherries. They had remembered my request that morning. I was so impressed ...
Hotel Villa Elena in Tortoreto, Abruzzo, italy
The Adriatic coastline of province of Termano in the Italian region of Abruzzo is one long sandy beach stretching for forty-five kilometres. A ribbon development of seven traditional Italian seaside resorts, known as the seven sisters, offer accommodation of all varieties and standards for sun and sand seekers …
Roch Castle and Penrhiw Priory in Pembrokeshire, Wales
Roch Castle and Penrhiw Priory are two exceptional accommodations in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Both are housed in historic buildings that have been lovingly renovated by the renowned Welsh architect Keith Griffiths to retain the character of a unique property ...
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...