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  • The Enchanting Carey's Secret Garden in Dorset

    The Enchanting Carey's Secret Garden in Dorset

    Get away from the humdrum daily life and spend some time enjoying the calming ambience of Carey's Secret Garden. Revived after forty years of neglect this garden is surrounded by a Victorian Wall incorporating the Roundhouse Potting Shed and an old potato store that has been converted to the Secret Salt Pig Café. A variety of small gardens surround the Rose Garden, its focal point. Not just a garden but a place to learn new skills in its Outdoor Classroom and attend special events.

  • Laxey on the Isle of Man - from Waterwheel to Waterfront

    Laxey on the Isle of Man - from Waterwheel to Waterfront

    The town of Laxey on the Isle of Man is home to the largest, functional waterwheel in the world known as the Great Laxey Wheel. The site includes the Mine Walk that informs visitors of the history of the mine as they walk past its ruined buildings. While in Laxey visitors can take a trip on the Mountain Railway to the top of Snaefell or experience the Laxey Miniature Railway. And end the day with a walk to Laxey Bay.

  • Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens in Bloom

    Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens in Bloom

    Looking down from the top of The Dell in the Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens all I could see below me was wave upon wave of brilliant coloured blossoms on the rhododendrons and azaleas for which these Grade 1 listed gardens are famous. Placed amongst the trees of these well-established woodland gardens and around its seven lakes in the middle are sculptures by the South African artist, Anton Smit, creating his Walk of Life.

  • How to Make Travel Memories Last Forever

    How to Make Travel Memories Last Forever

    If there's one thing that the pandemic has taught us all, it's that life is precious and should be lived to the fullest. What better way to accomplish this than by exploring the world? Seeing new places and learning different cultures can be a life-changing experience and one that you'll never forget. So, if you get the chance to travel, opt for it! You won't regret it. Who knows, maybe you'll fall in love with travel and decide to make it a lifelong passion. Either way, enjoy every minute of it – because you never know when life might throw you a curveball.

  • Exploring Port Erin on the Isle of Man

    Exploring Port Erin on the Isle of Man

    The Isle of Man is just a short flight or ferry trip across the Irish Sea but it seems much further away and offers experiences very different from the mainland – take a steam train to Port Erin at its southern tip and enjoy delights such as visiting the Port Erin Railway Museum, walking through the Bradda Glen, climbing Milner’s tower, and tasting the water from the Holy Well of St Catherine.

  • Hotel Halvard: Outstanding Hotel on the Isle of Man

    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.

  • Christmas on the Isle of Man

    Christmas on the Isle of Man

    This Christmas I wanted to go somewhere different and interesting and the Isle of Man seemed to be the ideal destination. We stayed in Douglas and had days out exploring the island. Christmas was a very relaxing day strolling along the sea front at Douglas - in gale force winds which was very exhilarating. This is my story in pictures.

  • Lynton & Lynmouth a Charming Harbour and Town

    Lynton & Lynmouth a Charming Harbour and Town

    Lynton & Lynmouth is a two-tier town, a harbour on Lynmouth Bay and a small Victorian town on the cliff top. The journey between the two is made easier for pedestrians by the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Snuggling into a small bay on the rugged North Devon coast and close to the stunning Exmoor National Park this area has much to recommend it for a short break or staycation. Three easy walks - a gradual climb up Hollerday Hill, an easy stroll along the Coast Path to the Valley of Rocks and a footpath through a gorge to Watersmeet ensure everyone can fully explore this beautiful place.

  • The Stafford London is Simply the Best

    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 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.

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