Bembridge, the Best Village on the Isle of Wight
Bembridge, a village on the Isle of Wight, was simple a collection of wooden huts and farmhouses until the building of its first church in 1827. The next milestone in its development was the draining of Brading Hay a tidal estuary wide enough to separate this small village from the Isle of Wight. Hotels and a railway station were built on the reclaimed land and the Bembridge Sailing Club, now one of the oldest sailing clubs in the UK was founded a few years later. The club soon became the centre of a high society gatherings featuring the rich and famous. Today, Bembridge still has much to recommend it as a place to visit.
A Dozen Delights in Dorset, England
As a county Dorset has everything a visitor could wish for. A rugged coast interspersed with miles of golden, sandy beaches. Beautiful landscapes in a fertile hinterland carpeting the rolling Purbeck hills. Lovely historic towns graced with beautiful architecture, independent shops and plenty of opportunities for a Dorset cream tea.
The Fox and Anchor - A Genuine Pub with Rooms in London
At the Fox and Anchor near the famous Smithfield Market in London guests can enjoy the combination of a good old-fashioned public house and a stay in a luxurious bedroom featuring modern amenities on the three floors above it. This enchanting little pub has retained its original façade decorated with Art Nouveau tiling and grotesques. Inside, the wood panelled bar is reminiscent from a scene in a Dickens novel.
Touching, Tasting and Listening to London
Special tours for visually impaired and blind visitors to London are available at many of the major attractions in London. Especially created for them these tours are accompanied by guides trained for this purpose. In particular the Tower of London offers a descriptive tour, St Paul’s Cathedral offers a touch tour and Palace of Westminster offers an amazing tactile tour behind the scenes in the Houses of Parliament. I partook in htese excellent tours on a city break with a group of blind and sighted travellers and all fo them were wonderful - interesting, informative and fun.
Tyn Y Llwyn – an Idyllic Country Retreat Near Abergavenny in Wales
Staying at Tyn Y Llwyn is a great experience that starts with the opening of a genuine five-bar gate and driving up a track to a sixteenth century farmyard. The two storey converted stable is cosy, comfortable and enchanting. All I could see for miles around was the agricultural landscape of the Brecon Beacons – the perfect country retreat.
Exploring Abervagenny Beneath the Brecon Beacons
In this age of re-cycling the market town of Abergavenny close to the Welsh/English border is doing a good job converting its historic buildings for new uses. A nineteenth century hunting lodge is now home to a museum, the visitor centre occupies an eleventh century tithe barn and the cinema is based in a nineteenth century army drill hall. Situated in the beautiful Usk valley and a starting point for some great walks in the Brecon Beacons Abergavenny is a great place for truly getting away from it all.
Destination 2020 The United Kingdom
Exploring natural landscapes is a wonderful way to have a holiday. The United Kingdom or UK has some areas of outstanding beauty. These include the exhilarating St David’s Peninsula in Wales, the unique Isle of Wight off the south coast of England, the New Forest in England and the Lizard, the southernmost point of England. All of them offer an opportunity to get into the countryside and explore its quirks and curiosities at your own pace.
Going Underground in Exeter in Devon
During the fourteenth and fifteenth century narrow passages were built under the city of Exeter in Devon to house the lead pipes that carried fresh water from Sidwell Spring to Exeter Cathedral. Today these passages, now empty, are open to the public and offer a wonderful insight into the history to the town.
Luxurous Countryside Retreat at Paschoe House in Devon
Deep in the Devonshire countryside Paschoe House offers a very relaxing yet sophisticated experience whether you choose to stay there, dine there or hold a special event there. This fabulous five-star hotel in a beautifully restored country house offers the ultimate country retreat.
Saintly Celebrations in Crediton in Devon
The historic market town of Crediton is only seven miles from Exeter and conveniently located for Dartmoor and Exmoor. This little town, in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty, was the birthplace of St Boniface a much celebrated English saint. With plentiful coffee shops, cafés and pubs it is the ideal place for a great country retreat.