Editors' Picks by Dinah Hatch
Here are the editors' picks for Britain's Finest chosen by Dinah Hatch.
Dinah Hatch is a travel journalist and guidebook writer. She has reported from destinations across the world for the likes of The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Express and The Sun but since the arrival of her two children has become more interested in British travel and re-discovering the delights of the country she was born and raised in. She has since written three guidebooks for US guidebook giant Frommers; England With Your Family, Scotland With Your Family and Britain For Free. She almost always travels with her two children, aged 7 and 5, who are also her unwitting guinea pigs - and never slow to pass comment on the merits of an attraction!
These days every hotelier and his bellboy will tell you their establishment is family-friendly in a bid to fill rooms. But there’s more to making families feel at home than putting chicken nuggets and chips on the menu and sticking an ancient slide in the garden. The... more
Staying at a hotel recently which had the most amazing exotic terraced gardens dotted with all manner of sublimely beautiful flowers and plants, I realised that sipping tea from a china cup and gazing out into a sunny garden listening to twittering blackbirds was pretty much... more
There’s something indefinably relaxing about being near water – looking at it, eating in front of it or swimming in it. With that in mind, I’ve listed ten of my favourite places to enjoy the lapping of waves and the tinkle of boat masts - all of course, with something cool... more
It’s been a busy year for Britain’s Finest already and we have welcomed lots more lovely hotels into our family of fabulous accommodation. From grand Victorian establishments overlooking iconic capital city architecture to eco-friendly estates nestling in idyllic rural... more
The rain has arrived, the leaves have definitely fallen and we’ve all but forgotten even where we went on our summer holidays here at Britain’s Finest Towers. Surely it’s time to start thinking about a winter break, yes? The good news is that there are tonnes of hotels on... more
There's nothing worse that walking into your hotel's restaurant with the kids in tow and realising you have brought along some very unwanted guests. But it doesn't have to be that way. Britain's hoteliers are wising up to the power of the parent pound and subsequently there... more
As if the gorgeous beaches weren’t enough, Cornwall also has a whole host of children’s attractions that will keep little ones busy year round. So whether you’re a local looking for something a bit different at the weekend or a holidaymaker exploring the area, read on for my... more
“Mum, we’re BORED!” If this phrase is one you hear just a little bit too often on a Saturday morning, read on. East Sussex is packed with attractions to keep the kids happy whatever their age. Fancy hiding from life-size moving dinosaurs? Or time travelling back to medieval... more