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Travel Ideas

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest, chosen by our team of professional travel journalists.

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Top 10 Film Location Hotels

My home is in Oxford which can sometimes feel like living in a film set. It’s a familiar experience to find the road you want to walk down closed off by a lighting van and location caterers. But the whole of Britain is a gift to film makers. One reason is the extraordinary... more

There is something about water – lakes, lochs, rivers, and the sea itself - that answers a very deep need in us all. We are drawn to it. We want to swim in it , sail across it or just walk alongside it listening to the sounds of benign burbling. A day spent walking along a... more

10 Great Hotels for Romance this February

I proposed to my first wife above a launderette in Middlesbrough and to my second in the tiny kitchen of my Oxford flat. Neither location was inherently romantic but the end result - in both cases - was positive.

These days however it's becoming common practice to... more

Detox With Less Suffering

Soon it will be New Year and all over the country Drinkcember will give way to the hairshirt self-denial of Dry January. Anything that seemed celebratory over the Christmas period is out, and we will become a nation of herbal tea-drinkers and carrot-stick munchers. If all... more

Best Burns Night Parties & Where to Stay

Just recovered from the Christmas festivities? Having a dry January? Well, you'll have to stop all that nonsense because its Burns Night! Pack some alka seltzer, throw some thermals in a case and make a weekend of it at any of the hundreds of special events around Britain... more

Top 10 Hotels To Make Christmas Shopping Fun

Christmas shopping shouldn’t be a chore.

Many years ago I worked out there are two ways to make it pleasurable. One is to collect presents for people throughout the year as you see things they’d like. This means that – as long as you can remember where you... more

Top 10 Autumn Walks

Autumn is the only British season that gets us all quoting poetry. Keats put it well with his “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” and all those “gathering swallows” twittering in the skies.

Autumn is certainly the time of year that inspires us to put away... more

Top 10 Dog Friendly Hotels

These days our dogs are not just our pets, they are family members. And you wouldn’t want to go away without a member of the family, now would you? Well, there’s actually no need, anyway. Britain’s Finest is packed with places to stay where your pooch is just as welcome as... more

Britain's Finest Hotels For Afternoon Tea

In the opening to his novel The Portrait of a Lady, American author Henry James declared, “under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”. James then went on to set his perfect scene with... more

10 Britain's Finest Filming Locations

This month Alice through the Looking Glass is released in the UK, yet another British film that makes the most of our countryside and its historic buildings. Not surprisingly a lot of classic hotels have featured in British films too. It’s not uncommon for a film crew to... more

Our pick of the best UK literary festivals

Darlings, forget about those corporate monstrosities known as pop festivals this spring and summer. Those REALLY in the know realise that the literary festival is where all the coolest people go to unwind. Think sunny afternoons sipping spritzers, sporting cream panamas and... more

Best British Hotels for Horse Riding

One of the best ways to see the British countryside – if not the best – is from the back of a horse. The view is different up there, you can see over hedgerows and walls, you can go through fields without getting your feet muddy, and there’s sufficient exercise involved in... more

Accommodation near activities for kids

If you’re going on a family holiday, for a perfect time away it’s good to choose accommodation that is near really great activities for kids. You may have selected the best accommodation in the world for your next break, but if the nearest fun children’s distraction is a... more

Wow your valentine this year with our pick of romantic retreats.

Here we are again; it’s approaching Valentine’s Day and you haven’t planned a thing yet. Don’t worry! We’ve gone all Cupid and picked out our favourite spots to enjoy a touch of romance with your partner this February.... more

Best hotels for a January Detox

After the toxic delights of Drinkcember and our Christmas bacchanalia, comes Dry January and everyone telling us ‘Tis the Season to Detoxify. For many years January was as joyless as a 31-day hangover with nothing pleasurable on our grey wintery horizon except the hope of a... more

10 Hotels for The Best Martinis This Christmas

I’ve long had a theory that there are tribes when it comes to alcohol. There are beer people, there are whisky people, there are white wine people and red wine people (two sub-tribes) and there are gin people. It’s not to do with how much you drink -or being an alcoholic-... more

Festive things to do in London

Yes, yes, we know it’s only November but if you want to enjoy England’s capital city at Christmas then it is wise to book ahead! Somehow London excels itself come December, with hundreds of events and activities to enjoy, from chatting with Santa to boozing in a real ski... more

Top UK hotels to enjoy the Autumn Sun

As the seasons change we often cling on to the last of the summer sunshine. Sometimes I think the British are still pagan, fearing that the shortening of the days means the sun will soon disappear never rise again. While some of us book late summer holidays to cram in a... more

Top ten UK hotels and Inns with cookery classes

Once upon a time a hotel was just somewhere to lay your head if you didn’t have a club to go to or friends in town. Now hotels are visions of a better life, a refuge where we can live in greater luxury than any lord, a building whose decor has cost many millions and where... more

Great pet friendly hotels in the UK

It wasn’t until I had two cats of my own that the words “pet friendly” suddenly began to leap out at me from hotel web pages. What a discovery! While most hotels usually mean well-behaved dogs when they say “pet”, there are also quite a few that will take house-cats like... more

It’s that time of year again when, if we aren't enjoying the delights of Britain during the summer, we head off abroad. As we plan our trip to the airport we realise that our flight is so horribly early we’d better book into a hotel nearby. And while there are some very good... more

Where to celebrate the British Summer Social Season

Goodness me! The English summer season is upon us. How do I know? Because the Queen has just been featured in all the newspapers admiring the gardenias at the Chelsea Flower Show. The season traditionally kicks off with this glorious (though often rain-soaked) event and goes... more

Ten great hotels near the best summer festivals this year

Summer is almost upon us, which means that across Britain there will be a host of festivals of many different kinds. Last year I wrote about some of the biggest and best UK festivals and where to stay if you were attending them. This year I’m looking at a more eclectic... more

May Day Celebrations

In 2015, life is pretty much a non-stop round of answering emails, checking Facebook and Instagram messages and cramming life in between. So this early May Bank Holiday, make like you’ve gone back in time to an era when Twitter was the sound birds made in the trees and take... more

10 Hotels for Great Spring Country Walks

Not all countries have great country hotels. I’ve travelled in parts of Eastern Europe and the Balkans where you always aim to get to a city by nightfall because rural accommodation is very basic. But in Britain we’re very fortunate that so many old country houses have been... more