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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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The Best British Festivals this October

Traditionally summer is when the British go to festivals. Shortly after World War II Edinburgh’s International Arts Festival made August synonymous with a celebration of culture. Then in 1970 Glastonbury showed that pop festivals were also big business. Ever since, more and... more

Top 10 Places to Stay for the Cheltenham Literary Festival

Fancy hearing what Ian Rankin has to say about his Rebus novels? Or maybe listening in on journalist Emma Freud chatting with actor Bill Nighy? October (6th - 15th) means Cheltenham Literary Festival time – and we’ve got ten lovely little accommodation suggestions in this... more

Top 10 English Seaside Hotels

Summer is finally upon us which means, if you are British, that you’ll probably be thinking of a trip to the seaside. This nation has a curious relationship with our storm-tossed coast. We love it and it in turn has reciprocated over the years by protecting us from many... more

Top 10 National Trails & Where to Stay

It’s only when you try hiking in other countries that you realise how very blessed Britain is with its National Trails. I’ve walked down footpaths in Greece that terminate abruptly in someone’s newly built villa or strolled down footpaths that come to a dead end in America... more

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

Wedding Trends for 2017

Congratulations! If you're reading this we assume you've recently got engaged and are pondering the vast minefield that is wedding planning! Where to start we hear you say! We promise you that once you have your venue the rest will become easier, so prioritise finding your... 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

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

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

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

Whether you are an enthusiast or not, the sight of seeing the world’s top cyclists whooshing past at incredible speeds in the Tour de France is pretty special. And this year, fabulously, you don’t even have to cross the channel to see it either as Stage 1, 2 and 3 are all... more

Last Easter I packed the family up and decamped to the west country. It was icy cold, we never took our gloves and scarves off and thermal vests became our new best friends. But guess what? We still had our best family break in ages. That’s the great thing about Devon and... more

What’s your idea of the perfect autumn break? A cosy bolthole serving good food and wine, where you can pull up an armchair by a roaring log fire and watch the weather close in beyond the windowpane? A quaint country cottage where you and your loved one can shut the door on... more

For many Brits, donning wellies and dancing carefree in a field is the epitome of summer! But if the thought of roughing it in your two-man-tent sends shivers down your spine, why not ditch the muddy campsite and retreat to your very own boutique boudoir. From Glastonbury to... more

Grab your wellies, we’re off to a country show. Britain is fit to burst with rural celebrations throughout spring and summer, offering lungfuls of fresh air and an insight into country traditions. And these days they offer more than the chance for the nation’s agricultural... more

If you’re in search of a weekend destination for lusty debauchery and, perhaps even the first flutters of love – Edinburgh can provide. This city is sexy: from the dramatic silhouette of the old town dotted with medieval turrets and spires, and the fairytale castle perched... more

In the days when Britain's trade was almost exclusively with Europe this country's east coast ports were important and wealthy. Some of the merchant towns like Lavenham (which has three of Britain's Finest hotels in close proximity to each other) have hardly changed since... more

Great food, log fires, a sense of community and armchairs that you can sink into; the list of things that makes a hotel cosy are varied but always have comfort at their core. Most of them are small, but are run with real passion and verve. They can be expensive or a bargain... more