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Top 5 Child-Friendly Summer Holiday Destinations in Britain

It can be a daunting prospect when you're standing at the top end of the school summer holidays with weeks to fill. Julie Vuong selects five of Britain's finest child-friendly summer holiday destinations that take care of all...

Top 10 Boutique Boltholes to Escape the City

From foodie havens to spa hideaways, these boutique hotels are escape-it-all retreats to rest and recharge in – so you can return to the capital with renewed vigour.

Top 10 British Hotels with Great USPs

Britain is a country of eccentricity and individuality, and this is reflected in some of its more unusual hotels. Adrian Mourby chooses ten luxury hotels, dotted around Britain.

Top 10 Pre-Christmas Breaks

For me the run-up to Christmas is as exciting as Christmas itself. Every day in December Britain office workers seem to get less and less work done as shopping, food preparation, writing Christmas cards and planning parties t...

Top 10 Places for Fun Dining

Once upon a time Britain's pubs and hotels were places where you stayed the night if you lacked friends or relatives nearby. But you certainly didn't go to a pub or hotel to eat. That's what cafés and restaurants were for. Bu...

Top 10 Hotels for Spring Watching

Everyone loves spring. Grey clouds and damp streets transform into a floral tribute to the changing seasons and, well, you just feel that little bit better for spotting some daffs in the park. So, time to treat yourself to a...

Top 10 Hotels for Country Walks

Walking is good for us. When Bill Bryson hoofed it along the Appalachian Trail, he was delighted how much wisdom he gained and how much weight he lost. Wordsworth used to tramp all day composing poems in his head and Rousseau...

10 Hotels to Live Like a Lord in 2019

Many hotels in Britain were once the homes of lords and ladies, barons and dukes. When Evelyn Waugh published his <i>Brideshead Revisited</i> in 1945 he did not believe that the English country house would survive in new post...

Top 10 Glamorous City Hotels

Come on, EVERYONE loves a bit of glam hotel in their lives every now and again. You know, with posh toiletries that you can swipe, super high thread-count sheets to wallow in and the sort of high-end service last spotted in a...

Top 10 Pre-Christmas Escapes

We all complain that Christmas seems to go on forever. It certainly starts too soon. Even before the bonfires of 5 November have fizzled out is done, department stores will be playing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"...

Britain's Quirkiest Museums

Yeah, yeah, we've all been to the National Gallery and the Science Museum but who has sampled the delights of the Cumberland Pencil Museum or engaged in the goriness of the Old Operating Theatre? Britain is crammed with compl...

Britain's Best Autumn Getaways

In the summertime hotels are bases from which we can venture out and explore the world. In the autumn, as nights get longer and we feel the first chills of winter, the British hotel becomes a place for hiding oneself away - o...

Top 10 Get-Away-From-it-All Escapes

We lead busy lives, with no escape from the trill of the mobile, the tyranny of the work email arriving on a Sunday and the commuting chaos every Monday. We all deserve a break from this, right? Course we do. So here are my t...

Britain's Best Coastal Hotels

Once upon a time summer time in Britain was synonymous with coastline for most of us. From June till the end of August steam trains delivered families to busy seaside railway stations all over Britain. I remember that the fir...

Top 10 Summer Activities for Family Fun

When it comes to fun family outings and attractions, Britons are spoilt for choice with hundreds of fabulous amusement parks, zoos, museums, historical sites and outdoor activities to wear your little tikes out. It's hard to...

Britain's Best Gourmet Hotels

There are still some countries in Europe where dining rooms hide the fact that they are part of a hotel. It's taken the Italians in particular decades to accept that one can dine well in a hotel. Even so they usually still gi...

Britain's Top 10 Cycling Hotels

Dare we utter these words… winter is over! Cyclists everywhere are abandoning their triple-therm gloves and hats, peeling off some of the lycra layers and itching to get out into the countryside for some serious biking. And e...

The Best British Pubs with Rooms

Not long ago taking a room over a pub was what the traveller did if there were no hotel or boarding house nearby. In the twenty-first century however the British pub with rooms has taken off as a place to stay. The transforma...

10 of Britain's Quirkiest Luxury Hotels

The world is far too full of cookie cutter hotels so this month we thought we would celebrate the different, the quirky and the sweetly unusual in our ten fave accommodation options round up. Who said sharing the bar with cat...

10 Must-Visit Hotels for 2018

The big transition from one year to the next is essentially an arbitrary matter. One day we are in this year and the next day we're in another but they're still just two 24 hour days. Nevertheless New Year carries huge signi...

10 of the Best New Year's Eve Hotels

Let's face it, New Year's Eve can be a terrible let down if you haven't arranged something special. Soggy mince pies at the neighbour's, anyone? Treat yourself to a great start to 2018 with a New Year's Eve getaway at a luxur...

10 of My Favourite Hotel Bars

Cocktail bars, as opposed to pubs and private drinking clubs, used to be very much a big-city phenomenon in Britain, but the modern hotel has brought what was once a very exclusive drinking experience within reach of most of...

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 festi...

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...

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 reciproca...

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...

Top 10 Places to See Glorious Floral Displays

Winter be gone! Spring is now fully fledged and in blossom, so get out there and see nature's glorious floral offerings in ten of our favourite UK gardens…

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...

Top 10 Riverside Hotels

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...

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.<br><br> T...

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...

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 o...

Top 10 Hotels To Make Christmas Shopping Fun

Christmas shopping shouldn't be a chore.<br><br> 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 th...

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. <br><br> Autumn is certainl...

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 place...

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”...

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 f...

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 afterno...

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 m...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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 buildi...

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...

10 great alternatives to airport hotels

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...

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...

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 t...

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 Twitt...

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 fo...

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in the UK

Now that New Year celebrations are becoming a distant memory and you've shaken the weariness of post-Christmas excesses, it's time to start all over again. Yes, Chinese New Year is upon us again so take a look at our round-up...

Great hotels near sporting fixtures

It's a new year, with a fabulous line up of sporting events on the calendar including the much anticipated 2015 Rugby World Cup. But why not go one better than slumping in front of the TV to watch your sporting heroes this ye...

Best hotels for Christmas Shopping

The only way to really enjoy Christmas shopping in my opinion is to book into a really good hotel and breakfast well then shop for an hour or so, come back for coffee and put your feet up before another bout of shopping ahead...

Perfect wedding venues

The summer may be a distant memory but we're willing to bet the sun, sea and sangria has gone to the heads of a fair few of you out there and you've gone and popped the question. So now you need to find somewhere to hold the...

Hotels with sea views

Brace yourself for some fresh salty air; we're off to the coast. Whether you like to rest your head at a contemporary bolthole with sleek modern styling or prefer your lodgings to be rather more traditional in their decor, in...

Dog friendly accommodation this summer

We are a nation of dog lovers so it makes sense that we would want to take our faithful Fidos on holiday with us. This is something the hotel industry is more than aware of and enlightened managers now positively welcome pooc...

Britain's Finest Tour de France hotels

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 chann...

Hotels for the half term to please the whole family

Let's face it, life is about compromise and no more so than when choosing a family weekend getaway. Mum and dad want a bit of peace and quiet, swanky hotel bedrooms with fluffy white towels, attentive staff, great food and dr...

THE TEN BEST HOTEL CONVERSIONS IN BRITAIN

Purpose-built hotels are a late nineteenth-century phenomenon. Before the word “hotel” became respectable in Britain we had public houses and coaching inns. In the twentieth century many of these were upgraded to become hote...

Britain's Finest Georgian Hotels

The Georgian era in British architecture lasted from the accession of George I, three hundred years ago, until the Regency period. Many people would claim that under the Prince Regent (later King George IV) Britain's experime...

10 Great British painter hotels

The British have been celebrating their landscape since Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds took their sketch books outside in the eighteenth century. This tradition continued during the nineteenth century with Turner and th...

The best family escapes in the West Country

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...

10 of the Best Hotels for Champagne by the Glass

Champagne has been drunk in this country for centuries but the idea of buying it by the glass really only took off with the rise of the cocktail bar in Britain's hotels. Suddenly rather than purchasing a whole bottle, it was...

Britain's Finest restaurants for Valentine's day

You have to be careful when selecting a restaurant for a romantic occasion like Valentine's Day. Yes, the food has to be great, but the surroundings, style of service, location and clientele attain even more importance than u...

Top five romantic getaways for Valentine's Day

Hooray, the most miserable month of the year is over and romantic Valentine's Day beckons. Grab yourself some brownie points with your beloved by organising a cheeky romantic break – here's my fave five luxurious hotels to wo...

The 10 Best Hotels for Visiting Scottish Distilleries

Scotland is famous for many things but “Scotch” is probably its best known calling-card around the world. Written records of Scotch whisky can be traced back to 1494 in records of King James IV's accounts, but as a local prod...

Top Ten Venues for Winter Weddings

It's a fact winter weddings can be just as romantic and spectacular as those in the height of summer. They just need a little more thought and planning. Its just as important to choose the right venue for a winter wedding as...

The Top Ten Hotels for a Stag Weekend

Gone is the time when stag nights meant the groom to be and his friends, hit the town for a booze fuelled night out, sometimes even the night before the wedding. Now grooms are looking at things more logically and taking a le...

Ten retreats for the Christmas break

Who wants to spend Christmas making beds up, cremating turkeys and following complicated Jamie Oliver recipes? If you think you have been taken for a yule fool too long, let someone else do all the hard work this year...

Ten luxury Christmas shopping breaks

Christmas shopping doesn't have to be a chore. Forget manically searching tourist-packed Oxford Street and manically fighting over the last shirt on the shelf. This year is all about retail therapy, finding the perfect city t...

Relaxing autumn and winter breaks near London

As the days shorten and the winter nights draw in, the London 9 – 5 feels more like a 5 – 9! But away from the city slog this is when Britain's glorious countryside is at its most dramatic; breathtaking sunsets, glittering de...

Britain's best hotels for a cocktail

We are living in a golden age of British cocktails. Thank goodness. I can remember twenty years ago asking for a dry martini in a British hotel and being given a glass of Martini Rosso with ice cubes. The recent triumph of th...

Ten hotels for fine wine lovers

There was a time when wine-drinking in Britain was either very expensive and shrouded in mists of snobbery, or cheap and downright unpleasant. Those of us who wrecked our student-years trying to enjoy the dreaded trio of Lieb...

Ten places to spend New Year's Eve

“What shall we do for New Year's Eve this year?” My husband asks me routinely each December. Whether you turn into a party animal or prefer quiet gatherings with loved ones come December 31, deciding where to kick off the com...

Ten cosy hotels for autumn

Britain's hotels can provide a lovely backdrop to the countryside in spring and summer but to get the most out of them it's best to visit when the nights are drawing in and you can enjoy those cosy drawing rooms, snug bars an...

10 Perfect Autumn Breaks

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...

10 Great British Literary Hotels

There is something about a good hotel that writers find irresistible. You might say it is because they need the fresh stimulus of change or that writers spend so much time occupying imaginary landscapes that they never really...

Ten of the Best City Centre Wedding Venues

Not everyone wants to escape to the country for their nuptials. Holding your wedding breakfast or civil ceremony in the heart of a town or city can be both romantic and exciting. Every city centre hotel has a “best kept secre...

Ten Venues for Twenties Themed Weddings

Long before The Great Gatsby was premièred it was setting the trend for the hottest looks in the fashion, beauty, jewellery and the wedding scene. Bridal designers created 20's style dresses, hats and accessories whilst ha...

Ten luxury Hotels visited by royals

Wherever you go in Britain you'll find plaques commemorating visits by our numerous kings and queens. These days a royal visit can be a fleeting thing bookended by car, train or helicopter arrivals and departures, but in the...

Ten Fantastic Food and Drink Attractions

With wall-to-wall celebrity chefs on TV, wine experts filling up the newspaper supplements every weekend and an increasing focus on the provenance of the food and drink we eat, it's no wonder that us Brits enjoy a day out tha...

10 of the Best Hotels for a Girly Weekend

Sometimes, you just need to get away with the girls. Leave the husband, boyfriend, kids to fend for themselves and have some time to catch up on the gossip and put time and effort into those precious friendships that can last...

Ten of the Best Father's Day Gifts

Step away from the socks. Yes, dads can be a nightmare to buy for, but why not up the ante this Father's Day and spoil yours with a day to remember? From clay pigeon shooting in the Hampshire countryside; to honing his swirl,...

Ten of the Best Hotels near Festivals

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 y...

Ten Great British Touring Hotels

We rush around so much these days I feel we have lost the sense of glamour that used to attach to road journeys. Recreate the days when touring Britain by car was an adventure rather than a way to get from A to B. This islan...

Ten Hotels to Pop the Question

One of the milestones in a couple's relationship is that precious moment when they first decide to make the commitment to spend their life together. Even when other memories have faded into the distant past, the proposal is t...

Ten Luxury Hotels for Horse Riding Holidays

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to explore beautiful Britain... on horseback. Yes, Britain is home to some of the best hacking around and with stables that cater to all abilities you could be disco...

Ten of the best resorts with a range of accommodation

There's no denying it, choosing the perfect getaway can be downright stressful. First you have to decide where to go… then there's the whole hotel/self-catering/B&B dilemma to deal with. But what if you could just select a to...

Ten of the Best British Beach Wedding Venues

If you've always dreamed of a beach wedding, you don't have to jet off to faraway places with all the hassle and expense of long haul travel as we have some stylish venues, just a pebble's throw from the beach in Britain. Wha...

Ten of the Best Spas for Anti-ageing Treatments

I'm 33 but I don't feel like it, so I sure as heck don't want to look like it. Spas that relax and rejuvenate are all well and good but if I'm worn down by work and stress, it shows all over my face. Prevention is better than...

Ten of the Best Hotels with a View

Hands up who's booked a room in a posh hotel only to fling open the curtains and find yourself gazing at a car park or fire escape. Gutted. To ensure you're only ever looking at beautiful lochs, lakes, sea, gardens, rivers or...

Top Ten Mid-Summer Wedding Venues

Rolling lawns, fragrant blossoms, picturesque lakes, gazebos and fountains and even the odd secret garden are all essentials when it comes to planning a summer wedding. But there are other things that will make your day feel...

Royal Berkshire Retreats Fit for a Princess

From the second our dashing prince presented the nation with Kate, the tides turned. Up went the bunting, out came the union jacks, Britain's streets became one big party to celebrate the fairy-tale union. Now, with the royal...

Hotels Near Britain's Finest Festivals

Does any country in the world have so many festivals per square mile? These days Britain's arts festivals run from early spring to late autumn and cover pretty much the entire country. It can sometimes seem that there are ver...

Cornwall vs Scotland for the perfect family holiday

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 st...

10 places to visit for the perfect weekend in Bristol

I'm a West country girl and grew up just 40 minutes from Bristol. Bristol has always been close to my heart. It has friendly, enthusiastic locals and a vibrant strip of bars and cafés along the Waterfront, by the River Avon....

Ten of the Best Hotels with Gorgeous Grounds and Gardens

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...

Ten Celebrity Hotel Breaks

May is the month that everyone who is anyone in the film industry will descend on the French Riviera for the 66th Cannes International Film Festival. This year, Steven Spielberg will head up the votes as new films compete to...

Ten of the Best British Beach-side Hotels

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...

Ten of the Best East Anglian Retreats

East Anglia crops up more frequently in jokes than it does vacation plans – trust me, I am a Norfolk girl! However, with dramatic coastlines, quaint villages and beautiful countryside this unique part of Britain has everythin...

The Top Ten British Island Mini Breaks

Britain is ringed by beautiful islands, many of which make an ideal spot for a relaxing mini break: there's nothing like crossing a stretch of water to make you feel like you've really got away, but there's also nothing like...

Ten Historic North Midlands Hotels

North of Birmingham rises the Peak District, an area of outstanding natural beauty - and architectural gems. It's a pleasure to motor round this landscape of farms, villages, stately homes and historic towns like Duffield, M...

Ten Places to Stay Near Water

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside - lakes, lochs and rivers, too. For, a watery theme can add a splash of something special to a holiday, whether you're heading to the countryside or the coast, romancing your honey or en...

Five of the Best Shop-Till-You-Drop Hotels

We all know Britain has some fabulous shopping destinations, and there is nothing better than shopping for the season's ‘must haves' or a special occasion outfit. However too many of us end up rushing around and choosing some...

Ten Historic Hotels in the North West

I find the northwest corner of this country is a curious mixture of three distinct areas. In the far north stands the Lake District, a hilly and desolate area until tourism took root belatedly in the early nineteenth century....

Ten Historic Hotels in the Highlands

The history of the Scottish Highlands has a very different narrative from the rest of Great Britain, even from the rest of Scotland. The clans ruled this rugged landscape for centuries, based around powerful families like the...

Five of the Best Hotels for Surfing

Make waves this summer with a British beach break that incorporates some watersports. Whether you are a beginner or a surfing enthusiast, the best resorts offer lessons, equipment hire and plenty of spots to surf, whatever th...

The Perfect Spa Treatments for Mother's Day

She carried you for nine months, she endured sleep deprivation, recorder concerts and, later, a whole world of horrendous hormonal abuse...so it's only fair that - at least once a year - you say a big thank you to your mum! B...

10 Historic Hotels along the English Riviera

Travel through Hampshire, Dorset and Devon and you rapidly leave behind those seaside resorts that owe their existence to day-trippers from London. Christchurch, Lyme Regis and Torquay are old coastal settlements along what...

10 Historic South Coast Hotels

The British seaside holiday was invented on the south coast of England when George III's family, and then the aristocracy, left London to go seabathing for their health. Once a new fashion had been created, the middle and wor...

Ten of the Best Family Retreats in Cornwall

As one of Britain's most-loved holiday destinations, Cornwall lures flocks of families to its sandy beaches, rugged coastline and rolling moors. And where once the bucket-and-spade brigades were put up in chintzy cottages and...

10 Must Visit Hotels for 2013

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 e...

Ten Hotels for a Romantic Valentine's Break

The origins of Valentine's Day go back to the Middle Ages where the tradition of courtly love flourished. The colour red has become symbol of love, as have chocolates and roses. Valentine gives lovers the opportunity to expre...

Ten Alternative Valentine's Breaks for Singles

Calling all single ladies, this year we are reclaiming Valentine's Day. My alternative guide to February 14th features everything from flowers and chocolates to diamonds and champagne... even Brad Pitt has wangled his way in....

Ten Historic Hotels in the Lake District

The Lake District wasn't always a tourist attraction. Daniel Defoe called this pastoral landscape “the wildest, most barren and frightful of any that I have passed over in England, or even Wales itself.” But by the end of th...

Ten Luxury Hotels to Celebrate a Wedding Anniversary

Whether you've been married five years or 50, it's great to acknowledge your time together and what better way to celebrate than checking in to a fabulous hotel? From treehouses for your fifth year (it represents wood!) to a...

Top Ten Hotels for the Business Traveller outside London

In recent years budget hotel chains have been keen to talk up their attractiveness to business travellers. However, anyone who has tried to prepare for an important meeting with a night on a small bed in an airless room liste...

Ten West Country Hotels of Character

For me, the West Country begins in Bath and extends down to Bristol and into Somerset. It's an area of beautiful cities and gentle countryside framed by the M4 to the north and the M5 to the west. As soon as you leave either,...

The First Few Years of Your Relationship by Hotel

From a first date in a glam hotel, via a Valentine's night in a country mansion, to a chic honeymoon off the Cornish coast, I've scoured the UK to find the ultimate romantic retreats for the early years of a relationship. Des...

Ten Active Scottish Breaks

Get active in Scotland, amid some of Britain's most beautiful scenery. Whether you want to set your pulse racing by careering down a mountain slope on a bicycle, or enjoy some quiet contemplation on a riverbank waiting for th...

Ten of the Best Hotel Bars for Seasonal Gatherings in London

The dark nights have set in and the snow has started falling but Christmas is the time for festive fun with friends. So pull on those boots, dig out that scarf and get ready to party. My essential guide to the best hotel bars...

Ten of the Best Historic Welsh Hotels

Until the nineteenth century Wales was underpopulated and undervisited. Consequently it never developed a sequence of coaching inns as in England. Tourist hotels when they came to Wales arrived with the railways, large Victor...

The Top Ten Historic Hotels on the Scottish Border

The borderland between Scotland and England takes in Hadrian's Wall, the fortified city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and many well-defended manor houses. This was for centuries a ‘No Man's Land', open, wild and dangerous as armies...

Ten Historic Hotels in East Anglia

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 pr...

Five of the Best Christmas Hotel Breaks

Christmas shouldn't be a slog. Why slave over a hot stove when you could be indulging yourself with a long lie-in and a bit of gift unwrapping before taking your seat at a well-dressed table for a slap up gourmet Christmas lu...

10 Fabulous Hotel Deals for This Winter

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...

Ten of Britain's Finest Gloucestershire Hotels

Gloucester is the UK's Cotswold County with strings of charming villages built out of this mellow limestone. The wool industry has been kind to Gloucestershire leaving behind lots of attractive, pre-industrial towns and the R...

Ten of the Best Hotels in North Yorkshire

The historic wealth of the north of England has given rise to some beautiful cities and also swathes of country houses, many of which have been converted into hotels. I used to live near the North York Moors and found explori...

The Top Ten Restaurants to Take the Kids

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...

Five of the Sexiest Places to Stay

Escape the boredom of your own bedroom at home and head for some sexier accommodation. The perfect time to forget about work, kids, pets, in-laws and spend some quality time with your other half. From four poster beds to s...

Ten Hotel Breaks for Stressed Parents

You did it! You made it through the summer! Weeks of hectic theme parks, noisy cinemas and family jaunts. Yes, the summer holidays are over. Autumn is here, the young kids back at school the older ‘kids' are back at universit...

Top Ten Escapes for Couples Under 25

You're young, free and no longer single and want to arrange a weekend away with your man, easy, right? Wrong. The UK is brilliant at many things, like cream teas and ballroom dancing, but until recently funky hotel rooms that...

Five Weekend Breaks for Aspiring Olympians

Great Britain, we did it! Our tiny little island managed to pull in 65 medals in the Olympics – and an astonishing 29 of those were gold! Our athletes are fantastic and have done us proud. But it wasn't easy; it took grit, de...

Ten of The Best Hotels in Shropshire

I find Shropshire one of England's loveliest counties. For century this green, castellated landscape was part of the Marcher Lands, border territory where Welsh armies clashed with the English king's representatives. Sending...

The Ten Best British Food Festivals and Where to Stay

The British Isles are home to many great ingredients, from beautiful diver-caught scallops to world-class lamb. Food lovers can look forward to a range of festivals in the coming months celebrating the range of great British...

The Top Ten Best Gastro Spas

Once upon a time, going to a spa was a one-way meal ticket to carrot juice and cottage cheese. You were expected to have a rumbling tummy and suffer to be beautiful. Thankfully, those days are gone. Nowadays, a trip to a spa...

Ten of Britain's Cosiest Hotels

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 pass...

Ten Welsh Hotels with Walks

To me Wales is synonymous with walking. I was once told the principality would be bigger than England if it were flattened out. Certainly there are plenty of hills to clamber up and valleys to saunter down, something that mad...

Ten 'Gold Medal' Places to Escape the Olympics

Yes, it's the moment we've all been waiting for; the Olympics are coming to London. But as the excitement builds a quarter of Londoners are frantically planning to escape the capital in search of rest and relaxation. So if th...

Ten of the Best Hotels for a Hen Do

Gone are the days of the archetypal hen night when girls staggered around town in pink tutus and L plates. Today's brides are looking for something different and choosing sophisticated breaks that will give them quality time...

The Top Ten Themed Wedding Destinations

Themed weddings are becoming more popular with couples who want to give their wedding an unusual and exclusive feel. They can reflect a couples dreams, aspirations, interests and personalities and above all can be fun! With a...

The Top Ten Hotels for a Stylish but Intimate Wedding Venue

Your wedding reception is a wonderful time for celebration when you greet and entertain your friends and family for the first time as Mr and Mrs. So, the venue you choose needs to reflect your personalities, aspirations and w...

The Top Ten National Park Hotels

Britain's national parks offer a startling variety of landscapes encompassing the countries largest mountains and broadest lakes, rolling moorlands and table-flat wetlands. For nature-lovers they're a haven, for the outward-b...

The Top Ten Resplendent Wedding Venues

Although the moment you say “I do” is the most important part of your wedding day, the place where you choose to hold the biggest party of your life to celebrate your partnership with your friends and family is just as import...

Top Ten Historic Hotels in the Midlands

Britain is full of old manor houses and monasteries that have been turned into hotels, as well as coaching inns that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Some historic hotels – like the Randolph in Oxford – were purpose...

The Ten Best Honeymoon Hotels in Britain

Your honeymoon is something you will remember for the rest of your life. The beginning of your future life together, it's a time to chill and relax and enjoy romantic and intimate moments together in an idyllic setting. So th...

Ten Great Places for a Romantic break with the Kids in Tow

The candlelit bath is running, the bed's covered in rose petals and the champagne is on ice... oh and the little one is screaming her heart out in the corner. A romantic break with the kids in tow? Impossible. Not any more,...

Ten of The Best Historic London Hotels

London's hotels are younger than many historic buildings in the city. Until the end of the nineteenth century, British hotels were often considered rather disreputable—even in the capital. But these great structures have live...

Top Ten Pet Friendly Hotels

It can be hard to find a hotel where your pet is as welcome as you are. But here I have picked out the top 10 pet friendly hotels in the UK where your dog isn't just allowed, but positively pampered. Nothing is too much for f...

The Fifteen Best Island Hotels

Britain may famously be an island nation, but even UK natives probably realise that the British Isles is in fact an archipelago containing over 6000 different offshore islands. Some may be merely a rock in the sea, some only...

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