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Top 10 Private Dining Rooms in England

Adrian Mourby gives us the lowdown of England's top 10 private dining rooms found in hotels or pubs with rooms, which savour the best of both worlds: privacy and fine dining.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 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...

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...

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...

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 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"...

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 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...

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...

Ten Places to Stay Near Country Shows

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 mo...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

10 Places for a Romantic Rendezvous in Edinburgh

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 turr...

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...

Wedding Trends for 2019

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 re...

Top 10 Eco-Inspired Breaks Across Britain

If you're starting to consider the impact that your holiday has on the environment, you're not alone. More and more of us are opting for more sustainable travel these days but some of us are still left a bit unsure as to how...

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.

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