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Ten Best Hotel Walks

I don’t know about you but until recently when I stayed in a hotel I tended to just stay in it. And quite rightly so. Many British hotels are so beautiful they’re a holiday in themselves, regardless of what is going on beyond...

Britain's Finest Whisky Distilleries – and where to stay

Today a visit to a British whisky distillery – be it in Scotland, England or Wales – is a delight. Adrian Mourby takes us on a trip to ten of Britain's Finest distilleries and where you should stay during your visit.

Gardens that Sparkle at Christmas

From twinkling tunnels of lights and giant luminescent sculptures; to gently flickering fire gardens - get your much-needed festive fix at some of the UK's best Christmas garden light trails.

Britain's Pubs and Hotels are Back

Britain’s pubs and hotels are back! We’ve missed them and they’ve missed us. Here are ten of my favourites which are great fun and perfect, not just for spending the night but – in case you’re not ready to sleep away from hom...

Hotels That You and Your Dog Will Love

If you're off to the coast with your four-legged friend, you'll definitely want to stay at one of these locations! Travel writer, Natalie French picks out her top ten dog friendly hotels and pubs with rooms.

Ten of the Best Eco-Friendly Breaks

Being green is now a priority for tourists, so more sustainable and eco-friendly places are becoming available throughout Britain.

Ten of the Best Palentine's Day Breaks

Who says that 14 February has to be spent with a romantic significant other? Say goodbye to Cupid and pack a bag with your chum. This year, here at Britain's Finest, we're celebrating with our besties.

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.

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 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 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 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 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...

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...

Top 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 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.

Top 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 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...

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...

Top 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.

Top 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...

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...

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...

Five 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...

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 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...

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