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Dinah Hatch is a travel journalist and guidebook writer. She has reported from destinations across the world for the likes of The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Express and The Sun but since the arrival of her two children has become more interested in British travel and re-discovering the delights of the country she was born and raised in. She has since written three guidebooks for US guidebook giant Frommers; England With Your Family, Scotland With Your Family and Britain For Free. She almost always travels with her two children, aged 7 and 5, who are also her unwitting guinea pigs - and never slow to pass comment on the merits of an attraction!

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 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 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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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 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...

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 Edinburgh Restaurants

It's festival time! No, not the ones where you watch Coldplay from two miles away in the drizzle wearing your wellies and eating a £9.50 bag of chips. We mean the Edinburgh Festival, where artists, singers, comedians, actors...

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…

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 Places For Bonfire Night

Who doesn't have fond memories of writing your name in the air with a sparkler, almost losing a tooth chomping toffee apples and getting a too-hot face after standing perilously close to the bonfire? Yay, it's almost Bonfire...

Top 10 October Half Term Ideas

Oh no. It seems like we have only just completed the exhausting keep-the-kids-busy-athon that is the summer holidays and now it's almost time for October half term! Fortunately, we live in a country brimming with fun stuff to...

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 Gardens - Celebrating Capability Brown

This year we are celebrating the tercentenary of the world's most famous landscape gardener (no, not Alan Titchmarsh) and here at Britain's Finest we can think of no better way to mark the genius of Capability Brown than to s...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Enjoy the Autumn colours - our top UK garden walks

Sun tans have faded (along with all those holiday memories) and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us. It's time to pull on the walking boots, dive into your favourite woolly jumper and go on an autumn walk....

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...

Historical attractions for kids and adults alike

Everyone loves days out with the kids, but sometimes parents can overdose on zoos, amusement parks and aquariums. Here at Britain's Finest we like to think of the adults as well as the kids so we have put together some sugges...

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 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...

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...

Ten self-catering escapes for spring

Half-term holidays can drag pretty endlessly if you've nothing planned – as well I know, being a mum of two young children who need running like terriers every day and are climbing the walls after more than a few hours stuck...

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...

10 Christmas gifts they won't throw away…

Let's face it, drawing up a Christmas present list (if you're organised, at least) of what to buy everyone from great aunt Gertie to your niece's toddler can be trying at the best of times. After all, there are only so many w...

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 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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Cornwall's Top Ten Family Attractions

As if the gorgeous beaches weren't enough, Cornwall also has a whole host of children's attractions that will keep little ones busy year round. So whether you're a local looking for something a bit different at the weekend or...

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