Category: Bed & Breakfasts

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Situated between Harrogate and York, Goldsborough Hall is a historic, 400-year-old stately home and Grade II Listed building, and former residence (and first marital home) to one of the present Queen’s aunts: HRH Princess Mary (1897-1965). After an extensive restoration, it has established itself as one of Yorkshire’s finest wedding venues but has also enjoyed a growing trade […]

Perfect Winter road tripping through Western Montana's Glacier Country

Perfect Winter road tripping through Western Montana’s Glacier Country

Montana really does winter right. Marvel over the expansive rugged terrain, crystalline lakes, majestic snow-covered mountains shimmering in the abundant sunshine, legendary Glacier National Park, and small-town charms ( such as real cowboys!) as you explore Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Winter play choices are seemingly endless with unparalleled downhill skiing (think 300+ inches of powdery […]

Discover Carmel-by-the-Sea’s hidden gems with a walkabout

Discover Carmel-by-the-Sea’s hidden gems with a walkabout

Living proof that “smaller is better”, Carmel-by-the-Sea consists of one square mile, fabulously jam-packed with 45 cozy to elegant inns, 60 scrumptious eateries, about 80 unique art galleries and even a doggie therapist! For geographically challenged tourists like myself, it’s a dream come true since once you make the scenic 120 mile drive down from […]

Rooms with a view: 6 of the best in Canada

Rooms with a view: 6 of the best in Canada

If, like me, you love water, you will always choose a hotel near a lake, river or the ocean. But that is only the beginning. Then you have to choose the right room. You need to get a room overlooking the water. Yes, it costs a few pounds more than looking over the city or, […]

5 of the most beautiful ryokan in Japan

5 of the most beautiful ryokan in Japan

Ryokan, or Japanese-style inns, epitomise Japan’s traditional minimalist aesthetic. Japanese architecture and interior design is intimately connected with Zen principles, eschewing unnecessary features in favour of exquisite simplicity. Flashy is not a word in the Japanese vocabulary. Given this, it should not be surprising that the set of criteria by which a ryokan’s quality is […]

3 variations on Cape Cod's luxury B&Bs

3 variations on Cape Cod’s luxury B&Bs

If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air Quaint little villages here and there You’re sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod The singer Patti Page had not yet visited Massachusetts’s seaside haven when she made this ode to the Cape a hit in the 1950s. Today the island’s sand dunes remain […]

3 stunning boutique hotels for an Asian honeymoon

3 stunning boutique hotels for an Asian honeymoon

Asia is a vast and beautiful continent, one which is veiled with hidden gems to entice the curious traveller. And for the adventurous honeymooning couple, Asia is full of romance and surprise. But to get the best out of your honeymoon, skip the executive suite in your favourite luxury hotel chain – and opt for […]

3 luxury retreats in South Africa's rugged North West

3 luxury retreats in South Africa’s rugged North West

Flanked by the Kalahari Desert and Magaliesberg mountain range, South Africa’s North West province is famous for its rugged hills and vast plains of untamed African bushveld. This malaria-free region is within easy reach of Johannesburg and makes a convenient escape from the city. And with its sophisticated collection of luxury accommodation, there is no […]

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Originally from Wisconsin in the USA, Tim has lived full-time in Khon Kaen, Thailand since 2007. After a short stint as a legislative assistant, he gave up the 9-5 to become a travel writer-photographer and has since written or co-written over two dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet and other publishers covering destinations as diverse as […]

Top 10 luxury ryokans in Japan

Top 10 luxury ryokans in Japan

Ryokans are the last word in luxury rest and relaxation in Japan. They are traditional style inns devoted to fine ‘kaiseki’ traditional food, hot spring baths and the simple pleasures of life as it was lived before Japan hurtled into the slick, metallic 21st Century. Cedarwood baths, the poignant smell of tatami mat rooms, ornamental […]

Top 3 beachfront destinations in Cape Town

Top 3 beachfront destinations in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world. The expansive coastline is a visual feast of craggy mountains, secluded coves, long stretches of white sandy beaches, and barrelling waves. There are many splendid seaside suburbs worth visiting, so we’ve rounded up our top 3 beachfront haunts to make your decision […]

Short stay: Canowindra B&B, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Canowindra B&B, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Run by Rick and Georgie de Boer (son-in-law and daughter to the owners of Peinmore House next door), Canowindra B&B lies on the outskirts of Portree on the Isle of Skye. This luxury bed and breakfast is overlooked by Ben Tianavaig with stunning views of the Cuillin mountain range to the south and the Old […]

Short stay: Lochsie, Peinmore House, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Lochsie, Peinmore House, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Owned and very ably run by Don and Margaret Greer since 2007, Peinmore House is a beautifully kept B&B that can be found by following a signpost to the Braes on the outskirts of Portree. From this peaceful location, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Cuillins to the south and the distinctive Old Man […]

Short stay: Arisaig House, Invernessshire, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Arisaig House, Invernessshire, Scotland, UK

Arisaig House is very much a family operation (led by Peter and Sarah Winnington-Ingham), perfectly situated for exploring the West Highlands. From here, you can also easily reach the islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, explore Knoydart, or venture north towards Skye. The house dates back to 1864 but was transformed in the 1930s. […]

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Three Glens, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK

At the start of our mountain bike / island hop adventure in Scotland, we stayed at the Three Glens – an eco-getaway in unspoiled Dumfriesshire, overlooking the village of Moniaive and with beautiful 360-degree views of rolling green hills. This luxury eco house benefits from ground source and solar thermal heating, with an air heat […]

5 reasons to do Downtown Napa

5 reasons to do Downtown Napa

So much wine, so little time. The Napa Valley is synonymous with wine – good wine. You can’t taste it all, but you can taste smart. So break the wine country mold, ditch the need for a designated driver and and do Downtown Napa. In case you needed them, here are five good reasons to […]

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