Category: Europe

Valentines at Combe House, Honiton, Devon

For a very special treat this Valentines, book the weekend at Combe House, a wildly romantic Elizabethan manor hotel on a huge, secluded Devon country estate near Exeter. Couples can chose to stay in the main house or a beautifully restored thatched cottage for two hidden in the woods at the entrance to the mile […]

17th Century Italian olive mill restored as holiday home

17th Century Italian olive mill restored as holiday home

Masseria Il Trappeto is a sensitively restored 17th century olive mill just 1km from Ostuni (“La Citta Bianca”) and set in an ancient olive grove from which it produces its own oil. Some of the trees were planted by the ancient Greeks 2,000 years ago, when southern Italy was Magna Graecia. Il Trappeto offers a […]

Win a luxury short break in North Wales

Win a luxury short break in North Wales

Allow me to don my UKhotel.com hat for a brief moment (for those that don’t know, UKhotel is a site run by the company where I am a Director).   As of 2009, we have started running monthly competitions on the site giving our visitors the chance to win a two-night stay in a luxury […]

Discover the flavours of Mallorca

Discover the flavours of Mallorca

New for 2009, Hotel L’Avenida, Mallorca’s chic eight-bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of Soller on the island’s North West coast, is introducing a ‘Flavours of Mallorca’ cookery and foodie weekend throughout February, March and October 2009. The cookery weekends, based at the converted, century old Modernist style private mansion in the heart of the […]

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

In a bid to banish the post-Christmas blues, VisitScotland is launching The Scottish Snowdrop Festival in a blaze of white.   Visitors are invited to blow away the cobwebs by visiting 46 gardens across the country, some of which open exclusively for the event. Participating properties range from majestic castles and classic country estates to […]

Paying less for luxury in the UK

I’m pleased to be able to announce that we’ve converted our long-established  UK hotel site into a UK hotel comparison service.   Currently the site is able to search availability with Active Hotels, LateRooms and Superbreak (with more being added as I type) and return the best price.   Sometimes there is little difference but […]

A bumper year for tourism in the UK?

While many people have financial concerns about the year ahead, it could just be that it’ll be a great year for those working in the UK tourism industry.   With the pound weaker than ever against the euro, not only is it more prohibitive for UK holidaymakers to travel overseas, but the UK is also […]

Power to the pedal in the Lake District

Power to the pedal in the Lake District

Cumbria is arguably Britain’s number one cycling and mountain biking destination and for good reason. With quiet country lanes and hundreds of miles of off-road trails covering everything from easy rides to severe mountain challenges, there is something to suit all abilities. The Lake District also boasts dramatic natural scenery punctuated with pretty villages, plenty […]

Save up to 50% off stylish festive family breaks

Save up to 50% off stylish festive family breaks

From starring roles on Channel 4′s Grand Designs to boutique barns and seaside chic retreats,  Baby Friendly Boltholes has discounts of up to 50% off family-friendly designer cottages and boutique hotels this Christmas and New Year. The best deals include: Grand Designs Star in New Forest for Xmas or New Year from £175 a Night […]

Taychreggan, Scotland

Taychreggan, Scotland

Taychreggan, situated in a prime location on the beautiful banks of Loch Awe, near Oban, underwent a major refurbishment challenge this year to modernise and upgrade its facilities. Working with architects, plans were drawn up to reveal the 300 year old drover inn’s roots. Exposed sections of original wall and period correct pieces were restored […]

The Bertinet Kitchen, Bath

Bath is home to The Bertinet Kitchen, a superb cookery school where enthusiasts can learn from experienced chefs. Set up in 2005 by French baker, Richard Bertinet, the purpose-built school runs a range of relaxed and fun demonstrations and hands-on classes for food lovers of all abilities. The Bertinet Kitchen recently won the ‘Tourism Experience […]

Test your taste buds in Iceland

Iceland’s most notorious delicacy hákarl (rotten shark) may have made Gordon Ramsay‘s stomach turn on the The F-Word but curious foodies can sample some for themselves from 25th January  to 23rd  February 2009 during Thorrablot – Iceland’s annual mid-winter Viking feast. Join the locals for the month-long festivities and try unusual Viking dishes such as […]

Unforgettable Wales

Parts I and II of an incredible visual insight into Wales.  

The changing face of Rhodes

The changing face of Rhodes

New hotels and additional flights are set to give the Greek island of Rhodes a bumper 2009. It is continuing to shed its party image and building a more luxury focused tourism; the island will have four new five star hotels opening next year.   The new hotels opening in 2009 include the eagerly awaited […]

Celebrate the 12 days of Mal

Get more Mal for your money this Christmas, from the 18th to 29th December 2008. Malmaison is celebrating the festive season by offering 12 hotels of its hotels at significantly reduced rates (from just £49 per night, in fact!). For more information, see their 12 days of Mal page.

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

This exceptional Michelin-starred restaurant recently picked up the gold award for Taste of The South West, at South West Tourism‘s Excellence Awards last month. The Harrow‘s menu is finely crafted with fresh sustainable produce from around the UK. At present The Harrow is running a special 5 course tasting lunch with two glasses of wine […]

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