Category: United Kingdom

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 […]

Unforgettable Wales

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

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 […]

Want to go dolphin watching?  Head for the Isle of Man!

Want to go dolphin watching? Head for the Isle of Man!

Following last week’s record of over 150 Bottlenose dolphins frolicking across Douglas Bay on the Isle of Man, the same pod were again spotted yesterday afternoon between Gansey and Port St Mary. This is the biggest single group seen off the Island since records began, and it is incredibly unusual for them to be sighted […]

Cookery demonstration and wine auction at the Horse and Groom, Malmesbury

Cookery demonstration and wine auction at the Horse and Groom, Malmesbury

Join award winning Michelin star chef Rob Clayton at the Horse and Groom Inn, Malmesbury, Wiltshire on 11th December 2008 for a special festive cookery demonstration followed by dinner and a classic wine auction. The evening costs just £19.95 and visitors will learn dishes such as smoked salmon cannelloni with cucumber pickle, marinated and pan […]

Privacy and passion in the Lake District

Privacy and passion in the Lake District

For couples seeking the privacy of a luxury retreat with the facilities of an award-winning hotel, the Miss Potter Suite at Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel has all the right ingredients.   Located in the Lake District – arguably one of the UK’s most romantic destinations, the luxurious Miss Potter Suite at Holbeck Ghyll boasts […]

The only two-star Michelin restaurant in Berlin

The only two-star Michelin restaurant in Berlin

The Regent Berlin’s Fischer’s Fritz Restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars for the second year running.  Led by  Chef de Cuisine Christian Lohse, one of Germany’s most prestigious chefs,  Fischer’s Fritz is a haute seafood restaurant featuring French culinary influences and fresh, locally sourced produce. And Lohse is no strange to  top-rated Michelin restaurants […]

Start 2009 as you mean to go on!

Start 2009 as you mean to go on!

New Year’s hotel offers in London and Leeds – from The Eton Collection – to make the start of 2009 go swimmingly… The Academy, London – walk to Trafalgar square to see in the New Year at the famous London countdown. Price from £232 per room which includes a full English breakfast, a late check […]

World Travel Market - is it worth it?

World Travel Market – is it worth it?

I didn’t go to the WTM this year. My reason is simply because I feel I can network with the people I need to from the comfort of my own office, rather than trekking the length of the country down to London to do so – such is the beauty of the internet. For me, […]

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