Category: United Kingdom

Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout, near Crieff, Scotland

Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout, near Crieff, Scotland

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of witnessing a wonderful natural phenomenon in central Scotland – a salmon leap up a waterfall on the River Almond, near Crieff.   I had read about the relatively little-known location of Buchanty Spout and understood that the season for observing  salmon leaping in the UK  was September and […]

The Royal Hotel, Bath

The Royal Hotel, Bath

With over 150 years of history and close to all of Bath’s leading attractions, this Georgian hotel has been completely refurbished. The Royal has 31 bedrooms, including two with four-poster beds,  and has an established reputation for the quality of its food and friendly atmosphere. Dinner, bed and breakfast in one of the new superior […]

Halloween scares for the whole family

Halloween scares for the whole family

Don’t miss out on a whole range of spooky events, activities and scary places to stay in England this year. It’s a great opportunity to take the family to something different during the October half term. Among the Halloween events across the county, there are the following taking place: 20th-28th October – become a Ghost […]

An opportunity to see the treasures of Tutankhamun in London

An opportunity to see the treasures of Tutankhamun in London

Don’t miss one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions in London this year. Marking the first time the treasures of Tutankhamun have visited  the city  in over 30 years, the celebrated Pharaoh and other Valley of the Kings ancestors will visit London on the 15th November 2007. Over 2 million visitors are expected to apply […]

MAXjet turns two

MAXjet turns two

The business class only airline MAXjet turns two today and is celebrating the occasion with a second anniversary sale.   One way prices to/from London Stansted start from $499/ £279 for New York, $599/ £329 for Los Angeles, and $599/ £329 for Las Vegas, plus taxes of course.   The lowest fares are only available […]

One for the oldies reading

One for the oldies reading

I’ve seen a similar promotion from Malmaison before: book for a stay between 19th and 28th October 2007, and you’ll get your age as a percentage taken from your room rate.   For example, if you’re 65, you’ll receive 65% off your room only price.   Not such a great  offer if you’re in your […]

Free Champagne from the AA Best Small Hotel Group of the Year 2007-8

Free Champagne from the AA Best Small Hotel Group of the Year 2007-8

Red Carnation Hotels are proud to have been awarded the AA “Best Small Hotel Group of the Year 2007-8″, and they’re sharing their good fortune with their guests! Simply book a two night weekend stay at any of their 6 central London properties and celebrate with them, with a chilled bottle of Champagne on arrival, […]

Some people just don't 'get' the internet!

Some people just don’t ‘get’ the internet!

I recently read a newspaper article about The New White Lion at Llandovery in Wales and thought I would check them out with a view to a short stay with my family later this month.   The first thing that strikes me is that there’s an air of quality about the site, a nice choice […]

London Hilton Park Lane and Galvin at Windows

London Hilton Park Lane and Galvin at Windows

At the London Hilton Park Lane, you can enjoy majestic views of Hyde Park and the London skyline whilst being in easy reach of the shopping havens that are Bond Street and Knightsbridge.   Unwind and pamper yourself by taking advantage of the excellent onsite health club, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms.   At […]

Bugatti Veyron of the sea

Bugatti Veyron of the sea

Described as a ‘supercar on water’ and the ‘Bugatti Veyron of the sea’, the XSR48 is a 48-foot luxury powerboat with two  bi-turbo diesel engines which output 1,600 horsepower. Its carbon-fibre hull/deck structure is based on an F1 style monocoque right through to the cockpit and dashboard. The designers  behind the vessel  include Fabio Buzzi, […]

Venue Autumn Escapes from De Vere

Whether it’s an overdue reunion with friends, a special family occasion, or simply about time you visited that certain town or city,  De Vere‘s  new autumn offers mean that now there’s no excuse. Promo code: VAE (Venue Autumn Escapes).

A knock-out wedding?

A knock-out wedding?

One of the most luxurious hotels in my neck of the woods – the Sharrow Bay Hotel overlooking Ullswater – has been in the news today because of a dispute at a wedding held there last July. It was certainly a memorable day, but not for the right reasons –  the bride was left with […]

Oh no, not again...

Oh no, not again…

Oh dear… it’s that time of year again.   Excuse me if I take a rest from blogging today.   Shortly I shall be heading into Newcastle-upon-Tyne to take my place on the start line of the Great North Run, billed as the largest half marathon in the world.   This has become a bit […]

The most technologically-advanced bar in the world?

The most technologically-advanced bar in the world?

twentyfour london (argh… it’s a bit of a pet hate of mine when people use all lower case like that) is a bar and nightclub that opened near Oxford Circus in central London earlier this month.   But this is a bar with a dramatic difference where the walls take varying forms according to your […]

Recipe of the week: Fillet of Scottish Beef, cep mushrooms, potato fondant, salsify and Madeira truffle sauce

Recipe of the week: Fillet of Scottish Beef, cep mushrooms, potato fondant, salsify and Madeira truffle sauce

Ingredients: • 4x Fillet Steaks • 4x Sticks Salsify • 12x Baby Onions • 6x Cep Mushrooms • 4x Potato Fondants • 4x Jerusalem Artichokes • 300ml Madeira Sauce Madeira Sauce: • 500gm Beef Trimmings (sautéed) Add • 1x Clove Garlic • 1x Bay Leaf • ½ Carrot • 1x Celery Stick • ½ x […]

Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels in the World

Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels in the World

Terry Knealing has dropped me a note to draw my attention to his top 10 choices for small luxury hotels worldwide over at LifeOnTop.com.   For the purposes of his list, small hotels are defined  as ones that  have less than 125 guest rooms and suites (so not necessarily all that small!) Here goes: Oberoi […]

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