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Short stay: Barrow Hill Barns, near Petersfield, The South Downs, UK

Short stay: Barrow Hill Barns, near Petersfield, The South Downs, UK

It is easy to see why these eight ultra-luxurious detached cottages are given five stars by Visit England. These brick and flint barn-style cottages quietly nestle in 10 peaceful acres at the heart of the South Downs National Park. Barrow Hill Barns are part of the Premier Cottages collection, where a selection of property owners
Short stay: Hotel Britania, Lisbon, Portugal

Short stay: Hotel Britania, Lisbon, Portugal

This charming Art Deco boutique hotel, set in the historic centre of Lisbon, is one of five Lisbon Heritage Hotels in Portugal’s capital, providing discrete but sophisticated luxury. The 32 room, one suite Britania, has been tastefully restored to a grandeur beyond that of its 1944 opening. Architect Cassiano Branco had originally planned the bold
5 stylish English hotels

5 stylish English hotels

These five hotels show the diversity of properties available in England. They take in coast and country as well as a tranquil base for a visit to the capital. Although these five hotels are set in contrasting environments, they are all renowned for their style, service and great food. 1. The Cary Arms and Spa,
Short stay: Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa, The New Forest, UK

Short stay: Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa, The New Forest, UK

Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa is a mere handful of New Forest acres from picturesque Brockenhurst. The 4* hotel’s 54 rooms are surrounded by some of the oldest forestry in Western Europe. This is a historic forest that has an archaic language of its own. Agisters care for 8,000 creatures – ponies, cattle and deer
Short stay: The Albion Rooms, Margate, Kent, UK

Short stay: The Albion Rooms, Margate, Kent, UK

In days gone by bands used to trash hotels. Now, The Libertines are more concerned with curating soft furnishings, paint choices and wallpaper at this seafront townhouse on Eastern Esplanade. Before The Libertines’ purchase and revamp, this was one of Margate’s worst reviewed B & Bs. Now it is the coolest of choices. Decor is
10 reasons to visit Thanet, UK

10 reasons to visit Thanet, UK

Sunning itself on the North Kent shoreline, Thanet has attracted visitors for centuries. Margate became the first British seaside resort in 1736 and pioneered the world’s first donkey rides around 1780. Whilst grand Georgian and Victorian houses and hotels were built, Ramsgate in particular, enjoyed the royal patronage of Kings and Queens, even charging the
Short stay: Bay Tree Hotel, Broadstairs, Kent, UK

Short stay: Bay Tree Hotel, Broadstairs, Kent, UK

High on Broadstairs’ Eastern Esplanade, looking down on Stone Bay’s white cliffs and golden beach, The Bay Tree Hotel has stunning views. The name comes from a bay tree flourishing in the back garden that is probably Kent’s oldest and largest specimen. After a lengthy £1 million renovation this 10 room boutique red brick hotel,
Short stay: Abbey Farm glamping, Alby, North Norfolk, UK

Short stay: Abbey Farm glamping, Alby, North Norfolk, UK

Abbey Farm takes glamping to new levels of indulgence. Look out from the private hot tub on your terrace, Abbey Farm gin in hand, to take in panoramic views of Norfolk’s big skies views. Meanwhile, in the kitchen there is dough to roll out pizzas from a Bertie’s nudja pizza kit before slipping them into
Short stay: The Eastbury Hotel and Spa, Sherborne, Dorset, UK

Short stay: The Eastbury Hotel and Spa, Sherborne, Dorset, UK

The Victorian Garden Potting Shed Suites, five gloriously indulgent creations are the latest luxurious chapter in the history of a house which dates back to 1740. Under their sedum and moss living roof the suites are stylishly contemporary and eco-friendly. The Eastbury Hotel’s mature gardens, a West in Bloom award winner, featuring shelter-giving beech and
Short stay: Burleigh Court, near Minchinhampton, Cotswolds, UK

Short stay: Burleigh Court, near Minchinhampton, Cotswolds, UK

Virginia creeper branches, as thick and sinewed as a farm worker’s thigh, grow across the weathered Cotswold stone of Burleigh Court.  This is a hidden gem, a charming country hotel with a superb restaurant, where old world charm marries with contemporary comfort. Featuring 18 rooms, this boutique hotel, looks out across Gloucestershire’s Golden Valley: named
Taking a Le Boat cruiser on the Caledonian Canal, Scotland

Taking a Le Boat cruiser on the Caledonian Canal, Scotland

Some afternoons and evenings a bagpipe lament lingers over Laggan Locks. It is not a tourism stunt. Dressed in a tartan kilt, a resident hones his musical skills. It is an appropriate soundtrack for Le Boat’s base at Laggan Locks, on the waterway that runs from Fort William on the east coast to Inverness on
Short stay: Wynford, Ambleside, Lake District, UK

Short stay: Wynford, Ambleside, Lake District, UK

With six double bedrooms, comfortably able to accommodate a dozen guests, this is the ultimate self-catering house. Stylish contemporary decoration, with Orla Kiely fabrics, makes this spacious house a luxurious place for grand reunions of family and friends. Though, in such a large house, it is always possible to find a quiet corner for a
Short stay: Whittlebury Park, Northamptonshire, UK

Short stay: Whittlebury Park, Northamptonshire, UK

Whittlebury Park is the refined late twentieth century successor to the great English country house. This time though, the contemporary nirvana, elegantly sat in 700 acres of parkland, comes with spacious rooms, instant hot-water and essential air-conditioning. Not a headless ghost, fraying Elizabethan tapestry or uneven floorboard in sight. Although the decor harks back with
7 reasons to visit Liverpool

7 reasons to visit Liverpool

Looking out across the Irish Sea and to the world beyond, Liverpool has its own take on life. In its heyday, in the early decades of the twentieth century, Liverpool was the gateway to the world. The warm and welcoming locals, the Scousers, with that unique singing accent, usually see the funny side of life.
Short stay: The Belfry Hotel and Resort, near Birmingham, UK

Short stay: The Belfry Hotel and Resort, near Birmingham, UK

The Belfry Hotel and Resort is not just a haven for golfers. Some guests, having the time of their lives, wouldn’t know the difference, in golfing terms, between an eagle and an albatross. It is a resort for all the family, for friends meeting. Though a visit to The Belfry, set in lush Warwickshire countryside
Short stay: Citadines, Barbican, London, UK

Short stay: Citadines, Barbican, London, UK

Citadines, Barbican is perfectly located for exploring London’s Culture Mile which includes the Barbican, Guild Hall School of Music & Drama, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London. Citadines offer a range of accommodation from classic rooms through to one bedroom apartments which can accommodate up to four people. As well as the