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Top 5 exclusive use properties in Scotland

Top 5 exclusive use properties in Scotland

Some people are happy with just a room in a B&B or a hotel for their holidays. Others, however, require something more private and intimate, such as a cottage or an apartment. But the ultimate, bespoke holiday accommodation is a luxury property which can be hired on an exclusive use basis. This guarantees the often […]

The Norfolk wetlands

7 things you shouldn’t miss when visiting Norfolk

The East of England county of Norfolk’s charms is as broad as its famous Broads. Far from being the flatlands of the East, Norfolk is a county full of pleasant surprises, the first being that it’s the most temperate and sunny county in the UK.  Known as being the place that the British aristocracy call […]

The 3 places in the world to be stripped of their UNESCO World Heritage status

The 3 places in the world to be stripped of their UNESCO World Heritage status

The announcement today that Liverpool is being stripped of its World Heritage status will come as a huge disappointment to people throughout Merseyside and beyond. But did you know that this is not the first time the UN has used its powers to strip a site of its World Heritage status? Since UNESCO World Heritage […]

The 5 best UK cities to be an Airbnb host

The 5 best UK cities to be an Airbnb host

Analysis reveals that Bradford offers the best combination of low house prices and high Airbnb revenue. According to research by international payment experts RationalFX, it would take nine years of Airbnb income to pay off a property purchase in Bradford compared to 42 years in Luton. The study of just 27 major British cities analysed […]

Liverpool was famously the home of The Beatles and the birthpace of the Fab Four

7 things to do around lively Liverpool

Despite being the tenth-largest city in England, this vivacious area is large enough to house many diverse and wondrous indoor and outdoor attractions, and places to entice visitors to both, the city limits, as well as its wider, surrounding areas. From country estates and well-known parks to museums, ancient architecture, and the famous ferries across […]

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 […]

Top 5 high-end experiences in Scotland

Top 5 high-end experiences in Scotland

Scotland is much more than castles, whisky and tartan. It is also much more than just the Highlands. If visitors are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, there is an abundance of opportunities. For luxurious accommodation the days of rigidly formal 5-star hotels and traditional castle accommodation have gone. The investors in luxury brands […]

Pen y Fan, South Wales' highest peak

9 things to see and do in the beautiful Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons are one of Wales’ most famous mountain ranges, named after the Old Red Sandstone peaks that surge towards the skyline from the billowing ridges and valleys that make up the Brecon Beacons National Park.  This area is made up of incredible mountainous scenery, with market towns, waterfalls, quarries, and wildlife burrowed into […]

Top 10 things to do in Oxfordshire, UK

Top 10 things to do in Oxfordshire, UK

Keen historians may note Oxfordshire for its wool trade, Morris Motors and a world famous university, but this predominantly agricultural county continues to be a key player in the tourism industry as we move into the third decade of the 21st century. Sandwiched between London to the south east and Cotswolds to the north west, […]

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 […]

Short stay: Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

Short stay: Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

Ettington Park Hotel is a grand palatial house, dripping with history, built on an epic scale in 40 stately acres of rural Warwickshire on the banks of the River Stour. A long tree-lined drive gives guests arriving by car the opportunity to take in glimpses of the towers and turrets of a country house that is […]

Rothay Manor in the Lake District

Short stay: Rothay Manor, Ambleside, Lake District, UK

Rothay Manor is a wonderfully elegant Regency mansion which has become a boutique hotel at the heart of the Lake District. Privately owned by Jamie and Jenna Shails, the hotel is renowned for fine-dining going from strength to strength with Dan McGeorge creatively leading an impressive culinary team. Although the house remains true to its […]

Wild Lakeland venison

Short stay: The Black Bull, Sedbergh, Cumbria, UK

It is a journey that has brought a Japanese Thinking Bath, kokedama mossball rooted plants and potent wasabi vodka to small-town Cumbria. Nina Matsunaga, born of Japanese parents in Düsseldorf, and James Ratcliffe, born just down the dry-stone-wall-bordered road, have put Sedbergh on the foodies’ global map. Guests travel from afar for East / West […]

Short stay: The Roseate Reading, Berkshire, UK

Short stay: The Roseate Reading, Berkshire, UK

It has been some journey. Shire Hall for the County of Berkshire, completed in 1911, has become Reading’s only five star hotel, recently described as “the UK’s sexiest townhouse”. Boldly built in Queen Anne symmetrical style, facing onto Forbury Gardens and its bandstand, with a central three bay portico framed by Doric order columns, today […]

Top 5 golf hotels in Scotland

Top 5 golf hotels in Scotland

With the arrival of spring, it is time to go outdoors, enjoy nature and do it responsibly, leaving no trace behind! Paths are there to be explored on leisurely walks, long-distance trails want to be hiked and discovered. Cycling routes can be enjoyed, maybe while pedalling along on a new bicycle or even with the […]

germany neuschwanstein castle

Living legends: Europe’s top 10 palaces

Ancient architecture, lush gardens, and timeless legends: Europe’s stunningly-preserved palaces have the power to transport you back to times of opulence, intrigue and adventure – from Germany’s famed fairytale castle to a lustrous Roman palace in Croatia and a storied aristocratic mansion beside Corfu’s sparkling sea. Explore a diverse array of vibrant cultures and fascinating […]