Archive for August, 2013

Laura Ashley’s first hotel is open: so which fashion brands will follow suit?

August 3, 2013
Laura Ashley’s first hotel is open: so which fashion brands will follow suit?

Fashion-branded hotels aren’t new but Laura Ashley The Manor could create a fresh wave of interest. Which brands would you like to bed down with, and which would you roll over to avoid? Nungwi Village This week, Laura Ashley opened its first hotel. If the name, Laura Ashley The Manor, Elstree, Hertfordshire, doesn’t quite trip […]

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Portugal’s Alentejo coast: 10 best budget beach hotels and campsites

August 3, 2013
Portugal’s Alentejo coast: 10 best budget beach hotels and campsites

Strict building regulations have saved Portugal’s beautiful Alentejo coast from developers. We choose the best places to stay beachside from €9-€75 per night The beaches of Portugal’s Alentejo region are mostly part of the south-west Alentejo and Vicentina Coast natural park, making this one of Europe’s best-preserved coastlines. But while strict planning laws have restricted […]

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100 boutique hotels under £100: UK

August 3, 2013
100 boutique hotels under £100: UK

You don’t have to spend a fortune to stay somewhere fab. Here are our top chic places in the UK for under £100 a night.See hotels in Europe | the Americas | Asia and Australasia | Africa and Middle East | readers’ tips The Bear, Hay-on-Wye A quiet, three-room B&B in a former 16th-century coaching […]

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100 boutique hotels for under £100: Europe – France, Italy, Spain and Portugal

August 3, 2013
100 boutique hotels for under £100: Europe – France, Italy, Spain and Portugal

From a former coaching inn in Normandy to cool hideouts in sunny Sicily or Andalucía, here are 20 great budget boutique hotels in popular European holiday destinations.See hotels in the rest of Europe | the UK | the Americas | Asia and Australasia | Africa and Middle East | readers’ tips FRANCE Villa fol Avril […]

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The Wild Garlic, Iwerne Minster, Dorset: B&B review

August 3, 2013
The Wild Garlic, Iwerne Minster, Dorset: B&B review

The new incarnation of this Masterchef winner’s B&B and restaurant is a curate’s egg – with touches of class, but a nagging lack of character When Mat Follas won Masterchef in 2009 he opened The Wild Garlic restaurant and created a stylish studio apartment above, which I visited, and which was characterised by mid-century furnishings. […]

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Island-hopping: Greece’s Small Cyclades

August 3, 2013
Island-hopping: Greece’s Small Cyclades

A father and son visit Greece’s Small Cyclades islands, little-known compared with neighbour Naxos, and all the more charming for that I had two reasons for coming to Greece – if it makes sense to need reasons to take a late spring break in the sunny and little-visited Small Cyclades. First, to have a few […]

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Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire: towering cliffs to tackle, by foot or by boat

August 3, 2013
Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire: towering cliffs to tackle, by foot or by boat

The chalk cliffs around Flamborough – the highest in Britain – offer panoramic views and great birdwatching, while the sea is full of shipwrecks and seals The beach is deserted when I get down there, but the cliffs are alive: thousands of nesting guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes in constant motion as they feed their young. […]

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School holiday ideas: fun days out at the seaside

August 3, 2013
School holiday ideas: fun days out at the seaside

There’s more to a day at the beach than buckets and spades. Here’s our pick of great ideas for family trips to the seaside Make a sand sculpture Brighton is hosting its first Sand Sculpture festival this summer (brightonsandsculpture.co.uk, adults £6, kids £4, until 30 Sept). More than 20 world-class artists have transformed a neglected […]

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School holiday ideas: top 10 museums and attractions for kids

August 3, 2013
School holiday ideas: top 10 museums and attractions for kids

Day trips that make history fun and fascinating for kids are the order of the day at these UK museums, exhibits and attractions Read Saturday’s Guardian Travel for 100 things to do with the kids in the UK this summer Galleries of Justice, Nottingham Everyone loves a bit of gruesome history and there’s plenty of […]

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Summer holidays 2013: outdoor events in the UK

August 3, 2013
Summer holidays 2013: outdoor events in the UK

Summer’s here – at last, so here’s our pick of 10 great outdoor events including festivals, roller-skating and children’s theatre Folk by the Oak, Hertfordshire: 21 July Pack a picnic for this very civilised afternoon in the leafy grounds of a Jacobean stately home, Hatfield House. Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby tops the bill, alongside Oysterband and […]

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