Archive for July, 2016

Ship me to Cornwall … a container stay on Bodmin Moor: review

July 3, 2016

A former shipping container, creatively furnished and set by a lake, makes for a secluded base to explore an unheralded part of inland Cornwall Nungwi Village It’s a terrible thing to realise you have no imagination. Last year I sailed across the Atlantic on a freighter and at no point on the voyage did I […]

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The Faroe Islands: the natural home of Nordic cuisine

July 3, 2016

Chefs in the Faroes are masters of creating magic from what they have on the doorstep, though the fermented mutton can be an acquired taste, says food stylist Mette Helbaek The Faroe Islands are beautiful in a very Scandinavian way – they’re not comforting or luxurious, but have this wild, untamed natural beauty. There are […]

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Tell us about your favourite small Mediterranean hotels for the chance to win a £200 travel voucher

July 3, 2016

A characterful, independent B&B or hotel with friendly staff and a pleasant setting can add so much to a holiday in the sun. Send us your tip and you could be on your way to a location of your choice with our prize of a £200 voucher from uk.hotels.com Nungwi Village There are lots of […]

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Finland’s sauna scene as hot as ever

July 3, 2016

Helsinki’s public saunas refused to throw in the towel to developers and are flourishing. Paul Hirons visits trendy spas and tiny shacks, and makes a dash to Lapland In the locker room of Sauna Hermanni, one of the few remaining public saunas in Helsinki, I bumped into Paul, an octogenarian who was cooling down after […]

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I’ll be damned! Beavers are Devon’s latest visitor attraction

July 3, 2016

After an absence from England of at least 500 years, beavers have been found living in the wild in east Devon. But the rodents aren’t keen on the spotlight The farmer knelt down by one of the dead sheep and pointed to the tell-tale signs of a lynx kill. “Damn rewilding experts!” he growled. “These […]

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The Red Pump Inn, Ribble Valley, Lancashire: hotel review

July 3, 2016

Stunning scenery, stylish rooms, a friendly vibe and fab food … this refurbished Clitheroe pub makes a tasteful base to explore the original Middle-earth Pop historians may beg to differ, but as anyone who has visited will tell you, there can only be one inspiration for Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven is a Place on Earth – […]

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A fairytale Europe: Europa-Park, Germany

July 3, 2016

Europa-Park is Europe’s second most popular theme park, yet little known in the UK. Which is a shame, as this fantasy version of the continent with 100 rides across 13 different lands is a blast You don’t expect to find la dolce vita in Germany’s Black Forest, but there we were, 1,000km north of the […]

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Love Paris like a local: tour the city with an insider guide

July 3, 2016

Want to find the cradle of French cuisine, the former brothel of Edward VII or where Napoleon lost his virginity? A network of locals in Paris, and cities worldwide, is guiding tourists to secret spots Georges, a retired French gendarmerie general, is waiting outside the metro station in the Parisian district of Le Sentier, eager […]

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Win a stay in a Grade II-listed Landmark Trust building

July 3, 2016

Historic buildings charity the Landmark Trust is offering Guardian Members the chance to win a stay at Anderton House in Devon. Our draw closes on 6 July Built in 1969 by Peter Aldington, a pioneering modernist architect, Anderton House is a Grade-II listed building in Barnstaple, north Devon. The house is an exceptional example of […]

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The best hotels in Portugal for under £100 a night

July 3, 2016

Pastel-coloured palaces, beach-side design hotels, family-friendly farmhouses – and all bookable for under £100 a night. Here’s a pick of Portugal’s best value stays Continue reading…

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