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Chy Braya in Falmouth, Cornwall, reviewed
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Chy Braya in Falmouth, Cornwall, reviewed

You might think of Cornwall as a summer holiday destination, somewhere you go for surfing, sandcastle-building and pasties on the beach. But it makes for a great winter break too – think blustery coastal walks, deserted beaches, cosy pubs…

Wern Manor, North Wales
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The Larder at Wern Manor in North Wales, Reviewed

I have to admit a weakness for those property renovation TV show like Homes Under the Hammer, where people buy up old houses and renovate them. They always make me want to have a go myself. But Wern Manor…

The Old Rectory, Hastings
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The Old Rectory in Hastings, reviewed

For a proper traditional British seaside break, you really have to stay in a bed and breakfast. B&Bs are a British seaside institution, but after a few years of apartment rentals and hotel stays it’s been a while since…

The Motel One Edinburgh Royal reviewed
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Motel One Edinburgh Royal, reviewed

Normally when I’m on a city break I don’t spend much time in my hotel, and all I really need is somewhere clean, comfortable and central to sleep. I’ve tried the big brands – Premier Inn, Ibis, Tune Hotels,…

The Sea Loft in Charlestown Cornwall reviewed
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The Sea Loft in Cornwall, reviewed

From Bude in the north to Porthcurno in the south, Cornwall has some of the UK’s most stunning coastal scenery. But you can’t really call it a hidden gem – the motorway queues in the school summer holidays are…

On the Rocks villa in Ios, Greece
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On the Rocks villa in Ios, reviewed

Normally I spent lots of time researching the best places to stay, but sometimes the best holidays can be the most spontaneous ones and you come across a gem like On the Rocks. I spotted this gorgeous villa on…

The Berkeley Suites apartment hotel, Bristol
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The Berkeley Suites in Bristol, reviewed

I’m always raving about how much I love apartment rentals when I travel, but I will admit that although you gain in freedom you can lose a bit in luxury. There’s nothing particularly glamorous about making your own bed…

Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen
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The Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen, Reviewed

Although I do a lot of apartment stays, sometimes it’s nice to just check into a hotel and let someone else do everything for you. By the time I got to Copenhagen I was in serious need of relaxation,…

Magdalen Chpater Hotel in Exeter
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The Hotel du Vin in Exeter, Reviewed

Back in 1996, the Devon city of Exeter became my new home when I went to study geography at Exeter University. It was just far enough away from home, and just big enough to have lots to do without…