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Ibis Styles Manchester Portland review

Sunshine and showers at the ibis Styles, Manchester

My city break trips are usually a whirlwind of sightseeing, eating and drinking, where a hotel’s more a place to sleep than somewhere to spend much time in. A good city break hotel needs to be central, comfortable, clean…

Château Autignac, Languedoc, South of France

A French vineyard stay at Château Autignac

If you’ve always fancied yourself running a vineyard in the South of France by day and swanning around a stunning château by night, then Château Autignac is the place to live the dream… without having to do any of…

Chy Braya in Falmouth, Cornwall, reviewed

A Cornish winter break at Chy Braya in Falmouth

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…

The Old Rectory, Hastings

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

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

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

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…