Culture on the Danube

Back come our popular cruise reviews, and for the first time we are reporting on a river cruise. ‘Far from the madding crowd’ could be an apposite title for a river cruise on a luxury vessel named after the great British author Thomas Hardy, writes John Barr. When you add the romantic Blue Danube and […]

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We’re back!

After a long spell spent in the doldrums, for personal reasons, our popular travel website – – is back! As always, we will be reporting on the travel industry, with particular attention to ocean and river cruising and hotels. We will be keeping an eye open for the real travel bargains that crop up […]

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A matter of National DisTrust

I’ve been lucky enough to travel much of the world, but one place that always feels like home is Wicken Fen. If you don’t know of it, it is a patch of Cambridgeshire countryside that has been allowed to return to the state it was in before the Fens were drained. As a result, it […]

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Evie goes to Cornwall….and learns a lesson

“Make yourselves at home – and please feel free to light the log burner if you are cold,” said Farmer Richard. “Evie will probably enjoy relaxing in front of the fire of an evening.” Evie seemed to agree: she wiggled her bottom and stuck her nose gratefully into Farmer Richard’s hand, writes Robin Mead. Evie, […]

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Top five places to visit in Lisbon

Our favourite contributor, Peter Horrocks, has been exploring Lisbon, which remains Portugal’s number one attraction ahead of Funchal, Porto, Albufiera, Portimao and Lagos.
He points out that the city has grown in popularity in recent years, due to its reputation as both a gourmet centre and trendy place to be. We’ve been to Lisbon countless times, […]

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Hotel of the month – now it is a book

Over the past three years, 36 different UK properties have won our “Hotel of the Month” award. Now, the best 30 of those are to be included in a new e-book, for worldwide distribution, listing our selection of the top hotels in Britain for both UK travellers and visitors from overseas. The book – “Robin […]

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Hotel of the month: December 2014

From the outside, Glazebrook House Hotel looks like an ordinary home with nothing remarkable about it except a rather smart stone porch. Go inside, however, and you might as well step straight into the pages of Alice in Wonderland. This fairytale hotel is a newcomer to the quiet Devonshire village of South Brent, nestling beneath […]

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Hotel of the month: November 2014

History tells us that King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn honeymooned at Thornbury Castle, on the edge of the Cotswolds, and visitors can still follow in the royal couple’s footsteps by staying at the Thornbury Castle Hotel in South Gloucestershire.. Many “castle” hotels consist largely of modern additions, but Henry and Anne would doubtless still […]

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Hotel of the month: October 2014

We had good reason not to think much of the Prince Hall Country House Hotel, on Dartmoor: it was suggested that we make an inspection visit there, then the invitation was abruptly withdrawn. But we went anyway; we can’t resist a challenge, and it was quite fun to visit anonymously. We found ourselves in a very […]

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Hotel of the month: September 2014

There’s something strange about Calcot Manor, near Tetbury, in Gloucestershire. It doesn’t really look like a top-class hotel – but it just keeps on winning awards. There’s no fuss, but everything runs with smooth efficiency. And although it welcomes children, somehow you never seem to see them. More correctly known as “Calcot Manor Hotel and […]

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