The Hafod Hotel, Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion: review

Reached by heritage steam train and sitting above a waterfall, this historic former hunting lodge inland from Aberystwyth is being smartened up by its new owners There can be few more satisfying ways of arriving at a hotel than on a tiny steam train, huffing and puffing up the side of a sumptuous Welsh valley. […]

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The Tower House, Oxford: hotel review

Oxford holidays British boltholes This altruistic B&B and restaurant funds social projects and oozes warmth and quirky charm, but the food and some of the decor need a rethink  Bedroom at the Tower House, Oxford.Photograph: Bill Brown Students are generally regarded as selfish and self-obsessed – Channel 4’s Fresh Meat made flesh. But in Oxford, […]

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10 of the UK’s best seaside towns

Falmouth, Cornwall Politicians and entrepreneurs, pirates and outlaws, Falmouth’s founding family, the Killigrews, lurched over the centuries between respectability and infamy. And though they’re long gone, Falmouth retains something of the Killigrews’ dual nature. From the town’s three beautiful beaches the dirty smudge of tankers can be seen on the horizon. Commercial ships in the […]

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The Coach House, Darley Abbey, Derby: B&B review

When I heard a new B&B had opened in my home town of Derby, I had a mental picture of the dull, dreary guesthouses in a Patrick Hamilton novel. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Walking into the Coach House, which reopened under new ownership this autumn, was more like stepping into the pages of […]

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