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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Frankfurt city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

As someone who grew up in this city, I’m familiar with what you think you know about it: it’s dull, it’s cold, everybody talks about money, there is no subculture, no real nightlife, and why aren’t you in Berlin already?Let me stop you there. First, we are a good-humoured, friendly bunch, who are interested in […]

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San Luis Obispo, California: America’s happy valley

A few years ago my husband and I rented a bungalow in the Californian mission town of San Luis Obispo. We lived next to a firefighter and an octogenarian cowboy named Webb. There were annual block parties, potluck suppers, a coveted tomato growing prize (the champion donning a flowing silk cape, parading around our cul-de-sac). […]

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The Boot Inn, Repton, Derbyshire: hotel review

A remarkable beer find: The Boot at Repton. South Derbyshire may not have the Peak District, its literary associations and country houses, but in one area of history it thoroughly beats north Derbyshire – beer.Think hoppy beers were invented in Hackney in 2008? Think again. In the 1800s, the south Derbyshire and Staffordshire borderlands, and […]

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