Quintessential châteaux under £150
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Quintessential châteaux under £150

By Alastair sawday

The château is one of the defining images of France. Once the exclusive preserve of the rich and powerful, you can now explore their grandeur, and they’re surprisingly affordable. Here are five of our favourites for stays that mix history… Continue reading >

Five of our favourite boutique hotels
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Five of our favourite boutique hotels

By Chris Elmes

Although the word ’boutique’ can suggest cuteness and exclusivity, at its best it represents a shift towards places where creative owners let their personalities shine. Rooms are often named rather than numbered, gloomy hotel bars are replaced by friendly communal… Continue reading >

Europe’s best secret beaches
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Europe’s best secret beaches

By Ella Perryman

Few holiday moments are more disheartening than arriving at a beach where you can’t see the sand for the sun loungers. In search of places to swap swimming pool cacophony for whispering surf, we asked our owners and the team… Continue reading >

Four reasons to visit Sardinia
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Four reasons to visit Sardinia

By Tessa Glover

Sardinia is an island famed for turquoise water and beautiful, glossy beaches. It’s also full of surprises. Inland, life goes on as it has for thousands of years. In spring, the island is carpeted with wildflowers and the uninhabited mountains,… Continue reading >

Four great places you’ve probably never heard of – issue two
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Four great places you’ve probably never heard of – issue two

By Ella Perryman

The first edition was in our top three most popular posts of 2018, and so here’s the next round up – there’s an ancient city that’s been dubbed the new Sintra, an incredible desert that you won’t believe is in… Continue reading >

The science of water
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The science of water

By Tessa Glover

“One of the many possible ways to describe life would be as a series of encounters with various bodies of water. Time spent in, on, under, or near water interspersed with the periods spent thinking about where, when, and how… Continue reading >

Six pubs for a romantic weekend away
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Six pubs for a romantic weekend away

By Ella Perryman

Money can’t buy you love, but it can get you a cosy room for two in a beautiful country inn. Everything is taken care of so you can spend a perfect few days hiking the hills, soaking in a deep… Continue reading >

Our favourite pubs with rooms for winter
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Our favourite pubs with rooms for winter

By Ella Perryman

When we inspect a potential new inn, we look for all the little touches that make you feel at home. That friendly face at the bar, the big roaring fire, home-cooked food, and supremely comfortable rooms. Here are four of… Continue reading >

Four great places you’ve probably never heard of
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Four great places you’ve probably never heard of

By Chris Elmes

Heading for somewhere you’ve never heard of is a bit of a risk. There’s equal chance that you uncover a hidden gem or find out that there’s a good reason nobody ever recommended the place to you. It’s tempting to… Continue reading >

Four amazing micro-adventures around the UK
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Four amazing micro-adventures around the UK

By Ella Perryman

It’s amazing what you can fit into a couple of days away if you plan it right. With just a few well-chosen stops you can turn a weekend into what we like to call a Micro-adventure. Here’s a roundup of… Continue reading >