Category Archives: Accommodation

Five of the best quirky hostels

It’s hardly necessary to point out how far youth hostels have come in the last twenty years or so. Gone are the fly-blown sheets, the aroma of unwashed socks and the hopeless reputation for being cheap but seldom cheerful. Now, … Continue reading

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Portmeirion: a slice of Italy in Wales

Pastel-hued villas glowing in the warm spring sunshine, gently waving cypress trees, classical statues looking impassively over the piazza… All very Tuscan, you might say. Except we’re in Wales. And North Wales at that. Portmeirion was the vision of architect … Continue reading

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Stay in a modern marvel in one of the UK’s most surreal corners

The Shingle House in Dungeness is one of several lets operated by Living Architecture that let you stay in pioneering buildings at modest prices. I can thoroughly recommend it; the black concrete, sunken bathtub alone is reason enough to book. … Continue reading

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UK tree house hotels: branching out in Sussex and Somerset

Seeing as my head’s in the clouds today, I thought I’d share these two tree house hotels with you.  The luxurious Treehouse in Somerset sleeps five and has a wood-burning stove and cedar wood hot tub while the thatched Tree … Continue reading

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Five of the best: unusual places to stay

While there’s nothing wrong with good-value hotels offering identical rooms, overpriced mini bars and live entertainment that’s as bland as the carpets, it’s sometimes nice to sample something a little different. Lock your kids in a Victorian prison, yodel to … Continue reading

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