We've just spent four nights at Five Acre View and it was simply wonderful. A big kitchen/communal area, a sun trap garden with views to die for and recently refurbished rooms (also with the view).
Very family orientated, dogs welcome (they get a sausage each for breakfast) it is the perfect place to explore the North York Moors.
The Belfast taxi tour takes in the history of the troubles, the murals, the peace wall and the areas of significance. As an Englishman visiting Belfast for the first time this was by far the most striking, memorable and humbling part of our trip. All driver-guides have been involved in the troubles from a political or paramilitary standpoint in some way. Hearing from them firsthand, in an unbiased and even-handed manner, the rich detail of such recent struggles and resolutions is worth every penny.
Taxi tours are easily bookable through the tourist office.
Cafe Sereno is a small family owned business on Albany road that does great food, is fully licenced and has a fabulous beer garden. It’s open all day until 10pm and is ideal for a quick snack, coffee, pint or a romantic evening meal. It’s also available for bookings. They always have special offers and meal deals available which makes it very reasonably priced. Child friendly.
68 Albany road,
Cafe Sereno does great breakfasts, dinners and snacks. I eat there a lot, and have yet to be disappointed. Great atmosphere, food and service. The main meals have a great Italian touch - the meatballs have to be tasted to be believed.
If you can't face legions of beered-up teenagers swaying around the Bigg Market or Quayside then head along the Tyne to where the Ouse flows into the river. It's little more than a stream but, starting at the Free Trade pub up on the bank and following the path towards Armstrong Bridge, you can take in a handful of unspoilt boozers including The Tyne bar, The Ship, The Cluny and finally - and most fantastically - the Cumberland.
You can get a special bus from Central Station or take the Metro to Byker and walk.
A great walk with everything: country lanes, steep ascents, fantastic views from the top of the Ingleborough, a pub for lunch halfway, and a spectacular finale over Twistleton Scars and down the waterfall walks.
30 miles from Skipton on A65 towards M6, park at Ingelton
Guide to walk at www.seanliquorish.co.uk/blog/?p=14
For self-catering accommodation in Newquay, try booking through Lifestyle Holiday Lettings.
They have a good range of high quality properties to choose from.
They were very friendly and easy to book with. A good service all round.
We got an amazing deal on a short winter break and stayed in a fab place, with views to die for.
Start off at Bill's Produce Store on North Road, where you can enjoy colourful platefuls of homemade pizza, quiche and salad in a huge room lined with delicious-looking preserves, pickles and other goodies. You'll be near North Laine now, so go for a post-lunch potter amongst the shops selling anything from vegetarian shoes to kooky sex toys.
If you have any space left after Bill's, a visit to the Bar du Chocolat on Middle Street is a must. Run by the iconic Brighton confectioners Choccywoccydoodah (Duke Street), the hot chocolate is top rate. For one last gastronomic treat, make sure you book a table at Terre a Terre, one of the top vegetarian restaurants in the country, and one of the few to serve up 'haute cuisine' vegetarian food. After all that indulgence, Sunday morning can be a bracing walk along the seafront towards Hove, past the dejected looking West Pier and towards the ice-cream coloured beach huts.
Try Bill's Produce Store for a spot of lunch. It’s ‘the in place’ at the moment but it still feels very genuine. Good prices, friendly service. The North Laines area is also worth a visit particularly for last-minute funky presents. The new library building should also be seen (Carluccio’s café and shop is just around the corner too).
I went to Bamburgh after winning a luxury break - I love this part of England and was quite excited at being told I would be staying in a five-star cottage. I didn't really expect it to live up to the blurb on the website but was pleasantly surprised at the farm and outbuilding conversion which was down a single lane track about one mile from Bamburgh Castle.
When we got there the staff were still tidying the place inside and my husband was all of a quiver when one of the girls said her name was Tatiana. The inside of the cottage was a complete surprise as it was like being in a very swish hotel with ultra modern decor, flat screen televisions, a superb fitted kitchen and everything was of the highest quality. There was milk in the fridge, a bottle of wine in the rack, fresh flowers and a welcome box which contained local honey, jam, marmalade, shortbread and a lovely homemade fruitcake.
The place and its situation was a complete dream. The area is one of outstanding beauty and I can only urge people to go and stay at one of these fantastic cottages. I will be going back next year as it was so luxurious.
PS. The butcher in Bamburgh sells the best fillet steak and Scotch pies that I have ever had.
Newport is a small Pembrokeshire coastal town located within Pembrokeshire National Park, Britain’s only coastal national park. The surrounding scenery is stunning and Newport is a great access point to the Pembrokeshire Coastal path. The town itself is very small but has enough restaurants and pubs to allow you to dine in a different place each evening on a week’s holiday. We particularly enjoyed Llys Meddyg and Mochyn Drwg - most towns of this size would struggle to have one restaurant of this quality. We stayed at a lovely comfortable cottage called Bury Bach just outside town.
Pubs-wise, the Wellington Inn, Spring Bank Tavern, Black Boy, Ye Olde White Hart and Walters are all good for their real ale and atmospheres. Tourist-wise, The Deep is excellent and a walk around the old town area and museums is worth doing. The Ferens art gallery is pretty good and often has decent visiting exhibitions on. Food-wise the city centre is bit rubbish, but pizzas made by the crazy Italian bloke in the Trinity Market are cheap and filling.
Nearest station is Hull Interchange for buses and trains. The tourist website www.realyorkshire.co.uk has got a decent selection of ideas
We stayed in a lovely farm cottage at Totley Bents for the week. The cottage was situated on the edge of the Peak District on a working farm. We went walking in Hathersage and Castleton, had some brilliant drives along lovely purple/brown moors, and went into Sheffield for some retail therapy.
The decor and facilities were excellent (fresh flowers in the living room), and we had lovely views from the windows. We also had some brilliant local walks with spectacular scenery, and there was a lovely local pub just a stone's throw away for the much needed pint after roaming the countryside.
The owners (Ian and Ann) were really helpful and welcoming. All in all, this was an excellent relaxing place to stay and I can't wait to go again in the winter months to try out the log-burning fire-stove.
Ian and Ann
Tel: 0114 236 7806
It's a walk from Ladybower Reservoir to near Baslow in aid of Edale Mountain Rescue. The walk is along the nine main edges in the valley. A great view and day out for a great cause.
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