Between the 9th and 24th of May there is a walking festival on the Isle of Wight. There are lots of events on the website. Island Cottage Holidays have a special selection of self-catering cottages and holiday homes.
It's so lovely to find a cosy little country hotel which so perfectly satisfies a guest's needs. The 15th century Black Lion Hotel, tucked in between the village green and the magnificent parish church in Long Melford, truly delighted my wife and I on our recent overnight stay there to celebrate our birthdays.
Fabulous rooms with a real wow factor (ours had a four-poster bed, bathrobes etc). Lovely ambience and atmosphere (thanks largely to the jolly general manager Michael Ruthven, who seems to be everywhere all the time). Decent locally sourced food in a stylish restaurant beside a blazing log fire. We couldn't ask for more. We give it five stars and will certainly go back. A new favourite for us.
The Black Lion Hotel,
A good homestay, interaction with local people and great stay. It is located on a ridge at Shoghi about 14 kms before shimla in a very calm area away from the city crowd with plenty of forest area and hills for outdoor activities like trekking bird watching etc.
Anandpur Road Shoghi Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Website : www.sunrisevilla.in
A beautiful secluded old hill farm, renovated in a sustainable way. Great views, comfortable, and a chance to really get away from it all. They've just been awarded a Green Tourism "Gold" rating, and have a pellet boiler and their own wind turbine.
Strong links with RSPB, WIldlife Trust, and Malewa Trust Kenya.
Sanctuary Barn, North Stainmore, CA17 4DQ.
Historic house set in dramatic sea front location available for rent.
Built by the 2nd Earl Grey as a holiday house for his family the house is over 150 years old and has survived despite being in one of the most exposed positions imaginable.
Set alongside a large man made lake in an idyllic position. It's quite isolated and the long rough access road means you cant go anywhere fast. But for anyone wanting to just chill out then this is a great place.
7665-880 Santa Clara a Velha, Portugal
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B&B accommodation of an unusually high quality just a mile or so outside Carlise in Cumbria. Architect designed house with mature gardens.
Address is Lambley Bank, Scotby, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 8BX. Website: www.willowbeck-lodge.com.
Telephone 01228 513607
Self catering cottage within the College Valley. Isolated valley within the heart of the Cheviot Hills and at the end of the Pennine Way. There is evidence of a mill dating back to the 13th century here, and the bronze age hill forts surrounding the valley attest to the antiquity of the area. Just 5 miles or so from the Scottish border. The nearest town in Wooler and the North East beaches are just 30 minutes away.
Rambling B&B establishment set on the side of a hill overlooking a large lake. Boats available for guests to use. The proprietor, Frank Mclintock, is slightly eccentric and fusses over the guests. Food is cooked on site and in so many ways you are made to feel as is if you are a guest staying with a friend. The area has a lot of wildlife and Frank is a keen birdwatcher. The remoteness and isolation will really help you to forget the outer world.
Quinta do Barranco da Estrada: 7665-880 Santa Clara a Velha, Portugalhttp://www.paradise-in-portugal.comNearest train station is at Santa Clara. Nearest airport is Faro
The best hostel I have EVER stayed in anywhere (and I've been around...)
Amazing in every way possible; really cozy, clean and comfortable hostel in a beautiful listed building on the doorstep to everything and the staff are so friendly and welcoming and really want to help you explore and enjoy a city that they love.
If you're a single traveller or small group who really wants to have a great time in Budapest (day and night) then this is the place for you.
its a Green Place To Stay Award winner for 2008. An ancient olive farm with accommodation for couples in authentically renovated stone cottages in a beautiful private setting with epic views and its totally offgrid. Abundant wildlife in this unspoilt setting overlooking the river.
The nearest bus station is Orgiva Spain
Here we are, stuck in Hendaye because of a storm and this sweet little hotel has come to our rescue. Wonderful people, comfortable rooms and Hendaye is a really sweet little place. Rooms are 50, 60, and 75 euros for one, two, and three people respectively. We are super lucky to have found this place and would definitely recommend it for a longer visit.
Hotel de la Gare
1, Rue Déportes
05 59 20 81 90
In desperate need of a break from the credit crunch doom and winter gloom and conscious of our pledge to pull in our purse strings, with a little organizing and shrewd spending we had a fabulous time in Le Marche, Italy.
We saved loads by booking a weekday flight with Ryan Air to Ancona and heading into the beautiful province of Macerata, just outside the beautiful Sibillini National Park.
To keep costs down we stayed at some excellent self catering apartments that cost under £20pp a night, and shopped locally for food. Prices for some items in the supermarkets are no cheaper than the UK, but if you shop ‘Italian’; wine, parmesan, mascarpone and bread, you get good value and good quality. The weekly markets in most towns are full of fresh, seasonal produce for creating a fantastic meal. If you want cheaper wine, buy it direct from the local cantinas. We found one in Tolentino called Il Pollenza where we bought some lovely Rosso Piceno for €1.40 per litre.
We like to go walking, and this place was ideal for short walks around town or longer, more challenging hiking in the mountains. The owners of the villa where we were staying had walking itineraries and maps we could use. We stayed in the lower snow free foothills as higher up the local ski resort was in full swing, and although we didn’t ski, at our holiday villa they had a few skis and a sledge available for guests.
One thing we did cotton on to was the fabulous bar snacks that are free if you turn up to the bar just before midday and have a small glass of Verdicchio or an aperitivo with the locals. If you drink what the locals are drinking you can save on your bar bill (beers in Italy are not cheap).
We did splash out a couple of nights on dinner. There were plenty of local places to choose from. We had the best pizza ever for €5 and another night we went to a great osteria "Scherzi parte" that served up regional Marche dishes. As we had had our free ‘starter’ at the bar before hand we skipped antipasti and had a two plates of pasta between us, which was just right, and then tucked in to the tasty grilled meats and salad. We drank the house wine at €5 per litre and finished off with a light, creamy, home made pannacotta. The bill was just over €60 for four.
Edinburgh can be an expensive place to stay, but there are some budget options available. Rooms-in-Edinburgh have over a dozen hostels that have beds from £12 a night. There are also several budget hotels which have great city centre locations and are only £50 a room.
Although Sea Isle is a great vacation town, there is a village that is virtually unknown, even to most people in Philadelphia. Cape May Point at the very southern tip of New Jersey, has gorgeous beaches surrounding a small charming village that is known worldwide for bird and butterfly migrations. A vacation at “The Point” is a vacation like no other. A quiet place for families or couples who are looking to renew their connection to nature and calm their spirit. A true holiday getaway.
The historic town of Cape May with highly rated restaurants and wonderful little shops is a mere two miles away. An early morning walk to Cape May for breakfast takes you past the Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadow, a significant birding area. As the sun comes up over the Atlantic Ocean you can watch dolphins frolicking just offshore. It may just be the most beautiful two miles of beach on the entire coast.
One of the nicest homes for rental can be found in an online search of “SeaScape Cape May Point”.
Marrakech is a madhouse (in the nicest sense) and in the middle of this hive of activity lies the Riad Kniza. As much as I loved the atmosphere of the medina it was wonderful to walk through the large woooden door and into another world. Everything about the riad was so classy, the staff were very helpful and the ambience so relaxing. I did think the riad was a tad pricey but I guess - to a degree - you get what you pay for. If ever I was to return to Marrakech this is the place I would stay at.
I definitely prefer South Goa - to the overcrowded and expensive North Goa.
We have been to Goa many times and we chose Colva on this occasion. Its very central in the South and seemed to have everything - a large beach, good bars, sports, good food and nightlife.
We hired a Private Villa that was advertised as "Last Minute Goa" on ebay in the UK.
The price per head was excellent for six people. Location was right by the beach. The standard of the Villa was superb. Well recommended. The website is aptly named SunshineGoa
Uses all-natural products and it is ecologically conscious. Ideally situated near the castle in the historic (non-raucous) part of the city. All decked with parquet flooring and antiques, it is a must. We stayed in the Jasmine Apartment but take a look at their website or call them for advice - they have many different options.
in Mala Strana on Nerudova Street leading up from Charles Bridge to the Castle.
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