Monkton Wyld Court is an environmental education centre that does family activity holidays, B&B and retreats. It's a beautiful place and ideal for anyone wanting a break with a difference. Guests stay in the Victorian Gothic house which has wonderful original features and overlooks the terraced lawns and Dorset countryside. The gardens are abundant with wildlife, we saw a baby deer just yards from us and at dusk sat in the courtyard sipping wine and watching some rare bats fly in and out of the buildings. B&B is reasonable (£26) and it's great for walks to the coast and sight seeing. The place is very relaxed and family-friendly. Our kids loved playing in the gardens and finding all the tree houses and swings. Food is wholesome organic veggie served fresh from the garden. Couldn't recommend it more highly. Beats stuffy old guest houses!
Axminster is nearest staion
01297 560342 to book.
Travelling student budget accommodation on a horse farm in west Wales. Close to the sea with superb views. Coastal paths to enjoy.
Three miles from Aberaeron, fifteen miles from Aberystwyth. Train and bus services available.
Clean and comfortable converted stables. Sleeps up to four. Full of character, £15 pp/pn.
Very helpful, responsive and efficient company offering self-catering accommodation in the Lake District. We enjoyed our stay at High Spy in Keswick, a nice flat ideally located for the town and surrounding attractions.
Hotel Brunnenhof is one of many OK hotels south of Central station. It's clean and pleasant with very comfortable beds, varied breakfasts and free internet access. Their website makes booking easy. About 96 a night for a double.
D- 80336 München
Tel. +49 (0)89 54510-0
Hotel in Marseille right on the Old Port. Apparently a two-star hotel but there was nothing to indicate to us that it was in any way different to a three-star hotel. Seemingly for a few euro more you can get a room facing the port. Friendly and great location.
Accommodation in Panier area of Marseille.
Probably equivalent of a B&B but good value for Marseille. All rooms are individually decorated.
2, impasse Sainte-Françoise - 13002 Marseille very near Vieille Charite in Le Panier.
We were in Buenos Aires over New Year and the apartment is in a fantastic location for the city centre, close to Plaza San Martin and the subte (metro) and buses, and the Galerias Pacifico shopping centre in the opposite direction.
Even though it's on one of the main shopping streets, it's still relatively quiet as it's a few floors up and there's a concierge service to the block. The booking agent and the owners were really helpful, too. Here's a tip, though; if you speak to the owners Juan or his son Vicente, make sure you mention River Plate if you're going to talk football - they're definitely not Boca fans. It's only £150 per week (one bedroom, self-catering) and very clean/tidy with all necessary amenities. Oh, and it's opposite what used to be the Buenos Aires branch of Harrods.
It's in a block near the corner of Florida and Paraguay (nearest metro Plaza San Martin)
Letting agency telephone number: +541148765000
Set up 14 years ago by Vassilis Gialamarakis (ex Strathclyde University) this fabulous four-star hotel caters for independent travellers aged 20-80 with the bulk of guests aged 35-65 years. The fare is half board and the evening meals are wonderful.
Stay at La Coralina. The owner is most hospitable, there's a baby monkey onsite, it's home to a fun deck, and the views can't be beat.
Book a catamaran tour with Catamaran Tours: the captain will take good care of you, the snorkeling is excellent, and you'll most likely spot dolphins.
Book Erwin for a personal tour: Erwin has the best stories in the world. Plus he knows the islands and their inhabitants inside and out.
Stay at the Coffee Estate Inn: the owners are a little difficult, but they run a top-notch operation (fresh coffee, homemade breads, flower arrangements, amazing view, etc).
Eat at the Panamonte Inn in the fireplace room: nice ambience, the people watching is decent, and they serve great food for the money.
Drive to Cerro Punto and walk the trails in La Amistad National Park.
La Estancia is a hotel in Panama City. It's not amazing, but it's a good value, located away from downtown (a good thing), close to the national airport, the service is good, and there's a travel agency onsite.
Canopy Lodge is located in Soberania National Park, a 30-minute drive from Panama City. It's a former radar/observation tower turned into a hotel catering to birdwatchers. I recommend it because it's an opportunity to stay in a tower in the middle of the rainforest, and the views are amazing. I'm not into birdwatching, but I understand that this place is the ne plus ultra for those who are into it.
Inn at Delhi is a new luxury bed and breakfast in New Delhi.
We stayed there for three nights and absolutely loved the place. It is nestled in a place called Anand Niketan - right next to the embassy area. It is surrounded by three parks.
We loved it because:
- Rooms were larger than most accommodations which we have stayed in previous travels to Delhi. We import goods from India and therefore travel frequently.
- Surrounded by parks - good to de-stress after a day's work in chaotic Delhi.
- Excellent breakfast
A relaxed farmstead one hour’s drive from Salta on the outskirts of sleepy town Coronel Moldes. Owned by Carlos and Valeria Lewis. We spent three days riding their horses and enjoying the surrounding views of the Dique Cabra Corral and El Fuerte mountains. The couple keep goats and Valeria has won many slow food awards for her outstanding goat’s cheese – a welcome respite for two vegetarians visiting Argentina…
Accommodation consists of simply furnished bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms overlooking the garden.
Carlos has created the only tobacco museum in Argentina full of artefacts and is passionate about the history of the plant. He was endlessly helpful and nothing seemed to be too much effort to arrange. The family could not have been more hospitable and friendly and when we next visit north-west Argentina we will most definitely be staying here again.
A family-run four-star hotel right on the edge of the lake. Large comfortable rooms; wonderful lake views; great food and welcoming and helpful owners.
Fly or take the train to Milan or Como; use the public boat or bus service to reach Tremezzo
Here is a delightful farmhouse with self-contained accommodation big enough for two families, as well as two B&B rooms in the family's main house. David Sturge is English and his wife is German, so English is definitely spoken!
You can stay for many types of craft weeks or just for a holiday in a pretty village in nice countryside. Besides cycling, walking, visiting castles, etc. Dresden and Leipzig are within easy reach.
The owners have carefully renovated the farmhouse themselves using ecologically sound materials and methods. Constanze Sturge's paintings hang on the walls, and there are fresh flowers in the rooms. The house for rent has its own sunny garden and the farmhouse is in a big garden.
A great place for any group or combination of travellers to enjoy this undiscovered part of Germany - and the prices are very reasonable even at today's euro exchange rate.
Birgitta from Sweden has a really cute house in central Soller, where she rents out simple but very tasteful rooms. I was recommended by a friend (it's not an official B&B, they just rent out to friends). Beds are brand new, linen freshly white and the view is quite breathtaking. And there's wireless internet. AND she's the cutest lady you can imagine.
It's on the main shopping street in Soller, c/ Luna 119. Write a nice email to Birgitta at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'm sure you'll be welcome.
We stayed for two nights on our way to Koh Samui and Koh Tao. We're a married couple in our 30s and wanted a nice clean with the Thai touch and not expensive.
The Siam Heritage exceeded our expectations. The service was just touching and the rooms are spacious and well-appointed.
The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was lovely with a good hot shower.
The shuttle boat was fantastic. Navigating Bangkok by foot, train, boat or tuk-tuk is a dizzying experience whichever way you slice it. There is so much going on that you soon succumb to stimulation overload. It was so nice to get on our private boat at the end of an excursion for a leisurely cruise back to the hotel.
The hotel is near all the good shopping areas.
Recommended things to do in Bangkok
- Visit the Grand Palace
- Ride the public river boats
- Dine at The Mango Tree (also Vertigo is amazing but very expensive)
- Shop for trinkets, clothing and fake everything at Night bazaar Lumphini and Patpong (the Exotic one)
- Ride the Skytrain
- Visit the rooftop Sirocco bar on the 76th floor at The State towers. A drink would cost you around eight dollars and the Bangkok view is free.
- Get tired at the biggest weekend market in the world - the Chatuchak market.
- Get a good body massage. The genuine Thai massage and spa.
If you must go to MBK shopping centre do NOT take a taxi or tuk-tuk, take the skytrain. The traffic light to enter the mall stays red for 15 min and then is green for 30 seconds (no exaggeration; we waited 45 min at that light).
In March, we rented a fab house in Santa Teresa for my cousin's wedding. There were nine of us and it was awesome as there are verandas, gardens, hammocks, pool and lots of spaces to chill out in, so you're not cramped up in a hotel room like in Copacabana. We even hung out there a couple of nights, trying to make 'capirinhas' from starfruit that fell from the trees in the garden and having a midnight swim in the pool. Another highlight was a restaurant nearby called Aprazivel where we ate up in a treehouse! Santa Teresa is an awesome place to stay regardless - you´re close to the beach but don't feel like just another tourist.
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