Alessandra and Mario are fantastic hosts at this pousada on the 3rd beach on Morro. They speak Italian, Portuguese and English. They can arrange trips for you and will look after you really well. Reasonably priced too.
+75 3652 1134
A really friendly family-run pousada. Rooms have views of the sea. Beberto and Nany the owners speak both Portuguese and English. The breakfast is fantastic, as is their other home-cooked food available for lunch or dinner.
Manesty Holiday Cottages are in Borrowdale, one of the most beautiful valleys in England, just a 10 minute walk from Lake Derwentwater. They have simply fantastic views.
You can walk from the door on to the fells (my favourite walk, Catbells is just behind the cottages) or to the lake through the wood.
They also have a natural wood-fired hot tub in a small woodland overlooking the valley that you can book by the day - perfect after a long walk.
The cottages are clean and warm and run by a family who live just a minute away. Good value for money. Highly recommended, especially if you are after the quiet life.
Manesty Holiday Cottages, Manesty, Borrowdale, Keswick
Situated close to the centre of McCleod Ganj, yet far enough away from the backpacker ghetto for you to feel a sense of solitude, this is a very friendly family-run place.
Ghulam will bend over backwards to help you out, and also has a line in Kashmir tours too.
Food isn't so great, though when it's quiet you may be able to negotiate a discount on your immaculate room.
Hotel Karos lies just outside the main square of Bruges. It's not luxurious, or particularly quiet but is fantastic to potter round and look at all the eclectic decor. A pram full of china doll's heads, a miniature shrine next to the staircase, and most amusing of all the stuffed rhinoceros in reception.
An old Belgian runs the bar 24 hrs and is great to chat to if you can manage not to stare at his wig which is always half falling off his head. Rooms are basic but large and the breakfast is great.
All in all an experience and one for those with a sense of humor and a delight for the absurd.
Stay at the Hotel De Orangerie. They offer fantastic discounts early in season (February) and it is a hotel that is truly special.
The photos of all who have stayed here are a fun touch and the service is wonderful. The breakfast is not to be missed - one of the highlights of the trip and a truly indulgent way to start the day (champagne, fantastic buffet and beautifully prepared hot food on request).
The location could not be better with terrace overlooking the canal. After a day exploring Bruges, you can return to the lounge and have drinks by the fire (honesty bar in operation). It feels like a home away from home - if your home was grand and posh!!
We would recommend staying at the Ter Brughe hotel alongside one of the canals. A beautifully restored canal-side house.
Ask for the 'basement' suite, it's so romantic. Apart from the well-known chocolate and diamond museum try the 'cigarette bar' in Simon Stevinplein where you can still sit inside for a coffee or beer and smoke. We are committed train travellers having travelled all the way from Bucks to Narbonne for a holiday on the Canal du Mid this year.
We would recommend staying at the Ter Brughe hotel alongside one of the canals. A beautifully restored canal-side house. Ask for the 'basement' suite, it's so romantic. Apart from the well-known chocolate and diamond museum try the 'cigarette bar' in Simon Stevinplein where you can still sit inside for a coffee or beer and smoke. We are committed train travellers having travelled all the way from Bucks to Narbonne for a holiday on the Canal du Mid this year.
You must try the athmospheric and much loved La Banasterie Guesthouse.
It is located slap bang in the centre of the maze like citadel, but on a quiet side street and with excellent restaurants within a one-minute walk.
Jean-Michel and Francoise make the ancient house terribly atmospheric with fairy lights and by lighting the stairs and halls by candlelight at night.
If you would like a home from home, with an authentic french atmosphere, I couldn’t recommend this place more highly!
Over the bridge gets you to Villeneuve-les-Avignon, which is quieter and more bearable than Avignon proper. It's also in the Gard rather than Vaucluse, so it's gutsy Languedoc rather than pretentious Provence.
There's a good campsite, bars and restaurants which are affordable. From there you can make raids on foot to the cultural quarters, and still get back for a quiet pastis.
Here's a good free place for parking in Avignon: in the centre of Avignon go across the Pont Daladier, and take the first right. Great free parking spaces by the river, and it's a perfect photo opportunity for the Avignon bridge.
Either walk back across the bridge for direct access to Avignon walled city, or walk down the river and get the free ferry across the river.
If you remember "Sur le pont", Hurry down to Avignon. A warm welcome there you'll find, plenty sights to fill your mind.
Relax at Hotel Maganeraie, after a rather busy day. This 15th century papal mansion has all mod cons you could imagine, wonderful food excellent wine and you'll want to return another time.
For travellers arriving in the south after a TGV journey - like flying while remaining on the ground - the Cloitre St Louis is a wonderful place to start a holiday. Rooftop pool, breakfast of good things in the courtyard and a choice between the stripped modernity of Jean Nouvel in the newish extension or more conventional rooms in the older part of this ancient, but luxurious hotel - all for far less than a comparable British hotel.
The charming yet modern La Banasterie is one of the most lovely hotels I have ever stayed in.
With only four rooms, chocolate presents for guests, and generous pastry breakfasts, you are bound to have an amazing stay.
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