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For every weekend away you need a good base and place to eat. Here are my top suggestions of places to stay and where to get great grub on your short break. Every hotel, B&B, restaurant, cafe etc is on here because I think it’s fully worthy of your time and attention. If you have any extra suggestions or ideas, or you’d like to feature in this section, drop me a line at: hellotravelcandy@gmail.com.

A hot tub holiday weekend in Devon 3 months ago

A hot tub holiday weekend in Devon

The short and sweet: Devon cottages come in all shapes and sizes, but not all of them come with their own luxury hot tub for a down-to-earth price. The Linney …
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Is this the best cocktail bar in London? 5 months ago

Is this the best cocktail bar in London?

London’s One Aldwych has more than one thing to write home about. The dove-grey hotel sits in a princely position at the confluence of The Strand and The Aldwych, curving …
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Gin bliss at London’s Gin Hotel: The Distillery 6 months ago

Gin bliss at London’s Gin Hotel: The Distillery

Free may be the most powerful word in the English language, but gin comes a close second. At least in my lexicon. For those of you who know me well, …
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Boutique surprises at St Michael’s, Painswick 6 months ago

Boutique surprises at St Michael’s, Painswick

 

St Michael’s B&B proves we shouldn’t scoff at little packages. For more often than not, they contain the biggest roars of them all.

St Michael’s …
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A Lakeside Long Weekend At Log House Holidays 7 months ago

A Lakeside Long Weekend At Log House Holidays

Moondara is a lakeside Finnish log cabin that is impressive on an almost heart-stopping scale. With the solidness of a mountain, it holds its own against an unspoilt watery landscape; …
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The Lapland Hotel, Tampere: A Review 10 months ago

The Lapland Hotel, Tampere: A Review

“The simple, pristine landscapes of Lapland have been captured and converted into style, comfort and elegance.”

The Hotel: The Lapland Hotel, Tampere, Finland The Cost: My room cost …
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Stayokay Utrecht-Centrum: Exclusive first review 1 year ago

Stayokay Utrecht-Centrum: Exclusive first review

Hip new hostels open up a world of affordable city breaks for savvy weekenders – if you’re prepared to put your hostel preconceptions aside, that is.

Smile there’s cake’ …
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Dreamcatcher Cottage, Cornwall: A Review 1 year ago

Dreamcatcher Cottage, Cornwall: A Review

One need never fear bad dreams sleeping under a dreamcatcher, or so the Native Americans believed. And you know, I think they’re on to something.

I spent a long weekend …
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The Mandeville Hotel, London: A Review 1 year ago

The Mandeville Hotel, London: A Review

The hotel: The Mandeville Hotel, Marylebone, London

The cost: Riviera rooms from £217 a night

The short and sweet: You’ll find The Mandeville Hotel tucked neatly behind the …
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A stormy night at The Falcon Hotel, Painswick 2 years ago

A stormy night at The Falcon Hotel, Painswick

PAINSWICK, GLOUCESTERSHIRE – The night is boiling with fury as I arrive at the Falcon Hotel in Painswick. Storm Barney is ripping up everything in its path; chewing trees, gardens, …
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