Reviews

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.

The Fallen Angel, Cornwall. A Review.

Folded into sub-tropical gardens, bible-black amongst the green, with a gaze fixed on the fishing-boat bob of Mousehole, is a bolthole sinful enough to bring the Devil to his knees.

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 Cottage is one of the exceptions. This 2 bedroom, ground-floor…

Is this the best cocktail bar in …

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 gently to follow the road and keep its eye on…

Gin bliss at London’s Gin Hotel: …

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, you’ll know that gin plays a big role in my…

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 B&B and Restaurant looks mouse-like. Set back from the road, a gentle slope to…

A Lakeside Long Weekend At Log House …

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 and is the second largest lodge in the eight-strong Log House Holidays selection.

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 €122 a night (low season) The Short and Sweet: The Lapland Hotel in Tampere…

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’ – the orange neon letters announced optimistically as I checked myself…