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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 Lapland Hotel, Tampere: A Review
1 month 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
5 months 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
6 months 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
7 months 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
1 year 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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The Boutique Art House B&B, Bristol
1 year ago

The Boutique Art House B&B, Bristol

As far as I know, there are no ley lines running under the Boutique Art House B&B in Bristol. And no portals to another dimension in the front …
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Review: Eat Wild, Cirencester
1 year ago

Review: Eat Wild, Cirencester

 

Dirty food. God, I bloody love it.

It’s ok, don’t be alarmed.

I don’t mean ‘dirty’ in the sense of a misdemeanour in the hygiene department.

I mean …
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The Spa Hotel, Saltburn-by-the-Sea: A Review
2 years ago

The Spa Hotel, Saltburn-by-the-Sea: A Review

One thing’s for sure, The Spa Hotel in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, takes first prize in the location contest.

Overview

You’ll find it hugging the hilly corner of Saltburn Road and …
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Lyme Regis: Holiday Apartment Review
2 years ago

Lyme Regis: Holiday Apartment Review

Lyme Regis is full of surprises.

26 Broad Street – the 3 bedroom Lyme Regis holiday apartment I’d booked for our Jurassic Weekend in Lyme – was one such surprise.


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A 00-heaven weekend in The Queens Arms, Corton Denham
2 years ago

A 00-heaven weekend in The Queens Arms, Corton Denham

CORTON DENHAM, Somerset/Dorset – Gordy, as the landlord of the Queens Arms is known, seems very amused by my sudden swoon. “Oh yes”, he gestures nonchalantly, “We’ve had all sorts of …
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