Author Archives: Terry Marsh

The Petwood Hotel

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 3:31 pm by .

Arrival at The Petwood Hotel was greeted by disconcerting ambiguity. A surfeit of RAF personnel and people dressed in outmoded fashions had me wondering if I had passed through a time warp back to a parallel universe set in 1940s.

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Washingborough Hall Hotel

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 3:06 pm by .

Lincolnshire is not short of stately homes, country houses and castles, notably the Elizabethan mansion of Doddington Hall, and the ghostly haunt of the Pilgrim Fathers, Gainsborough Old Hall.

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More Secret Skye

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 5:27 pm by .

Secret  Skye

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 5:12 pm by .

The most surprising thing about the Isle of Skye is that no matter how many times you visit, you never stop finding something you’d missed on previous visits.Here are a few off-the-beaten-track places you might otherwise pass by without knowing, and yet they will invest you with a true sense of place, something that takes you very much to the heart of Skye. This is Secret Skye

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Isle of Skye

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 5:56 pm by .

Described on a visit in 1933 by the then Duke of York (later King George VI), as ‘the isle of kind and loyal hearts’, Eilean a’Cheo, the Isle of Mist, is second in size only to the Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Such has been the sway of the Isle of  Skye on the senses of visitors that it has assumed other names, too: the Isle of Enchantment, the Isle of Mystery, the Isle of Fantasy. But it is most widely known also as An t-Eilean Sgiathanach, the Winged Isle, because it can be viewed as a great bird with outstretched pinions, about to seize on its prey.

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Black Swan Hotel

Friday, November 4th, 2016 4:26 pm by .

You have only to look at the exterior of the Black Swan Hotel to realise that it’s certain to have quite a life-story to tell. Three distinct façades speak of a pedigree that flows back to Tudor times, witnessing the arrival of the motor car and through the coaching days of the 17th and 18th centuries: the Leeds-York ‘Helmsley Highflyer’, known locally as the ‘Mucky Duck’, passed this way three times a week in the 19th century.

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