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Grant Arms Hotel

20/05/2017 by .

One ‘word’ admirably sums up the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey – WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get. There are no pretensions here − even though Queen Victoria and Prince Albert once stayed − just the welcoming and quiet efficiency of a mainstream 50-room, 3-star Gold hotel and restaurant.

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Cringletie House Hotel

20/05/2017 by .

It ought to be axiomatic that there are times when, given the pace of modern living, we just have to step off the travellator of life, and take a break. Let the rest of the world muddle on, while we ‘Take Five’, or whatever it needs to revive a flagging spirit.

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Hampton by Hilton Luton Airport

05/05/2017 by .

The first hotel where I saw a photograph of Audrey Hepburn posing in Givenchy was a posh Paris five-star favoured by fashionistas.  That the second time I saw one was in the fourth-floor lift lobby of the Hampton by Hilton Luton Airport is nothing short of remarkable.

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Isle of Eriska Hotel Hilltop Retreats

27/04/2017 by .

I awake to a gentle dawn chorus of willow warblers in the surrounding lichen-clad silver birch; a delightful prod into another day, backed by silence rather than urban cacophony. Out in the Lynn of Lorn, the low-slung island of Lismore rides at anchor, and, beyond, the bosomy hills of Morvern rise gently to airy Beinn Mheadhoin. It’s a peaceful scene, and a perfect way to start the day.

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Orestone Manor Hotel

25/04/2017 by .

London Paddington was in one of its quieter moods as I took my seat aboard the GWR service to Newton Abbot. A brief but pleasant interlude in the GWR First Class lounge was followed by a remarkably quick journey just three stops later to the peace and tranquillity of south Devon in just under two and a half hours.

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The Petwood Hotel

01/03/2017 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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