Category Archive: Accommodation reviews

Mar 01

Accommodation Review: Brackenhurst Self Catering Cottage, West Runton (Norfolk)

On our winter¬†weekend escape to the north Norfolk coast I wanted to stay somewhere that was a complete retreat, where we could cosy ourselves away as the early winter evenings set in and from which we could make easy forays into the local countryside to blast away the winter gloom. …

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Oct 21

Magic & Mystery: Exploring Wolf’s Castle & Inland N. Pembrokeshire

It was full moon during our stay at Wolfscastle Hotel in Pembrokeshire. As the girls slumbered peacefully, I found myself drawn to the view from our hotel window. High up on the hillside, silhouetted in the pale, yellow wash of moonlight, I fully expected to see werewolves or faeries fleet over the …

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Nov 12

Accommodation Review: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel

When our friends invited us up to Scotland in October to help celebrate their wedding, our immediate thoughts turned to how we were going to get there. Flying seemed a good option until we worked out the eye-watering price of three and a bit fares, car hire and transfers. Instead, …

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Oct 28

Discovering Eco-Luxe at Asheston Eco Barns, Pembrokeshire

Eight and a half years ago, Karen Loo and her family escaped the pseudo-rural countryside of Oxfordshire for the coastal tranquillity of Northern Pembrokeshire. ¬†Motivated by the imminent arrival of her eldest child, Karen ditched the traffic jams, commute and conventional comfort of life in the South East. Instead she chose …

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Sep 09

Accommodation Review: Holiday Cottage in Castlemaine, Kerry, Ireland

When you have left it until the last minute, finding good accommodation in Kerry, Ireland in late August is no small feat. Choosing the week before schools in Ireland go back, needing Friday to Friday availability and holidaying on a budget makes it nigh on impossible. Luckily …

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Aug 27

Review: Dublin Airport Hilton Hotel

Malahide Castle, Dublin

The Dublin Airport Hilton Hotel was our last accommodation stop-off on our recent Ireland trip. Having left booking flights for our trip to Ireland to the last minute we were faced with either flying home at an eye-wateringly anti-social time or paying a massive premium for the few remaining seats …

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Jun 30

Accommodation Review: The Barn / Bwthyn Ysgubor

Just in case you missed all the over-excited tweets and Facebook updates recently, we have been to Wales on holiday! We spent a fantastic week exploring Pembrokeshire – a first trip to this wonderful part of the world for our family.

Booking at the last minute, we hunted …

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Oct 08

Accommodation Review: The West View Hotel, Jersey

When we recently packed our bags, hopped on a ferry boat and headed for the not-so-distant shores of Jersey, our long weekend took us first to the rural north of this lovely island.

The West View Hotel in the parish of St. Mary made a super family-friendly base in the heart …

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Aug 14

Campsite review: Pondhead Farm, New Forest.

After plumping on the New Forest as a good first foray into family camping, the search began for a suitable campsite. My pre-baby camping preferences have always led me to the quieter, more basic campsite, chosen for scenic surroundings and/ or proximity to good walks. Facilities have never included much more than a …

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May 31

Accommodation Review: Haremere Hall, Sussex

If you are a fan of Downton Abbey and fancy yourself as a (self-catering) Lord or Lady for a holiday weekend, Haremere Hall in Sussex and its 150 acres of parkland ought to appeal. A majestic country manor built in 1616, Haremere Hall is impressively grand on the outside. Despite the interior showing …

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