Category: Views & Muse

A place to vent and wax elegiac.

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Exciting Things Hoteliers Do

By Mike Bevans of Linthwaite House Exciting things hoteliers do. Testing, it is. It’s one thing to have to test the wines for the wine list. Tough, and I know a lot of you...

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A Shropshire Country Manor Leads the Way in Going Green

In recent years “ecotourism” and environmental “sustainability” have become such omnipresent buzzwords it sometimes becomes difficult to distinguish between those making genuine investment toward environmental responsibility and some businesses which over-hype superficial green credentials...

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The Swan at Lavenham by Laura Porter

 From the moment we booked I knew we were going to have a wonderful stay at The Swan. I chose the hotel as it’s an incredible building with 15th century architecture in one of...

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Matilda the Musical

The Cambridge Theatre, Seven Dials, London By Ryan Eiland, Editor, Best Loved Hotels. When asked whether or not I like musicals, I’m immediately faced with a conundrum. If I answer “yes,” then my interlocutor...

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Close House Hotel by Laura Porter

Let’s get this out in the open: I am not a golfer. So how did I find myself at Close House Hotel, near Newcastle, which has two golf courses, plus a Golf Academy and...

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A Stay at Kilcamb Lodge by Jools Stone

As part of our series of guest bloggers, Jools Stone of Trains on the Brain stops in The Highlands to investigate Kilcamb Lodge. Sometimes you need reminding that ‘getting away from it all’ can...

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Grace Darling, Northumbrian Heroine

Guest blogger Laura Porter finds historical inspiration from her stay at Doxford Hall, Northumberland. At a recent stay at Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa near Alnwick, Northumberland, my room was named ‘Grace Darling’ and...

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The RULES of the Friday Photo Forum (#FriFotos)

Every Friday people from across the globe gather on Twitter to share their favorite images that match the Forum’s weekly category. #FriFotos is a day-long event, and people can participate and Tweet images throughout...

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First Ever Friday Photo Forum (#FriFotos) Goes Live

Sydney Opera House(Credit: Jen Pollack Bianco) Last Friday marked the introduction of the first ever #Frifotos, short for ‘Friday Photo Forum’, a weekly virtual gathering using the widely popular Twitter social-media platform.  Each Friday...