Percy Arms, Guildford

The Percy Arms, Chilworth near Guildford, Surrey

Hotel Review Location: The Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with its hills stretching across a quarter of the county from the chalk North Downs running from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east.  We'd arranged accommodation at The Percy Arms in Chilworth, a village three miles south of …

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The Willows, Limavady

The Willows Luxury B & B, Limavady, Northern Ireland

Hotel Review  Location: The Willows comprise a luxury B & B and self catering studios set in three acres of gardens, five minutes drive from the small town of Limavady on Northern Ireland's Causeway Coastal Route.  The walled city of Derry is 40 minutes away whilst City of Derry airport a mere 20 minute drive, …

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Chester Zoo entrance

Day 3. Chester Cathedral and Zoo

We'd arranged to take a tour of Chester Cathedral but as this wasn't scheduled to begin until 11.00 a.m. there was time for a short walk after breakfast.  Just along Pepper Street from the Leonardo hotel lies the Roman Gardens which we'd viewed from the city walls but not yet explored. The gardens were established …

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Eastgate, Chester

Day 2. Exploring Chester

We drew back the curtains to another bright and sunny spring morning and after enjoying a delicious breakfast in the Leonardo Hotel's restaurant we were soon ready for a day of sightseeing. We'd arranged to take a city walking tour with Chester Tours (£10), which run at 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. each day from outside the …

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The Rows, Chester

Day 1. A weekend in Chester

After enjoying weekends in the historic centres of York and Lincoln we decided to turn our attention to Chester.  Located in the north west of England the M53 motorway links the city to the main road network with a frequent rail service connecting to major cities.  We opted to travel by train and leaving home …

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Outside The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow

The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow

Hotel Review Location: The Cavendish Hotel is located on the scenic Chatsworth Estate owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, in the picturesque village of Baslow, Derbyshire.  The hotel is easily accessible by car being just 16 miles from the M1 motorway and a 40 minute drive from Sheffield.  The nearest rail station is …

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Day 3. Spitalfields Market and Shoreditch, London

Our day started with a visit to Spitalfields Market and on the way there we stopped to take a look at one of the 13 cast iron statues marking the boundaries of the City of London.  The dragon symbol is thought to have been derived from the legend of St. George. Moving on we soon …

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HMS Belfast, London

Day 2. Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast, London

We began the day with a visit to the Churchill War Rooms hidden behind the streets of Westminster just a stone's throw from 10 Downing Street.  The War Rooms are now part of the Imperial War Museum with standard admission £25.  (Nearest underground stations, St. James' Park and Westminster). This was the underground headquarters where the …

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White Tower, Tower of London

Day 1. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London & The Shard

What fun, a weekend in London spending time being tourists in our own capital city and having an opportunity to visit some of the world's most iconic sights.  We arrived into London Waterloo the previous evening giving us three full days to explore. After tucking into a hearty breakfast in the opulent Hamilton Hall, the …

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Belmore Court and Motel, Enniskillen

Belmore Court and Motel, Enniskillen

Hotel Review Location: Located in the island town of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland's Fermanagh Lakelands, Belmore Court is well positioned just a 10 minute walk from the town centre.  The scenic town is nestled between the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne and dominated by its castle.  Enniskillen is conveniently accessible from both Northern …

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