Great days out in Blackpool – stay at Kingsway Guest House

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 04-11-2010

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Blackpool in Lancashire provides great family entertainment all year round so even as we head to the end of the year there is still plenty to do or see. Below are some of the top Blackpool family attractions that are worth a visit this Autumn.

  • Blackpool Illuminations. Britain’s biggest and brightest light show that stretches for 6 miles and lights up the skyfor miles around.  Display runs from September to November.
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The entertainment advenrutre paradise with lots of roller coasters including the famous Pepsi Max Big One and the Spin Doctor.
  • Blackpool Piers. Great entertainment for all the Blackpool Piers have some great rides.
  • Blackpool Sea Life Centre. More than 40 displays in one of Europe’s largest marine collections
  • Blackpool Tower and Circus. The famous Tower is home to a circus, aquarium and rides.

Kingsway Guest House in Blackpool is a small family run clean and bright guest house. Offering a range of rooms to choose from including four poster bedroom. Nice large lounge and dining room. Hotel offers Bed and Breakfast and is ideally situated for Blackpool Premier Football Ground and all the attractions that Blackpool in the North West of England has to offer.

Explore Scotland from a Linlithgow, West Lothian base – stay at Aran House

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 14-10-2010

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Linlithgow in West Lothian is ideally situated for exploring everything that Edinburgh, Glasgow and central Scotland has to offer. In fact Edinburgh is just 15 miles to the east while Falkirk is 15 miles to the west so it really is a convenient holiday base.

Linlithgow itself has royal connections dating back to the the 16th Century including being the birth place of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542.  Not surprisingly a lot of the ancient royal burgh of Linlightgow has long since disappeared but you can still find Linlithgow Palace which is a superb 15th Century ruin set on the edge of the Loch (it is open April to September).  The palace is well worth visiting and children will also love all the nooks and crannies, spiral staircases and rooms to explore.

Within easy each from Linlithgow in the Lothians, is a whole hose of attractions including the Falkirk Wheel, Boness & Kinnel Railway, Forth Road Bridges, Deep Sea World,  Hopetoun House, St. Michaels Parish Church, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura, The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Our Dynamic Earth,  Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Zoo and the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.

If you are looking to stay in Linlithgow then Aran House provides a good base.  Aran House has decor and furnishings of an antique traditional style and the Lounge and Dining Room area have large windows offering both plenty of light and wonderful views of the local countryside.

A truly relaxing time on The English Riviera – Cloudlands in Torquay

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 01-10-2010

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Although first used by the Victorians, we suspect that the Devon tourist board are responsbile for the continued use of the ‘Riviera’ phrase but while the weather can not always be said to match the more famous south European Riviera’s the popular Devon resort still has  much to offer.

The English Riviera refers to the popular coastal resort of Torbay, which is an amalgam of Devon towns Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.  Of the three, Torquay is probably the closest to carrying off the Riviera phrase, helped in no small way by the palm trees and ambient lighting of the harbour at night.

Built on seven hills Torquay is now a stylish resort with its main focus being around the harbour, marina and waterfront where you will find lots of activity including restaurants, cafes and bars.  There is plenty to do including the Beacon Quay, redeveloped on the site of the World War II slipways, where you will find a number of shops and cafes in a beautiful setting overlooking the Bay, as well as Living Coasts, an aquatic zoo full of marine magic.

There are of course miles of sandy beaches close by – in fact over 22 miles of it in this area, with the main Torquay beaches being Abbey Sands and Meadfoot Beach.  Less crowded beaches in the area include Babbacombe, Wacombe and Maidencombe.  The well known Paignton Zoo is a short derive away from Torquay.

If you are looking to relax in Torquay then head for Cloudlands a delightful Victorian villa which was built in 1881 and still maintains many of its original features. Cloudlands still retains the ambience of a private Victorian home, and yet at the same time all the amenities of a 4 star guest accommodation. Cloudlands is set in a peaceful conservation area close to the sea front, and within walking distance to the Riviera Conference Centre, Cockington Village, town centre, and Torquay railway station. With regular services to Paignton, Newton Abbot, Dawlish, Exeter, and further afield.

And, for complete relaxation Cloudlands offers a fully equipped, dedicated reflexology treatment room run by their in-house, fully qualified, reflexologist.

Purley, Surrey a great base to explore London, Brighton and the south east

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 27-09-2010

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If you are looking for a good holiday or short break base within easy reach of London’s attractions, Heathrow, Gatwick and the south coast then Purley in Surrey fits the bill perfectly.

Just 35 minutes from Gatwick Airport and 1 hour from Heathrow Airport, Purley in Surrey is also located half an hour from London by train where all the tourist attractions are waiting for you including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Hampton Court Palace and more. Also beautiful Brighton beaches are only 45 minutes by car (don’t forget to visit Hever Castle on the way!). Purley is within 15 minute driving distance from the Royal Marsden Hospital.

A great place to stay in Purley is Courtland Bed and Breakfast which is a family run business situated in a delightful detached house recently refurbished to a clean and modern standard. Located in a very quiet and residential part of Purley Village, one minute walking distance to a lovely park where you can have a jog in the morning before breakfast.

With luxurious bedrooms each room benefits from views of the charming back garden and terrace and some lovely panoramic views of the surrounding areas. Each room contains, trousers press, tea/coffee making facilities with a varied selection of refreshments, a bottle of water, flat screen TV with digital freeview and a daily complimentary selection of toiletry products, fresh towels and bathrobes also at your disposal throughout your stay. WIFI free internet access.

Lovely Lymington – near the New Forest, in Hampshire, South East England. Stay at Twig End B&B

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 17-09-2010

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The pretty town of Lymington in Hampshire is the perfect base for trips to Isle of Wight and for those looking to explore the New Forest National Park.

A busy south coast harbour town, Lymington is famous for its sailing and has hosted many of the big sailing regattas.  For those looking to explore the Isle of Wight there is a car ferry that runs between Lymington and Yarmouth.  Lymington is only a short drive from the New Forest which attracts some 14 million visitors a year to explore the 220 square miles of rural land with its pony’s roaming freely.

Besides the quayside area, Lymington old town is full of quaint cobbled streets, Victorian and Georgian Houses and is a pleasant place to wander. The town has a good rane of shops and pubs.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the area, Twig-End bed and breakfast near Lymington, Hampshire provides a perfect base.  A warm, friendly welcome awaits you at this detached house set in half an acre of garden available for guest’s use; there is a pleasant conservatory for your relaxation. The farmland at the rear attracts wildlife; frequently deer and woodpeckers can be seen.

Explore beautiful North Devon – Dartmoor, Exmoor and North Devon Coast. Stay at Post House, Winkleigh

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 16-09-2010

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Explore the best of what the north coast of Devon has to offer with a stay at the Post House in Winkleigh.  A friendly Devon village in the south west of England, Winkleigh, is situated in the beautiful North Devon countryside and is with in easy reach of Dartmoor, Exmoor and the north Devon coast.

From the Post House B&B you will find several good walks and just a 5 minute drive away you can stroll in the lovely gardens at Rosemoor. You will find the town of Torrington close by where you can pick up the famous Tarka trail – which is great for both walking or cycling.

Two of the bigger towns in North Devon are Bideford and BarnstapleBarnstaple‘s historic role is as a major local marketplace, a role dating back centuries, and if you head to the Pannier Market off the High Street you can still experience the hustle and bustle. You will also find the Museum of North Devon in Barnstaple which has a collection of pottery for which the area is reknowned for, dating back to the 18th Century.  Bideford is probably best known for its Bay although the best known beauty spot on the Bideford Bay is at Clovelly.

Additionally, the North Devon coast, with stunning cliff walks and beautiful beaches, is less than an hour away. Then there are, of course, the 2 moors at Dartmoor and Exmoor, which are full of wildlife and fantastic views. There is fishing, golf and…well, so much more!

The Post House Bed and Breakfast is a great place to stay in the area.  It has 2 large family sized guest bedrooms, one double and one twin bedded.  The rooms share their own private shower room and so are ideal for a family or group of friends.  There are also lots of good pubs and restaurants in this area including our village pub, which serves good food and, is a mere 100 yards from our front door – perfect after a hard days relaxing!

Family fun at the beach, Blackpool in Lancashire – stay at Eden House

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 13-09-2010

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Famed for its ‘Golden Mile’ of piers, amusements arcades, fairground style rides, donkey rides, fish & chips and holiday rock… Blackpool in Lancashire has everything you would expect of a British seaside resort.  And, thats without mentioning the seven miles of golden sandy beaches.

Unashamedly, Blackpool appeals to those looking for low-brow fun and entertainment  whatever your age, and it suceeds in delivering the fun in bucket loads! For high speed thrill seekers head for the Pepsi Max Big One, Infusion and other thrilling rides at the world-famous Pleasure Beach Resort, or why not slide the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide at Sandcastle Waterpark.  Blackpool Zoo is a great family day out with over 1,500 animals, birds and insects from all over the world or why not check out the Sea Life Centre for something alittle more fishy!

Fans of Stricly Come Dancing and ballroom and Latin dancing should visit the iconic Blackpool Tower and Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens.  Take a waltz around the magnificent ballroom!  The Blackpool Dance Festival is held in May and includes the Ballroom and Latin American dancing and incorporates the British Open Championships.

The list of attractions goes on and on and more are being added as Blackpool continues to develop. As you would expect, Blackpool is not short of restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs, theatre, cinemas – there is simply no excuse to not go out and have a good time.

But, don’t think that Blackpool is a summer resort… it has achieved what so many tourist resports only dream of, attracting holiday makers throughout the year with its famed illuminations… the ‘northern lights’, which run from September until November.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Blackpool, Lancashire then take a look at Eden House, an elegant and traditional Victorian Semi built around the same time as the famous Blackpool Tower.  Beautifully renovated to modern standards, Eden House retains many of its original features. All the rooms are en-suite and include central heating, flat screen tvs, hairdryers and well stocked hospitality trays. It enjoyw an excellent location minutes from the seafront and just a short walk to the bustling town centre.

Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast – stay at Queensland B&B

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 08-09-2010

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Often described as the people’s favourite northern resort, Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast is a must on your trip to the delightful north east of England.

Set on the the cliff-top above Whitby are the ruins of the beautiful 13th century Whitby Abbey. The Abbey played a significant part in the development of English Cristianity back in the 7th Century including its part in determining the dates of Easter.  You can find out more at the visitor centre which is opened  April to October.

Whitby is a traditional maritime town, with fishing harbour, old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and a sandy ‘blue flag’ beach. Its most famed mariner was Captain Cook who served his apprenticeship at Whitby and this is celebrated at the towns Captain Cook memorial museum.

There are a curious mix of other attractions in Whitby including Victorian Jet Works, the Dracula Experience, Pannett Park and Whitby Museum.

Dracula Experience… for those of you not intimately familiar with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the author actually spent a lot of time in Whitby and used desriptions of the town and some of the local events of the time in his book.  Making a trip to Whitby a must for serious Dracula fans.

Whitby is situated among fine stretches of coast with spectacular cliffs, beaches and bays.  It is also a good base to explore the Yorkshire Coast including Robins Hood Bay, Scarborough and Staithes.

If you are looking for a great place to stay on Whitby’s ever popular West Cliff, The Queensland Bed & Breakfast enjoys fantastic views over the beautiful Royal Gardens and out to sea.

Queensland B&B offers a range of room options including superior four-poster, superior double, standard double, family and a dedicated single occupancy room. The four-poster rooms also include luxury body massage shower towers and all superior rooms include flat screen TVs with built-in DVD. With wireless internet access in all rooms it’s easy to stay in touch, whether you’re on business and need to email the office, away traveling and want to keep in touch with friends and family back home, or you just want to check out the local events and attractions to help plan your day.

Nottinghamshire – Robin Hood, Byron, Clough, Bramley Apples and so much more

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 06-09-2010

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Nottinghamshire‘s heritage is rich and varied inspiring great heroes including the beloved outlaw Robin Hood, literary great Lord Byron, the Pilgrim Fathers and in more modern times footballer Brian Clough and international designer Paul Smith.  And, that is without mentioning some of the great British Institutions that started in Nottinghamshire including Raleigh, HP Sauce and the Bramley Apple!

Sadly for all Robin Hood fans the imposing medieval castle which was home to legendary villain the Sheriff of Nottingham is long gone.. so if you are heading to the city of Nottingham now the main attractions are the Market Square, the castle and the Lace Market.

The Market Square is at the heart of the city and is an open and airy plaza with a fountain and shops. The Nottingham Castle that remains is in Friar Lane and has a restored medieval gateway, gardens and a seventeen century ducal palace. The Lace Market district is close to the Market Square and is known for its opulence, breath-taking architecture and hotels, and restaurants and bars of outstanding quality.  You will find the imposing Adams Building and St Mary’s Church in the area.

If you are interested in British fashion, then you can find designer Paul Smith’s first shop in Byard Lane.

For those staying in the area, Nottingham has over half a dozen top quality restaurants and a lively pub and nightclub scene.

Outside of Nottingham it is worth heading to Newstead Abbey, Hardwick Hall, Rufford Abbey Country Park and the Sherwood Forest CountryPark.

If you are looking to stay in the Nottingham area then take a look at Cliff Mill Farmhouse which is situated midway between Nottingham and Newark.  Southwell minster is just ten minutes away, Newark showground is 20 mins away, as is the Vale of Belvoir, Sherwood Forest is 30 mins away and there are many good countryside walks nearby.  All rooms are equipped and decorated to a high standard. A substantial continental breakfast is served in a separate beautifully converted barn.

Holidays in Paris, a romantic tryst with France

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Posted by B&B Blogger | Posted in Places to visit | Posted on 02-09-2010

Paris is paradise for those who wish to enjoy a romantic holiday, away from everyday worries. It is a place surrounded by scenic beauty, wherein one can bask in the lap of Mother Nature & enjoy the thrill of the holiday with hundreds of places worth visiting.

One of the main attractions of holidays in France remains to be Paris, better known as the city of romance. It is a city with cultural heritage attached to it & has many museums & art galleries to visit. The Eiffel Tower is an amazing sight be it in the daytime or evening, the charm is just so enthralling. Arc De Triomphe, 15th century churches & following the footsteps of Da Vinci Code are probably the other best places to get to.

One can easily get out for a one day excursion trip to the serene & beautiful countryside around Paris. Paris is also very famous for its contemporary arts. People from across the world come all the way to visit art galleries of Paris with some of them having the ever eternal collections of Mona Lisa.

This place is also famous for its equestrian culture of France. Tourists can actually visit forests on horse backs & go around places on chariots.

Paris is a well connected city with major airlines connecting it with other parts of the world especially European nations. Even the public transport is par excellence so getting around is quick, easy & comfortable. The bus service in the city is excellent & Metro system is one of the best in the world. The frequency of buses & trains is also not an issue. Walking down the streets in Paris is also a good option as one gets to admire the rich culture reflected through the grandiose architecture of the place.

Eating out in Paris may be expensive but savouring their delicacies is absolutely worth the money. The night life in Paris is stunning. One can choose from a variety of operas, discos, pubs or concerts.

Paris boasts of some of the best hotels that are renowned for excellent customer service.

With all the above in mind, Paris is the ideal place for a holiday in france!