Author: Lesley Gillilan

Architecture, UK

Weymouth: the architecture tour

Look beyond the deckchairs and the donkey rides and the cliched seaside bling and this colourful Dorset town is a treat for architecture buffs. One of Britain’s oldest resorts, its best bits are mainly Georgian (a gilded statue of George III reigns over the seafront’s Regency terraces) but the town’s […]

UK, Where to stay

Homes from home

Introducing our current hot list of self-catering ‘cottages’ – including shepherds huts in deepest Devon, vintage railway carriages in Cornwall, a Scottish island eyrie, a dinky cottage overlooking Polperro’s fishing harbour and a time-warped tin hut in rural Somerset. They are booking up fast for 2021, but there’s always next year…

Bristol, News, UK

Lighten up: Bristol Light Festival

A ‘Circle of Light’ on Queens Square. Light-up musical swings on College Green (below, left). A flock of bird-like musical instruments in Temple Gardens. A kaleidoscopic mirrored cube afloat in Cabot Circus shopping centre… The second Bristol Light Festival starts today (March 1 – 6) with a free show of […]

Travel, World

New York on a budget

The words budget and New York are contradictory surely? In one of the world’s most expensive cities, the spending money doesn’t go very far. But on a recent trip (pre-Covid) we found plenty of low-budget and freebie activities among the must dos. Here’s our top ten tips…

Cornwall, Travel, UK

Cornwall: in the know

Cornwall is so rammed with visitors these days they are squeezing into every nook and cranny. But there are still relatively undiscovered places that don’t draw the crowds. My round-up of ‘secrets’ is quite heavy on tin mining, Cornish moorland, scenic railways and social distancing. The only beaches on the list require walking boots and stamina. And I’ve chucked in three random food options.

Hotels, UK, Where to stay

New hotels 2021: updated

This year’s batch of new hotels include Mollie’s Motel and Diner, (pictured), the Eden Project’s first venture into accommodation, two fresh-faced Graduates (Oxford and Cambridge get one each), a converted Georgian prison and a Safari-tent campsite on an inland surfing lake. Hotels begin to open from 17 May and business is brisk with some booked up already until at least September.

Architecture, UK

Coventry: the architecture tour

The UK’s City of Culture 2021 is generally associated with new-town concrete, but this model of post-war renewal, claims numerous medieval survivors – the city is perhaps defined by its glorious Cathedral (a conciliation of ancient and modern). And the devil is in the detail. Our highlights feature medieval gatehouses, abstract tiles, Aztec friezes and an animated Lady Godiva.

Cornwall, News

Carbis buy: Boskerris Hotel

The Boskerris in Carbis Bay – one of our favourite hotels in Cornwall (or anywhere) – has just been sold. Sad for us, as we have stayed several times (usually for birthdays and anniversaries) and love everything about it: the location, the rooms, the views, the terrace, the friendly little […]