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Architecture, UK, Where to stay

Holy nights: 7 churchy stays

Sleeping in a converted church is not everyone’s idea of heaven, but disused chapels, churches and other ecclesiastical buildings often pop up in those accommodation listings which specialise in the unique, the quirky and the ‘extraordinary’. From tin tabernacles to church camping and an immaculate chapel hotel we pick some of the best.

Travel, Where to stay, World

Trippy trips: 10 crazy places to stay

Tired of greyness: grey skies, grey décor, grey thinking? Well, here’s an antidote… check into one of these beauties: a pick-n-mix collection of airbnbs, hotels, motels and guest houses big on colour, clutter and self-expression. From Margate to Mexico, this is decorating anarchism: no rules, no limits, no greys…

News, UK, Where to stay

Devon: new ‘birdhouse’ eco cabins

Latest hot hut alert: Two off-grid eco cabins made from sustainably-sourced wood. Solar power. High insulation. Bio-fuel fireplace. Comfy bed (duvet and pillows made from home-spun merino wool). Bathroom. Sea views. And I’m liking the sound of the ‘secret seaside garden’ in which they ‘nestle’ (we don’t generally do ‘nestling’ […]

UK, Where to stay

Margate: best places to stay

Goodbye boarding house, hello boutique hotel. Margate’s new generation of places to stay is all about cool Independents – guest houses, pubs with rooms and some quirky one offs. Our top ten includes more than one townhouse, a rock-and-roll guest house, an art deco B&B, a jazzed-up vintage caravan and a prison cell.

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 2023, but there’s always next year…

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.

UK, Where to stay

New hotels 2020

Despite the challenges facing the hospitality industry, it’s business as usual for some enterprising hoteliers – in fact 2020 has been something of a bumper year for exciting new openings. Our list of eight new hotels reveals a trend for rejuvenating listed landmark buildings: three are Grade I listed; the […]

Cycling, Where to stay

On your bike (or not)

The 2020 Giro d’Italia is on (started in Palermo today, finishes in Rome on 25 October, Covid permitting). Dave (pictured here on an Alpine climb) is glued. I’m not (how long exactly is it on for?). So, this seems a good time to update a round-up of places to stay that will suit both cyclists and their non-cycling partners. From the Welsh mountains to terrains in Spain, here we go…