Monday, 29 September 2014 The Mill House, Tynet, Buckie, Morayshire

The Mill House Hotel offers its guests beautiful guest accommodation and has a fantastic reputation for high quality food and attentive service.

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The hotel is situated in a pretty village of Tynet in Morayshire and provides an ideal base from which to explore this stunning area of Scotland.

The Mill House Hotel is an ideal choice of venue for your wedding. The country location, rustic charm of the building and modern interior refurbishment coupled with top quality cuisine will ensure your wedding is a day to remember. We have a choice of packages available tailored to suit your individual needs, with small rooms catering for up to 40 people and our function room can cater for up to 120. We also have the facility to provide a marquee in our grounds for weddings up to 300. The hotel also has a separate licensed ceremony room should you wish to get married at the venue as well.

The Mill House Hotel enjoys a rural setting on the A98 yet only just over 2 miles to the fishing port of Buckie, the village of Fochabers and the River Spey Estuary. With the area being renowned for its mild climate there is the opportunity for the enjoyment of many outdoor activities. Within reasonable driving distance are many other interests such as Elgin Cathedral Pluscarden Abbey, Brodie, Cawdor, Duffus Castle, Spynie Palace, Baxter's of Speyside, Strathspey Steam Railway, Malt Whisky Trail, Falconry Centre in Huntly and the Fishing Heritage Museum in Buckie

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                              White Lodge Guest House, Skegness, Lincolnshire

Located in the holiday town of Skegness, the White Lodge Guest House offers its guest 4 star guest accommodation that is in an elegant and Edwardian residence.

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The guest house has been carefully refurbished to modern day standards to ensure that your stay with us is an enjoyable one.

Breakfast consists of superb home cooked food and is made using locally sourced Lincolnshire produce and ingredients wherever possible. For breakfast we offer a wide selection of cereals, fresh fruit and of course porridge full English is a must but lighter options are available.

We offer a 3 course table de hote evening meal a bar menu is also available for those who require 1 or 2 courses. All meals are served in our charming newly refurbished dining room we cater for the majority of special diets just call us to discuss your requirements

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                              Gordon House, Wimbourne, Dorset

Located in the market town of Wimbourne in Dorset, the Gordon House Bed & Breakfast is a warm and family run guest house that provides a perfect base to discover the Jurassic Coast.

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All of our guest rooms are en suite and have tea & coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi and Freeview TV.

It is only a short drive away from the B&B to Blue Flag beaches, the New Forest, Championship golf courses and excellent fishing locations, plus there are many more local attractions nearby.

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                              China Fleet Country Club, Saltash, Cornwall

China Fleet Country Club is set in 180 acres of countryside offering hotel accommodation in Saltash, Cornwall. You will be guaranteed to find something you love at China Fleet Country Club no matter what your age or interests.

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The chefs at China Fleet Country Club work hard to offer exciting menus with unique dishes. The hotel has a 'buy local' policy meaning all the produce is of great quality. There are two places you can eat at the hotel:

The Brasserie offers a comfortable setting and is perfect for meeting with family, friends or business colleagues. The indoor fun zone area means your children can build up an appetite before dinner!

Upper Deck Bistro offers a more intimate and peaceful setting for a romantic meal or a special occasion.

The hotel also offers the Barn Spa, the Barn team work closely with leading suppliers to provide you with the latest in skincare, tanning, holistic wellbeing and haircare, so you can leave feeling on top of the world.

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                              Whitecliff View, Sandown, Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has always been a very popular destination for tourists and the Whitecliff View bed and breakfast in Sandown provides home from home accommodation that will make you stay comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable.

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Breakfast is good and traditional home cooking and we can cater for different dietary requirements, provided we are given ample notice at the time of booking. There is also a choice of cereal, omelettes, croissants and orange juice depending on what takes your fancy.

The beautifully decorated Sun lounge has Sky TV and is available for guest to relax and unwind in, or on a sunny day why not enjoy the gorgeous garden from the furnished patio area.

The property makes an ideal family base for exploring the Island and Sandown Bay itself, being closer to the main bus routes and roads that lead between Ventnor & Shanklin.

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                              Hesketh Hotel, Blackpool, Lancashire

Located in the seaside town of Blackpool in Lancashire, The Hesketh Hotel is ideal for anyone who is looking to come and visit the area. The hotel is only a short walk to the promenade or a short tram ride into town.

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Our guest house has 15 rooms in total, all of which are en suite, well-furnished and decorated to a high standard. Each of our guest rooms also has a TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

The hotel offers all the accommodation and facilities that you would expect to find in the larger of Blackpool’s North Shore hotels but without the disadvantages of noisy bars, large numbers of guests and of course, high prices.

Hesketh Hotel is situated just off Queens Promenade and is within easy reach to the fine views overlooking the Irish Sea. We are in an area renowned for its restaurants and eateries. A few minutes tram ride takes you to the Tower, the heart of Theatre Land, The Golden Mile and main shopping area.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 Royal Sportsman Hotel, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Wales


A leading UK website aimed at discerning American visitors recently published the first-ever blog by Ian Spindley, Marketing Manager at a leading independent Snowdonia hotel and restaurant called the Royal Sportsman in Porthmadog, Gwynedd.

His blog extols the many virtues of Porthmadog, Llyn, Gwynedd, the Cambrian Coast, Snowdonia and, of course, the Royal Sportsman Hotel!

Snowdonia in Wales has so much to see and do – when compared to Scotland, the Lake District, Cornwall or its near-neighbour Ireland – that it’s really hard to know where to start!

So how about where and what it is – before describing its vast wealth of attractions, activities and unique heritage. ‘Snowdonia Mountains and Coast’ in north-west Wales includes the stunning scenery of Snowdonia National Park – with rugged Mount Snowdon, the highest in England and Wales, at its heart – and the Llyn Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Cambrian Coastline adjoining.

Our inspiring mountains end along almost 200 miles of seashore. The new Wales Coast Path – the first of its kind in the world – links wooded estuaries, big beaches, wild western cliffs, sheltered harbours, sandy resorts and secluded bays.

Country and coast are peppered with a special mix of World Heritage fortresses and slate quarries, Celtic shrines and cultural centres. Add a living Welsh language and North Wales becomes a unique part of the UK.

Against this backdrop of world-class natural beauty, you can easily explore medieval castles, historic houses and elegant parks and gardens. Visit galleries and museums, learn about myths and legends, go deep underground to discover our mining past, or take steam train journeys through the mountains.

Snowdonia’s fascinating history stretches from prehistoric communities to 20th century statesmanship – and everything between – and there are dozens of sites of historic interest.

Stone castles are a local speciality. Mighty Caernarfon, Harlech and Conwy – three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – are links in the medieval ‘iron chain’ of walled towns built by English King Edward I.

Nominated for World Heritage status is the North Wales slate industry. Many heritage attractions include underground cavern tours, stories of how quarrymen lived, and current day production.

Slate was carried from quarries on Snowdonia’s narrow-gauge steam railways around the region and to the sea, where ship-building harbours such as Porthmadog developed to transport it for house-roofing all across the globe.

Today visitors flock from around the world to Porthmadog – the UK’s narrow-gauge capital – to explore the remarkable scenery on these charming ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’.

Another modern shaper of world history was David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Britain from 1916-1922. His main achievement after the First World War was helping to create the welfare state. He grew up in Llanystumdwy and his childhood home is now a museum.

Nowadays Snowdonia is Wales’s undisputed activity capital, crammed full of all kinds of outdoor adventures like golfing, walking, cycling, climbing, zip-wiring, horse-riding, wildlife-watching, and water-sports.

After all that exploring, visitors need good food. Snowdonia has an international reputation for culinary excellence, and standards are high at all levels. Many hotels, restaurants and pubs emphasise high-quality, natural, seasonal, locally-produced ingredients – notably fresh fruit and vegetables, locally caught seafood (particularly crab, bass, lobster, cod), mountain-reared Welsh Black beef and succulent sweet saltmarsh lamb.

American travel writer Bill Bryson stayed at the Royal Sportsman Hotel in Porthmadog 20 years ago while writing ‘Notes From A Small Island’. He said in the book: 'I examined the meagre stock of local hotels with some care. I felt entitled to a spell of comfort and luxury after my night in a cheerless Llandudno guesthouse. And I chose an inn called the Royal Sportsman. . .'

All of this scenery, history, culture and excitement – and so much more – is just a few hours from all of England’s major cities. . .so take the path least trodden!"

We look forward to welcoming groups of cultured American guests keen to explore our mountains, castles and seashore, and enjoy a true taste of food from Wales! “

See for hotel details; www.royalsportsman/ and/or @royal_sportsman for interesting news/developments; and for more information on the area.

Published by Steve Langley, of The British Traveler.

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