Friday, 21 December 2018

5 new things to try in 2019!

5 new things to try!

We all know that the New Year brings a whole load of new New Year’s Resolutions. We thought that we could help you make these wishes a reality with some new things for you to try in 2019. 

1. Becoming more active:
One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to become more fit and try to lose those extra pounds we might have put on at Christmas. Without restricting yourself to a gym, the nicest way to make use of those brand-new trainers you got for Christmas, would be to explore many of the UK’s fantastic walking trails. 

Hadrian’s Wall stretches 84 miles from Tyneside to Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria. While it may be a little difficult to try and walk the entire thing, there are fantastic treks to take part in where you can discover the fascinating history of the wall. 

Another fantastic walking trail is the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Explore unspoiled fishing villages and picturesque coves whilst witnessing stunning panoramic views. 

2. Becoming more cultured:
UK and Ireland are home to some fantastic galleries. Whether they're local to villages, showcasing local talent, or bigger, showing talent from all over the world, there is loads of art to discover in places that you might not have thought of. 

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is one of the oldest public museums in the whole world. It is where Oxford University features its wide range of international art covering hundreds of years. 

A more recent arrival to the gallery world is The Hepworth Wakefield in Wakefield. The gallery shows art from the city as well as some exclusive pieces from Barbara Hepworth, who the gallery is named after. 

3. Discovering new music and theatre:
There is now so much new music and theatre that is hard to keep track of them sometimes. Why not discover some unique bands and shows for yourself by exploring some smaller venues?

The King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, frequently houses some extraordinary talent. It became known as the place where Oasis were signed and continues to stand strong in showcasing excellent talent. 

London is home to the ground-breaking new theatre with spectacular talent. The Yard Theatre is just one of many fantastic spaces that perform contemporary writing in modern contexts. 

4. Getting closer to nature
The world is a fascinating place that some people take for granted. Luckily, there are places where you can easily discover more about our wonderful planet. 

The Eden Project in Cornwall is a fantastic way to spend a day out with the family. Explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world, whilst discovering a range of climates and environments.

The Cambridge University Botanic Garden houses nine National Plant Collections with plants from all over the world on show in the 40-acre gardens. 

5. Reliving history:
The UK and Ireland have a fascinating history. You can explore the ruins of some of the most remarkable places and relive the history that happened there. 

The grave of King Arthur was discovered in Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, and it is also a stunning place to explore history spanning back to the seventh century.

Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire was the inspiration for ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker. Why not explore the haunting remains whilst also enjoying panoramic views of Whitby. 

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Abbey Hotel & Central Hotel, Donegal Town, Co Donegal

Abbey Hotel & Central Hotel, Donegal Town, Co Donegal

Abbey Hotel & Central Hotel are located next door to each other in The Diamond which is the main square in Donegal town. They are conveniently situated for the Wild Atlantic Way.

Abbey Hotel: This hotel offers a range of room types. All rooms are en-suite and come with a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, room service, alarm call, hairdryer, car parking and access to the facilities at the Central Hotel.

Guests can choose to eat in the Market House Restaurant, Food Hall or The Abbey Bar. All food is locally sourced where possible.

Abbey Hotel is a great location to hold a wedding.

Central Hotel: Like the Abbey Hotel, Central Hotel has a range of room types and the same facilities. There are a few places guests can eat from a tasty carvery in Just Williams Bistro, casual dining, craft beers and cocktails in The Upper Deck Bar or alternatively fine dining in the newly opened Chapman's Restaurant.

This hotel benefits from having a leisure club which includes a gym, Jacuzzi, steam room and swimming pool.

Donegal is a busy town with a great selection of shops and a market. There are plenty of interesting places to visit in and around the town such as Donegal Castle, Donegal Railway Heritage Centre and Donegal Craft Village.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

5 Weekend City Breaks

5 Weekend City Breaks 

With the festive season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to plan a weekend city break! Immerse yourself in history, culture and people. From local food and arts, nightlife, museums and shopping malls, there is a wealth of activities to indulge in including Christmas shopping.

Below is a list of 5 bustling cities worth visiting this festive season:

1) Bath. As the city sparkles with glittering lights, delightful aromas of sweet roasted chestnuts fill the air and cheer choirs sing carols by candlelight, soak up the smells and sounds of Christmas in Bath. There are plenty of ways to make the most of the festive season in Bath. Get all your Christmas shopping done in one go at the famous Bath Christmas Market, catch a traditional pantomime at Theatre Royal Bath or get your skates on and head to the outdoor rink at Bath on Ice.

2) Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s beauty is both staggering and inimitable. Shopping in Edinburgh ranges from the world’s best luxury names to local, independent talent just waiting to be discovered. One of the UK’s popular festive celebrations will come to life in Edinburgh city centre, with the biggest, brightest and best programme of events and entertainment to date. 

3) London. One of the world’s most visited cities, England’s buzzing capital is well worth the visit and has so much to offer, from magnificent history and culture to cutting-edge fashion and food. From Christmas markets and Christmas shopping in London to ice rinks, Winter Wonderland and festive events, there are lots of magical things to do at Christmas in London. Plan a weekend break and soak up the cities transformation with its twinkling lights, Christmas trees and seasonal decorations! 

4) Manchester. Youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character, Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK right now where everybody and anybody is warmly welcomed. Christmas is a magical time in Greater Manchester and the perfect occasion to combine a short festive break with a spot of Christmas shopping. With hundreds of high street and independent boutique shops to choose from, Greater Manchester attracts visitors from far and wide, particularly during this period – and rightly so!

5) Oxford. Oxford is a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. You'll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries and plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces in which to relax. Don’t forget to visit the Christmas market, it truly is a magical experience.

Don’t miss out on the festive season, book a getaway using our online directory Hotels Available (, an easy to use online directory of guest accommodation based within the UK and Ireland. 

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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Blackaddie Country House Hotel, Royal Burgh Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

Blackaddie Country House Hotel, Royal Burgh Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

Offering award winning accommodation, Blackaddie Country House Hotel is perfectly based on the banks of the stunning River Nith in South West Scotland.

All bedrooms are provided with en-suite facilities, complimentary mineral water, homemade shortbread and Scottish tablet, remote control flat screen television sets, tea & coffee making facilities and direct dial telephones.

Our food is far and above what one would normally expect. Ian, owner and chef, has held a Michelin Star for many years in his previous restaurants so you can imagine that the food here at Blackaddie Country House Hotel is going to be some of the best to be found in Scotland.

Our menu changes daily and we use only fresh products with all dishes being made in our own kitchens. We feature wherever possible locally sourced Scottish ingredients and only the very best will do. As well as our fine dining menu, we are now also running out new daily TDH menu only £30 for 3 courses of fabulous food.

Blackaddie Country House Hotel is set amidst two acres of secluded gardens in Scotland, on the outskirts of the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation, excellent facilities, a friendly service and great food now with two rosettes for the food from the AA. These sit well alongside the other awards the hotel has gained for its food.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Burford House, Burford, Oxfordshire

Burford House, Burford, Oxfordshire

Burford House is a stunning 17th Century Cotswold stone building. Today it offers comfortable accommodation just a short walk from the town centre of Burford, Oxfordshire. This is a beautiful area of the Cotswolds.

There are 6 en-suite bedrooms available which all include a Smart TV, Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities. In the morning a selection of cooked breakfasts are on offer plus a buffet. Burford also offers lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

The hotel has a dog-friendly bar where you can enjoy a cocktail, local ale or sample one of the many gins. Outside is a walled courtyard garden which is ideal for a relaxing beverage in the sun.

Just a short walk away are shops, over 10 pubs and a historic church. It is only 49 minutes to the cities of Oxford and Cheltenham and under 1.5 hours from Heathrow Airport. There are plenty of attractions to visit such as Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Blenheim Palace.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

5 Reasons To Stay In A Hotel

5 Reasons To Stay In A Hotel

Hotel accommodation can be convenient, affordable and luxurious. Whether you are looking for a romantic break or a stopover for a business trip, you will find a hotel to suit your needs.

1. Enjoy being waited on.
Make the most of little luxuries like having your bed made for you, receiving fresh towels daily and calling reception for room service, so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or even dinner in bed!

2. Amenities.
Take advantage of the onsite facilities during your stay. Enjoy a dip in the swimming pool or release your energy by doing a workout in the gym. After a busy day unwind in the spa facilities. Many hotels even offer relaxing facials or massages. What better way to recharge your batteries after long business meetings or a day out exploring?

3. Dine in style.
Lots of hotels boast onsite restaurants where you can enjoy everything from light bites to a three course meal. Full English breakfasts are the perfect way to start your day. Take your loved one for a romantic meal and experience fine dining at its best.

4. Vouchers and packages.
If you find a hotel you really love you can share your experience with friends or family. Purchase a gift voucher or even a spa package deal, an ideal and unusual present to surprise your loved one with.

5. Luxury living.
Live the celebrity lifestyle in luxurious surroundings. Enjoy beautiful ensuite rooms, top notch cuisine, stunning views and fantastic facilities. Best of all lap up the luxury of being waited on and looked after.

There are so many stunning hotels to choose from across the UK and Ireland. Take a look at our website for inspiration and book your stay today!

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