Hotel of the week

Bath Priory

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

The crunch of the gravelled path leading up to the Bath Priory Hotel made me feel I'd jumped off the pages of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

Set in a tranquil area of western Bath the late Georgian stone mansion sits in three acres of garden, with sweeping lawns, cedar trees, and its very own vegetable patch.

With just 31 rooms, each individually named after a flower, this boutique hotel e

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Macdonald Windsor Hotel

By Alan Montague, September 18, 2014

Some visitors to Windsor get to stay in the castle. The Queen obviously. Various crown heads of Europe. The odd president and prime minister. But you and me?

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Villa Dubrovnik

By Andy Mossack, September 4, 2014

Croatia's stellar Dalmatian coast has long been seen as an alternative contender to Italy's Amalfi, and as my taxi makes a tight cliff top hairpin turn on to an even tighter road clearly never intended for motor car use, the difference is obvious.

No traffic. Just peace, solitude, bird song and the timeless backdrop of old town Dubrovnik lying far below, just across the bay.

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The Goring

By Sharron Livingston, August 28, 2014

The car was taken off my hands by Alastair the doorman, the door was opened with a theatrical flourish by the concierge, and my bag was liberated almost immediately by yet another attendant. By the time I got to the small but bright reception area, I was smiling.

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Hotel de la Cite

By Anthea Gerrie, July 24, 2014

It may only be 108 years old, but the Hotel de la Cite is the last and most decorative piece in the 1,200-year-old jigsaw puzzle which makes Carcassonne such a fascinating place to visit.

It was at the beginning of the 9th century that this ancient citadel got its name when it survived a siege by Charlemagne with the help of its moat, drawbridge and thick Roman walls.

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Athenaeum Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, July 17, 2014

One irritation of a hotel stay is having to crawl out of bed to turn off the master switch by the door then stumble back in darkness - a hazard of increasingly sophisticated but unfathomable lighting systems.

If only I had clocked the "sleep" button which dims all the lights from a bedside console when I was shown to my room, my stay would have been pretty well perfect.

You certainly can't b

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St James's Hotel and Club

By Andy Mossack, July 10, 2014

Walking up to the entrance, I reminded myself of all the previous owners and members of a business which began as a Travellers Club for diplomats b ack in 1857.

Ian Fleming, Winston Churchill, Peter De Savary and his show biz investors: Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Tim Rice, Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli and Pete Townsend.

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St Ermin's

By Andy Mossack, July 3, 2014

It seems Saint Ermin of Lobbes was a man of wisdom and sanctity. Rather fitting then that I happened to be visiting St. Ermin's Hotel on his Saint Day.

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Ballyfin Demesne, Ireland

By Sharron Livingston, July 1, 2014

There are 600 acres of land surrounding this remote but very stately home in St Laois. Parked by its lake are bikes and golf buggies but the best way to look around is by pony and trap. The driver, Lionel, points out the estate’s parish church, various follies, such as the viewing tower built to create jobs during the potato famine, the grottos and hidden gardens.

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Flemings Mayfair

By Andy Mossack, June 26, 2014

Half Moon Street in Mayfair is a row of fabulous Georgian town houses lining both sides.

Take a stroll through the front entrance of Flemings Mayfair Hotel and you'll experience something quite different.

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