Hotel of the week

Ballyfin Demesne

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 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.

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Skeppsholmen

By Anthea Gerrie, June 12, 2014

In a gloriously green, fresh-air city surrounded by water, it can be hard to find the serenity which is the secret weapon of the most beautiful capital in Scandinavia.

Enter the Skeppsholmen Hotel, which offers peace, quiet and high design just a 10-minute stroll from Stockholm's bustling city centre.

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Macdonald Elmers Court

By Eugene Costello, June 6, 2014

Hotel & Spa
Hampshire

In the heart of the New Forest, all picture-postcard villages, thatched cottages and wild ponies, stands Elmers Court. Its Scottish heritage is seen in the décor - baronial-style wood panelling, tartan carpets and hangings.

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Westbury Hotel, Dublin

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

I had just turned into the side street from Dublin’s famous Grafton Street to the Westbury when I saw it. I instantly recognised the life size statue of Dublin-bred Phil Lynott. I was still humming “The Boys are Back in town” when I got to the reception desk on the first floor. “A fan of Thin Lizzy are you?” asked Eddie, the concierge in a charming Irish lilt.

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Hotel Roschild 71, Tel Aviv

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

I knew that I would be staying the night in the heart of Tel Aviv not far from the Israel museum.

This is the city’s financial centre and the busiest part of the Rothschild Boulevard. It’s right in the thick of the famous “White City” and close to the upmarket shopping area of Gan Hahashmal.

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Calakmul Hotel, Mexico

By Sharron Livingston, May 27, 2014

There was no snooze button when the howler monkeys began their early morning howl. It was an unrelenting crack-of-dawn wake-up call. But in any case the light was already filtering in through the screens and mosquito netting that are the cabana walls. That’s how it goes in the jungle.

The cabanas are simple, with a ceiling fan, surprisingly comfy beds and an ensuite shower.

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Hotel of the week: The Francis Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, January 17, 2014

What you really want when you get to the Georgian architectural extravaganza that is Bath, is a hotel that really lets you live the dream. The Francis is one of just a handful in this elegant town which lives up to the promise, but has been rather delightfully reinterpreted with a touch of je ne sais quoi by the French.

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Hotel of the week: Polurrian Bay

By Richard Burton, January 17, 2014

You've got to be under three to enjoy the best views. It's from the seat of a swing in a tiny paddock at the top of a cliff overlooking a vast and improbable stretch of Atlantic coast.

If you're significantly older, you can either push or step back on to the hotel terrace, or better still, into the Vista lounge with its tall wall-to-wall windows.

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Hotel of the week: Mizpe-Hayamim

By Moya Sarner, January 17, 2014

The old Tzfat-Rosh Pinna road leads to a secluded area within the woods to the Mizpe Hayamim hotel and spa.

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Hotel of the week: Buttermilk B&B, Worcester

By Sharron Livingston, November 27, 2013

When you are alone in a strange town, spending a few nights there can seem a little, lonely. So on a recent budget trip to Worcester, I shied away from the faceless chain hotels, opting instead for a bed and breakfast.

I found one in the village of Ladywood, a few minutes drive from town and noisy local pubs. At the every least, I reasoned, I would be in pleasant surroundings.

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