OVER THE YEARS we have visited many places in England, Wales and Scotland. Way back
Devon and Cornwall were regular summer holiday destinations with Torquay and Teignmouth
high on the list along with St Ives, Rock and Falmouth in Cornwall. In more recent
years we have enjoyed mid-week and weekend breaks by taking advantage of the various
offers that hotel groups provide throughout the year and visited places such as Poole,
Cheltenham, Basingstoke and Bath. Also the Premier Inn group offer very good value
and we have stayed in this type of accommodation as far afield as Kings Lynn, Taunton,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Plymouth and Bangor in North Wales. All the Premier Inns have
a Beefeater or Brewers Fayre or similar type restaurant attached at which a very
reasonable meal can be obtained. As members of the Beefeater Emerald Club discounts
on the accommodation can also be obtained.
The Eden Project
Three nights at the Plymouth Travel Inn followed by two nights at the Taunton Travel
We travelled to Plymouth, having not visited for many years, to visit the Eden Project
and the Lost Gardens of Haligon (which were both well worth the visit). Then it was
back up to Taunton so that we could visit Exmoor and the North Devon Coast, especially
Lynton and Lynmouth. The Travel Inns certainly offer good value for money and are
always located next to a restaurant of a good standards.
The Royal Crescent
Two-night break staying at The Menzies Waterside Hotel
We had driven through Bath on visits to the West Country but had never stopped and
had a look round. This two-night break at the Menzies Waterside Hotel was ideal because
the hotel is situated just five minutes from the town centre and we enjoyed a very
pleasant break in this old Spa town and also enjoyed some great meals in the hotel.
The weather turned out to be a great also considering it was the middle of February.
Chester's Main Street
CHESTER : May 19-21, 2004
Three-night break staying at the Macdonalds Craxton Woods Hotel
Having only ever visited this area of the North West once before (when I was about
14) it was all new scenery to us. The hotel was situated just north of Chester in
about 27 acres of wooded land and it was perfect, especially the food. Chester itself
is a very interesting and historic place with plenty to do and see and is also an
ideal loaction for visits to North Wales, Liverpool and the Wirrel . . . visits that
we indeed made. All in all a great break from the stresses of a retirement life!!!!!!
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PLYMOUTH & TAUNTON: June 24-28, 2003
BATH:February 18 and 19, 2004
STOURPORT-ON-SEVERN : September 22-24, 2004
Two-night break staying at the Menzies Stourport Manor Hotel
Another first for us in this area of Worcestershire in the beautiful River Severn
Valley. After booking into hotel we travelled down to the City of Worcester for a
good look round there and then on the next day we travelled northwards up the valley
into Shropshire and to the village of Ironbridge where the first iron bridge in the
world was built over the Severn more than 200 years ago. Lovely scenery, lovely food
. . .!!!
CUMBRIA : September 19-23, 2005
Five-day, four-night coach trip to the Lake District, staying at the Shap Wells Hotel
at Shapnear Carlisle.
This was an excellent trip by coach with everything included. We travelled with the
sisters from Oz and brother and sister-in-law, Rob and Marian. The hotel was superb
with excellent food and the excursions covered the Lake District, Hadrian's Wall,
Carlisle, Hexham and the Cumbrian west coast. Mary even got in a quick visit to the
Marks and Spencers in Carlisle (another one to tick off!). The weather was great
and the Oz sisters really enjoyed seeing the beautiful scenery in that part of the
Uk, as we all did!!
NORTH DEVON : September 25-29, 2006
Five-day, four-night self-drive trip to Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, staying
at the Valley of the Rocks Hotel at Lynton.
This hotel is owned by the WA/Shearings Holiday company and our trip was booked through
them. Travelling with brother Rob and sister-in-law Marian we enjoyed an excellent
break in this beautiful part of the country. Good food and brilliant entertainment
in the evenings and rides out to Ilfracombe, Coombe Martin, Clovelly and the Dartington
Crystal factory made this a very enjoyable holiday. The weather was reasonable and
we able to enjoy all the lovely scenery in that part of the country.
Nidd Hall Hotel
YORKSHIRE : July 25-28, 2008
Three-night weekend break to Yorkshire staying at the Nidd Hall Hotel just north
or Harrogate. This is a Warner's Hotel which is set in beautiful parkland with well
laid out gardens.
We travelled up to Yorkshire for this three-night weekend break and enjoyed fantastic
summer weather all the time whilst visiting such places as York, Harrogate, Knaresborough,
Pateley Bridge and Settle. The hotel was excellent with very good food and and entertainment
each evening. In York we visised the Minster and the Railway Museum before travelling
out into the countryside to see a lavender farm and Castle Howard. In Harrogate we
sampled a cake at the famous Betty's tearooms as well as travelling through the beautiful
Three-night weekend break in Somerset staying at the Cricket St Thomas Hotel which
is on the A30 between Crewkerne and Chard. This is another Warner's Hotel which was
again set in beautiful parkland with well laid out gardens.
We travelled down to for this three-night weekend break and again enjoyed good weather
for the time of year. Brother and sister-in-law, Rob and Marian, accompanied us on
this break and we enjoyed good food, good entertainment and good company at this
very nice hotel set in the countryside. We also visited Lyme Regis on the Dorset
Jurassic coast as well as taking in the scenery of that part of the courntry.
We travelled to Northumberland for this four-night break as a celebration of our
Golden Wedding which was on June 13. We enjoyed some reasonable weather and visited
Keilder Water, the Metro Centre at Gateshead and the outskirts of Newcastle. This
was our first visit to this area and we enjoyed the lovely scenery and the coastal
areas north of Newcastle. Excellent food and drink was enjoyed at the hotel.
NORFOLK : August 13-15, 2010
Two-night break in Norfolk staying at The Sprowston Manor Hotel and Country Club,
Norwich, which has an 18-hole championship golf course. This hotel is one of the
Marriott Hotel Group.
We travelled to Norwich on the Friday and on that day I had a golf lesson and 18
holes of golf whilst Mary visited Norwich. We enjoyed two great evening meals plus
two full English breakfast served buffet style. This is a very comfortable hotel
set in beautiful surroundings and close to the lovely countryside of the Norfold
THE COTSWOLDS : June 8-15, 2012
Seven-night break staying at the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel which is situated in the
small village of Charlecote about five miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. This hotel
is one of the Shearings Group Coast and Country Hotels.
As usual the accommodation, food, entertainment was excellent and although the weather
was not the greatest for June we enjoyed a very pleasant stay. We had a good day
at Warwick Castle and as well as seeing the sights at Stratford we visited Coventry,
Worcester, Cheltenham, Stow-in-the-Wold and Boughton-on-the-Water during the course
of the week.
SOUTH WALES : June 9-14, 2013
Another five-night break starting with one night in a Premier Inn at Cardiff in South
Wales followed by four nights in The Imperial Hotel at Tenby on the Pembrokeshire
coast. This hotel is one of the Coast and Country Hotels Group.
We drove down to Cardiff on the Sunday arriving at midday and spent the afternoon
visiting this City for the first time and then on the Monday morning we travelled
on to Tenby via a stop at Swansea and a visit to the National Botanic Gardens near
Carmarthon. During the week we toured around Pembrokeshire and the weather was reasonably
kind to us and we enjoyed some excellent meals and entertainment at the hotel which
overlooked the sea and was on the cliff edge.
NATIONAL TRUST VISITS : Throughout 2014 to present
Simon and Mary have given us a joint membership of the National Trust for Christmas
for the last couple of years and we have enjoyed visiting several of their sites
during the year.
So far we have been to Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds and to Angelsey Abbey
near Cambridge and Wimpole Estate near Royston. We also had an afternoon out at Hatfield
Forest which is also run by the National Trust. There are a couple of places up in
Norfolk that we intend visit before too long and we have also visited a couple of
places down inn Devon and Cornwall.
THE MIDLANDS : June 1-3, 2005
Two-night break staying at the Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley.
This trip enabled us to visit Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry, three cities that
we had bypassed but never really been into the city centres. Another three Marks
and Spencers for Mary to visit!!! The hotel was great and the food excellent and
all in all it was another very enjoyable break during which we also celebrated my
69th birthday with a nice bottle of wine!!!
SOMERSET: October 17-20, 2008
NORTHUMBERLAND : June 15-19, 2009
Four-night break in Northumberland staying at The George Hotel at Chollerford which
is close to Hexham and on the route of Hadrian's Wall. This hotel is part of the
Shearings Group and was in a lovely setting on the banks of the River Tyne.
EAST DEVON & SOMERSET : June 12-17, 2011
Five-night break starting with one night in a Premier Inn at Taunton in Somerset
and then four nights at The Imperial Hotel in Exmouth, East Devon. The Imperial is
one of the Coast and Country Hotels which is part of the Shearings Group.
We drove down to Taunton on the Sunday and after having a look around that area we
stayed overnight at a Premier Inn where we enjoyed a nice evening meal and an all-you-can-eat
breakfast before carrying on to Exeter for a look around that city (using the park
and ride!!!) before checking in at our main holiday hotel, The Imperial, at Exmouth
for four more nights. The accommodation, food, service, entertainment, etc, was excellent
and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. During our stay we drove down to Plymouth and
also to Sidmouth and Axminster and on our last day we had a river trip up the River
Exe to the old port of Topsham before heading back to Exmouth on the train.
We enjoyed a five-night break in a bed and breakfast farmhouse in a small village
near Tavistock on the edge of Dartmoor.
Travelling down on the Sunday we took our time on the 300-mile journey with a couple
of stops on the way including a lovely Sunday lunch at an hotel we discovered just
as we got onto Dartmoor. The farmhouse we stayed at was recommended to us and it
was very comfortable with a great breakfast each morning. We visited a couple of
National Trust places whilst down there and well as looking in on Looe and Polperro
and we also went into Plymouth and Exeter . . . all in all a great break with lovely
weather. Click on the link in the intro at the top of this page to see some pictures.