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How to get the best last minute hotel deal on New Year’s Eve - or any other night

How to get the best last minute hotel deal on New Year’s Eve - or any other night

Ever since lastminute.com introduced us all to the nailbiting thrill of leaving our hotel booking until the final moment it’s generally been assumed that’s the best way to get a bargain. But does it work on one of the most heavily booked nights of the year, New Year’s Eve, especially in a top destination like London?

Enfin! French wine tourism moves into the 21st century

Enfin! French wine tourism moves into the 21st century

A few weeks ago I was invited to try out the menu at the Hotel du Vieux Moulin, Domaine Laroche’s wine bar and restaurant in a converted water mill in Chablis. What they didn’t mention was that they’d just opened a cutting edge boutique hotel.

Win dinner, bed and breakfast at The Pig!

Win dinner, bed and breakfast at The Pig!

When we took our recent road trip round Hampshire and Sussex recently (which you can read about here) I finally got to stay at the stylish Pig in Brockenhurst, a marvellous ‘restaurant with rooms’ as the owner Robin Hutson put it. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Magdalen Chapter, Exeter: a night in the operating room

Magdalen Chapter, Exeter: a night in the operating room

So many institutions are being converted into hotels these days that one should feel no great surprise at staying at a former eye hospital. But I must confess to feeling a shade queasy at spending a night in the operating room* at the Magdalen Chapter in Exeter - particularly when I spotted the drain in the floor down which many unspeakable fluids must have been sluiced . . .

6 places to stop overnight on your way through France

6 places to stop overnight on your way through France

Every summer we used to drive down to our house in Languedoc in the south of France stopping off a couple of nights on the way. This post on our favourite hotels and chambres d’hotes was written back in 2014 but I've updated it with a new discovery, L'Hibernie.

Win a 2 night stay at the gorgeous Scarlet Hotel

Win a 2 night stay at the gorgeous Scarlet Hotel

If you didn’t manage to get away for a romantic break this weekend here’s your chance to remedy that with a two night stay at the fabulous Scarlet hotel off the north Cornwall coast. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

The Swan at Lavenham

The Swan at Lavenham

We Londoners are spoiled for choice when it comes to weekend breaks. A lot of people are drawn west to the Cotswolds or south to Sussex, Hampshire and the New Forest. For me, though, East Anglia takes some beating.

Win a night’s bed and breakfast at the luxury 5* Beaumont hotel

Win a night’s bed and breakfast at the luxury 5* Beaumont hotel

Since I visited The Beaumont a few weeks ago and was shown round its fabulous rooms I’ve been thinking an overnight stay would make an amazing prize for our newsletter subscribers. So I asked them and they said yes! THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Win a luxury two night stay at Stoke Park Hotel!

Win a luxury two night stay at Stoke Park Hotel!

If you’re feeling as though winter will never end (me too!) we’ve got a brilliant prize to cheer you up this month: a two night stay at the luxurious Stoke Park hotel country club, spa and hotel in Buckinghamshire worth well over £500. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

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