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Langstone Cliff Hotel review: a family and dog-friendly hotel in Devon

If you’re a family with a four-legged friend you’ll know that finding a hotel that welcomes kids and pets is a bit of a challenge. Add into the mix the desire for a destination that has a beach and plenty of family attractions close by and you might feel like this holiday search is too …

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Bloc Hotel Gatwick Review – a pre-flight hotel at Gatwick Airport 

I don’t often fly from Gatwick as it’s a good five hour train journey from where I live in Devon. But when the chance of a trip to Lake Maggiore in Italy came up in May, Gatwick was the best option for flights to Milan Malpensa. I ummed and arghed about getting the sleeper train …

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Hampton by Hilton, Bristol Airport review – hotel and parking 

If you’ve got an early flight from Bristol Airport, hotel and parking research is probably on your pre-holiday check-list. It was certainly on mine when we were planning our Easter trip to Crete. And I found an option we’d recommend for families for value for money, ease and location. Here’s our review of Hampton by Hilton …

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Reviewed: AC Hotel Gava Mar – a Barcelona hotel by the beach 

*Advertisement feature* Take me back to this stylish hotel in Costa Barcelona. The AC Hotel Gava Mar was my oasis of calm during a packed four days experiencing the cultural activities and sights around Catalunya with the various tourist departments of Costa Barcelona. The hotel is in a superb seaside location, with a stunning private …

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Sands Resort Hotel & Spa review – an excellent family hotel in Cornwall

It was during our recent family break in Cornwall that I was reminded how awesome it is to see the sun set over water. This was the view that greeted us when we arrived to review Sands Resort Hotel & Spa in Newquay and it signalled that we were going to have a great weekend. …

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Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel review and why I must find more time to visit Bristol

Bristol and I have unfinished business. During the past four years I’ve made four visits to this fabulous city of industrial history and apples. But none for more than 24 hours. My fleeting stays have been for an annual work event and each year I kick myself that I haven’t found time to return at …

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Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes – a family-friendly place to eat in South Devon

During our recent day out on the Round Robin in South Devon we were invited to eat at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes. If you’ve ever visited the bohemian market town of Totnes you’ll know you can’t miss the Royal Seven Stars. It’s in a prime location at the bottom of the high street …

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China Fleet Country Club review: a spa break with kids

Yes, you read that right: a spa break with kids. It is possible! Before you reach for the champagne, I’ll level with you. It’s not quite the same as those care-free spa trips with your gal pals before babies. But if you find the right spa – that understands families and knows parents sometimes crave …

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