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British Hotels & Inns Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

British Hotels & Inns Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

From the wonderfully rustic to the wildly luxurious, from The Highlands to St Ives, we've taken the hard work out of finding Britain's loveliest hotels. Each hotel combines character with comfort and a great welcome. A weekend break in a historic city, a night away on business, a family holiday by the sea - there's something for everyone here. We are committed to the small hotels of Britain, run by enterprising people. We look for what we like; we celebrate the beautiful and the unusual. The winning combination of fresh honest write-ups, colourful photographs, clear symbols, excellent maps, clear directions and quick reference indices is what makes our guides so popular. Let our new collection inspire and intrigue you, from chic indulgence to blissful quiet. Over 300 handpicked places, many new for this edition, including our Sawday Award winners. * This 20th edition includes many brand new places * There's something for everyone here with prices ranging from GBP65 to GBP400 per night * Every place is inspected and selected by our roving team - we're trusted for our honest and lively reviews * Packed with over 600 full-colour photographs so you can see where you want to stay Use this trusted guide to the most special places and you're guaranteed a wonderful night away. Sawday's guides - championing excellence and character for over 20 years.

Pubs & Inns of England and Wales Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Eat & Drink

Pubs & Inns of England and Wales Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Eat & Drink

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A truly special collection of pubs to make you feel warm all over. We've discovered many more new pubs for you to explore from community-run pubs with microbreweries, to city gems and waterside spots. We've visited all these special pubs and we absolutely love them. Let's raise a glass and celebrate the unique charm of the great British pub! All the pubs are chosen for their originality, authenticity, good cheer and friendly welcomes. This well-loved guide gives you all the information you need including opening times, prices, directions, phone numbers and whether they're dog-friendly. * Pubs specially chosen for their individuality - guaranteeing you a special pub * An exceptional selection of above-pub bedrooms too, so you need drive no further once you've sampled the local produce * Search for pubs with their own breweries, authentic pubs, those with views, waterside settings, summer gardens, plus our ever-useful demystification guide to pub menus The essential glove box companion for the discerning pub goer.

Italy

Italy

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2018

Here are hundreds of irresistible excuses for going to Italy. Be welcomed and utterly seduced by the vitality and sheer authenticity of Italy and its people. This collection of over 400 places provides ready-made friends and contacts, with beautiful and interesting houses to spend time in. Stay in a B&B at the foot of Mount Etna, a 16th-century monastery on the Italian Lakes, a medieval hamlet in Le Marche - there's even an entire village in Tuscany. Find plenty to do and learn too; there are yoga retreats and art & drama workshops, we have one farm that runs pottery and textile holidays another where you can go truffle hunting or honey collecting. Plus our Ethical Collection, marked on entry pages, highlights owners' commitment to the environment, the community or to serving local or organic food. * Over 17 years of experience have gone into Sawday's most exciting collection of special places to stay in Italy, with over 400 properties listed - many of which are new for this edition * Coverage is country-wide, including Sicily and Sardinia and emerging tourist regions like the Aeolian islands and Campania. You'll find self-catering places of all sizes - for two or for an entire wedding party * Places are chosen only after inspection, to suit all budgets and occasions and many of them have rooms for EURO100 or less for two people. Good value for money is important at whatever price * Clear symbols, excellent maps, over 750 colour photos, and honest and lively write-ups take the hard work out of finding the perfect place for your special stay

Travelling Light Journeys Among Special People and Places

Travelling Light Journeys Among Special People and Places

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2018

A charming and beautifully written account of the pleasures of slow travel - for readers of Patrick Leigh Fermor, Colin Thubron and Eric Newby. 'Lawrence Sterne once suggested that we travel for one of just three reasons: imbecility of mind, infirmity of body or inevitable necessity. One might add to Sterne's little list: envy, curiosity - or just too much bloody rain at home. Escape, in other words.' Campaigner, publisher and wanderer Alastair Sawday has spent his life travelling. En route he has unearthed a multitude of stories - stories of people ploughing their own furrows, of travellers' tales, stories from the 'front line' of his publishing , ruminations and reflections about places, people and ideas. In this deeply charming, erudite and spirited book, he shares his experiences and explores the value of travel. 'The richer our imaginations, the richer our travel experience. We British do things one way and the Spaniards another; there are unlimited ways of doing everything. Kindness is found in unexpected places, as is eccentricity. Eccentrics are an endangered species and need as much protection as does the house sparrow.' Travelling Light is a gradual awakening to the fragility of everything we love through contemplative, consciously slow journeying. Every visit uncovers difference - from France profonde to the darker side of Sicily, and to the woodland, flora, fauna, views and silence of rural Britain. Alastair Sawday gives voice to those of us who have climbed no mountains, discovered no rivers, created no great institutions, powered no legislation, changed very little - but who yearn to understand the world and make sense of its infinite variety.

Dog Friendly Breaks in Britain

Dog Friendly Breaks in Britain

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Sift through the pages to find unexpected generosity and dashes of eccentricity in places where your dog can share your room. B&Bs, hotels, weekend boltholes and inns: remote and simple or wrapped in luxury, each one is special in its own way. Find tasty breakfasts to wake to, log fires to come home to and a guaranteed welcome for dogs - runarounds in the garden, towels for muddy paws, treats behind the bar. Above all: owners who know all the dog-friendly walks, woods, beaches, picnic spots and pubs on their patch. Pick an area from our map, select a coloured number (red for B&B/hotel, blue for self-catered) and find the relevant page. User-friendly maps and lively write-ups make each guide a pleasure to read - and a great gift for a friend. * A wonderful collection of over hotels, B&Bs, weekend boltholes and inns where you can share a bedroom with your dog - many of which are new for this edition * At each there's a special treat for your dog - maybe a tasty sausage at breakfast, a river to splash through, or a fleecy blanket by the fire * Honest write ups, clear symbols, colour photos and excellent maps take the hard work out of finding the perfect place - be it a friendly townhouse, a chic eco barn or a hotel by the sea * With a brilliant selection of dog-friendly pubs-for-a-pint to visit * We look for what we like, celebrate the unusual and the beautiful, and inspect each and every place. We've visited all these special places and like them - we know you will too!

The Extra Mile Delicious Alternatives to Motorway Services

The Extra Mile Delicious Alternatives to Motorway Services

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/11/2017

British Hotels & Inns Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

British Hotels & Inns Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2017

From the wonderfully rustic to the wildly luxurious, from The Highlands to St Ives, we've taken the hard work out of finding Britain's loveliest hotels. Each hotel combines character with comfort and a great welcome. A weekend break in a historic city, a night away on business, a family holiday by the sea - there's something for everyone here. We are committed to the small hotels of Britain, run by enterprising people. We look for what we like; we celebrate the beautiful and the unusual. The winning combination of fresh honest write-ups, colourful photographs, clear symbols, excellent maps, clear directions and quick reference indices is what makes our guides so popular. Let our new collection inspire and intrigue you, from chic indulgence to blissful quiet. Over 300 handpicked places, many new for this edition, including our Sawday Award winners. * This 19th edition includes many brand new places including our handpicked Award winners * There's something for everyone here with prices ranging from GBP65 to GBP400 per night * Every place is inspected and selected by our roving team - we're trusted for our honest and lively reviews * Packed with over 600 full-colour photographs so you can see where you want to stay Use this trusted guide to the most special places and you're guaranteed a wonderful night away. Sawday's guides - championing excellence and character for over 20 years.

British Bed and Breakfast Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

British Bed and Breakfast Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Many brand new B&B's are included in our new guide to wonderful Bed & Breakfast places across Britain. There's something for everyone here, from young families to young lovers, peace-seekers, walkers, cyclists, surfers and art and history buffs. Stay in a handsome townhouse or a quirky castle, a little terraced cottage or a university college, some are lavish, others simple. We look for character, authenticity and owners who love people and go the extra mile. Every place is inspected and selected by our roving team. We're trusted for our honest and lively reviews. Each entry is special in its own way. One may have fabulous architecture and inspirational views, another amusing hosts and delightful interiors; some have it all. Breakfasts will always be delicious: maybe eggs and bacon from down the road, soft fruits from the garden, homemade breads and jams, compotes and sausages. For this new edition we have included many new B&Bs - many run by a new generation of owners bringing new ideas to the traditional B&B, many passionate about growing and rearing their own food, some offering creative courses in gardening and cookery too! Prices range from GBP65 to GBP200 a night offering a wide variety of places to stay. Honest write-ups take the slog out of finding the right place for you, providing you with a trusted guide to the genuinely special places in Britain, be it somewhere perfect to take the dog, a child-friendly city bolthole or a gorgeous hideaway for two.

Travelling Light Journeys Among Special People and Places

Travelling Light Journeys Among Special People and Places

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/07/2017

A charming and beautifully written account of the pleasures of slow travel - for readers of Patrick Leigh Fermor, Colin Thubron and Eric Newby. 'Lawrence Sterne once suggested that we travel for one of just three reasons: imbecility of mind, infirmity of body or inevitable necessity. One might add to Sterne's little list: envy, curiosity - or just too much bloody rain at home. Escape, in other words.' Campaigner, publisher and wanderer Alastair Sawday has spent his life travelling. En route he has unearthed a multitude of stories - stories of people ploughing their own furrows, of travellers' tales, stories from the 'front line' of his publishing , ruminations and reflections about places, people and ideas. In this deeply charming, erudite and spirited book, he shares his experiences and explores the value of travel. 'The richer our imaginations, the richer our travel experience. We British do things one way and the Spaniards another; there are unlimited ways of doing everything. Kindness is found in unexpected places, as is eccentricity. Eccentrics are an endangered species and need as much protection as does the house sparrow.' Travelling Light is a gradual awakening to the fragility of everything we love through contemplative, consciously slow journeying. Every visit uncovers difference - from France profonde to the darker side of Sicily, and to the woodland, flora, fauna, views and silence of rural Britain. Alastair Sawday gives voice to those of us who have climbed no mountains, discovered no rivers, created no great institutions, powered no legislation, changed very little - but who yearn to understand the world and make sense of its infinite variety.

French Bed & Breakfast Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

French Bed & Breakfast Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/03/2017

Britain's best B&B guide to France, aimed at independent travellers seeking a truly special place to stay. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, our French team has selected over 800 B&Bs, including our Award Winners. Fall in love with a place and stay longer, change your route and stop off somewhere new - there's great flexibility here. An intriguing range of bed and breakfasts is included: ski chalets, chateaux, farmhouses, treehouses, pieds-a-terre in lovely old cities and studio apartments in tiny mountain hamlets. We meet a wide variety of owners too, from those running authentic old-style `chambres d'hotes' to creative young couples opening eco-chic B&Bs. What they have in common is their devotion to making you feel special. They can also tell you about gastronomic breaks and wine tours, painting, cookery and language courses, and give you the low down on all the best places. * Be inspired by our biggest ever collection as we celebrate 20 years of discovering France's loveliest B&B's * Over 800 hand-picked places, more than 250 new for this edition, including our Award winners * Fresh pastries on sunny terraces at breakfast; a crackling fire for home-cooked dinners with your hosts * Seriously good value - plenty of places have double rooms for 80euros or less * From Boulogne to Biarritz, we've visited every cottage, chateau, chalet, townhouse and farm, and we love them - we know you will too!

Italy Alastair Sawday Special Places to Stay

Italy Alastair Sawday Special Places to Stay

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2016

Here are hundreds of irresistible excuses for going to Italy. Be welcomed and utterly seduced by the vitality and sheer authenticity of Italy and its people. This collection of over 400 places provides ready-made friends and contacts, with beautiful and interesting houses to spend time in. Stay in a B&B at the foot of Mount Etna, a 16th-century monastery on the Italian Lakes, a medieval hamlet in Le Marche - there's even an entire village in Tuscany. Find plenty to do and learn too; there are yoga retreats and art & drama workshops, we have one farm that runs pottery and textile holidays another where you can go truffle hunting or honey collecting. Plus our Ethical Collection, marked on entry pages, highlights owners' commitment to the environment, the community or to serving local or organic food. * Over 16 years of experience have gone into Sawday's most exciting collection of special places to stay in Italy, with over 400 properties listed * Coverage is country-wide, including Sicily and Sardinia and emerging tourist regions like the Aeolian islands and Campania. You'll find self-catering places of all sizes - for two or for an entire wedding party * Places are chosen only after inspection, to suit all budgets and occasions and more than 145 have rooms for EURO100 or less for two people. Good value for money is important at whatever price * Clear symbols, excellent maps, over 750 colour photos, and honest and lively write-ups take the hard work out of finding the perfect place for your special stay

French Chateaux & Hotels

French Chateaux & Hotels

Author: Alastair Sawday Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2016

Nineteen years of experience have gone into creating this trusted glove-pocket guide, a pleasure to read and the perfect gift for a Francophile friend. A seductive collection of 380 hotels, chateaux and auberges - beautiful, unusual, individual - have been selected and inspected in the best Sawday's tradition - these special places are here because we like them. * Find hotels from all over France from catered ski chalets in the Pyrenees to beachside retreats on the Cote d'Azur * Over 150 places have rooms for two at EURO100 or less - or treat yourself to a slice of luxury. All are chosen for their character and warmth, great hospitality and fine wines and food - often hosted at the communal table * Clear symbols, excellent maps, over 750 colour photos, and honest and lively write-ups take the hard work out of finding the perfect place for your special stay Combine this with good maps, clear symbols and quick reference indices, and you will find French Chateaux & Hotels a pleasure to read.