It’s so cold that my chest tightens and I battle the urge to retreat to the warm car. The rain feels like it’s passing straight through my ears, falling in long, wind-whipped filaments. The water is the same slate grey as the sky. Right in front of me a man is wading into a loch. This is Dave of Sconser Scallops, and he does this for a living.
Being pioneers of Special Places, the Sawday’s office is always full of chatter about weekend plans and wanderlust. With the Easter bank holiday looming, we asked for some inspiration on where to escape – being an eclectic bunch this post takes you from Edinburgh to Milan so buckle up your seatbelt (or tighten your walking boots) and get some inspiration for your next adventure…
Sleepy English villages, jaw-dropping Portuguese architecture and Italian mystical folklore; we’ve selected some unusual destinations to inspire your next holiday. Continue Reading…
As a seasoned globetrotter with a passport brimming with stamps, how could you be expected to narrow down your list of favourite places to stay? That’s exactly what we asked of Jo Symons, Commissioning Travel Editor at The Daily Telegraph, who tipped us off with three of her stand-out spots.
Fuente de la Higuera, Andalucia (where I’m relaxing in the photo!)
Whether you choose a grand hotel or a small B&B, it’s the atmosphere that makes a stay really memorable.This small hotel, set on a hill outside Ronda, gets it just right. Laid back but with great attention to detail, it has stylish rooms, a lovely small pool, friendly staff and sweeping views across olive groves and plains to the mountains beyond. The food is spectacularly good.
Bruce Castle, Normandy is one of my favourite B&Bs in the world. A convincing replica of an 18th-century chateau, it’s run by the delightful Fontanets who create a happy and welcoming atmosphere. The large sunny sitting room and three en-suite bedrooms are decorated (without a hint of preciousness) with good antiques and paintings and there’s a peaceful and beautifully tended garden. Breakfast – the table laid with antique linen and silver – includes freshly poached fruit and home-made jams. It’s well placed for the Cherbourg ferry, and for exploringthe lovely Cotentin Peninsula and D-Day beaches.
Northcourt, in the peaceful Isle of Wight village of Shorwell, is one of the loveliest of the local manor houses, but the real highlights here are the spectacular grounds that reminded me of a mini Lost Gardens of Heligan. Rooms are large, comfortable and traditionally furnished – and the friendly hosts provide an excellent breakfast. It’s all great value. Superb walking, beaches and the rolling countryside of West Wight are nearby.