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Our top six beach houses
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Our top six beach houses

By Ella Perryman

What could be better than finding your own bolthole with an inspiring seascape? Curl up and watch the weather roll in, stroll straight down onto the beach after lunch and fall asleep with the surf echoing round your room. We… Continue reading >

Five of our favourite cosy winter boltholes
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Five of our favourite cosy winter boltholes

By Ella Perryman

The post-Christmas blues are in full swing and it’s that time of the year when we all want to cuddle up and hibernate. We’ve chosen five of our favourite places from our cosy boltholes collection – those perfect for wrapping… Continue reading >

A local’s guide to East Sussex
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A local’s guide to East Sussex

By Julia Smith

Photographer Julia Smith from Humphrey & Grace was born and raised in Sussex. She used a recent visit home to reconnect with her favourite spots in Rye and the surrounding area. These are some of her top tips. Julia was… Continue reading >

Guides

Slow Guide to Sussex
Guides - 5 min read

Slow Guide to Sussex

By Ella Perryman

After seeing a surge of interest in Sussex on our site, we headed over to find out if the county could break our Bristolian habit of heading west on holiday. We found charming towns that wore their coastal setting with… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to the Cotswolds
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Slow Guide to the Cotswolds

By Chris Elmes

If you think the Cotswolds is just a giant oil painting you can walk around in, it’s time to take a closer look. On our visit in June we found that while there certainly is impressive history and an abundance… Continue reading >

Slow guide to the Lake District
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Slow guide to the Lake District

By Chris Elmes

Our perception of The Lake District was as a vast place that was all about long, challenging hikes to windblown peaks. Our trip, thanks to a little research and a lot of local advice, turned out to be much more… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Devon
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Slow Guide to Devon

By Chris Elmes

Everything about creating this guide felt a little different. For previous editions, we’ve travelled to Yorkshire and Northumberland, so far from our Bristol base that everything felt like a discovery. When it came to planning our trip to Devon, which… Continue reading >

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Inspiration

The perfect places to stay for solo travellers
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The perfect places to stay for solo travellers

By Ella Perryman

Our Solo Travel Collection has over 75 places that provide either the space to be by yourself or the chance to mix and mingle with friendly owners and like-minded travellers. Some also offer favourable room rates for single guests. Here… Continue reading >

25 years of travel language
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25 years of travel language

By Chris Elmes

Since we were founded in 1994, the way the world talks about travel has changed dramatically. Modes of transport, glowing devices and challenging concepts have fostered more new words than Milton and more strange ones than Joyce. It’s been fascinating,… Continue reading >

Seafood and solitude on a Scottish road trip
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Seafood and solitude on a Scottish road trip

By Chris Elmes

Scotland’s wilder areas reward the patient traveller, making them perfect road trip material. This is the rough route that one of our team took on an 8-night journey from Bristol to Scotland’s west coast. It was a week of spectacular… Continue reading >

Beauty, history, fraternity – the organisation preserving France
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Beauty, history, fraternity – the organisation preserving France

By Alastair sawday

Pierres d’Histoire is a charitable organisation established by Dominique Imbert. Its work restoring and preserving France’s wealth of historic buildings is truly inspirational. Our founder Alastair Sawday went to meet Dominique and see one of Pierres d’Histoire’s many success stories,… Continue reading >

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Journeys

Discover Andalucía: 500 years after Magellan set off around the world
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Discover Andalucía: 500 years after Magellan set off around the world

By Sarah Baxter

Travel journalist and award-winning writer Sarah Baxter travelled to southwest Andalucía earlier this year in celebration of the Magellan Anniversary – 500 years since Ferdinand Magellan set off from Seville to circumnavigate the world. We follow Sarah as she explores… Continue reading >

Marche: Walking Italy’s less-travelled paths
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Marche: Walking Italy’s less-travelled paths

By Chris Elmes

We sent Nell and Luke, of unique slow travel blog What if We Walked, on a hiking tour of the little-known Marche region of Italy. They trekked limestone ridges to medieval villages, heard local legends, sampled stuffed olive delicacies, and… Continue reading >

A road trip through Provence
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A road trip through Provence

By Ella Perryman

France expert Carolyn Boyd is no stranger to Provence. So when we asked her to send through her best tips for a visit, it was no surprise that she sent back a wonderful road trip through some of the famous… Continue reading >

Alentejo: Portugal’s wildest region on a budget
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Alentejo: Portugal’s wildest region on a budget

By Ella Perryman

Last year, we sent travel journalist Hannah Summers to Portugal’s Alentejo for the first time. What she found was a region full of authentic food, rugged beaches, affordable accommodation and very little crowds. It’s 10am at Praia de Odeceixe and… Continue reading >

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