Infotel Magazine | Edition 24 | January 2018

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Inside this month's magazine... Add a guesthouse stay to your list of New Year resolutions, take a trip to Telford where you can explore all of its history and association with the Industrial Revolution, step inside Sarova Hotels offering 4* luxury with a relaxed atmosphere, plus don't miss this month's round-up of special offers and January's dates for the diary! Read now >> http://www.infotel.co.uk/magazine

2018 Edition 24

Take a trip to

Telford!

From cosy country

houses to traditional

village inns

Save £s

on a hotel break

this January >>


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hotels, B&Bs and serviced apartments

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partner properties ready to welcome you

The Russet House

Norfolk

Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre

George Square Lanarkshire

Gwesty Seren Hotel

Gwynedd

Brent Knoll Inn

Somerset

Trebovir Hotel

London

Islington Inn

Greater London

Kinkell House Hotel

Ross-shire

Dovedale Hotel & Restaurant

Lincolnshire

Novotel Newcastle Airport

Tyne & Wear

The Rock Inn at Waterrow

Somerset

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Dates for the Diary

What’s On? January 2018

London Boat Show

10 - 14 January

London ExCel >>

Winter Wonderland

at Wookey Hole

Until 7 January

Wells, Somerset >>

Where?

Lincolnshire

Business

Expo 2018

17 January

Lincoln >>

Great Edinburgh

Winter Run 2018

13 January

Edinburgh >>

When?

National Running Show at NEC

20 - 21 January

Birmingham >>

Who?

Cotswolds Wedding

Fayre at Glenfall House

27 - 28 January

Gloucestershire >>

Manchester Beer &

Cider Festival 2018

25 -27 January

Manchester >>

Slapstick Festival 2018

25 - 28 January

Bristol >>

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Until 24 February

London >>

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The Parsonage Hotel & Spa

York, North Yorkshire YO19 6LF

From

£75

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Built in the early 1840s, the

Parsonage Hotel & Spa is set in

six acres of beautiful formal

gardens and woodland, only a

short drive from the historic

City of York.

En-suite rooms include

hospitality trays, free WiFi and

satellite TVs. There is a choice

of two restaurants with

award-winning locally sourced

food creating a delicious Simply

Yorkshire Menu and the spa,

swimming pool and health

club are available for guests

over 18 years of age.

Elegant lounges and a beautiful

conservatory provide additional

down-time relaxation.

“A great location for York.

Food is exceptional, staff

helpful and professional.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

120 Spaces

On-Site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Bar

Weddings

& Parties

Gym

& Spa

Indoor

Pool

Pet

Friendly

Check In

2.00pm

Check Out

11.00am

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Citysuites

Manchester, Gtr Manchester M3 7NF

From

£112

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

In a central Manchester location, Citysuites Serviced Apartments are available

in different sizes depending on the number of people staying. All offer a fully

equipped kitchen, living space, bathrooms and comfortable bedrooms with

luxury soft furnishings. Available for a minimum four night stay, a parking

valet service is available as well as an 18 meter swimming pool, spa pool

and a state-of-the-art gym.

Skype video calling and streaming HD movies is easy with unlimited WiFi

in the apartments.

20 Spaces

Off-site (Fee)

FREE

WiFi

Kitchen

Amenities

Gym

Indoor

Pool

CCTV & 24hr Air

Reception Conditioning

Check In

3.00pm

Check Out

11.00am

“We stayed for just over

3 months. The staff were

fantastic and made us feel so

at home. Rooms were clean

and amenities were perfect!”

Taken from a Trip Advisor review.

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West Country Inn

Bideford, Devon EX39 6HB

From

£59

£69

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Situated on the A39 Atlantic

Highway between Bideford and

Bude, this former coaching inn

dates back to the 16th Century

and retains many original features,

including flagstone floors, crooked

beams and open fire places.

Surrounded by moorland and

unspoilt countryside, the

West Country Inn offers nine

en-suite guest rooms, a cosy

restaurant serving local produce,

a games room, lounge and bar.

“We were made to feel

very welcome and nothing

was too much trouble. We

had an evening meal which

was absolutely delicious.

Breakfast was well worth

getting up for too!”

Taken from a Trip Advisor review.

100 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Weddings

& Parties

Activities

Nearby

CCTV

Pet

Friendly

Check In

2.00pm

Check Out

11.00am

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Amongst your New Year resolutions, add

one more and take a fresh look at the

comforts of a guesthouse stay. A warm

inviting welcome from knowledgeable

hosts who share local information can

make a real difference to time spent in an

unknown city, undiscovered countryside

or unfamiliar coastal regions.

Guesthouses are in an enviable position

to offer a genuine one-to-one service

tailored to your needs.

Often family run, your satisfaction is at the heart of service, with

fantastic home cooked breakfasts made using local produce,

restaurant recommendations for evening dining, safe and

secure parking and of course, individual guest rooms which

provide comfort without the corporate branding.

Whether your trip is for business or leisure, a guesthouse has all

the comforts of a home which must surely help to reduce any

stresses associated with being away. Smaller than a hotel,

you’ll find a guesthouse is often quieter so you may notice your

productivity goes up while the cost of your stay could go down!

From cosy country houses and traditional village inns, airport

stopovers to city dwellings, our selection of guesthouses from

across the UK all have something special to bring to your

time away from home.

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NORTH

Ceol Na Mara Guest House,

Isle of Harris From £100

The Old Mill Bed & Breakfast, Driffield

From £63 £70

Feughside Inn Guesthouse,

Banchory From £75

Bein Inn, Perth

From £58

Golden Hill Guest House, Omagh

From £35

EAST

The Old School House Rooms,

Cambridge From £85 £95

Easton Guest House, Norwich

From £47 £77

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SOUTH

Dark Barn Lodge, Gloucester

From £60

Victoria Lodge Guest House,

Salisbury From £60

Portcullis Inn Majors Retreat, Badminton

From £35

Ryelands B&B, Saltash

From £75

Higher Wrantage Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast, Taunton

From £60

WEST

Pandy Inn B&B, Hereford

From £85

Flambards Hotel & Tea Rooms,

Cardigan From £75

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LONDON REGION

A J Lodge Guest House, Slough

From £34

Lampton Guest House, Hounslow

From £45

Firs Lodge, Hounslow

From £45

Chelsea Guest House, Clapham

From £39

MIDLANDS

Galaxie Private Hotel, Oxford

From £82

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Grange Moor Hotel

Maidstone, Kent ME16 8BS

From

£55

£69

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Within walking distance of Maidstone town centre and with good

access to the M2 and M20, Grange Moor Hotel offers 50 en-suite

guest rooms well-appointed with tea and coffee making facilities,

a flat screen TV, hair dryer and free, fast WiFi.

A guest lounge has a large screen TV for sporting fixtures and the

restaurant is open all day for cooked breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea

and dinner. A passionate team of chefs have created menus from

local, seasonal produce and a value for money Sunday carvery

is very popular.

The hotel is convenient for Leeds Castle, Brands Hatch Racing

Circuit and The Kent Rural Life Museum.

75 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Weddings

& Parties

CCTV & 24hr

Reception

Luggage

Storage

Check In

2.00pm

Check Out

11.00am

“The menu was good, food even better,

breakfast freshly cooked, very good and

friendly staff.” Taken from a Trip Advisor review.

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Where will your work take you this month?

Aberdeen

331 properties

Belfast

333 properties

Durham

367 properties

Nottingham

440 properties

Swansea

307 properties

The best rooms at the best rates, sourced

by the best accommodation specialists.

Meet the team

Colchester

279 properties

Brighton

442 properties

Babs

Jackie

Jodie

Rosie Sue Tom Tanya

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Jurys Inn Exeter

Exeter, Devon EX1 2DB

From

£52

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Business and leisure guests are equally well catered for with a

choice of 170 stylish en-suite guest rooms ranging from standard

doubles to superior rooms and wheelchair accessible rooms, all

with free WiFi, well lit work areas, flat screen TVs with Freeview

and complimentary toiletries.

Jurys Inn Exeter is in an ideal location for local attractions,

including Belmont Park, Spacex art gallery, shopping, restaurants,

bars and cafes.

Parking

(Fee)

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant Bar 24hr Dry

Reception Cleaning

Luggage

Storage

Check In

2.00pm

Check Out

12.00pm

“Excellent hotel and food, helpful

and friendly staff. Full marks.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

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Photo © David Dixon (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Telford

A Postcard from

Photo by Roger Dean [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Mike White [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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A big year of community events are planned

for the Shropshire town of Telford in 2018

as it celebrates a milestone 50 years old.

Named after the civil engineer Thomas

Telford, the genius behind many road and

rail projects in the county, the new town

was created with the merger of Wellington,

Oakengates, Madeley and Dawley with

many residents moving in from nearby

Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

Photo by Dumelow at English Wikipedia [Public domain],

via Wikimedia Commons

With a rich history and association with the Industrial

Revolution, there are plenty of must-see places every

visitor to Telford should complete, starting with the

landmark Iron Bridge.

Photo by Humphrey Bolton [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Remember Wenlock from the London 2012 Summer

Olympics? The mascot’s name is inspired by the market

town of Much Wenlock, where in 1850, the Wenlock

Olympian Society held their first Olympian Games,

now regarded as the inspiration for the modern day

games we know today.

Erected in 1779 over the River Severn, it is the first ever

iron built bridge in the world and the Iron Bridge Gorge

Museums are the perfect place to learn more about this

UNESCO World Heritage Site. You don’t need to be a

science fan, history lover or art enthusiast to appreciate

the insightful and informative experience on offer.

Take a trip back to Blists Hill, the Victorian town where

steam rules, see the craft and creativity behind the tiles

Victorians loved and visit the Coalport China Museum

which shares some brilliant examples of Coalport and

Caughley china.

Trails, galleries and interactivities show the impact iron

had on the world at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, step

into the Tar Tunnel to see the bitumen spring which still

oozes through the tunnel walls today, and of course,

walk across the striking Iron Bridge.

With a population of just 3,000 the town feels more like

a village and it is well worth a visit for the traditional,

independent shops in Medieval, Georgian and Victorian

architecture. Cobbled streets, ancient stocks and whipping

posts plus the ruins of Wenlock Priory, just a short walk

from the town, will keep visitors more than satisfied.

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Head to Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom for a choice of

experiences including Keeper for the Day, Carnivore

Combo, Badger Watch and the very popular Meerkat

Experience where you can see these eccentric creatures

up close and personal!

Hand-feeding and helping with the meerkats

enrichment is followed by strokes with two very tame

meerkats ready for a cuddle. A knowledgeable guide

is with you throughout to answer questions and share

insights into these amusing animals.

At £99 for an hour for two people, it’s a special

experience never to be forgotten.

Telford Town Park is a real oasis in the town centre.

Cafe culture, children’s play area, a cycle centre, aerial rope

course, fishing, a sensory garden, nature and history trails

plus the fairytale world of Wonderland are just a few of

the reasons the park is worthy of a visit. Voted Britain’s

Best Park 2015, it has an active events programme, an

amphitheatre, bandstand and visitor information centre.

Photo by Richard Law [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

For panoramic views and an Iron Age hill fort, put your

walking boots on and head to the summit of The Wrekin.

Rising to a height of 407 metres and formed from various

rocks of volcanic origin, the popular walk is steep in places

and does give the illusion you’ve reached the top a couple

of times before actually summiting! Once there though,

you will be rewarded with stunning views over Shropshire

so it’s well worth the effort!

Photo by Chrisbayley at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 2.5 ],

via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Speedbird2064 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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There are some stunning hotels

in and around Telford.

The historic Soulton Hall Hotel is a striking

country house combing luxury with a

friendly and personal approach.

Rumoured to be haunted, Mercure

Telford Madeley Court Hotel is steeped

in history and is much regarded for fine

service and fabulous food.

For chandelier grandeur, an ornamental

lake and an aerial rope adventure, Mercure

Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel and

Spa is where you need to be!

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Dreaming of a New Year getaway in 2018?

We have the perfect collection for you

Buckatree Hall Hotel

Swan Inn

Himley House Hotel

by Goodnight Inns

Village Hotel Birmingham

Dudley

Days Inn Stafford

Village Hotel

Birmingham Walsall

Need a hotel?

Best Western Tillington

Hall Hotel

Lion Hotel

THE TELFORD

COLLECTION

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Bell at Boxford

Berkshire

Monday night

special offers >>

Ship Inn

Cornwall

Save up to £20 on twin &

doubles & save up to £30

on singles >>

Columba Hotel

Inverness-shire

20% discount when you

book a 2 night break >>

White Swan Hotel

West Yorkshire

20% discount when you

stay 2 nights or more >>

Best Western Plus

Milford Hotel

West Yorkshire

Book 2 nights minimum stay

& save up to 20% >>

Citrus Hotel

Coventry South

West Midlands

20% discount >>

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The Plantation

Dorset

Up to £45 off >>

Birley Arms Hotel

Lancashire

Up to £75 off executive suites

& family rooms >>

Big Sleep Hotel -

Eastbourne

East Sussex

20% off a 2 night break >>

The Block Liverpool

Merseyside

Late Booking discounts up

to 70% off >>

Chase Lodge Hotel

Surrey

Deluxe double discount!

Savings of up to £40 >>

Deans Place Hotel

East Sussex

Half price 2 night break in

the New Year >>

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A group of independently owned hotels and health

clubs in the UK offering 4-star luxury coupled with a

professional service and a relaxed atmosphere.

The Bull Hotel in Gerrards

Cross, Buckinghamshire, is

set in landscaped gardens

and offers peaceful rooms

and suites, a light filled

restaurant, fitness facilities

and great access for the M1

and M24, Heathrow Airport,

Legoland, Windsor Castle,

Ascot and Hampton Court.

The spectacular Rembrandt

Hotel in Knightsbridge shines

with ornate architecture and

timeless traditions. En-suite

rooms include superior and

executive rooms for extra

luxury and an imaginative

menu which can be enjoyed

in The Palette Restaurant.

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Within walking distance of Windsor Castle and overlooking the River Thames,

the 17th Century Sir Christopher Wren Hotel offers beautifully appointed guest rooms

and stylish dinning in a peaceful setting.

Located in the heart of Malvern, with landscaped gardens, a bar and a restaurant,

the appealing Abbey Hotel has spectacular views of the Vale of Evesham and offers

the highest levels of comfort.

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