Infotel Magazine | Edition 40 | May 2019

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From hiking to holiday hideaways via a glorious golf break in Bedfordshire or a pamper package in Buckinghamshire, this month we turn the spotlight on a superb selection of hotels, inns and B&Bs across the UK. READ NOW >> https://www.infotel.co.uk/magazine/

2019 Edition 40

Escape to

Eden Hotel Collection


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Contents

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Best Western Dolphin Hotel

18

Hearthstanes Steading

6

Westcliff Hotel

20

Hike and a Night

8

Hustyns Hotel & Spa

26

Travel Plaza Hotel

10

Featured Group

Eden Hotel Collection

28

Picture This

12

Using our Services

30

Dates for the Diary

14

Tee Time

32

The Infotel Guestbook

16

Therapy Time

34

Infotel Deals

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Best Western Dolphin Hotel

St Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 5EP

Situated two miles from the A1 and 25 minutes from

Cambridge and Peterborough, the Best Western Dolphin Hotel

sits on the banks of the Great Ouse and offers views over the

surrounding meadows and an historic 15th century bridge.

Spacious guest rooms include a hospitality tray, Freeview TV

and WiFi, plus complimentary toiletries. In addition to the 47

standard en-suite rooms, there are two beautiful bridal suites

and 20 executive rooms.

Check-In 2.00pm

Check-Out 11.00am

300 Spaces On-Site

FREE WiFi

Restaurant & Bar

From

£65

This hotel has two bars, one of which is on the terrace

overlooking the old St. Ives' bridge. There's a large restaurant

serving full English breakfast, set menus and a Sunday

carvery. A fitness suite and ample on-site parking plus

mooring facilities are available too.

“Hotel rooms were very clean and tidy,

very good food and all staff helpful

and polite. I will be recommending this

hotel to family and friends.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

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Westcliff Hotel

Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7QW

This charming hotel is close to the seafront and has views over

the Thames Estuary. The tastefully decorated guest rooms and

public areas retain some of the property's beautiful Victorian

features and in some cases, art deco influences.

Guest rooms include hospitality trays, Freeview TV, free WiFi

and a handy work desk area. The hotel's traditional lounge

provides a relaxing environment for afternoon tea or a

post-dinner night cap. The Great Tides restaurant serves a

delicious set menu, à la carte and carvery while the Tuxedo

Bar serves light bites, tapas and cocktails.

Free on-street parking is available and many of Southend's

attractions are within a short walk. The pier and Adventure

Island are just 15 minutes away.

Check-In 2.00pm

Check-Out 11.00am

Fitness Centre

FREE WiFi

Restaurant & Bar

From

£51

“Lovely big room with a sea view. Dinner in the

restaurant was very nice and great value for

money. Location was excellent. Easy access to

train station too. Staff were all really friendly

and welcoming. I would definitely stay again.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

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Hustyns Hotel & Spa

Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7LG

Just 20 minutes from beautiful Padstow and close to the

Cornish market town of Wadebridge, Hustyns offers a choice of

accommodation and excellent leisure facilities.

Comfortable en-suite guest rooms in the main hotel include junior

suites with a garden view and executive suites with a separate living

area. Situated in the meticulously landscaped grounds are three

modern lodges for self-catering. These sleep up to eight guests

across two floors and have a great open plan living and dining

area for everyone to come together. The lodges have luxurious

bathrooms and a sauna and are set in their own enclosed garden.

Hustyns also offers glamping! The fully furnished tents sleep up to

four adults and have their own outside seating area and BBQ plus

there's a communal room with a kitchen and laundry facilities.

Whether staying in the main building, a lodge or tent, guests have full

access to the health and fitness club, a tennis court and crazy golf!

Check-In 2.00pm

Check-Out 11.00am

100 Spaces On-Site

FREE WiFi

Restaurant & Bar

“Nothing bad to say, from the welcome on

reception, to the rooms, spa, dinner and

breakfast; all superb and surpassed all

our expectations.”

Taken from a Trip Advisor review.

From

£99

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Greenway Hotel & Spa

The Greenway is a 16th century luxury

Elizabethan manor house hotel and spa on the

outskirts of the Regency town of Cheltenham.

With its warm Cotswold stone exterior, it's the

picture of quintessential English country charm.

Mallory Court Hotel

Elegance and style personified, Mallory Court is the

matriarch of the hotel collection and has a pedigree

and history that has long been associated with

great hotel keeping. Guests to Mallory inevitably

fall in love and return time and time again.

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The Mount Somerset

Log fires, high ceilings and large windows with

views over award-winning landscaped gardens set

an elegant scene in this Regency country house in

the heart of the Quantocks and Blackdown Hills.

Brockencote Hall

A Victorian country manor house tucked

away in 70 acres of beautiful parkland,

complete with a scenic lake, tennis court

and a restored dovecote.

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COLMWORTH GOLF COURSE

& HOLIDAY COTTAGES

BEDFORD, BEDFORDSHIRE MK44 2AP

A beautiful Bedfordshire backdrop, charming

cottages to bunker down in and free afternoon

golf on an 18 hole course; it's the perfect package

for golfers of all abilities and it's available at

Colmworth Golf Course and Holiday Cottages.

Conveniently located just a few minutes from

the A1 and M1, Colmworth has established an

excellent reputation for its well maintained

greens, tees and fairways. The par 72 course

also benefits from good drainage and even in

the most extreme conditions, playing off winter

greens and tees aren't needed. In fact, when

many golf courses have closed because of the

weather, Colmworth has remained open with all

to play for.

The 12th is the parkland course's signature hole

with its water challenges making the par 5 seem

like the green is on its own private island. Golfers

also have a par 3 course that doubles as a pitch

and putt, a flood lit driving range and an on-site

PGA pro for lessons. If the golf gets too serious,

try the footgolf course which is sure to raise the

laughter levels!

The Coffee Cup Café is situated inside the

golfers' clubhouse and the cakes served here are

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Tee Time!

impossible to ignore! Gluten-free banana and

date loaf, coffee and walnut or choccaccino cake

and Bakewell tart are just a few of the temptations.

Golfers and visitors can also enjoy light snacks,

homemade quiches and scotch eggs but also

look out for evenings of beautiful BBQ food and

wine tastings held at the Coffee Cup Café.

The self-catering cottages look out over the

lakes with views of the 12th hole and have their

own area with a BBQ. The cottages range in size

with Ollie's Lodge the largest in sleeping up to

12 guests. In addition to a free round of golf

after midday, guests can while away a few hours

coarse fishing in three well-stocked lakes or enjoy

one of the relaxing countryside walks.

To find out more or to book a break at

Colmworth Golf Course and Holiday

Cottages give the team a call.

01775 843413

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HARTWELL HOUSE HOTEL,

RESTAURANT & SPA

VALE OF AYLESBURY, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HP17 8NR

A beautiful property in Buckinghamshire where

an exiled King of France once resided is our choice

for luxurious therapy time this month.

Hartwell House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is

a Grade I Jacobean and Georgian House located

in the Vale of Aylesbury. It sits in 90 acres of

beautiful gardens and lush parkland which is

home to a church ruin, statues, follies and a lake.

Elegant and spacious reception rooms, decorative

ceilings, panelled walls, antiques and fine paintings

evoke an era of stately splendour which continues

through to the 48 guest rooms.

The building where Hartwell Spa is located is

modelled on an orangery and has a generously

sized swimming pool, spa bath, steam room and

sauna plus a well-equipped gym if you're tempted

to work up a sweat.

In the gallery overlooking the pool is Hartwell

Café and Bar where guests can relax over morning

coffee, lunch or a delicious afternoon tea menu.

If you have the pleasure of staying at this beautiful

hotel, the spa treatments available will certainly

add to your feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.

Essential oil aromatherapy massages, scrubs,

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Therapy Time!

wraps and therapeutic facials can be pre-booked

along with quicker 25 minute treatments just

in case time is short. Relaxing treatments for

mothers-to-be in the first trimester or post natal

are also available plus the ultimate face and

body treatment for men's refinery. Our top pick

for a spa day is the Hartwell Spa Indulgence

Day which starts at 9.30am and is a full day of

relaxation and pampering. It includes an 85

minute treatment and a two-course lunch along

with access to the swimming pool, spa bath, steam

room and sauna. Bliss!

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Hearthstanes Steading

Biggar, Lanarkshire ML12 6QN

Hearthstanes Estate is a working hill farm in the picturesque

Tweedsmuir Hills. It offers a choice of five self-catering

cottage conversions that can collectively accommodate up

to 26 guests. Individually the charming cottages welcome

between three and eight people and offer double bedrooms

with their own bathroom, a living room with a dining area

and well-appointed kitchens. Steading 1 has a ground floor

bedroom and bathroom and is wheelchair accessible.

Cottages have a flat screen TV and Freeview, plus free WiFi

throughout and good mobile phone coverage too. There is

a pretty walled garden and BBQ facilities plus options for

dining out locally.

Hearthstanes Steading has parking for up to ten vehicles

and is approximately 35 miles south of Edinburgh.

Check-In 3.00pm

Check-Out 12.00 pm

10 Spaces On-Site

FREE WiFi

Kitchen

From

“The place is spotlessly clean and it really

has everything you could wish for to

enjoy a retreat in the country. It is clear

the owners have put a lot of thought into

making this the perfect stay!”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

£66

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Pack a rucksack, put on the walking boots and

pick up a well trodden rambling route along

the coast or in the countryside because spring

has sprung and with it, the promise of blue skies,

sun filled days and gentle breezes; perfect for

fair-weather ramblers!

From the chocolate box cottages and gentle

countryside walks of The Cotswolds to the

rejuvenated coastal paths of Durham Heritage

Coast or a ramble in Rutland, Britain's smallest

populated county, we've selected some of our

favourite places to take a hike and take a night

(or two) away.

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High Force Waterfall, Teesdale

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Derwent Reservoir

Photo © Michael Dibb (cc-by-sa/2.0)

High Force Waterfall

Starting in the scenic Durham Dales, visitors to the

area will certainly have a superb choice of walks,

trails and treks varying in degrees of difficulty and

all delivering soul-satisfying views. To the north

of the area is Derwent Reservoir and an easy walk

taking in the stunning scenery and wildlife. Start at

Pow Hill Country Park and finish three and a half

miles later with a picnic at Millshield.

Located to the west of the Durham Dales is one

of the country's most spectacular waterfalls, High

Force, where the River Tees powerfully plunges

down a 21 metre drop. Combine this with Lower

Force and you have a five mile circular walk

covering mixed terrain of open moorland, rocky

landscapes and forests.

The Durham Heritage Coast from Hartlepool and

Sunderland is 11 miles long but you can take

shorter, circular walks combined with a visit to

one of the villages along the route. Mostly made

from magnesium limestone coastal grasslands,

ramblers can expect to see bluebells, snowdrops

and orchids, wild garlic, insects, skylarks and

lapwings. The coastal walk is home to deer, foxes,

badgers and bats and with the quality of the sea

water improving since the closure of the coal pits,

you may even see a basking shark or seal in the

summer months.

Durham Heritage Coast

Photo © Mat Fascione (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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Hike and a Night

For an overnight stay, we're kicking our walking

boots off at Best Western Beamish Hall Hotel. It's

just 20 minutes from Newcastle, Sunderland and

Durham and nestled in beautiful gardens and rolling

parkland that make up the 24 acre estate. The classic

country house hotel also has its own microbrewery

serving Beamish Ales straight from the keg to the

pump; the perfect post-ramble accompaniment!

The 4-star guest rooms are beautiful with a neutral

palette and traditional country style furniture. They

include hospitality trays, Freeview TV and free WiFi.

Dining at the Best Western Beamish Hall Hotel is to

be savoured too! A full English breakfast or freshly

cooked waffles with a range of toppings certainly

guarantee guests are fuelled for a day of walking.

However if you do get peckish, the afternoon tea is

not to be missed!

Evening dining is in the hotel's Stables Bar and

Restaurant. For the summer months, enjoy the large

external courtyard and in winter, the roaring log fires

are a welcoming comfort in the beautifully restored

former stable block. Welcoming residents and

walk-in guests, the restaurant's menu is seasonal

with produce sourced locally. The spring 2019

menu includes an excellent choice of pork, chicken

and fish as well as dishes from the grill.

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The market town of Chipping Norton in

Oxfordshire is a great base for discovering the

thriving towns, castles and country houses that

make The Cotswolds such a popular destination.

There's more than a picnic hamper of choice for

fabulous walks too, whether looking for a circular

two and half mile ramble or a 16 mile trek with a

bus ride back!

For first time visitors, the Chipping Norton Guide

is useful in pointing out interesting buildings

and their history but to tread further afield, the

Chipping Norton/Salford/Cornwell walk takes in

just over six miles of undulating countryside and

the pretty hamlets of Cornwell and Salford.

Bliss Mill, Chipping Norton

Photo © Pam Brophy (cc-by-sa/2.0)

For serious, seasoned ramblers looking to combine

rousing views with a helping of history, the Glyme

Valley Way is a 16 mile must-do! Starting in Chipping

Norton, the route goes across undemanding terrain,

passing through kissing gates and over stiles, taking

in the occasional ancient burial ground, abandoned

village and landscape gardener Capability Brown's

first garden! There is much to see and plenty of pubs

and cafes for refuelling en-route too!

Our pick for a Chipping Norton night away goes

to the Fox Hotel on Market Place. The 16th

century inn features oak beams and exposed

stone walls. Log fires, cask ales and the best

of British food all add to the charm of this

attractive property in the Cotswolds which is

a hit with new and returning visitors to the town.

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Hike and a Night

Rural Rutland is a walker's wish come true,

especially if discovering the next pub for lunch

is part of the ingredients for a rewarding ramble!

This small and scenic county even celebrates

its own walking festival every May and with so

many picturesque villages, country trails and

organised walks over varying distances, whichever

month you visit, you'll be rewarded with

your rambles!

Created in the 1970s, Rutland Water is one of

Europe's largest man-made reservoirs with a

perimeter track of 23 miles. There is however a

gentle two mile linear walk along the shoreline

that's a great introduction to the reservoir, the

wildlife and the leisure facilities available on-site.

There's also a good selection of village walks which

aren't any longer than six miles and most start or

finish from a village pub! The Oakham Heritage Trail

is another great option for discovering the history

and heritage of the county's market town which has

its own castle, stocks, a butter cross, and a famous

old school.

Located on the old market square, not far from

the castle and Oakham's museum is Brook

Whipper-In Hotel. The property was a former

coaching inn and nowadays offers charming

accommodation along with an inviting snug bar

and a restaurant that serves a modern menu.

The outside courtyard also makes a welcoming

backdrop for a light lunch while the real log fires

inside will warm a walker in the winter months.

Rutland Water

Photo © Dave Hitchborne (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Oakham Castle

Photo © Philip Halling (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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Travel Plaza Hotel

Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 2UG

Overlooking the rolling countryside of Northamptonshire

and Leicestershire, the Travel Plaza Hotel has spacious

en-suite guest rooms with hospitality trays, in-room fridges,

free WiFi and a TV.

The bar and restaurant are fully air-conditioned. Continental

or a cooked breakfast is served for an additional fee.

The Gurkhas Restaurant serves Indian cuisine and English

dishes, including sandwiches, burgers and fish and chips.

Travel Plaza Hotel has ample on-site parking, it is

conveniently located for the A6, A14, A1 and M1 and for

business in Market Harborough, Kettering and Desborough.

Check-In 1.30pm

Check-Out 11.00am

100 Spaces On-Site

FREE WiFi

Restaurant & Bar

“This is our second stay at the Travel

Plaza and once again found the hotel

and restaurant excellent. Quiet, clean,

comfortable. Extremely helpful and

friendly staff.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

From

£63

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BORROWDALE GATES HOTEL

KESWICK, CUMBRIA CA12 5UQ


PICTURE STAYING HERE

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MONDAY TO FRIDAY, 9.00AM - 5.30PM


MAY 2019

WHERE?

WHO? WHEN?

Liverpool Sound City

3 - 5 May

LIVERPOOL

The Great Escape

9 - 11 May

BRIGHTON

FA Cup Final

18 May

WEMBLEY

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Dates for the Diary

Guineas Festival

4 - 5 May

NEWMARKET

Magnificent Motors

4 - 5 May

EASTBOURNE

Lincoln Grand Prix

11 - 12 May

LINCOLN

The Bath Festival

17 - 26 May

BATH

Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

27 - 29 May

GLOUCESTER

Suffolk Show

29 - 30 May

IPSWICH

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The Infotel

Guest Book

THIS MONTH’S TRENDING HOTELS

Potters Arms

Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0PH

Downe Arms Inn

Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 2EE

Yarn Market Hotel

Dunster, Somerset TA24 6SF

Hotel Bluemont Bromsgrove South

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 7ET

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White Hart Hotel

Taunton, Somerset TA4 2JP

Dream Apartments Quayside

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 2AQ

Maison Gorey

Grouville, Jersey JE3 9EP

Aran House Bed & Breakfast

Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 6QE

Holiday Inn Express

Rotherham North

Rotherham, South Yorkshire S63 7EQ

Holiday Inn Northampton West

M1, Jct 16

Northampton, Northamptonshire NN7 4LP

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Railway Hotel

@ Haydon Bridge

Hexham

4 Nights for the Price of 3

City Stay Apartments

- Platform Bedford

Bedford

Long Stay Discounts

Mercure Letchworth

Hall Hotel

Stevenage

Overnight Package Deal

Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Skelwith Bridge Hotel

Westone Manor Hotel

Keswick

Treat and Sleep Package

Ambleside

Various Packages

Northampton

Murder Mystery Event

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Infotel Deals

Brockencote Hall

Dunkeld House Hotel

Old Quay House Hotel

Kidderminster

Various Packages

Dunkeld

Spring Fizz Offer

Cornwall

Various Packages

Wookey Hole Hotel

Wells

Colmworth Golf Course

& Holiday Cottages

Kettering

Barton Hall Hotel

& Vines Brasserie

Kettering

20% Off Caves & Attractions Golf Breaks

Weekend Special Offer

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