UK staycation: A review of The Swan Hotel in Hay-on-Wye

Great British boltholes: A grand four-star hotel in the ‘town of books’ that provides charm from a different era (these days, that’s a novel approach) The Swan in Hay-on-Wye has undergone a £1.5 million refurbishment A sweeping staircase leads up to 19 ‘generously proportioned’ rooms The dining room is ‘palatial’ and the menu has also been … Read more

Cornwall hotel review: You’ll have a ball at the Esplanade in Newquay if you love kids and surfing

Love children and surfing? Then you’ll have a ball at the family friendly Esplanade hotel in Newquay, says the Inspector The Inspector pays £255 for dinner on a Saturday night, bed and breakfast He dines at the hotel’s Cove restaurant, where he finds prices are ‘reasonable’  Remember, the Inspector pays his way… and tells it … Read more

UK hotel review: Inside The Wentworth in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The Inspector calls at The Wentworth in Suffolk, where there are wall-to-wall carpets, pelmets and strict rules about where to sit at meals The Inspector says this coastal Aldeburgh ‘museum piece’ is an acquired taste His sea-view room was ‘spotless but bland’ and made him feel claustrophobic   Remember, the Inspector pays his way… and tells … Read more

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: See the Northern Lights with Sir Ranulph Fiennes 

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: See the Northern Lights with Sir Ranulph Fiennes By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:01 EDT, 23 October 2021 | Updated: 08:25 EDT, 25 October 2021 With their dramatic mountains, towering cliffs and majestic waterfalls, the Norwegian fjords are among the most beautiful and unspoilt places on Earth. A … Read more

Thrills in the hills: You don’t need to be a mountaineer to enjoy Shropshire’s gentle hikes 

Find your thrills in the hills: You don’t need to be a mountaineer to enjoy Shropshire’s gentle hikes The Shropshire Hills are near the West Midlands and the North-West, and a three-hour drive from London At the heart of the hills, Church Stretton was once a favoured spa town and often termed ‘Little Switzerland’  ‘The … Read more

Cadiz hosts Spain’s biggest carnival – and it’s set to be bigger than ever this winter 

On the one hand, you couldn’t really blame Christopher Columbus for spending almost four years looking out on the sparkling waters of Cadiz Bay before embarking on a voyage to a place his friend Amerigo Vespucci would later lend his name to. But, even allowing for meticulous preparation, four years sounds a little excessive. Then … Read more

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Visit the Royals’ favourite retreat with Dr Lucy Worsley

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Visit the Royals’ favourite retreat with Dr Lucy Worsley By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:01 EDT, 16 October 2021 | Updated: 16:44 EDT, 17 October 2021 Norfolk has for many years provided visitors with a slice of quintessential English countryside, with its famous Broads, leisurely pace and delightful … Read more

Hotel review: The Mail’s Inspector calls at the Graduate Cambridge – but it gets a low grade

The Inspector calls at the Graduate Cambridge hotel, but it gets a low grade despite a ‘terrific’ location (and not just because of ‘undrinkable’ coffee) The Inspector pays close to £300 for B&B, despite the restaurant being closed It’s for a private party – ‘but there is nothing private about it’, he says  He says … Read more