20th

Gardens in UK


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The weather has been very good in the last month and in a coutry like this, it is impossible not to enjoy the sunny days. We now want to give you a list of some of the best gardens in the UK, Iconic gardens that should not be missed:

(See this link for family and kitchen gardens.)

Bodnant, Clwyd
Grand terraced lawns, a laburnum tunnel, a renowned collection of Chinese rhododendrons, a gloriously romantic waterfall and an 18th-century pavilion make this the most celebrated garden in Wales. It even comes with views of Snowdonia.
(01492 650460; www.bodnantgarden.co.uk)

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Yorkshire
Formal garden with follies, a fern dell, Italianate terraces and rose dell.
(01302 722598; www.english-heritage.co.uk)

Castle Howard, York
On a grand scale, this contains formal gardens, the remains of a 19th-century parterre and a rose garden. Woodland walks, sculptures and landscaped park.
(01653 648333; www.castlehoward.co.uk)

Crathes Castle, Grampian
Award-winning walled garden with colour-themed areas that include golden, blue and pastel shades.
(01330 844525; www.nts.org.uk)

Hidcote Manor Gardens, Gloucestershire
Hidcote set the trend for dividing a garden into rooms separated by hedges and walls. Sublime planting; the hot borders are world famous.
(01386 438333; www.nationaltrust.org.uk)

Iford Manor, Wiltshire
Italianate garden with terraces, cloisters, gazebos and statues.
(01225 863146; www.ifordmanor.co.uk)

Kiftsgate Court, Gloucestershire
Famous for its roses but also colour-coordinated herbaceous plantings and a contemporary water garden.
(01386 438777; www.kiftsgate.co.uk)

Mount Stewart, Co. Down
Rare and tender shrubs thrive here. Formal garden, sunken Spanish garden, rhododendrons, lake walk.
(028 4278 8387; www.nationaltrust.org.uk)

Painswick Rococo Garden, Glos
An 18th-century garden, painstakingly restored, and with unusual architectural features, too.
(01452 813204; www.rococogarden.co.uk)

Powis Castle & Garden, Powys
Spectacular hanging terraces with giant yew hedges. Formal gardens woodland and views of Severn valley.
(01938 551920; www.nationaltrust.org.uk)

Rousham Manor, Oxfordshire
The original 18th-century landscape remains almost entirely intact and exudes peace and harmony.
(01869 347110; www.rousham.org)

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Kent
Inspirational, loved by gardeners the world over and iconic for its classic design of garden rooms, vistas and exuberant planting schemes.
(01580 710700; www.nationaltrust.org.uk)

Stourhead, Wiltshire
Temples, bridges and trees reflected in the still waters of a lake combine to create a memorable painterly scene in this famously beautiful 18th-century landscape.
(01747 841152; www.nationaltrust.org.uk)

Stowe Landscape Gardens, Bucks
This magnificent “Capability” Brown landscape has been receiving visitors since the 18th century. Full of symbolic features that include temples and statues. All should visit.
(01280 822850; www.nationaltrust.org.uk)

Friday 20 May 2011 19:51 | Published by | Category: Interesting Stuff,Travel News
19th

The Olympic torch begins its journey


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The route of the Olympic torch has been revealed. It will land in the UK on the 18th of May 2012, a year on today. Then it will start the route around the United Kingdom with the idea of being, at some point, within an hour journey from 95% of the population.

The torch will travel around big cities like Liverpool, Southampton, Cardiff, Manchester and Edinburgh but it will also visit the islands and it may also make a short visit to Dublin (this is still being studied).

Wherever the torch may be within those two months and a half, there will be a celebration: Concerts and shows will be held on 66 of the 70 days to welcome the torch into the country. So don’t miss the chance to have a life time experience!

Thursday 19 May 2011 0:55 | Published by | Category: Interesting Stuff,events
17th

World Heritage Sites in UK


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Did you know there are more than 20 places around the United Kingdom that are World Heritage?

Castles, gardens, cathedrals or bridges, there are sites around the country that are considered spaces of exceptional universal value. So, again, tourism is not always about travelling very far away, but also discovering places that are “just around the corner”, those where our ancestors fought or prayed and that are now visited by people from all around the world.

To find out what the UNESCO has considered important enough to be in the list, click here. And enjoy a revival of the past!

Thursday 17 February 2011 12:41 | Published by | Category: Interesting Stuff
23rd

Winter Wonderland


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For UK travellers this winter, summer sun is perhaps out of the question as the snow grinds air travel to a halt. Looking for Romantic breaks in this country can be tricky on a budget during the Christmas period but there are a few hidden gems out there to be found. The New Forest offers stunning scenery in the snow, with weather hardy ponies and old English pubs, there couldn’t be a more beautiful place to spend a few days with a loved one. Staying in bed and breakfasts is the way to go, with small cottages in the garden of beautiful houses there is still the opportunity for privacy for courting couples. Long Romantic walks are always on offer, usually ending at a pub, where you’ll find friendly faces, roaring fires, good food and a hot mulled wine.

Thursday 23 December 2010 18:38 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News,Interesting Stuff
19th

Air disruption due to French strike


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Another general strike in a European country. Today, it is France turn to be on a general strike that is causing severe disruption in air services as well, as French air trafic controllers are also supporting the strike.

Flights to and from France have been cancelled and other flights flying over the French air space have will be delayed and will have to find different routes to get to their destinations, specially to the East of Europe.

So if you are planning on flighying today or you were going to pick up someone from the airport, don’t forget to check the status of the flight before you leave home!

Tuesday 19 October 2010 17:45 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News,Travel News
22nd

Mapping Stereotypes


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Yanko Tsvetkov is an artist from Bulgaria that has given maps a new look. His gallery shows a series of maps of Europe decorated with what other countries think of them. Stereotypes from USA, UK, France or Italy that show us in a funny way how different we are and how many prejudices we still have from one another. Check them out! UK is mummy for USA, Enigma code hackers for Germany and Wembley Stadium for Italy, want to know more? Check out the rest of the maps!

Wednesday 22 September 2010 19:04 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News,Interesting Stuff
30th

Some Europe destinations are less expensive than staying in UK


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If you were thinking about staying in the UK this year you could end up spending more money than tho…se who decide to visit the outside world. Some British resorts impose such high prices that it is better to get a plane to places like Turkey, Cyprus or Grecee, where the sun is an attraction for thousands of UK families every year. Stop doubting! This year, going abroad is cheaper! And with Hotelopia even better, the best prices for the best hotel, book your accomodation easily from our website

Wednesday 30 June 2010 0:36 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News,Interesting Stuff
27th

The World’s best restaurant


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Feeling a bit peckish this week, fancy heading out for a meal? Well it just so happens you’re in luck. As of yesterday- Monday 26th April- the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants were announced, deliberated by over 800 food critics, chefs and restaurateurs a lift of the 50 best places to dine this year was announced. It was decided that the finest place to eat on the planet is restaurant ‘Noma’ in Copenhagen, Denmark. The cuisine is a refined Nordic and Scandinavian interpretation supervised by head chef René Redzepi.
The USA did well this year with three restaurants in the top ten, ‘Alinea’ in Chicago was best places for the US with 7th; the UK’s ‘The Fat Duck’ came in an impressive 3rd with Italy also claiming a top ten boast. Spain however continue to dominate the crème de le crème of fine cuisine with four top ten placing with last year’s winner ‘El Bulli’ losing the top spot and slipping to second.Noma

Tuesday 27 April 2010 22:27 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News,Interesting Stuff,events
15th

Iceland stops the air traffic in Europe


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Volcano

Iceland Volcano erupted yesterday from within a glacier. But the consequences are not only being felt in the isle but around Europe. In Iceland, it melted ice and triggered flooding in the surrounding area, hundreds of people had to be evacuated, but in Europe it has caused a complete air traffic chaos.

Airspace over the UK has been closed off at least until tomorrow, Thursday 16th at 7.00 am because of the huge clouds of ash  that the volcano has spew into the atmosphere. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and thousands of passengers were looking for other means of transport (Eurostar and ferries)

Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Finland all have, or are planning, no-fly zones today. Russia has also reported problems, so be careful if you are flying today or tomorrow to one of these countries and check first.

Thursday 15 April 2010 21:06 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News,events
06th

iPad in UK


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Some time ago we talked about the iPad, the new gadget that apple presented to the world as the solution to everything. The apple device that may revolutionise travel guides and inflight enterteinment will not be available in UK until the end of the month.

Although this weekend it will be on sale in the US, new technology lovers in the UK will have to wait until the end of April to discover the applications and how useful this device is. It is still uncertain how much we will have to pay to be one of the firsts to have the iPad at home, however we hope to hear opinions from our readers: Is it the solution to everything? Is it as useful as we thought travelling-wise? Unless we travel to the US we will have to wait yet another month to find out!

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Tuesday 6 April 2010 0:42 | Published by | Category: Interesting Stuff,Travel Technology

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