Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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The Historic Traveller's Memorable Stay at the Waldhaus Sils

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The Waldhaus Sils outside St Moritz is hands down one of the most characterful and extraordinary places I have ever had the chance to stay, and rave about in writing . I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I visited. It's the kind of place where most of the guests have obviously been coming back for their fix for year upon year. The ...
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Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire with the Great Inns of Britain



I used to visit Fountain's Abbey as a young girl in Yorkshire, and it was a privilege to return to this haunting and incredibly well-preserved site with the Great Inns of Britain and Historic Hotels of Europe . Got Saga published my piece about this extraordinary 800 year old Cistercian abbey complex, which is now also Yorkshire's first world herit...
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Great Hoteliers' Stories: The Yorke Arms

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The Yorke Arms This utterly idyllic Great Inn of Britain was built as a coaching house and shooting lodge that will celebrate its bicentenary next year. Resident, and legendary, chef Frances Atkins was awarded a Michelin star eight years ago, and I had the great pleasure of enjoying a meal there recently as part of the Great Inns of Britain and His...
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The Boar's Head, one of the Great Inns of Britain




As part of the Great Inns of Britain and Historic Hotels of Europe event, I had the pleasure of staying in the Boar's Head Hotel at Ripley this week. I can now see very clearly why this friendly, efficient establishment has won awards for high levels of service and comfort. It has all the history of one of England’s wonderful traditional coaching i...
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The Peacock at Rowsley, one of The Great Inns of Britain

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One of many pleasures during the Great Inns of Britain event was witnessing the passion and commitment that the hoteliers have towards their properties and guest experiences. Perhaps none more so than Jenni and Ian of  The Peacock at Rowsley , an utterly charming, hard-working, and delivery-focused couple. Those qualities have enabled them to build...
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Theakstons of Masham with The Great Inns of Britain

One of several activities that this fascinating group of people have experienced today is the Theakston's Brewery Tour , in the lovely town of Masham in the Yorkshire Dales. The tour started with a privileged and personal account of the Theakston history from Simon Theakston, the great great grandson of the founder of the brewery, set up here in 18...
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The Great Inns of Britain Event

There’s a really significant event taking place next weekend which I’m very proud to be part of. Owners and representatives of some of Europe’s most stunning historic hotels are going to receive a compelling taste of traditional British hospitality when they visit Yorkshire for a meeting of the Historic Hotels of Europe. The event is hosted by The ...
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