Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

Travel Writer | Exploring every country in the world, one adventure at a time

Brunch in Dubai

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Any visitor to, or resident of, Dubai will let you know that Friday brunch is both a national institution and a major treat. I wrote a guide to this interesting cultural phenomenon for Travel Culture Magazine, grounded particularly in my experiences with my family at the crazily OTT Ritz-Carlton "Splendido" brunch. We were staying at Atlantis The P...
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Highlights of Pula, Sardinia

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Sardinia has long been recognised as a gem of the Mediterranean. Southern Sardinia is perhaps lesser-known thanks to the Northern enticements of Alghero and the Costa Smeralda, which is a pity, because the stunning small town of Pula risks being overlooked. I was prompted to write an article detailing its highlights for Got Saga . Pula's main squar...
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Great Hoteliers' Stories: Shibden Mill Inn, one of the Great Inns of Britain

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 Start the day the Shibden way……..

Ever since I had the pleasure of meeting Simon Heaton, who owns the historic Shibden Mill Inn in West Yorkshire with his wife Caitlin, I’ve been keen to tell the story of his involvement with the establishment. The Shibden Mill Inn dates back to the seventeenth century, when it was a corn mill, powered by Red Beck, which still flows past the front ...
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Villa Karalis Two: The Sardinia Villa Collection

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The Sardinia Villa Collection represents a diverse portfolio, with the common thread of quality, concierge service and bespoke elements. During our recent stay at Villa Karalis Two, we were particularly grateful for all the careful touches for small children, from beach towels to movies. You can even ask in advance for baby food and diapers to be p...
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Villa Dei Pini

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I’ve just returned from an exceptional press trip to Sardinia, where I’ve learned so much about an incredible island’s history, anthropology, cuisine and bespoke travel options. There is plenty that I want to write but first of all I have to rave about one of the most extraordinary holiday homes that I have ever visited, Villa Dei Pini , part of Th...
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The Sardinia Villa Collection: Deals

I am looking forward to writing  a few features about Southern Sardinia over the next days and weeks, but was keen initially to draw readers' attention to some time-specific offers that are available now at the gorgeous Sardinia Villa Collection . Villa Verde, Porto Rotondo, offers a 40% discount on dates between late June and early July 2012.With ...
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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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Lavenham, A Wonderful Medieval Village in Suffolk



After an amazing stay in Lavenham at the near-perfect Swan Hotel, I couldn't resist the opportunity to shout about it from the rooftops in an article for the lovely Patricia Vance at Got Saga . I had never even been to Suffolk before, which had seemed like a shameful omission even before our trip. I soon realised exactly how much I had been missing...
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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 Blue Lion, a Great Inn of Britain

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I had been keen to visit even before I knew that this Great Inn of Britain would host a local cheese-tasting event during my time there. Given that the hotel is situated in the bucolic region of Wensleydale, it was a highly appropriate activity, and a very pleasant way into learning more about this little Yorkshire treasure. The Blue Lion started o...
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