Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

The Blue Lion, a Great Inn of Britain

The Blue LionI 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 ...
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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 ...
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The Peacock at Rowsley, one of The Great Inns of Britain

The Peacock at RowlseyOne 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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Boundless Africa Journeys

I’ve been in touch with a number of African agencies recently regarding safaris and the best on offer. There is one in particular that has what sounds like a really compelling, compact itinerary that serves as a marvellous introduction to this type of holiday. It’s a six day tour beginning and ending in Nairobi, and taking in Amboseli, Nakuru and ...
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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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My Guest Blog on Dubai for The Adventure Travel Shop

Bosnia and Dubai 2012 103I was pleased to write a second guest blog for The Adventure Travel Shop, Downtime in Dubai. For a quick family adventure during the worst months of winter weather, Dubai is justly popular. Travel time from the UK is significantly lower than that to other winter sun favourites like the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. However, the explosion in luxu...
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My Guest Blog on Nassau for The Adventure Travel Shop

I was really pleased to have the opportunity to be a Guest Blogger for The Adventure Travel Shop, it was one of my very first gigs, and I wrote about family holidays in the Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort. We were attracted to Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas for our last family break because it seemed to offer an easy introduction to the Caribbean f...
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