Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

The Irish House during the Olympics 2012



  Travel Culture Magazine published my piece on what turned out to be the only one of the many fabled Olympics houses that I managed to visit during Summer 2012. I'd like to blame my extended travel writing trip to Abu Dhabi and the Maldives, but the fact that New Zealand's Kiwi House managed to burn down thanks to a maverick gas canister cert...
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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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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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Delighted to see that my first article for Got Saga has been published.
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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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The RAF Museum, Colindale

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I'm still adjusting to my new neighbourhood, Totteridge in North London. During one of Britain's seemingly totally perpetual rainy or freezing, drizzly days, it's mandatory to have some kind of large indoor running space for children. The RAF Museum at Colindale is one such place, and I wrote a piece all about it for Travel Culture Magazine . On pa...
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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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