Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

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: Entumoto Safari Camp


  Entumoto Safari Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya I am absolutely fascinated by the history of the Masai Mara, Kenya, and my new friend Pippa Strong at Advantage East Africa has been kind enough to draw my attention to a safari camp with a particularly engaging back story. In 1919 Karen Blixen was joined in Africa by a young Swedish officer, Erik von Helan...
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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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Great Hoteliers’ Stories: The Guineafowl Guest House

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This will form the first in a returning series of pieces about compelling places to stay with particularly interesting narratives or attributes attached to them. Through a new acquaintance I have made, with Hilton Doyle, I have been finding out more and more about a very characterful spot: the Guineafowl Guest House , which has a lovely situation n...
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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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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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