Nov
1
2013

Guy Fawkes and the history of Fireworks Night.

Guy Fawkes and Conspirators

So it is nearly time again for Fireworks night which is celebrated on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night. What do you know about the history of Guy Fawkes and Fireworks Night, where fireworks are let off and traditionally the effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned on bonfires to recognise his part in “The Gunpowder Plot” in 1605. Did you know that Guy Fawkes didn’t lead or instigate the plot to kill James I even though [...]

Oct
25
2013

Halloween Recipe

Halloween Recipe

Halloween, or All Hallows eve, is a celebration for many countries on October 31st and is a time to remember the dead including Saints and Martyrs and its Christian origins date back to around 1745. The word Halloween means “Hallowed evening” or “Holy evening” and comes from a Scottish term for “All Hallows Eve” where Eve is Even and became shortened to “e’en” or “een” so over time All Hallows Even became Halloween So it’s [...]

Oct
18
2013

Catherine Denwood – The Derwentwater Hotel

derwentwater-lake-view

We thought it would be nice to showcase members of the Coast and Country Hotels team, to give you, our readers an insight into Coast and Country Hotels and those key people within the business who make it such a success. This month you we have spent time talking to Catherine Denwood who is Reservation Manager at The Derwentwater Hotel. Catherine has worked at the hotel since October 1994, thats just over 19 years! What do [...]

Oct
4
2013

Dog Friendly Hotels

Dog Friendly Hotels

Dogs are a man’s best friend right? Well when you go away on your holiday and have to leave him behind in a solitary kennel, you would want your best friend with you wouldn’t you? With some of our hotels allowing dogs free roam in their acres of grounds, hotel and bedrooms you can now take your best friend with you to enjoy some of the amazing sights and walks around the local areas that [...]

Sep
20
2013

Unusual Wedding Dresses

Unusual wedding dresses are becoming more popular

Would you rather a pink, sequined princess dress or a cream short vintage number? Break tradition with an unusual wedding dress. The venue is booked, the hen party bags are made and the cake is designed but what about the dress? You still don’t have a dress! Every woman wants to feel beautiful on their big day but not everyone will want to wear the traditional white long dress. Unusual wedding dresses are becoming popular [...]

Sep
20
2013

Hotel Breaks – Why are they great?

With Hotel Breaks you can choose your board basis

Everyone loves a break away but have you thought about hotel breaks? If not here are eight great reasons why you should take a hotel break. Travel when you want At our hotels we have a check-in time of 3 pm, but if you wish you can travel to your destination early, drop your luggage at the hotel and spend the whole day exploring and getting to know your new area. Bring your hobby with [...]

Sep
6
2013

Scottish Recipes – Cock a Leekie Soup

View of Portpatrick lighthouse and Harbour

My wife and I recently enjoyed a stay at The Portpatrick Hotel and were delighted to find that our room overlooked this pretty harbour on the West Coast of Scotland.  The views were breath-taking and added to the relaxing time we spent at this charming Coast and Country Hotel. We were even more pleased to find that we could take our drinks from the bar out onto the balcony and sit in comfortable chairs and [...]

Aug
21
2013

Bournemouth Air Festival

Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival

Now into its 6th year, the Bournemouth Air Festival is one of the ‘must see’ festivals in the Dorset area. It has been described as one of the best air shows in the world by american newspaper USA Today. The festival has welcomed more than 4.5 million people over the last 6 years. This year the festival runs from Thursday 29th August to Sunday 1st September. The Air Festival is more than just an Air Show, [...]

Aug
9
2013

Falmouth Week

Falmouth Week

If you’re a fan of classic boats, yachts or dinghies then Falmouth Week is for you, plus there are lots to do on the shores as well.  I myself have taken part in Falmouth Week racing in both dinghies and yachts but never yet had a go in a Falmouth Classic Working Boat, take a look here to see one in action, www.falmouthworkingboats.co.uk       What’s on when at Falmouth Week? Friday 9th August [...]

Jul
30
2013

National Parks week

Exmoor Ponies

Did you realise that this week is national parks week and that the U.K. is home to 15 National Parks? All of these parks are free and open to everyone to go and enjoy their unique stunning scenery and walks. If you have never visited a national park in your life or make regular trips each time you visit one you will be amazed by the diversity of wildlife, scenery and views and the sheers [...]

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