Imagine an uninterrupted landscape of frosted pine forests , chocolate box timbered houses, horse drawn sleighs and majestic snow covered mountains – imagine Zakopane Poland’s fairytale winter wonderland
Known as the ‘winter capital of Poland’ and set amidst the grandeur of the Tetra Mountains, Zakopane has been an attraction for poles since the 1870’s when the purity of the mountain air attracted the attention of doctors. Within a few years this incredible mountain village was transformed becoming the haunt of Krakow’s artists, composers and poets who behaved outrageously, giving it an air of decadence, but leaving a legacy of art,…
Ali Schofield discovers a unique hotel and restaurant pairing at the Crescent Inn
This month has seen the likes of Jeremy Paxman, Simon Armitage, Janet Street-Porter and Simon Callow appear at the Ilkley Literature Festival. If any of them were to need a place to stay - or if readers fancy making a night of it - I can recommend The Crescent Inn, where my partner and I snuck off to on a recent Friday night for a lazy weekend stay.
We were initially drawn to the hotel’s interesting logistics. Built in 1861 and refurbished earlier this year, the inn hosts 11 boutique rooms, a pub at the front and a…
Ali Schofield finds meerkats, greenery and more wet rooms than she can manage on a weekend in Sheffield
I think I’m in love. His dark, pool-deep eyes look into mine as I stroke my hand through his wiry hair. Meerkats are probably not the best of pets, though and this one looks pretty happy to continue being shown round the visitors at Sheffield’s Butterfly House. My partner and I have come to see the new prarie dog residents – similar to meerkats but, as they bask in the sun in their expansive enclosure, seemingly a bit more chilled out – along with other residents including pigs, goats, rabbits, skunks, birds of prey and of course, butterflies.
Competition WIN A Weekend at a Leeds Hotel
Novotel celebrates Leeds' past and future in its £300k refurbishment. Read on for your chance to bag a two night stay with breakfasts and dinner
Novotel Leeds Centre has re-opened its doors following a £300k transformation, to reveal a sleek and contemporary new look, that takes inspiration from the city’s rich and diverse heritage. Key changes to the hotel include a fresh new reception, lobby area and bar, revitalised meeting facilities and a brand new state of the art InBalance fitness centre.
Novotel hotels are renowned for delivering a high standard of service to their business and leisure travellers and Novotel Leeds is no exception. Under the leadership of General Manager, Mathieu Batut, the city centre hotel has been tastefully refurbished creating a relaxing…
Travel Kitesurfing in Spain
We try an action holiday on the Costa de la Luz
While I love lying on a beach for a week as much as the next person, this year I embarked on a holiday with a bit more excitement, and when I say a bit, I mean a lot. I tried my hand at kitesurfing in Tarifa, Spain.
Located in the Costa de la Luz, Tarifa lies at the narrowest point of the Straits of Gibraltar which makes for perfect conditions for sports that rely on the wind. While Tarifa used to be best known for its windsurfing, it is kitesurfing that has become increasingly popular here over the last few…
We combine gastronomy, golf and a long soak in a spa at Darlington's destination hotel
It would be reductive to suggest that the restaurant at Rockliffe Hall is worth the hour and a half drive from Leeds alone. It undoubtedly is, of course. Kenny Atkinson at The Orangery is the archetypal destination restaurant, run by the Michelin-star winning chef, whose beef salad starter won the viewers’ vote on the BBC’s Great British Menu. But for a real understanding of what makes Rockliffe Hall in Darlington so special, you really should experience its acclaimed golf course, relaxing spa and thermal bathing suite and the lavish bedrooms, complete with bath-side TVs.
My partner and I arrive at…
Property News Greenhouse Opens New Apart-Hotel
Eco-friendly development offers city stays with a clear conscience
The Greenhouse development in Beeston has opened a new Apart-Hotel, enabling visitors to the city to stay at this award winning eco-friendly building.
Weekend, weekly or monthly stays are offered in one, two and three-bedroom apartments without the guilt attached of a sizeable carbon footprint that so often accompanies city breaks. Created by sustainable developers Citu,the innovative Apart-Hotel exists as part of the Greenhouse development itself, and provides the customer with all the means for sustainable living, from energy-saving appliances to contemporary sustainable furnishings.
Not only that but the hotel’s managers – husband and wife team, Tom and…
To celebrate the opening of Tate Britain’s new exhibition, Nell Frizzell paints the town watercolour in London’s Victoria
The word Victoria prompts several cultural cues, depending on the cut of your jib. The Old Vic for the Spacey adventurers, the Queen Vic for ‘Eastender’ frienders, secretive knickers for the underwear-orientated, a 1969 hit single for The Kinky among you and, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of disembarking at the nearby train, coach or tube stations, a London district full of grand old houses, parks and things called Westminster.
I kicked off my Victoria weekend with a cup of coffee and tour around the Victoria Park Plaza hotel; my London lodgings for the duration. From studio-style rooms to…
Travel Viva Las Leeds
Visitors to the city can enjoy a hotel stay, a visit to the casino and a cocktail making masterclass all in one package. Rebecca Ryder puts Viva Las Leeds to the test
The Eton Collection, the company behind Leeds’ four-star boutique hotels Quebecs and 42 The Calls, have partnered up with Alea Casino to create the Viva Las Leeds package. For £100 per person you get a deluxe room for the night in either hotel with breakfast and an evening at Alea Casino. There, a cocktail class precedes a three-course buffet at The Bird, Alea’s Indian restaurant. Then a one-hour tutorial on the betting tables preps you for your night’s gambling.
I couldn’t resist blowing away the month’s cobwebs on a wet January weekend. The first stop, 42 The Calls, sits…
Interview Setting His Sights High
Leeds man is set to climb Kilimanjaro
It’s a challenge that puts most of our New Year’s resolutions to shame: a local Leeds man, Alastair Graham, 28, is preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in February for children’s charity, Comrades of Children (COCO).
Kilimanjaro is both the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world – at an impressive 5,893m (19,334ft) above sea level. The trek itself will take up to seven days and Alastair expects to be walking for up to seven hours each day.
Alastair lives in Leeds with his wife Jenny and works as a quantity surveyor. His decision…
Travel Crowne Plaza Leeds
Ali Schofield gets a good night's sleep with the city centre hotel's new package
A chirpy shop assistant told me there were only 50 shopping days to go till Christmas the other day. I gasped. Not because I realised that I would, for the 27th year running, fail to get round to hand-making every Christmas decoration, present and card and instead be left running around like a blue-arsed fly on Christmas Eve, but because, I see those 50 days in terms of only 50 office days to get three issues to print, one specialist publication, several interviews and meetings done, two photoshoots and thousands of words to write, mainly on the theme of the…