Soaking Up the Best of the UK

B&B holiday

A bed and breakfast holiday is the best way to tour around the UK. If you are looking to explore the beauty of the southern coast, the lush countryside scenery, the buzz of the cities, and the culture found in the many museums without breaking the bank, this is the best way for you. There are plenty of high quality B&Bs scattered all across the UK. So whether you are touring Scotland staying in holiday cottages, taking a B&B break in Brighton, or visiting the beach in Cornwall, a B&B is a great way of staying mobile. Not only are you able to enjoy touring more, but it also presents you with a more personal experience as you interact with the locals for advice, directions, and pleasure.

Guided tour

Guided tours are really popular with a lot of people since they are a shortcut to fully opening up the area in new ways. Tour guides are able to create unique packages for you, depending on your interests. They also have a vast knowledge of local attractions, and are able to help you discover places that are not on the tour map. What’s more, in today’s creative industry, you can get a fun themed guided tour that even your kids will enjoy. You may settle for the traditional luxury bus or walking tours. Alternatively, you can go for a bike tour, food tour, art tour, castle tour, and even movie themed tours. A favorite tour method is to take a river tour, particularly if it is city.

Group trip with friends

Catching up with old friends can be spiced up by travelling together. Whether your friends have families, or it is simply a group of singles, the UK has facilities that will cater to your needs. For a tight knit group, it is wise for you to take up a cottage or other form of large accommodation. This allows you to enjoy more time together, and makes it convenient to enjoy those scintillating conversations that carry on way into the night. These cottages come furnished with antique furniture that create a cozy, homely, environment, perfect for friendly, intimate groups. Alternatively, for adventurous friends, a road trip across the UK’s stunning landscape is a fun way to holiday. For younger travellers, you can stop in major cities and indulge in the nightlife before making your way to some other exciting part of the country.

See the Lake District 

The Lake District in Cumbria will excite any nature lover. Home to over 19 water bodies lying in stunning valleys created by beautiful hills, The Lake District is among the top visited areas in the UK. The list of things to do in this attractive area is not limited to sightseeing or outdoor camping. You can tour the area by train, or enjoy crossing some of the lakes via ferry. You can also learn about the area’s history in the Lake District Museum & Gallery, which also gives geographical information about the area. Accommodation here is also quite delightful, with the option of putting up at a luxury Old English theme hotel, quaint cottages, or friendly B&Bs.

Range Rover Unveils Most Expensive Model Ever

Range Rover Unveils Most Expensive Model Ever

British carmaker Range Rover has unveiled the most expensive model ever.

The new Rover features:

  • First ever long wheel-base Range Rover aims to compete with limousines
  • Seats, dash, tables and ‘ski hatch’ all finished in leather
  • Mood lighting in 10 different colours allows drivers to set the tone
  • Airline style chairs have TVs and massagers fitted into them

How much does this stunning new car cost? £140,000. Chump change!

More details here.

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Carrier, providers of tailor-made luxury holidays

Carrier, one of Britain’s leading luxury travel agents, has been providing its customers with tailor made holidays for over 30 years.

Recently named both ‘Luxury Travel Agent of the Year’ and ‘Luxury Tour Operator of the Year’ in the TTG Travel Awards 2013, Carrier is committed to offering superior service when it comes to booking holidays to some of the world’s most stylish destinations.

Whether you’re in search of an African adventure or an action-packed ski break; a fortnight of indulgence in the Caribbean or a week exploring Europe’s cultural hotspots, Carrier can create a bespoke holiday that offers you the ultimate in comfort, convenience and unrivaled luxury.

Superior service

Now that we’re able to book a jaunt abroad at the click of a mouse, it can be easy to forget the value of seeking expert assistance when it comes to choosing where, when and how to spend your holiday.

Between them, Carrier’s team of specialists offer a wealth of knowledge across dozens of holiday destinations.

Each of the seven product areas are staffed by a dedicated, well-travelled team able to offer particular insight into each of the hand-picked collections. In fact, many of Carrier’s highly experienced consultants are able to offer first-hand advice on the best things to see and do on your break as they’ve actually visited the locations themselves.

Carrier’s personal, one-to-one service means you can create a holiday that’s truly unique and entirely memorable.

Stylish destinations

See yourself under the blazing Arabian sun, driving along American’s West Coast, or would you prefer gliding down the unspoilt slopes of the Alpines? With a selection of 96 worldwide destinations to choose from, Carrier can cater to your needs, whatever your ideal holiday might be.

Or perhaps you’re not sure where you picture yourself, and need some inspiration. Consider Sandy Lane in Barbados, one of Carrier’s most popular resorts. This iconic hotel has been welcoming guests for over 50 years and is widely considered one of the best hotels in the Caribbean. A chic retreat the offers numerous dining options, spacious and airy accommodation and exemplary service, everything’s perfectly in place for you to enjoy an incredibly relaxing stay.

Unforgettable memories

Carrier’s first-class service isn’t limited to finding you the ideal chic hotel or secluded villa in which to spend your stay. From remarkable excursions to entire itineraries, they’re also well versed in seeking out the ‘extras’ that complete your holiday.

Adventurers can discover a new sport (or simply revive their skills), romantics can book dinner under the stars, and families can choose a bonding experience and create memories together that they’ll treasure forever.

News Feature: How To Fit In At Horse Racing Events

News Feature: How To Fit In At Horse Racing Events


Horse racing events are fairly formal and require a certain etiquette, however that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time. If you have never been before or you are unsure of how to behave then don’t worry, all you need to do is follow a few simple guidelines. No one wants to make a fool of themselves during the races.If you want to blend in and look like a pro then read on to discover what to do, and also what not to do.

Talk The Talk

If you really want to fit in, then you will need to learn some horse racing jargon. Try a learn about the different types of bet, such as an accumulator which is a bet involving more than one horse or race where the winning selection goes onto the next bet. It also helps to know the basics about the horses, their equipment and the different race types. You will find a lot of information in the race programme when you get there and the staff will be happy to help, so don’t let the jargon put you off going.

Dress Appropriately

This is probably one of the most important rules, if you don’t dress properly then you certainly won’t fit in at the horse races. They are known for having strict dress codes and people turning up in impressive outfits. Some events even have different dress codes for different areas of the venue, so be sure to check before you go. Men should wear a suit and tie and women should wear a dress or a smart suit. Don’t go for anything too short or too revealing when it comes to dresses and skirts.

Do Your Research

If you want to have a good chance of winning, then it’s worth spending a bit of time researching the horses and jockeys. You can tell a lot from their results from previous races, you want to find a consistent horse and a jockey that has a good track record.  If you want to find some information then try looking in ‘The Racing Post’, Sporting Life’,  or national newspapers.

You can also do a bit of analysis before the race by looking at the horse’s form and picking out the ones that you think look the most promising.

Don’t Be A Sore Loser

No one likes a sore loser in any sporting situation, and the horse races are no different. It can be frustrating if you are on a losing streak or if your horse falls at the last hurdle. Don’t let your emotions show and act calm and collective if you don’t have a lucky day, there’s always next time to improve. On the other hand, over the top winners can also be very annoying. If you do win then celebrate with style and enjoy the moment, without rubbing it in too much!

Queue Patiently

These type of events can get very crowded and busy, so expect to have to stand in a few ques. Don’t even think about pushing in, if you do then you will suddenly become very unpopular. After each races finished the is a mad rush to go and claim winnings as excited winners head to the booths. It might be worth waiting until the crowds have gone down to go and collect your winnings.

Pace Yourself

A day at the races can be long and quite intense, and it’s tempting to have one too many drinks. Pace yourself and take your time when it comes to drinks. If you go on a hot sunny day then you could easily get dehydrated and start to feel unwell. Getting a little tipsy and enjoying the day is fine, but staggering around drunk could be quite embarrassing. Sip your champagne slowly, you will have plenty of time to drink during the day.

Simone Wright-Eddison is the content editor and leading authority on the Aintree Grand National. Fans of National Hunt racing can connect with her on Google Plus.



Rich tourists still have an appetite for the exclusive luxury experiences that Britain offers despite the economic downturn, according to a new VisitBritain report.

The report ‘’Luxury Travel: Understanding the Luxury Consumer’’  identifies seven new trends in luxury travel that are capturing the imaginations of the world’s wealthy elite.

It comes as VisitBritain is preparing a worldwide advertising campaign in the spring to attract more ‘’High Net Worth’’ individuals – rich people with more than $1 million in spare cash – whose numbers worldwide grew by 17.1 % in 2009 to 10 million. For the first time there are as many in Asia as Europe and North America – about three million.

The report identifies a fashion among the rich for dream-like, unreal ‘’fairytale’’ holidays. Many want fantasy experiences where, for example, guests re-live the lives of residents in a British stately home. Another trend is for frictionless ‘’flow’’ holidays described as ‘’turning the mute button on life.’’ It shows the wealthy have a growing appetite for luxury holidays planned with the skill of an art curator or choreographer, full of surprises and a compelling story they can talk about to their friends.

The report identifies three tiers of luxury: the ‘’gold’’ for the wealthy who love bling and showing off, ‘’platinum’’ for the rich who are less overt while ‘’black’’ luxury is for those who love understated wealth but revel in utter exclusivity and the feeling of total freedom money brings. VisitBritain is using these insights to create a major new marketing campaign to be launched next spring aimed at boosting Britain’s burgeoning high-end tourism business.

Patricia Yates, Director of Strategy and Communications at VisitBritain said: ‘’Britain is already regarded by many of the international jet-set as the original home of luxury, thanks to our centuries-old aristocratic traditions and history of service.

‘’This report shows that while every country has 5-star hotels, luxurious spas, designer shops and championship golf courses Britain stands out because it has the original world renowned luxury experiences and brands . For example a stay at Claridges shopping in Selfridges or eighteen holes at St Andrews have a cache that can’t be found elsewhere.’’

 1. “Sit Forward and Sit Back Holidays”

On a Sit Forward Holiday, consumers want to maximise their experiences and soak up knowledge and skill to use and  gain status.

Example: A backstage tour and private box at Shakespeare’s Globe  in the  richly decorated and historically authentic Gentlemen’s Rooms with premium views of the stage, champagne served in your box and a pre-performance meal with wine in the Brasserie.

On a Sit Back Holiday, people want to relax and re-boot.  Busy High Net Worth travellers juggle an ‘’always on’’ lifestyles constantly connected to technology with little opportunity to switch off. They want to escape and be cocooned in a luxurious bubble.

Example: Escape from it all at the Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall – an Asian-style spa in the North East of England, set a gloriously isolated hotel with beach views.  The grand Georgian building is inspired by the works of Lord Byron, who was married here in 1815. Wonderfully-named Day Spa Rituals include Hours of Idleness, Heaven and Earth and She Walks in Beauty

 2. Flow – The New Posh Package

This trend is about the perfect holiday carefully tailored to each traveller’s requirements transporting them to a world of seamless pleasure. All friction is removed, they forget their worries. No expense is spared but importantly everything has to be included in the original price – as even high end consumers require value.  Consumers describe this experience “as pressing the mute button on real life”.

Example: Loyd and Townsend Rose will match their guests to a particular castle and organise every aspect of their stay. Live like a laird for a week in a Scottish castle such as Dalcross Castle in Inverness-shire and let LTR cater to your every whim, whether you would like to blend your own bottle of malt whisky, have access to golf courses that are notoriously difficult to get times in, or be measured for a kilt in the comfort of the castle and have the finished garment delivered to you by the end of your stay.  


Experience the high life at The Chester Grosvenor and Spa in England’s Northwest; take a scenic 60 minute helicopter ride with panoramic views across the stunning Yorkshire Dales to The Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey near Skipton. Upon landing on the front lawn, you will be met by a representative of the hotel and enjoy a glass of Laurent Perrier Vintage 1996 champagne before being treated to a “Devonshire Afternoon Tea“. Then back to toast your hotel on its 145th birthday, the black-and-white timbered listed building is in the centre of historic Chester, close to the Roman walls, Chester Cathedral and the famous Eastgate Clock.

 3. The Art of Curation and Choreography

The world of luxury is shifting from the ostentatious to something more refined. Luxury is not having more, but having the “latest”, the rarest and the best. Luxury travel organisers edit the finest experiences like a top art curator picks pictures or a clever choreography creates a dance to produce unobtrusive service allowing luxury consumers to completely immerse themselves in the experience.

Example: London Luxury’s World’s Finest: Art, Antiques and Design experience is introduces international visitors to London’s sophisticated, but often impenetrable fine art, antiques and design scenes. On a private three hour experience an expert insider leads clients on a private tour, with exclusive access to some of the world’s most cutting edge design galleries, and influential art and antique dealers.

 4. Luxury as a Fairy Tale

For many, luxury travel is a childhood dream come true – like seeing an unreal fairy tale or revisiting history.  A luxury holiday detaches them from everyday life, cannot be replicated in the real world and should constantly surprise travellers.  They must live the dream, though, not merely observe it.  “Clients want me to make their dreams come true. Simple!” one Brazil tourism trade executive told us. This is a big opportunity because Britain is often associated, especially in countries such as China and Russia, with myths, legends and fairy tales because of its strong literary history and its rich history. It offers opportunities to show a magical side of Britain which has a powerful sense of playfulness and fantasy. Example: Guests re-live the lives of residents in a British stately home in rural countryside in a very plush, indulgent manner.

Example: Delight in being one of the first guests to check-in to new London Syon Park hotel, in the grounds of the Duke of Northumberland’s Grade I-listed Syon House. What could be more ethereal than sweeping into the lobby to find a floor-to-ceiling butterfly house or delving deeper to discover the artisanal ice cream parlour? (opens February 2011)

 5. Storytelling

Stories are extremely important part of deciding which luxury holiday to take. They must have the potential to take on a life of their own in consumers’ minds and when they tell others about it. Luxury travellers often want their holidays to establish their social status or kudos by giving them the chance to tell the story of how they did something new and unique or use an experience in their daily lives.

Example: Make the perfect Italian feast with Theo Randall or have Mark Hix teach the art of shucking oysters and smoking a kipper. Spend an afternoon with celebrity florist Nikki Tibbles, creating wonderful table displays? Sophie Conran’s bespoke country house parties at Temple Guiting in the Cotswolds can organise the perfect party and experience for guests.

  6. Serendipity

In today’s digital world travellers can experience much of their trip on the internet before they have left home. It can mean very little comes as a surprise. That’s why luxury travel must work hard to deliver magic, surprise and serendipity. “Now it’s even less about traditional luxury…It’s more about something unexpected… People call and say, ‘Surprise me!” said a travel agent in Russia. Example: British boutique hotels which often offer a fun, quirky retreat and knowledgeable concierges who are able to inject surprise by suggesting amazing activities.

Example: The Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa has an unassuming entrance, tucked away on a cute street in the quintessentially English small market town of Helmsley, North Yorkshire. Inside however, it has been transformed into a sumptuous cocoon of luxurious suites and fine dining. Each night guests are surprised with a different treat at turndown, whether that is a foodie treat following their gourmet dinner, or a thoughtful book on the area. Perfect for romantic surprises – guests booking Romance or Proposal packages will be delighted with rose petals scattered on the bed on the last evening; a collection of candles comes as standard to add to the atmosphere. Other little treats include a rucksack of homemade chef’s goodies and a walking guide for outdoorsy types or tickets and private picnic hamper filled with full afternoon tea for a romantic journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway from Pickering to Whitby.

 7. Three tiers of luxury: gold, platinum and black

Gold is “bling-luxury” where people show off their wealth in every way possible. “They’ll choose the more expensive option BECAUSE it’s more expensive” said Chris Bicalho, Brazil tourism expert. Platinum is a less overt, comfortable luxury.  The consumers live their lives according to a set of principles and don’t need to flaunt their wealth to establish their worth amongst their peers.  Black is understated, minimal but substantial.  It is the ultimate in exclusivity, somewhat old fashioned and established. It’s about old money, or at least a feeling of confidence in wealth and a person’s position in society.  It is top of the tier and is about being part of the club, in the know or having the freedom to be whatever they want to be.

GOLD – Check into Diane von Furstenburg’s beautiful new Piano Suite at Claridges in London and hire a supercar to drive to Knightsbridge for a personal shopping experience at Harrods: By Appointment.

PLATINUM – Head to the rural outpost of one of London’s best hotels – Coworth Park in Berkshire is the latest addition to the Dorchester Collection. It’s the only hotel in Britain with polo fields, close to Ascot for racing, Wentworth for golf and Windsor Castle and Great Park for history and heritage.

BLACK – Be welcomed to Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House Hotel’s handsome team of concierges clad in Howie Nicolsby’s stylish black kilts before being whisked off to the Salon Prive for the ultimate in private dining. Prestonfield’s smallest private room is a luxurious retreat for just two guests. Hidden off of a stone turret stair, this glamorous and romantic opera box of a room is a perfect hide-away with your waiter just a bell-call