Get Close To the Water This Summer
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British Marine Wildlife

To us here in the UK, we can be pretty blasé about our own wildlife while thinking that the animals in other countries are more "exotic". So where do we find the "exotic" close to home? Well, in the sea, of course!

Seven Natural Swimming Pools in Spain

We first realised the special pleasures of fresh-water swimming on Corsica, but here are seven natural pools (amongst many, many others) in Spain. Some are easy to get to and very popular. Others require a bit of a trek and reward you with near solitude.

More Little Hotels

We pick only the BEST small hotels, B&Bs and self-catering places to stay in the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Canaries, France, Italy and the Caribbean. Here are a few to choose from.


Finca El Tossal, Alicante

Finca El Tossal. A quiet, adults-only boutique hotel built as a small italianate country house near the Costa Blanca.


Hazel Bank

Hazel Bank. A magnificent country house hotel set amongst four acres of beautiful grounds in Borrowdale.


La Tour de Cause, Dordogne

La Tour de Cause. A splendid old stone manor house B&B in the Perigord Noir part of the Dordogne.


Sandalia Boutique Hotel

Sandalia Boutique Hotel. Designer luxury centred around a terrace and infinity pool, with views of the Costa Smeralda.


Maranatha Country House

Maranatha Country House. An exuberantly decorated Victorian country house B&B set in mature gardens near Blarney.


The Town House at Brecon

The Town House at Brecon. A luxury boutique B&B in a Grade II listed Georgian house,handy for the Brecon Beacons.

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Paul Melhuish

Little Hotels

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