For some people, the usual November 5th commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot, when Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament in 1605, just isn’t thrilling enough. Standing next to an enormous bonfire and watching fireworks explode around them lacks a little…spark of excitement. In the Devon village of Ottery St Mary the locals like to liven up proceedings by running thought the streets with flaming barrels on their heads. The barrels, which are open at

We work with so many unique and Interesting properties, so it makes sense that we have quite a few older buildings. And that means that they are absolutely steeped in history and have so many stories they can tell. So, in honour of Halloween, we thought we’d tell you our top 5 spooky stories about some of our haunted properties!  The Manor House Hotel, Durham The Manor is a 16th century listed building, with bundles

Welcome to our October podcast and Happy Halloween! This month we have been busy putting on our annual awards night. This year they were at The Underglobe at Shakespeare’s theatre on the Southbank. And what a night it was! The morning after the incredible event we got together with a few of the properties we work with over breakfast. And we discussed a number of topics including why they think that the independent industry is

These awards are for properties who excel in all areas, great overall businesses leaving all their guests with great stories to tell! This award is based on a combination of our data about your property (from your performance online, reviews from guests etc.) and information from you about what makes your property unique and special. This year the awards were presented by our CEO, Michele Fitzpatrick alongside Martin Dunford, Former Rough Guides owner and publisher and now

This award is designed to celebrate the owner/manager who goes not just the extra mile, but the extra miles to ensure their guests have a great stay. A fabulous welcome, unforgettable personality, extra services available, nothing should be too much trouble for your guests, with all of this reflected in your reviews and feedback. This year the award was presented by the editor of Hotel Owner Magazine, Michael Northcott. The winner: The Ellerby Country Inn in Whitby,