With the first stirrings of spring, the inhabitants of Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, embark on a serious celebration of the changing seasons. The party atmosphere builds from the 1st March, with strings of deafening firecrackers being let off every afternoon outside the city hall in a ceremony presided over by the Fallera Mayor. Then for 5 days from the 15th, the atmosphere builds, with music, parades and more fireworks until a fiery finale on

With the high season nearly upon us, we decided to talk to some of our customers to find out what they do to stand out against the competition and to learn all about their story and pick up some useful hints and tips along the way. Firstly, we speak to Trisha Gibb from Lang House, who explains why they think quirky proprieties are the forward and about their plans to expand her business and buy

A group of marmalade experts gathered in a set of intimate and cosy rooms of the magnificent Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria. The fire lit, tea poured and scones freshly-baked, these food experts sit down to judge, critique, and most importantly; enjoy 650 jars of marmalade.   Marmalade jars range from the classic lid with a cloth top to wild glitter creations with springs and googly eyes. Flavours range from strong whiskey’s and soft strawberries to

With the Marmalade Awards fast approaching, I thought I’d catch up with the guys at Moss Cottage who’ve won many awards for their marmalade in recent years.   I took a train from London Euston to the beautiful and quirky city of Stratford-Upon-Avon to meet Peter and Bill who have run Moss Cottage for the past seven years, to see if this novice (me) could learn how to make marmalade. And I’ll be honest, I hadn’t actually ever

We wanted to get to know your host from Adcote House better, so we spoke to owner Michael Dean about his hospitality journey and sought his advice for anyone thinking of taking the plunge into the independent accommodation industry themselves.    What did you do before owning your own accommodation and how has that helped you in your role now?     Before running Adcote House – a four-star guest house in Llandudno, North Wales, I spent some 30