Since 1985 we have been researching and sourcing the finest, friendliest and most charming hotels, so that you can really relax after a day’s walking or cycling activities.

Our hotels offer much more than just a bed for the night. They provide insights into the local culture. Many are historic properties, castles and palaces that have previously hosted monarchs, artists and famous authors. All are individually selected by our team and because we have strong, trusted relationships with our hoteliers, you can expect a warm welcome and authentic experiences wherever you go.

It's all in the detail

We look for small, family-owned hotels, with great regional cuisine, and owners who take a genuine interest in their guests. You’ll be treated to delicious home-cooked meals, fine wines and the warmest of welcomes wherever you stay.

So, you might find yourself staying in a small family-run hotel, where it's like a 'home from home', a beautifully-restored historic château, a luxury hotel with spa or in a magnificently converted convent with wonderful cloisters and hidden courtyards.

Some of the places we feature are way off-the-beaten-track in incredibly pretty mountain villages where life has hardly changed over the centuries; others are in the heart of the most ornate historic centres. Many reflect the tastes and, at times quirky styles, of their owners, and all share a desire to provide "service plus" at every point of your stay.

"The accommodation was delightful and made the most of the historical features."
Dr File, Dundee

Hotel ratings

Simply follow the "Hotels" link on the individual holiday pages to find out more about your accommodation. We clearly mark each accommodation with an official star rating or, if one does not exist, then we have rated them with our own rating.

All our accommodation has been inspected and classified by the authorities of the relevant countries. As there is no direct British equivalent of many classifications, the broad expression ‘hotels’ refers to all the different types of accommodation we use, from friendly family-run B&B and country inns to luxury hotels (where is the country’s official hotel rating).

The symbol indicates the level of comfort for all accommodation not falling within the country’s official rating system and has been assessed by us in a similar way to the Rosette system used by the AA within the UK. These accommodations are usually officially licensed, extremely popular with customers and very much part of the country way of life.