French a bit rusty? The enchanting chateaux in France you can rent – that are owned by Britons

Dotted across la belle France are chateaux you can book for a holiday. Some are homely and friendly, while others can feel as intimidating as their French owners. But there’s great news if you’d rather avoid the froideur and stumbles with the language. Love the hit television series Escape To The Chateau with Dick and … Read more

‘Austere on the outside, welcoming on the inside’: The Mail’s Inspector reviews Devon’s Bovey Castle

The Inspector calls at Bovey Castle in Devon and says that while’s it’s austere on the outside, it’s welcoming on the inside with ‘the biggest inglenook fireplace you’ll ever encounter’ Bovey Castle was built by the son of William Henry Smith of WHSmith fame, reveals the Inspector ‘It’s a proper resort,’ he declares. Activities on … Read more

A review by the Inspector of London’s Hotel Amano, the first UK outpost of the trendy German brand

The Inspector calls at the first UK outpost of the trendy German Amano hotel brand, complete with gold tubs in rooms and a rooftop bar… and says it’s a ‘welcome addition to London’ The hotel is set in what used to be a 1980s office building near Covent Garden The Inspector pays £380 for a … Read more

The joys of a Tour de France-inspired ebike cycling holiday in Denmark

Scandi cycling? No sweat: The Tour de France starts on Friday in Denmark – but the going’s easy on these ebike trails Mark Porter’s cycling holiday begins in Vejle and goes south to Sonderborg  Along the way, he spends a night in the excellent, bike-friendly Center Hotel In Jelling, another stop, he finds that the ‘terrain is … Read more

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Explore the gardens of the Cotswolds with Christine Walkden 

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Explore the gardens of the Cotswolds with Christine Walkden By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 22:00 BST, 25 June 2022 | Updated: 09:04 BST, 26 June 2022 Few places are more glorious when the leaves begin to change colour in autumn than the Cotswolds. And on this exclusive four-day … Read more

Wimbledon-inspired holidays: The joys of playing padel tennis beside the blue waters of the Maldives

Rafael Nadal — the greatest grand slam champion in history — plays it. So does Novak Djokovic. And two-time Wimbledon champion Sir Andy Murray is so won over he’s invested in a company building the courts. It’s tennis… but not as we know it. Developed in Mexico in 1969, padel tennis is played on mostly … Read more

UK hotel review: Inside The Westminster, a London Hilton-in-disguise complete with a bowling alley

The Inspector calls at a new London hotel that’s a Hilton in disguise, with glitzy modern art and a tenpin bowling alley… but he isn’t impressed by the restaurant’s ‘sky-high prices’ The Westminster, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, opened just over a year ago  The Inspector stays in an ‘entry-level’ room that’s furnished with pale … Read more