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The Wild West

TripAdvisor, Twitter, Facebook, and Google dominate the world’s communications with little accountability as to how they conduct their business. When President Obama described the internet as ‘the wild west’, it was an admission that Governments around the world are far behind the curve in controlling these internet giants. It is time that they were brought to heel.

Adam Raphael

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Hotels, inns and B&Bs with a special offer

Midweek Sparkler Special Offer

Little Barwick House, Yeovil, Somerset

Complimentary Fourth Night Special Offer

Hartwell House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Summer Escape Special Offer from £110 per person per night

The Rose & Crown, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham

Autumn full board Special Offer

Star Castle, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Spring Outdoors Escape Special Offer

Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Salcombe, Devon

Complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival Special Offer

The Peacock at Rowsley, Rowsley, Derbyshire

Other hotels with special offers

The Lygon Arms, Broadway

The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock

Hambleton Hall, Oakham

Lewtrenchard Manor, Okehampton

Chewton Glen, New Milton

The Priory, Wareham

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, York

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Llandudno

The George of Stamford, Stamford

The Nare, Veryan-in-Roseland

Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter

The Black Swan, Kirkby Stephen

Headlam Hall, Darlington

The Old Bridge, Huntingdon

Pen-y-Dyffryn, Oswestry

Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen

Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdovey

Widbrook Grange, Bradford-on-Avon

Judges, Yarm

Seaham Hall, Seaham

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

Cary Arms & Spa, Babbacombe

Blackaddie House, Sanquhar

Southernhay House, Exeter

The Feathered Nest, Chipping Norton

The Dial House, Norwich

Twr y Felin Hotel, St Davids

The Dog at Wingham, Canterbury

Bunchrew House, Inverness

Trigony House, Thornhill

Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey

Roch Castle Hotel, Roch

The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh

Win a night’s stay

THE HARDWICK, Abergavenny, Wales, which won a César award this year as Restaurant with Rooms of the year, is this month’s prize-giving hotel. Its chef/patron Stephen Terry and his wife, Joanna, lead a team of friendly, efficient staff. Dine on generous portions of Wye Valley produce such as roast hake fillet, brown shrimps; perfect mashed potatoes. Bedrooms are in a modern inspired courtyard extension with Welsh touches.

All you need to do to win this handsome prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at THE HARDWICK is to SEND A REVIEW of your favourite hotel or B&B in Great Britain or Ireland. See COMPETITION PAGE. We welcome reports on places that have never been in the Guide or have been omitted, as well as those that have a current entry.

Richard Osborne from Windsor is the winner of last month’s prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two  at BROCCO ON THE PARK, Sheffield, Yorkshire. The prize has to be taken midweek. The winner this year of a César award as city hotel of the year, Brocco’s owner, Tiina Carr, has created a stylish Scandinavian chic city hotel. The bedrooms are modern, the food is adventurous.

Fawlty Towers

‘Staying here was one of those experiences which show that British hotels can still sink to depths last experienced c1947. Coming back from the theatre at 4.15 pm we had to ask them to turn on the heating, not due – in March – to come on until 5 pm.’

Buy the Guide

Guide book 2017 The 2017 print edition makes a great present.
You can order a copy for £15 including p&p, a discount of 25% on the normal shop price.
Alternatively, you can email:
Or fax credit card details to 020-7602-4182. Or write to: 50 Addison Avenue, London, W11 4QP.Discount vouchers worth a total of £150 are included in each copy. They enable a 25% saving off the normal B&B price at participating hotels.


Readers’ Reports

Readers’ reports are the lifeblood of the Guide which can be described as word of mouth in print. Please tell us about your hotel visits in the past year. Email:  We want to hear about hotels in the Guide as well as new discoveries. You need not write at length but all reports are candidates for the Report of the Month competition, the prize for which is a free hotel night including dinner, bed and breakfast at one of our top selected hotels.. We are particularly keen to hear about hotels in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Gift Vouchers

The Good Hotel Guide gift voucher makes an ideal birthday or wedding present. You can make a gift of any monetary value from £50-£500 by emailing: The GHG gift voucher scheme allows the recipient to stay at any of the Guide’s 850 selected hotels at the time of their choosing. The Guide takes no commission and makes no charge to either the hotel or the guest, so you will get the full monetary value of the voucher. A complimentary copy of the Guide will also be sent to the recipient.

The Good Hotel Guide, founded 39 years ago, is totally independent. It receives no payments, no hospitality and no advertising from hotels selected for an entry in the printed edition. Hotels pay to be on the GHG website, but only those which have an entry in the printed Guide are eligible. Selected hotels are recommended by readers, backed where necessary by an anonymous inspection. The British edition of the Guide is published each autumn. Adam and Caroline Raphael, who own the Guide, are award-winning journalists. Caroline, a former BBC researcher and a travel writer, is editor-in-chief. She has worked on the Guide for more than three decades. Adam, who previously worked for the Guardian, the Observer, the BBC and the Economist, is the Guide’s marketing director. Astella Saw, formerly with Penguin and the BBC, is editor of the British Guide. Nicola Davies is editor of the Shortlist, and in charge of correspondence and research. Richard Fraiman is the Guide’s chief executive. The Guide specialises in small owner-managed hotels, inns and B&Bs in England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and Ireland. It includes budget B&Bs, good-value hotels and inns as well as grand country houses and chic city hotels, all offering value for money in their price range.
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