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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

Autumn September Special Offer

Hartwell House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

'Autumn Escape' Special Offer

The Rose & Crown, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham

2 night Summer Staycation Special Offer

Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Salcombe, Devon

Fly Fishing Packages Special Offer

The Peacock at Rowsley, Rowsley, Derbyshire

Other hotels with special offers

The Cavendish, Baslow

The Lygon Arms, Broadway

Hambleton Hall, Oakham

Chewton Glen, New Milton

The Priory, Wareham

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, York

Ty Mawr, Brechfa

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Llandudno

Knockinaam Lodge, Portpatrick

The George of Stamford, Stamford

The Nare, Veryan-in-Roseland

Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Mawgan Porth

Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter

Cliveden House, Taplow

Headlam Hall, Darlington

The Devonshire Arms, Skipton

The Old Bridge, Huntingdon

Pen-y-Dyffryn, Oswestry

Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdovey

Widbrook Grange, Bradford-on-Avon

Seaham Hall, Seaham

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

Plas Dinas Country House, Caernarfon

The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

Cary Arms & Spa, Babbacombe

Forss House, Thurso

Southernhay House, Exeter

The Feathered Nest, Chipping Norton

The Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury

The Beaumont, London

Knockendarroch Hotel, Pitlochry

Cuckoo Brow Inn, Ambleside

Shieldaig Lodge, Gairloch

The Dog at Wingham, Canterbury

Locanda on the Weir, Porlock Weir

The Eastbury Hotel & Spa, Sherborne

The Cottage in the Wood, Malvern Wells

Trigony House, Thornhill

The Brisley Bell, Dereham

Melville Castle, 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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