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The 50 best UK holiday cottages for summer 2016

We round up the best coastal gems, rural retreats, architectural wonders and romantic hideaways for two – all with availability this summer<p><b>BEST SEASIDE COTTAGES</b><p><b>Spectacular views</b>: <b>CORNWALL</b><p>A renovated 1930s wooden hideaway on the cliffs overlooking Whitsand Bay, <b>Rockwater Cabin</b> takes some beating. Dine …

Ireland

Europe's best-kept secrets: 20 places you'd never thought to visit

11 Of The Prettiest Villages To Visit In Europe

Let’s be honest, Europe is awash with thousands of pretty little villages to explore, but there are always those select few that really stand out. …

European Travel

TOP 10 things to do in Tallinn

<b>Tallinn was born at a crossroads of medieval trade and is now more than ever a treasure of the Baltic. Estonia's capital combines ease of travel with</b> …

European Travel

The very best refined and aged rums to sip slowly

If you ask us, as spirits experts, what the next gin will be – the spirit that can succeed gin’s throne – we’d say it would, in fact, be… gin. So, it’s refreshing to hear a more recent, if modest, murmur of rum appreciation among discerning drinkers, particularly for aged and sipping rum.<p>Rum was …

The best dash cams you can buy

Car dash cameras have seen a recent boom in demand as drivers find new ways to keep their cars safe and give themselves as much security as possible when caught up in insurance claims.<p>These small, windscreen mounted cameras provide a feed of traffic data to keep drivers confident on the road. The …

Home Security

Peaks and froths: five wild UK walks with a classic pub

The best winter hikes end up in a warm, cosy pub. The author of Wild Pub Walks picks five glorious trails that will end in beers<p>Crickhowell, Powys<p><b>Pub</b> The Bear<b><br>Start/finish</b> Bear Hotel, Crickhowell,<br>Google map reference<b><br>Distance</b> 11.8 miles<b><br>Duration</b> 5–7 hours<b><br>OS map</b> Explorer OL13<p>It’s not hard to see how …

Scotland

How to break in new shoes quickly

At the frantic time of year that is Christmas, we often end up making last-minute purchases for social engagements, be it a festive suit, sparkly …

Meera Sodha’s recipe for vegan pineapple love cake

When I was growing up, our oven was used as an extra cupboard to keep outsized frying pans and exiled chopping boards. This was largely because my Indian parents were of a place and time (1950s Uganda) where no one had ovens at home: all breads were stove-baked flatbreads and all cakes were bought …

Dessert

10 great walks in the South Downs that start and finish at a proper pub

Walking is a joy whatever the season, but autumn, in particular, has its own special magic. Mists, mellow fruitfulness and a maturing sun says the poet; rustling leaves, high-spirited children, conkers, chestnuts, the smell of burning stubble and a pint of foaming ale say I.<p>The 600 square miles of …

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for aubergine, black-eyed bean and dill curry

Some people end up working in the food industry by accident, but for most, there is probably a pivotal moment: a particular meal out or a great success in the kitchen that changed everything, for ever.<p>The moment that changed the course of my life took place in a curry house on London’s Brick Lane …

Vegan Recipes

Bottle rocket: why craft spirits are causing a stir

There has been an explosion in bijou new gins and whiskies, with 45 distilleries opening in the UK last year alone. Can they do what craft brewers have done for beer, and take on the big boys?<p>Today when ordering a G&T, rather than being offered a choice between Gordon’s or Beefeater, you might be …

Whiskey

The best budget hotels in Bruges

An insider's guide to the best cheap hotels in Bruges, including the top places to stay for comfortable interiors, friendly service, courtyard gardens, historic façades, budget-friendly facilities and authentic Belgian restaurants, in locations near the historic centre and on the canals.<p>Hotel …

With Apple discontinuing iPods, what are the alternatives?

Marigold has a broken iPod and would like to hear about alternative MP3 players, mainly for listening to podcasts and Audible audio books<p>I was appalled to read that Apple is abandoning iPods. I have a seventh-generation iPod that has just packed it in, but I hesitate to spend money on repairs if it …

Android Phones

Photos: The best of Poland's stunning Lower Silesia

European Travel

The best websites to bag a UK cottage right on the beach

Looking for a cottage with a coastal view and easy access to the seashore? These websites have just the place<p>Most big holiday cottage companies have a selection of coastal properties, but there are also websites devoted entirely to seaside stays. <b>Beachlets</b> only lists properties on or near the …

Ireland

JRR Tolkien book Beren and Lúthien published after 100 years

<b>A new book by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is going on sale - 100 years after it was first conceived.</b><p>Beren and Lúthien has been described as a "very personal story" that the Oxford professor thought up after returning from the Battle of the Somme.<p>It was edited by his son Christopher Tolkien …

Where to stay in Seville: hotels by district

A neighbourhood guide to the best areas to stay in Seville, as chosen by our resident experts, including the best hotels in Alameda, Arenal, Santa Cruz, Alfalfa and Centro.<p>Alameda<p>If you’re looking for Seville’s boho-hipster scene, with live music venues, ethnic restaurants, and a lively weekend …

The Angkor Wat alternative: exploring Cambodia’s forgotten ruins

I did a double take at the temple’s empty guestbook as it was handed to me from the small, wooden ticket booth. Nope, no visitors yesterday. And just two the day before that: one German, one Thai.<p>What a difference a two-hour drive can make. I had spent the previous day at one of the world’s …

War

It's blooming spring! 22 great UK walks

Shake off the winter blues and enjoy longer, warmer days on one of these great country walks – all with pub stops – chosen by top British nature writers<p>20 more UK walks with pub pit stops<p>Eggardon Hill, Dorset<p><b>Length: 5 miles<br>Time: 2 hours<br>Start/finish: Nettlecombe (OS Explorer 117)<br>Grade:</b> …

Scotland

24 of London's most incredible historic pubs

As the Great British Beer Festival continues in London, we reveal our pick of the best historic pubs in the heart of the capital.<p>There are few more quintessentially English experiences than supping a pint of ale in a centuries-old public house, where the walls could tell you stories. London is …

Where is Taboo filmed? The real-world locations used in Tom Hardy's period drama

England

Wow your Christmas guests with this brie, walnut and cranberry filo parcel

<b>This recipe will wow your guests but it won’t take you long to prepare.</b><p>You know the scene – your friends are coming over for festive drinks and …

22 European cities you'd never thought to visit (but really should)

How to transfer or sync your calendar from iPhone to Android

Gone are the days when switching between platforms was a long, complicated process we all tried to avoid. Your digital life is much simpler now, thanks to the implementation of the cloud and other great tools you can use to make your migration easier. Of course, one of the most popular transitions …

Apps

Great pubs, riverside walks and farmyard animals: it's best bits of Rotherhithe

<i>Forget the tunnel: there’s plenty else going on in Rotherhithe</i><p>Why go there?<p>Because it’s one of the few parts of south-east London that wears its …

England

Barclaycard and Tesco Bank give millions of customers free access to their credit score

Barclaycard and Tesco Bank customers will receive free access to their credit score from this week, but there is a way everybody can access their report for free<p>More than ten million customers of Barclaycard and Tesco Bank are being given access to their credit report, in the first move by major …

Personal Finance

Munich city guide: what to see, plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

Outside Oktoberfest, the Bavarian capital is a graceful city – green in summer, atmospheric in winter, and buzzing with great museums and bars year round<p>Often portrayed as the strait-laced, industrious counterpart to hedonistic Berlin, Munich tends to steer clear of the limelight. Save for its …

English Gardens