Bargain beach holidays for 2013

From a simple, whitewashed cottage right on the beach in Sicily to a chic new yoga retreat in Greece, hibiscus-fringed cabins in Turkey and barefoot luxury in Portugal, here are my top 20 holiday suggestions for beach lovers in 2013.

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Bargain beach holidays for 2013

From a simple, whitewashed cottage right on the beach in Sicily to a chic new yoga retreat in Greece, hibiscus-fringed cabins in Turkey and barefoot luxury in Portugal, here are my top 20 holiday suggestions for beach lovers in 2013.

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The 50 best baby buys

A round-up of some of the most useful things you can buy for a new baby this winter, from pushchairs that you can collapse with one hand to cots you can fit in a backpack and baby first aid courses.

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The 50 best baby buys

A round-up of some of the most useful things you can buy for a new baby this winter, from pushchairs that you can collapse with one hand to cots you can fit in a backpack and baby first aid courses.

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Searching for solitude in West Sweden

“The house represents what we ourselves would like to be on Earth: permanent, rooted, here for eternity. But a camp represents the true reality of things: we’re just passing through.” It’s pretty safe to assume that when author Roger Deakin

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Searching for solitude in West Sweden

“The house represents what we ourselves would like to be on Earth: permanent, rooted, here for eternity. But a camp represents the true reality of things: we’re just passing through.” It’s pretty safe to assume that when author Roger Deakin

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B&B and Beyond: Gallon House

The Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough is often neglected by tourists, but not by those who know about its foodie-friendly B&B, Gallon House. A minute’s walk from the town’s railway station, its 19th-century exterior, painted a sludgy stone, looms grandly

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B&B and Beyond: Gallon House

The Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough is often neglected by tourists, but not by those who know about its foodie-friendly B&B, Gallon House. A minute’s walk from the town’s railway station, its 19th-century exterior, painted a sludgy stone, looms grandly

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B&B and Beyond: Oriel Milgi

Opened last November in pretty St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, this three-room B&B looks like any other village house from the outside. Step over the threshold, however, and you find yourself inside a cosseting seaside retreat. Once a sea-captain’s house, Oriel Milgi

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B&B and Beyond: Oriel Milgi

Opened last November in pretty St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, this three-room B&B looks like any other village house from the outside. Step over the threshold, however, and you find yourself inside a cosseting seaside retreat. Once a sea-captain’s house, Oriel Milgi

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50 great places to make a splash

A round-up of some of the best places around the UK to swim in this summer, from stylish hotel puddles and Olympic lanes to secluded natural pools. For the full article see The Independent.

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50 great places to make a splash

A round-up of some of the best places around the UK to swim in this summer, from stylish hotel puddles and Olympic lanes to secluded natural pools. For the full article see The Independent.

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Scarborough’s chicest seaside B&B

Scarborough might not have a Turner Contemporary or a Jerwood Gallery, as Margate and Hastings respectively can boast, but it does have one weapon on its side when it comes to attrcating visitors: Barbara Firth, the owner of its most

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Scarborough’s chicest seaside B&B

Scarborough might not have a Turner Contemporary or a Jerwood Gallery, as Margate and Hastings respectively can boast, but it does have one weapon on its side when it comes to attrcating visitors: Barbara Firth, the owner of its most

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Pembrokeshire B&Bs

A round-up of 10 of the most welcoming and stylish places to stay in Pembrokeshire, from a five-star B&B in Tenby to a restaurant with rooms near Solva, a vintage-flecked B&B at the start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and

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Pembrokeshire B&Bs

A round-up of 10 of the most welcoming and stylish places to stay in Pembrokeshire, from a five-star B&B in Tenby to a restaurant with rooms near Solva, a vintage-flecked B&B at the start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and

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Hotel style at B&B prices in Edinburgh

Opening in time for last summer’s festival, B+B Edinburgh has plenty going for it. Book via a discount site and, for the price of a B&B, you can stay in this 22-room hotel with its willing staff, whisky-stocked bar and

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Hotel style at B&B prices in Edinburgh

Opening in time for last summer’s festival, B+B Edinburgh has plenty going for it. Book via a discount site and, for the price of a B&B, you can stay in this 22-room hotel with its willing staff, whisky-stocked bar and

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The woodman’s hut

When David and Valery Dean bought three acres of woodland beside their home in Scotland’s Cairngorms national park they knew exactly what they were going to do with it. At one edge sat a hillock, “the perfect spot to build a hut”,

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The woodman’s hut

When David and Valery Dean bought three acres of woodland beside their home in Scotland’s Cairngorms national park they knew exactly what they were going to do with it. At one edge sat a hillock, “the perfect spot to build a hut”,

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