Travel reviews by travel writer Tim Saunders
BREAKING NEWS: Bookings soar at Hell Barn Cottages in Dorset after Tim Saunders' travel feature was published in numerous publications across the UK and further afield. "We've had a really busy summer," says owner Shige Takezoe.
Travel writer, journalist and photographer Tim Saunders regularly writes for publications in the UK and abroad with an audience exceeding 100,000 readers. He was the Business and Motoring Editor at the Bournemouth Daily Echo. Tim focuses on family friendly holidays and travels with his wife, Caroline, daughters, Harriett (5) and Heidi (3) and baby son, Henry. So far they have visited France, Ireland, Wales, Herefordshire, Suffolk, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset to name just a few destinations. Often places need to be revisited because it is just not possible to see everything the first time round. Their travels take place during the school holidays and currently focus on Europe. This website is intended to be a helpful resource, particularly for those with young families, who are looking for their next family friendly holiday.
QUESTIONS TO ASK ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS
How comfortable are the beds? You don't want a week of sleeping on a poor mattress!
Are there likely to be any other guests nearby and do they plan to hold any noisy parties? This could ruin your holiday.
Are there stairs? How safe are they for children or the elderly? Ask for photos – there can be some quite dangerous staircases about.
Ask for proof that the gas boiler has been regularly and recently serviced (especially important abroad).
Does the property meet any recognised safety standards?
Is the heating reliable and is there plenty of hot water?
Are there any mice or rats?
Even the most idyllic property can be let down by any of the above so it is important to secure reassurances because your family's safety could be at risk.