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Alastair Sawday

In 1994, Alastair Sawday moved into publishing guides after ten years of running his own travel company, Alastair Sawday's Tours. This move was a direct result of personal frustration at the robotic nature of the write-ups in guides then on the market - their preoccupation with trouser presses, coat hangers and 'all mod cons'. In rejecting what he saw as the 'clip-board' mentality, his start-up brief was straightforward: to select only those places to stay that were 'special'; and then to present the information in a way that was accessible, honest and, above all, fun to read.

"We are interested in meeting people, rather than counting appliances," explained Alastair, "for us, the warmth of welcome counts for more than gadgets in rooms, authentic atmosphere and charm more than fitness suites and jacuzzis. We aim to be selective on the basis of those indefinable qualities that make for a real holiday. You won't find sanitised hotel chains listed in our guides - commercial uniformity is not special...!"

The Special Places to Stay series now includes 18 titles covering Britain, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Turkey just CLICK HERE through the following link to see the full range of books.

The book we really want to feature on THE Gardening Website is of course Special Places to Stay for Garden Lovers - but having tried and tested some of these fabulous places to stay we could not resist but recommend the whole series !!

I stayed at Lower Key Green Farm when
I visited RHS Tatton in July - a fabulous place and family - Editor

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Bed and Breakfast for GARDEN LOVERS
Bed and Breakfast for GARDEN LOVERS
In this book there are simple farmhouses, Palladian mansions, cottages, modern timber A-frames, 60s brick-built and many manor houses, so you've masses of choice. And that's just the houses. A...
British Bed and Breakfast - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
British Bed and Breakfast - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
We hope this book is a trumpet blast for all that is best about Britain. There are many near-perfect mixes of magical architecture, enviable gardens, handsome furniture, beautiful art, wonderfully...
British Hotels, Inns and Other Places - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
British Hotels, Inns and Other Places - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
This trusted guide is now in its eigth edition. All of the places are inspected and are good value, whether remote and simple or wrapped in luxury. The selection will provide plenty of inspiration...
Croatia - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Over the past few years, Western Europeans have woken up to the idea that Croatia is not a country of civil strife and only packaged holiday-makers. So, here is our first guide to show the...
French Bed and Breakfast - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
French Bed and Breakfast - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
What's special about staying in French B&Bs ('chambres d'hôtes')? The conversations you can have, the unexpected encounters you can make. The people in this guide come from all walks of...
French Holiday Homes - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
French Holiday Homes - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Like other Sawday guides, this book is about people, for it is the people who mould the amazing houses in which you'll stay, and whose characters, eccentricities and generosity will make your holiday...
French Hotels - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
French Hotels - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
These special places are for the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker, but not for the 'consumer', the mini-bar seeker, the palate-destroyer. The book is for those who appreciate the...
Greece - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Greece - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
In the face of European homogenisation and mass influx from Albania, Greece has hung onto its quintessential humanity (hospitality to strangers, a propensity for face-to-face business) while...
Green Places to Stay
Green Places to Stay
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India - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
India - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
The only book of its kind - it reveals layer after layer of this astonishing country. Palaces, tented-camps, roof-tops and hill-tops, villas and hotels - all of them special. You cannot fail to enjoy...
Ireland - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Ireland - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
We've chosen over 240 special places to stay throughout Ireland, north, south, east and west: B&Bs in fascinating family homes, hotels of all sorts; fishing lodges, keeps and castles;...
Italy - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Italy - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
There is no history of bed and breakfast in Italy as there is in Britain; the Italian breakfast of a diminutive cup of coffee quickly slugged back with a sweet pastry hardly makes a satisfying meal,...
Morocco - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Morocco - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Be prepared for contrast of all sorts, look forward to the unexpected and learn to trust those hooded figures - not sinister, just well protected against the contrasted and unpredictable elements....
Mountains of Europe: Ski Chalets, Hotels and BandBs  - Alastair Sawday's Special
Mountains of Europe: Ski Chalets, Hotels and BandBs - Alastair Sawday's Special
The Alps and Dolomites stretch 1,000 miles across six countries, from the French Riviera to Slovenia. Never have their snow-capped peaks been so seductive or accessible - although they have been...
Paris Hotels - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Paris Hotels - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Talk about spoilt for choice! Cosseted or contemporary, simple or decadently baroque. Sensual, shimmering and feminine - partitions of pale organzas, crinkly taffetas, fabrics la Marie Antoinette....
Portugal - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Portugal - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
The Portuguese are as intensely proud of their rich history as they are of their football and their stunning scenery: terraced vineyards, hill forts, cork, fig and olive groves and the deep blue,...
Pubs and Inns of England and Wales - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Pubs and Inns of England and Wales - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
An original mix, from inspired gastro pubs to well-loved boozers: flagged floors and real ales; bags of style and memorable wines. Each pub has a colour photograph or two, a subjective write-up and...
Spain - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Spain - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Whether you're heading for the Sierras or the costas, historic towns or cosmopolitan cities, this guide has a huge variety of places to choose from. There are simple Casas de Aldea (small traditional...
Turkey - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Turkey - Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay
Turkey is always a surprise to the first-time visitor. Nearly everything you thought you knew about this vast and dynamic country turns out to be less than certain on closer inspection. The landscape...
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