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Cwningar (Holiday Cottage, Ty Croes, Rhosneigr, Anglese)

Small well appointed cottage, sleeps four (one double and a pair of bunks sutiable for kids).

Brilliant views and a short stroll to the beaches and Barclodiad!
31st August 2006ce

The Ring of Bells Inn (Bed & Breakfast, North Bovey)

Incredible place! Comfy beds, very clean, characterful building, massive breakfasts with great selection (including veggie), wonderful evening meals, quiet and absolutely perfect. 10th July 2005ce

Buccabu Bike Hire (Tourist Information, Hugh Town)

If you're going 'out of season' make sure you phone in advance to hire bikes.

They had a large selection of bikes and charged only about 6 quid a day.
26th March 2004ce

Trewellard Manor Farm (Holiday Cottage, Penzance)

Wonderful value, very clean, right in the middle of everything megalithic. Great facilities. We stayed in 'Groomscott' and loved it. The bed was quite firm though. 15th March 2004ce

The White Horse Inn (Bed & Breakfast, near Faringdon)

Very traditional old watering hole in the delightful villageof Woolstone and closer the the White Horse/ Wayland's Smithy than any of the pubs in Uffington.

A good pint, a nice beer garden, the proprietors don't chuck out kids and there's a big car park. Busy on high days and holidays though.
15th December 2003ce

Raj Indian Restaurant (Restaurant, Marlborough)

If you happen to be in Avebury and you 1. can't face the Red Lion and 2. get a 'curry head' on go into Marlborough. At the end of the main drag (the opposite end to the church) behind the town hall thing, you'll find this curry house tucked away. Not bad really. 10th October 2003ce

Websters of Baildon (Fish and Chips) (Cafe, Baildon)

After you've been up the see the Twelve Apostles of Ilkley Moor, you can drive past this very conveniently located chippy and stock up on yummy carbohydrates.

Good, cheap, hot grub and if you drive just 500 ms, you can sit in your car on the edge of Baildon moor and scoff your chips with a great view!
8th October 2003ce

The Newlands Inn (Pub, Eynsham)

Serves a useful supper from a wide menu at a reasonable price and with friendly staff. the beer garden at the back is lovely. 30th August 2003ce

The Queens Head (Pub, Oxford)

The pub has been a regular in Camra's "Good Beer Guide" for years and serves a high standard of beer. 30th August 2003ce

The Harcourt Arms (Pub, Stanton Harcourt)

Excellent gastro pub with an innovative menu and a superb range of single malts at the bar. Good place to take your beloved of a winter's evening. It's not exactly cheap though, but it won't break the bank, either. 30th August 2003ce

Arctic Fish Bar (Cafe, Chipping Norton)

This impressive looking fish shop is just around the corner from the New Street stone and provides hungry mouths with splendid grub. Try the haddock. 30th August 2003ce

The Oxfordshire Museum (Museum, Woodstock)

Fantastic place to swing by if you're in the area. Nice display of all kinds of goodies, including the oldest bread in Britain unearthed in Yarnton just down the road from Woodstock.

Good bookshop selling maps and cards, and a great café area too.
29th August 2003ce

The Royal Oak (Pub, Newport, Pembrokeshire)

Great food, great beer, great company, great jukebox, great pool table, lots of parking round the back, sea bass is superb and the curries are splendid. What are you waiting for? 1st June 2003ce

Barley Mow (Pub, Blewbury)

After a ride or a hike up on to the Downs, this watering hole is a very welcome site indeed. Good grub and in the summer and nice place to sit out. 7th May 2003ce

Wyatt's Farm Shop (Cafe, Chipping Norton)

One mile east of the stones, its a welcome place to get warm and dry after a cold session at the stones. Reasonable cuppa, nice homemade cakes and most importantly - it's got loos! 5th May 2003ce

The Eagle Tavern (Pub, Little Coxwell)

Only 4 miles from Uffington and Wayland's, the Eagle Tavern can be found in the lovely village of Little Coxwell just off the main A420 Oxford to Swindon road.

It's wonderful! Beer's great, hospitality's great, food generous and tasty, clean, attractive, heart of the village stuff. Cute dog, too.

Haven't stayed there (they do rooms, too), but my favourite local band (The Pig) sometimes play there on a Friday night - look out for fantastic blues and stuff there too! I highly recommend it.
25th July 2002ce
Habitat: Commonly sighted in fields round Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
Distribution: Widespread; occasional migrations to overwinter in Africa or other hot climes.
Characteristics: A tall, blonde, opinionated bird with feisty temper when provoked. Prone to spells of gloom during winter months. Usually sporting dark plumage, except for golden head, can often spotted with sketchbook and brushes near megalithic sites.
Feeding habits: Easily tempted with cheese (any variety) or a nice cup of tea. Unfeasibly fond of curry.
Behaviour: Unpredictable, approach cautiously. Responds very favourably to flattery.
Abhors: slugs, invisible sky gods, Tories, the Daily Mail, bigots, eggs, the cold, walking and timewasting.
Adores: a man called Moth, painting, live music, furry creatures, tea administered frequently, hot places, cheese, writing crap poetry, David Attenborough, Ernest Shackleton, Vincent van Gogh and the English language.
Want more?: see her website.
Big old rocks I find appealling
Their secrets they are not revealing
Some are chambers, some are tombs
Hidden in valleys and in combes
Some are said to act like clocks
With shadows cast out from their rocks
I like the way they just survive
When I visit, I feel alive
So I chase my rocks around the maps
Round England, Ireland and France, perhaps
But there ain't nothin' that I liked so much
As to see the Hunebedden, dem is Dutch.

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