Tiny B&B in Chester celebrating after being voted the world’s best boutique hotel

*Books mini-break*. edgar-house-2

Anyone fancy a trip to Chester?

We hear the B&Bs are pretty decent. And they’re not a bad price either.

Edgar House, a tiny seven-bed B&B overlooking the River Dee in Chester is probably treating itself to a little Bucks Fizz over breakfast today after being voted the world’s best small hotel in TripAdvisor‘s Travellers’ Choice awards.

The modest B&B beat off competition from boutique hotels in New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica and Capri to take the title.

The award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide.

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(Picture: Edgar House)
Co-owner Mike Stephen said he was ‘thrilled and humbled’ with the win.

And when you check out what the little hotel has to offer, it’s perhaps not so surprising it’s proved so popular.

The views are amazing.
As is the food.
Each of their seven bedrooms is individually designed and the beds come with snuggly goose feather and down pillows, and egyptian cotton sheets, as standard.

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(Picture: Edgar House)
The bathrooms have rain showers, freestanding baths, French porcelain tiles and underfloor heating.
There’s also an honesty bar hidden in a phone box.
And a mini cinema serving ice cream.

Oh, and you can get bed and breakfast for £99.50 per person.

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A few reasons not to hate the tourists in your city, even though you want to

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There’s now one more reason to avoid Victoria’s tourist-swarmed downtown core this summer.

Volunteers in 1940s-style British “bobby” uniforms — complete with egg-shaped hats — will be walking the beat “armed only with a smile, interesting historical facts and crime prevention information,” according to police. It’s an effort to make out-of-towners feel even more like they’ve escaped to a west-coast Pleasantville.      And it’s another reason to hate on tourists:

You know, the camera-toting (don’t you have a smartphone?!), meanderers clad in comfortable shoes, clogging the seawall in Vancouver and the streets of Kensington Market in Toronto. Also known, to one friend, as “THE WORST SIDEWALK WALKERS!”Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 15.21.59

 They don’t know where they’re going, or how to get there. They turn our cities into marketing fluff and our streets into parking lots for tour buses.

But in our annoyance, we forget: We are tourists, too.

Canadians are the seventh-largest spenders on travel in the world, to the tune of $37 billion in 2014.

The golden rule of a good trip is good people. That could be a travel buddy or a hostel crew, but it’s also often the locals. In Lisbon, Portugal, my sister and I made friends out of people who showed us the hidden bars and late-night hangouts, the beaches a short drive out of town, the best places to catch the sunset.Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 15.23.30

That’s the hipster way to travel these days — getting the “local” experience. But we forget it relies on locals treating us, the tourists, like the potentially interesting humans we are.

I try to be kind to tourists, sometimes. I’ll offer directions or tips on what to see and eat. But I’ve never looked at a tourist as a potential friend. And I’ve never been the source of someone’s amazing story of travel to Canada.

There is another reason to stop hating tourists: They brought in $17.3 billion in 2014. You’ve heard this before, but many people’s livelihoods depend on them.

Yes, it is irritating to see my hometown become even more of a caricature of imagined Englishness. I didn’t think Victoria could grovel any harder at the feet of its British roots. It can.

But whatever I think of the volunteer bobby idea, it’s time to shed the haughty gaze at the wayward tourist. There’s no point having a superiority complex if you don’t help make your city a nice place to be.

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15 most dangerous countries for your vacation

15 Most Dangerous Countries for Your Vacation:

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Afghanistan

1. Afghanistan

Iraq

Why It’s Tempting to Tourists:
Afghanistan is a very beautiful country. It boasts of some of the most amazing sights you can see anywhere in the world. Some of the best places to visit include the Wakhan Corridor, the Bamiyan Valley and Kunduz.

Why You Shouldn’t Go:For some time now, Afghanistan has been considered one of the most dangerous places in the world. The country is a literal warzone. The Taliban has interfered quite strongly in the Afghan life. Terrorist attacks, landmines and bombings are not uncommon. Neither are other insurgent activities, kidnappings and political unrest. On top of that, the country is the world’s top supplier of opium. Even when the US troops are gradually being removed from the country, the future here is still very uncertain.

Tourist Testimonial:

Okay, this isn’t actually from a tourist tourist, but a journalist assigned in the country. As he says, he’s often worried that he will get shot. And any country “where there are minefields is also bad.” More than the usual concerns about getting an upset stomach from eating all the foreign food, Afghanistan makes you fear for your life. “In Afghanistan I never walked anywhere unless I was on concrete or I had received iron clad assurances from a United Nations demining expert that the area was clear.”

So if you don’t relish the idea of having to look everywhere you step on and constantly worrying you’ll get a bullet lodged in your body, then cross off Afghanistan from your destination list for now.

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The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

  We may shake our heads at the TSA’s antics from time to time, but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of the craziest things people have tried to sneak past airport security in 2014.

Because the TSA details some of the more absurd confiscated contraband on its blog on a weekly basis, we get a first hand look into the boldest (and often dumbest) attempts at sneaking strictly forbidden items into airports. And after a whole year of swiping banned goods, it was quite a haul.


The Weird

WWII Blasting Machine, Atlanta, GA:

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Spear gun, Las Vegas, NV:

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Inert warhead, Tucson, AZ:

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Cannon barrel, Kahului, HI:

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Hairbrush dagger, Fairbanks, AK:

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F bomb, Milwaukee, WI:

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Bear attack deterrent, Anchorage, AK:

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Stun cane, Tampa, FL:

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

A mallet, Burlington, VT:

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The Concealed Knives

Knife in a hard drive caddy, Dayton, OH:

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Scooby Doo razor blades, Newport News, VA:

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Knife taped to carry-on bag, Phoenix, AZ:

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

From top: Belt buckle knife, Rapid City, SD; Bladed survival tool in shoe, Philadelphia, PA:

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Lipstick knife, Detroit, MI:

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Knife in phone case, Tampa, FL:

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Saw in bible, Orlando, FL:

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Knife in enchilada, Santa Rosa, CA:

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The Drugs

3 pounds of cocaine inside meat, San Jose, CA:

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Marijuana and marijuana paraphernelia in various types of peanut butter jars, Denver, CO (left) and Sacramento, CA (right):

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A plastic bag containing 67 pills hidden inside of a hollowed out textbook:

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81 pounds of marijuana, Oakland, CA:

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92 pounds of marijuana, Phoenix, AZ:

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The Sword Canes

Douglas County, NE:

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Dayton, OH:

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Charlotte, NC:

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Memphis TN:

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We may shake our heads at the TSA’s antics from time to time , but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of
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