Top Relaxing Destinations

 This week get me my mortgage have carried out research into the most relaxing areas to live in the uk. To work this out we have used data from the office of national statistics to find out the least stressful areas to live, we have also factored in pollution, political issues and traffic to make our top 5 list.

1. Cornwall 

Sitting at the top of the list is Cornwall, one of the most beautiful places in the country, rural and coastal settings a plenty and a friendly atmosphere. Cornwall forms a peninsula with wild moorlands and many sandy beaches. The south coast of Cornwall is dubbed the Cornish riviera due to the climate and picturesque landscapes. Cornwall has a host of picturesque villages and seaside resorts

2. Standish 

A small yet humble town in the borough of Wigan has made it onto our list due to the small population, low pollution and lack of traffic jams. The village has a population of less than 14,000 people making it a perfect place to settle.

3.The Lake District 

One of the most beautiful places in the UK, it was always going to make it onto the list. A favourite for nationals and tourists the lake district is a region of Cumbria in the northwest of England. With a low pollution level and beautiful market towns such as Keswick, Kendal, Ambleside and Derwentwater. The lake district is a wonderful place to visit and live.

4. Wales

Wales made it on to the list due to the low levels of pollution and traffic free roads (mostly). Wales is a well known part of southwest Great Britain. With rugged coastlines and famous mountains located there. The celtic culture and welsh language is a draw for tourism.

5. Scottish Highlands

Home to famous loch Ness and many other famous attractions  the Scottish Highland is a wonderful place to move to and relax, benefit from rural locations and lower house prices you can pick up a lot of real estate for a lower cost.

As you can tell the most relaxing places to live in the UK appear to be more rural locations, this goes to show that city life really does have an impact on our health and ability to de-stress. Not everyone will be able to move to the locations or may not even want to but a short visit to a rural location is proven to reduce stress and help relax. If you live in a busy area it can be a great way to relax with a rural weekend away.

Last Minute London Hotels

Booking a hotel room in advance does guarantee you the accommodations. However, what if you were looking for a last minute hotel somewhere for an impromptu getaway? There are many of these hotels to be found, especially in London. All rates were found at www.ratestogo.com


Shaftesbury Premier Hotel, Paddington

This luxurious hotel located in Paddington, features modern decor and 24/7 complimentary broadband access. Continental breakfast is included along with a plasma TV, heated mirrors and in-room bathroom. The hotel can be accessed via major routes in and out of the heart of London. Rates starting at $94 per night.

Pembridge Palace Hotel, Bayswater

A quaint hotel in Bayswater puts guests in a facility to fall in love with to make a second home. This hotel offers a classic feel in decor as well as modern accomodations. Rooms have private bathrooms, television, non-smoking rooms as well as a safe deposit box for keeping valuables. Wireless internet access is also available here. Rates start at $50 per night.

Best Western Premier Shaftesbury, Kensington

The hotel chain Best Western has always held a special place for me. The Shaftesbury is no exception to that feeling. Affordable luxury is the hotel’s nom de plume in a sleek comfortable setting. Rooms feature air conditioning, private bathroom, television, microwave, refrigerator, safe deposit box and more. The hotel also has an in-house bar, restaurant and fitness center. Rates start at $95 per night.

Grange Strathmore Hotel, South Kensington

When looking for a last minute London hotel, consider the Grange Strathmore located in South Kensington. As soon as you walk in, this hotel greets all it’s guests with deep rosewood furnishings and helpful staff that would be expected in the finest hotels. Guest rooms feature carved rosewood furniture, private bathroom, television, phone and tea/coffee makers all enclosed in a soft neutral tones to soothe and relax the body and mind. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, broadband access, room service, meeting facilities and a lounge. Rates start at $85 per night.

Danubius Hotel, Regents Park

Every city has a gem that sparkles brightest among many, the Danubius Hotel is that gem of London. Located in Regents Park, this 4-star modern hotel is a short bus ride away from major attractions and an even shorter walk to the London Zoo. Guests rooms feature air-conditioning, private bathroom, radio, television, modern decor to please the senses. There is also an in-house fitness center, business facilities, restaurant and 24-hour room service available. Come see this grand hotel for yourself and let their concierge help you make your stay in London as memorable as possible. Rates start at $140 per night.

Enjoy the Delights of Forest Heath in Suffolk, England

Forest Heath is a picturesque region in western Suffolk. The region is made up of a variety of different landscapes such as brecks, fens, lakes and Britain’s largest lowland pine forest. Forest Heath is an ideal setting for bird watching, hiking, horseriding and many other outside pursuits. Read on to learn more about what this beautiful region of western Suffolk has to offer.


Country Parks

High Lodge is a very popular countryside attraction, which is owned and run by Forest Enterprise. Here, you can pick up any number of trails around the park, enjoy an open air concert in the summer or hire a bicycle and explore High Lodge at your own pace. Not far from High Lodge is Brandon Country Park on the outskirts of town, a spectacularly maintained 32 acre landscaped park with lush lawns and lakes, owned by Suffolk County Council and managed in partnership with Forest Heath District Council. Brandon Country Park offers free entry to visitors year round, where you are free to bring along a picnic, enjoy a ramble in the woods, orienteering or learn more about the rich heritage of Forest Heath in the visitor centre.

Leisure Activities

Forest Heath offers a selection of leisure activities for both young and old. Most of the leisure centres, swimming pools and community activities are provided by the local council. However, they are managed by Anglia Community Leisure. These include leisure centres and swimming pools in Newmarket, Mildenhall and Brandon. Go to www.angcomleisure.com to learn more about the leisure activities available in Forest Heath.

The Arts

There are no formal art venues as such in Forest Heath. However, Forest Heath District Council promotes the arts by funding many worthwhile arts projects in the region. Some past efforts have included the ever popular Dance East, theatre and entertainment in village halls, promoting visual art exhibitions and commissioning public art and sculpture.

Forest Heath is a delightful region and has got something for everyone, whether you enjoy a leisurely ramble in the park, swimming or you are passionate about the arts.

London Theater Breaks for the Weekend

London theater breaks for the weekend are becoming quite the popular choice these days for tourists. Hit shows can be seen with a theater break package, which is how many people have the chance to see shows that are sold out elsewhere.
When booking your theater break, a few agencies will sort hotels in different manners. Personally, I categorize each hotel by the distance it is from the theater in attempts to find one within walking distance, usually a mile or less. Another advantage of a central hotel, besides the close proximity to theaters, is the convenience of being located in the center of the shops located in the West End.

When arriving at London on a Friday night, you can head straight over to see a show at the theater if you book your visit at that time, or you can schedule it for Saturday evening. However, if you opt to go straight to the theater on Friday, you will probably not have the opportunity to eat a meal first. Saturday viewers can drop their belongings off at their room, get ready for the show, and sit down to dinner all within an hour.

West End restaurants most often start serving dinner at 5:30 in order to allow people to have plenty of time to eat before their theater shows. Most menus offer meals at a great value and serve them quickly. Another option is to make reservations that are included in your theater break, which will save you money.

It is usually preferable to book your theater show for Saturday. Doing so will allow you to relax and unwind on Friday and explore the city. And on Saturday before your show, you can see the sites and shop. Between your excursions, you should take the time for an afternoon tea at Fortum and Masons – it is quite a treat. Along with tea, you will be served scones, cakes, and sandwiches that are dainty and delicate, but filling too.

This is a fantastic way to experience a traditional English custom. Do not forget to reserve your tea time in advance. Top theater break agencies offer their clients the opportunity to have their tea reservations as a part of their theater break, usually at a discounted rate. And since you will be satisfied by the food served at tea time, you should experience no hunger throughout regular timed shows.

Between 10:00 and 10:30 at night, there are several wonderful locations where you can enjoy a late supper. La Taska is one establishment I like – the Spanish tapas are a personal favorite of mine and you can either eat it all yourself or share with your companion. There are also English pubs on the West End that have great beverages and even better atmospheres, but food is usual not served after 9:00 at night.

When you finally make your way back to the hotel, you can relax with a nightcap. It is for the best that you chose a hotel so close to the theater as you will be tired after your full day. Plus, you will not be dealing with the hassle and expense of a rickshaw, black cab, or the tube.

If you are accustomed to rising early on the weekends, you will find that Sunday mornings are ideal for sightseeing expeditions. During this quiet period in the city of London, you can see all of the tourist hot spots, such as the Westminster Abbey, without waiting in long, crowed lines.