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South West: Devon - Chestnut House B&B

Chestnut House is a comfortable bed and breakfast, full of character, with three rooms each with en suite facilities. Close to exit 27 on M5, Blundell’s school and Devon countryside, the house is in quiet road with private parking, serves a great breakfast and has Wifi throughout. A warm welcome awaits you. 

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Original Edwardian Dickens Desk

Edwardian Dickens desk, circa 1910. In lovely condition. Green leather inlays and writing slope. Slope lifts up to reveal a deep storage space, internal drawers and storage compartments.  Fine turned gallery with finials. Original handles, locks and keys. Nicely turned legs with original brass and china castors. Desk measures 107cm wide x 62cm deep x 109cm high (including gallery - 79cm to desk...

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Gem of a house in France,27000 € or offer.

Feeling strong?

114sq m of historic house for serious renovation. Next to the church.

Large beamed living room+kitchen corner.

Bathroom+WC off main room at present.Mains drainage,water,electricity. Partial cellar below. Plaque for 1664 in corridor.

Magnificent rose granite cantou fireplace with plaque for 1664. Many other elements reputed mediaeval. Small garden for sitt...

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pet epitaphs in Latin verse

Has your pet died recently? You can have a Latin verse epitaph in his/her honour for you to frame and hang in your home as a lasting memorial. A professional calligrapher writes the poem in black ink on Saunders Waterfield cream coloured paper for 150 GBP. I was delighted with mine. Contact John Davie, retired Classics lecturer, via his website

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ITALY: Tuscany: la lucertola, farmhouses between pisa and lucca

Two spacious farmhouses in Tuscany which can be rented individually or together. Each accommodates up to 6 people. They are located on the beautiful southern slopes of the Monti Pisani – an environmentally protected area of outstanding natural beauty and tranquillity. Just a 20-minute drive from both Pisa and Lucca, 30 minutes from the coast, and an hour from Florence. Ancient and lovingly tend...

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London: the cake box - sugar craft shop and school, Hampton

Set in the pretty village of Hampton, The Cake Box is a friendly and inspiring venue. Joanna and her team are here to advise and supply you with the best tools and equipment to suit your needs. Learn how to use them in our regular classes - and our free demonstrations. Joanna is a qualified teacher who knows how to help you achieve success by building your confidence and extending your range of...

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Glamorgan: felting workshops and craft classes, Neath

We are a Swansea, Neath based felting business bringing the loveliness of wool to others.

We stock many fibres and felting equipment for you to buy. We also offer a wide range of felting workshops. This year we are using the Gorseinon Institute venue as it offers more space, easy parking and lots of facilities. Also at the National Woolen Museum Wales and the National Botanical Gardens Click here for more information

London: open dance class for those aged over 55, Greenwich

Enjoy dance in a fun atmosphere – no previous experience necessary.

Not just about exercise and fitness, this class allows participants to be creative. Classes start with a warm up followed by dance exercised to develop strength, co-ordination and flexibility.

The class progresses on to travelling movements, creative tasks to make your movement material, which is then developed into...

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Somerset: collage illustration workshop, Clevedon

Learn how to create your own illustration using Emmeline's signature style and techniques including collage, watercolours and drawing to make a mix media illustration. The workshop takes place in the studio at Nineteen with 3- 6 others. Enjoy a fun and relaxed atmosphere, learn a skill to continue developing at home, as well as engaging in a sociable and inspiring time with creatives to refresh...

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South West: Devon - Lobhill Farmhouse B&B

Lobhill Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast offers beautiful accommodation in the heart of the West Devon countryside. Close to Okehampton, Launceston and Tavistock and just 3 miles from glorious Dartmoor our AA 4 silver star Award accommodation is perfectly situated to explore both Devon and Cornwall. Surrounded by woodland walks, tranquil summerhouse and pond, Alder Lake and the family's Alder Vineya...

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English care nurse living by the sea and marina in Liguria Italy offers 24/7 rest/respite to people with special physical needs in their everyday life.  If you have problem with dressing, bathroom assistance or simply the administration of medication, or if you are a lady and just need holiday companionship I can offer it. I also have valued experience with mild dementia and the early stages of...

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Scottish Islands Explorer

The UK's Only Magazine Devoted to Exploring the Islands of Scotland


This bi-monthly full-colour publication, which is owned and edited by a long-time Oldie subscriber, 75-yesr-old John Humphries, was launched on Fair Isle on 2 January 2000.


From November 2018 it will retail in newsagents at £4.95 a copy, but subscriptions are still available at £24.97 for one year / ...

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London: A foothold for Summer-end or longer

The House In Bermondsey, a mid-terrace flat, double bedroom and bathroom upstairs, sitting-room and separate fitted kitchen downstairs; lock-up garage. Recently refurbished, the house is bright: glass doors to a fully decked private garden; open staircase; large window in bedroom; skylight in bathroom.

Location Fronts on to a quiet lane within easy walk of the restaurants, bars, theatres,...

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Beer Tours UK has a very special offer in British beer tourism for cask ale fans. We only arrange tours for small groups, so the flexibility is enormous. Individuals can join other enthusiasts or we will put together tailored itineraries for one, two, three or even five days. The regions of North West England, North Wales, Shropshire and Yorkshire provide the perfect backdrops for the tours. We...

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FRANCE: House to rent, Languedoc

Historic village house in tranquil village: spring-fed lake and river swimming, walks, Cathar castles, markets, vineyards. Visit beaches, Carcassonne, outstanding museums and contemporary art centres. A delightful holiday house in all seasons and tranquil writing retreat. Stylishly renovated, with panoramic views of Corbières hills from roof terrace. Sleeps 4; state-of-the-art kitchen; separate...

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London: Penn Club

The Penn Club is a Members Club with a strong Quaker ethos, open to non-members for B&B. 

The Penn Club’s purpose is to provide premises in central London for the enjoyment of members and guests; and to foster a spirit of fellowship in accordance with its Quaker values. We are a not-for-profit organisation with surplus funds being used to maintain and improve the building and t...

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Kent: The Three Compasses Restaurant, Deal

Our relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff will make you feel at home. The Three Compasses is a locally-owned restaurant, serving good quality locally-sourced food prepared fresh for your enjoyment.

We are located on Beach Street, just opposite the beach front. 

Our opening times are as follows:

Thursday                                                          7 – 11pm


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FRANCE: brush up on your french in beautiful Callac, Brittany

Callac in the Côtes d’Armor is a sleepy village of 2,000 inhabitants. It boasts a coffee shop/pâtisserie, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, a pharmacy, a cinema, railway station and a lovely lake to walk around; about an hour from stunning coastlines to the north, south and west. There are some beautiful towns and villages within easy reach. 

Your hostess/tutor’s home is on the central squ...

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Essex: the mersea island cookery school

The Mersea Island Cookery School is in a beautifully restored barn, with views across the Blackwater estuary. The cookery school offers a fully- equipped kitchen with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We have a wide selection of day courses; from essential skills classes such as pastry and baking, to seasonal entertaining and cuisine from around the world. We also offer classes for those with ...

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Essex: thai cooking classes, colchester

Best-selling cookery writer Oi Cheepchaiissara, author of "200 Thai Favourites" and many other books, holds half-day cooking classes every month at her home in Colchester, Essex. 

Here, you'll learn to cook a complete Thai meal, including starter, main course, and a delicious Thai dessert, then sit down to enjoy it in Oi's dining room overlooking the River Colne.

Oi's styl...

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West Sussex/London: the cheese making workshop

Come and join us at the Cheesemaking Workshop and learn how to make your own gourmet cheeses from scratch!  Camembert • Feta • Quark • Mascarpone • Ricotta • Greek Style Yoghurt and Labneh. Workshops are 100% hands on, fun and interactive. The one-day workshop includes: a delicious lunch served with wine, cheese tastings and all course notes. Take home the cheeses you have made and start making...

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