Something To Declare: Cliff Barns; avoid zoos

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The name of a character in the Dallas TV series (pictured) has already been attached to a restaurant in Stockholm; now, you can stay at Cliff Barns in Narborough, Norfolk. "Half dude ranch, half hacienda, this quirky but luxurious 19th-century pad is a chic palace of fun and frivolity and comes with its own hot tub and sauna," says The Big House Party, (Pendant Press, £14.99) a compilation for those looking for large holiday properties across the UK. Cliff Barns (01366 328342; sleeps 18, and prices start at £2,550 for a three-night weekend.

Warning of the week: avoid zoos

Portugal has stepped up warnings about bird flu. The Ministry of Agriculture says tourists to affected areas should "refrain from visiting zoological parks and avoid bird watching".