Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s former home in Palm Springs / Celebrity rental Guy Hough

This week’s Travel Agenda

1. Celeb rental

Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s former home in Palm Springs is now available as a holiday rental. The property has four bedrooms, a large pool with a waterfall, a spa, an outdoor shower, art by Taylor and an Andy Warhol painting of the woman herself. It is available for short-term stays for up to eight people, from $560 (£358) a night. bit.ly/CelebrityRental

2. Viet fest

Vietnam is coming to London’s South Bank. From 12-13 September, Potters Fields Park will  host the free Vietnam Discovery Festival, which will include an opening ceremony featuring music and dance, a fashion show, and a variety of food and drink stalls. vietnamdiscovery.co.uk

3. Hobbit hole

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The outside of the "Hobbit House" at Golden Hill Farm

Fans of J R R Tolkien can now spend the night in a North Yorkshire holiday home inspired by The Hobbit. The new subterranean cottage, Potts Corner, is located on Golden Hill Farm in the village of Liverton, 15 miles from Whitby. It has a round green door, stained glass windows and a grass roof. From £650 for three nights; sleeps six. northshire.co.uk

4. Boston link

Norwegian is launching new no-frills flights from Gatwick to Boston, beginning on  13 May 2016. Fares start at £179 one way, excluding checked baggage and food. It will be the only direct link between the two airports, with flights every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. norwegian.com

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New State house, Boston

5. Plague threat

Travellers to Yosemite National Park in California are being warned to take precautions against plague, after two visitors contracted the disease. “Never touch sick or dead rodents; avoid walking, hiking or camping near rodent burrows; wear long pants tucked into socks or boot tops to reduce exposure to fleas.” bit.ly/PlagueInfo

6. Dutch debut

W Amsterdam is set to open in the Dutch capital on 21 September. Opening near Dam Square, it will be the first W Hotel in the Netherlands. With 238 bedrooms, the hotel has placed its lobby on the sixth floor of the building, giving guests views across the city’s canals. wamsterdam.com 

7. Green talk


Conservationist Rian Labuschagne will discuss elephant conservation in Zakouma National Park at the Royal Geographic Society on 14 September. Zakouma in Chad is renowned for its herds of wild elephants. Proceeds from the event, organised by Steppes Travel, will go towards African parks. Tickets cost £15. steppestravel.co.uk

8. Cliff walk

The Gobbins Coastal Path in Islandmagee, County Antrim, has reopened following a £7.5m refurbishment. It first opened in 1902 but has been closed since the Fifties. Groups of up to 15 are guided across the bridge, with tours costing £8.50. thegobbinscliffpath.com