A spin-off from owner Alastair Sawday's series of Special Places to Stay books, the website makes a two-pronged attack on the character accommodation market, with Special Places to Stay focusing on hotels, B&Bs and inns, and Special Escapes concentrating on self-catering properties. Both are searchable by word or by map. You don't get as much information online as you get in the books but it's a good starting point, with links through to the properties' websites for those who want to book.
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