Welcome to Cool Places

Cool Places is the only website of its kind to focus purely on all kinds of UK accommodation, recommending great places to stay all over the country from cosy B&Bs and idyllic country cottages to the most stylish boutique hotels. Each entry has a first-hand review, all the practical information you need and links to book your accommodation. And uniquely each entry includes links also to all the best stuff to do nearby – local pubs, great walks, the best places to shop, eat and more – making it easy to plan your trip in advance.

You can browse by location, type of accommodation or even by theme – so it's ideal if you're looking for a glamping site with hot tubs in Pembrokeshire but just as useful if you want to browse and dream.

Above all we love the independent businesses that make the UK so unique – from the tiniest B&B to the grandest spa hotel – and are unashamedly choosy, so you can be sure that you'll be tapping into the very best that the country has to offer. Cool Places businesses also regularly advertise special deals and offers through the site, and we work with them closely to market their properties so you can be sure that you will always be getting the best prices.

Meet the Team

Martin Dunford is one of the co-founders of Rough Guides and was the publisher there for many years, leaving in 2010 to focus on the digital travel world. He is the author of many guidebooks and travel features and heads up Cool Places as well as working as a freelance writer and editor, focused in part on the UK.

Jonathan Knight wrote and published Cool Camping England in 2006, which became an instant travel bestseller. Since then, the Cool Camping series, published by Jonathan’s company Punk Publishing, has become the biggest-selling UK camping guidebook series, and www.coolcamping.co.uk has become the leading website for UK campsites and luxury campsites.  Other Punk titles include the popular Wild Swimming series, cycling guide Escape Routes and food guidebook Taste Britain.

Mark Ellingham founded Rough Guides in 1982, when he wrote the very first guide (to Greece). He ran the series for the next 25 years as Rough Guides became a household name with guides to more than 150 destinations. He and his partners sold Rough Guides to Penguin and Mark currently runs a small press, Sort Of Books, most famous for Chris Stewart’s Driving Over Lemons. He is also a director of Songlines world music magazine and Punk Publishing.

Kenny Grant leads the Tech team at Tripadee responsible for the Cool Places website and the Bedful booking service which powers bookings here.

Lauren Ash has been with cool Places since 2017 and is responsible for all aspects of Cool Places marketing and is the first port-of-all for both existing and prospective Cool Places businesses,  responding to queries and promoting Cool Places properties beyond the website – on social media, in the weekly newsletter and beyond.

Jules Brown works for the North York Moors National Park and is a long-established travel writer.  He visits properties and creates new entries and guides, and works with Cool Places businesses to ensure their entries are up-to-date and correct. He is also the Cool Places North of England correspondent and the co-editor of the Cool Places guide to the best accommodation in Britain, due to be published in January 2019.

Laura Evans is a freelance travel writer and food blogger. She visits properties and creates new entries, and works with Cool Places businesses to ensure their entries are up-to-date and correct. She is also responsible for the many and varied delights of the weekly Cool Places blog.

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Lovely and helpful staff

The staff were so lovely and helpful when I had a personal issue and needed to cancel, they really went above and beyond. I will definitely be booking again with them!

Laura Gibson, 2021

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Easy to use website

Easy to use website. Found accommodation quickly and simply. Easy booking and payment system. Now just looking forward to the holiday!

Verified Customer, 2021

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Great advice

Great advice and help in securing a cottage at the eleventh hour.

Mrs S Parra, 2020

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So simple to book

So simple to review properties and book through cool places. They have a great selection of properties.

Liz, 2020

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