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&s 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 managing director of Cool Places, an investor and consultant at www.tripbod.com and a freelance writer and editor, focused in part on the UK. His most recent book, the Rough Guide to Norfolk & Suffolk, was published in May 2012.

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 the travel magazine Wanderlust, 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

Jules Brown

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