Cool Places Book


Discover the ‘Best of British’ as our Cool Places book hits shelves in time for holiday planning 2019


Cool Places brings together 200 incredible places to stay in Britain – a colourful compendium that captures the diversity of Britain and a huge variety of possible places to lay your head.


Martin Dunford, co-editor of the book, spent much of the 80s and 90s promoting travel to far-flung places, everywhere but Britain, as one of the founders of iconic travel publishers Rough Guides. Yet in recent years he has been drawn to travelling closer to home, rejoicing at how British hospitality has upped its game. This inspired him on to launch the Cool Places brand online initially and now, with the passion to go back to his book publishing routes, to bring out a book featuring the cream of the crop ideal for all budgets and travel motivations.

Dunford commented, ‘one thing that makes this book different is that have deliberately not concentrated on one genre of accommodation; instead we aim to encapsulate the diversity of Britain and the multitude of different places to stay as well as the very best food and drink – from a cosy shepherd's hut for two to a full-service hotel with great restaurant and everything in between.”

“I realised that tourism in Britain is so much more vibrant and exciting than it used to be, with a much greater pride in our regions and what they have to offer. So we incorporated a series of feature on incredible tourism entrepreneurs, many of whom wouldn’t have been around twenty years ago, in our ‘Passionate About’ series. This showcases people and businesses which are really making a difference to how visitors experience this country, such as wildlife canoeing on the Norfolk Broads or barefoot Yorkshire Dales walks. It’s these extra special characters who are really making a difference to British tourism,” he added.


Coming full circle, Martin now believes Britain is at the forefront of Europe for offering interesting and inspiring places to stay in terms of design and personality – and arguably some of the continent’s best places to eat as well. With co-editor Jules Brown, this compilation aims to inspire exploration of Britain seeking the full range from off-grid glamping in Snowdonia to a seriously swanky Cornish beach house with a fishing boat in the garden for kids to play in.


The new book takes a journey through Britain, covering England, Wales and Scotland, and featuring over 200 places to stay from pubs and restaurants with rooms, cosy cottages, farmhouse B&Bs, coastal cottages, tented treehouses, circus wagons and even a few ideas of how to ‘get lofty’ in a converted windmill or historic castle. Every property featured includes colourful photography and is showcased with engaging reviews and handy tips on the nearest good pub and local activities and attractions.


The book includes 10 ‘passionate about’ characters – people who offer unique and engaging experiences for visitors to their particular part of Britain such as Steve Benbow, the beekeeper who runs The London Bee Company, who offers a range of beekeeping courses right in the heart of the Capital; Alison O’Neil, a shepherdess in the Yorkshire Dales who takes visitors on barefoot walks and wild swimming experiences; and the ‘Canoe Man’, Mark Wilkinson, who dropped out of corporate life to dedicate his time to guiding wildlife trips on the Norfolk Broads. The running thread through these characters is they are all local entrepreneurs who want to share their passion for their local area with others

  • ISBN 978-1-906889-69-2
  • Title Cool Places (First Edition)
  • Publisher Punk Publishing
  • Authors Martin Dunford and Jules Brown
  • Format 210mm x 170mm; 318pp; Paperback
  • Illustrations Around 300 colour photos
  • Price £18.99
  • Publication 31 January 2018
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  • Distributor Grantham Book Services (GBS); 01476