Travel reviews by travel writer Tim Saunders

BREAKING NEWS: Bookings soar at Hell Barn Cottages in Dorset after Tim Saunders' travel feature was published in numerous publications across the UK and further afield. "We've had a really busy summer," says owner Shige Takezoe.
Travel writer and photographer Tim Saunders regularly writes for publications in the UK and abroad. Tim focuses on family friendly holidays and travels with his wife, Caroline and children: Harriett (8), Heidi (6) and Henry (3). Their travels take place during the school holidays and focus on the UK and Europe. This website is intended to be a helpful resource, particularly for those with young families, who are looking for their next family friendly holiday.
How comfortable are the beds? You don't want a week of sleeping on a poor mattress!
Are there likely to be any other guests nearby and do they plan to hold any noisy parties? This could ruin your holiday.
Are there stairs? How safe are they for children or the elderly? Ask for photos – there can be some quite dangerous staircases about.
Ask for proof that the gas boiler has been regularly and recently serviced (especially important abroad).
Does the property meet any recognised safety standards?
Is the heating reliable and is there plenty of hot water?
Any mice or rat problems?
What about parking issues? 
The above questions have arisen from our own experiences. 
Even the most idyllic property can be let down by any of the above so it is important to secure reassurances because your family's safety could be at risk.
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