I would like to introduce our Special Places and Slow guides which pinpoint the way to some 5,000 remarkable places to stay across Europe and beyond. What do I look for?
• Warm, very human, interesting people
• Beautiful buildings, original style, elegant simplicity
• Fine old things that, however dilapidated, carry their age and authenticity with dignity
• Delicious food, much of it grown at home and cooked with devotion
• A touch of fun with a touch of class. Quirkiness with seriousness, a light touch, an easy style
• Honest writing with a dash of panache
• Comfort – yes, but not at the expense of everything else.