Further Afield is an independent collection of boutique hotels, B&Bs and holiday homes, bursting with individual personality and style. Importantly, all of our property owners welcome everyone: straight or gay.
Further Afield is based in the UK and was launched in 2010 at the same time as the furore around gay couples being turned away from B&B’s in the UK. Four years later the UK celebrated the passing of gay marriage in England, Wales and Scotland. But we know that many gay and lesbian travellers worry about the welcome they will receive at their holiday accommodation, especially when travelling off the beaten track.
We are proud to champion trail blazers, early pioneers and those who just do things differently, in their own style. They may be the first to explore new neighbourhoods, break design and hospitality moulds or simply breathe new life into a tired resort. Above all, we are passionate about style, quality and a relaxing atmosphere. We handpick places for the comfort and quality they offer. All of them are friendly, open and welcoming.
Who is behind Further Afield
Simon Forrester and Andrew Craven are the founders. Simon introduced Andrew to his rucksack over 20 years ago and together they have journeyed through India, Thailand, South America, North America and most of Europe and explored romantic mini-breaks in the British countryside. They still travel a lot but balance their globe trotting with the inevitable reality of screentime overlooking their small holding in Hay On Wye on the English Welsh border, in the Further Afield office. They are now supported by a team of reviewers from all over the world, who know and understand the language and culture of the countries they review .
Carefully selected and researched
We now have over 270 places to stay in over 23 countries, with strong collections in England, France, Italy, Spain, Scotland and Wales. Our collection is growing and expanding; but we tightly control the quality of the places that appear on the site. We know you don’t have time to trawl through websites to find the buried treasure, so we do the hard work for you and only profile the best.
Why use Further Afield:
- No extra fees for you because you book directly with the owners. You will pay the best rates that appear on the hotels website and very often we also receive exclusive deals and freebies, which you can benefit from.
- Carefully selected and researched by us for you. We turn away many more than we take on. Tightly controlling the quality is key for us and so to are transparent descriptions, especially about location and the owners themselves
- Over 50% of our collection is gay owned but all our places welcome everyone; and none of our places are exclusively gay.
- We have eyes and ears all over the world, so we often hear first about that fab new place first. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletters of new finds and then you will be in the know too.
What you say about us
Hannah Smith : July 2014
‘Finding your website has been a real treat, we’ve told so many of our friends – gay and straight. Both places we stayed were terrific and the information you provided on the website was spot on. For us, being a gay couple, the important thing is that we can go on holiday knowing that we can relax and be comfortable with ourselves.