With an abundance of recommendations from our readers, this week's column is being devoted to their most welcome tips. At the same time, the Travel staff wishes each of our readers a joyous Christmas and happy traveling during 1987.
England--Thom Flynn, Torrance: "Near Stonehenge, the Bear Hotel is a wonderful B&B established before 1559. Good food, clean rooms, extremely nice staff. Double room $63. Write to the Bear Hotel, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, phone Devizes 2444."
England--M. Blennerhasset, Pasadena: Recommends Oaklands, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6NF, phone (0342) 834705. "A spacious country house dating from 16th Century. Hosts Vivienne and David Bundy are gracious and helpful. Rates about 10 per person per night including full breakfast and pickup at Gatwick Airport."
Scotland--Mary E. Snyder, Oceanside: "Delightful B&B, Mrs. Janelle Mair, 34 Midmills Road, Inverness, Scotland, phone 0463 225916, 10-minute walk to center of town. About $12 for B&B plus tea cakes for supper."
France--Marvin L. Taff, Los Angeles: "During our last trip we discovered the Chateau Accueil group of private chateaux operated by owners, offering accommodations on a personal basis. At Chateau Boussac, Target, 03140 Chantelle (Allier), (near Vichy), a beautiful, 17th-Century castle surrounded by a moat and reflecting lake, we were the only non-family guests of Marquis and Marquise Hugues and Helen de Longueil. Almost everyone spoke English, conversation stimulating, food superb. We stayed in two-room suite with grand piano, two fireplaces, modern bathroom. All-inclusive price $270 one night. At Chateau Caillan, 34550 Bessan (Herault), (near Montpelliere) paid $120 for room, two meals for two. Met California representative, Beraud de Vogue, who can be reached in Visalia, Calif., at (209) 733-7119."
Austria--Linda Adams, Laguna Niguel: "Enjoyed fall visit to Salzburg, much enhanced by stay at Tannhof, four-star hotel-pension 10 minutes from city center. Impeccably run by Walter and Paul Hoffman, a country-styled house with modern facilities and parking. $55 double with bath. Address is A-5020 Salzburg, Gaisbergstrasse 14a, (062) 222-13500."
Switzerland--George Hermann Hodos, Sherman Oaks: "If you want to choose a central hotel in Zurich, near lake and opera but still quiet with luxury comfort and service with medium prices, try Ambassador Hotel, Falkenstrasse 6, 8008 Zurich. For two about $120, excellent breakfast included."
Maine--Mrs. Janet Emery, Long Beach: Recommends Clefstone Manor, Route 3, Eden Street, Bar Harbor 04609. "Best-ever B&B. Mrs. Jackson a delightful hostess who serves buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, with sandwiches, scones, cheese and wine in evening. Inn filled with antiques. Room had fireplace, sitting room, down comforter. Rate for this suite, Hampton Court, $200 a day. Other rooms at around $50."
Alaska--Mrs. Mary Rice, Oceanside: B&B run by Mrs. Virginia Graham, 2516 Susitna Drive, Anchorage 99517, phone (907) 243-3892. Five minutes from airport, 10 minutes from downtown. Bus service. Cook Inlet a block away. Large, light, airy bedroom with bath. $35 single, $40 couple, $45 triple. Open all year.
Italy--Lino and Ann Bonucci, Pasadena: Highly recommend B&B Zimmer Mit Fruhstuck in Alps at 39043 Klausen (Chiuso), Italy, phone (0472) 47456. "Half-mile off freeway about 40 miles south of Brenner Pass. Beautifully modern rooms with private bath and balcony. $25 double including breakfast."
Italy--C. Storz, Ventura: "Stayed in magnificent old stone farmhouse called Villa Tramonto in tiny village of S. Enea, 13 kilometers from Perugia. Complete with swimming pool and unending view and solitude. Great for day trips to Siena, Assisi, Lake Trasimeno. Separate guest house sleeps three, main house sleeps eight. We were 11, paid $14 per person per night. Rented through S. Pidduck, 1742 Calle Corva, Camarillo, Calif. 93010."
Ireland--Michele Burgess, Huntington Beach: "Sand Bank Farm, Snave Ballylickey, County Cork, Ireland. Charming farmhouse overlooking Bantry Bay, close to Ring of Beara, Ring of Kerry. Proprietor Bridie O'Sullivan and daughter Stella whip up wonderful meals. Six bedrooms, bath down hall. IR 9.50 ($13.50) per person for room, full Irish breakfast. IR 8.50 extra for huge home-cooked dinner. IR 110 for B&B plus dinner for week. Open March through October."
Mexico--Bill Travilla: "Delighted to find hopping service run by Miss Slim Brooks, APDO Postal 61-073, Guadalajara, Jalisco Zonas 44630, phone 41-08-27. For $175 went on tour of side streets, alleys, out-of-the-way places a tourist could never find. In three days I was able to finish furnishing and accessorizing my new home. More important, purchases were at my front door within two months in perfect condition. Brooks supervises packing, crating, customs clearance, etc. Guadalajara has an extensive assortment of colonial furniture, paintings, etc."