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August 16, 2013 7:54 pm
UK Dormy House, a Cotswolds hotel based around a 17th-century farmhouse, has reopened following a £10m renovation. The 40-room hotel, in the village of Broadway, describes its new style as “farmhouse chic”, with the original oak beams, flagstone floors and open fires complemented by new interiors designed by Todhunter Earle, a London-based practice whose previous work includes Oxfordshire’s Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and several restaurants in the capital. The gardens have been reworked by Chris Beardshaw, an award-winning landscape architect and television presenter. A new spa is due for completion in January. Doubles from £230.
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US An American version of the encierro (bull run) in the Spanish city of Pamplona is due to take place on a drag-racing strip in Richmond, Virginia, on August 24. According to organisers, the Great Bull Run is designed so that US residents “can finally cross this adrenalin-filled experience off [their] bucket list without breaking the bank”. It will involve 24 bulls chasing up to 1,000 participants down a quarter-mile course, and the run will be repeated several times during the day. The event will kick off a nationwide tour, with bull runs in nine more cities over the next year. Of the 20,000-plus runners who enter Pamplona’s bull run, 15 per cent are from the US, the highest proportion of any nationality after Spain. Unlike participants in Pamplona, those in the US will have to sign a 2,000-word waiver before running.
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Russia UK-based budget airline EasyJet began flying to Moscow earlier this year, but now there are growing signs that Russia will soon get its own low-cost carriers. Laws currently forbid Russian domestic airlines selling non-refundable seats or charging extra for food and luggage, but the Moscow Times reports that the Duma (lower house of parliament) is to discuss a bill to lift these restrictions. Late last month Aeroflot unveiled plans to develop a low-cost subsidiary, as has UTair, Russia’s third-largest airline.
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Vietnam Amano’i, a new coastal resort from the Aman group, is due to open in Vietnam on September 1. The property, the group’s first in the country, is 185 miles northeast of Ho Chi Minh, in Nui Chua National Park, a 29,000-hectare reserve known for its dramatic rock formations and beaches, which are used by nesting sea turtles. The resort is one of a string of new luxury hotels in Vietnam, including a JW Marriott in Hanoi which is also due to open next month. Doubles from $750.
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