We’ve been noticing a new thing in hotels. Stay somewhere and do good without changing your behaviour. These are hotels that employee trainee staff on apprenticeships with a view to getting them jobs in hotels and restaurants. Here are a two we’ve visited:

Combe Grove, Monkton Combe, Bath

Set in 76 acres of woodland, this is a beautiful,18th Century manor house. Here you get views of the surrounding countryside, and good walking to be had in and around the Somerset Coal Canal and the river Avon. This is a place to relax and gather your thoughts. There’s a nice old drawing room with great views and a roaring log fire. A simple bar and restaurant attached. Throw in a pool, spa facilities and helpful staff and you’re all set.

Good Hotel, Royal Docks, East London

Originally a floating prison from Amsterdam, the xx and the yy. Stunning views over the docks, a rooftop bar and a simple cafe, this place has a worky cafe vibe. If you need to get a bit of writing done, it’s a great place to sit, next to the window with your latte. By choice, there are no TVs in the rooms so this is about getting down to the communal space.