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Second year at top of Which? survey for Helpful Holidays

Many congratulations to our friends at Helpful Holidays for sweeping the board at this year’s Which? Travel magazine member survey!

For the second year running, Helpful Holidays came out on top of the survey rating holiday cottage and villa booking companies. They achieved and overall score of 91% and awarded 5 stars in every category, bar one.

Lorna Cowan, Editor of Which? Travel, said, “Helpful Holidays has proved to be a continued hit with Which? members after being voted the best holiday cottage company in our annual satisfaction survey for the second year running. Its impressive customer score and maximum five star rating in six out of the seven featured categories, including customer service and ease of booking, shows just how well members rate the company and the cottages it offers.”

Which? is recognised for its unbiased and trustworthy endorsements, so to rate so highly by its members is a wonderful achievement. It also follows on from the recent Silver Award for Best UK Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company (UK Properties) at the British Travel Awards.

Beaminster cottage

Beaminster cottage

Why not try this pretty, detached 19th cent. stone cottage in Beaminster, Dorset.  With lovely wooded valley walks to neighbouring Netherbury, where the original ‘River Cottage’ from the TV series is located. Sleeps 4 and has availability in May.

Cottage by the creek

Cottage by the creek

Also available in May is this neat, modern mid-terrace cottage, one of nine in a stylish, small development in Little Petherick. At the back, an enclosed, waterside, decked terrace (lockable gate with ladder to creek) and first-floor balcony are ideal for enjoying the lovely creek views and great for wildlife-watching: swans, egrets, herons and kingfishers frequently seen. Sleeps 4.

Bovey Castle lodges

Bovey Castle lodges

With a 25% discount offer in May, you can’t go wrong with one of these granite built lodges (sleeps 6) overlooking Edwardian gardens, lake and tennis courts in the grounds of Bovey Castle, Dartmoor. All the hotel facilities are yours to enjoy, including indoor heated swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna, spa (beauty treatments) and restaurant. Outside are hard and grass tennis courts (lessons available), croquet lawn (seasonal), cricket nets (late May to mid-September) and trampoline.

St. Ives cottage

St. Ives cottage

For a beach holiday on the Tate Gallery side of St Ives and just 450 yards from the heart of town, harbour and galleries is this carefully renovated, Victorian terraced house (sleeps 6). The beautifully white interior and simple, contemporary furnishings and original artwork reflect the unique local light and the artistic influences of the town

For all of these Helpful Holidays properties and more, be sure to visit our main site to find your perfect holiday let.

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Hurling the silver ball!

A Cornish tradition dating back over three thousand years, hurling the silver ball at the St Ives Feast rolls around this year on 4th February. 

It may be chilly, but taking part in this rough and tumble tradition will certainly get you warmed up! The day starts with a mayor’s civic procession for the blessing at St Ia Well near Porthmeor Beach. A silver ball is then thrown into the crowd and chased by participants for possession; the person who is able to keep hold of it and deliver the ball back to the mayor by midday is then rewarded with a silver coin. In the afternoon, pennies are scattered to the children at the Guildhall forecourt.

Taking part quite so physically might not be your cup of tea, but you can join in the cheer with the many spectators expected at the event.

Go back and get warmed up in this ideally situated modern house from Helpful Holidays. With views over Porthmeor Beach, and around 400 yards from a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, you aren’t far from the fun. It sleeps up to six and has a clean, comfortable and uncluttered look. It has an open-plan living/dining/fitted kitchen, sofa bed and ‘living flame’ gas fire. 2 bedrooms on the first floor, one double, one twin, and a smart bathroom with bath-shower and tiled floor.

Living Room

Living room

Gorgeous sea views

Gorgeous sea views

Beautiful St Ives

Beautiful St Ives

 

 

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