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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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Brits are creatures of habit

Returning to a previous holiday destination proves popular to a third or Brits, according to a new consumer survey.

33% of respondents to the TravelVision survey said that available information, or knowledge of a destination was the main reason that would prompt them into booking a holiday.

The survey, run in conjunction with the British Travel Awards, is the largest of its type and took place between July and September last year. It had a huge 479,830 responses to questions regarding travel plans for 2013.

Other responses showed that researching and also booking holidays online was a mainstay in consumer behaviour. The biggest influence on where people decided to go on holiday was through recommendation. The tradition of a two week summer holiday was less popular than previous years, with holiday makers preferring to split their time over the year with shorter vacations or weekend breaks.

The ‘grey’ and ’empty nester’ market was the most resilient in the current financial climate; with families and the new so-called ‘squeezed middle’ behaving more frugally regarding their holiday choices.


Do you return to the same area and holiday cottage? Please tell us your reasons why you like to return to a particular area or one of our holiday cottages in the comments box below. We’d love to hear your feedback.


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