Posts Tagged Christmas holiday offers

Christmas great for domestic tourism

Christmas is proving to be a good time for domestic tourism as overnight trips this Christmas and New Year will generate £1.9bn for the UK economy. 

VisitEngland’s Trip Tracker survey reveals a whopping 20% of adult Brits (10.1m) will make an overnight trip in the UK, with 17% (8.6m) planning the trip in England, generating £1.6bn for England alone.

33.7m people will travel to see friends and family, 18.1m adults plan to go shopping in the sales after Christmas, and 7.5m will take part in other festive activities.

Minister for Tourism Helen Grant said: “The Christmas holidays provide a great economic boost for domestic tourism.”

According to VisitEngland, just 4% (2m) of Brits plan to travel abroad over the Christmas and New Year period.

If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas break and a bargain, too, look at our Christmas Cottages blog post for recommendations.

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Christmas cottages – special offers

It’s getting closer to Christmas, and with that comes some great special offers on some of Helpful Holidays’ huge array of cottages.

Q4 light and sunny apartment

Q4 light and sunny apartment

How about a whopping 50% off the Christmas and New Year weeks at this lovely cottage in Newquay. This sunny, first floor apartment sleeps 5 and has lovely views over the gardens and to the beach.

L248 stylish converted barn

L248 stylish converted barn

Save 25% on the new year week at this well presented converted barn (sleeps 4) in Aveton Gifford, South Hams. A quiet place on a gorgeous leafy estate to  just relax and get away from it all during the festive period.

L84 Hallsands perched on the clifftops

L84 Hallsands perched on the clifftops

Save 50% on Christmas week and 20% on the remaining weeks in January at Prospect House (sleeps 4), once a legendary hotel and now 16 lovely apartments in Hallsands, South Hams. Perched high on the cliffs you’ll enjoy stunning sea views across to the lighthouse at Start Point and all the way down the coast to Dartmouth.

P21 Boscastle

P21 Boscastle

Save 30% on Christmas and New Year weeks at this charming Grade II listed slate cottage (sleeps 8) in Boscastle. There are lovely woods to walk in, a low-tide beach and pony trekking nearby.

L6 Enjoy the heated indoor swimming pool

L6 Enjoy the heated indoor swimming pool

Due to a last minute cancellation, save 50% on the week commencing 3rd January for a lovely couple’s getaway at this holiday cottage in Kingsbridge, South Hams. Enjoy the use of a heated indoor swimming pool and games room to keep you entertained during your stay. A bargain at just £134 for the week!

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Meet Santa on the train!

Santa picture by Flickr User dryfish

Santa picture by Flickr User dryfish

A special visitor is making an appearance on the steam trains between Barnstaple and Lynton this month! Yes, Santa is coming to town! He’s looking forward to meeting and greeting children in the weeks running up to his busy night of the year, Christmas Eve.

Advance bookings are advisable as tickets are going fast for this special occasion.

Prices are as follows:

9th, 15th and 16th December – Adults £8.50, children £8.50, and children under 1 year £2.50

21st – 24th December – Adults £9.50, children £9.50, and children under 1 year £3

Trains depart from Woody Bay Station between 11am and 3.30pm. Each child will meet Santa who will give them an individually named present.

If you want an early Christmas getaway in the area, then Helpful Holidays have this wonderfully quirky, cosy cottage in Lynton. It sleeps 5 (one double, two single beds). If you have the good fortune for it to snow during your stay, then you can wrap up warm in front of the inglenook fireplace complete with woodburner, or brace the cold to play in the snow in the beautiful surroundings.

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Christmas and New Year getaways

It’s nearing the end of November, the shops are full of Christmas presents and decorations in preparation for the big day. Something you might not have thought about yet is where you would like to spend Christmas or New Year. Perhaps you would like a large family get together but can’t host the whole clan in your home. Instead, you could consider having a break away in one of these Helpful Holidays cottages!

photo of Holiday cottage in Boscastle, Cornwall, sleeps 8 photo of Holiday cottage in Boscastle, Cornwall, sleeps 8

photo of Holiday cottage in Boscastle, Cornwall, sleeps 8 photo of Holiday cottage in Boscastle, Cornwall, sleeps 8

A family of 8 can stay at this beautiful Grade II listed slate and stone cottage in Boscastle, North Cornwall (ref P21). Set near the harbour and with a short walk to a great pub and excellent restaurant, this cottage is perfect for a relaxing break away with the family. There is a 30% special Christmas and New Year reduction on the usual price, so get in quick!

photo of Holiday cottage in Padstow, Cornwall, sleeps 8 photo of Holiday cottage in Padstow, Cornwall, sleeps 8

photo of Holiday cottage in Padstow, Cornwall, sleeps 8 photo of Holiday cottage in Padstow, Cornwall, sleeps 8

Save 40% over Christmas and New Year at this Victorian semi-detached house, 350 years away from the pretty harbour in Padstow, the base for famous fish chef Rick Stein (ref P105). Sleeps 8 and spans 3 floors with large windows and generous sized rooms. Conveniently placed close to the local shops, cafes and restaurants.

photo of Holiday cottage in Yarcombe, Devon, sleeps 24 photo of Holiday cottage in Yarcombe, Devon, sleeps 24

photo of Holiday cottage in Yarcombe, Devon, sleeps 24 photo of Holiday cottage in Yarcombe, Devon, sleeps 24

Finally, for the extremely large family get together, 24 of you can stay at this wonderful Manor near Yarcombe, East Devon (ref G1) at a whopping 35% discount Christmas week commencing 21st December, that’s reduced from £5250 to just £3413 because of a cancellation. Why not make someone’s loss, your gain with this marvellous offer? The Sunday Times likened this Elizabethan Grade II listed manor house to ‘a full-sized game of Cluedo’. It has a games room, an Aga in the kitchen, a beautiful fireplace in the banqueting room, together with a tuned piano for family songs after dinner.

 

If these aren’t quite what you’re looking for, look for more bargains at Holiday Cottages!

 

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