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2013 round up

Happy New Year from all of us at Holiday Cottages! Before we start on the news and reviews for 2014, here’s a some highlights of what we covered on the blog in 2013:

We started the year with a report that we Brits are creatures of habit with our holiday choices, often returning to a previous destination and holiday cottage when we’ve had one good holiday there before. Last year was the Year of Natural Scotland, and was launched with an advert featuring Shetland ponies wearing onesies!

In February we found that 50% of Londoners prefer holidays in the sunshine, with many also stating that their holidays in the UK were some of the happiest they have had. We also gave you a run down of some of our most splendid cottages with pools, which are all still available now and could be great for a summer holiday vibe in winter!

Flybe announced flights from Manchester to Scotland in March, making for a quick and relatively cost effective way of taking a short break in Scotland. The Easter holidays were blighted by bad weather sweeping across the country. It didn’t affect Cheshire, though, as I shared my photography adventure in Tatton Park over the Easter weekend.

Our friends at Helpful Holidays swept the board at the Which? Travel magazine member survey in April. Meanwhile, in May, Blackpool was named the most popular British seaside resort at the TripAdvisor Choice Awards.

In June, research by VisitBritain found that more overseas visitors to the UK prefer visiting open green spaces such as parks and gardens than they do museums and galleries.

July started with the news that a change in the law in 2015, which means schools will decide their own term dates, will very likely drive up the prices of holidays year round. There was a rise in visits to UK attractions, helping to bolster domestic tourism.

We gave our top tips for festivals and activities over the August Bank Holiday; we also reported on the large number of UK piers under threat of coming under a state of disrepair if funding isn’t found.

September was a time for activities such as the Devon Open Studios, Frome Cheese and Agricultural Show, and pickling at Powderham.

In October, inbound tourism was on the up, and also Yorkshire was voted one of the top 10 places to visit in the world!

In November we recommended the North Devon Clovelly Herring Festival and reviewed the light fantastic Lumiere Festival, Durham. There was good news for Hull, as it was named the next UK City of Culture 2017.

Finally, in December, we found that we Brits are flavour of the month with Americans, as tourists from across the Pond have been increasing in number year on year. Christmas was also a great time for UK tourism as the number of overnight stays and short trips increased substantially over the festive period.

So, that’s it for 2013! Keep up to date with news and reviews in 2014 by following the blog, or you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter


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October/November offers

Half term needn’t be dominated by the family market. Here are a some lovely cottages great for couples/small families with availability and special offers from our friends at Helpful Holidays.

Crowan cottage T6

Crowan cottage T6

Explore the West of Cornwall at one of these two little detached thatched stone cottages, thoughtfully converted from old barns. Each sleeps 3 and makes for a peaceful getaway with 10 acres of grounds and bluebell copse to enjoy with footpaths from your door. There is a special 20% reduction if booked the week commencing 25th October, a snip at £263 for the week.


L249 Aveton Gifford

L249 Aveton Gifford

If you’re after a couple’s break away then you have a choice of either a beautifully converted barn or the remarkable Grade II listed former Music Room within what was once a small family estate in Aveton Gifford, South Hams. There is a courtyard with fountain, flowers and shrubs, a lawned walled garden with camellias, fig and walnut trees, then another garden with pond, benches and large trees to sit under. The Music Room is impressive with open-plan living/dining/kitchen, vaulted stucco ceiling, huge arched windows, woodburner and a stunning 5′ four-poster bed in the bedroom. A romantic and relaxing getaway and with 25% off for five night holidays booked for the 25th October or 3rd November.

P70 Altarnun

P70 Altarnun

If you’re willing to wait until November, then there is this Grade II listed, granite-built cottage (sleeps 5) in the riverside village of Altarnun, on the north-eastern edge of Bodmin Moor. It has a cosy beamed living/dining room with a big inglenook fireplace, comfy sofas and window seats. A smartly fitted kitchen with all expected amenities. There are two bedrooms, one double and one with a double and an additional single bed. The property is perfectly placed for exploring the moors and dramatic coastline and there is a choice of good food pubs after a hearty day’s walk. There is also a 20% discount on all remaining weeks in November.


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