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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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Holiday Cottage special offers

Has this week’s sunshine given you a taste for a holiday? If so, Helpful Holidays have a great selection of special offers for the remaining weeks of June. Cast your eyes over these:

Buckfastleigh cottage

Buckfastleigh cottage

This pretty little 18th century cottage (sleep 4) in the quiet town of Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor has 20% off for the remaining weeks in June. I stayed at this cottage myself when I went to learn some vegetarian cooking at the Ashburton Cookery School. See my review of the cottage here.

Horsebridge farmhouse

Horsebridge farmhouse

This detached Georgian/Victorian farmhouse (sleeps 8) ½ mile from the pub in Horsebridge, on the Cornish side of the Tamar also has 20% off on the remaining weeks in June. Renovated by expert craftspeople and redecorated by an artist, this is a totally private and tranquil home surrounded by wooded farmland.

Lustleigh cottages

Lustleigh cottages

3 miles (by car) north-east of Lustleigh in Dartmoor are four very good and attractive cottages, three made from barns. All share an indoor heated swimming pool (behind the cottages. A beautiful setting and great for walks. Snap up the 25% discount in June.

Bovey Castle lodges

Bovey Castle lodges

If you’re really quick and book before 9th June for any of the remaining weeks of June, then not only will you get a 20% discount, but you will also benefit from £100 worth of food vouchers to spend at the Bovey Castle Bistro. Choose one of the smart, stylish, granite-built lodges that overlook the Edwardian gardens, lake and tennis courts in the grounds of Bovey Castle. The hotel’s facilities are yours to enjoy, which include indoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, sauna, steam room and croquet lawn.

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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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Easter availability 2013

Easter may only be one week away, but it isn’t too late to book a holiday cottage!

Below are just some of the last minute breaks away that can be booked right now via our website.

Cottage in Blamphayne, East Devon

Cottage in Blamphayne, East Devon

Try this sweet cottage for two, perfect for a romantic long weekend away. Settled in the tiny hamlet of Blamphayne, just 4 miles from Honiton and 6 miles from the sea at Beer and Seaton; this cleverly converted and well-presented former cider press sits close to a small trickling stream with views across the valley. A perfect base for relaxing, going for walks, or cycling.

Cottage in St Tudy, North Cornwall

Cottage in St Tudy, North Cornwall

If there is a group of you (6 adults) , or a large family (4 adults, 4 children), then this bright and spacious single-storey holiday let just 2 miles from the little village of St Tudy, could be just what you’re looking for. With west-facing views of the wooded meadows, a fenced lawn and just along the lane 100 acres of private woodland to walk and cycle through, this makes for a peaceful retreat.

Cottage near Looe, South Cornwall

Cottage near Looe, South Cornwall

4 miles inland from the river-mouth fishing village of Looe in South Cornwall, is Brambles (sleeps 4), one of two attached stone cottages converted from barns. A single-storey cottage that combines modern and traditional furnishings, it contains all the amenities one would expect from a holiday cottage. It also has original beams and high-vaulted ceilings, and in the living/dining room there is a woodburner to cosy up in front of. Close by is the owners’ farmhouse and surrounding fields where they keep sheep, pigs and chickens. A rural location, great for walks and watching wildlife. If you’re quick, there is also a special offer on this property!

For more Easter availability, check here or go to the main site and select the dates and area you want in the advanced search option.

 

 

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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

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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

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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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