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September 19, 2016

October half-term savings in Picardy with Venue Holidays

Venue Holidays, has announced savings of £114 on seven-night mobile home holidays at October half-term at Berny-Riviere, a campsite set in parkland on the banks of the River Aisne in Picardy.

This special deal, which applies to seven-night holidays starting on 22 October, means a week in a three-bedroom mobile home with decking – for two adults and up to four children – now costs only £285.

The location is ideal for a family break and offers a choice of facilities including a heated indoor pool complex, tennis, a sports centre, canoeing, cycle hire, 10-pin bowling, fishing and football.

Disneyland Paris is within easy reach (69 miles) or, for those who prefer to leave their car at ‘base’, the campsite runs weekly excursions to the theme park and to Paris.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £82 for a return weekend Dover/Calais P&O saver crossing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,

September 19, 2016

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire unveils its Christmas collection…

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is highlighting its Christmas collection of cottages, sleeping from two to 13 people, and each set in a stunning location.

Properties on offer include Crab Cottage – a converted stone barn sleeping six in three bedrooms – situated at Aberfforest Bay.  The property, full of character with a woodburning stove, beams and stone walls, is just 150 yards from the beach and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.  A short drive of around two miles leads to the villages of Dinas and Newport, with their shops, pubs and restaurants.  Seven nights from 21 December is priced at £785.

For groups of friends or a couple of families, Felin Fach is a converted water mill sleeping eight in four bedrooms.  This rural retreat is set in an acre of grounds near the small village of Llandeloy and offers spacious accommodation with two cosy woodburning stoves.  It’s the perfect location for keen walkers – the area abounds in footpaths – and the long, sandy beach at Newgale is only three miles away.  Slightly further afield is the tiny city of St Davids with its magnificent cathedral.  A week from 21 December costs £896.

Or, for couples, 2 Penally Boathouse Mews is tucked away on the bank of the River Teifi in the village of St Dogmaels.  This romantic little property – with a woodburning stove – is furnished in an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique pieces reflecting its association with the river which is just 15 yards away. A five-minute drive leads to the town of Cardigan, with its farmer’s market, specialist shops, restaurants and pubs.  Seven nights from 21 December is priced at £576.

And, for a hassle free Christmas, Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire has its own Concierge Service which is happy to arrange the delivery of Christmas hampers, flowers, champagne, plus organise massage, beauty and yoga treatments, in the chosen cottage.

Reservations: 01437 772760,

September 19, 2016

Record 2016 sales recorded by Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks in Devon

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks reports that it has enjoyed a phenomenal 2016 season, with combined bookings – for both accommodation and camping and touring – being 9% up  on last year.

Said sales and marketing director, Kevin Darvill:  “Over 2,500 more families have stayed on our Parks since the start of the 2016 season and, although we have seen a 2% increase on repeat bookings, our holidays now appeal to more new customers as we broaden our range of accommodation.

“Our accommodation was occupied at 99.8% throughout the school summer holidays and, as many customers booked earlier this year, we have not had to lower prices to fill late space and for this reason Brexit had no real impact on bookings.

Darvill continued:  “This increase in growth is a result of the continued investment over the last six years in new facilities, new activities, new entertainment and new accommodation including our new Surf Lodges, which have enjoyed an occupancy level in excess of 90% since they became available from May half-term.

“We have also observed that more customers are now booking with their mobile phones and we have seen an 84% increase in the number of people visiting our website by this method which now accounts for 52% of all visits.

“Looking ahead to 2017, bookings are already 64% up on this time last year – which in itself was a record – and we are urging customers to book as soon as possible to get their choice of holiday and not wait for a late deal that may never come.  For bookings made by 31 October, this year’s prices will be held for next year, an early booking incentive of up to 30% off applies and a low deposit of just £40 – plus free holiday protection cover and free amendments – will secure the chosen holiday.”

Concluding Darvill said:  “2016 has been a superb year for Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.  Not only have we enjoyed record sales and excellent customer satisfaction levels, but Woolacombe Beach received the huge accolade of being voted Britain’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor for the second consecutive year.

“However, we have no plans to rest on our laurels; a further £2.5 million will be spent on new accommodation over the winter months.”

0843 208 0368,

September 19, 2016

New Chalet House-party for Single Skiers from Friendship Travel

Friendship Travel, the singles holiday company, is extending its signature ‘house-party’ approach to the ski slopes for the first time this season, with an exclusive house-party in Alpe D’Huez.

“We have organised ski holidays for 14 years,” says managing director Colum McLornan, “creating a Friendship Travel singles group within larger chalets, but this is the first season that we will have exclusive use of our own chalet.”

Chalet Maya is in the heart of the original village of Alpe D’Huez, only 70 metres from the ski hire shop and 100 metres from the basket lift to access the ski school meeting point.

The old chalet has been renovated to offer eight single skiers accommodation in simple rooms with private facilities – and no single supplement to pay. The welcoming living/dining room that takes up the middle of the three floors has its original beams, a cosy wood-burner and a terrace.

Friendship Travel’s eight-week season at Chalet Maya starts 7 January 2017, skips February half term weeks and resumes on 4 March, with the last departure date 18 March.

Prices start at £895 for a package that includes flights from Gatwick to Grenoble, transfers, a single room, seven breakfasts and afternoon teas, six evening meals with wine, plus the support of Hosts who run both the catering and the social side of the week, including a ‘ski mapping’ service which makes recommendations for lunch-time meet ups, and afternoon ski runs.

Those happy to share a twin room with another single skier will pay from £750 for the same package. The company also recommends equipment hire, lift passes and ski school add-ons.

Friendship Travel, 0844 800 2770,

September 19, 2016

24-hours in Dublin: £180 with Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries is highlighting its 24-hour Motorist Minicruise fares – a perfect short break for people within easy reach of Holyhead – which includes those living in Manchester, Liverpool and The Wirral, as well as North Wales.

£180 is the fare this autumn for a car and two adults travelling together to Ireland and returning within 24 hours, if booked at least seven days in advance.

The fare is valid on four departures a day from Holyhead, seven days a week until 16 December, and applies when travellers head back to the UK on the first scheduled sailing 24 hours after disembarking in Ireland.

An Irish Ferries Motorist Minicruise could look like this:

Saturday morning       Sail on the Dublin Swift at 11.50 hours. (Latest check-in time 30 minutes before departure.) The Dublin Swift is the fastest vessel on the Irish Sea and berths in Dublin Port just 1 hour 49 minutes after departure, at 13.39 hours. There’s just time for lunch on board in Boylan’s Brasserie.

Saturday afternoon     Explore Dublin! It is possible to pre-book city centre car parking (eg Q-Park’s seven locations). Dublin’s newest visitor attractions are EPIC Ireland and GPO Witness History; classic sights include Trinity College and the Dublin Writers’ Museum.

Saturday evening        Enjoy Dublin’s peerless nightlife: Temple Bar is the famous area, but authentic pubs and live music can be found across the city. Accommodation is not included: travellers need to book a hotel (which may be done through Irish Ferries) or stay with family/friends.

Sunday morning          It’s a short drive to the fashionable seaside suburb of Howth. Enjoy a cliff-top walk, browse the street Market and have an early lunch at one of the good seafood restaurants here.

Sunday afternoon        It is 30-40 minutes’ drive to Dublin Port, so leave Howth in time for the Dublin Swift’s 14.30 hours sailing back to the UK.

Disembark in Holyhead at 16.30 hours and drive home.

The Motorist Minicruise fare of £180 return (for car and two adults) must be booked at least seven days in advance by phone on 08717 300 400.

Book less than seven days ahead and a supplement applies. Terms and Conditions apply.

See for information.





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