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May 21, 2018

Savings of up to £297 on villas with private pools in Kefalonia this June

Vintage Travel, specialists in villas with private pools, is offering savings of up to £297 on a choice of properties in Kefalonia during June, a time when visitors can enjoy temperatures of around 25 degrees.

The above reduction applies to Rabia – now priced at £949 from 10 June – in the sleepy village of Mousata.  This smart property, sleeping six in three bedrooms, is topsy-turvy by design to enhance the views across the Ionian Sea and neighbouring Zakynthos. Other features include floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-plan living area which open onto a magnificent wrap-around balcony.  In the grounds of lawns and olive trees, there is a private swimming pool, plus sun and shaded terraces.  Just 1.4 kms away is the sandy beach of Trapezaki.

Other offers include savings of £279 on week-long holidays from 10 June in Athina, where seven nights are now priced at £739.  The villa sleeps four in two bedrooms (one en suite) and has glorious views across the treetops to the Ionian Sea.  In its gardens there is a private pool, plus sun and dining terraces.  A 10-minute drive leads to Maganos village with its shops and local tavernas as well as the pretty shingle beach at St Jerusalem.

Or a week from 19 June at Rosepetra – enjoying superb sea views and within walking distance of the village of Maganos with its traditional taverna – now costs £1154, a reduction of £244.  The villa, 3.2 kms from Alaties beach, sleeps five in three bedrooms (one en suite) and in its gardens there is a private pool, outdoor shower, plus open and shaded terraces.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

May 21, 2018

‘Feel Good’ in Pembrokeshire at Spring Bank Holiday…

‘The festival to make you feel good’ best describes The Big Retreat Wales, a three-day annual event in Pembrokeshire where highlights include non-stop live music, yoga workshops, meditation, bush craft and Zumba workshops.

This family-friendly festival takes place at Spring Bank Holiday – 25, 26 and 27 May – at Lawrenny on the picturesque Cleddau Estuary, with further high spots including healthy eating classes, wood carving, an arts and crafts zone, cookery demonstrations and re-cycling workshops.

There is also all manner of fun and activities for children such as bug hunts, foraging and fitness classes.  Further information and ticket details can be found at https://www.thebigretreatwales.co.uk/

For those who fancy getting the ‘feel good factor’, Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is highlighting a wealth of properties ideally placed to take in this festival.

These include the Lantern Suite in Tenby, a five-star apartment – with its own garden – situated around a 20-minute drive from the event.  This smart property sleeps two and is just a stroll from beaches and the town’s many bistros, restaurants and pubs.  A seven-night holiday from 25 May is priced at £755.

Reservations:  01437 772760, www.coastalcottages.co.uk

May 21, 2018

Follow the Yellow Jersey with Zenith Holidays…

7 July sees the start of the 2018 Tour de France, the most fervently supported and highly anticipated sporting event in France with even those who don’t know their cycle clips from their hand pumps recognising the famous yellow jersey of the stage leader.

The gruelling final alpine climb of Stage 12 takes place on 19 July as riders battle it out on a journey of 175 kms – with 21 iconic hairpin bends – from Bourg-Saint Maurice to Alpe d’Huez.

For fans keen to experience this epic race – now in its 105th year – Zenith Holidays is highlighting a selection of self-catering chalets in Alpe d’Huez including Chalet Hermione, which enjoys a superb location with the tour usually going past its balcony.

This smart property sleeps up to 10 people in four bedrooms – making it ideal for families and groups of friends – with a seven-night holiday from 14 July costing £1918 including bed linen, towels and end of stay cleaning.

Zenith can also arrange a wealth of activities – including road cycling and mountain biking – plus pursuits such as hiking and rafting.  The company can also organise Eurotunnel or ferry crossings on request.

Reservations:  0203 137 7678, www.zenithholidays.co.uk

May 21, 2018

Spring Bank Holiday savings of up to £400 with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire has announced savings of up to £400 on a selection of properties at Spring Bank Holiday.

The above reduction applies to week-long stays in Golygfa Mor – an imposing detached property in the seaside village of Tresaith – where seven nights from 26 May now cost £1643.

The property – which offers spacious accommodation for families and friends – sleeps 12 in six bedrooms (four en suite) and most of the rooms enjoy views of the beach and across Cardigan Bay.  There is also a front verandah – plus a wrap-around enclosed patio – to maximise the glorious outlook.  A short walk leads to the beach.

Perched above the magnificent beach of Newgale is Bramble Cottage, where a week’s holiday from 25 May now costs, £995, saving £163.  The property, which sleeps six in three bedrooms, is set down a quiet lane and is surrounded by an enclosed, lawned garden with stunning sea views.  A stroll of around five minutes leads to the beach and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

Or, for couples, The Smithy is a detached, restored stone cottage set on the cliffside above the picturesque harbour village of Abercastle and with the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path on the doorstep.  This quaint cottage – with exposed stonework, beams and slate floors – is now priced at £799 for seven nights from 26 May, a reduction of £138.

Reservations:  01437 772760, www.coastalcottages.co.uk

May 21, 2018

Food, glorious food, Jersey-style…

Jersey in June is a time when the island is bursting with flavour from abundant local produce including freshly harvested Jersey Royal potatoes, delicious Jersey cream and ice cream, locally-caught crab and lobster and oysters from the bay of Grouville.

For foodies keen to check out the markets, farm shops, bistros and restaurants serving these local delicacies, the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier is highlighting three-night breaks  throughout June from as little as £345 per person.

This twin-share price includes return flights from Gatwick and Liverpool, transfers and accommodation with breakfast.  Flights are also available from many other UK airports including Luton and Southend (supplements may apply).  For those who travel by Fast Ferry from Poole, three-night breaks cost from £285 per person.

Facilities at this three-star hotel – a short stroll from the centre of St Helier with its renowned Victorian market, bistros and restaurants – include an indoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym, a sun deck, plus a bar, coffee shop and restaurant.

01534 735511, www.themayfairjersey.com

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