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May 20, 2019

Jersey, small in size but big on personality…

Small is beautiful…measuring just five miles long and nine miles wide, Jersey is compact in size but packed full of things to see and do.

The sea is never less than 10 minutes’ away and country lanes and walking trails criss-cross the island making it easy to explore.  The scenery is stunning – lush valleys, cliff tops and hidden coves – and the capital of St Helier is a vibrant cosmopolitan town with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars.

And, as a bonus, it is reached by a flight of around one hour from a wide choice of mainland UK airports.

For those who fancy sampling life on Jersey, the three-star Mayfair Hotel is currently offering seven-nights-for-the-price-of-six between 25 May and 20 September.

This means, for example, a week’s holiday between these dates costs from as little as £525 per person (twin share) inclusive of return flights from Gatwick or Liverpool, transfers and accommodation with breakfast.  Flights are available from a choice of other airports, supplements may apply.

The hotel is just a stroll from the centre of St Helier and its many facilities include an indoor pool, a fully equipped gym and a sun deck, plus a bar, restaurant and coffee shop.

01534 735511,

May 20, 2019

Butterhill Grange- a magnificent historic mansion house

Making its debut with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire and with an introductory offer of 15% savings on all dates in 2019 is Butterhill Grange, a magnificent historic Grade II listed mansion near the picturesque village of St Ishmaels.

The property, built in the early 1700s with 12th century origins as a priory farm, remained the home of the Roche family for over 300 years but since then it has had many owners – including requisition by the RAF as officer accommodation – before falling into a dilapidated state in the 1960s.  Now it has been lovingly renovated in a stylish and contemporary style offering stately reception rooms and spacious accommodation.

It sleeps 16 in seven bedrooms, most en suite, and has a grand entrance hall, a formal dining room,  three sitting rooms, a library, a games area and a cinema.  It has an elegant paved terrace and just across the lane there is an acre of grounds with woodland and a shell grotto, all of which are being carefully restored.

The area teems with birds and wildlife and Butterhill Grange itself is a haven, with the cellars home to rare bats and the roof eves boasting one of the largest roosts of house martins in West Wales.

A walk of around 25 minutes leads to the sea and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and lots of fantastic beaches are within a 10-minute drive such as Marloes Sands and West Dale.

As an example of price, a seven-night holiday at the beginning of July  – taking into account the 15% introductory offer – is priced at £2652, rising to £3392 in peak season.  Short breaks are also available.

Reservations:  01437 772760,


For more press information please contact Matthew Evans on 01437 772760.  Released by Pat Jacobs at Beacon PR (01572) 748800

May 20, 2019

Ireland’s own Chelsea flower show is Bloom-ing lovely

Gardeners can enjoy back-to-back shows if they follow a visit to Chelsea with Ireland’s annual Bloom event due to draw 120,000 visitors between 30 May and 3 June (see

Held in 70 acres of Dublin’s Phoenix Park, there are 21 Show Gardens, a Sculpture in the Park feature, Nursery and Floral marquee, expert speakers and demonstrators, plus horticulture, food and drink exhibitors.

And if you take your car to Ireland, the good news is that bringing plants back to the UK needs no special permissions AND you can shop ‘til you drop at Bloom for plants and garden accessories, packing it all into the car with no ‘excess baggage’ charges to worry about.

Tickets for Bloom are €20 for advance bookings, €25 on the gate.

Get there with Irish Ferries from £312 return for a car and two adults. Irish Ferries can also book hotel accommodation as part of a self-drive package., 08717 300 400


About Irish Ferries

  • Routes: Holyhead (Anglesey) to Dublin; Pembroke (south Wales) to Rosslare
  • Ships sailing UK to Ireland: Ulysses, Dublin Swift, Epsilon, Isle of Inishmore
  • Club Class option for priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments
  • Ship-wide free WiFi

Irish Ferries press contact Jane Williams Beacon PR:  01572 748 800

May 15, 2019

Peak season savings of 20% on mobile home holidays in Picardy…

Camping and mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays, has announced PEAK SEASON savings of up to 20% at Camping La Croix du Vieux Pont at Berny Riviere in Picardy – a campsite offering a wealth of facilities in a beautiful parkland setting north of Paris.

This means, for example, a seven-night holiday for up to six – arriving on 3 August – in a two-bedroom mobile home with decking is now priced at £967, a saving of £230.

The campsite, an easy 147-mile drive from the ferry port at Calais, is home to numerous attractions including indoor and outdoor swimming pools with fountains and waterfalls, a wellness centre with a beauty salon, gym, sauna and steam room, plus 10-pin bowling.

Guests can also enjoy fishing, cycle hire, fun in an action sports centre, archery and a climbing wall.  The campsite also runs weekly excursions to Paris and Disneyland Paris.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £128 for a return weekend P&O Dover/Calais saver sailing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,

May 15, 2019

Sophisticated South of France in a villa with a private pool…

For a touch of a South of France chic, villa specialist, Vintage Travel, is highlighting a selection of new properties with private pools, each ideal for a relaxing holiday in the sunshine and well-placed for taking in picturesque towns and villages and glorious beaches.

Smaller families could opt for Vue Lerins, perched on a hillside of the Esterel mountains and with magnificent sea views. This immaculate villa sleeps four in two bedrooms and in its terraced gardens there is a private oval-shaped swimming pool and an outdoor shaded dining area.

A 15-minute walk leads to the beach of La Figuerette where watersports are on offer or, for a livelier scene, a drive of 13 kms leads to Cannes, with its seafront promenade, boutiques and restaurants.  A seven-night holiday in June starts at £3136, rising to £3510 in peak season.

Or, for larger families or groups of friends, La Pervenche is a light and spacious elegant villa – sleeping eight in four en suite bedrooms – 1.5 kms from fashionable Valbonne and just 30 minutes’ drive from Antibes.

This spacious property, which offers privacy in an accessible location, is set in lawned gardens, home to a kidney-shaped swimming pool, a barbeque and pizza oven, a boules area, a dining terrace and a covered pond.  A week’s holiday in June costs from £2950, increasing to £3786 in peak season.

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

01954 261431,




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