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October 14, 2018

8 Solo Ski Options from Friendship Travel this winter

Friendship Travel is offering solo skiers the chance to ski in eight European resorts this season, including two exclusive chalet houseparties in France.

All seven-night prices are based on guests enjoying their own room with no single supplement to pay, and include flights, resort transfers, breakfast every day, afternoon tea every day and dinner with wine on five evenings, as well as the support of chalet staff.

Novice and intermediate skiers are recommended to book one of the two exclusive houseparties, which also include six mornings of ski school, for either ski or snowboarding, within the package price.

The two exclusive houseparties are Chalet Maya in Alpe d’Huez, where a week’s skiing, with lessons, starts at just £839. The chalet offers simple accommodation in a traditional alpine chalet sleeping up to eight guests.

Chalet Refuge et Lodge is the exclusive houseparty in Serre Chevalier, where a week’s skiing, including lessons, costs from £1035, with a Christmas departure from £1186.

Other resorts where Friendship Travel offers singles skiing based in larger hotels include St Christoph in Austria, Meribel, La Plagne, Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Deux Alpes in France.

“I’m a skier myself, and like many travel entrepreneurs, my early days in the industry included repping in the Alps,” says Friendship Travel’s founder and managing director Colum McLornan, “and that experience has helped to shape our programme for single skiers.” 

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211,


October 14, 2018

Save up to 40% on October Canal Boat Hire

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop advice centre and booking site for holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, has a host of offers on October hire, with reductions of up to 40 per cent.

The largest savings are on boats starting from Pershore on the River Avon, where modern four-star narrowboats with impressive names like ‘Omniscient’, ‘Ostentatious’ and ‘Ubiquitous’ are discounted for weekend and midweek breaks as well as full week hire – including half term. For example:

Hire ‘Ostentatious’ for seven nights starting 20 October and pay just £750, saving £500 on the original price! This 52-feet long narrowboat can sleep up to six, and has central heating, a clever galley kitchen, shower, wc and all mod cons for a self-catering holiday afloat. It is pet friendly too, at no extra charge. Everything is included in the hire price, even fuel, though hirers are asked for a damage waiver deposit.

Other options include three nights on ‘Quintessence’ (sleeps up to eight) starting 20 October for £591, saving £394, and a four-night break starting 16 October on ‘Omniscient’ which is now reduced to £438, saving £292.

From Pershore, the River Avon winds through beautiful Worcestershire countryside, including the orchards of the vale of Evesham and limestone villages, to Shakespeare’s Stratford, while to the south lies historic Tewkesbury’s lovely abbey.

In Cheshire, the majority of boats based at Anderton on the Trent & Mersey Canal are now reduced by 35 per cent throughout October, with savings of up to £560 on a full week. That’s on seven nights’ hire of ‘Booted Eagle’ starting 22 October, now reduced to £1040 for the whole family.

Other breaks from Anderton include four nights’ hire of ‘Tufted Duck’ starting 8 or 15 October at £552, saving £297, and three nights’ hire of ‘Reed Bunting’ on 26 October now just £422, saving £227.  Anderton is a brilliant starting point for visiting pretty Lymm and the Lion Salt Works in historic Northwich.

Other October discounts apply to boats based at Sowerby Bridge in the Pennines, and on the lovely Kennet & Avon canal in Wiltshire.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,

October 14, 2018

£189 for a Family Hop to Ireland at Half Term: Irish Ferries

Take advantage of Irish Ferries’ Next Day Return fare for a half term hop to Dublin, with a car and four people just £189 return!

This special 24-hour fare gives families time for an overnight in Dublin and sightseeing before returning to the UK the next day (accommodation is not included).

It’s a great-value treat for families living within easy reach of Holyhead, which includes Manchester, The Wirral, Chester, and North Wales.

For example, board the 12-deck, 50,000 tonne Ulysses for its daily 14.10hrs sailing from Holyhead, enjoy the family-friendly facilities on-board including a cinema, restaurants and play areas, and dock in Dublin at 17.25hrs.

The next day offers a host of city sightseeing opportunities, from free attractions like the Natural History section within the National Museum, to fun stuff like a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or the Leprechaun museum, plus Georgian squares, literary trails and the River Liffey.

Catch the 20.55hrs Ulysses sailing from Dublin port – a 10-minute taxi ride from the heart of the city – enjoy a meal on board in ‘Boylan’s Brasserie’ and dock in Holyhead at 00.20hrs for a late arrival home.

The flat rate of £189 works out at just £47.25 per person!

Terms and Conditions apply. Book online at


October 14, 2018

New for 2019, villas with private indoor pools in Northern Brittany…

Vintage Travel has expanded its portfolio of villas in Brittany and is delighted to announce the addition of three new properties for 2019, each with a private indoor swimming pool, making them perfect out-of-season or summer holidays.

Villa Brise is a recently renovated property with a seaside inspired  interior, just 250 metres from the beach and 500 metres from the village of Brignogan Plages. It sleeps ten comfortably in five bedrooms (two en suite) and has an open-plan living area which leads to a fun ‘retreat room’ with an indoor pool, plus a large hot tub and relaxation area.  From here the terrace and lawned garden are accessible.  A seven-night holiday in 2019 starts at £1346, rising to £3858.

Or Villa Toullou is a recently built coastal house which enjoys a superb location just 150 metres from a sandy beach in the hamlet of Kervillo, almost equidistant from the villages of Brignogan-Plages (2.6 kms) and Plouneour-Trez (2.3 kms).  The villa, which is set in enclosed grounds, sleeps eight in four bedrooms (one en suite) and has a private indoor heated pool with a hot tub.  A week in 2019 starts at £1346, rising to £3350 in peak season.

Next door to Toullou is Porz ar Vir, a comfortable modern villa sleeping eight in four bedrooms (one en suite).  It is set in enclosed grounds with a spacious terrace for outdoor dining and from the open-plan living area the pool room – which also has a hot tub – is accessed.  A seven-night holiday in 2019 leads in at £1334, increasing to £3350 in peak season.

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

01954 261431,

October 13, 2018

October half-term bargains with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire…

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is highlighting a selection of cottages now reduced in price for October half-term.

These include Barn Cottage, a detached stone property with two woodburning stoves dating back to 1795 in the village of Marloes.  This carefully renovated property, which sleeps four in two bedrooms, retains its original charm and character including its beautiful exposed purple stonework.  It has also been furnished from sustainable sources using products with provenance and upcycling wherever possible to give a unique and charming appeal.  A choice of beautiful beaches – including Marlos Sands and Musselwick – are less than a mile away.  Seven nights from 20 October now cost £420, saving £100.

Perched above the sandy beach at Wiseman’s Bridge is Green Plains, a detached, traditional cottage sleeping six in three bedrooms.  Its cosy sitting room has a woodburning stove and almost every room enjoys panoramic valley views to Carmarthen Bay beyond.  In the garden there is a large decked terrace, plus a firepit and barbeque, and a footpath leads to the beach at Wiseman’s Bridge, a stroll of around 20 minutes.  Seven nights from 20 October is now priced at £593, a reduction of £143.

Or, for a couple of families planning a half-term get together, Hayscastle Farmhouse – near the village of Hayscastle – is a welcoming, comfortable and spacious property on a working farm which sleeps 12 in five bedrooms. It has two sitting rooms – so there is plenty of room to spread out – and guests are welcome to explore the farm with its lakeside and river banks, a duck pond and badger setts.  The magnificent beaches along St Brides Bay and the long sandy beach at Newgale are within easy reach.  A week from 20 October now costs £715, saving £169.

Reservations: 01437 772760,




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