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April 18, 2019

LIBERATION International Music Festival…

9 May sees the start of Jersey’s Liberation Music Festival, a four-day event and now in its 11th year.

The theme of the festival is music and celebration and it will be featuring more than 20 internationally acclaimed musicians – including world-renowned violinist Ning Feng and BBC jazz artist of the year, Clare Teal – performing beautiful, dramatic and atmospheric music in a range of stunning settings.

For those who wish to enjoy the event, the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier is highlighting five-nights-for-the-price-of-four during this time which means a five-night stay now costs from as little as £359 per person (twin share) inclusive of return flights from Gatwick or Liverpool, transfers and accommodation with breakfast.

Flights are also available from many other UK airports, supplements may apply.

Facilities at this three-star hotel in St Helier 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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April 17, 2019

Spring Bank Holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire…

For a Spring Bank Holiday getaway at the end of May, Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is highlighting a wide choice of properties in all shapes and sizes and in a range of coastal and countryside locations.

For a couple of families or groups of friends, the company recommends Kingswood, a stunning ‘Huf Haus’ property with a heated infinity freshwater swimming pool perched above North Cliff in Tenby.  It sleeps eight people in four bedrooms (one en suite and with a sauna) and is set in three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.  A footpath through woods gives access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and there is a path down to a hidden beach accessible only at low tide.  A seven-night stay from 24 May is priced at £3240.

Situated in three acres of parkland near the market town of Narberth is Ty Ffynnon, a beautifully converted stone farm building sleeping six in three bedrooms, two en suite.  This effortlessly stylish and welcoming house has a large dual aspect sitting room and several French doors in the property open onto the garden and flagged terraces.  Guests are welcome to explore the extensive lawns and fields and a short drive leads to Narberth, with its boutique shops, restaurants, delicatessens and antique centres.  A week from 25 May now costs £1285.

Or, for couples looking for a Spring Bank Holiday break, Little Comfort is a spacious stone 200-year old cottage in the hamlet of Warren and just a short drive from a selection of beautiful beaches such as Barafundle and Broadhaven.    Both the large living room and the bedroom enjoy distant sea views and guests are welcome to explore the owner’s three-quarter acre garden, home to ducks, chickens and pygmy goats. A seven-night stay from 24 May is priced at £580.

01437 772760, www.coastalcottages.co.uk

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

April 17, 2019

Spring Bank Holiday in the South of France in NEW luxury Lodge Tents

Be one of the first to enjoy a Spring Bank Holiday getaway  in a Lodge Tent – new for the 2019 season at Camping Blue Bayou at Vendres Plage in Languedoc – with Venue Holidays.

The Lodge Tents – with their stylish Italian design – feature all the fun of the ‘great outdoors’ but with creature comforts such as a private bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin.  They also have two bedrooms, a spacious living area with a fully-fitted kitchen and sofa, which opens onto an external wooden terrace.

Lodge tents (sleeping five) are an affordable option too…a seven-night Spring Bank Holiday break from 25 May is now priced at £164, saving £109.

Facilities at the five-star campsite, which has direct access to a sandy beach, include
two heated swimming pool complexes – one reserved for adults, the other with a three-lane water slide, a children’s pool with slides and a spray park – plus a multi-sports pitch, table tennis and boules.

There is also a wellness centre with a hairdresser, beauty salon, sauna and massage, plus a shop, restaurants and bar.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue on request and cost from £127 for a return Dover/Calais weekend saver crossing for car and passengers.

April 10, 2019

Spanking new villa with a private pool on Kefalonia from Vintage Travel

Newly-built for 2019 and the latest addition to Vintage Travel’s portfolio of villas with private pools in Kefalonia is Melia, a simply-styled but elegant retreat for couples or single travellers.

This stylish hideaway enjoys views across rolling coastal countryside to the sea and the neighbouring island of Zante and has been designed as an appealing haven for those looking for peace and relaxation.

Huge attention to detail has been given to its design and its décor – although simple and unpretentious – is hugely inviting and attractive. In its grounds there is a private swimming pool with wide Roman steps, sun and shaded dining terraces and a built-in barbeque.

Just over two kms away is the laid back village of Spartia – with a mini-market, a fresh bakery and two easy-going tavernas – and numerous beaches are within an easy drive.

As an example of price, a seven-night holiday in May starts at £726, rising to £2346 in peak season.

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

01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

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For further information please contact Stephen Ellison on 01954 261431. Release issued by Beacon PR 01572 748800

April 8, 2019

Toddler Friendly Villas from Freelance Holidays

Mediterranean villa specialist Freelance Holidays is highlighting properties ideal for families with tots and pre-school children, with a week’s stay for four from only £863.

A policy of any-day-arrival, and any-length-of-stay (suggested five nights minimum) means families can mix and match daytime flights for civilised travel times, and travel cots and high chairs are provided on request either free or at a negligible charge. Beds are always made up on arrival and towels are provided too, making packing/unpacking easy.

“There are no hard and fast rules about what makes a property child-friendly,” says managing director Paul Fogg. “Every aspect – inside and out – influences our recommendation. We’ve been selecting villas for decades, and as grandparents we understand what is important!”

On Crete, Villa Maragoudi has a small circular pool only 50cm deep next to and separate from the main pool. Both are salt-water (no chlorine) and are close to the house. This is perfect for an extended family with grandparents because two of the four bedrooms are downstairs and two are on the self-contained first floor complete with its own living room and kitchen as well as shower/wc. While there is a wonderful dining terrace with outdoor as well as indoor kitchen, the village of Armeni is no more than 500m away where, as well as a minimarket and taverna, there’s a sweet shop for the children. A seven night stay in June is £1283 in total, for up to eight people.

The pool at the Finca S’Hort Misser in rural Mallorca is set on an upper gated terrace. Corner steps make for easy entry, and the pool is chlorine-free. Olive and citrus trees offer shady spots for afternoon naps. The farmhouse has been renovated to retain many original features and the country-style kitchen is pretty as well as practical. Three bedrooms sleep up to six. A seven night stay in May starts at £1023 for six people, saving £120.

There’s no pool at either of the two Professore Beach Houses on Sardinia, but with a sandy cove 90 metres from the garden gate, that’s no hardship! Built by a local teacher (hence the name) these adjacent properties offer simple but modern accommodation for four (+1 on a sofa bed) in an idyllic setting shaded by pine trees on the edge of the resort of Cala Liberotto. A week’s hire of either Beach House in June starts at just £863.

Flights and car hire excluded. Availability/prices correct at date of issue.

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

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