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September 20, 2018

Early Christmas fun on Jersey…

For those who fancy getting into the festive spirit a little earlier this year, start their Christmas shopping and explore beautiful Jersey to boot, the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier is the place to head.

This three-star hotel is featuring its annual Turkey & Tinsel package on 12 November 2018, a four-night break costing from just £309 per person.  This twin share price includes return flights from Gatwick or Liverpool, transfers, one item of checked-in luggage and half-board accommodation with a distinctively festive flavour.

Entertainment is part of the package too with highlights including live music, cabaret, dancing, quizzes and fancy dress. Guests also enjoy complimentary use of the indoor swimming pool and fully-equipped gym.

Shopping opportunities are endless in St Helier – ranging from small specialist shops to large department stores such as Voisins and de Gruchy – and there is also the opportunity to enjoy duty free shopping at the airport for spirits and liqueurs, perfumes, make-up and seasonal gifts.

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

01534 735511,

September 20, 2018

‘Small party’ deals on villas with private pools from Vintage Travel

With peak season now behind us, Vintage Travel – specialists in villas with private pools – is offering small parties the option to stay in one of their larger houses at considerably discounted prices.   Guests do, of course, still have exclusive use of the property and grounds, but can enjoy the extra space  provided by a bigger villa.

As an example of ‘small party discounts’ a week in October in Casa do Eido da Deveasa – a magnificent eight-bedroom property near the riverside town of Ponte de Lima in Portugal – is priced from £1998 for up to 18 guests.  However, parties of up to eight can enjoy a week’s stay at this 17th century property for £1598, a discount of £400.   Facilities at the villa include a private swimming pool, a poolside shower, lawns and open terraces, table tennis, a badminton net, plus a sauna and small gym.

In Aveyron in South West France is Soulages, an impeccably restored four-bedroom stone house which enjoys breathtaking views over tree-clad hills and the deep river valley below it.  A week in October for eight guests costs from £1086, but for parties of up to four the price is £732, a discount of £354. The villa has a games room with top quality gym equipment and in its landscaped grounds of 2.5 acres there is a private heated swimming pool, a poolside gazebo and dining terraces,

Small party discounts are also available at more modestly-sized villas such as Can Jomil, situated in the ‘picture-postcard’ scenery on the Catalan coastline on Spain’s Costa Brava. This light and spacious three-bedroom villa costs £898 for parties of six during October, while parties of up to four pay from £598, a discount of £300. The villa has a private pool, open and shaded terraces and a built-in barbeque.

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

01954 261431,

September 20, 2018

New-build coastal villa expands 2019 Kefalonia programme

A fabulous new-build villa, and other newly-signed properties on the Liakis peninsula will expand Freelance Holidays’ programme in Kefalonia for 2019.

The Liakis headland juts south into the Ionian Sea, and each villa is cleverly sited to provide maximum privacy and fabulous – up to 270° – sea views. A footpath winds down to a natural rock platform furnished with parasols and sunbeds, known by the locals as Amandakis Beach, where a fixed ladder provides direct access to the sea. (Families with younger children will find gently shelving sand only 5kms away by car.)

Villa Roberta is being built to the same high specification as Villa Anna Maria, Villa Odysseus and Villa Penelope, which are under the same ownership/architect and which already receive outstanding guest feedback*. The web page for Villa Roberta therefore shows images of the other villas as an indication of standard and style.

Like its sister properties, Villa Roberta will sleep up to six people in three ensuite rooms, and as well as excellent cooking/dining and relaxing areas inside, it will offer fabulous outdoor living, including jaw-dropping sea views, an infinity pool, shady and sunny terraces and a BBQ kitchen.

Available for stays from 1st May 2019, Villa Roberta is already open for booking, with prices starting from just £199 per night (£1393 for seven nights), rising to £549 per night in August peak (£3843 for seven nights). Freelance Holidays offers any-day-arrival and any-length-of-stay (minimum five nights) for maximum flexibility.

This new-build villa and the signing of five more properties on Cape Liakis means that Freelance Holidays will offer 15 individual holiday homes here in 2019, plus a further 15 in other locations across the island: 30 Kefalonia villas in total. (Other destinations are Crete, Mallorca, Menorca, Sicily and Sardinia.)

“Cape Liakis has no sand, no bars and no through-road, making it one of the most peaceful spots on Kefalonia,” says Paul Fogg, managing director of Freelance Holidays, “yet guests will find tavernas, restaurants, markets and other beaches within five to ten minutes’ drive, and the airport is only 20 minutes away.”

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705,

September 17, 2018

October Half Term Holidays for Kids: Save up to 50% with PGL

For parents wondering how to fill October half term (when it feels like the children have only just gone back to school), PGL has the solution: a multi-activity holiday at up to half price!

Week-long holidays operate at seven PGL adventure centres across the UK: in Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, Suffolk, Wiltshire, Shropshire and Lancashire. Activities vary slightly from centre to centre but typically range from A for abseiling to Z for zip-wire thrills, with additional activities and entertainment

Now, selected holidays are discounted for arrivals on either 20 or 27 October and the more children book, the bigger the discount.

Send one child and the holiday is discounted by 30%, send two and save 40%, book three children and all three holidays are discounted by a massive 50%.

For example, Boreatton Park in Shropshire has discounted places for children in all three of PGL’s age groups, that is seven to ten, 10-13 and 13-16 year olds on seven-night holidays starting 20 and 27 October.

The original price of the holiday was £539, but is now discounted to £377.30 for one child (quote OCT1X when booking), £323.40 each for two children (quote OCT2X), or £269.50 each when three children book (quote OCT3X).

All PGL holidays include accommodation, meals, activities, instruction, equipment, evening entertainment and caring supervision.

PGL’s special activity holiday insurance must be booked to take advantage of this offer (£37 per child on a seven-night holiday).

0333 321 2114,


September 13, 2018

Half Term on Britain’s Canals from £507 for a Family of 6

October half-term holidays are an opportunity to try a self-catering break with a difference: a modern family-friendly narrowboat on Britain’s canals, with prices from just £507 for a Monday to Friday break for up to six people!

That’s just one of hundreds of boating holiday options available at, the one-stop shop and advice source for breaks on our inland waterways.

£507 is the hire charge for a Derwent or Medway class narrowboat for four nights starting Monday 15 October in the Heart of England (bases at Gailey and Rugby). That’s a saving of £273 on the original price.

The following week, starting Monday 22 October the same boats are £585 for a four-night break, saving £315.

These modern narrowboats have two separate cabins to sleep four in permanent berths, with convertible seating in the saloon to sleep two additional people (six in total).

Each has one full shower/wc and an additional separate wc, a sitting/dining saloon area and well-equipped kitchen. Like most narrowboats, they’re pet-friendly at no extra charge.

Hire fees include damage waiver charge, bedlinen and towels, car parking at the base while away, loan of buoyancy aids and helmsman’s waterproofs and – of course – a comprehensive hand-over with tuition so that families can set off with confidence! The only extra is fuel used during the trip: families should budget around £50 for this.

“With more than 2,000 miles of navigable canals across the UK, most people are within an hour or two’s drive of one of our start points,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,




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