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December 5, 2016

BIG savings on BIG beachside cottages this Christmas…

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire has announced large savings on a selection of beachside properties this Christmas, ideal for extended families or groups of friends planning a festive getaway together.

These include Carreg Samson, situated just ten strides from the beach in the little seaside village of Abercastle.  This spacious cottage sleeps eight in four bedrooms and oozes with character and has stone walls and open beams. The well-equipped kitchen and dining room enjoys views across the bay, the perfect place to enjoy Christmas lunch.  Seven nights from 21 December now cost £1069, saving £262.

Tucked away in the sand dunes just yards from the beach at Freshwater East is Merlin House, a stunning, contemporary house sleeping 11 in five bedrooms (three en suite).  It is furnished with iconic modern pieces, carefully mixed with vintage items, and at the front of the house there is a glass-edged decked balcony, plus floor to ceiling glass walls in the open-plan living area, to maximise the glorious sea views.  A week from 21 December now costs £1531, saving £374.

In the historic seaside town of Tenby is Wall Cottage, situated just 50 yards from the sea and offering spacious accommodation for parties of up to 11.  This beautifully furnished house – where guests are welcomed with a bottle of Champagne – has lots of character such as beams and wooden floors, and is the ideal place for a relaxing Christmas break.  Seven nights from 21 December are now priced at £1367, a reduction of £241.

And, for a hassle free Christmas, Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire has its own Concierge Service which is happy to arrange the delivery of Christmas hampers, flowers, champagne, plus organise massage, beauty treatments, in the chosen cottage.

Reservations: 01437 772760,

December 5, 2016

New for 2017…traditional and unspoilt Llafranc in Catalunya with Vintage Travel

Vintage Travel, specialists in villas with private pools, is introducing two new properties in the traditional seaside village of Llafranc in Catalunya in 2017, a highly sought-after location and where villas for rental with private pools are rare due to their scarcity.

La Sardana de Llafranc enjoys a superb in one of Catalunya’s most desirable and coveted coastal beauty spots and is a mere 250 metres from the promenade and beach.  The villa, with its distinctly Mediterranean ambience, sleeps 10 in five bedrooms (three en suite) and is set in spacious enclosed grounds with covered and open terraces, plus a private swimming pool with an infinity edge.

The property is ideal for those who wish to leave their car keys at home;  seafront eateries are on the doorstep, there is a pretty harbour to explore and the spectacular coastal walk, the’ Cami de Ronda’ leads to the neighbouring whitewashed fishing village of Calella.  A seven-night holiday in 2017 starts at £895, increasing to £4995 in peak season.

L’Esquer is a truly Mediterranean villa in style and location, just a 550-metre walk from Llafranc beach.  This impressive villa – with its mullioned entrance with stone pillars and magnificent oak doors – sleeps 12 in six bedrooms (two en suite) and in its grounds there are open and covered terraces with sea views, a private swimming pool, a poolside shower and a built-in barbeque.

A short stroll leads to the centre of the village and its glorious beach.  A week-long holiday in 2017 starts at £895, rising to £4495 in peak season.

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

01954 261431,

December 5, 2016

New Sociable Singles Holiday on Skiathos

Award-winning Friendship Travel, which specialises in sociable holidays for the single traveller, has a new holiday on the Greek island of Skiathos for 2017.  Skiathos is the company’s eighth Greek holiday in the programme: Cyprus also features.


The new holiday is based at the four-star Skiathos Palace Hotel, chosen for its fantastic position above Maratha beach.  Friendship Travel holidays are unstructured, with guests free to be as lazy or active as they wish by day, supported by a Friendship Travel Host throughout, and with sociable evening meals in the company of fellow-guests.

Single travellers enjoy sole occupancy – with no single supplement to pay – of their own double room and the package also includes breakfast each morning, the Host’s services, airport transfers and a choice of flights from UK airports. Five dinners (with wine) at the hotel each week are also included, arranged around one large table for maximum sociability.  On the nights when dinner is not included the group opts for a local restaurant at their own expense.

With a range of dates in May, June and September, seven-night prices start at just £895 (from Gatwick).

The 2017 brochure also features Friendship Travel’s chartered gulets based on the Greek island of Rhodes.  This holiday was successfully trialled in late summer 2016, and is brochured for the first time.  The seven-night cruises visit the unspoiled Greek islands of Halki, Tilos, Nisyros and Symi, with plenty of time to explore ashore as well as swim, snorkel and kayak in the Aegean.

Each gulet is chartered exclusively for Friendship Travel and accommodates eight guests, each in their own cabin with compact ensuite facility.  Prices – which include flights, transfers, all meals and the hosting services of the gulet crew – start at £1475.
Friendship Travel, 0844 800 2770,

November 17, 2016

New Year celebrations at the Mayfair Hotel in Jersey

Welcome in 2017 with a short break at the Mayfair Hotel in Jersey, where celebrations on 31 December include a sensational gala buffet, dancing and live music and cabaret from ‘Badness.’

This three-night package, which starts on 30 December, costs from £359 per person (twin share) inclusive of return Gatwick flights, transfers, half-board accommodation  with four-course evening meals and New Year celebrations as above.

The same package, but travelling by Fast Ferry from Poole, costs from £299 per person.

Facilities at the three-star hotel, which is situated in St Helier, include an indoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym, along with a bar, restaurant and coffee shop.

01534 735511,

November 17, 2016

‘Wow’ villas with private pools in France from Vintage Travel

Specialist operator, Vintage Travel, is highlighting its selection of ‘wow’ villas in France in 2017 including a spectacular Art Deco town house in a riverside location in Brittany and a magnificent 18th century manor house in Provence.

Rive Droite
– built in the Art Deco-style of the 1920s – enjoys an exceptional setting overlooking the quayside of the River Aven in the artists’ town of Pont-Aven in Brittany.  Highlights of the house, which sleeps six in three bedrooms, include exquisite feature stained glass windows and a sitting room with a double-height ceiling and full-length windows.

In the enclosed garden there are lawns and terraces, plus a private plunge pool with an artificial current.  A gentle riverbank stroll leads to the heart of the town, with its art galleries, boutiques, antique shops and restaurants.  The nearest sandy beach is Port Manech (10 kms) with its water sports centre.  Seven nights in Rive Droite starts at £2395, rising to £3395 in peak season.

La Demeure de Gilles
is an 18th century manor house – which has been carefully restored to become an elegant and stylish home – in the heart of the Provencal village of Caromb.  It sleeps 12 in eight bedrooms (three en suite) and offers lots of living space with a spacious living/dining room, a salon, a TV room, plus a further large living area.

The garden is home to a private fenced swimming pool, a shower room, lawns, open and covered stone terraces and table tennis.  A short stroll leads to the heart of the village, with its small shops, bakery, weekly market, two bars and restaurant.  A week in La Demeure de Gilles starts at £2395, rising to £4995 in peak season.

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

01954 261431,




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