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April 25, 2017

Spring Bank Holiday savings in Mallorcan villas with private pools…

Vintage Travel, specialists in villas with private pools, has announced savings on selected properties in Mallorca at Spring Bank Holiday.

Deals include a discount of £126 at Marvil, a pretty Mallorcan cottage tucked away in the peaceful Pollenca countryside, where a week’s holiday from 27 May is now priced at £778.  The property sleeps four in two bedrooms and is set in good-sized grounds, home to a private swimming pool, a shower room, a sun terrace and a built-in barbeque.  Just three kms away is the atmospheric town of Pollenca, while slightly further afield (four kms) is the sandy beach at Llenaire.

In the heart of historic Pollenca and hidden in a typical narrow backstreet is Sant Jordi, an immaculate restored three storey town house where a week’s stay from 27 May now costs £996, saving £112.   This elegant property sleeps six in three bedrooms (two en suite) and in its courtyard there is a private plunge pool, a sun terrace and a barbeque house.  Everything is on the doorstep including restaurants, bars and small shops.

Or, on the outskirts of sleepy Portocolom in south east Mallorca, is Ses Rotes de Baix, a comfy country oasis with views from its grounds across olive trees to the Mediterranean.  The villa sleeps four in two en suite bedrooms and facilities include a private swimming pool, a poolside shower plus sun and roof terraces.  Beach lovers are spoiled for choice; many of the island’s most picture-postcard sandy coves lie within a few kilometres of the property including Cala sa Nau and Mitjana.  A week from 27 May is now priced at £996, a reduction of £106.

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

01954 261431,

April 25, 2017

Bank Holiday bargains with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire…

For those quick-off-the-mark, Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is highlighting a wealth of Spring Bank Holiday cottages, many reduced in price and in a choice of coastal and countryside locations.

For couples, The Granary is a quality barn conversion on an 80-acre working farm on the outskirts of the village of Trecwn in the heart of the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside.  The property, sleeping two, has an open-plan living space, a pretty bedroom and bathroom, plus a raised sun terrace.  Footpaths are ‘on the doorstep’, the Preseli Hills are just five miles away and the harbour town of Fishguard is a 10-minute drive.  A week from 27 May is now priced at £459, saving £81.

In the seaside village of Little Haven and just 250 yards from the beach is Glen Holme, a spacious first floor apartment, sleeping three, making it ideal for couples or young families  It has an open-plan living area, a family bedroom (one double and one twin bed) and a bathroom.  A short walk leads to the centre of this vibrant village with its pubs, restaurants, shops and watersport centre.  Seven nights from 26 May now cost £486, a reduction of £52.

Or for families of four, Rose Cottage is situated in the hamlet of Square and Compass, situated between the tiny city of St Davids and the harbour town of Fishguard.  This snug property, with whitewashed walls and beams, has an enclosed rear garden and terrace.  Footpaths lead across the fields to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and the bays of Abercastle and Aberfelin. A week from 27 May is now priced at £550, saving £132.

Reservations: 01437 772760,

April 25, 2017

Space, the final frontier…

US specialist, Bon Voyage, is offering for the first time in 2017, peak season family fly-drive holidays in Alabama which include a three-day visit to Space Camp situated at the world’s largest space museum, the US Space and Rocket Centre at Huntsville.

Space Camp is the ultimate aerospace experience for all the family with highlights including simulated astronaut training using equipment adapted from NASA’s astronaut programme, taking part in mission training and operations, briefing on rocket construction, as well as learning about the history of space from some of the most knowledgeable people on the planet.

Accommodation at Space Camp consists of either comfortable dormitory-style accommodation, or a family room at the Marriott Hotel on-site. It is on a full-board basis, with meals served in the Space Camp Crew Galley giving the opportunity to meet with other fellow ‘trainee astronauts’ and Space Camp guides.

This space adventure has been combined into a 12-night fly-drive holiday which also takes in some of Alabama’s and Florida’s incredible beaches – such as Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Pensacola – and ‘must do’s’ such as the Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute and the Aeriel Zipline Adventure Park.

The above holiday in July and August costs from £2095 per adult and £1795 per child (based on two adults and two youngsters sharing).    Prices include return flights from Heathrow, family-size car hire, two nights at Space Camp with all meals (in either category of accommodation as above), 10 nights’ hand-picked accommodation as per the families’ specification/location and a personalised road book with a day-to-day driving itinerary.

Reservations:  Bon Voyage (0800 316 0194,

April 25, 2017

Bargain-priced family camping in France at Spring Bank Holiday…

Camping and mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays, is highlighting a wealth of bargain-priced Spring Bank Holiday getaways in France with prices starting from as little as £144 for a seven-night break.

This price, saving £80, applies to week-long holidays from 27 May in a fully-equipped Espace tent at Camping L’Atlantique at Fouesnant.   This family-friendly campsite is just 450 yards from a sandy beach and offers a wealth of facilities including a water park with indoor and outdoor pools, a wellness centre, tennis, cycle hire and archery.

In the Vendee, a two-week break in a two-bedroom mobile home from 27 May at Camping la Plage at Saint Hilaire-de-Riez now costs £375, a reduction of 178.  The campsite is just 300 yards from a sandy beach and facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a three-lane water slide and water chutes, a multi-sports pitch and boules.

Or, in Picardy, a seven-night stay from 27 May at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont at Berny Riviere is now priced at £565, saving £268.  The campsite is ideally placed for visiting Disneyland Paris (weekly excursions are organised) and facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, 10-pin bowling, cycle hire, canoeing, a sports centre – with archery, a climbing wall and a zip wire – plus a wellness centre and an indoor soft play area.

The above prices are for two adults and up to four children. Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £123 for a return P&O Dover/Calais saver weekend crossing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,

April 25, 2017

May Half Term Activity Holidays: Parents Half Price!

PGL – which is celebrating 60 years of adventure – has cut the cost of a Family Adventure week at May half term.

Parents accepting the PGL challenge are now half price on seven-night family holidays in Wiltshire and Devon, so that a family of two adults and two children can save up to £475.

In Wiltshire, PGL Liddington is a modern campus of 150 landscaped acres with its own lakes for canoeing, woods for orienteering, floodlit sports pitches and indoor activity space.

A week’s holiday starting Saturday 27 May includes simple ensuite accommodation, all meals, five days of activities and family-friendly evening fun.

Activities include mountain biking, archery, fencing and kayaking. A free day for sightseeing (and for parents’ muscles to recover) – perhaps to see the White Horse carved into the hillside at Uffington, or Didcot’s Railway Centre.

At PGL Barton Hall in Devon, there’s an outdoor heated pool and a host of activities including ropes courses, climbing, a zip wire, a trapeze, aeroball, nature trails and other fun.

Torquay’s dry ski slope adjoins the centre, with a special rate of just £10 per person for PGL’s guests. Sightseeing opportunities include Paignton Zoo, Dartmouth Steam Railway, the National Marine Aquarium and of course, the beaches of the English Riviera!

Prices are the same at both centres:

Sharing a family room: adults were £439 but are now half price at £219.50; children five to 18 years pay £349; children two to four years are free but must be looked after at all times by a parent.

Separate rooms for parents and children: adults were £475 but are now half price at £237.50; children five to 18 years pay £389; children two to four years are free but must be looked after at all times by a parent.

Bookings must be made by 5 May, quoting MAY57.


0333 321 2114,





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