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May 16, 2018

Kefalonia: save up to £350 on gorgeous villas in June

June on Kefalonia means sunny days up to 26 degrees*, un-crowded beaches and direct flights from eleven UK airports – and with Freelance Holidays policy of ‘any day arrival, any length of stay’ this is a great opportunity to mix and match cheap flights with flexible villa rental to create a bargain holiday!

 

For example, Villa Penelope on the Liakas peninsula is reduced from £349 per night to £299 per night, saving £50 per night or £350 on a seven-night hire from 14 June.

 

This villa sleeps six (three bedrooms, three shower rooms) and while the interior is as smart and modern as anyone could wish, it is the outdoor living space that packs the biggest punch: virtually 270-degree sea views, with a large private pool surrounded by a furnished sun terrace; a shady pergola on the edge of the bluff, a covered terrace with sofa set and swing seat; a BBQ dining terrace, and a rear balcony with cushioned seating offering a book-lover’s retreat from the sun.

 

The icing on the cake is a footpath from the villa down to a level rock platform beside the Ionian Sea, from which it’s possible to bathe; a more conventional sandy beach is no more than five minutes’ drive away.

 

An hour along the coast Villa Seagull also enjoys a sea-facing spot, and is reduced to £199 per night (for six people), saving £40 per night or £280 on any seven nights between 2 and 20 June. Its proximity to the laid-back family resort of Skala (just over a kilometre away) makes this the perfect villa for those who like to eat out as much as they may enjoy self-catering in the modern kitchen, or barbecuing on the dining terrace.

 

Other discounted villas include Poseidon (sleeping six) and Yianna (sleeping four), both with savings of £140 off seven nights’ rental throughout June.

 

This is a fantastic time to holiday on Kefalonia: fewer families mean more space on fabulous beaches like Myrtos, Skala and Xi. The sights are less busy too: visit Melissani Cave where the sun breaks through the roof to light up a turquoise lake, or watch loggerhead turtles gather around the fishing boats, looking for fishy scraps in Argostoli harbour.

 

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk
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*source: holiday-weather.com

 

Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

 

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca and Menorca.
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members
March 28, 2018

Learn to Cook on Crete in your own Holiday Villa

Freelance Holidays loves everything about Crete, from its fabulous weather to its delicious and healthy food!  And this year, the villa rental company is teaming up with local foodie Jenny Skandalakis, who recently returned to her birthplace to set up Cretan Cooking Classes.

Freelance Holidays’ guests on Crete will be able to spend a morning or afternoon in the kitchen of their ‘own’ villa with Jenny or one of her chefs, learning to create authentic Cretan dishes through hands-on participation.

While Freelance Holidays kitchens are always well-equipped, the chef brings everything needed for the class from ingredients to gadgets, and at the end of four hours guests sit down to enjoy the results of their labours: a five course meal with a glass of local wine!

Jenny’s food philosophy is inspired by her grandmother’s cooking using traditional ingredients from the land, natural flavourings and olive oil: a healthy Mediterranean diet.

Typical dishes covered during the class include Cretan salad with mizythra cheese, Dakos (a barley based appetizer), Tsigariasto which is a meat dish cooked in wine, Cretan mushroom risotto with graviera cheese, and Kalitsounia – Crete’s famous cheese pastry sweetened with local honey!

The cost of the class depends on the number of people taking part, for example, €103 per person for six people occupying a three-bedroom villa such as newly-featured Villa Kamara in Atsipopoulo.

This beautiful three-bedroom villa has a brand new pool and fabulous sea views. The recent renovation contrasts exposed stone and traditional furnishings with a smart kitchen – perfect for that cookery class – and shower rooms. Villa Kamara sleeps six and with all the attractions of lively Rethymnon virtually on the doorstep, this is a great property for two or three couples holidaying together (there is parking for two hire cars), or for a family. Rental starts at £119 per night for the whole villa.

Freelance Holidays’ properties on Crete range from rustic-chic village houses to striking contemporary villas.  Virtually all are offered on an any-day-arrival and any-length-of-stay basis, with rental prices quoted per night.  This unusual flexibility allows guests to mix and match with the least-popular (therefore cheapest) no-frills and charter flights to create holidays ranging from five to 15+ nights. 

01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk


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Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca and Menorca.
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members
March 14, 2018

Crete Hots up in April, with Villa Deals to Match

With temperatures upwards of 20C, over a dozen low-cost flights to choose from every week, and Greek Easter to celebrate on 8 April, Crete promises sunny days and silly prices for April breaks!

Villa specialist Freelance Holidays has discounted rental at selected properties to as little as £79 per night for six people – saving £30 a night – that’s £210 on a week’s stay.

And with its any-day-arrival-any-length of stay approach Freelance Holidays is the perfect partner for booking stays as short as five nights (or as long as you like) to mix and match with travellers’ own flights for bargain April holidays.

For example, in Rethymnon, newly-featured Villa Kamara is reduced to £89 per night – saving £30 per night – throughout April for the whole property: a beautiful three-bedroom villa brand new pool and fabulous sea views. The recent renovation contrasts exposed stone and traditional furnishings with smart kitchen and shower rooms.

Villa Kamara sleeps six and with all the facilities – and traditional Easter celebrations – of Rethymnon on the doorstep, this is a great property for a family or two or three couples holidaying together (there is parking for two hire cars).

Other April discounts include Villa Olivia, a two-bedroom house sleeping four – with private pool – set in peaceful countryside outside the village of Vrisses and only 10 minutes’ drive from the beach at Georgoupolis. This fabulous property is set on one level and is perfect for a young family or two couples. All April rentals are now reduced to £79 per night for the whole property, saving £210 on a week’s stay.

And for couples, the small but perfectly-formed Maro’s Spitaki offers one double bedroom and – a rare thing in a couple’s property – a large private pool. No more than 15 minutes by car from the Venetian port at Chania, set among citrus groves, this idyllic retreat is £105 per night throughout April.

01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk


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Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca, Menorca and Zante (aka Zakynthos).
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members
February 2, 2018

Chic Sicily: New for 2018 from Freelance Holidays

Among several newly-featured Sicily properties added by Freelance Holidays are a chic apartment in baroque Catania, bright beachside villas and a modernist cowshed.

Villa Hybla is the modernist cowshed: a recently-built single storey villa imitating an agricultural building with its plain exterior and a terracotta tiled roof. Surrounded by fields, with no neighbours, this is a sophisticated and private retreat 20 minutes from the coast at Punta Secca (where TV’s Inspector Montalbano is filmed) and the same distance from the baroque town of Ragusa.

Three ensuite bedrooms (two doubles, one zip’n’link twin) make Villa Hybla perfect for friends or family holidays.  Strong lines define the villa’s style from the 14 by five metre pool (salt filtered, rather than chlorinated) to the dining terrace and architectural planting in the gardens. The only curves at Villa Hybla are the beautiful barrel ceilings.

A week’s rental of this fabulous property starts at £1428, rising to £2716 in August.  It is a superb base for sightseeing in southern Sicily, from the cave dwellings of Ispica to the beautiful Vendicari Nature Reserve and the baroque towns of Ragusa, Noto and Syracuse.

The historic city of Catania makes for a rewarding break at any time of year and Penthouse Duomo takes its name from the cathedral which dominates the view from its large terraces, which overlook the ‘elephant’ fountain in the Piazza del Duomo below, while – only 40kms to the north – Mount Etna can also be admired.

The apartment is laid out over the third and fourth floors (there’s a lift) of an old building and provides truly luxurious accommodation, with elegant living spaces and two double bedrooms. Available to rent for short breaks or longer stays, prices start at £357 per night.

Set next door to each other in the quiet resort of San Lorenzo are Villa Timo and Villa Rosmarino where new plunge pools added this winter will complete the owner’s stylish makeover of these beachside pads.  Bright pops of colour and thoughtful accessories such as  mirrors and bedside lamps make these comfortable, as well as stylish homes. The fabulous sandy beach is just the other side of the low wall that bounds the properties. Each offers two double bedrooms to sleep two couples, and each costs from £1715 to rent for a week, rising to £3997 in high season.

In all cases, the price is for the property, and excludes flights and car hire.

 

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

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Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca and Menorca.
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members
January 1, 2018

BITE SIZED BULLETIN – A reminder of what’s new for 2018 from Beacon PR Clients

  1. Camping le Clarys Plage making its debut with Venue Holidays
  2. More new cottages from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire
  3. New properties with private pools for Vintage Travel
  4. Family multi-activity packages in Croatia with Zenith Holidays
  5. New villas extend Crete range of holiday homes from Freelance Holidays
  6. Three new holidays from sociable singles specialist Friendship Travel
  7. Irish Ferries new super-ferry to sail between UK/Ireland from September
  8. New Suffolk adventure centre for family holidays with PGL

 

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  1. Venue Holidays, has expanded its choice of campsites in The Vendee, with Camping le Clarys Plage making its debut in 2018. The campsite – situated four miles of St Jean de Monts – is the perfect location for a family-friendly holiday with its many facilities including a spectacular swimming pool complex with a lazy river, water slides and numerous fountains, plus a 10-metre high ‘Space Boa’ water slide. A stroll of around 400 yards leads to the nearest sandy beach.  A seven-night holiday in a two-bedroom mobile home with decking in May is priced from£200, increasing to £1020 in peak season. Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue on request and cost from £84 for a return Dover/Calais P&O saver crossing for car and passengers.  01233 629950, www.venueholidays.co.uk

    2.         On offer from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire for the first time in 2018 is  Bentonville, a newly-built detached holiday home perched above the beach at Freshwater East and with its own hot tub and swim spa. This contemporary property – with natural slate floors, stainless steel and glass fittings and bi-fold doors opening onto a decked balcony – sleeps 10 in five bedrooms (two en suite) and is ideally positioned to take in the magnificent sea views.  A seven-night holiday in 2018 starts at £1040 increasing to £3355 in peak season.  Other new properties include The Cottage, a listed period thatched property (sleeping seven) built in 1920 in the seaside village of Saundersfoot. 01437 772760, www.coastalcottages.co.uk

    3.         Villa specialist, Vintage Travel, has expanded its portfolio of properties with private pools.  Additions include Quinta dos Castanheiros, a magnificent villa in the Minho, Portugal,  set in 10 acres of private woodland and sleeping 10 in five en suite bedrooms. The villa is situated outside the hamlet of Rebordoes, three kms from Ponte de Lima.  Its considerable extension has created an elegant home with two sitting rooms, a superb dining room, a beautifully equipped kitchen and a games room. It is an idyllic private retreat and in the grounds there is a large, private swimming pool and open and covered terraces.  A seven-night holiday in 2018 starts at £1998, increasing to £2950 in peak season.  Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage on request.  01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

    4.         Zenith Holidays is featuring its multi-activity family holidays in Croatia in 2018 offering rafting, hiking, swimming and cycling along the Mreznica River, through the Plitvice Lakes National Park and to the Una River in Bosnia.  This seven-night holiday – on offer between June and September – is based at the Hotel Zeleni Kut, a family-run hotel on the banks of the Mreznica.  Peak season prices are from £685 per person based on two adults and two children over 12 years of age in two rooms on a half-board basis. Also included are airport transfers, five days of activities, use of bicycles, kayaks, canoes, rafts, paddles, life jackets and helmets, plus ground transportation and the services of an English speaking guide.  Flights are not included in the package.  0203 137 7678, www.zenithholidays.co.uk

    5.         Villa specialist Freelance Holidays has expanded its choice of holiday homes on Crete to more than 60 for 2018, adding characterful villas with private pools in Stylos, Rethymnon and Plaka.  For example, newly-renovated Villa Vangelis offers outstanding value for a couple, with an additional twin to sleep four if wished. Stone-built, it balances rugged character with modern facilities in a standalone spot with far-reaching views. A week’s rental starts at just £693, making this two-bedroom property more than good value even for a couple! Freelance Holidays allows any-day-arrival at virtually all properties, even in peak season, making it easy to mix and match low-cost flights to create holidays of any length of stay. Price excludes flights and car hire. 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

  1. Sociable singles holidays specialist Friendship Travel has three new holidays for summer 2018. It is one of the first UK companies to feature newly-renovated Sea Breeze Beach House in Barbados and its first Hosted holiday there takes off on 24 February, with eight, 11 and 15-night holidays available, from £2995. In Portugal, the company has added the coastal town of Olhao in the Ria Formosa National Park. The seven-night holidays offer 5-star luxury and value with excursions on four days included and prices from £1135. The third new holiday is an exclusive charter of a traditional gulet to sail around the Ionian Sea from its home port of Zante. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, kayak and snorkel, as well as explore picturesque ports and tiny islands. Prices start at £1295. 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com
  1. Irish Ferries’ new €144 million cruise ferry W.B. Yeats will start to sail between the UK and Ireland in September 2018. Currently being built in Germany, it is expected to weigh in at 55,000 tonnes, making it the largest to operate on the Irish Sea. Fabulous facilities will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, à la carte and self-service restaurants, a cinema, a shopping mall, a choice of bars and lounges and an outside promenade deck. There will also be 441 cabins, including luxury suites with their own private balconies. Before going into service on the Holyhead to Dublin route, W.B. Yeats will add much-needed high season capacity between Ireland and France. www.irishferries.com
  1. PGL will open Bawdsey Manor on the Suffolk Heritage Coast in 2018 offering Family Adventure holidays. The impressive 144-acre estate at the mouth of the River Deben includes a private beach and the gabled 19th century house is Grade II* Listed. After a transformation programme this winter, Bawdsey Manor will offer activities such as archery, abseiling, canoeing, climbing, fencing, rifle-shooting, a giant swing and zip wire, Jacob’s ladder, a high-flying trapeze plus orienteering and beach safaris. For families with children as young as five, PGL will offer seven, four and two-night multi-activity holidays and breaks. A seven-night holiday starts from £489 per adult/£409 per child. Prices include accommodation, all meals, activities, equipment, instruction, supervision and evening fun. 0333 321 2114, www.pgl.co.uk/families

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