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August 17, 2017

Free nights – plus countryside festivals – on Jersey this autumn…

Head for Jersey this autumn and not only enjoy four-nights-for-the-price-of three at the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier, but take the opportunity to experience some of the island’s finest countryside festivals.

This special free night offer applies to arrivals between 23 September and 31 October and means a four-night flight-inclusive stay now costs from as little as £285 per person.  This twin share price includes return flights from Gatwick, Liverpool, Southend or Luton, transfers and accommodation with breakfast.

Hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool and a fully-equipped gym, plus a bar, restaurant and coffee shop.

Festivals include the Autumn Fair at the Royal Jersey Showground – taking place on 7 and 8 October – where visitors can enjoy all the fun of the countryside with cattle shows, fruit, flower and vegetable displays, poultry shows, plus lots of local stalls and delicious refreshments.

Or, for those keen to learn about the art of making cider, the annual La Fais’sie d’Cidre festival – also taking place on 7 and 8 October – celebrates Jersey’s rich heritage of growing apples and making cider.  The highlight is how traditional cider is made, but there’s also live music, activities for children, dancing, food stalls, plus arts and crafts.

01534 735511, www.themayfairjersey.com

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September 19, 2016

24-hours in Dublin: £180 with Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries is highlighting its 24-hour Motorist Minicruise fares – a perfect short break for people within easy reach of Holyhead – which includes those living in Manchester, Liverpool and The Wirral, as well as North Wales.

£180 is the fare this autumn for a car and two adults travelling together to Ireland and returning within 24 hours, if booked at least seven days in advance.

The fare is valid on four departures a day from Holyhead, seven days a week until 16 December, and applies when travellers head back to the UK on the first scheduled sailing 24 hours after disembarking in Ireland.

An Irish Ferries Motorist Minicruise could look like this:

Saturday morning       Sail on the Dublin Swift at 11.50 hours. (Latest check-in time 30 minutes before departure.) The Dublin Swift is the fastest vessel on the Irish Sea and berths in Dublin Port just 1 hour 49 minutes after departure, at 13.39 hours. There’s just time for lunch on board in Boylan’s Brasserie.

Saturday afternoon     Explore Dublin! It is possible to pre-book city centre car parking (eg Q-Park’s seven locations). Dublin’s newest visitor attractions are EPIC Ireland and GPO Witness History; classic sights include Trinity College and the Dublin Writers’ Museum.

Saturday evening        Enjoy Dublin’s peerless nightlife: Temple Bar is the famous area, but authentic pubs and live music can be found across the city. Accommodation is not included: travellers need to book a hotel (which may be done through Irish Ferries) or stay with family/friends.

Sunday morning          It’s a short drive to the fashionable seaside suburb of Howth. Enjoy a cliff-top walk, browse the street Market and have an early lunch at one of the good seafood restaurants here.

Sunday afternoon        It is 30-40 minutes’ drive to Dublin Port, so leave Howth in time for the Dublin Swift’s 14.30 hours sailing back to the UK.

Disembark in Holyhead at 16.30 hours and drive home.

The Motorist Minicruise fare of £180 return (for car and two adults) must be booked at least seven days in advance by phone on 08717 300 400.

Book less than seven days ahead and a supplement applies. Terms and Conditions apply.

See www.irishferries.com for information.

 

May 5, 2016

The best of both worlds from Bon Voyage

For those who fancy a cruise but don’t want to spend their entire Stateside holiday on board a ship,  Bon Voyage, is featuring US land and cruise packages, enabling visitors to combine their chosen US destination/area  with the luxury of a few days on board a luxury NCL Cruise Line vessel.

NCL offer a choice of beautiful ships, multi-duration sailings and fascinating itineraries and, because they sail from a wide choice of destinations – including Vancouver, Orlando, Miami, Los Angeles and New Orleans – a wealth of land and short cruise options are available.

These include, for example, Bon Voyage’s Miami Sun and Sail, a seven-night itinerary which combines two nights at the impressive Biltmore Hotel at Coral Gables in Miami with a three-night NCL Bahamas cruise on board the Norwegian Sky in an ocean view cabin.  The final two nights are spent at the Loews Beach Resort in the heart of South Beach.  Flight inclusive prices start from £1495 per person.

Or for those who fancy combining the California coast with a Mexican Riviera cruise, Bon Voyage is highlighting a nine-night holiday beginning with two nights in San Francisco followed by a three-day drive along the magnificent Pacific Coastal Highway staying in four-star beachside hotels.  On arrival in Los Angeles, it’s time to climb on board the Norwegian Jewel for five nights in a private balcony cabin exploring the waters around Mexico.  Flight inclusive prices, including car hire, start at £1995 per person.

The above prices are based on two people sharing and include return flights from Heathrow, car hire where applicable, room-only hotels and all meals – with the NCL Freestyle dining option – on board ship.

0800 316 0194 – www.bon-voyage.co.uk

April 6, 2016

Shakespeare 400 makes Stratford a top holiday choice

April 23 – 400 years after Shakespeare’s death in 1616 – is just the start of Stratford-upon-Avon’s anniversary celebrations, making it one of Sykes Cottages most popular UK towns this year.

The holiday cottage agency now has 30 properties in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. Town-centre cottages are booked for THE weekend, but there is still availability in the hamlet of Clifford Chambers, just three miles from Stratford, with three nights from 22 April from £699.

With so many Shakespeare 400 projects and events planned, there are plenty of reasons to visit Stratford later in the season, including:

  • The opening of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall later this month.
  • The re-imagining of New Place (where he lived at the time of his death) which re-opens later in the summer.
  • The June launch of the Swan Theatre’s new exhibition.
  • A season of RSC performances including Hamlet, King Lear and The Tempest.

Sykes Cottages’ Stratford properties include smart terraced cottages such as Globe House and modern apartments in Bancroft Place, within a couple of minutes’ walk of the town centre.

To dip a toe into Shakespeare’s time, stay at Bluebell Cottage in Shottery, just a mile or so out of the town centre. This black-and-white cottage with thatched roof, exposed beams and inglenook fireplace is a miniature version of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage nearby, where the young Shakespeare courted his future wife. Now updated to Sykes Cottages’ four-tick standards, it sleeps two in a double bed tucked under the eaves and a week’s rental this Spring starts at £448.

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01244 352300, www.SykesCottages.co.uk

March 2, 2016

A Perfect Cumbrian Cottage for Beatrix Potter fans

The Royal Mint just announced commemorative coins to mark Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary. And Cumbrian Cottages is highlighting Easter as the perfect time to discover Peter Rabbit – and friends – in the fells and Lakeland that Beatrix Potter loved.

Her farm, Hill Top, is run by the National Trust and is always busy during holiday times. Those who fancy their own farmhouse holiday nearby will find Wilfin Beck Cottage ticks all the boxes.

It is a Grade II listed, white-washed house just a mile-and-a-half down the lane from Hill Top, with views over lake Windermere and bags of traditional character such as stone-flagged and polished wood floors, an open fire, not to mention a cast-iron range (for show only) and three-quarters of an acre of gardens with a stream running through them.

Being on the west shore of Windermere, Wilfin Beck Cottage enjoys a peaceful location, yet with easy access to the shore and Ferry House Pier to catch the ferry to Bowness, where The World of Beatrix Potter attraction holds its own celebration of Beatrix Potter and her enchanting animal characters.

Currently available for seven nights’ rental starting 26 March at £1086 and 2 April at £1059, Wilfin Beck Cottage comfortably sleeps six people in three charming bedrooms (window-seats give views over the lake), plus a travel cot and high chair, bike store, WiFi and four-star facilities making it ideal for a family this Easter.

Wilfin Beck Cottage is just one of hundreds of Lake District holiday homes available to book through Cumbrian Cottages.

01228 599960, www.cumbrian-cottages.co.uk

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Editor’s Notes

Cottage availability and price correct at time of issue.

Hill Top: nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top Open daily, Family ticket admission £25

The World of Beatrix Potter: hop-skip-jump.com/ Open daily, Family ticket admission £20

Cottage pictures available from Jane Williams at Beacon PR, 01572 748 800

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