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April 8, 2019

Toddler Friendly Villas from Freelance Holidays

Mediterranean villa specialist Freelance Holidays is highlighting properties ideal for families with tots and pre-school children, with a week’s stay for four from only £863.

A policy of any-day-arrival, and any-length-of-stay (suggested five nights minimum) means families can mix and match daytime flights for civilised travel times, and travel cots and high chairs are provided on request either free or at a negligible charge. Beds are always made up on arrival and towels are provided too, making packing/unpacking easy.

“There are no hard and fast rules about what makes a property child-friendly,” says managing director Paul Fogg. “Every aspect – inside and out – influences our recommendation. We’ve been selecting villas for decades, and as grandparents we understand what is important!”

On Crete, Villa Maragoudi has a small circular pool only 50cm deep next to and separate from the main pool. Both are salt-water (no chlorine) and are close to the house. This is perfect for an extended family with grandparents because two of the four bedrooms are downstairs and two are on the self-contained first floor complete with its own living room and kitchen as well as shower/wc. While there is a wonderful dining terrace with outdoor as well as indoor kitchen, the village of Armeni is no more than 500m away where, as well as a minimarket and taverna, there’s a sweet shop for the children. A seven night stay in June is £1283 in total, for up to eight people.

The pool at the Finca S’Hort Misser in rural Mallorca is set on an upper gated terrace. Corner steps make for easy entry, and the pool is chlorine-free. Olive and citrus trees offer shady spots for afternoon naps. The farmhouse has been renovated to retain many original features and the country-style kitchen is pretty as well as practical. Three bedrooms sleep up to six. A seven night stay in May starts at £1023 for six people, saving £120.

There’s no pool at either of the two Professore Beach Houses on Sardinia, but with a sandy cove 90 metres from the garden gate, that’s no hardship! Built by a local teacher (hence the name) these adjacent properties offer simple but modern accommodation for four (+1 on a sofa bed) in an idyllic setting shaded by pine trees on the edge of the resort of Cala Liberotto. A week’s hire of either Beach House in June starts at just £863.

Flights and car hire excluded. Availability/prices correct at date of issue.

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

March 20, 2019

Pembrokeshire cliff-top ‘Huf Haus’ property with an infinity pool makes its debut

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire continues to expand its portfolio of holiday homes with additions including Kingswood, a stunning ‘Huf Haus’ property with a heated infinity freshwater swimming pool perched above North Cliff in Tenby.

This contemporary property, which sleeps eight people in four bedrooms (one en suite and with a sauna), is set in three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and its floor to ceiling windows maximise the magnificent sea views from virtually every room.  It is airy and spacious with a huge open-plan living area which leads onto paved terraces and there is a second sitting room complete with a piano.   A footpath through woods gives access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and there is a path down to a hidden beach accessible only at low tide.  A seven-night stay in 2019 starts at £1240, increasing to £3990 in peak season.

Also making its debut is Chandler’s Cottage, a carefully restored property in Laugharne set on the estuary of the River Taff and former home of poet Dylan Thomas.  This beautifully furnished cottage sleeps eight in four bedrooms (one en suite) and has terraced gardens with a hot tub.  Shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants – along with the Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse, now a heritage centre – are on the doorstep and a drive of around ten miles leads to the glorious Pendine beach.  A week in 2019 is priced from £800, rising to £1999 in peak season.

Or, with four beaches on the doorstep, is Lower Anchorage, a four-storey house set above the harbour in the seaside town of Tenby.  This spacious property sleeps eight in four bedrooms and its first-floor open-plan living space – with large sash windows and a window seat – enjoys panoramic sea views.  Everything is walking distance – including a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants – and there is also the opportunity to catch a boat from the harbour for a spot of mackerel fishing or to Caldey Island, home to the Cistercian monks.  A seven-night holiday in 2019 starts at £685, increasing to £1990 in peak season.

Reservations:  01437 772760, www.coastalcottages.co.uk

May 2, 2018

May Half Term Waterside Breaks

There’s still time to bag a prime location for May Half Term – a lakeside cottage or lochside glamping pod from watersidebreaks.com which specialises, exclusively, in holiday homes on or close to Britain’s lakes, lochs, rivers and coasts.

For example, literally ON the Norfolk Broads is The River Lodge, a floating holiday home at Horning on the River Bure. The two-bedroom log cabin-style house sleeps four in comfort, has its own boat mooring (with boat hire available nearby), expansive water frontage and is currently available at just £595 for seven nights starting 26 May.

Within the Cotswold Water Park region, one of the New England style lodges on Spring Lake is available for four nights starting Bank Holiday Monday 28 May at £1120. This outstanding timber-clad house sleeps six in three bedrooms, and overlooks Spring Lake where watersports – including waterskiing – are offered. The open-plan living space is light and bright thanks to floor to ceiling glass doors opening onto the furnished sundeck that literally overhangs the lake.

And in Scotland, a cluster of eco-friendly geodomes overlook Loch Tay for a fabulous countryside experience, with three nights starting Monday 28 May just £225 for two adults, with additional children charged at £10 per child per night.  Each dome offers a double bed, with children accommodated on camping mattresses: a real glamping adventure! The private estate offers 140 acres of ‘great outdoors’ running down to the north shore of the loch. Onsite facilities include shower and wc facilities, a bar and restaurant, as well as a host of outdoor activities on and beside the water.

Waterside Breaks, 01252 339020, www.watersidebreaks.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.
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Waterside Breaks spokesman is director Tim Wells: 01252 339020

 

Watersidebreaks.com is the UK’s one-stop-shop website for finding self-catering holiday homes on and beside the water. Lakeside, riverside, seaside, Norfolk Broads, Cotswolds Water Park, fishing lodges, glamping pods and boathouses. Many properties have a private hot tub.

April 30, 2018

Fantastic value at Waterside Cottages in Devon and Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall: it’s all about the beaches, isn’t it? No! says Waterside Breaks, the specialists in waterside holiday homes across the UK.

“There are some magical West Country locations just a few miles from the coasts, where beautiful holiday homes overlook lakes or rivers and offer outstanding value,” says Tim Wells, managing director.

For example:

Stonerush Lakes is a 28 acre estate about six miles inland from both Fowey and Looe. This quiet Cornish valley has three fishing lakes and a small river winding through it, with a collection of stylish and family-friendly lodges well-placed across the landscaped estate.

Each lodge is furnished in contemporary style, typically all on one level, with open-plan living areas opening onto spacious decks; many have a private hot tub.  For example, a Water’s Edge Lodge offers a double and a twin to sleep a family of four, with fabulous open-plan living space and a large lakeside deck. A peak August week is £1559, with pets welcome at a supplement of £25 each.

In Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor National Parks is Indio Lakes. There are about a dozen individual properties set in woodland around two lakes which offer a rural retreat yet are within walking distance of the market town of Bovey Tracey.

For example, Great Combe Lodge has floor to ceiling glazing to the open-plan living area for uninterrupted lake views, a large over-water deck and a private hot tub. Two bedrooms sleep a family of four in style and a week in August costs up to £1495.

And at Lanivet in Cornwall, the A frame lodges at Lakeview offer comfortable Scandinavian style holiday homes on a wonderful 220 acre site near Bodmin. Superb facilities onsite include a heated outdoor pool, gym, two well-stocked coarse fishing lakes, tennis courts, segways and cable wake-boarding. There’s even a waterside Bistro. A week in a two –bedroom lodge sleeping four costs up to £1059 in August.

Waterside Breaks, 01252 339020, www.watersidebreaks.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.
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Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

Waterside Breaks spokesman is director Tim Wells: 01252 339020

 

Watersidebreaks.com is the UK’s one-stop-shop website for finding self-catering holiday homes on and beside the water. Lakeside, riverside, seaside, Norfolk Broads, Cotswolds Water Park, fishing lodges, glamping pods and boathouses. Many properties have a private

March 26, 2018

Fish from your front door: Waterside Holiday Cottages

Britain loves fishing! More than 1.3 million rod licences are taken out each year (source: DEFRA), which is no surprise to Waterside Breaks, who say holiday cottages beside fishing lakes are among their most popular properties.

For example, within the Cotswold Water Park region, the 12 Scandinavian-style Lake Pochard Lodges offer not only match-quality fishing within yards of the holiday homes, but a host of other activities around the park for non-angling family members, from hiking, cycling and water-sports to a man-made beach and floating assault course.

Lake Pochard Lodge anglers can choose from the Specimen Carp Lake, which is for the exclusive use of guests at £10 per person per 24-hour period. A 73-peg Match Lake is also available from 7am to dusk at £5 per person. Carp, tench, bream, roach and rudd are the main stock, with catches of 100lbs+ in a day common. A Tackle Shop within the Waterside Cafe offers both bait and tackle.

The lodges themselves have a cosy feel thanks to the timber, contrasting with contemporary furnishings, smart kitchens and bathrooms. Two and three-bedroom lodges are available and all are wheelchair friendly (as are many fishing pegs).  A three-night weekend this spring starts at £485 for up to four people.

In a sleepy corner of south Devon, five luxurious holiday lodges are set around three spring-fed lakes at South View.  Despite its quiet setting the city of Exeter is three and a half miles away, and both Dartmoor and the coast are within easy reach.

South View lodges low res

South View sits in a wooded valley of six acres, and is a haven for wildlife and anglers alike: Heron Lake is ideal for children and disabled anglers, having flat banks; the one-acre Kingfisher Lake is named for its most colourful resident; the long-established Willow Lake includes an island. Day tickets are £10 per person.

There is no compromise when it comes to the accommodation, with each lodge offering bags of space and stylish contemporary living, plus a private hot tub on the furnished deck. Recognising that there’s more to breaks at South View than fish, the owners also offer chocolate and champagne ‘hampers’, welcome packs, local produce deliveries and home-baked cakes – all at extra charge. One and two-bedroom lodges are available, with prices from £651 for a three-night weekend this spring.

And newly-listed on WatersideBreaks.com is Rural Roosts set half-way between the Lincolnshire Wolds and the cathedral city of Lincoln. Eight pine lodges are built around the lake which is fished only by guests, at no extra charge.

Each lodge is about 20 metres from the water and as well as four-star standards, each lodge also has its own shed for storing guests’ fishing kit, bikes etc. Some also boast a private hot tub on the deck. Three-night weekends start at £471 this spring.

Waterside Breaks, 01252 339020, www.watersidebreaks.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.
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Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

Waterside Breaks spokesman is director Tim Wells: 01252 339020

 

Watersidebreaks.com is the UK’s one-stop-shop website for finding self-catering holiday homes on and beside the water. Lakeside, riverside, seaside, Norfolk Broads, Cotswolds Water Park, fishing lodges, glamping pods and boathouses. Many properties have a private hot tub.

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