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November 13, 2018

New and unique, Cube-shaped villa with a private pool on Sicily…

Vintage Travel has expanded its portfolio of villas with private pools in Sicily for 2019 following its successful introduction in 2018.

Making its debut is Terzetto, a stylish and most unusual villa (sleeping eight) enjoying spectacular sea views above the village of Sant’Ambrogio.  Architect designed, it is a trio of cubes, one of stone and two clad in dark wood, a combination that contrasts with its natural surroundings.  The layout particularly suits groups of friends or families with older children as it allows a degree of independence and privacy.

The Main Suite houses the kitchen/living area, plus a bedroom and bathroom, Suite Two (a few steps across the lawn) contains a double bedroom and shower room, while Suite Three has two bedrooms with a shared shower room.   In its gardens there is a private swimming pool, terraces and a summer kitchen with a covered dining area (wood oven, built-in barbeque and a sink).  Head downhill to the village and beach of Sant’Ambrogio (three kms) or to Cefalu (nine kms) with its medieval centre.  A seven-night holiday in 2019 starts at £2930, rising to £4934 in peak season.

Il Nido is a stunning coastal retreat, situated on the hillside between Cefalu and Sant’Ambrogio, carefully designed to take advantage of the uninterrupted sea views from every corner, be it in the pool, on the deck, in the garden or lying in bed!  It sleeps four in two bedrooms (plus two bathrooms) and large picture windows and patio doors from the open-plan living area wrap around the villa blurring the line between indoor and out.

In its gardens there is a private infinity-edged swimming pool, covered and decked terraces, plus an outdoor kitchen, rustic in style (a cobbled floor, roof pantiles and beams) but with a variety of cooking facilities including a hob, barbeque and wood oven.  The sleepy village of Sant’Ambrogio is home to a supermarket and a couple of restaurants, plus a quiet beach.  Palermo can be reached by a drive of around one hour and 20 minutes.   A seven-night holiday in 2019 starts at £1998, rising to £3398 in peak season.

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

01954 261431,

November 13, 2018

Save up to 25% on 2019 Canal Holidays: Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays has put 2019 canal holidays on sale with a variety of Early Booking Offers saving up to £549 on a family holiday next summer.

As an example, for bookings made by 30 November, a week’s hire of Duck Class narrowboats at locations around the UK are discounted by 25% for July and August holidays, and by 20% for all other dates.

As an example, ‘Tufted Duck’ is a beautiful boat based at Reedly in Lancashire, sleeping four to six people. A week in the Easter holidays starting 12 April costs £1120, saving £279, with a peak August week reduced to £1650, saving £549.

Flexible double/singe berths make ‘Tufted Duck’ an ideal boat for families and the modern fit-out includes two shower/wcs as well as a smart galley kitchen and good-sized ‘saloon’ or living area. The hire price includes bed linen and towels, damage waiver fee, car parking at base, loan of buoyancy aids and initial tuition. Take a pet for free and pay for fuel as used. Based on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, cruising routes include Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales in one direction, or through Lancashire to Wigan.

Other current Early Booking Offers include 20% off all hire – both full week and short breaks when booked by 31 December – of Raki Raki, a 69-feet long boat based at Poynton in Cheshire. Perfect for large parties or even two families, she has three permanent cabins to sleep eight, with +2 on convertible seating. An Easter holiday break starting 12 April 2019 is reduced to £1408, saving £352, and a peak August week is reduced to £1891, saving £472. Raki Raki hire is fully-inclusive.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


November 13, 2018

Christmas and New Year savings from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire has announced savings on Christmas and New Year holidays at selected properties in stunning seaside locations.

These include, for example, Bangeston Barn, a superb conversion just 750 metres from East Angle Bay in the Pembrokeshire National Park.  This quality, eco-friendly cottage sleeps six in three bedrooms and is packed with character and style including lime washed walls, oak beams and a woodburning stove.  It enjoys a quiet and peaceful location and the ancient woodland neighbouring the barn is a haven for wildlife and birds.  A week’s holiday from 21 December is now priced at £694 (saving £167) or seven nights from 28 December now costs £859 (a reduction of £209).

Prices at Little Folly and Lower Folly – two cottages which can be let individually or booked together for larger groups – have also been reduced.

Lower Folly is a spacious detached farmhouse set down a country lane with stunning views over St Brides Bay.  It sleeps eight in four bedrooms (two en suite) and has an open-plan living area with a double-sided woodburner and bi-fold doors which open-up onto the terrace with sea views.   There is also an additional sitting room with beams and exposed stone walls.  A 10-minute stroll leads to the beach at Nolton Haven and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.  A seven-night holiday from 21 December is now priced at £1223 (saving £132) or a week from 28 December now costs £1381 (a reduction of £150).

Alongside Lower Folly sits Little Folly, a detached single-storey stone cottage sleeping four.  It is packed with character – a vaulted ceiling, A-frame beams, exposed stonework and a woodburning stove – and like its neighbouring property enjoys stunning sea views.  A week-long holiday from 21 December is now priced at £583 (saving £62) or seven nights from 28 December now cost £691 (a reduction of £74).

Reservations:  01437 772760,

October 30, 2018

Christmas shopping, Jersey-style…

Short break packages in Jersey during the run-up to Christmas – an ideal opportunity to soak in the island’s festive cheer at the Simply Christmas markets in St Helier’s Royal Square – are being featured at the Mayfair Hotel.

Showcasing over 40 of Jersey’s finest artisans, Simply Christmas – taking place between 6-9 December plus 13-16 December – is a labyrinth of stalls oozing with festive magic, beautiful gifts and tasty treats. With hot food and live music, it’s the perfect place to buy unique gifts directly from the artisans who have created and produced them.

Other shopping opportunities in St Helier range from small specialist shops to large department stores such as Voisins and de Gruchy, a Victorian indoor market and duty-free shopping at the airport for spirits and liqueurs, perfumes, make-up and seasonal gifts.

Twin share prices for a three-night break in the run-up to Christmas start at just £249 per person inclusive of return Gatwick or Liverpool flights, return transfers and accommodation with breakfast.  Guests also enjoy complimentary use of the hotel’s indoor swimming pool and fully-equipped gym.

Flights are also available from other regional airports, supplements may apply.

01534 735511,

October 30, 2018

Christmas offers on catered French chalets…

For a fun Christmas on the slopes – and at a bargain price too – ski and snowboard specialist, Zenith Holidays, is highlighting savings of up to 25% on a choice of catered chalets in France this Christmas.

For example, at Chalet Pregentil in the lively resort of Alpe d’Huez, a week from 22 December now costs £560 per person.  This twin share price includes airport transfers and chalet-board accommodation comprising of buffet breakfasts with hot options, afternoon tea and three-course evening meals with wine on five evenings.

This traditional and friendly alpine chalet enjoys an ideal location for the busy nightlife of Alpe d’Huez and for ski access the nearby Telecentre ski lift leads directly to the foot of the main lifts and ski school meeting point.

In Montgenevre in the heart of the French Alps on the Italian border, seven nights from 22 December at Chalet Clautre is now priced at £505, a reduction of 20%.  This twin share price includes airport transfers and chalet-board accommodation, as above.

This small and intimate property has six bedrooms and has an open-plan living area with a woodburning stove, plus a ski/boot room with a heated boot rack.  It is located next to the Chalmettes lift and is only a short walk from the centre of resort.

As a bonus, the company is highlighting its Christmas lift pass offer; book a six-day lift pass for £246 per person, and get a second for just £50.

Zenith can also organise lift passes, tuition and equipment hire and is happy to advise on flight options.

0203 137 7678,




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