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May 21, 2018

Flash Sale! 25% off ferry travel to Ireland with Irish Ferries

Stop thinking about going to Ireland and book it this weekend! That’s the cry of Irish Ferries which has a fantastic flash sale on bookings made by midnight on Monday 21 May 2018.

This amazing new offer means 25% off virtually every crossing between the UK and Ireland between 19 May and 18 December 2018.

It applies to any cruise ferry sailing between Holyhead and Dublin, and between Pembroke and Rosslare, and to travel on the new Dublin Swift fastcraft*.

Travel dates include weekends, bank holidays and peak summer periods, making this an un-missable opportunity for families.

“Ireland’s a superb destination, with amazing beaches, magical scenery and a huge choice of accommodation,” says Dermot Merrigan, head of passenger sales.

“When I talk to people about Ireland, the answer is often ‘I must go, one day’, but they haven’t jumped yet. We hope this – which matches the biggest discount we’ve ever offered – will help them make up their minds!”

The 25% discount applies to motorist fares, caravans and motorhomes, as well as motorbikes. On-board accommodation, such as Club Class seats, is included in the deal.

With the offer, a family of two adults and two children under 16 travelling by car in peak season, with reservations in Club Class in both directions, can save up to £162.75.

The lead-in fare for a car and driver now starts at just £59.20 one way, reduced from £79.


Terms and Conditions apply.

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,
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Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

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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
May 16, 2018

Spring Bank Holiday savings of up to £400 with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire has announced savings of up to £400 on a selection of properties at Spring Bank Holiday.

The above reduction applies to week-long stays in Golygfa Mor – an imposing detached property in the seaside village of Tresaith – where seven nights from 26 May now cost £1643.

The property – which offers spacious accommodation for families and friends – sleeps 12 in six bedrooms (four en suite) and most of the rooms enjoy views of the beach and across Cardigan Bay.  There is also a front verandah – plus a wrap-around enclosed patio – to maximise the glorious outlook.  A short walk leads to the beach.

Perched above the magnificent beach of Newgale is Bramble Cottage, where a week’s holiday from 25 May now costs, £995, saving £163.  The property, which sleeps six in three bedrooms, is set down a quiet lane and is surrounded by an enclosed, lawned garden with stunning sea views.  A stroll of around five minutes leads to the beach and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

Or, for couples, The Smithy is a detached, restored stone cottage set on the cliffside above the picturesque harbour village of Abercastle and with the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path on the doorstep.  This quaint cottage – with exposed stonework, beams and slate floors – is now priced at £799 for seven nights from 26 May, a reduction of £138.

Reservations:  01437 772760,


For more press information please contact Matthew Evans on 01437 772760.  Released by Pat Jacobs at Beacon PR (01572) 748800

May 14, 2018

Vintage Travel introduces Villas in Sicily

Villa specialist Vintage Travel has just introduced Sicily to its programme, due to demand for ‘somewhere different’ from regular customers, and better flight capacity to the island.

“Sicily also offers a longer season – from the end of March to early November – being on the same latitude as Marbella and Tunis,” says marketing and sales manager Stephen Ellison

“While we have launched with just three properties that come up to Vintage Travel standards, we will look to increase this, and we can already confirm bookings for 2019,” adds Stephen.

The villas are within 20 minutes’ drive of Cefalu on the north coast. Each has a private pool, and each offers glorious sea views over the sleepy village of Sant’Ambrogio where a sand and pebble beach, a couple of restaurants and small supermarket may be found.

Terzetto is the most unusual property, consisting of three separate cube-like buildings, two clad in dark wood, the third in stone. The three Suites offer an extended family – or three couples – the perfect balance of privacy and sociability. The Suites share the private pool, a fabulous summer kitchen with covered dining area, wood-fired oven, inbuilt barbecue, sink and washing machine, as well as the lawns and terraces that offer distant sea views.

The main Suite has a double bedroom and shower room, and provides the indoor living space including a kitchen and dining room. Suite Two is a double with shower, and Suite Three has two double bedrooms which share a shower room.

Terzetto is priced both for small parties, and for occupancy by five to eight people, with peak summer 2018 prices ranging from £3786 to £4486. 2019 prices start at £2396 for up to four people, and from £3096 for a booking for five to eight people.

The other new Sicily properties are: Il Nido, which sleeps four and effortlessly combines original stone features with contemporary style in a glorious spot five kilometres above Sant’Ambrogio.  Cirasa is a traditional Sicilian farmhouse oozing character from the beamed ceilings to the antique furniture. It sleeps up to eight and offers special rates for smaller parties.

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

01954 261431,


For further information please contact Stephen Ellison on 01954 261431. Release issued by Beacon PR 01572 748800

May 14, 2018

Self-drive Half Term Break in Ireland: £568 total including Ferry

Ireland’s sunny south-east corner is the ideal half term break destination, with five-night stays at Irish Ferries’ holiday cottages costing from just £568 for a family of up to five, including return ferry crossings for car and family.

Counties Wicklow and Wexford are easy to reach by ferry via Dublin or Rosslare, and the crossing time (around three to four hours depending on route) is just right for enjoying onboard facilities like the entertainment centre or the cinema, as well as restaurants and promenade deck.

And during May half term, a five-night break at either Aughrim Holiday Village or Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes costs just £568 including ferry travel.

Aughrim Holiday Village in County Wicklow is an attractive cluster of cottages. The three-storey holiday homes sit in landscaped grounds a short walk from Aughrim village, where there’s a shop and pub, plus a warm welcome at the bar and restaurant within the Lawless Hotel.  The houses offer modern open-play living spaces and three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin, single) to sleep a family of up to five.

Aughrim is a great base from which to visit family-friendly attractions such as Greenan Maze, Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wicklow Gaol. The beautiful beach at Brittas Bay is half an hour’s drive, and another beautiful spot is ancient Glendalough, once a monastic settlement beside a beautiful lake.

Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes are only three kilometres from the popular family resort of Courtown on the Wexford coast. The collection of pet-friendly cottages offer modern family accommodation, each with three bedrooms (two bathrooms) to sleep a family of five. There’s also a children’s play area and tennis court onsite. Nearby attractions include a seal rescue centre and Courtown’s indoor/outdoor adventure centre.

08717 300 400


About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • Irish Ferries offers the most varied and exciting fleet sailing to Ireland: the twin-hullled catamaran Dublin Swift is the biggest high-speed ferry, and the cruise-ferry Ulysses is currently the largest ship on the Irish Sea, being 12 decks high and weighing in at almost 50,000 tonnes and superb on-board facilities.
  • Drive times: to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.


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