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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,

March 20, 2019

Family villas with gated swimming pools…

For families with very young children keen to book a villa with a private swimming pool but need to be safe in the knowledge that inquisitive youngsters are safe at all times, specialist operator, Vintage Travel, is highlighting a selection of properties each with a gated pool.

These include Ses Crestes in Mallorca, a bright, modern villa situated near Portocolom and just a 125 metre walk from two little sandy coves and a simple beach bar/restaurant.  It sleeps six in three bedrooms and, in addition to a private fenced pool in its gardens, it has open and shaded terraces, table tennis, a barbeque and bicycle storage. The main harbour of Portocolom is just two kms away, with its shops, restaurants and highly regarded fish restaurants.  A seven-night holiday in May starts at £776, rising to £2554 in peak season.

In Portugal, Casa dos Fernandos is a 19th century home which sits in grounds of orchards and woodland where a private fenced swimming pool sits alongside a poolside shower, open and covered terraces, table tennis and a badminton net.  This beautiful home – where original features such as pitched wooden ceilings and original stone fireplaces fit seamlessly with up-to-date fittings – sleeps six in three en suite bedrooms.   The village pretty of Pico de Regalados is just one km away, while the larger town of Vila Verde can be reached within a 10-minute drive.  A week’s holiday in May starts at £846, increasing to £1980.

Also enjoying the security of a fenced swimming pool is Casa El Valle in Granada which nestles in the pretty Tijola valley amongst fields of olive groves and with views of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  This picturesque retreat sleeps four in two bedrooms and also boasts a poolside shower, covered and open terraces and a built-in barbeque.  A scenic drive of around three kms leads to the local town of Orgiva – with a range of shops, restaurants and a colourful weekly market – or the Moorish city of Granada can be reached within 55 minutes.  A seven-night holiday in May starts at £598, rising to £1006 in peak season.

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

01954 261431,

March 20, 2019

Discover the ‘Southern Broads’ with Waterways Holidays

Boating holidays specialist Waterways Holidays has added Burgh St Peter on the River Waveney to its start points for boating holidays on the Broads, just in time for Easter.

“The Broads are officially the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, but people tend to focus on the better-known Norfolk rivers,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

“The River Waveney marks the border between the two counties and Burgh St Peter is a superb start point for exploring peaceful waterways, quaint villages and towns and it offers easy access to the beautiful city of Norwich.”

The boats available to hire from Burgh St Peter all feature warm-air heating and ergonomically-designed kitchen and shower/wc facilities. The motor cruisers range from smaller boats ideal for a couple, up to a six-berth 36-feet model.

This Easter, a three-night weekend starting 12 April on Waveney Pisces, a 30-feet cruiser with a double cabin and convertible saloon seating for up to two children, costs £629 in total, offering great value for a young family.

Easter weekend itself starts at £670 for three-nights hire of Waveney Pegasus from Good Friday 19 April. This compact cruiser comfortably sleeps two in a king-sized bed in the bow cabin.

For larger parties, a week’s hire of Waveney Andromeda, which sleeps up to six, is £1496 from 13 April.

In all cases, hire includes collision damage waiver, bed-linen, buoyancy aids, car parking at base, initial tuition and the first tank of fuel. Some boats are pet-friendly at an additional charge.

In a weekend, it’s easy to explore to the pretty Suffolk towns of Beccles and Bungay, cruise north to the medieval city of Norwich, visit beautiful Somerleyton Hall (open from 18 April), or head towards the coast for Oulton Broad, Carlton Marshes nature reserve and charming Lowestoft.  A full week’s hire also allows time to cruise to Breydon Water and beyond to the northern Broads.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,

March 14, 2019

Easter Deals on UK Canals: Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop shop for UK canal holidays, has a raft of savings – up to £569 – on narrowboat hire from a range of start points across the UK.

“Easter marks the start of the busy hire season on Britain’s canals,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and there are some fantastic deals on weekends, midweek breaks and full weeks to suit all school holiday dates”.

With discounts, a week’s hire of a narrowboat starts at under £1000, with Oscar 2 on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal now £850 for seven nights from 13 or 20 April (saving £149), while Snowdrop on the Grand Union Canal is £950 (saving £105) for seven nights from 13 or 20 April and Firefly on the North Oxford Canal is now £995 (saving £320) for a week starting 6, 13 or 20 April.

The boats above sleep up to four and, as with all craft offered by Waterways Holidays, are fully-equipped for self-catering.

The biggest savings are on Princess Class boats based at Bradford upon Avon on the Kennet and Avon Canal, at Chirk in north Wales, in the Peak District and at Acton Bridge in Cheshire. Seven nights hire starting 13 April is now £1330, saving £569 for a four-star narrowboat with flexible accommodation for families of up to six people.

For holidays starting Easter Saturday, offers include Duchess Class boats based at in Worcestershire or the Peak District, with seven nights from 20 April reduced by £279 to £1120.

Prices/availability correct at date of issue. Please refer to individual hire descriptions for details of what is included in the price.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


March 14, 2019

Crete Villas for Easter Celebrations, from £597 for a family of five

Mediterranean villa specialist Freelance Holidays is highlighting villas on Crete just perfect for Easter celebrations – both for UK holiday dates and the Greek Orthodox Easter.

“Late April temperatures in Crete can easily reach 20 degrees,” says managing director Paul Fogg, “and when your villa is only a stroll from the village square it’s easy to meet the locals – and if you’re there over 26-28 April – to join in their Easter celebrations.”

For example, Villa Avra has been reduced for arrivals on or after 20 April, with seven nights starting 20 April now just £597 (down from £793) and a week starting 27 April now £621 (down from £913).

This modern three-bedroom (sleeps five) villa combines contemporary kitchen and shower rooms with the character of exposed stonework. On three levels, there are far-reaching views over olive groves from the pool terrace. It is a five-minute drive to the tiny village of Maza where there’s a taverna on the village square, with more facilities at Vrisses 3kms away and the beach at Georgioupolis only 6kms away.

Other options close to welcoming villages are Villa Maragoudi within 500 metres of Armeni, available for seven nights starting 26 April at £653 (reduced from £811) for this four-bedroom villa sleeping eight. Set behind high garden walls, it is a perfect base from which to join in village events from the torchlit procession to the roast lamb on Easter Day.

A further 300 metres up the hill is the pink-washed Villa Galania, a two-bedroom property with bags of indoor and outdoor space ideal for a small family or a couple. Arrive 22 April for seven nights at £653, saving £210.

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

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705,




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