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September 21, 2017

Wintersun – Lanzarote-style – in villas with private swimming pools

Vintage Travel, specialists in villas with private pools, is highlighting its collection of villas in Lanzarote, the perfect destination for a wintersun getaway.

Properties on offer – and new for 2017 – include Villa Tara, an elegant villa (sleeping six in three en suite bedrooms) just a short stroll from the exclusive marina of Puerto Calero with its waterside restaurants and smart boutiques. In its enclosed grounds there are open and covered terraces, plus a heated swimming pool.

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An easy 10-minute drive – or water taxi ride – leads to the beaches at the bustling resort of Puerto del Carmen, or a 15-minute journey inland heads to the volcanic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park.  A seven-night wintersun holiday costs from £1106.

Also on offer is Casa Mariola, a stylish property situated in the village of Las Breñas in the picturesque south-western corner of the island.  With a shady pergola for al fresco dining and a roof terrace boasting 360° views of the sea, hills and mountains, this three bedroom, two bathroom house sleeps six and has its own private fenced pool, covered and open terraces and a built-in barbeque.
The villa is just a short stroll from the village’s two restaurants and a seven minute drive from the pretty village of Yaiza and 20 minutes from the unspoilt sandy coves of Papagayo.  A seven-night wintersun holiday is priced from £1006.

Generous discounts apply to both villas for parties of just two people.  Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

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

September 18, 2017

Autumn Canal Breaks: Deals from Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, has a host of short break options – many of them discounted – this autumn.

“With all the comforts of home, including central heating or multi fuel stoves (or sometimes both), modern narrowboats are well equipped for cosy out of season breaks,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Current offers for autumn short breaks include:

Shropshire Union Canal, from Middlewich in Cheshire, board ‘Ash’ for a three-night weekend starting Friday 29 September and pay £788, saving £337. This spacious 65-feet narrowboat has a double cabin and two singles, with a large saloon that offers easy chairs for relaxing, as well as a dining table and chairs for meals. ‘Ash’ has a traditional wood-burning stove in a corner of the saloon, as well as full central heating.

Grand Union Canal, from Foxton in Leicestershire, set off on the ‘Artful Dodger’ on Monday 2 October for four nights, and pay £780, saving £260. The 60-feet narrowboat sleeps two to four people, with a comfortable double cabin and shower/wc at the back of the boat, and a large saloon in the bow. A modest damage waiver charge applies.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal, from Reedley in Lancashire, board ‘Marbled Wren’ on Friday 6 October for three nights, and pay just £576, saving £143. This smart narrowboat is only 47 feet long and perfect for a couple, with a double cabin aft (with TV), and a comfy sofa in the saloon. It’s pet-friendly at no extra charge and there’s even free WiFi.

“Autumn on the canals can be magical,” says Nigel, “with early morning mists rising off the water, plenty of birdlife to spot, quiet towpaths to walk along and canal-side pubs offering good beer, good food and a warm welcome.”

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400

 

Waterwaysholidays.com offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

September 14, 2017

Autumn Canal Breaks: Deals from Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, has a host of short break options – many of them discounted – this autumn.
“With all the comforts of home, including central heating or multi fuel stoves (or sometimes both), modern narrowboats are well equipped for cosy out of season breaks,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Current offers for autumn short breaks include:

Shropshire Union Canal, from Middlewich in Cheshire, board ‘Ash’ for a three-night weekend starting Friday 29 September and pay £788, saving £337. This spacious 65-feet narrowboat has a double cabin and two singles, with a large saloon that offers easy chairs for relaxing, as well as a dining table and chairs for meals. ‘Ash’ has a traditional wood-burning stove in a corner of the saloon, as well as full central heating.

Grand Union Canal, from Foxton in Leicestershire, set off on the ‘Artful Dodger’ on Monday 2 October for four nights, and pay £780, saving £260. The 60-feet narrowboat sleeps two to four people, with a comfortable double cabin and shower/wc at the back of the boat, and a large saloon in the bow. A modest damage waiver charge applies.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal, from Reedley in Lancashire, board ‘Marbled Wren’ on Friday 6 October for three nights, and pay just £576, saving £143. This smart narrowboat is only 47 feet long and perfect for a couple, with a double cabin aft (with TV), and a comfy sofa in the saloon. It’s pet-friendly at no extra charge and there’s even free WiFi.

“Autumn on the canals can be magical,” says Nigel, “with early morning mists rising off the water, plenty of birdlife to spot, quiet towpaths to walk along and canal-side pubs offering good beer, good food and a warm welcome.”

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400

Waterwaysholidays.com offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

September 14, 2017

Affordable Jersey for families at October half-term…

For a spot of affordable family fun on Jersey at October half-term, the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier is highlighting four-night breaks from as little as £219 per adult and just £105 per child (aged between two and 15 years).

The above prices, applicable on a choice of dates over half-term week,  include return Fast Ferry from Poole, transfers and accommodation with breakfast in a family room, plus free use of the hotel’s health club, with an indoor swimming pool and fully-equipped gym.  There is also a games room, a coffee shop, plus a bar and restaurant.

A short stroll leads to the centre of St Helier, along with the beach at Havre des Pas.

Fun activities for families on the island include the Durrell Wildlife Trust, the AquaSplash Park, the Creepy Valley Activity Centre, Jersey Bowl and Kids Zone, plus the aMaizin Adventure Park and Farm.

Flight-inclusive packages from a choice of regional airports are also available at a supplement.

01534 735511, www.themayfairjersey.com

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September 13, 2017

Book Now or Miss Out: Med Villas for 2018

Villa specialist Freelance Holidays has made 90% of its properties ready to book for 2018, citing a bumper 2017 season and highlighting properties that, says managing director Paul Fogg, “will sell out early thanks not only to their size and style but to their location.”

Freelance Holidays is unusual among villa companies in allowing any day arrival at virtually all properties, even in peak season, making it easy for customers to mix and match with low-cost flights to create great value holidays of varying durations, from five nights to 9, 13, 17 … any length of stay!

Paul’s top tips to book early for 2018 include:
On KEFALONIA, Villa Penelope, Villa Odysseus and Villa Anna Maria. They sit together – but orientated away from each other – on a finger of the Liakas peninsula, with footpath access down to a natural level platform for a dip in the Ionian Sea. Each also has – of course – a private pool, and spectacular sea views.  Anna Maria was completed in 2016; but Penelope and Odysseus welcomed their first guests only in May, so that photographs of the finished villas were not available until late on in the booking season.

“Now the pictures do these luxurious properties justice, peak season dates will be snapped up by Christmas,” forecasts Paul. “All three villas sleep up to six in three ensuite bedrooms, making them perfect for families with older children.”

2018 prices (the same for each villa) start at £229 per night, rising to £759 per night in peak season.

On CRETE’S north-west coast, Villa Argiro is also tipped to book early. This tastefully restored village house is comfortable rather than luxurious, but the location ticks all the boxes. Not only is it in the heart of a real community, but it is less than 1km from the pretty resort of Almerida, where two gently-shelving sandy beaches fly a Blue Flag.

“The village square, with a choice of tavernas and a minimarket, are a couple of minutes’ stroll away and Almerida’s superb beaches are little more than 850 metres down the hill,” says Paul.  “Argiro offers outstanding value for families, with a peak week only £2359 for six people, and off-season rental from only £118 per night!”

A recently-added 8m x 5m private pool is the reason Villa Paxaco on MALLORCA will be hugely popular in 2018. With Roman steps for easy access, and a shallow corner section for young children, the property is also all on one level, making it a great family villa. The location – not more than six kilometres from both Pollença Bay and Alcudia’s old town – is also excellent.  2018 rates start at £125 for the whole villa, which sleeps six, rising to £285 in peak season.

In all cases, the price is for the whole villa, and excludes flights and car hire.

 

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


Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

 

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca, Menorca and Zante (aka Zakynthos).
  • 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

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