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January 29, 2018

Expanded Holiday Range from Irish Ferries: save 10%

Irish Ferries’ 2018 range of self-drive holidays are now on sale, with an expanded choice of hand-picked hotels and holiday cottages, and an early booking offer: save 10% on all packages booked by close of play on 28 February.

Newly featured in County Cork is a range of luxurious and contemporary holiday homes on the 220-acre Castlemartyr Estate. The two- and three-bedroom lodges are set in three locations across the grounds:  on the site of the former glass-houses and orchards, in the grounds of the ruined 12th century castle and at the lodge gates.

The estate, which is 20 minutes’ drive from Cork City, has extensive woods, parkland and riverside walks to discover (there’s a leaflet describing the various trails) and also offers (at additional cost) horse-drawn carriage rides, fishing, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting.

The five-star Castlemartyr Hotel is at the heart of the estate, and lodge guests are welcome to use the bar and restaurants and, (chargeable) the Spa and Golf Course.

The Castlemartyr Estate is a great base from which to visit Fota Wildlife Park, Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery, the historic port of Cobh and the beautiful coastline which is no more than 10kms away.

PRICE: A week’s stay, to include return cruise ferry crossings for a car and two adults starts at £559 this year, or £503 if booked by the end of February.  A week’s rental at Easter for a family of four is £671 (or £604 with the early booking offer).

Irish Ferries now offers self-drive, self-catering packages at 26 different locations across Ireland, from County Sligo in the north to County Waterford in the south, and within easy reach of Dublin. Its chosen hotel partners include family-run seaside resorts, city centre hotels and historic castles.

Irish Ferries, 08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com/holidays

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About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • The catamaran Dublin Swift is the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea with a crossing time as short as 1hr 49mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • The largest ship on the Irish Sea is cruise-ferry Ulysses at almost 50,000 tonnes and 12 decks high with superb on-bard facilities: crossing time 3hrs 15mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • Holyhead/Dublin route served by Dublin Swift, Ulysses and ferry Epsilon. Drive times to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route (crossing time 4hrs) 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.

 

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

January 29, 2018

Easter camping and mobile home holidays in France reduced in price…

With Easter fast approaching, Venue Holidays is highlighting camping and mobile holidays at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont at Berny Riviere, a campsite in the heart of picturesque Picardy, offering a wealth of facilities – many all-weather – and ideally placed for visiting Paris, Disneyland Paris and Parc Asterix.

Prices – for up to six people – start at just £147 (saving £70) for a seven-night holiday from 31 March with accommodation in a Safari tent, set on decking for an ‘off the ground’ camping experience.

For those who prefer a mobile home, seven nights from 31 March in a three-bedroom model with covered decking now costs £257, a reduction of £121.

Facilities at this lakeside campsite include an indoor swimming pool with fountains and waterfalls, a wellness centre with a beauty salon, gym, sauna and steam room, 10-pin bowling, cycle hire, tennis and table tennis and an indoor soft play area.  There are also weekly excursions to the capital and Disneyland Paris.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £84 for a return Dover/Calais P&O saver crossing for car and passengers.

01233 629950, www.venueholidays.co.uk

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For further information please contact Andrew Burden at Venue Holidays on 01233 629950.  Release issued by Beacon PR (01572) 748800

January 25, 2018

Savings on Pembrokeshire cottages at February half-term…

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire has announced discounts of up to 20% on a choice of family-friendly cottages at February half-term.

Deals include savings of £108 on seven nights in Norchard, a superb timber framed lodge on the wooded slopes of the Trefloyne Golf Club which is now priced at £632 for seven nights from 10 February.  It sleeps seven in three bedrooms and on the ground floor there is a wrap around verandah and the first floor living room has floor to ceiling gable windows opening onto a balcony with glorious countryside views.  The walled seaside town of Tenby – with its beaches, shops, galleries and restaurants – is less than a mile away and golfers are welcome to bring their clubs to try their hand on this picturesque course

Just 750 metres from East Angle Bay in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is Bangeston Barn, an eco-friendly barn conversion, a ‘green’ but cosy house with lime washed walls, beams and a woodburning stove, plus a state-of-the-art heat exchanger, triple glazing, solar panels and thick insulation.  The ancient woodland of the Angle estate borders the barn, the quaint village of Angle is within an easy walk and Freshwater East – one of the wildest beaches in Pembrokeshire – is just a mile away.  A week from 10 February is now priced at £491, a reduction of £117.

Or, just yards from the sea in Abercastle Bay is Carreg Samson, a cosy cottage with stone walls and open beams sleeping eight in four bedrooms.   French doors lead from the sitting room to an enclosed courtyard and there are superb views from the kitchen and bedrooms of the Bay and islands beyond.  Abercastle, is a great base for exploring the best of Pembrokeshire’s North West coast with ‘must sees’ including the harbour at Porthgain, the turquoise lagoon at Abereiddy and the tiny city of St Davids, with its Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace.   A week’s holiday from 10 February now costs £720, saving £175.

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

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

January 22, 2018

Waterways Holidays expands choice of Classic Boats

Waterways Holidays is adding a beautifully restored wooden cruiser to its line-up of classic boats for 2018, making www.waterwaysholidays.com a one-stop shop for classic boat hire on Britain’s inland waterways.

The company now offers 50 different classic boats for holidays afloat, ranging from the 1897 Broads sailing yacht Zoe to the newly-refurbished Thames motor cruiser Claudette.

Claudette is a 1965-built 30 feet cruiser with a polished mahogany and oak interior, a retracting roof for sunny days and accommodation for two to five people. Following its refurbishment this winter it will be available to hire from the Oxfordshire village of Benson.

Claudette’s vintage charms are being updated to include a reversing camera and bow-thruster technology for easier manoeuvring.  While the boat is easy enough to manage, Waterways Holidays recommends previous experience of Britain’s waterways.

“It is 110 years since The Wind in the Willows was published,” says Nigel Richards, the company’s managing director.

“Kenneth Grahame spent his childhood beside – and often on – the Thames,” says Nigel, “and it is clearly Grahame’s voice as Ratty telling Mole ‘there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’.”

A week’s hire of Claudette this season starts at £870, including initial damage waiver fee, tuition, buoyancy aids and car parking at the base during the holiday.  Just pay for fuel as used.

The diesel-powered boat also has warm air heating, a refitted galley and large shower and wc. A rear cabin has two single beds, which may be turned into a pull-out double and extra single, while the comfortable saloon can accommodate +2 by converting the seating. 21st century features include TV/DVD, DAB Radio/CD player, USB ports and quadrophic speakers.

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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.

 

January 22, 2018

Irish Ferries’ new cruise ferry W.B. Yeats is in the water!

The W.B. Yeats, Irish Ferries’ new cruise ferry which comes into service this summer, reached a key milestone today (Friday 19 January), when the ship was formally named in traditional style, and the completed hull launched into the water.

The ship’s name, W.B. Yeats, was chosen following a competition which attracted almost 100,000 entries.

John McGuckian (chairman), Eamonn Rothwell (chief executive), David Ledwidge (chief financial officer) from parent company Irish Continental Group plc, and Andrew Sheen (Irish Ferries’ managing director) were among those present at the slip launch of the 54,985 tonne vessel at the German shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gessellschaft mbH & Co KG.

The cruise ferry, which will start sailing between Ireland and France this summer, and subsequently serve on the Holyhead/Dublin route, was formally ‘christened’ in a traditional ceremony in which a bottle of champagne was smashed against the hull.

“Seeing W.B. Yeats taking shape like this, and already painted up in Irish Ferries livery, is very exciting,” says Andrew Sheen. “The design and build of this vessel really does herald a new era in ferry travel to and from Ireland.”

The €150million cruise ferry, which will have capacity for up to 1,885 passengers and crew, will be completed over the coming weeks with the addition of impressive facilities such as restaurants, lounges and 435 cabins, including balcony suites. Delivery is scheduled for June.

Earlier this month, Irish Ferries confirmed an order for a second new cruise ferry with the same shipyard. It will be delivered in 2020.

www.irishferries.com

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For video footage and images of the launch, contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk

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