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March 28, 2018

Learn to Cook on Crete in your own Holiday Villa

Freelance Holidays loves everything about Crete, from its fabulous weather to its delicious and healthy food!  And this year, the villa rental company is teaming up with local foodie Jenny Skandalakis, who recently returned to her birthplace to set up Cretan Cooking Classes.

Freelance Holidays’ guests on Crete will be able to spend a morning or afternoon in the kitchen of their ‘own’ villa with Jenny or one of her chefs, learning to create authentic Cretan dishes through hands-on participation.

While Freelance Holidays kitchens are always well-equipped, the chef brings everything needed for the class from ingredients to gadgets, and at the end of four hours guests sit down to enjoy the results of their labours: a five course meal with a glass of local wine!

Jenny’s food philosophy is inspired by her grandmother’s cooking using traditional ingredients from the land, natural flavourings and olive oil: a healthy Mediterranean diet.

Typical dishes covered during the class include Cretan salad with mizythra cheese, Dakos (a barley based appetizer), Tsigariasto which is a meat dish cooked in wine, Cretan mushroom risotto with graviera cheese, and Kalitsounia – Crete’s famous cheese pastry sweetened with local honey!

The cost of the class depends on the number of people taking part, for example, €103 per person for six people occupying a three-bedroom villa such as newly-featured Villa Kamara in Atsipopoulo.

This beautiful three-bedroom villa has a brand new pool and fabulous sea views. The recent renovation contrasts exposed stone and traditional furnishings with a smart kitchen – perfect for that cookery class – and shower rooms. Villa Kamara sleeps six and with all the attractions of lively Rethymnon virtually on the doorstep, this is a great property for two or three couples holidaying together (there is parking for two hire cars), or for a family. Rental starts at £119 per night for the whole villa.

Freelance Holidays’ properties on Crete range from rustic-chic village houses to striking contemporary villas.  Virtually all are offered on an any-day-arrival and any-length-of-stay basis, with rental prices quoted per night.  This unusual flexibility allows guests to mix and match with the least-popular (therefore cheapest) no-frills and charter flights to create holidays ranging from five to 15+ nights. 

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
March 28, 2018

New Narrowboats to Hire through Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop-online-shop for booking holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, will be offering as many as 12 brand-new boats for summer 2018, with the first completed boat launching in time for Easter.

Lily is a 66-feet long narrowboat that combines modern comforts with heritage features. She is based at Trevor on the beautiful Llangollen Canal in north Wales, and sleeps four people.

The exterior features traditional paintwork, portholes as well as modern windows, hatches next to the dining table for ‘open air’ eating and a traditional ‘cratch’ (removable awning) over the fore deck for a sheltered seating area.

Inside, two shower rooms and two wcs mean the two sleeping areas are virtually ensuite (there’s a fixed double bed and another cabin area which may be used either as a double or two singles). Radiators provide central heating and a cosy solid fuel stove adds a focal point in the saloon.

LED ceiling lights make it bright, but Victorian-style wall-lights add atmosphere. The galley kitchen features a Belfast sink and Victorian style taps, but also boasts a modern gas hob, oven and grill, fridge, microwave and everything needed to self-cater. Other features include WiFi and flat-screen TV/DVD.

Lily is pet-friendly, with the first one free of charge, and a second welcome at a small supplement. Bedding, linen, towels and buoyancy aids are all included in the hire price, as is car parking while you cruise and initial tuition.

Budget for a £50 damage waiver fee (to cover accidental damage to the boat) to hire charges that start from £740 for a three night break, and from £1060 for a week. Pay for fuel as used.

From her base at Trevor guests can explore the Vale of Llangollen on a cruise that could include the famous ‘stream in the sky’ otherwise known as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

01252 339023,

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

March 28, 2018

Free nights in the South of France with Venue Holidays

Free night deals at a choice of campsites in the South of France in April and May – where visitors can enjoy early season sunshine, quiet beaches and bargain prices – are being featured by camping and mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays.

For example, at Camping Domaine de la Yole at Valras Plage in Languedoc guests can enjoy 14-nights-for-the-price-of-10 (worth £148) which means, for example, a two-week stay from 5 May in a Safari tent (set on decking for an off-the-ground camping experience) now costs £370.  The same holiday, but staying in a three bedroom mobile home with air-con and decking, is priced at £500 including four free nights (worth £200.)

The campsite, part of a wine estate, is situated 950 yards from a glorious sandy beach and offers a range of facilities such as a swimming pool complex with indoor and outdoor pools, slides and chutes, plus a wellness centre, cycle hire, trampolines and a multi-sports pitch.

At Camping Village le Brasilia at Canet Plage in Roussillon, visitors can enjoy 14-nights-for-the-price-of-11 (worth £99) meaning, for example, a two-week holiday from 14 April in a two-bedroom mobile home with air-con and decking is now priced at £398.

The campsite enjoys direct access to a sandy beach and offers a range of facilities including a heated water park, tennis, cycle hire, a multi-sports pitch and archery.

The above prices are for up to six people and 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,


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

March 28, 2018

Last-minute Easter reductions from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

With the final countdown to Easter well on its way, Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is offering huge reductions on a selection of properties, ideal for a family-friendly getaway.

Deals include savings of £177 on week-long stays in Grove Cottage, where a seven-night holiday from 31 March is now priced at £734.  This spacious property, one of three holiday homes set in two acres of terraced and landscaped grounds above the tranquil seaside town of Llansteffan, sleeps seven in three bedrooms (one en suite) and has a spacious sitting room with an inglenook fireplace and a woodburning stove.  The outside flagged terrace enjoys views across the village and out to sea.

Near the pretty seaside village of Little Haven is Gamekeeper’s Cottage, one of a small group of stone farm buildings beautifully restored and sharing a hot tub, a games room, a Scandinavian-style barbeque cabin and a 10 ft trampoline.  The property, set in open countryside but a short drive from a number of spectacular beaches, sleeps six in three bedrooms (one en suite).  A week’s holiday from 31 March is now priced at £522, a reduction of £123.

Or, in the pretty village of Mathry and just two miles from Abercastle and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, is Afallon, a snug and cosy property cottage sleeping four in two bedrooms and with a sitting room with a woodburning stove.  Star gazing opportunities are endless – the cottage is located in a designated dark sky area with no light pollution – and the area is criss-crossed with footpaths and trails making it ideal for keen walkers and cyclists.  A seven-night holiday from 31 March now costs £416, saving £104.

Reservations:  01437 772760,


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

March 28, 2018

More villas with private pools in Tuscany with Vintage Travel…

Villa specialist, Vintage Travel, has expanded its collection of properties in Tuscany with II Mulino – an impressive stone mill dating back to the 18th century – making its debut

This carefully restored and welcoming home sleeps six in three en suite bedrooms and nestles in a hidden valley north of Lucca.  It is surrounded by woodland bordered by a babbling brook and in its grounds of terraced gardens and lawns there is a private swimming pool and a covered dining terrace.

A five-minute drive – or a 20-minute walk – leads to the bustling village of Fornoli with its bakery, banks, bars and couple of restaurants. There is a station in the village with regular trains to Lucca (30 minutes), Pisa (60 minutes) and Florence (approximately two hours). A seven-night holiday in June and early July costs from £2650, rising to £2688 in peak season.

Or, Casa Leopolda is a smart, contemporary villa situated in a small hamlet with views of the stunning Tuscan towns of Cortona and Castiglion Fiorentino.   It sleeps eight in four bedrooms (two en suite) and in its large lawned garden there is a private fenced swimming pool, a covered dining terrace and a barbeque.  Nearby is the village of Fratta (3.5 kms) with several restaurants and slightly further afield (11 kms)  is the elegant town of Cortona.  A seven-night holiday in May costs from £2786, rising to £4292 in peak season.

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




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