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August 8, 2018

Bank Holiday bargains from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire…

Bag a bargain-priced August Bank Holiday break before the start of the new school term, is the invitation from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire.

Properties on offer include Nethercote, a specious detached house – sleeping 10 in five bedrooms (two en suite) – set above the beautiful sandy beach of Freshwater East.  Bi-folding doors at the back of the living space open onto a large balcony and the property also has a games room to keep the children entertained.  In the grounds there is a hot tub and a path leads down to the beach below.  Seven nights from 25 August now cost £2329, saving £582.

For smaller families, Weaver’s Cottage is a mid-terrace Victorian property in the small village of Llanmill set in the glorious Pembrokeshire countryside.  It sleeps four in two bedrooms and is full of character but with all mod cons.  A 10-minute drive leads to the market town of Narberth – renowned for its restaurants, delis and small independent shops – and the sandy beaches at Saundersfoot, Tenby and Amroth are close by.  A week from 25 August is now priced at £617, saving £265.

For couples restricted to taking their holiday in peak season, Seal Cottage is a converted stone barn, one of six properties just 200 yards from Aberfforest beach, which is ideal for swimming or kayaking and the haunt of seals and dolphins.  The cottage – now costing £542 (a reduction of  £135) for seven nights from 25 August – sleeps two and has an open-plan living space with A-frame beams and slate floors plus a galleried double bedroom in the eaves.

Reservations:  01437 772760,

August 2, 2018

Boutique Zante Hotel welcomes Single Travellers in September

Friendship Travel, the sociable singles holiday company, returns to the Ionian Hill Hotel in September, with six departure dates to this 28-room, adult-only four-star set above Argassi on Zante/Zakynthos.

Each week is Hosted by a Friendship Holidays staff member, with guests enjoying sole occupancy of a double room, with no single supplement to pay.

Guests can do as much or as little as they like: there’s no enforced ‘group’ activity. Guests may choose to relax on the hotel’s beautiful pool terrace, which has sweeping views around the bay to Zante Town, or walk 10 minutes down the hillside to the sea, where rocky platforms offer direct access for swimming. Optional excursions, including boat trips, are available.

Friendship Travel’s package includes flights, transfers, breakfast every morning and five sociable dinners with wine at the hotel, around one or two large tables. On other nights, the Host suggests local restaurants where guests eat at their own expense, but still as a group.

Departure dates are 6, 13, 20 and 27 September, and 4 and 11 October, with prices from Gatwick starting from just £986 for a fantastic week in the sun with good food and great company.

Departures from up to 14 regional airports also available. 2018 is Friendship Travel’s 20th season of offering holidays for single travellers.

0289 446 2211,

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

July 30, 2018

UK Family Adventures: FREE PLACES for parents OR kids at PGL

Summer holidays at selected PGL Family Adventure dates are now discounted, with free places for children OR for parents, depending on the location and holiday date. For example, a family of four can save up to £1058 on a fully-inclusive week in Devon.

The first offer is amazing! For each full-paying child aged five to 18 years at the brochure price of £449, up to TWO parents are now completely free, saving £529 per adult, or £1058 for a family of two children accompanied by two (free) parents.

That’s for a seven-night holiday at Barton Hall near Torquay where the 46 acres have superb facilities from an outdoor heated pool to giant swings, a lake and a zip wire. There’s even a dry ski slope next door for optional ski sessions (small supplement) and flexibility in the centre’s activity programme to repeat a favourite activity, or simply take time out to enjoy the pool, or a cream tea.

Discounted weeks at Barton Hall start Saturdays 4, 11 and 25 August. The price includes all meals, activities and equipment as well as evening fun, and is based on parents having their own simple but ensuite room with the children in an adjacent room.

With this amazing deal, a family with three children would ‘earn’ themselves SIX free adult places! That makes this a stupendous offer for extended families looking to holiday together. Quote LR18X when booking this deal.

The second offer is that for each full-paying adult at the brochure price of £489, up to TWO children aged five to 18 years are now completely free, saving £409 per child, or £818 for a family of two adults and two children. A family of two adults and three children would still only pay £818, as would a family of two adults with four (free) kids!

This deal is offered at Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire where more than 20 different activities may feature in a week’s holiday. It is based on a family of four sharing a simple but ensuite room for seven nights starting 11, 18 or 25 August. Quote LR28X when booking this deal.

Other final offers on UK family adventures include free child places on four-night breaks in Devon, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Wiltshire and Dorset, and two-night activity weekends from just £99 per person regardless of age.

All Family Adventure offers must be booked by 17 August.

Call 0333 321 2114, or go to


July 26, 2018

Massive savings on Portuguese villas with private pools in August, September and October.

Villa specialist, Vintage Travel, is offering reductions of up to £887 on a selection of villas with private pools in August, September and October.

The above saving of £887 applies to seven-night holidays from 6 October in Casa Cahombo and means a week’s holiday is now priced at £3563. This magnificent property – perched on a hilltop and four kms from the village of Boliqueime – has stunning panoramic views, superb facilities and stylish accommodation on a grand scale.

It sleeps 14 people in seven en suite bedrooms – making it an excellent choice for large parties, sharing families or groups of friends – and its impressive outside facilities include a large, private pool, a solar-heated children’s pool, an outdoor shower, covered and open terraces, a games room, table tennis and a built-in barbeque.  Beaches nearby include Praia de Falesia (15 kms) and Olhos de Agua (12 kms).

Set in extensive landscaped gardens, just one km from the Algarvian village of Santa Barbara, is Jasmineiro, a smart villa sleeping six in three en suite bedrooms.  The property is set in rolling foothills – with ocean views – and in its grounds there is a private swimming pool, a poolside shower, covered and open terraces and a built-in barbeque.  Fabulous beaches are just a short drive away.  A week from 25 August is now priced at £1755, saving £445.

Or, situated in a small hamlet near the fishing town of Fuzeta, is Casa Laguna – full of charm and character and sleeping eight in four bedrooms (one en suite).  It is set in extensive enclosed gardens and has a large outdoor pool (13m x 5m), an outside shower, two outdoor kitchens (with facilities including a pizza oven, a built-in barbeque, wine cooler and dishwasher), plus open and shaded terraces.  A week from 1 or 8 September now costs £1545, saving £203.

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

01954 261431,

July 26, 2018

Skiing for families and friends this Christmas with Zenith Holidays…

Ski and snowboard specialist, Zenith Holidays, is highlighting a selection of catered chalet options for Christmas where families or groups of friends can enjoy sole occupancy of a property and the services of a chalet host throughout their festive holiday.

Accommodation on offer include Chalet Maya in Alpe d’Huez, a traditional wooden building – just 100 metres from the ski lift and close to the centre of this French resort – that sleeps up to 12 people in seven en suite bedrooms.

As example of price, a seven-night holiday – starting on 22 December – costs £650 per person (based on the maximum occupancy of 12) inclusive of chalet board accommodation (buffet breakfast with hot option, afternoon tea and three-course evening meals on five evenings) and airport transfers from Grenoble.  Zenith is happy to advise on flights which are currently priced from £65 per person.

Or, at Chalet Clautre at Montgenevre – one of the oldest resorts in France – a week from 22 December costs £635 per person.  This typical alpine chalet sleeps up to 14 people and has six en suite bedrooms.  In the lounge there is a wood-burning stove and downstairs there is also a new ski/boot room with a heated rack.   The property enjoys a ski in/out location and is 50 metres from the Chalmettes chairlift.

The above price includes chalet board accommodation (buffet breakfast with hot option, afternoon tea and three-course evening meals on five evenings) and airport transfers from Turin.   Zenith is happy to advise on flights and these are currently priced from £155 per person.

Reservations:  0203 137 7678,




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