Category Archives: South West England

Large Luxury Cottage in Devon – Barnstaple cottage sleeps 12

Priory House is the only way to spend your holiday in the South West with family and friends.

Priory House in DevonIt’s impeccably furnished and decorated offering a superb luxury holiday in the South West. It’s also very well equipped even with plenty to keep you entertained such as table football, DVD player and Broadband for those nights you wish to stay in.

The property is set within 3.5 acres of unspoilt countryside giving its guests seclusion and privacy yet still only two miles from the market town of Barnstaple.

If that’s not enough to convince you how about….

  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 bedrooms
  • Broadband
  • Travel cot
  • Pets welcome
  • BBQ
  • Parking
  • Ensuite
  • Ipod dock

Priory House is perfect for a large family or group of friends this summer, find out more about Priory House or about other large properties in Devon

Save £100 on a July Break in Dartmouth Devon

Aboutt Tide Cottage in DartmouthSave £100 on selected July weeks at About Tide – a VisitEngland Five Star awarded property within walking distance of Dartmouth, at the head of Warfleet Creek.

Relax in this chic and contemporary property, or walk into town to explore the boutique shops and art galleries, and enjoy the views of the River Dart.

Guests also benefit from complimentary Dart Marina Spa membership, including an indoor pool and Jacuzzi.

The weeks commencing 5th and 12th July are now £842, if booked before 31st January 2013. Under £21 per person per night, based on 6 sharing.

Find out more about About Tide in Dartmouth

Luxury Cottages and Apartments in South West England, Isle of Wight and Wales with Blue Chip Holidays 0844 704 4966. Save 15% in October

Blue Chip Holidays 0844 704 4966If you are looking for a fantastic luxury break in October then you should check out our selection of holiday accommodation in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, the Isle of Wight and Wales.

In association with travel partners Blue Chip Holidays you can choose from traditional cottages to luxury town houses, or how about converted Victorian villas and modern apartments.  Characterised by luxury fittings, sea, river or countryside views, en-suite bathrooms and excellent locations, it will come as no surprise that most of this self catering accommodation is 4 star or 5 star.

If you are not sure where to head take a look at our luxury holiday selection for some great ideas and then you can check availability and book online.  If you are looking for something last-minute simply call for the latest availability and some great last-minute deals on 0844 704 4966.

What’s even better news is that Blue Chip are currently offering 15% off selected October holidays, call to find out more.

Hot Weather Predicted for Weekend across England

Much of England is poised to be sun-soaked this weekend according to the weather forecasts so why not book a last-minute weekend break or short break in a cottage, apartment or holiday flat to make the most of the last days of summer.

It can hardly come as a surprise that the minute the school holidays are over the weather takes a turn for the better, it’s the frustrating British weather we all know and love.  However, if you still have some holiday left or just want to take advantage of this exceptionally warm weekend then it is worth checking out our September holiday self catering cottages, many available at some excellent prices.

The best of the weather appears to be in the south-east of England and the Eastern side of the country particularly on Sunday.  But pretty much all of England will see plenty of Sunshine this weekend.

Sadly for Scotland and parts of Wales things don’t look quite so bright but the temperatures look good (and who can trust weather forecasts anyway?).

You are in for a great holiday in England this weekend whether you head to a country cottage or a coastal get-away.  If you are heading to the South West of England it is a great time to dig out the body boards and surf boards as there tends to be good waves at this time of year and, if not, there is plenty of time to lay on the golden sandy beach!

We are also pleased that the good weather will last over the last few days of the London 2012 Paralympic Games including the closing ceremony, so hopefully no need for the umbrellas!

If you aren’t able to get away this weekend the good news is that you should be able to enjoy a spot of sunshine in the garden.

Enjoy the Olde World Charm of Totnes South Hams, South Devon

Loved by tourists and visitors from across the globe, Totnes in South Devon is just a little bit quirky, a little bit different to your average English town and is all the better for it.

Totnes has successfully held off the commercialisation that has impacted villages and towns across Britain, here you will not find a MacDonald’s, a Starbucks or any major retailer. Instead you will be reminded of how England used to be as a nation of shopkeepers with small proud independent shops offering their own unique products and services.

However, there are rumblings that the Totnes resistance has been broken and that a Costa Coffee shop will be opening sometime soon.  This is much to the chagrin of most of the locals who almost to a man/woman oppose the move, but sadly their views do not seem to count.

Is this the beginning of the end for the independent coffee shops in Totnes as big high street chains destroy all before them?  And what next, Marks & Spencer and Tesco moving in?

We hope not, let Totnes retain its charm, let the independent shops thrive.

Goodwood Revival 14th-16th September 2012

Goodwood RevivalHere is a bit of an advanced warning about the Goodwood Revival Meeting that will take in Sussex in September and is well worth visiting and booking tickets for now.

This year the Goodwood Revival is set to be the biggest and most glamorous Revival yet, with incredible on-track action, wonderful aircraft displays, anniversary celebrations and the classic running vintage theme. They have combined all this with even more fabulous attractions from a Victory Street Party to the unique Chap Olympiad, live music to fabulous food.

Goodwood Revival 2012 is proud to be supporting the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, which provides financial support to keep the Royal Navy’s iconic historic aircraft flying at air shows around the country, bringing pleasure to millions every year. This provides a powerful and exciting link between the Royal Navy’s historic past and today’s modern audiences.

You have to buy tickets in advance for the Goodwood Festival of Speed by calling 01243 755055, e-mail ticket.office@goodwood.com or online.

Book in Advance for the Okehampton Show in Devon, 9th August 2012

Okehampton ShowIf you are heading to Devon this August take a trip to the Okehampton Show, one of Devon’s largest agricultural shows and a great day out for all the family.

in 2012 the action-packed Show Ring will have Carriage Driving Displays, Terrier Racing, Parade of Hounds, Vintage Vehicle Parade (Vintage and Classic cars and motorcycles, steam engines) and lots more.

Plus all this will be going on at the Show…

  • Children’s activities
  • Horse & Livestock Classes
  • Poultry & Rabbit Shows
  • Craft Marquee (exhibition of crafts for sale including cards, hand painted mirrors, wood craft, jewellery and more)
  • Over 300 Trade stands
  • Devon Food Hall (Devon, local food, say no more!)
  • Ferret & Terrier Racing
  • Okehampton ShowFun Dog Show
  • Gundog Displays
  • Morris Dancers
  • Falconry Display
  • Mountain Bike Displays

It is sure to be a great day out and while tickets are fairly priced you can get a discount for booking in advance so it is worth getting them now.

Find out more about the Show, link to the website and booking information here… Okehampton Show Devon

Source: Find Cottage Holidays

South Devon Holiday Cottages with 25% OFF in July

There are certainly some excellent cottage holiday bargains about, check out this one with 25% OFF a weeks holiday in July in the South Devon region.

We know what you are thinking, ‘to good to be true’? Well this is no fly by night offer, its a genuine offer with our travel partners Coast and Country who have over 400 self catering properties in the South Hams, Salcombe and Dartmouth areas of Devon.

Simply quote the code ‘July25’ when checking out and your discount will be applied.  It is available on all their cottages and apartments that are available for a weeks stay in July (please see the booking website for full T&C’s) so you had best be quick as time is running out. Find out more

Is South Devon for you?

Come rain or shine, there is plenty to do in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Enjoy the warmer climate of South Devon and spend exhilarating days walking along the South West Coast Path or long afternoons relaxing on the beach. In case of the odd wet day, why not head to one of the all-weather family attractions like Woodlands Leisure Park or Pennywell Farm?

The historic maritime town of Dartmouth with its boutique shops, award winning restaurants and art galleries is certainly well worth a visit, whilst the popular sailing town of Salcombe is perfect for those with children – enjoy traditional past times like crabbing on the quayside and sampling a delicious Devonshire cream tea!

We think South Devon is perfect for everyone so take advantage of this great offer while you can. Find out more

Short Breaks in South Devon Coast and Country Cottages

Whether you are looking for a break on the British coast or in the wonderful British countryside you can do no better than head to South Devon in South West England – it’s simply the perfect place for a cottage break.

Coast and Country CottagesWhich is why it is such a popular holiday choice and why there is such a great choice of self catering cottages, apartments and lodges in the region – we have 2,500 holiday homes listed in Devon!

The South Hams, Dartmouth and Salcombe areas of South Devon are some of the prettiest in the county and so we are delighted to offer some extra special holiday accommodation with our travel partners Coast and Country in this area.  With over 400 selected cottages, many of which are 4 star or 5 star assessed by VisitEngland, you will find some excellent holiday cottages in this South Devon area whether you are looking for a couples break, a family holiday or a group get-away.

If you are heading to South Devon for a holiday here are some more useful holiday links:

Top 5 Last Minute Cottage Breaks for Couples in July

The sun has come out and so we feel it’s safe to say that Summer has arrived and what better way to celebrate than some great last-minute deals on some short breaks and holidays?

There is still has some excellent last-minute availability, and there’s still lots of amazing properties to choose from. Plus, with summer discounts on many properties, you might just pick up a bargain. Don’t delay though as great deals like these won’t be around for long!  (Click the cottage name to see more details)

  • Wisteria Cottage:  Wales. Sleeps 2. 4 Nights from 9th July for £317 (was £347)
  • Stroxworthy Barn: North Devon. Sleeps 2. 4 nights from 9th July for £302 (was £347)
  • Energy at Envirobarns: Lincolnshire. Sleeps 2. 7 nights from 7th July for £448 (was £491)
  • The Rookery: Cheshire. Sleeps 2. 7 nights from 9th July for £427 (was £491)
  • Grooms Cottage: Cumbria. Sleeps 2. 4 nights from 9th July

Wisteria Cottage

To find out more last-minute availability and offers for self catering including cottages, apartments, lodges, holiday parks and even boats call 0844 847 1140.

These offers are subject to terms and conditions with our holiday travel partners, please check the details when clicking through to their website via our booking/more information link.