Category Archives: Summer Holidays

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

2013 Summer Holiday Cottages… Book NOW

2013 summer holiday cottagesWithout wishing to seem alarmist, if you want the best choice of holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland for summer 2013 then you simply need to be sorting out your booking now!

January is peak booking season for holiday cottages, apartments and holiday flats across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  The best accommodation tends to get booked early and so the quicker you start looking the more choice you will have.

To help you get started check out our list of 2013 Summer Holiday Cottages and Apartments here.  Whether you are looking for self catering for a couples break, family holiday or for a group of friends this selection will cater for everything from 1 to 30.  What’s more you will find accommodation to match budgets of all sizes from a cheap family break to a 5 star luxury cottage.

Favourite Holiday Destinations

Alternatively here are some direct links to popular UK and Ireland holiday locations:

What’s on your Family Summer Holiday Wish List?

Summer Wish ListAs the nights draw in, our thoughts have definitely turned to what we are going to do for our summer holiday next year. It’s always a challenge to find a holiday that will entertain and please all members of our family.

So far our plans have taken us right across Europe and back at least twice and yet we still can’t make a decision.  We are very tempted by the thought of the Swiss mountains, all that beautiful countryside, blue lakes and clear fresh air.  But then we would miss the beach, those rolling Atlantic waves have given us some of the happiest holiday memories. Or how about enjoy the wonderful diversity of Britain with a staycation.  Mmmmm, decisions decisions.

Where will next summer find you and your family?  Building sand castles on a sunny beach? Taking a stroll around a sparkling lake, or exploring the valley and village of the countryside?

It’s so difficult to choose which is why we started looking more closely at our wish list for the summer.

  1. Top of our list has to be some sunshine and warm weather
  2. We love water sports and fun so a beach or lake are essential
  3. Swimming pool also essential
  4. Plenty of entertainment to keep every one amused
  5. Somewhere driveable from the UK as we want to people able to explore the area when we get there (so that covers all of the UK and Europe)
  6. Internet access – ok, so not an essential but we do like to interact while we are away!
  7. Mossi free!  Life is too short for constantly applying mosquito repellent.

That’s our list so far, so what is on yours that we should consider?

Getting Mixed Signals

It’s been a strange week so far, winter weather conditions one moment, blue skies and sun the next, but it’s clearly not just me that is confused judging by my mail  in-box.

So far I have been offered some great discounts off sunglasses, holiday discounts for October half term and in my local supermarket I was confronted by row upon row of Christmas special offers!

So which ‘urgent’ need should I be addressing first?  The up and coming school half term, our Christmas plans or our 2013 summer holiday!

I don’t know about you, but I am not quite ready to write off 2012 yet, after all it’s only the beginning of October.  And, there are still things to look forward to including Halloween, Bonfire Night (and Fireworks), a number of music festivals and events, and of course the prospect of many cosy nights in. I still see plenty of opportunities for an October short break, a November get-away and a December holiday – but then I am all about the holidays!

Author: Holiday Junkie

Arghhh… Holidays are Over and Now I have to Go to Work, how is a Holiday Junkie to cope?

Whether we were toasting ourselves in the glorious sunshine or dodging the odd rain cloud, we loved our summer holidays. But as we head in to September we have to bow to the inevitable that is returning to work.

We spend way to long thinking about holidays, writing about them and enjoying them, to take going back to work lightly.  It is, after all, simply the worst feeling and a black cloud will sit over me at my desk for quite some time 😦

So how do you get over the post holiday blues?

Some people look forward to catching up with work buddies or trying to make them envious with their holiday tales and photos.  That doesn’t really work for me, it just reminds me of what I am missing.  Clearly I am some form of holiday junky that can only get by with his next holiday fix.

So I take refuge in something even better, PLANNING MY NEXT HOLIDAY.  OK, so it almost certainly isn’t the best use of business time and resources.  But, surely if it helps me recover from post holiday depression quicker then it’s actually a good for the company? It may even save them money as I will be less inclined to take a sickie!  May be holiday Internet surfing should actually be prescribed on the NHS for us holiday junkies?

Planning a weekend break, short break or even the October Half Term holiday all forms a helpful healing process, that while not curing my sadness at the holidays ending, does at least help me move on and give me something else to focus on.

So that’s how I get through it, but what works for you?

Author: Holiday Junkie

Are some British Blue Flag Beaches under threat?

 

From 2015 the qualification levels for the prestigious Blue Flag that recognises the cleanest beaches across Europe is being tightened up and this may cause some British beaches to struggle.

It is reported that beaches will require a longer (up to 5 years) clean track record and this puts at risk some beaches in the North West of England, including Blackpool and Morecambe because of some current pollution issues that have yet to be fully resolved.

We hope that these issues can be resolved quickly as we all want high quality beaches to visit across the UK.

If you are heading out for a day at the beach this Bank Holiday you can see a list of the current English Blue Flag beaches and Scottish Blue Flag beaches

 

Bank Holiday Weather Forecast Indifferent But we can still make the most of it…

 

Ok, the weather forecast for the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend are not exactly what we were all hoping for, less Indian summer more British Bank holiday.

However there is no reason to let it get us down and certainly we should take advantage of the last long weekend before Christmas!

We have plenty of cosy cottages across the UK and Ireland to choose from, including many with log fires or wood burning stoves to curl up in front of. Of course our lodges and holiday park accommodation offers you the perfect inside/outside holiday experience so you can make the most of the bright spells or shelter in a warm cabin or enjoy your own hot tub. What’s more the holiday parks have lots of entertainment on over the Bank Holiday weekend whatever the weather.

There is still some availability for the Bank Holiday weekend but you will have to be quick as they are selling out fast.

 

August Bank Holiday Cottage Breaks – Self Catering Weekend Breaks

 

It’s nearly time for the last of the great British Summer Bank Holidays, with the popular end of August long weekend being your last chance in 2012 (well apart from the Christmas break).

So if you want to make the most of the extra long weekend and make the most of the weather why not take a self catering cottage break in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland.

Even though this is a popular weekend to be away, being that it coincides with the end of the school holidays, there is still some great bargains and late availability for self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and bungalows.

In fact there are some great deals on budget and luxury breaks whether you are looking for a couple, family or group August Bank Holiday escape.

However, don’t wait long, there is not long left and accommodation is selling out fast.  Take a look at some August Bank Holiday Self Catering

 

Enjoy the Heatwave in France in a Lodge, Chalet or Caravan

The weather in the North West of France, including the popular Loire Valley and Vendee areas, is expected to hit the mid 30’s this weekend with more good weather to follow.

So if you are looking for a short break in the sun or a last minute summer holiday then take a look at a self catering break in France. The good news is that there is still lodge, chalet, bungalow, caravan and tent accommodation available across France including Brittany for short breaks, Vendee, Loire Valley, Dordogne, Burgundy and Cote d’Azur to name a few popular locations.

You will find accommodation on the coast perfect f0r a family seaside holiday as well as some idyllic countryside locations perfect for exploring the best of the French countryside.

If you stay at a holiday park you will also find some great activities and services on the site including swimming pools, hot tubs, horse riding, entertainment and more.

You will find hundreds of lodge and caravan holidays across France to choose from at Find Holiday Parks France.

Worthing International Birdman Rally, Fun Day Out in West Sussex

If you are looking for a bit of fun this coming weekend then watching a lot of people throwing themselves off a pier might be just the thing!

On Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th you can witness the latest attempts of man to fly with wings and other dubious devices in Worthing, West Sussex at the annual International Birdman Rally. There are prizes for the furthest distances managed but of course for most its for pride and fun.

Flying starts at 12.15am on the Saturday and will be for the serious flyers only.

On Sunday flying also starts at 12.15pm and will be for the fun flyers and serious flyers.

There is also a full program of events and entertainment on the day on the stage until 3.30pm Saturday and 4.30 Sunday subject to weather. Entertainment includes Jet-Ski displays by the Xtreme Action display team, entertainment, local singers, Bands and more.

Saturday at approx 1.50pm there will be the family movie ‘Toy Story’ on the big screen on the beach by the Lido.

NCP are also offering a special Birdman rate of £5 for all day parking in the High Street, Buckingham Road and Grafton Car parks on Saturday 13th August. You must park after 10am to qualify for the deal. Please contact NCP for further details and full terms and conditions. On Sunday NCP Multi-storey are £1 an hour, with a max £3 charge. Civic Centre carpark is free. All on street parking is free but vehicles must be parked in an appropriate bay.

The best place to view the event will be on the beach between the Pier and the Lido, please do not sit below the taped water line or under the Pier or Lido as these areas will be submerged during the event.

There is limited disabled viewing for wheelchairs on the Lido please speak to steward for access.

Worthing International Birdman
Worthing International Birdman