At this time of year finding availability at the cottage you want or in the precise area you were looking at can become a bit more challenging, after all some of the very best self catering cottages can be booked quite early.
Even though we have some 13,000 holiday cottages and apartments for you to choose from once we get in to the summer finding the right place for you can be less easy.
If this is the case then it is well worth considering a static caravan or mobile home on a UK holiday park. If you have never considered staying in a holiday home previously it is worth saying that there is a good range of high quality self catering accommodation available that will work for couple, families and even groups.
Don’t let the word caravan put you off, in reality the static caravans are large mobile homes with permanent water and electric connections, with all the facilities and services you would expect in a cottage or apartment including heating, fridge/freezer, oven and hob, toilets (often more than one), showers, sinks, comfortable beds etc. In fact many are often described as lodges such is the overlap in the self catering descriptions these days!
This type of holiday home accommodation can usually be found on holiday parks which means that you can also get access to some great facilities and services such as swimming pools, bars, adult and kids entertainment, gyms, spa, restaurants and lots more all close to your accommodation.
We have added a selection of quality static caravan and mobile homes across England, Scotland and Wales to our Find Cottage Holidays website to offer you an excellent choice. See Static Caravans and Mobile Homes
Few people leave the Lake District without having done some hiking. From gentle walks around its lakes to strenuous mountain hikes, hiking is accessible to all. For keen hikers, the most popular attractions in the Lake District include Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Scafell Pike, Lake District hotels are available in the area to suit all budgets.
Known as Munros because they are over 3000 feet, they attract thousands of people every year. Helvellyn is the UK’s third-highest mountain and is home to Red Tarn Lake, named for the colour of its surrounding scree (rock fragments).
The Striding Edge route is a popular ascent for Helvellyn. The route is very well-marked but has some narrow ridges and steep sections. This route is dangerous in bad weather and is not suitable for those who dislike heights.
The hike usually commences from Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater, or there is a shorter route from Patterdale. Starting from Glenridding, it is a 9.5-mile loop, taking around seven hours to complete.
The Striding Edge route incorporates a stony climb and at 850m there is a rock tower overlooking a ridge. This stretch of the walk is quite easy in good weather, although there is some scrambling required at the rock tower known as ‘The Chimney’.
Another Munro, Skiddaw is just north of Keswick in the northern Lake District. There are a number of routes up Skiddaw, including Ullock Pike Ridge, which follows a narrow ridge. Other hikers may choose Slade’s Beck as it offers a gentler ascent.
Skiddaw is also a popular choice for families as it can be less challenging than other mountain hikes in the Lakes. Starting from Ormathwaite, the climb up Jenkin Hill offers hikers a stunning view of Derwentwater.
From here, the route heads up towards Skiddaw Little Man and then continues on to the summit of Skiddaw. As with all summit ascents, the weather is often much cooler at the top and hikers should be prepared for changeable weather.
Those seeking more of a challenge should consider Scafell Pike. There are a number of routes up it and hikers should take time to plan their hike beforehand, as it is particularly easy to wander off a path.
Starting from Wasdale Head, the route is slightly less strenuous than starting from Seathwaite in Borrowdale. For less experienced hikers, this route can take around eight hours to complete. The landscape is quite steep in places and there are plenty of boulders strewn around.
Much of the ascent is up a rock staircase and to reach the summit hikers have to go up and down a number of other peaks. Those who reach the top of Scafell Pike will find that they are on top of the highest peak in England.
For those staying near Seathwaite, there is an opportunity to take a hike of around 5.5 miles that offers some interesting sights. Stockley Bridge near Seathwaite is unique in that it is actually a Grade 1 listed building. This area also holds the record for having had the most rainfall in 24 hours and is home to the vendace, a rare fish that survived from the last glacial period.
Although there is some climbing on this hike, there are great picnic spots and the shorter walk means that it is more attractive for families on their holidays. For those looking for shorter family walks, Hawkshead to Lake Windermere is another popular option.
There are some easy climbs on this walk and just one sharp descent to Lake Windermere at the end. Hawkshead is a village that retains a quaint charm and is a popular with visitors. The walk to Lake Windermere takes in woodlands and fells and because it finishes at the ferry house, it is easy to catch a ferry back.
For those who want to add a challenge to this walk, there is the option to take a steep descent to Claife Station. Built in the 1790s, this was a viewpoint for Lake Windermere and was a popular attraction with visitors in the 1830s and 1840s. Although its windows and roof are long gone, it is still a fantastic way to take in the vista.
Hikers should always be aware that the weather can change very quickly in the Lakes and novice hikers especially should take care when considering mountain ascents or other challenging routes. With many more hiking routes available, everyone has the opportunity to make the most of their visit to the Lake District.
Planning to head to the beach this summer? If you are check out the list of iconic Blue Flag beaches in England and those with the prestigious Keep Britain Tidy Quality Coast Awards. Both Awards give recognition to quality beaches that offer your family a great holiday experience and so are well worth checking out before you travel.
The great news is that in 2012 there are more English beaches with the European wide Blue Flag Award than in 2011, so more great beaches for you to choose from on your summer holiday.
With the grass court tennis season in full swing, and Wimbledon just weeks away, the British will fall in love with tennis all over again and remember what fun it is.
In fact, you can guarantee that over the coming weeks tennis courts across the country will be filling up with people of all ages practicing their smashes and drop shots!
To celebrate this favourite summer passion we have put together a list of our favourite holiday cottages and apartments that have tennis courts and facilities either on site or near by. With this list, whether you are looking for some family fun or some serious tennis practice, you will be able to find some great short break or holiday accommodation which will enable you play to your heart’s content.
Of course if strawberries and cream while watching the professionals fight it out is more your style there are tournaments in coming weeks at Eastbourne, Nottingham and of course the big one, Wimbledon.
Check out our Wimbledon page to find out more about the Championship, the Museum and Tours.
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show, held near Brockenhurst on the 24th to 26 th July 2012, is a super family day out and well worth making the effort to see.
The 2012 Show promises to be better than ever with all the Show favourites including Show Ring displays, Show Gardens (Flowers, Vegetables), Forestry Fun, Countryside and Tradition demonstrations, local produce and Animals galore. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained how about the Shetland Pony Grand National, the brand new attraction ‘One Man and His Dog’ – sheep dog displays, The Heavy Horse Musical Drive and the Solent Dog Display Team.
There is a Fun Factory for children that will keep them entertained all day with face painting, circus workshop, games and dance. of course children will also love all the animals including pigs, sheep, cows, rabbits, birds, donkeys, horses & ponies, heavy horses, miniature horses, parade of hunting hounds, Heavy Horse Musical Drive & The Amazing Sheep Show.
The Countryside Area of the Show has some things that sound great fun…. Ferret and Terrier racing – need we say more!
Such a fun packed day – we can’t wait. And the good news is that if you buy tickets in advance you can save up to 20% off your ticket.
Wow, the sun is out, it’s even starting to feel like a pleasant summers day down here in Sussex! Dare we even go as far to say that may be now, while we are feeling super positive, would be a good time to book our Summer Holiday?
If like us, you have been waiting for the signs that we are going to have a summer in 2012 before booking your holiday, then time is beginning to run out. So we are taking today’s bright start as a good sign and getting down to the job of deciding exactly where we are going to go this year.
With so many great places to explore across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland it’s difficult to know where to start. So we have put together a list of family friendly self catering cottages, apartments, holiday flats and lodges that are all perfect for the school summer holidays. We have even sorted it randomly so you get some great ideas of places that you may be had not even have thought of going to this year. Take a look at our Summer Holidays suggestions
Our search is, unusually for us, around the Kent area this year. We are normally South West of England addicts, having already stayed in East Devon earlier this year and regular visitors to Cornwall, but with the Olympics in mind we are keen to stay closer to the action. Kent is handily placed for day trips to London, but the ‘Garden of England’ has a lot more to offer than that, including wonderful rural villages, Blue Flag beaches, rolling patchwork countryside and Kent attractions such as Leeds Castle, Kent County Show and Gardens to Visit. We have checked out our Kent cottage reviews and have seen some great places but if you have any recommendations then let us know.
If you are booking your holiday today, happy searching.
Find Cottage Holidays now has over 1,000 cottages, apartments and holiday flats in the wonderful county of Norfolk.
Choose from a short break or holiday on the Norfolk Coast, near the thriving regional City of Norwich, in one of the countless picturesque villages and towns or in the countryside among the famous Norfolk Broads. Holiday favourites also include Cromer, Sheringham, Fakenham, Burnham Market, Holt and lots more.
We are delighted to announce that we have added Norfolk Country Cottages to our Norfolk listings, which adds 400 high quality holiday homes to our existing cottages and apartments. So there is plenty to choose from at great locations across the Norfolk. Take a look at our selectioon of new Norfolk Country Cottages or why not see all of our Norfolk Cottages, Norfolk apartments and Norfolk Lodges.
If you are heading to Norfolk for a short break or holiday here are some useful links:
It’s only 6 weeks to go until the Olympic Sailing regatta starts in Weymouth and Portland in Dorset. The first events begin on the 29th July and with the British boats expected to perform well in all classes the excitement is starting to build. What’s more the Olympic sailing is followed shortly after by the Paralympic sailing event in the first week of September.
So this is the perfect time to plan a weekend break, short break or holiday in Dorset to soak up the Olympic excitement and to be able to see first hand a wonderful sporting occasion. You may not have tickets to the Olympic stands but there will be views of the racing from various coastal spots on the Dorset coast and there are sure to be lots of Olympics events running throughout the regattas.
Find out more about the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing and find some great cottages, apartments and lodges perfect for a Dorset Cottage break. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing
If you are heading to Dorset here are some other useful links:
Southwold is a wonderful and genteel seaside town on the Suffolk Coast and is a highly popular holiday break destination each year.
If you are heading looking for an early Summer break then we have an excellent special offer, saving you £150, at Blackshore Cottage which overlooks the Southwold Harbour. This lovely cottage sleeps 6, allows pets and has broadband Internet access.
Blackshore provides an ideal base for watching the changing moods of the harbour. From the front door you can watch boats plying the river or get straight into a country walk. The picture window of the comfortable master bedroom gives dramatic views of the tidal estuary and the fields beyond.
With the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holidays and School half term holidays now over the School Summer Holidays are rapidly approaching.
It’s hard to believe with this current spell of poor weather but in just 6 weeks or so the School holidays will be underway and so if you haven’t got your Summer break booked yet, you had best get a move on!
If you haven’t yet booked your Summer hols, the good news is that the uncertain economic climate and poor Spring weather means that there is still availability at cottages and apartments in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Even better news is that there are still some great deals to be had with many operators offering discounted breaks which is unusual at this late stage (see our Special Offers page and our Facebook Deals of the Week).