Whether you are an avid racegoer, dedicated fashionista or are just looking for a good day out, The Cheltenham Festival which features the Cheltenham Gold Cup, is one of horse racings premier events and one of the highlights of the British social calendar.
In 2014 the Festival takes place between the 11th and 14th of March and is best described as ‘four days of atmosphere, anticipation and action, played out on a beautiful sporting arena that has no equal’.
Held over 4 days there is something for everyone:
- Tuesday is the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, Champion Day, and features the most important hurdle race of the season, the Champion Hurdle.
- Wednesday is Ladies Day so dress to impress! The best action is on the track though with the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
- Thursday is better known as St Patrick’s Thursday and is the perfect place to kick off the celebrations. Racing includes the World Hurdle and Chase.
- Friday is simply Cheltenham Gold Cup day – the big one! The climax of the entire Jump racing season and the day’s programme is arguably one of the best racing days of the year.
Whether you are looking to stay over the Cheltenham Festival week or just planning a visit to this wonderful Gloucestershire region, there is a superb selection of B&B and self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and cabins:
If you are wondering where to head on a summer holiday or a Spring break there is nowhere better to start than checking out our list of the official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales.
Every place designated an AONB is considered to be of significant landscape beauty ranging from rugged coastline and water meadows to gentle lowland and upland moors – each one of them is a wonderful – perfect for a short break or cottage holiday.
There are 37 AONB in England and Wales, from the Suffolk Coast and Heaths to the Malvern Hills and the Gower Peninsula. Below are the links to our full list of the areas and some super self catering accommodation close by to help you make the most of your stay.
Of course the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are in addition to the British National Parks, that are also perfect for a cottage holiday.
How about trying something new this year, with a short break or holiday in a Scottish castle? Or may be a Scottish country estate is more your style? Then again, there are mansions and spectacular converted churches also available for a self catering break in Scotland.
Whether you dreamt of a 16th Century castle, an uber stylish mansion or a traditional shooting lodge, our new collection of Scottish Castles and Country Homes could make it a reality for your 2014 break.
These properties are perfect for big families and large groups of friends as most have lots of bedrooms and facilities – from games rooms to hot tubs! What’s more if you fancy really pushing the boat out, you can also arrange to have a butler, housekeeper or cook throughout your stay!
With over 100 to choose from you will find something to match your taste and your budget.
Why not make your summer family holiday with younger children even more special this year and head to one of our selected cottages and lodges where Oscar the Owl is in residence.
Oscar is a busy and friendly owl who will be in touch with your children before, during and after the holiday… creating a sense of fun and excitement to your holiday. With free gifts, free audio stories for the journey,emails, postcards, family games and family friendly places to go…. Oscar is a very useful owl to have around!
Oscar the Owl is loved by the children he meets, for example our visitor comments include:
“The children were delighted to be welcomed by ‘Oscar the Owl’ and amazed that he knew what hobbies they have! The weather has been bright and sunny and we have enjoyed the beautiful countryside. ‘Oscar’ accompanied us on lots of trips.”
“The audio stories kept the children entranced on the long journey, a great idea, they listened to them several times”
Unfortunately Oscar is only available at selected family friendly properties, click the link to find out more and see where he is.
There is still time to take advantage of a great 25% deposit offer on Cornish cottage holidays, but you must book by the 1st February 2014 to get it.
Find Cottage Holidays have launched a new wonderful collection of Cornish Cottages – all with this 25% deposit offer – over 250 traditional and modern self catering cottages and apartments available at country and coastal locations across Cornwall.
This collection includes everything from waterside holiday homes and cliff-top cottages with panoramic views, to dog friendly holiday cottages in the country, traditional or contemporary.
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FIND OUT MORE about this 25% deposit offer and other special deals on the Find Cottage Holidays offers page»
Now is the perfect time to book your summer holiday cottage or apartment, while there is still plenty of great self catering accommodation to choose from.
It’s never easy to find what you are looking for but the Find Cottage Holidays website lets you search for lots of different types of holidays from those near the coast, 5 star rated, pet friendly and even those with hot tubs!
We have also now introduced a new price filter so that you can find self catering that matches your budget – with some at £200 per week or less. Please use the links below to get started:
Are you feeling loved up? Is 2014 the year for the extravagant gesture for your loved one?
Yes, you’ve guessed it, Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and so we need to start thinking about what to get or do for the special people in our lives.
If you are feeling a little short of inspiration this year, and who could blame you after all that effort on Christmas presents, then we may just have a great solution for you…. a romantic break in a country cottage, romantic log cabin or a luxury apartment.
Whether you want a weekend break, a long weekend, short break or holiday a romantic getaway is sure to melt the heart of your other half. You can choose from a wide range of self catering accommodation (cottages, apartments, flats, lodges, log cabins etc) with great features such as four poster beds, hot tubs and open log fires.
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