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.
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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It’s hard to believe, as we have all only just returned to work/school, that the February half term is fast approaching!
Don’t get caught with nothing planned, why not make the most of the February half term with a family getaway?
Have great days out together, then enjoy a relaxing meal and card/board games in front of a cosy fire.
With thousands of self catering cottages, lodges and apartments across the UK & Ireland to choose from you’re bound to find the perfect place within reach of the attractions and activities you want to see.
What’s more, it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune…. there are 3 night February half term lodge breaks from £99*, 7 night cottage breaks from £288.
Browse for some great February half term self catering using the links below:
* Prices quoted were available on selected properties at the time of publishing. Accommodation only – including online booking fee, based on UK stays departing 15/02/14. Subject to availability, operator booking conditions will apply.
The sun is out, the skies are blue, time for another holiday thought. So how about a self catering cottage break in the lovely Somerset town of Bridgwater?
The town of Bridgwater has plenty to interest visitors including shopping, historic buildings and an excellent selection of restaurants and pubs. Also an annual Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival takes place in November.
Cheddar is only a few miles away as is Glastonbury, home of King Arthur and pop festivals.
The fascinating wetland areas surrounding Bridgwater are internationally renowned for wildfowl and wading birds. Nearby Shapwick Heath has an excellent wetland nature reserve.
Check out self catering breaks in Bridgwater
With the October half term nearly upon us, we think that Combe Martin in Devon will keep the whole family happy on a short break – seaside, Exmoor, North Devon…need we say more?
Located on the border between Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the picturesque settlement of Combe Martin.
This little seaside resort, with a wide variety of amenities, is a great attraction for locals and visitors, and is home to a very popular beach. Lynton and Lynmouth, Woolacombe, Croyde Bay, Saunton Sands, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple are all within easy reach.
There are also numerous National Trust properties and gardens close by, offering unique insights into local history. Woolacombe beach is close by and is an excellent place for surfing, whilst the South West coastal path passes within a mile for those who love rambling.
So plenty of places to burn off energy, lots to explore and see… for a family getaway it’s just about perfect, so what’s stopping you? Here is a few places to stay to get you started but there are plenty more for you to choose from… self catering in Combe Martin
Why not do something a little different this year and getaway for a Christmas or New Year break?
Whether you fancy bracing fresh air on the coast or frost-white fields in the countryside a cosy cottage break is the ideal way to celebrate a family Christmas or to party in the New Year. What better way to get in to the festive spirit than a bit of Christmas shopping in the pretty village stores or just hanging out at a friendly coffee shop and watch everyone else rush around buying their last-minute gifts!
Across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland there are just so many perfect places for a Christmas short break, for a couple, family or large group of friends… so take a look at some great ideas on our Christmas selection
If you are looking for a great place to bring in the New Year then head for one of the our city breaks where you are bound to find some great party celebrations.
Here at Find Cottage Holidays we’re the holiday experts and we are pleased to say that you could still get away on a wonderful break this summer. There is still some availability on some fantastic holiday properties over the August Bank Holiday. Enjoy all the freedom a holiday cottage can give you to guarantee a truly unforgettable break.
Although the summer sales are coming to an end, you can still take advantage of some great savings of up to 20%. With some August bank holiday 4 night breaks for under £299 it’s well worth making the most of the last of the school summer holidays!
See some August Bank holiday cottages
* Hoseasons currently feature a selection of properties across the UK offering reductions of 10% and 20%, based on arrivals between 01/01/13 and 28/08/13. Higher prices feature in the main brochure. The discount applies to accommodation price only.Depending on the popularity of and availability, we can withdraw or extend this offer.
Did you remember Fathers Day today?
If you forgot there is still time to get a gift and save your day. How about a surprise weekend cottage break?
Buy online now, get your confirmation, print off the details, stick in an envelope… Job done 🙂
It won’t cost the earth either, there are some good late deals around or book an autumn break, prices after the summer holidays are less pricey.
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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been unveiled as the favourite book amongst teachers in a Times Educational Supplement survey.
An online survey of 500 teachers showed that the Austen classic was the clear favourite, 200 years after it was first published.
In this 200th year lots of events are planned to celebrate the anniversary and so there is no better time to take a Jane Austen inspired short break or holiday.
We have put together a list of Jane Austen inspired destinations ranging from her birth place in Hampshire to Bath where she wrote many of her novels. Our list also includes some special Jane Austen events in 2013.
See our Jane Austen destination guide