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Olympic Holiday Self Catering Accommodation – looking beyond London

The London 2012 Olympics are just a couple of weeks away and if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to one of the London events finding accommodation of any type is hard to come by, certainly at a realistic price. However, don’t despair, you have more options than the pricey London hotels who are making the most of the extra tourists.

The South East region of England has excellent public transport links via rail, coach, underground and tram which mean that it’s as easy to stay outside of London and travel in as it is to get to the venues from a London hotel.

With the main Olympic park to the east of London, East Anglian counties such as Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Peterborough are within an hour’s train ride of Stratford International.  In the south-east counties such as Essex, Kent, East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex are also an hour outside of London by train.  To the west of London Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire also offer a quick route in to London.

What this means to you is that rather than concentrating your accommodation search on London you can find some excellent self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and caravans that are superb value for money during this Olympic period.  of course when you are not travelling to and from the Olympics they are also perfect for a short break or summer holiday where you can enjoy the countryside or British coastline.

Useful accommodation links:

 

Edinburgh Festivals and Military Tattoo Short Breaks in Scotland

Edinburgh hosts a staggering 12 world class Festivals each year ranging from Jazz and Blues to Books and Films which makes Edinburgh the Festival city of the UK and the perfect place for a short break.

Like us, you have probably heard of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Fringe but we have to admit we were surprised how many other wonderful events there are including the International Book and Film Festivals, Imaginate Children’s Festival, Science Festival, the Art Festival and lots more.

It’s quite a line up and although some of the best known ones are in August you will the others spread across the year.

All of this adds up to a staggering 2,500 events each year and so, it is fair to say, if there is one place you are planning to head this year for a weekend break or short break make it Edinburgh as you are sure to be well entertained.

The key dates for the Edinburgh Festivals in 2012 are:

2012 Summer Festivals

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival- 20 June – 1 July 2012
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe- 3rd – 27th August 2012
  • Edinburgh International Festival- 9th Aug – 2nd Sept 2012
  • Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival- 20th July – 29th July 2012
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival- 11th – 27th Aug 2012
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo- 3rd – 25th Aug 2012
  • Edinburgh Mela Festival- 31st Aug – 2nd Sept 2012
  • Edinburgh Art Festival- 2nd Aug – 2nd Sept 2012

2012 Autumn and Winter Festivals

  • Scottish International Storytelling Festival: 19-28 October 2012 
  • Edinburgh’s Hogmanay: 30 Dec 2012- 1 January 2013

 

Find out more about the Edinburgh Festivals and self catering accommodation close by

 

Self Catering Cottages with Tennis Courts, Tennis Breaks in UK and Ireland

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.

 

Source: Find Cottage Holidays

Norfolk Country Cottages on Find Cottage Holidays

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:

Discover Mid Devon on a Cottage Holiday

It has to be said that Mid Devon can be a little over looked when people are planning their Devon holidays, but Mid Devon is a hidden gem that is perfect for a cottage holiday or short break.

If you have not experienced the delights of Mid Devon before, it can be found between the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor (so both are within easy reach for a day trip) and includes towns and villages such as Crediton, Tiverton, Uffculme, Cullompton, Kentisbeare and Bampton.

One of the most notable things about Mid Devon, and one of the reasons we really love it, is that whatever the time of year the traffic is quiet and so you can truly enjoy the winding lanes and open countryside in peace and a rural pace.  The countryside throughout Mid Devon is wonderful, rolling hills, the River Exe and the  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Blackdown Hills.

Of course another advantage of staying in Mid Devon is that its the perfect place to stay and act as a holiday base for your Devon holiday. Sitting in central Devon you are never far away from 2 National Parks, the coastline, the south-west coastal path and all the other main Devon holiday attractions.

To help you find the best self catering places to stay and more, we have put together a selection of Mid Devon cottage holidays, including Devon apartments and Devon holiday flats.  Perfect for a short break or a holiday for couples, families and groups. Find out more about Mid Devon Cottage Holidays and self catering

Devon County Show Self Catering Cottages

The Devon County Show is a fabulous celebration of all that is great about the British countryside and one of the best days out in Devon. The 2012 Devon County Show is being held between the 17th May and 19th May at Westpoint, Exeter.

It promises to be a great year with all the activities you would expect at a county show, including competitions, arts and crafts, livestock, learning about animals & the countryside and, this years star attraction, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  Yes, the Mounties are going to be there and it’s one of just 2 appearances they will be making in the UK in 2012 – the other is the at HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

It’s perfect for a family day out with up to 3 children allowed in for FREE for each paying adult!  It’s also worth buying tickets in advance to save some extra pennies on admission!

So if you have been inspired by Kirstie Allsop’s TV programmes (like we have been) on entering a County Show competition or just want to have a really fun day out then check out the Devon County Show.

Find out more about the Devon County Show and Self Catering Accommodation

The Devon County Show is close to the May Bank Holidays so why not take a short break or holiday and enjoy a superb break in Devon.  We have a great selection of self catering cottages, holiday flats and apartments in Devon that will be a perfect base for seeing the Show and visiting other attractions in the county. See Devon Holiday Cottages

West Country Holiday Cottage Guide

If you are considering a cottage holiday in the Westcountry or a holiday in the south west of England then we have put together a really useful guide for you to what to do and see.

Packed with full with the best routes to walk or cycle in the West Country, where to play golf or the attractions and towns to see.

Of course, we have also provided some great holiday cottages, apartments, holiday flats and lodges that would be perfect for your stay in the South West… it would be rude not to wouldn’t it!

Take a look at our Westcountry holiday guide