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.
Christmas and New Year may have barely passed but it’s not long until the most romantic day of the year!
Right now is the time to start planning that Valentines Day gift for your loved one.
Of course coming up with new ways to surprise that special person in your life can be tricky. But we think, aside from the obligatory flowers, nothing shows you care more than a romantic cottage break for two.
There are some wonderfully romantic cottage break locations whether your dream Valentine Day is snuggled up in a country forest retreat, a thatched olde worlde cottage or a coastal break with sea views.
We have a super collection of romantic cottages and apartments across the UK and Ireland for you to choose from. But if you want to push the boat out just a little bit further then why not consider a luxury cottage – 4 star and 5 star? Or how about a four-poster bed, an open fire to curl up in front of or your own hot tub to share with your partner?
If you are looking for some inspiration for a Valentines Day treat, see our great selection of romantic Valentines Cottage Breaks
We love our holidays and travels and so we spend a lot of time reading and writing about them, but we always struggle with the true value of a ‘Holiday Review’.
In fact, in recent years the publishing and reading of reviews has become problematic for readers as well as website and blog owners.
So what’s the issues involved, here’s our take on the issues:
For Holiday Review Readers
Whether you are planning to book a holiday or have just booked one we all like to check out what others have said about it, whether to confirm a decision or to help us make one. Holiday reviews are great for getting someone else’s perspective – rather than a glossy brochure – but you need to consider a few things:
- Are they genuine? In recent months even authors have been caught out writing their own book reviews on Amazon, so how can we trust that a positive holiday review is not written by a holiday operator or a negative review is not written by a competitor.
- In our experience people own right Reviews when they have got a particular issue on their mind? This tends to mean you get reviews that are at the extreme ends of customer experiences (either really good or really bad) which can distort your view of the holiday.
- Differing expectations. When someone reviews a holiday it is against their perception of what they expected to get for the money they paid. Of course, we all have very different expectations of a holiday and so what one person may consider 5 Star luxury another might consider basic.
For Blog Owners
If you are trying to incorporate meaningful reviews in a website or blog you are confronted with these issues as well.
- How do you know they are genuine?
- Are they legitimate grievances, complaints or compliments? How can you vet them effectively?
- How can you give ensure that they are reflective of the holiday experience?
- With numbers of people doing reviews being relatively low, and often those with an issue, how can you get a fair rating?
And, increasingly, we are faced with the issue if I publish a negative review could I be sued by the holiday operator or owner for the comments made even if there is a disclaimer saying it does not represent our views… an issue even Trip Advisor is trying to come to terms with.
So where does that leave Holiday Reviews?
It’s safe to say that life is not all rosy in Holiday Review world.
For me, reviews must now be treated with a certain skepticism but that doesn’t mean they are still not useful especially non-subjective comments such as when they provide ideas for things to do in an area. In terms of web publishing of reviews on our Find Cottage Holidays website we currently use holiday operator feedback where they have an established and ‘independent’ process for collecting reviews and encourage feedback from users via our Facebook pages. We publish comments good and bad as long as we feel they are honest and balanced in nature.
But what do you think?
Author: Stuart @ Find Cottage Holidays
Find Cottage Holidays has a special discount code that will get you an EXTRA 5% OFF Norfolk Country Cottages short break or holidays in 2012.
If you are planning a half term get-away with the your family to Norfolk or are simply looking for an Autumn or winter escape in this lovely corner of East Anglia, a self catering cottage, apartment or lodge is the perfect base. From cosy country cottages to self catering close to the coast and great beaches we have a great selection of accommodation across Norfolk.
We are delighted to offer a special discount code in association with Norfolk Country Cottages, a specialist high quality cottage accommodation provider in Norfolk, on all their range of 400+ cottages, until the end of 2012.
TO USE THE CODE: Simply check out their range of Norfolk Cottages on the Find Cottage Holidays website and click on the Check Availability or Book Online button that will take you to the discount code pages (if you don’t use the link you will not get the code option box). Then when you go to the check out remember to use the code ‘Norfolk12’ in the discount code box and your 5% discount will be applied. The offer valid until 31st December 2012 and can not be used in conjunction with other offers.
You will also find lots more self catering accommodation in Norfolk on our website including holiday cottages, holiday flats, apartments, holiday bungalows, static caravans and lodges. Although these will not necessarily have the discount code they are all extremely competitively priced.
While you are browsing Norfolk accommodation look out for our 5% OFF sticker near the discount code accommodation 🙂
A recent study conducted by the British Psychological Society found that the bracing seaside air had a more positive effect than the countryside or an urban park. In fact, the seaside was significantly more likely to create a feeling of well-being.
We can hardly say that we are surprised by this news after all there are not many nicer things in life than a seaside holiday. The study went on to say that the greatest sense of pleasure came from exercising beside the sea (not so sure about the exercise bit!) regardless of factors such as age, where they lived and who they were with when they were visiting.
This preference for the coast was found both in the general population and among walkers. Those who were travelling alone were particularly likely to get more enjoyment from the coast.
So, it’s official coastal cottages, seaside self catering and beach bungalows are good for you – tremendous, we have always said so.
To celebrate this fact and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle check out these super seaside holidays… beach and seaside self catering cottages