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Short breaks in Skipton, Yorkshire Dales

We love recommending places for you to go and stay in the UK & Ireland but today we are recommending somewhere we used to live, Skipton, in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales.

Skipton , Yorkshire DalesWell placed for visiting all that the Dales has to offer, the town of Skipton is also close to York, the Lake District and the West Coast.

This lovely market town has plenty to offer visitors and boasts an ancient castle open to the public, a beautiful old parish church and a colourful market occupying the cobbled setts on either side of the high street.

Visitors can enjoy a canal trip on a traditional barge or visit the Embsay Steam Railway, which offers regular steam train excursions throughout the weekend and is just a mile away.

Golf, swimming, squash, tennis and snooker are all available close by and the region is known for its effective public transport.

Skipton is a bustling market town and a hub for nightlife at the weekends.  If you crave city life, Skipton is jus a short car/bus/train journey to what is one of the UK’s loveliest regional cities – perfect for great shopping, eating and entertainment.

We loved it there, so why not check i out for yourself?  See self catering in Skipton

2013 Summer Holiday Cottages… Book NOW

2013 summer holiday cottagesWithout wishing to seem alarmist, if you want the best choice of holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland for summer 2013 then you simply need to be sorting out your booking now!

January is peak booking season for holiday cottages, apartments and holiday flats across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  The best accommodation tends to get booked early and so the quicker you start looking the more choice you will have.

To help you get started check out our list of 2013 Summer Holiday Cottages and Apartments here.  Whether you are looking for self catering for a couples break, family holiday or for a group of friends this selection will cater for everything from 1 to 30.  What’s more you will find accommodation to match budgets of all sizes from a cheap family break to a 5 star luxury cottage.

Favourite Holiday Destinations

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Beat the January Blues

January cottage breaks

The better our Christmas and New Year celebrations are, the harder we fall for the January blues.

New Year it might be, but everything takes on a slightly bleaker look.  It’s not surprising really, one minute you are surrounded by family and friends, eat and drinking to excess and in general having a great time, the next you are confronted by an empty home devoid of decorations with the winter weather ding its utmost to put you off putting a foot outside.

So, if that is how your January usually pans out and you want a change, then it’s time to get something in the diary that will cheer you up through those first few cold days.

Now when it comes to something positive to look forward to what can be better than a holiday or short break?  Now, agreed, it can be chilly in January but that certainly doesn’t mean all the fun has to stop.  In fact, there is something more romantic about cuddling up in front of an open fire or sharing a hot tub with someone special and where better to do that than a luxury apartment, cottage or log cabin?  Or how about a family January get-away on the British coast or in the countryside to blow away those New Year cobwebs.

If you are wondering where to head, well the countryside and coastal regions of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all offer dramatic and beautiful scenery that is worth exploring.  However, it’s also a great time to go to some of those hugely popular holiday destinations in the UK and Ireland because you get the chance to explore without so many tourists!

So how about Cornwall, Devon and the Cotswolds in the South West, the Lake District in the North West, Yorkshire Dales and Peak District in the North, the New Forest in the south east, Northumberland in the North East, Norfolk Broads in the east, Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia in Wales and the Highlands and Cairngorms in Scotland… to name but a few.

Or is that too much choice?  Take a look at our selection of January cottages and apartments for some more ideas.

Enjoy a Peaceful September Cottage Break. September Cheap Cottage Deals

 

September cottages and apartments with Find Cottage HolidaysIt’s September, the sun is out all across the UK, schools are back…. this is the perfect time to get-away on a weekend break, short break or even better a holiday.

If this is the Indian summer we so often here about then you really need to make the most of it.  And, with the schools back, there is lots of availability of cottages, holiday apartments, chalets and lodges that until recently have been solidly booked out.

Of course now the high season is over prices are also coming back down and you can find some really great deal making a  cheap cottage break a reality.  To help you look for a September bargain we have put together a list of some excellent September cottages and apartments. We give you choices of cottages, apartments, lodges, chalets and mobile homes perfect for a luxury holiday – how about a hot tub or a four-poster bed – or a cheaper get-away.

What’s more, you can find September self catering holidays across the UK and Ireland, including popular country and coastal locations such as the Cotswolds, Lake District, Norfolk Broads, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Moors and Coast, Pembrokeshire, Peak District, Snowdonia and the Highlands of Scotland.

So whether you want to travel across England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland, or just enjoy a quick break away from home then take a look at a holiday cottage this September.

 

First Day of School, Must be Time to Plan the October Half-Term Break

The summer holidays have barely ended, it’s the first day at school for many, and yet our thoughts are already turning towards the October half term.

It’s not as mad as you may think as with most half-terms being 6 weeks long that means the October half term is rapidly approaching.  It’s also one of those tricky half terms because the weather can be highly unpredictable which is never a good thing if you are confined to the house with the family for a long period.

A self catering cottage or apartment are ideal during the October school half-term as they guarantee warmth and comfort at the end of a day exploring, playing and having fun. The availability and prices are also better for a family at this time of year, once the high season has passed, so you can get some great deals whatever the size of your family.  Although October can be chilly its quite often fairly dry so you are able to get out and about during the day and with lots of self catering in the country, near the coast or close to some of the UK wonderful towns and cities you will not be short of things to do and see.

A great alternative to a cottage or apartment, and a little bit cheaper still, is a holiday lodge, log cabin, chalet or static caravan.  You will find that they do have heating for those chilly nights and are a perfect base for exploring the great outdoors. You will often find these lodges and caravans on holiday parks which is perfect during the half term as most tend to run activities to keep children entertained whatever the weather – nothing better than letting someone else wear them out a bit!

So where to head?  Well there are great locations across the UK and Ireland to choose from but favourites at this time of year for us have been the New Forest (Hampshire), Oxfordshire, Brecon Beacons and the Yorkshire Dales.  Although it has to be said we are tempted by the Scottish Borders as well this year.

Wherever you intend to go there is just 6 weeks left to book so click here if you are looking for some ideas for the October school half-term