What could be more festive than returning home after a bracing country walk, only to be greeted by a roaring fire and a hamper full of home-baked treats? Perhaps a Christmas tree laden with gifts and twinkling fairy lights? Natural Retreats offers guests the ultimate festive family experience this holiday season, creating a welcoming winter wonderland with their beautiful self-catering properties.
The Natural Retreats properties are the ideal setting for a family Christmas, with charming self-catering cottages and lodges in some of the UK’s most picturesque locations. Right on the doorstep, a coastal Cornish Christmas in the delightful village of Trewhiddle, or a rural holiday in the idyllic Yorkshire Dale are a festive change of scene without having to journey too far from home.
The properties are fully decked out with all the finest festive trimmings. A lavishly decorated tree will delight guests young and old, while sparkling fairy lights add a sense of occasion to proceedings. Roaring fires, cosy blankets and an array of festive decorations create a warm, festive haven away from the cold outside. With some luck, a dusting of snow will make the picture-perfect settings event more magical!
Christmas in the Yorkshire Dales is an experience unlike any other. Floor to ceiling windows make these properties wonderfully comforting and cosy, as guests can snuggle up in the warmth of the lodge, while still enjoying the views of the crisp winter weather outside. The whole family can settle down under layers of blankets, freshly brewed mulled wine in hand, and enjoy a cinema screening of all the season’s classics. Plasma screen televisions provide hours of festive entertainment, while bookworms can curl up by the fire with their favourite holiday read.
Local attractions are well worth a visit, with the charming nearby town of Richmond entering into the festive spirit. Sing carols in the square and peruse the charming Christmas stalls. Pick up home-made trinkets and local delicacies; the perfect souvenirs from a memorable winter break.
*5 nights in the Yorkshire Dales from 23rd December costs £1,158, at a price of £58 pppn based on 4 sharing
Head to the northernmost point of the UK for a wonderfully wintry Christmas. To combat the chilly weather outside, the properties’ traditional wood-burners ensure the cosiest of settings for a round of seasonal charades or a post-turkey snooze, while comfortable interiors make for great lazy days.
John O’Groats proudly boasts the Natural Retreats storehouse, where lucky guests can stock up on the finest local produce. From freshly-baked bread to delectable local cheeses, guests can purchase endless ingredients for a sumptuous Christmas feast. The storehouse is the ultimate source of seasonal provisions, while fully-equipped kitchens back in the properties enable guests to whip up a traditional roast with all the trimmings.
With an abundance of activities in the nearby area, guests will not be short of things to do beyond the comfort of their holiday home. Clay pigeon shooting in Caithness is a wonderful activity for a winter’s day, with the nearby school catering for all levels of participant. Spend the day on a picturesque family-owned farm enjoying the endless views across the neighbouring rural idylls. A great way to spend time together and enjoy the great outdoors, clay shooting is a fun festive experience for the whole family.
*5 nights in John O’Groats from 23rd December costs £707, at a price of £35 pppn based on 4 sharing
Christmas by the sea will delight guests young and old. Wrap up warm for a coastal walk and explore the quaint local fishing villages. Back in the Natural Retreats properties, enjoy a steaming mug of hot chocolate and curl up by the fire. These Cornish properties, part of the Handpicked by Natural Retreats portfolio, are a range of beautiful, privately-owned homes, where lucky guests can enjoy the perfect family Christmas. Located in the picturesque areas of Rock and North Cornwall, these are the ultimate destination for a comfortable, luxurious festive holiday.
Trewhiddle boasts numerous delicious local eateries for those who do not want to take on the momentous challenge of cooking a full Christmas dinner. Rick Stein’s offers succulent sea food for a Christmas dinner with a difference, while charming local pubs are the ideal setting to enjoy a traditional hearty roast dinner.
The nearby village of Rock is well worth a visit, with stretches of golden sandy beaches and numerous scenic walking routes. A great place to sit, enjoy a warming drink and watch the world go by, Rock is beloved by locals and tourists throughout the year. Guests swept up in the welcoming atmosphere here can actually purchase their own Natural Retreats property, making this scenic Christmas destination an annual treat! Purchase your very own slice of England’s most charming coastline with the various luxury properties for sale, starting from as little as £235,000 for a 3 bedroom residence.
Upon arrival, (as with all the Natural Retreats properties) guests will be greeted by a delightful home-made hamper packed full of festive treats, from Christmas pudding to festive crackers. All the classic favourites are there to ensure guests are swept up in the Christmas atmosphere from the very moment they cross the threshold.
*5 nights in Trewhiddle from 23rd December costs £908, at a price of £45 pppn based on 4 sharing
The premium, tailor made holiday provider, is witnessing record breaking sales for popular resorts for winter 2014/15 with bookings up 21% compared with last season. Direct sales, including online, are also performing well with a 24% increase verses this time last year. New client bookings are also performing well, witnessing a 13% increase in demand.
Club Med has recently invested in its ski offering and is launching a luxurious 4T resort in Val Thorens, voted the World’s Best Ski Resort. Opening in December this year, resort is already preforming as the third most popular location for ski.
The Val Thorens resort will cater for more advanced skiers and those looking for adventure with a range of innovative snow sports including speed-riding, boarder cross, winter mountain biking, sledging and riding snow scooters.
You can view a video of the new resort showing the stunning design in 3D and further information on the resort is available here. To see more on Club Med ski check our Snow Protector Ski Videos showcasing why Club Med is the expert in ski holidays offering hassle free holidays where everything is included…Après ski, lift pass, ski lessons, just to name a few.
TOP RESORTS FOR COUPLES & GROUPS OF FRIENDS
NEW: Val Thorens 4T Resort
New resort tailored to advanced skiers and groups of friends. Flexible ski programmes with a range of adventurous activities, including a snowboard booster course. No kids clubs on site.
Val d’Isere 4T & 5T Resort
The perfect resort for couples with no kids clubs and peaceful chill out zones. CINQ MONDES spa with duo treatment rooms, indoor heated pool and a 5T luxury space.
Chamonix 4T Resort
Resort to cater for new parents with babies with Baby Club Med available in the resort. Set in a romantic French town, the resort features beautiful altitude bars with panoramic views and outdoor terraces.
TOP RESORTS FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
Special teen ski programme and kids club available from 24 months to 17 years.
Peisery-Vallandry 4T Resort
Special teen ski programme and kids club available from 2-17 years.
Serre-Chevalier 3T Resort
Introduction to skiing from the age of three and a special teen ski programme. Kids club available from 24 months to 17 years.
Pragelato Vialattea 4T
Special teen ski programme and kids club available from 2-17 years.
Arcs Extreme 3T
Designed with teens in mind and specific entertainment and club zones.
SAVE BIG: EARLY BIRD OFFER
To save big this ski season, Club Med has its Early Bird Offer which ends on 15.10.14. Families can save up to £960 and couples can save up to £640 on winter bookings. Prices are available on request.
For more information on Club Med resorts visit www.clubmed.co.uk or call 08453 670 670.
New For The 2014/15 Winter Season: Adler Mountain Lodge, Located In The Heart Of The Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage SiteOctober 27, 2014 on 9:25 am | In Cabinweb, Italy, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off
New for the 2014/15 winter season is the 30-bedroom Adler Mountain Lodge (www.adler-lodge.com ), with ski in/ski out ability thanks to its location right on the piste in Alpe di Siusi, the largest mountain plateau in Europe and part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Right on the hotel’s doorstep, skiers will find 60km ofwell-groomed slopes (varying in difficulty from easy to challenging) that are serviced by high-tech aerial lifts. Snowboarders are welcome and will appreciate the broad downhill slopes, as well as the snowboard park, in addition to which there are plenty of options for those who like snow shoe hiking, winter walking, cross country skiing, sledging, ski touring, enjoying the views from a horse-drawn sleigh or a tandem para glider, and ice skating. Ski passes can be bought for Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi or for the entire Dolomiti Superski area; the ski season starts on 5 December 2014 and ends on 12 April 2015).
This really is an unparalleled opportunity to holiday in the midst of an area recognised for its outstanding natural beauty. Construction in this protected zone is so closely controlled, it took over 10 years to agree a design that was acceptable to all interested parties and then to get the permission to build Adler Mountain Lodge.
The result is very special: somewhere that daily routines are forgotten, pressures disappear and tranquillity emanates from the landscape. A place from where, after a hearty breakfast of local specialities, guests can head straight out to explore the winter wonderland and fill their lungs with oodles of fresh air, before returning to the hotel terrace for lunch to admire the stunning panoramic views of the distinctive Sasso Lungo peak and in the evening to soak up the silence that comes once the lifts have stopped running.
The hotel consists of a central wooden lodge and an arc of 12 small chalets, modelled on old Tyrolean mountain huts, so that they blend in with the Alpe di Siusi’s natural setting. Sustainable construction methods were used throughout, with the interior and exterior made entirely of mountain wood from the region, each plank planed by hand by a craftsman from Val Gardena in order to give them an authentic mountain feel.
The main lodge houses the reception, a cavernous lounge with open fireplace, spacious sun terrace, restaurant, wellness and spa facilities, indoor/outdoor infinity pool and 18 guest suites, all with panoramic views of the Dolomites. Behind the main building, higher up the slope so they too enjoy uninterrupted vistas, stands the arc of two-storey guest chalets.
These 12 south-facing chalets offer something unique – the change to holiday in a private chalet, while enjoying all the benefits of a hotel.
Draw back the curtains in the morning and admire the majestic mountains from the cosy warmth of your bed, before heading to the bathroom where throwing open the window reveals a blanket of snow.
Step out onto the private balcony to breathe in the pristine air and let the morning sunshine warm your soul. In the evening, guests can enjoy a quiet drink on their own terrace or relax in their own private sauna before snuggling up in front of the flickering flames of the fireplace in their private sitting room.
The hotel opened earlier this year on 3 July to great acclaim and has already received 38 reviews on TripAdvisor: 35 rated it “excellent”, three rated it “very good”. One reviewer wrote: “I’ve been fortunate to have travelled worldwide and this hotel, which only opened in July, is comfortably one of the best I’ve had the good fortune to stay in. Everything about it is top drawer: great food, service and facilities including a sensational spa. It is absolutely faultless but quite literally the high spot were the to-die-for views, especially from our spacious room balcony and the infinity pool where you can chill out in style. Oh, nearly forgot to mention we were on a full board basis so all meals and drinks were included in the package. Thankfully our request for a late check-out was successful…this is one place you won’t want to leave in a rush!”
The hotel closes on 2 November and will re-open on 4 December, the day before the winter season starts. Winter room rates start at Euros 243 (approx £190) per person per night on a full-board basis, including soft drinks and a selection of Italian fine wines and liquors, as well as access to the spa and wellness facilities, together with a full programme of activities, such as guided skiing, hiking and mountain biking, plus yoga at sunset.
West Country cottage specialist Helpful Holidays’ new 2015 brochure features nearly 600 places to stay with a marked increase in properties across Torbay, Dartmoor, South Cornwall and Somerset. Ranging from romantic retreats for two up to big country houses sleeping a maximum of 47 guests, most have stunning views out to sea or across lush countryside; prices range from £175 up to £7,000 for a week’s stay. Below is a selection of some of the best:
Torbay, South Devon
Near the old coaching town of Chudleigh and around eight miles from the coast at Dawlish is The Barn, a smart and spacious conversion sleeping six with an upside-down layout to make the most of the superb country views. Inside it features stylish contemporary décor and furnishings, limestone-tiled floors with rugs and big apex beams, while outside there are sitting-out spaces to the front and back. This is a peaceful, rural location within easy reach of Exeter, the coast and Dartmoor. Given a top 5 star rating, a week’s stay costs from £364 or £61 per person, (details can be found on page 160 of the 2015 brochure, ref B17).
Rurally located on the edge of Blagdon, a mile from Collaton St Mary, are two lovely cottages Oak and Ash, both sleeping four, with shared use of an outdoor solar heated swimming pool (May to September), terrace and sauna. Perfect for a family holiday where adults can relax and children can run and splash about in the pool, these two near-identical cottages are next door each other, also convenient for two families planning a holiday together. Given a 4 star rating, a week’s stay costs from £356 or £89 per person, (details can be found on page 156 of the 2015 brochure, refs C18 and C19).
Dartmoor National Park, Devon
There are several lovely new places to stay in Dartmoor National Park such as Cullaford Cottage, which was once the home of author Mary Wesley. Set in the tiny hamlet of Combe, near Scorriton on Dartmoor’s wooded southern slopes, the stunning detached thatched cottage, which sleeps four, is still a haven from the rush of the modern world. Behind the cottage is an enclosed lawned garden, while across the little used single-track lane, there’s a small enclosed orchard and, beyond, a bluebell wood with the river Mardie running along one side. Inside it’s elegantly furnished with stone and wood floors and original art. Step up from the garden into the kitchen/dining room, a magnificent oak-framed extension; eight shallow steps lead down to two living rooms, both with woodburners. Upstairs two bedrooms with their own facilities, an airy double with pitched ceiling and views over the garden and a twin tucked under the eaves. Pets welcome. Given a 5 star rating, a week’s stay costs from £402 or £100 per person, (details can be found on page 103 of the 2015 brochure, ref A213).
Amongst the many new places to stay in Cornwall is Hedgerows, an imposing custom-built detached house for 12 with stunning sea views and interiors on the south coast at Maenporth, near Mawnan Smith and Falmouth. Set opposite the spectacular sandy, cove beach, this magnificent house has a vast 60 x 40 foot L-shaped living/dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a splendid central glass-encased woodburner, piano and half-sized snooker table. There are five, generously sized ensuite bedrooms above, two with their own sea-view balconies. Hedgerows is surrounded by an acre of enclosed garden on various levels with a large balcony, terrace, outdoor heated pool (May – September) and a big grassed area with plenty of space for energetic ball games. Given a top 5 star rating, a week’s stay costs from £1,546 or £129 per person, (details can be found on page 50 of the 2015 brochure, ref S67).
Another stunning new place to stay in Cornwall is Dozmary Pool Barn, which sleeps six and welcomes pets. As the name suggests this modern detached house is set peacefully beside Dozmary Pool Lake on Bodmin Moor; an area steeped in the legend of King Arthur and his sword Excalibur. It’s now a Site of Special Scientific Interest with fishing and kayaking on the lake as well as wildlife watching and stunning night skies. Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s tale of smugglers, is about 1.5 miles. Surrounded by a walled garden, the house has an open plan living/dining kitchen area and lovely lake views from some of the rooms. Given a 4 star rating, a week’s stay costs from £315 or £53 per person, (details can be found on page 70 of the 2015 brochure, ref R110).
On the western bank of the river Fowey in the small village of Golant, south Cornwall is Island House, which sleeps six and welcomes pets. Nearby is Daphne du Maurier’s former home, Menabilly, which was an inspiration for Manderley in her novel Rebecca. The cottage has lovely watery views from every window as well as its pretty enclosed garden and sun terrace. Its front door opens into a bright spacious kitchen/dining room with a step leading down to the large beamed living room; two stair cases lead-up to the three bedrooms above. Given a 4 star rating, a week’s stay costs from £435 or £73 per person, (details can be found on page 58 of the 2015 brochure, ref S65).
On the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills at the edge of Chilcompton village, with lovely long rural views, is single-storey Magnolia Cottage. Sleeping four this charming cottage was formerly stables to the old parsonage; now light, stylish and smartly refurbished it’s a peaceful base from which to explore Wells, Bath and Glastonbury. There’s a small sitting-out area to the front and a shared lawned garden across the drive bounded by fields. Pets welcome. Given a 4 star rating, a week’s stay costs from £305 or £76 per person, (details can be found on page 212 of the 2015 brochure, ref E27).
Helpful Holidays topped the Which? Travel recommended provider poll for the third year running in 2014 and won Gold at the national 2013 British Travel Awards. The agency has again been nominated for the BTAs for 2014. The agency is a Gold Trusted Merchant by Feefo and won The Sunday Times travel editor’s choice award at the Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards in 2013.
For a free copy of Helpful Holidays’ 2015 brochure call 01647 434063, email firstname.lastname@example.org or order online at www.helpfulholidays.com. Every holiday home in the brochure, plus a selection of online-only properties, are featured on the website. The agency’s charity for 2015 will be Farms for City Children; in 2014 they raised over £12,000 for the Marine Conservation Society. Helpful Holidays can be followed on Twitter @helpfulholidays, Facebook and Pinterest.
Enjoy the Christmas holidays at the St Aubyn Estates holiday cottages in West Cornwall this year (from £795 per week). All have stunning sea views and are situated on the South West Coastal path – the perfect spot to celebrate with friends and family, before wrapping up for a brisk walk to blow away the cobwebs and plan your resolutions for 2015! The cottages will all be decorated in the best festive fashion with a tree, lights and crackers – all you need to do is bring the presents!
West Cornwall is the perfect place to sit back and relax. Our comfortably furnished cottages offer a cosy retreat from the usual Christmas mayhem. If you are after a tranquil break in the lead up to Christmas our cottages can offer you that opportunity to re-charge the batteries.
During December, our guests will be welcomed with fresh Cornish bread and cheese on arrival, and a hamper filled with treats such as mince pies, Mead Wine, Cornish fudge, and other festive goodies.
Three cottages, Cove, Corner and Three Chimneys still have availability for Christmas Day
The inner soul of Cornwall lies in the far west amongst pounding surf, sandy coves, ethereal light and an ancient moorland landscape carved out of granite. It’s a liberating place of wide horizons, wild cliff paths, extreme sports and adventurous contemporary theatre, music and art.
St Aubyn Estates Holiday cottages are all located in stunning coastal locations with relaxing comfortable interiors. Our cottages sleep between 2-8 people and are located 8 miles west of Penzance and 1 mile short of Land’s End, either on or near a beach with entrancing sea views. What views…!
Cove Cottage: Located just metres from the water’s edge at Porthgwarra, on the South West Coastal footpath. The comfortable cottage sleeps four, with an open plan kitchen/dining/living room and spectacular sea views. All living areas are arranged on one floor making the cottage easily accessible. From Cove Cottage, you can look through the rock tunnel down to the beach which was made by miners over one hundred years ago. (£895 Christmas week).
Corner Cottage: Neighbouring Corner Cottage is located in the heart of Porthgwarra Cove, Corner Cottage sleeps two and is just the spot for couples wanting to slip away on their own. Corner Cottage’s open plan living area has direct views overlooking the cove from a snug window seat and a wood burning stove to take the edge off a chilly evening. Situated right on the South West coastal footpath Corner Cottage is the perfect place from which to explore the dramatic coastline. Seals are regular visitors to the cove and nearby Gwennap Head is a popular place for spotting rare seabirds. The surrounding heather moorland forms a Site of Special Scientific Interest with an abundance of wild flowers to be discovered. (£795 Christmas week).
Three Chimneys: For a party of up to eight, Three Chimneys is a hilltop heaven with sea views spanning across the wild expanse of cliff top moorland, between Gwennap Head and Nanjizal Cove. With views spanning across the wild expanse of cliff top moorland, the distinctive three chimneys of the house have traditionally been used as a landmark for ships sailing past Land’s End. The house offers spacious accommodation with an open plan kitchen making a natural gathering point as well as living room with inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove. The large gardens with sea facing views, make binoculars a must for watching the ships go by. (£1395 Christmas week).
Call 01736 888 515 to book your festive or New Year getaway.
the Ultimate Treasure Hunt
WASHINGTON, Texas – Located in Washington County, The Inn at Dos Brisas now pairs a luxury ranch escape with the unique opportunity to discover the charm and history of “the birthplace of Texas” with a real-world treasure hunt, geocaching. A trending phenomenon, geocaching engages over 6 million active geocachers (people) in search of 2.5-million caches (prizes) hidden worldwide.
As the site of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico, Washington County is filled with enriching experiences that are uncovered in the “Birthplace of Texas GeoTour,” a hosted geocaching trail by the Washington County Center Visitors Bureau.
With 38 geocaches strategically placed throughout Washington County, including a hidden treasure on the property of the Inn at Dos Brisas, guests of the ranch resort discover the historic sites, heritage museums, wineries, fine antiquing and serene landscapes of the surrounding area. Participants navigate specific GPS coordinates in an attempt to find geocaches that can be logged online for passport points and prizes.
Following the geotour, guests of The Inn at Dos Brisas can retreat to the property for a tranquil yet rustic stay in one of nine Spanish-inspired haciendas or casitas. Located on 313 acres in the eastern foothills of Texas Hill Country, the Relais & Chateaux property offers exceptional amenities including distinctive culinary programs sustained largely by the Inn’s own USDA-certified organic farm and Equestrian Center that features the second largest privately owned indoor arena in Texas. Visitors may also choose from a plethora of outdoor activities including clay target shooting, trail rides, fishing, carriage rides, yoga classes, private poolside spa treatments and more.
For more information or reservations, please visit www.dosbrisas.com or call 979.277.7750.
About The Inn at Dos Brisas
Situated on 313 acres in the eastern foothills of Texas Hill Country, The Inn at Dos Brisas is an idyllic ranch resort that evokes the spirit of a private Spanish manor. Featuring nine intimate haciendas and casitas, the ranch resort accommodates up to 28 guests. The Relais & Châteaux property provides a tranquil yet rustic experience with exceptional amenities that include distinctive culinary offerings, sustained largely by the Inn’s own USDA-certified organic farm, and Equestrian Center which features the second largest privately owned indoor arena in Texas. Other outdoor activities include bass fishing, cycling, clay target shooting and more. For more information and reservations, please visit www.dosbrisas.com or call 979.277.7750.
Bradford, NH — Thanksgiving just doesn’t get any better than this: a romantic Victorian inn, a crackling fireplace, someone else to do the cooking and cleaning, and plenty of interesting stores and outlets to investigate for tax-free Black Friday shopping! If this is your idea of an ideal Thanksgiving weekend, the Harvest Home Thanksgiving Package at the Rosewood Country Inn is for you!
Thanksgiving Weekend is the perfect time to get away for a little rest and relaxation and whether you choose to make the scenic drive to Bradford, New Hampshire or fly into nearby Manchester Airport (the Inn is under an hour from the airport), you will find a pastoral Norman Rockwell setting come to life.
Each morning guests will awake to a hearty country breakfast served before a roaring fireplace. Thanksgiving Dinner will be at the nearby Millstone at 74 Main Restaurant where guests will have a $75 gift certificate for a traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings.
Come Friday, it’s time to go after those Black Friday bargains and best of all, it’s a full day of tax-free shopping because it’s New Hampshire! Holiday shopping is in full swing here as guests have the option of visiting church fairs, bazaars, antique and country artisan shops, and the outlets in Tilton, New Hampshire. Innkeeper Lesley Marquis is at your service to provide her advice on the best places to shop depending upon what you are looking for.
And, when you return to the inn, she’ll have everything you need to wrap your holiday gifts (paper, ribbons, and bows) plus hot mulled cider and light hors d’oeuvres to keep you sustained while you wrap your fabulous finds!
The four-night Harvest Home Thanksgiving Package includes the following:
4 nights accommodation
Hearty country breakfast each morning
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Millstone at 74 Main Restaurant ($75 gift certificate);
Friday evening wrapping party with light hors d’oeuvres;
Rates for this four-night package start at $556 per couple for four nights, based on double occupancy. Fireplace suites start at $699 per couple and Luxury Fireplace and Jacuzzi Suites start at $836 per couple.
This package is exclusive of tax and gratuity and is only available for the period of November 26 to 30, 2014.
To make a reservation for the Harvest Home Thanksgiving Package, call the Rosewood Country Inn at 800-938-5273 or e-mail: email@example.com
About The Rosewood Country Inn
The Rosewood Country Inn is the ultimate New England inn providing truly elegant accommodations, luxurious touches, and more than the comforts of home. Set on 12 hilltop acres in Bradford, part of New Hampshire’s Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region, the Rosewood Country Inn offers guests luxurious suites with antique beds, fine linens, and country air to lull them to sleep. The suites come with private baths, whirlpool tubs, and all suites have fireplaces. Wireless Internet is available in all rooms. Innkeeper Lesley Marquis provides all of the special touches to make guests feel welcome including a guest-accessible butler’s pantry on the second floor for special late-night snacks. The Inn’s sunlit porches, English gardens, and fine guest chambers reflect a gracious, romantic lifestyle. The Inn also features a large dining room which can seat up to 65 people and a full-service bar. For additional information on the Rosewood Country Inn visit www.rosewoodcountryinn.com.
Italy – 7-night trip to Puglia (Saturday 25th – Saturday 1st November)
Price: from £5,980 per person (based on two adults and two children), includes:
International return flights
Seven nights at Borgo Egnazia in Casetta Splendida, a 90-square meter, two-story villa
Private airport/hotel transfers
The Galapagos – 7-night trip (Friday 24th October – Saturday 1st November)
Price: from £3,850 per person (based on two adults and two children), includes:
International return flights on KLM
Four-night/full board cruise of the Eastern Islands on the M/V Santa Cruz in two Superior twin cabins with Darwin Elite services
Two-nights in Quito
Private airport/hotel transfers
Dinner and cookery class at Theatrum
Full day Quito city tour
Exsus also has several other half term late availability offers which are available on request, including:
USA – 5-night trip to San Diego for a family of four
Five nights for the price of four, on a bed & breakfast basis at the Hotel Del Coronado.
San Diego is a great family holiday destination. A family favourite of the Le Bons, there are a wealth of watersports for children to enjoy as well as kids camps. The added bonus of this destination are the direct international flights from Heathrow.
Kenya – Masai Mara
Three nights for the price of two at the luxury Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp.
Children will love camping in these luxury tents located in the exclusive, wildlife rich corner of the Masai Mara
Further information on late availability offers from Exsus.
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Research by holidaycottages.co.uk has also revealed that almost double the amount of British couples view a cottage as the perfect accommodation for a romantic couples’ holiday as opposed to a hotel (52.3 per cent opted for a cottage and 29.6 per cent choosing a hotel).
Plan the ultimate romantic getaway and stay in the aptly named, Forget-me-not on the Norfolk Coast. This property is located in the quiet town of Mundesley, and is just a five minute walk from a Blue Flag beach with miles of golden sand – ideal for a sunset stroll. The traditional seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham are also nearby and perfect for enjoying fresh local seafood. Warm up after a day’s exploration by cosying up in front of the cottage’s open fire. Sleeping up to three guests, seven nights at Forget-me-not – Mundesley costs £333 from 31 October 2014. For more information or to book, visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk/norfolk.
Stay in the idyllic Dipple Dairy Cottage in the peaceful Bucks Mills in North Devon. The grade II listed barn is full of character, with exposed stonework and wooden beams, and situated within 27 acres of beautiful farmland – including resident ducks and chickens. Loved-up couples will enjoy the stunning Devonshire scenery, local sheltered coves and sandy beaches or walking along the rugged cliff tops. Sleeping up to two guests, seven nights at Dipple Dairy Cottage costs £315 from 8 November 2014. For more information or to book, visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk/devon.
For the perfect romantic rural retreat, head to Lane Barton Dream Cottage in Woolsery, North Devon. Complete with a king-size four poster bed and private hot tub, this property is ideal for that cosy winter getaway. Couples can wrap up warm and head outside to take in the beautiful sweeping views or head to the local country pub for a traditional pub lunch. Sleeping up to two guests, seven nights at Lane Barton Dream Cottage costs £315 from 15 January 2015. For more information or to book, visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk/devon .
To book a stay at any of the properties mentioned or for more information on other holiday cottage deals please visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk or call 01237 426 256.
Rubondo Island Camp is the only camp on Rubondo Island, an uninhabited island 2.5 times the size of Manhattan in Lake Victoria. Home to a troop of wild chimpanzees who were brought to the island in the 1960s after being rescued from zoos in Europe, the island is also home to elephants, giraffe and sitatunga.
The Rubondo Island tree house is a romantic sleep out located an easy walk from the end of Rubondo Camp’s private beach. The “tree house” is a circular platform that extends out from a lichen-covered rock-face and is surrounded by wild fig trees and hanging vines. A large “window” through the foliage opens out on a magnificent view over Lake Victoria.
The suite itself is an entirely open structure that is partially protected from the elements by a canvas canopy. There are no predators on this remote island, and high up in the canopy guests are safe from the roaming elephants and hippos that may pass below. The tree house has all the comforts of the main camp including a luxurious double bed, hot shower, large copper tub, en-suite flushing loo and an antique sink basin with hot and cold running water.
Guests make their way to the tree house at dusk and enjoy a sundowner and romantic picnic-style dinner. There is no electricity (only mobile solar lamps), so it’s early to bed. In the morning tea/coffee and a muffin are brought to the tree house and guests are welcome to enjoy a breakfast in the main lodge at their leisure.
Rubondo Island Camp offers a unique forest and lake experience of walking, boating, canoeing, game drives, trekking through wild chimpanzee territory, gaining insight from the chimpanzee researchers, catch and release fishing, swimming, and simply relaxing.
There is no additional charge for the treehouse, which can be requested at the time of booking.
ABOUT ASILIA AFRICA
Founded in 2004, Asilia has a leading presence in the main safari destinations in Tanzania and Kenya as well as a driving role in a number of pioneering projects. Asilia’s ultimate goal is to turn crucial and fragile natural habitats into lasting conservation economies, benefiting both the environment and local communities. Asilia is the first Sustainable Safari / Lodge Company in Africa to receive a 5 Star rating for Sustainability from GIIRS, and was recognized as one of the “Best Companies for the World” in 2013 and in 2014 won the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Business Award.
Currently, Asilia’s portfolio of camps includes:
In Tanzania: Sayari Camp, Dunia Camp, Olakira Camp, Kimondo Camp, Kwihala Camp, Namiri Plains, Oliver’s Camp, Little Oliver’s, Ubuntu Camp and Rubondo Island Camp.
On Zanzibar: Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House.
In Kenya: Mara Bush Houses, Rekero Camp and Naboisho Camp.
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