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Pre-Easter Ski Deal – SAVE 40%

March 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

Ski Deals Meribel

Great Pre-Easter Ski Deal in this Meribel chalet – reduced by over 40%


If you can sneak away the week before the Easter School holidays, you can grab yourself a great #SkiDeal with this lovely 4 Star Meribel chalet reduced by over 40%!

Chalet Champetre is situated in the pretty traditional village of Meribel Les Allues, and sleeps up to 12 people in 5 bedrooms. With a cosy log fire, luxury bathrooms & kitchen and uninterrupted panoramic mountain views towards Méribel & Courchevel, it has a truly wonderful mountain ambiance. Just 10 minutes from the centre of Méribel, it is ideally placed for exploring the vast snow sure ski terrain of Les Trois Vallées.

For 7 nights commencing Saturday 29th March, the price of Chalet Champetre has been reduced from £2,795 to £1,595 for up to 12 people.
For more details, visit Private Chalets Meribel

Driving to The Alps – is it cheaper than flying?

February 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

True cost of driving to The Alps

It’s essential to have snow chains or socks, probably a roof box too.


So you’ve left it late, so even Easyjet and Ryanair are asking a fortune for their flights, so the cheapest option is to drive, right, or is it really? In this post, we’ll look at the true cost of driving to The Alps, and see whether it is in fact any cheaper than flying.

Car Costs – equipping your car for snow

Even if you’re travelling at the beginning or very end of the ski season, there’s a chance you could encounter some snow en-route to The Alps, so your car has got to be ready to handle that.

The easiest and cheapest option is to get some snow socks, costing around £50 a pair, but considerably easier to put on than snow chains. Three disadvantages though – firstly, you really are only supposed to use them on snow, as they quickly become damaged as soon as they start to hit tarmac. Secondly, they have a very low speed limit at which they can be used. And thirdly, unless you get a very friendly French policeman, there’s a fair chance they won’t let you drive up to the ski resort with just socks, as in most cases snow chains are mandatory when in bad conditions.

So, we need to get a set of chains, again around £50 a pop, unless you’ve got a 4×4, in which case you really should get two sets, one for each axle. Chains will enable you to get to your resort, and once on, can be driven on all road surfaces, and at a slightly higher speed than socks. They are however, a right pain to install, so a good idea to practice doing so at home before you go – much easier than learning at the side of the road in a blizzard!

Alternatively, do as the locals do, and get yourself some snow tyres (tires for our US cousins!). Somewhat more expensive at maybe £150 apiece, but also useful in the snow at home, and when they’re on, you’re not wearing out your ‘normal’ tyres.

Costs of the journey

Once your car is equipped, you need to get across the Channel, hop on the motorway, plod along small roads at the very end, and you’re there!

Crossing the Channel by ferry has now become considerably cheaper than it used to be, so you can probably get a return crossing in winter for around £160. Taking LeShuttle is probably about twice that, but does take a third of the time, and isn’t as subject to weather conditions as the ferry is.

The French motorways are good, and make it easy to clock up miles pretty quickly, except when you’re travelling on a popular day with all the French, in which case huge traffic jams are not unknown. The cost of tolls is however not insignificant, at around £140 for the return journey to The Alps.

Then there’s the fuel – obviously dependent on the mpg of your car, but if you take a conservative estimate of 40mpg, the fuel cost of the 1200 of so miles return journey would come to around £200.

If you don’t have the luxury of a Company car, you also need to consider the depreciation on your car as a result of driving over a thousand miles in it. If your car is worth say £8000, depreciation would be about £200, but for a more expensive car of say £20,000, depreciation would be a whopping £480!

Finally, it is a long drive, so especially if you’re doing a family ski holiday, you probably need to factor in the cost of an overnight stay, again conservatively, around £100 / night.

In total then, the cheapest price a family of four (five at a pinch) could drive to The Alps for would be £600, with one overnight stop, and excluding car depreciation. Factor in though depreciation on a £20k car and do an overnight stop each way, and the total would come to £1,180!

The costs of flying

Flight prices will obviously vary considerably depending on how far ahead you book. For example, the cheapest Easyjet flight for February Half Term (just a week away) from a London airport is from Luton, costing £364 / person return. However, if you’d booked a couple of weeks ago for Easter, the same flights were available for £100 / person.

As well as the actual cost of flights, you also need to consider airport parking or a taxi to the airport, which if you shop around and go for off-airport parking, would cost around £40 for 7 nights.

Then car hire costs, typically in the region of £260 for a low-mid range car for 1 week.

And finally, some fuel and tolls at the far end, although maybe only talking £20 for tolls and £30 for fuel.

Using the same example as before then, for a family of four, the total cost at Half Term would be £1806, so much cheaper to drive! For Easter though, if you’d booked early, the total would have been £750, so while still more expensive than driving, maybe close enough for an easy life, especially since we’ve not included costs of snow chains etc, on the basis that their cost would need to be spread over several trips.

So, it is cheaper to drive then?

Well, that depends! Certainly if you’ve left it very late, then it’s certainly cheaper to drive, period. If however you’ve booked well in advance, then it can be almost as cheap to fly, particularly if you take into account depreciation on your car.

There are so many variables though, which is why we’re put together our #CostCalculator to enable you to work out your expected costs of driving to The Alps, together with a ‘target’ flight price, below which it would probably be cheaper to fly. Try it out – the results can be surprising!!

Self-Drive Cost Calculator

One for the MTB fans!

February 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Pass Portes du Soleil MTB
Now in its 11th year, the Pass’portes du Soleil MTB trek covers an amazing 80km circuit with 1000m vertical ascent and 6000m of vertical descent between France and Switzerland using chair lifts and cable cars. The event takes place on the 27th, 28th & 29th June 2014 – the only slight downside is that you need to complete the course in one day(!), so competitors can register to ride on either the Friday, Saturday or Sunday – let’s hope you’re fit!!

You can find all the details you need on the official Pass site at www.passportesdusoleil.com, and registrations open on 12th February at 9am.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, why not make a weekend of it and stay with rudechalets™, who are offering a Pass’portes Package at just £279 per person which includes 4 x nights ensuite catered accommodation and return airport transfers from Geneva including bike carriage. See details at www.rudechalets.com

Only 2 days left to get 10% extra off car hire in Spain & Portugal

January 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Save up to 10% extra on car hire in Spain and Portugal in Holiday Autos Sale

Save up to 10% extra on car hire in Spain and Portugal in Holiday Autos Sale


Holiday Autos have extended their January Sale on holiday car hire in Spain and Portugal, with reductions of 10% of 10% if you make your booking by midnight on Tuesday, or 5% by midnight Wednesday.

Visit Holiday Autos for details.

NEW – Award-Winning #PetFriendly #BarnConversions #Yorkshire

January 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

The latest additions to our Holiday Cottages UK listings are the five stunning, Award-Winning barn conversions making up Broadgate Farm Cottages near to Beverley in East Yorkshire. Ranging in size from two to six bedrooms, the cottages can sleep 4 to 12 people individually, or when all rented together, they provide accommodation for large groups of up to 28 people.

Broadgate Farm Cottages, Beverley, East Yorkshire

Broadgate Farm Cottages, Beverley, East Yorkshire – English Tourist Council 5 Star Gold, 5 Star and 4 Star Gold


The #cottages are set on a farm with 19 acres of grass & woodland just a mile outside the village of Walkington, with 3 pubs serving good food, and a further mile to the delightful Yorkshire Wolds Market Town of Beverley. The historic cities of Hull and York are within easy reach, as are the North Yorkshire Moors and the coast at Whitby, Spurn Point and Flamborough Head.

The holiday cottages themselves have been converted from period farm buildings and furnished to a high standard – as confirmed by The Granary cottage being rated at the very top of the English Tourism Council scale with a 5 Star GOLD rating, while the four other cottages were given a mixture of 5 Star and 4 Star GOLD ratings.

All the cottages have well appointed kitchens with fridge freezers, electric ovens, gas hobs, dishwashers, washing machines & microwaves; as well as free WiFi Internet access cottages also have Free Sat HD TV, DVD player, Hi-Fi with CD Player and iPod dock. Outside, free parking is right by your cottage as well as a private enclosed garden with furniture & BBQ stand.

Based on what the weather is doing at the time of writing(!), a particularly attractive feature of the cottages is that they all have a wood burning stove, so even when it’s wild and windy outside, inside it’s warm, snug and cosy!

Pet Friendly Cottages Yorkshire

Stylish Country Hotel? No, the Pet Friendly Cottages at Broadgate Farm, East Yorks.

Another useful feature, illustrating the thought that has gone into furnishing the holiday homes, is that at least one bedroom in each cottage has twin beds which can be zipped and linked together to form a King or Super-King sized bed, offering the flexibility to accommodate both couples and singles easily. And comfort is assured for all – with high quality mattresses and crisp bed linen.

The cottages are available for Weekend Breaks, Mid-week breaks and for longer holidays – changeover day is flexible, so arrive and leave whatever day you want (subject to minimum 3 night stay).

Weekend Breaks at Broadgate Farm Cottages start at £322 for a 2 bedroom cottage during the Low Season, rising to £1,035 for 3 nights in Peak Season in The Granary, which sleeps 6.

Weekly cottage holidays can start any day of the week, with prices in the range £455 – £1,300 / week.

For more details, and to check availability, visit Broadgate Farm Cottages East Yorkshire

Welsh Holiday Cottage St Davids Pembrokeshire

January 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

View from holiday cottage St Davids Pembrokeshire

Soak up that view from the terrace at Beudy Gwyn holiday cottage St Davids Pembrokeshire.


The photo above is taken from the terrace at the latest addition to our Holiday Cottages Wales section – Beudy Gwyn holiday cottage near St Davids, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. This spacious three-bedroomed cottage is set in a stunning position on the St Davids Peninsula halfway between St. Davids and Fishguard in the hamlet of Penparc , on arguably the best stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast.

This pet friendly Welsh cottage is tastefully appointed and extremely spacious, with a light and airy dining room open to the rafters, with attractive dining table and patio doors opening onto a large deck outside; the large living room has three comfortable quality sofas, TV with DVD player, CD and a warming open fire. The fully equipped kitchen includes halogen electric cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer and a breakfast table.

Master Bedroom, Beudy Gwyn holiday cottage St Davids West Wales

The Ensuite Master Bedroom with King Size bed.

The Master bedroom is on the ground floor – a very light, airy and spacious room, with a Kingsize bed and en-suite. The other two bedrooms are upstairs – one double and one twin, together with a family bathroom with full sized bath with shower over and separate WC.

Based on full occupancy of 6 people, Beudy Gwyn cottage costs from £423 / week in low season, rising to £945 / week during the peak summer holidays period. Discounts are available for reduced numbers throughout the year. Prices include heating, electricity and linen; the cottage is equipped with WiFi which is free of charge.

Details: Beudy Gwyn Holiday Cottage St Davids

Swiss Car Hire Deals in Holiday Autos Sale Today

January 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

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It’s Tuesday, so it must be Switzerland in the Holiday Autos car hire sale – so skiers, grab yourself the best price on your hire car for your skiing trip from Geneva and other Swiss airports.
Holiday Autos Sale

Easyjet Flight Sale

January 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

Easyjet Flight Sale now on - with up to 20% off flights to and from the UK

Easyjet Flight Sale now on – with up to 20% off flights to and from the UK


The latest Easyjet flight sale is now on until midnight on Tuesday 7th January, with discounts of up to 20% on flights to and from the UK between 1st February and 9th July 2014.

Ski Competition – Win an All-Inclusive Chamonix Ski Holiday

December 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Win an all-inclusive ski holiday in Chamonix from our partners Ski-Lifts and Action-Outdoors

Win an all-inclusive ski holiday in Chamonix from our partners Ski-Lifts and Action-Outdoors


Just heard from our friends at Ski-Lifts.com that they’re running another ski competition, offering a chance to win an All-Inclusive Ski Holiday for 2 people to the world-famous resort of Chamonix in conjunction with Action-Outdoors.

The package is full board and includes:-

  • 7 Nights shared accommodation;
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as provided by UCPA;
  • Ski or snowboard instruction;
  • Lift Pass – Chamonix Le Pass + Aiguille du Midi;
  • Equipment hire
  • The winner will also receive up to £200 towards flights for Geneva airport and airport transfers courtesy of Ski-Lifts.
    Enter Now

    Save up to 45% on cottages for New Year

    December 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Holiday cottages available New Year 2013

    There’s still time to grab yourself a great deal on a cottage break for New Year, with savings of up to 45% on the holiday cottages shown above!

    If you’ve left it late, you’re in luck, as we’ve still got some great deals on UK cottage breaks for New Year, including The Cotswolds, Somerset, The Lake District, Yorkshire and many more – at savings of up to 45%.
    Whether you’re looking for a Pet Friendly cottage for 2, or a larger cottage for family and friends, there’s sure to be something to suit, with prices starting at just £75/person for a 3 night break.

    For the full selection of holiday cottages available for New Year click: New Year Cottages