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Contemporary Cottage North Wales

September 8, 2015 at 10:20 am

Contemporary Cottage North Wales
If you’re looking for a contemporary cottage in North Wales, welcome to The Cow Shed, located on a private estate on one of the most attractive stretches of the Welsh coastline in the Snowdonia National Park. Sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms, it’s a really stunning, stylish place to be!

As the name suggests, the cottage has been converted (in 2015) from an ancient cow shed – apparently modern cows are too big for the old buildings, but in this case, these buildings can provide wonderful and very spacious living accommodation for humans! Inside is all clean lines and contemporary, using the latest materials to create a light, airy and modern building, but externally the character of the old buildings has been retained, so that anybody driving along the road will notice very little change.

The cottage accommodation comprises 3 bedrooms (2 x Super King, 1 x twin. 1 ensuite and 1 family bathroom), sitting room with log burner & flat screen TV, huge open plan kitchen / dining area and utility room. Centrally heated throughout, the property also has WiFi access. Two dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.

Outside, a south-facing courtyard is sheltered from all the main winds and always catches whatever sun is available so is unusually warm and private. The wider estate includes three other properties, all of which have shared use of the private beach and 28′ x 14′ indoor heated swimming pool.

The Cow Shed is available on a self-catered, part-catered or fully-catered basis, with self-catering prices starting at £850 per week. Additional services such as visiting spa treatments and nanny services can be provided on request. For more details, visit www.llanfendigaid.co.uk

If you like the look of The Cow Shed, why not take a look too at our Contemporary Cottages page with a selection of stylish cottages in other areas of the UK.

Or, for other holiday cottages in Wales, visit Holiday Cottages Wales.

Stunning chalet in Samoens, French Alps

July 13, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Summer Accommodation Samoens France

Just picture yourselves in the hot tub watching the sun go down!

We’ve always loved Samoens, so we’re especially delighted to let you know about the latest addition to our Samoens accommodation listings – Chalet Toubkal – from our friends at AlpsAccommodation.com

As it’s summer, let’s start with the setting, and that lovely looking hot tub! It is set back from a quiet road on the edge of Samoens village, bordering the idyllic farming hamlets of Les Vallons, and just a 10 minute level walk from Samoens centre. The setting is truly spectacular – and was the original reason the owners fell in love with it themselves. Acres of open land surround the chalet, with direct access to some of the areas most breathtaking walking and cycling trails. Another major benefit to the chalet is the wonderful large terrace area leading to the bubbly hot tub. The sunset views from the tub are beautiful.

The chalet was completely renovated in Spring this year, and offers 140m2 of accommodation arranged over 3 floors, creating a light and spacious, yet wonderfully cosy atmosphere with the blend of different woods, mixed with chic and contemporary alpine style.

Through the entrance level, you are greeted by the light and spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area. The living area boats plenty of seating with a large corner sofa and a separate sofa, so groups don’t need to fight for a comfy spot by the log burner. The lounge is equipped with HD TV with French and UK satellite channels. The kitchen offers ample space for entertaining large groups, with a large wooden table seating 10 people comfortably situated with corner bench and cushions, plus 4 funky black chairs.

The kitchen is superbly equipped and offers a hob in the central island, meaning the chef can still socialise with the rest of the group, plus there’s plenty of workspace for others to join in with all the food prep! There is a mid-height full sized oven with microwave above, a large fridge freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle and NESPRESSO machine with starter capsules. There is ample crockery and dishes, plus extras such as a fondue and raclette machine for cheese lovers. As a luxurious touch in the kitchen is equipped with locally sourced black granite worktops.

Glass french doors lead onto the huge south facing terrace equipped with dining and lounging furniture. Steps lead down to the extensive garden area, which is home to the hot tub.

Chalets for rent Samoens

There are 4 highly appointed bedrooms, where the owners have used a mix of modern alpine furnishings, including furry rugs, cowhide cushions, crisp fresh white linen, oak flooring and a range of locally sourced chic furnishings.

Sound interesting? Then read more at Chalet Toukbal Samoens And if you’re a small group of 6 people or less, get 10% off for all remaining summer and autumn weeks.

Apartment For Sale Sainte Foy Tarentaise €250,000

June 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Apartment for sale Sainte Foy

Double bedroom with balcony views of Mont Pourri

Sainte Foy is one of the big secrets of the skiing world, featuring at various times in journalists’ Top 5 or 10 top ski resorts in the world, yet still retaining a small, friendly feel, without the crowds of nearby Tignes, Val d’Isere & Les Arcs.

We’re delighted therefore to be able to offer this lovely bright two bedroom apartment for sale in Sainte Foy, built by traditional French construction company MGM, and situated in the original Savoyard village of Ste Foy itself. With underground parking, ski locker and cave (storage room), it would be perfect as your little home in the mountains, or likewise as a rental property in a great location for keen skiers.

The apartment is on the top floor of the building, and reached by two lifts. The open plan living / dining area / kitchen is double height extending into the eaves, thus providing a wonderful bright and airy feel, with a balcony looking up to famous Mont Pourri, the highest peak in the region. Above the living area is a mezzanine – currently used as office space, but could accommodate a put-me-up bed if required.

2 bed apartments Ste Foy

Open plan living / kitchen / dining room

Off the living area is the main bedroom, which is a double, again with balcony, and a hallway leading to the second bedroom, a smaller double. The hallway also provides access to the family bathroom and separate wc.

Apartment for sale Sainte Foy

Second bedroom in 2 bedroom apartment for sale in Sainte Foy

Overall, the apartment has a very authentic Alpine feel, with lots of wood, and the views from the balconies are to die for!

Apartment for sale with 2 balconies Ste Foy Tarentaise

Double height windows leading to front balcony

The apartment is offered for sale at €250,000 excluding Notaires Fees. More details…

Christmas and New Year Cottage Breaks

November 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

Christmas Cottages - holiday cottages available for Christmas 2014

Enjoy the Festive Season in one of our Christmas Cottages

We’ve just reinstated our Christmas Cottages page so that you can easily find cottages available for Christmas 2014, with a range of cottages available for just a couple, or for families of up to 8 people:-

Holiday Cottages Available for Christmas Self Catering Breaks

Due to cancellations, there are also a number of UK holiday homes available for the New Year, so if you’re contemplating a last minute New Year Break, take a look at:-

New Year Cottage Breaks

But hurry, they’re filling up fast…..

Stylish Self Catering Accommodation in Aviemore

October 8, 2014 at 8:25 am

Aviewmore Self Catering Cottages - Silverglades Aviemore

Clean and stylish accommodation, cosy wood burner for those winter nights

We’re delighted to welcome on board Silverglades Holiday Homes with their stylish holiday cottages in Aviemore, nestling beneath the majestic Cairngorms, in the Cairngorms National Park. With no less than 28 holiday cottages of 3 Star and 4 Star standard, there’s sure to be something to suit your needs – even if you want to bring your pets, as several pet-friendly cottages are available.

£25 – £50 Off October Half Term Breaks 2014

The cottages are decorated and furnished in a crisp, modern style, often with open-plan living / dining areas to create a wonderful feeling of space. The inclusion of wood burning stoves does however also ensure that they are also cosy on the coldest of evenings – two of the cottages also have a sauna, to REALLY stave off the chill!

Each cottage has its own private garden with BBQ, patio area and private parking.

Prices start at £360 per week in low season in one of the smaller cottages, rising to £2,600 per week for a larger cottage in peak season. For more details, visit Silverglades Self Catering Aviemore

Cottages Available August Summer Holidays

July 31, 2014 at 8:55 am

Norfolk Cottages Available August

Great Cottage Deals for the Summer Holidays

It’s not too late to book a self-catering break in the UK for the school summer holidays, with some great deals available on holiday cottages during August.

Summer Holiday Deals Norfolk

Take the property above, Quaker Barn in Haveringland, Norfolk, set in a tranquil location and sleeping 6 to 8 people. This stylish barn conversion is situated within half an hour of the coast and the Broads, with lovely views towards woodland and water meadows – and now reduced from £1295 to £1100 for 7 nights from Friday 22nd August. For more details, visit Holiday Cottage Norfolk 8 People

Summer Cottage Deals Yorkshire

Yorkshire Cottages Available August
Moving further North, this beautiful character cottage nestling in the peaceful village of Langthwaite in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, sleeps 4 people and is available for 1 week commencing Saturday 9th August at the reduced price of £425. Perfect for walkers and cyclists, it’s also a great location for families, with a large variety of activities and visitor attractions on offer throughout the year. Visit The Curlews Langthwaite
August Cottage Availability Yorkshire

Short Breaks August 2014

If you can only make a short break, also in Yorkshire is this luxury 5 Star Gold property near Beverley in the Yorkshire Wolds. The Granary at Broadgate Farm Cottages provides luxury accommodation for six people, and is available for a 3-night break from Friday 8th August at the reduced price of £636. Visit Holiday Cottages East Yorkshire

For more special offers on holiday cottages during August and early September, visit our Holiday Cottage Special Offers page

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.