Saturday 20 November 2010

Holiday Rental Gite in Poitou-Charentes with private pool

La Commanderie des Templiers is a beautiful stone mill resting on the banks of the River Ne, and surrounded by forest. Dating from the 11th century. It is has just been added to the self catering holiday rentals website.

Located close to Barbezieux-St-Hilaire in Poitou-Charentes and surrounded by forest and local vineyards. As the name suggests, the original building was the command post of the Knights Templar during the Crusades.

Chez Meunier is just 4 kms from Blanzac-Porcheresse where you can enjoy lunch at one of the typical French bars, or just sit and watch village life. Barbezieuz-St-Hilaire the nearest small town is 9 kms away.

If you long for the sea, the huge beaches of Royan are about an hour away. Or for city lovers and only 30 minutes away is Angouleme, the capital of Poitou-Charentes and the most beautiful city, famous for its connections to the cartoon industry.

But, if you just want to relax and soak up the sun, there can be no better place than Chez Meunier where your private pool is right outside your door. Surrounded by trees and with a backdrop of birdsong, it is a suntrap all day long.

The owners say "The low, unassuming facade belies the huge amount of space contained within its double fronted stone walls."

The entrance, beside the private pool, leads into a large bright hallway and the ground floor.

Enormous Kitchen/Diner
Overlooking the pool is the bright, airy and fully equipped kitchen/diner.The giant oak table will seat 12, with enough room to entertain or just enjoy yourselves. All the equipment you would expect to find in a full kitchen you will find here.

Sitting Room
Across the hall is the sitting room which again looks out onto the pool and beyond into the woods. This room is comfortably furnished with armchairs and settees, TV, DVD and a supply of books and games. There are also 2 bed-settees should you require beds for 8-9 people.

Master Bedroom and en-suite
The stairs lead up to another large hall and into the stunning Master Bedroom, which has a super king-size sleigh bed under a beautiful vaulted ceiling, showing all the ancient oak beams. This room has a large en-suite wet room and views to the east across the mill stream, Le Ne, and the rising sun.

Double bedroom and Twin bedroom
On this floor there are a further two bedrooms, a double and a twin. Both have views over the forest and are directly opposite the large family bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and hand basin.

The private pool is set in terrace of terracotta paviours for a restful atmosphere, even in the brightest sun. Situated under a large cream awning at the far end of the terrace is the outdoor dining area and to one side a stone barbeque, with charcoal bin and bamboo serving table to make alfresco dining a pleasure not a chore.

All linen and towels are renewed weekly.

Local Area / what you can do:

With almost the maximum hours of French sunshine, the countryside presents a mosaic of colour. The sunflowers, maize, wheat and occasional family group of Limousin cattle grow well here, but this area is best known for its vineyards, supplying grapes for Cognac and the local delicacy Pineau.

The Charente region has many attractive towns and villages and holidays here enable the traveller to experience many interesting and beautiful places.

Here are a few that have been tried and tested, but rest assured, there is something enjoyable here for everyone, every day.

Experience the history and produce

Visit the town of Cognac and take a tour of one of its world famous Brandy Houses - Hennessey, Courvoisier - watch the process and sample the product!

Angouleme, with its beautiful Cathedral in the heart of the Old City, is a delightful place to wander. Explore through the maze of narrow streets and you will find a wide range of pavement bars and gourmet restaurants to suit every taste and pocket.

The famous and fascinating Chapelle des Templiers at Cressac is just a healthy bike ride away from the house. Soak up the aura of its frescoes before pedalling on to Blanzac for a coffee.

Take a drive through the countryside to the pretty town of Jarnac, which straddles the lovely Charente. Here you can enjoy a boat trip on the river, looking out for kingfishers and coypus along its banks.

The city of Bordeaux is less than an hour away with its modern city experiences and a visit to the vineyards of St Emillion and the Medoc region is a great way to spend the day.

For the more adventurous, there are a number of activities available:

Golf enthusiasts can play the championship course at Cognac, beautifully designed around a Chateau and its vineyard. There is also an 18 hole course in Angouleme and a pleasant 9 hole course at nearby Pillac.

The Charente River offers numerous opportunities to hire canoes and kayaks, for an hour or for a day. Aubeterre sur la Dronne with its underground cathedral and voted one of the most beautiful villages in France has a range of options, including canoeing and swimming and is just 25 minutes away.

For the ramblers and cyclists, the quiet lanes and rolling hills provide a perfect setting. There are waymarked paths and bridleways, or you can explore the valleys of the Ne and the Boeme yourselves with local maps.

Enjoy the Arts and Music:

Each year Angouleme hosts the annual Cartoon Strip Festival ( Bande Desinee ) in February.

In Cognac, the annual Blues and Jazz Festival is held for a week every summer and attracts internationally renowned artists.

Barbezieux hosts Music Week, where local and regional musicians play a variety of styles in the bars and around the streets. There are also organised live concerts and exhibitions throughout the summer.

And for the motor-heads!

The Rampart Rally has visitors from far and wide to watch this historic Classic motor race in September. Classic cars from all over Europe meet in Angouleme for two days of spectacular road racing around the tight streets and ramparts. A great experience for young and old.

A market for every day of the week --Throughout the region, almost every village offers weekly markets, fares and occasional exhibitions. In the summer, the 'Farmers Markets' are a fantastic way to sample local produce in the villages, where you often have the chance to buy the meat, cook it on the barbeque and wash it down with local wine!
‘Brocantes' and ‘Vide Grenier' are very popular with the French locals and are so much more than boot sales. Spend a day ferreting through all the stalls and often lunch is available on site too.

How do we find out more? Make a booking? Visit the property Here

Monday 15 November 2010

French Radio London FRL launches in under 48 hours time

In under 48 hours time, On Wednesday 17th November 2010 - French Radio London - FRL launches. Here is their Press Release

Ecoutez! November Launch For French Radio London

French Radio London Limited (FRL) is to launch in London early in November having secured a channel slot on the London II DAB digital radio multiplex. FRL will be the capital's first French language terrestrial broadcast station and is aimed primarily at London's 400,000 native French speakers. It will also appeal to the huge Francophile community – 14 million British people visit France every year, the largest group of foreign visitors to La Belle France.

The format will be a lively, music-based mix to appeal to French music tastes, with exciting talk programmes and interviews on a wide range of topics. The enticing blend of entertaining and informative output will be designed to meet the target market's daily appetite for fast-paced, varied listening. In short, a radio station which French-speaking Londoners will tune into regularly. The London II DAB network covers the Greater London area and has the best coverage of any of the three London multiplexes, reaching 4.5 million households (11 million people approximately).

FRL is the brainchild of experienced radio broadcast consultant Pascal Grierson, FRL's CEO, who comments: "We look forward to broadcasting a unique French voice on London's airwaves. This is an exciting development for listeners as well as UK and French based commercial partners who will benefit from a dedicated platform to reach French-speaking London residents and the wider Francophile community. A bientôt sur la DAB!"

Piers Collins of Switchdigital, owners of the London II multiplex, adds: "It's been a pleasure working with Pascal and the FRL team. I'm genuinely delighted to have helped bring this much-demanded station concept to fruition. FRL will, I am sure, soon be the radio station of first choice for many London radio listeners."

FRL is taking over the channel slot released by Smooth Radio, which recently moved to the national Digital One multiplex. FRL will also be available online and on Smartphone apps.

More Information:

Primary listeners will comprise the 350,000+ Francophone residents living in London accessed via mailings, promotions and community activities/events.

FRL’s secondary target audience will be come from the Francophile community and we expect half a million listeners to tune in.

They aim to partner with leading transport organisations, government bodies, trade groups and affiliates to supply easy listening devices, links and mobile apps expanding our community beyond the capital and these shores. Many French visitors planning to come to London part-time or permanently will find FRL a comforting friend close at hand online, on DAB and mobile 3G.

Through these initiatives FRL is set to develop a unique franchise with innovative and exciting output, wrapped up in a transparent business model for business partners to embrace.

With just under two days to the launch they are playing a test "loop" to give a flavour of the station....Sounds goos

Monday 1 November 2010

Nomad of Antibes

The Riviera Times is running a story on line entitled "Nomad roams no more"

Rarely has a sculpture been so embraced and so enjoyed, as Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s ‘Nomad’, now permanently installed on the ramparts of old Antibes and pictured left.

The monumental seated figure dominates the skyline, drawing visitors like a magnet. Metal letters representing thoughts make perfect footholds for the adventurous, who climb to its very top. People sit together on the natural seats the arms provide; the whole area, inside and out, invites exploration and perfectly frames the glorious view of the Mediterranean sea and old town.

Read the entire story by following this link

Saturday 23 October 2010

Winter Sunshine in Vilamoura Algarve Portugal

It has got a lot colder in the last couple of weeks in northern Europe. On the 10th of October it was 18 degrees on the Sunday evening in London.
The temperatures have dropped and there is frost at night. Is winter approaching too quickly?

What about some warm winter sunshine in Vilamoura, the “In Place to be this year”?

The most popular resort in the Algarve this year was Vilamoura and it has taken over its rivals by far. Could this be because of its fabulous and very stylish Marina and the new extension?

Perhaps because of the pristine “Blue Flag” beaches. Of course there are 5 excellent championship golf courses to test your mettle. Not to mention the difficult and challenging Tennis Club and the more gentle, but not so easy Lawn Green Bowling Club.

If that’s not enough then try your luck at the International Casino with its marvellous Night Club for all ages and all tastes in Music. The town also offers some amazing restaurants especially around the Marina. Wonderful Bars with live music and lovely cafes for morning coffee and cakes.

Are you seaworthy? Big game fishing, chasing Sharks, Marlin and giant Tuna fish, that takes a lot of nerve and stamina. Maybe you can catch one? Scuba diving and windsurfing isn’t as easy as it looks…but being a spectator is also a lot of fun. For relaxation go on a cruise on a Catamaran or a replica of a Portuguese discovery ship.

Then you can have a sunset champagne cruise or go and visit Sir Cliff Richard’s vineyards for a taste of the good life. Dolphin shows or to see the other sea creatures and animals at the Zoomarine are not to be missed!

A local agent has negotiated discounts for the above activities but also on the accommodations. That includes apartments directly on the Marina, townhouses in The Old Village and fabulous Villas within easy walking distance to the amenities such as the Marina and beaches. Needless to say they have lots of other luxury properties along the coast that are featured on the website.

The agent can also arrange Wedding and Banquets, Stag and Hen do’s, special events such as Anniversaries, Birthdays, Golf parties, weekend trips and any activities you wish can be custom designed.

For more information Visit Portugal at

Tignes is an ideal destination for overseas property buyers who like skiing

According to a posting on the Intasure Holiday home and second home insurance website blog:-

France's Tignes is an ideal destination for overseas property buyers who like skiing.
Off-piste skiing in Tignes during Spring is "very famous" and is a "perfect time to taste the area", according to Tignes Developpement.

A spokeswoman from the Tourist Office of Tignes Developpement, said during this time of year the French destination is warmer and still has very good snow, holiday home insurance customers may be interested to hear. named the resort in the Alps as the best European ski destination for high altitude skiing.

The spokeswoman said that because Tignes is an high altitude skiing area, the snow is guaranteed.

"Because we are very high and have the glacier, the winter season ends on May 8th," she said, adding: "Tignes has the Grande Motte glacier as well, where it is possible to ski all year long, in the summer too."

She added that it was a sports resort popular with Brits and the younger skier.

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Tignes is near Val d’Isère in the French Alps.Tignes is basically three areas made up of Tignes-Le-Lac at 2100 metres, Tignes Les Boisses at 1850 metres and Tignes Les Brevieres at 1550 metres and Val Claret is full of French, British, Dutch and other nationality ski companies running chalets and ferrying skiers about in Land Rovers and mini buses.

I went there in Easter 2007, a time when most ski resorts would be closing because of the late time of year. However because of the glacier, as stated earlier on this page the skiing goes on longer.

At that time, unless you were actually on the pistes the snow was disappearing fast and the air was warm with daily temperatures reaching 23 degrees. Although it was Easter the Christmas feeling is still there with Christmas decorations in the restaurants, up in the streets, Christmas lights on trees and buildings. The “12 days” of Christmas are well extended!

The car parks were full of Belgian, British, Dutch, German, Swiss and even French registered cars whose owners were taking a skiing break over the Easter vacation.

Find out More Here about Tignes

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Monday 18 October 2010

La Cordonnerie self catering holiday Cottages in St. Antonin-Noble-Val France

This delightful self catering holiday rental is being promoted on the holiday lettings site.

One visitor who stayed there said "Over the past 40 years of independent holidaying in France, in hotels and houses and camp sites I have never found anywhere so absolutely perfect as La Cordonnerie.This delightful cottage has been so well restored and appointed with the things that are really necessary to make the time spent there such a memorable pleasure. So many places only have the bare essentials but here we had everything we could possibly need to make our stay as comfortable as possible. To be able to BBQ and have dinner on the terrace just outside the door in the cool of the evening was so relaxing we didn't want to go out to eat in the evening. The pool is stunning and to have this facility just a few steps away from our door quite amazing.

For those who love the gentle lifestyle of the remote French countryside - look no further - it is here in abundance.

To gaze masses of stars in a moonlight sky at night and to wake to the sound of the church bells drifting over the hills and see the autumn mist in the valleys is difficult to adequately describe. As an added bonus during our stay, we were delighted to meet the owners and spend a fascinating time just chatting with them over a very nice bottle of wine.So many memories for such a short stay - we will be back."

Q:So when you go there what do you have? A: A farmhouse and Cottage. The farmhouse sleeps 8 and the cottage 4.

Acacia, walnut and fruit trees border the tranquil, sunny garden overlooking the countryside and offering plenty of space for family games and a superior 6x12 metre swimming pool, 2.5m deep, with diving board, plenty of loungers, poolhouse and a childproof locked fence standard to French safety regulations.

Plenty of loungers, a table and chairs are supplied around the poolside. The pool is located in a very sunny open position, but remains private and shielded to outside viewers. On balmy summer evenings a swim in the flood lit pool is exciting and invigorating.

As the pool is not heated, the season for swimmers lasts from mid-May to early October.

The hamlet consists of 9-10 houses, most of which are permanently inhabited and is overlooked by the church of St Pantaléon. There are no shops or other amenities and only local traffic, guaranteeing tranquillity and a peaceful enjoyment of your holiday. Passing the hamlet is the GR 46, part of the great walking routes in France. The area is attractive to lovers of nature and birdsong and in spring becomes a haven of wildflowers and orchids.

The hamlet is generally very quiet, but comes to life in summer during the feast of St Pantaléon on the last Sunday of July, with a grand fête inclusive of a meal, dancing and Musette. Everyone can join in and for €13, take part of a 5 course meal à la champêtre, including plenty of wine! A very good humoured and enjoyable evening!

Q: How do you get there if you are driving from England or Ireland? A: The quickest and most convenient way to reach the property near Vaour is from St. Malo. The roads are all dual carriageway or motorway until Montauban. Total one way cost of Peage (motorway toll) is roughly equivalent to £25.

The journey down (approx. 500 miles 800 kms) will take about 7 to 7.5 hours.

Other information:

Vaour 5 km Penne 5 km St Antonin12 km Bruniquel, Puycelci, Castelnau de Montmiral 15 km Cordes 22 km Gaillac 35 km Albi 42 km Najac 40 km Montauban 40 km Toulouse 80 km Cahors 65 km

Located between the cities of Cahors, Albi and Montauban and within easy reach of the famous " Bastide" towns of BruniqueI, Puycelci, Castelnau de Montmiral, Larroque, Penne, Cahuzac and Cordes, it is an ideal location from which to visit the many historic sites in the region. Albi, a beautiful regional capital on the river Tarn, is very worthwile a visit with its historic cathedral and museum dedicated to the artist Toulouse Lautrec. The fairy city of Carcassonne is 2 hours drive south, the Pyrenees can be reached in 2 hours. The Mediteranean is 3 hours drive away.

The surrounding countryside is rich in wildlife, with a wide variation of landscape from cultivated fields to a forest that is said to be the least polluted in Europe. Walkers can use the nearby GR46, or the many tracks and paths which lead off in many directions. The quiet road and tracks are ideal for cyclists, with a terrain to suit the reasonably fit. Several bicycles are kept on the premises and are provided at no extra cost. St.Antonin has several centres for canoeing on the beautiful river Aveyron. Other sports catered for nearby are horseriding, caving, tennis and golf. Leisure centres are approx 30 mins drive away.

Q: How do I find out more? A: Visit Here

Sunday 17 October 2010

Paying the price for poor parking in France

Anyone taking the risk of parking their cars illegally could face a fine double what they would have to pay today if the National Assembly vote gives the nod to a new proposal.

Parking fines will double in price if the amendment is passed.An amendment put forward by the ruling UMP party was voted on by the Finance Committee in France’s Lower House, and the proposal now goes up before the French deputies as part of upcoming budget debates.

Read the full story in The Riviera Times (from the south of France) by following the link below.
Paying the price for poor parking - The Riviera Times Online

If you are thinking of visiting the south of France in the next few weeks, take a look at our cotedazur rental site. Full of information and self catering accommodation for the Riviera. Eat - Drink - Stay and wake up in the Riviera.

Tuesday 12 October 2010

Villa I Poggioli, Bocca di Magra (Ameglia) SP Italy

These lovely sea front apartments offer a breathtaking sight of the Alpi Apuane in the heart of the Mediterranean nature. They have just been added to the Self catering holiday home advertising site.

The location of the Villa makes it perfect as a base for both beach holidays and one day excursions. It is only 10 minutes away from the border of Tuscany and in a couple of hours through the motorway, Florence, Pisa and Lucca are easy to reach.

The well- known elegant Portofino and Le Cinque Terre are recommended tours, but for anyone wishing to discover Liguria’s lesser known charms, enchantig medieval hilltop villages in the unspoilt nature are also suggested.

The special dishes from Liguria can be tasted in the lovely restaurants along the river, where they cook fresh fish that local fishermen daily provide.

The villa is located 50 metres from the sea at the mouth of the River Magra. The sandy beaches are only 5 minutes walking distance. The drugstore is in the village, by the small port. The supermarket is only ten minutes walking distance from the villa

The nearest airports of Pisa and Genoa are about 50 minutes drive through the motorway A12 Villa I Poggioli

Qualunque sia la ragione, la vita frenetica e il logorio di tutti i giorni svaniscono nel momento in cui si trova relax in questo angolo di Paradiso nel Parco Naturale del Magra e del Montemarcello.
Questi deliziosi appartamenti fronte mare offrono una vista mozzafiato delle Alpi Apuane nel cuore della vegetazione mediterranea.

La villa è ubicata in maniera perfetta sia per chi la sceglie per una vacanza al mare sia per chi desidera una base per escursioni nelle vicinanze. Infatti percorrendo la strada lungomare, in pochi minuti troviamo la Toscana, con le città di Firenze, Pisa e Lucca raggiungibili in breve tempo.

L’elegantissima Portofino e Le Cinque Terre sono mete turistiche imperdibili, ma per chi avesse voglia di scoprire il fascino celato della Liguria, si consigliano quei paesini in alto sulle colline immersi in una natura incontaminata.

Per scoprire le specialità gastronomiche della Liguria basta scegliere uno dei tanti graziosi ristoranti lungo il fiume, dove ogni giorno si gusta pesce fresco fornito direttamente dai pescatori del luogo.Villa I Poggioli

Quoi qu’il en soit, la frénésie et le stress du quotidien disparaîtront sitot arrivé dans ce coin de paradis du Parc Regional du fleuve Magra et de Montemarcello.

Les jolis appartements en face de la mer font profiter d’une vue étonnante des Alpi Apuane au coeur de la nature méditerranéenne.

Cette charmante villa est située de façon à ce qu’elle puisse servir soit pour des vacances à la mer, soit comme une aire de repos pour des excursions aux alentours. Elle se trouve juste à dix minutes de l’entrée de l’autoroute qui mène aux villes de Florence, Pisa et Lucques.

Les charmantes stations de Portofino et le Cinque Terre sont les destinations les plus connues, mais pour ceux qui ont envie de découvrir le charme caché de la Ligurie, nous vous conseillons les petits villages perchés dans les collines et abrités par une nature saine.

Pour découvrir la Ligurie gourmande, il suffit de choisir l’un des nombreux petits restaurants le long du fleuve, où l’on peut trouver chaque jour dans son assiette des coquillages et du poisson frais rammenés par le pecheurs du village. Villa I Poggioli

Будни, лихорадочный ритм и усталость от повседневности - все исчезает во время отдыха в этом райском уголке Национального парка Магры и Монтемарчелло.

Из прелестных аппартаментов у моря открывается захватывающий дух вид на Апуанские Альпы с пышной средиземноморской растительностью.

Удобное расположение виллы позволяет провести не только каникулы на море,но и совершить экскурсии в находящиеся поблизости города. По бегущей у
берега моря дороге можно быстро добраться до Тосканы, с ее легко досягаемыми Флоренцией, Пизой и Луккой.

Элегантный Портофино и Чинкве Терре давно являются излюбленными уголками для туристов, а вот для тех , кто хотел бы открыть для себя неповторимое очарование Лигурии, можно посоветовоть посетить построенные высоко на холмах деревушки,окруженные целомудренной природой.

В прекрасных ресторанах, расположившихся на берегу реки, можно попробовать блюда лигурийской кухни, здесь всегда свежая рыба , которую доставляют местные рыбаки. Villa I Poggioli

Monday 20 September 2010 gets new front page

The travel website has just had a new front page to represent its importance to visitors within the jml Group's activities.
Euro has been around for a number of years promoting self catering holiday rentals and now the new look front page takes in the additional travel essentials - Car / Motorhome hire - car hire / motor home insurance - Travel insurance and holiday home property insurance.

Friday 20 August 2010

Advertise on and pay via PayPal

Good news for anyone wanting to advertise their self catering holiday rental at the low cost advertising service You can now pay for your advertising by using PayPal.
Of course you don't need a PayPal account either, simply pay with your credit or debit card.
Does it cost a lot to advertise a self catering holiday rental on the site that has been in business for years?
Well actually no. Only £12.50 a year! Yes £12.50 a year including UK VAT....amazing value.
So what do you get for your £12.50? A one page feature for your property in whichever worldwide country it is located in (plus the local region of course), you can upload up to six photos, have as much descriptive material as you want to include, prices of the rental and a web link to your own personal web site.
£12.50 won't break the bank balance, but the lettings that come in, should add to the bank balance.

Monday 16 August 2010

It's that time of year for sun,sea and spend

The Sunday Mirror had a headline on the 15th August 2010 - "20 ways to cut the cost of your holiday" an article by Sarah Arnold.

She started the article with the seasonal words"It's that time of year for sun, sea... and spend, spend, spend"

It certainly is time with all thos holiday makers about not to mention s series of tips on how to cut down on your summer holiday spending.

A selection of popular topics were covered including use mobile phone charges, airport parking and Travel Insurance. No individual companies were quoted, however if you are looking for travel insurance take a look at those advertising on the jml insurance website at

Then there was car hire insurance. "19 Be a canny car hirer- Always take digital photos of the hire car when you pick it up - useful for defending claims of damage. Buy independent cover before you fly. See and".

See the rest of the article at:

Wednesday 11 August 2010

Dream Ireland Holiday Homes have late summer bargains

Dream Ireland Holidays have some mid-August deals on offer if you are interested in a self catering holiday in Ireland.

With the school holidays coming to an end in just a couple of weeks, we have some great last minute special offers at some of our most popular Dream Ireland locations for the week ahead.

Here are a couple of examples

Large 4 bedroom house in Dingle
14th Aug - 21st Aug '10
Ard na Mara Holiday Homes Dingle
Dingle, Co. Kerry
Was €1,217.00 Now €799.00

7 nights in Kenmare this summer
14th Aug - 21st Aug '10
Inbhear Sceine Waterside Holiday Homes Kenmare
Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Was €827.00 Now €650.00

Dream Ireland have properties in many locations in Ireland and these are advertised on the jmlvillas,com website.

For more information go to:

Tuesday 10 August 2010

Travesla Marina Baixa, La Cala de Finestrat, Costa Blanca, Spain

This Beach side apartment at La Cala de Finestrat, Costa Blanca, Spain is ust 80 metres from the beach, this beautifully decorated apartment - which sleeps up to five people - is just 40 minutes away from Alicante airport. Situated in the small Spanish village of La Cala close to real Spanish restaurants and pavement cafes, banks, supermarkets and hair salons.

There is also a market held every Friday. All within walking distance of the apartment. Just 80 metres from the beautiful sandy beach , safe bathing, life guard present on beach during day, with sun beds for hire. Four miles of golden beach, attractions like aqua park, Terri Mitticha (similar to Alton Towers theme park). The apartment is available for up to six months let, but also available for long weekends.

Fly into Alicante Airport from Cardiff - BMI baby or Easy Jet at Bristol. Birmingham also has low-cost flights such as My Travel Light and Fly Be Light. Airport transfers can be arranged, if required by the owner.
It offers:

•Sleeping accommodation for up to 4 guests
•1 bedroom
•1 bathroom
•Washing machine
•Satellite TV
•Room fans
•Beach nearby
•Shops nearby
•Bars nearby
•Restaurants nearby
•Park nearby
•Close to airport

To find out more go to this page at the self catering holiday homes website

Wednesday 4 August 2010

Holiday home owners to lose tax breaks on holiday lets

The National Federation of Property Professionals - NFOPP has circulated this piece of news that will effect owners of self catering holiday homes.

The tax advantages on furnished holiday lets were reinstated by the Coalition after the previous Government abolished them in April..

George Osborne the Chancellor of the Exchequer reversed the measure in the June Budget saying he wanted to help small businesses operating in the tourism industry.However, the Treasury has now said it intends to make it much tougher for home owners to qualify for the breaks.The move comes as the Government prioritises reducing the country’s deficit.

Under the proposals, home owners will need to secure more bookings and will no longer be able to offset their mortgage costs against their personal income. This tax break is one of the main financial reasons for investing in a furnished holiday let as it helps to reduce an individual’s overall tax liabilities.

The new proposals aims to bring the rules in line with EU law and make them focused on commercial businesses rather than those run for personal use.It means more than a quarter of the 65,000 home owners offering holiday lets in Britain will no longer be eligible for the tax benefits from 2011-2012, according to a consultation document published by the Treasury.

The consultation said the changes to the rules needed to be “affordable”.

Mike Warburton, of accountants Grant Thornton, said: “The coalition has recognised the importance of this relief to the holiday industry, but clearly want to restrict a loss to the Exchequer in extending the relief to homes throughout the EU as the law requires.”

The taxman requires certain conditions to be met before the furnished holiday lettings rules can be applied.

The Treasury is now proposing that the property must be available to let for a total of 210 days in a 12 month period, up from the current level of 140 days.And it is suggested that the property must be actually let for at least 105 days during that year, up from just 70 days.

The Treasury also wants to restrict losses from furnished holiday lets so that they can only be set against future profits from that same business. It means losses, such as mortgage interest and any repairs, cannot be offset against other investment incomes, such as from shares or savings.

Accountants warned that some home owners may be forced to sell up to reduce their debts and it could deter those who were thinking about getting a holiday let in the future.

Leonie Kerswill, a tax partner at accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers, said: “Home owners who regularly use their property for family trips, and who do not generally leave much time for other members of the public to use will have to rethink, and ensure that they let their homes for three and a half months each year if they want to be eligible for a 10 per cent Capital Gains Tax rate on an eventual sale.”

There are also other tax breaks that apply to furnished holiday lets, such as capital gains tax rollover relief, which is expected to continue.

* Current rules

1.Must be available to the public for 140 days within a 12 month period
2.Must be actually let to the public for 70 days
3.If the holiday let makes a loss due to the rent not covering the mortgage payments, these losses can be offset against personal tax liabilities

* New rules

1.Must be available to the public for 210 days
2.Must be actually let to the public for 105 days
3.If the holiday let makes a loss due to the rent not covering the mortgage payments, these losses cannot be offset against personal tax liabilities.

Source: NFOPP - For more information go to :

Thursday 29 July 2010

Essential Travel Warns of Hidden Costs

Essential Travel Warns Holidaymakers to Beware of Hidden Costs

“Hidden charges” could add 25 per cent or more to the cost of airport parking, reveals

July 29, 2010 - It’s often the last thing holidaymakers think about before they head off on their travels but those opting to drive to the airport this summer could find themselves out of pocket when arranging their airport parking, according to leading travel essentials provider

Research by has shown that airport parking could holidaymakers 25 per cent more than they expect, due to “hidden charges” levied by airport parking providers.

The company has revealed that a week’s airport parking, which can be booked for as little as £20.00, could creep up by an additional £5.00 once booking charges, credit card fees and cancellation waivers are taken into account.

In addition, sun-seekers could find themselves as much as £10.00 out of pocket if they decide to cancel their airport parking.

“Holidaymakers have grown wise to the 'hidden costs' associated with low-cost airlines and are becoming experts on how to avoid them but most don’t apply the same tactics to booking their airport parking,” says Stuart Bensusan,

“Parking at the airport can be a really affordable option, but only if you do your home- work and make sure you are aware of any hidden 'add-ons' or extra costs.”

To help customers save money has opted to reduce or eliminate its own cancellation waivers, charges and credit card fees in time for the peak summer holiday period 4. The company has scrapped its two per cent credit card fee completely, reduced the cancellation waiver from £0.99 to just £0.50 and instead of charging a £9.50 cancellation charge, customers will now only forfeit £5.00 if they wish to cancel a booking that has been made without paying the cancellation waiver. has also reduced the cancellation notice period from 48 hours before arrival to just 12.

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Saturday 24 July 2010

Chalet Miranda, Champex, Switzerland

We might be inmid summer in late July, however the ski season is not too far away.
Chalet Miranda in Champex, Switzerland has just been listed on the website it is available in the summer as well.

New, luxury Alpine chalet covering 150 sqm with reasonable South facing garden, in the beautiful unspoilt peaceful village of Champex-lac situated in the Swiss Canton of Valais at an altitude of 1420 m. Superb skiing within the village, and within easy distance of several other ski resorts, including Verbier which is 40 minutes away.

Described as the 'Little Jewel' of the Valais region with 300+ days sunshine, the lakeside village of Champex-lax is both a summer and winter resort and offers a safe family environment or a peaceful retreat in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

This delightful chalet •Sleeps 8 •Skiing or Walking •Winter or Summer •Luxury Accommodation .

Chalet Miranda is newly constructed, and has been finished to a very high standard with balconies and shuttered windows. It is suitable to sleep Up to 6 adults, and 2 children.

It is built on 3 levels, and has 3 good sized bedrooms and 2 fully tiled bathrooms/shower rooms. One bedroom has a Queensize bed and the other 2 house single beds, the largest bedroom also has a pair of bunkbeds for children.

The central area is open-plan with a typical traditional Swiss fireplace and plenty of comfortable seating. This floor has very efficient underfloor heating throughout and a new flatscreen hdTV with cable and several English channels including BBC. There is also a video with a selection of films available. The chalet is stocked with plenty of towels and sheets.

The chalet houses a luxury modern fitted open-plan kitchen, with an AEG oven, Siemens hob, seperate AEG fridge, freezer and dishwasher. AEG washing machine and seperate tumble dryer are in the downstairs utility. There are an iron, hairdryer and other essentials.

Chalet Miranda also has a sunny South facing garden and large private parking area at the front. It is on a private road shared by 4 other chalets.

Champex is 1.5 hrs drive from Geneva Airport circling the beautiful Lake Geneva. It is 2.5hrs from Chambery Airport and 40 minutes from Sion Airport. Champex borders the French & Italian Alps.

Excellent Swiss rail facilities from Geneva Airport via Martigny to Orsiere which is 15 minutes drive from the chalet.

Immediate local facilities include an immaculate outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, table tennis, beach volley ball, hiking trails, cross country and off-piste skiing, biking paths, boating and fishing on the lake. All these are very close and walkable from the Chalet. Paragliding and bungee jumping facilities are nearby.

There are beautiful walks around Champex-lac, and for the more adventurous, the village is on the Mont Blanc 'walk'.

There are boulangeries, and various other shops plus several quality restaurants, cafes and bars. There is also an excellent ski-hire and walking boot hire outlet.

The famous lakeside town of Montreux is 45 minutes from Champex with its annual jazz festival. This is accessible from the Castle of Chillon where you can board a steamer over the lake to Montreux.

Martigny is the nearest large town. Here you can find great shops, galleries and several Museums (including the Great St Bernard Dog Museum!).

For fans of the Da Vinci Code, a visit to the capital of the Valais region, Sion, is a must.

Swiss wines are a well kept secret within Switzerland, and the Valais wines are possibly considered to be the best. Most of these wines can only be bought within Switzerland as they only export 1%.

Winter: Champex itself is a charming crowd free resort with 25km of piste with four ski lifts including a nursery slope, also a further 30km of cross country routes. A small branch of Swiss Snowsports School (SSS) operates, and two restaurants on the mountain cater for the resort.

Winter time normally runs from December 18th to 17th April

Summer: In summer the well-marked network of walking and hiking routes allow one to enjoy the local wildlife, flora and fauna and the delightful scenery of the Swiss mountain countryside. Champex is on the Mont Blanc to Zermatt walkers route. From the chalet three glaciers can be reached, with two refuges within a 4 to 6 hour walk from the top of the chair lift.

Chair operating times: 08.30am-12.15pm then 13.30pm-17.15pm -Summer time is from 11th June to 25th September and then in October, the chair operates weekends only.

For more information please visit the Chalet Miranda Page at HERE

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Thursday 22 July 2010

Villa Astonita Gata de Gorgos Costa Blanca Spain

This luxury villa has just been advertised on the holdiday homes rental advertising site.
Located in the Costa Blanca, Spain the country that recently one the World Cup football trophy for the first time.

A delightful, spacious three bedroomed house offering excellent accommodation for up to 6 people. Lovely friendly community with community pool very close to property. The little town of Gata de Gorgos is at the bottom of the hill and is famous for its craft work, including cane furniture and guitar making. The stunning beaches of Javea are a short drive away, as is the pretty town of Moraira.

The bustling town of Denia is also only a short drive away. La Sella golf course is a few minutes drive.

•Sleeps up to 6
•3 bedrooms
•2 bathrooms
•Washing machine
•Room fans
•Shared pool
•Shops nearby

The property has its own private, shaded parking space immediately outside the property. There is a good sized patio which is equipped with seating and sun loungers. There is a large parasol for use over the dining table and a retractable sun blind over the terrace, as well as an undercover terrace area, thus ensuring you can always provide shade, even at the height of summer. There is a community pool, with gated access, very close to the property.

Within a five minute drive there is a large supermarket and an excellent restaurant which also has a bar area for light meals and with Sky sports.

On the development there are two children's play areas and a shady picnic area with tables and benches. The nearest beach is Javea, which is approximately 15 minutes by car, where you will find an extensive range of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Javea is a very family friendly town. Excellent beaches and facilities can also be found in nearby Moraira and Denia. La Sella golf is approximately 10 minutes away by car.

More information at

Saturday 10 July 2010

Algarve summer news

Just had some information in from The Algarve in southern Portugal

Villa Margarida:

Villa Margarida (pictured above)is a large and comfortable six bedroom villa with pool and tennis court that has recently been completely refurbished to a high standard. It is situated in the picturesque fishing village of Carvoeiro.The villa has air-conditioning. Accommodation consists of two double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms (which can be made into doubles if required). There are a further two bedrooms which can sleep three in each bedroom in a combination of single or double beds, as required. All bedrooms have either an en-suite bathroom or shower room. Car not essential. Peak season prices are €4800 euros per week. We also have a simpler 3 bedroom villa in Vilamoura for €1250 euros per week for July and August.

Santa Eulalia:

There is alovely brand new little complex is situated in the area of Santa Eulalia within the “New Town” of Albufeira that is known as Praia da Oura and encompasses two of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, both having a Blue Flag Award for safety, cleanliness and beauty. The location is relatively quiet and yet on the edge of the buzz of “The Strip”. This pretty little resort caters to both singles and families where small children are looked after in a very safe environment. Car not necessary. Two bedroom villa for €1400 euros per week. One bedroom for €950 euros per week. These are peak prices for July and August.

Available in Vilamora:

This is a lovely 2 bedroom, ground floor apartment located in the highly popular area of the Old Village in Vilamoura. It has been newly decorated and refurbished giving it a fresh appearance. It has its own small private garden terrace leading from the living room. The complex has 3 communal swimming pools, all within easy walking distance. The local supermarket, bars and restaurants are all on your doorstep making it an extremely convenient holiday apartment for those that do not wish to drive. Fully air conditioned. Available for the whole month of August for €900 euros per week.

To find out more and make a booking go to the Portugal section at the website HERE

Thursday 8 July 2010

Advertising your villa can cost a lot less than £5 a month

Just had a an email span flyer from a villa advertising service for owners of self catering holiday homes.
They are inviting home owners to advertise their holiday homes for only £5 a month. (£60 per year) Sounds very good. They have been around since 2008.

This made us look at our costs at The current annual charge is £11.75 including VAT that is around 98 pence a month. The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative Liberal Democrat Government recently announced that VAT would be increasing in the UK from January 2011. We decided to look at our prices and have kept them very low for a number of years to help owners of holiday properties be able to market their holiday homes. has been in business since 2001 (in association with

The bad news is that we will be increasing the cost of advertising in the next couple of month, but only to £12.50 (Twelve pounds fifty pence) a year including VAT and when the new VAT level come in next January. our price of £12.50 will not increase.
£12.50 per year works out at £1.05 a month. That is still excellent value.

So what do you get for your £12.50 ?

No Commission or booking fees for owners or renters

Web site advertised in Holiday Magazines

6 photos per ad

You load up your own details -including availability, prices & photos.

You change your details and photos whenever you want by using your own password.

Live link to your personal website

Excellent search facilities

Main worldwide holiday destinations covered. If the country is not already listed - we will add it.

Advice for property owners and renters on the site

Payment accepted by secure credit card on line

To find out more Click Here

Thursday 24 June 2010

Santa Eulalia Townhouses, Albufeira Portugal

Another fine property in the Algarve that has been added to the extensive portfolio of properties available in the Algarve in Portugal with the low cost villa advertising service.

This lovely brand new little complex is situated in the area of Santa Eulalia within the “New Town” of Albufeira that is known as Praia da Oura and encompasses two of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, both having a Blue Flag Award for safety, cleanliness and beauty. The location is relatively quiet and yet on the edge of the buzz of “The Strip”. This pretty little resort caters to both singles and families where small children are looked after in a very safe environment. Golfers are welcome as the Sheraton and Balaia clubhouses are very close by with countless others within a short driving distance.

The Luxury Townhouses in Albufeira by the Beaches

•Sleeps up to 4
•2 bedrooms
•2 bathrooms
•Washing machine
•Satellite TV
•Air conditioning
•Shared pool
•Beach nearby
•Shops nearby
•Bars nearby
•Restaurants nearby

Well it might feel like summer here in England this week, it didn't this time last week and who knows what it will be like next week.

The weather forecast for Faro for the next 10 days is sunshine and temperatures reaching 27 degrees so why not make your arrangements now?

If you don't need to go in school holidays, think about September, it is normally very pleasant then.

More information can be found at:

The Old Village, Vilamoura

A Two Bedroom Luxury Apartment in The Old Village Vilamoura in the Algarve region of Portugal has recently been listed in the "Luxury Apartments Alargeve" section of the website.

This is a lovely 2 bedroom, ground floor apartment located in the highly popular area of the Old Village in Vilamoura. It has been newly decorated and refurbished giving it a fresh and modern appearance. It has its own small private garden terrace leading from the living room.

The complex has 3 communal swimming pools, all within easy walking distance. The local supermarket, bars and restaurants are all on your doorstep making it an extremely convenient holiday apartment for those that do not wish to drive.

It offers:
•Sleeping accommodation for up to 4
•2 bedrooms
•2 bathrooms
•Washing machine
•Satellite TV
•Air conditioning
•Shared pool
•Beach nearby
•Shops nearby
•Bars nearby
•Restaurants nearby
•Lake nearby
•Close to airport

Luxuries: Log fire, DVD player General: Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV Standard: Kettle, Toaster Utilities: Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine Rooms: Bedrooms (2), Bathrooms (1) Furniture: Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Sleeps maximum of 4 Other: Linen and towels provided. Outdoors: Balcony / Terrace, Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Shared garden Access: Parking space Further details indoors: Living/Dining Room with English TV and DVD, and doors opening onto the garden Fitted kitchen with fridge, washing machine, electric oven and hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, iron & board Double bedroom with fitted wardrobes Single Bedroom, with extra pull out bed, if required Shower room Further details outdoors: Exterior Parking Available surrounding complex 3 x Communal Swimming Pools surrounded by landscaped gardens.

To find out more go to:

Monday 14 June 2010

Luxury apartment on Vilamoura Marina

Edificio Vilamoura Marina, Vilamoura, The Algarve, Portugal is now available at the self catering holidays homes website.

This is a most beautifully situated apartment with spectacular views of Vilamoura Marina It is perfectly located for immediate access to the Marina with all its shops, bars and restaurants and only a short walk to the nearest beach.

This private apartment complex is small and intimate and benefits from its own swimming pool, making this a perfect holiday apartment in every way. Private underground parking is also available. The apartment has been furnished and equipped to a high standard and in a tasteful manner in keeping with the property. The apartment has air-conditioning in the living room and for winter lets, heating is available throughout.

•Sleeps up to 4 •2 bedrooms •2 bathrooms •Dishwasher •Washing machine •Satellite TV •Air conditioning •Room fans •Shared pool •Beach nearby •Shops nearby •Bars nearby •TV •Close to River •Restaurants nearby •Microwave •Lake nearby •Close to airport •Golf

There is a Living/Dining Room with TV (limited Satellite service), CD player

Fully covered in terrace area, with TV used for watching Videos and DVDs

Kitchen fully fitted and equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, electric cooker and hob, fridge/freezer

Double Bedroom with fitted wardrobes

En-suite shower room

2nd Bedroom (twin) with fitted wardrobes

En-suite Bathroom with full suite

Car parking Space in Underground Garage

Swimming pool and sun deck

For an anniversary or birthday we can make special arrangements including live music. These are either at discounted wholesale prices or at normal price BUT with transport included. We have just organised a cute little wine tasting trip to Sir Cliff Richard’s Vineyards, is on appointment from 4-6 p.m. and includes transport there and back for 15 euros per person. Bit of fun after the beach and before dinner…get you in the mood!!

Its a great time to go to southern Portugal now and further information can be found at:

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Aqua Mar Apartments, Vilamoura, Portugal

Self catering - Aqua Mar Apartments, Vilamoura, The Algarve, Portugal was added onto the holiday homes website last Friday.

This New luxury apartment offers:
•Sleeps up to 4 •2 bedrooms •2 bathrooms
•Dishwasher •Washing machine •Satellite TV
•Air conditioning •Shared pool •Beach nearby
•Shops nearby •Bars nearby •TV •Close to River
•Restaurants nearby •Microwave •Lake nearby •Close to airport •Golf

As well as having immediate access to the Marina with all its shops, bars and restaurants, it is also only a short walk to the nearest beach. This private apartment complex has its own swimming pool and gardens. The apartment has been furnished and equipped to a high standard and in a simple, tasteful manner in keeping with the modern style of the property. The apartment has air-conditioning and heating throughout. The 5th floor is reached by a lift.

The Living/Dining Room has a large screen TV, DVD, comfortable seating, dining table and 6 chairs, coffee table, air-conditioning, large windows leading to terrace with Marina and ocean views

Guest toilet with toilet and sink

Fully fitted and equipped kitchen with Fridge/Freezer, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Microwave, electric Hob and Oven, Kettle, Toaster and Coffee Machine

Master Bedroom, double bed, wooden flooring, fitted wardrobes, full length mirror, air-conditioning, full window leading to terrace with views of Marina and ocean

En-suite bathroom, with Jacuzzi bath, overhead shower, toilet, bidet, single sink vanity unit, and heated towel rail

Bedroom 2, twin beds, wooden flooring, fitted wardrobes, full length mirror, air-conditioning, windows leading to terrace with views of Marina and ocean

Spacious shower room, with modern electronic multi function shower, toilet, bidet, single sink vanity unit, and heated towel rail. Exterior:

Large swimming pool

Children’s swimming pool

Lawned gardens

Underground parking

Its a great time to go to the Algarve now and further information can be found at:

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Thursday 10 June 2010

Setter Farm House, Gulberwick Shetland Islands Scotland Holiday Rental

This attractive old style renovated property located approx 320 metres off the Gulberwick Loop Road with stunning views over Gulberwick Bay in the Shetland Islands has just been listed as as a Holiday Letting on the site and Scottish Cottage site

The Moorpark Family Golf Centre & Public service bus route – is only 800 metres. See where you will find the Golf Centre mentioned and also a site to find what Shetland has to offer. Only 3 miles from the centre of Lerwick. Gulberwick is a relatively safe environment for kids to play – with a new play park located at the public hall. The public hall brings the community together for social evenings & Sunday Teas in the Summer months

It has two bedrooms - Both bedrooms have dressing table, bedside cabinets, recessed area with hanging rails/storage drawers & kingsize beds, 1 spare fold-up bed located in one of the bedrooms, making the property available to sleep up to 5 persons.

There is a bathroom with bath/shower over, wc, heated towel rail.

LIVING ACCOMMODATION: Lounge with 3-seater leather sofa, 2 leather chairs, 1 leather recliner chair with footstool, rocking chair, nest of tables, television unit, T.V, Video, D.V.D Player, electric fire, drinks globe.

Fully fitted light oak kitchen & fully equipped with pots/pans, plates, cutlery, kettle, toaster, electric hob, electric oven/grill, microwave, fridge-freezer. Dining table accommodates 10

OTHER INFO: Washer/Dryer under worktop in front entrance of the house. Underfloor heating provided — covers bathroom, hallway, kitchen & living room. Children Welcome No Smokers & No Pets - FREE WIFI

LOCAL INFO:Facilities in Lerwick - There are Two Supermarkets — Scottish Co-op & Tesco Banks — TSB/Bank Of Scotland/Royal Bank Of Scotland/Alliance & Leicester/Clydesdale Bank Plenty of restaurants,take-away establishments & pubs — Shetland directory provided in property which lists all residential & business addresses.Moorpark Family Golf Centre nearby. Beach about a 5-10 minute walk from the property. Good hills for keen walkers.

It is a great time to visit the Shetland Islands - We are nearly in mid-June and there will be long days and short nights. The weather today - 11th June 2010 - There will be light rain, however, from Saturday 12th and all next week through till Sunday 20th June (that is as far the forecast goes is sunny.

To find out more information visit the Setter Farm House, Gulberwick page at

Wednesday 9 June 2010

Prices crash for euro holidaymakers in eurozone, but transatlantic tourists face a price hike

Royal Mail Group - News Release


In its latest Holiday Costs Barometer charting costs in popular holiday destinations, Post Office Travel Money reports that prices have plunged in top Eurozone destinations, led by Portugal and Spain - by as much as 42 per cent year on year. In sharp contrast, the new barometer shows a 31 per cent rise in US prices for the 10 tourist items surveyed. Key findings include:

• Prices have dropped by 42 per cent in Portugal (The Algarve), which is cheapest in the survey. At £38.61, the barometer basket in the Algarve is almost half the price in Italy, most expensive of the Eurozone destinations (50.8 per cent).

• Runner up Spain is down 40 per cent, based on current exchange rates.

• With the exception of Italy (on par with 2009), prices are lower in all the Eurozone countries surveyed by the Post Office.

• Sterling’s strengthening against the euro means that past winner Bulgaria has fallen from the top spot in the Holiday Costs Barometer, although it is still in third place and is cheapest of the non-euro destinations. Together with Portugal and Spain, Bulgaria has pulled away from the competition with prices for these destinations at least one-third cheaper than any other country.

• Prices are three per cent cheaper than a year ago in Croatia but on par with 2009 levels in Turkey, which has suffered from sterling’s slip against the Turkish lira.

• The USA is the most expensive destination surveyed in the Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer. At £103.87 for items including a meal and light refreshments, prices in Florida have risen by 31 per cent since last year.

• Prices have also pushed up in Egypt - a destination previously identified by the Post Office as great value for UK holidaymakers. The Holiday Costs Barometer shows a 39 per cent price hike for the 10 items surveyed, mostly accounted for by the increased cost of an evening meal for two.

Sarah Munro, Post Office Head of Travel Money said: "The good news for UK holidaymakers planning trips to the eurozone is that the Holiday Costs Barometer reveals cost reductions in most of the eurozone destinations but most notably in Portugal and Spain where the price crash is in the region of 40-42 per cent compared with a year ago. The biggest discounts have been on the cost of eating out, as eurozone restaurants battle for business with mouth-watering meal incentives."

"Transatlantic tourists face paying more for meals, drinks and other basic items once they arrive in the USA this year. Sterling has dropped by nine cent compared with May 2009 and, what’s worse, the Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer shows that local resort prices have risen significantly, making our basket of goods 31 per cent more expensive this year."

Source: The Post Office - Royal Mail

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Wednesday 26 May 2010

Holiday autos goes further for your holiday

Holiday Autos who have been featured on the holiday homes website for a number of years have just sent this information out, just in time for the summer holidays.

They go further in so many ways: You get more than just car hire here. Take a look. From van and motorhome hire to travel extras, from their price match guarantee, to their customer charter, we cover everything you need. And hot off the press, you can now get latest news and updates via Twitter.

Go to their website here to make your holiday autos car rental booking:

In London or going there? Spot the holiday autos taxi! They have been hard at work putting their little car all over london taxi cabs. And if you haven't noticed yet, you will! Next time you flag one down be sure to take a look.

eCar insurance helping to cut fuel & holiday costs

Just had an email from e car insurance.

The cost at the pumps have hit a record high and we’re now paying an average £1.21 a litre for unleaded. However, while we wait to see if the new coalition will reduce fuel prices, we have compiled a list of fuel saving hints and tips to offset the impact of sky-high fuel costs:

Pump up tyres - under inflated tyres makes your car work harder and use more fuel

Empty your boot - carrying unnecessary weight makes the car less efficient

Streamline your car - remove external racks when not required for less drag

Drive less - or share the commute with friends and colleagues

Get your car serviced - if you haven’t, it’s less likely to be operating at its most efficient.

Finally: Good value car Insurance: OK, not a petrol saving tip, but still a great way to cut motoring costs! Find out more here at

Are there going to be car hire shortages in the summer of 2010

In the summer of 2009 there were major problems for people trying to rent cars in popular locations in Europe. A major factor was because car hire companies had not taken on the normal levels of vehicles.

It looks like prices are increasing to cut down on demand in some destinations. Could we be in for serious shortage problems again this year, or will higher prices with personal travel budget restrictions meant people won't rent a car on holiday?

View full aricle here at:

Monday 24 May 2010

Dogs no longer welcome at The Ferry Cookham

The Ferry pub and restautant at Cookham, Berkshire used to be a great place to go and have lunch at outside on the terrace overlooking the River Thames. We would park the car near the Spade Oak pub near Bourne End and walk across the single track railway line, past Bourne End Marina and over the bridge through the riverside fields to The Ferry.

It was great and even in winter so we could sit outside (as naturally dogs are not allowed inside) and staff even put on the electric heaters. Last Saturday we did the same walk on a very hot May day. We had not been there for several months and walked onto the terrace with our dog. We were politely told that we could not being the dog onto the terrace. Apparently the management at The Ferry had banned dogs about a month ago as a result of complaints from customers. We were told we could sit at a table near the front door, however there was no sun umbrella there and it was hot.

In the end we were able to tie her up to railing at one side that dogs can still stand (or sit in) and they do still however provide bowls of water for your dog as well. Whilst there another couple cam along with their dog and opted for the hot seats and table near the front door in the car park.

It does seem a shame that the people running this delightful place should take this attitude to dogs. I recollect that there were always other dogs when we used to go there and obviously they are doing what we did, attaching their dogs to the railings. The food and drink is still naturally good, but is does seem a shame that some of the former guests are now being banned. Hopefully this was not because of rowdy behaviour or being drunk.

This was probably never happen in France where it is perfectly normal to bring small to medium size dogs into restaurants and actually indoors.
Maybe the Ferry at Cookham management don't like dogs. Hopefully sometime they will have a change of thought.

See also: as there are others who are not happy with the situation, Hope you listen to your customers views, Ferry at Cookham

Cama Roca, Villaverde, Near Corralejo Fuerteventura Canary Islands

This exceptional country detached property was added to the website yesterday (23rd May 10)

It Offers:
3 Bedrooms - Comprising of 3 spacious double bedrooms. The master bedroom being on the second floor and has its own en-suite bath/shower room and balcony. All rooms have either fitted wardrobes or separate wardrobes. This property is available for 2 or up to 6 persons.

There are two bathrooms. One as ensuite with master bedroom and the second a family bathroom. All fully tiled and fitted to a high standard.

The kitchen is a fully fitted and equipped modern kitchen. Complete with all modern appliances, ceramic hob, oven, fridge freezer. There is a spacious utility room off the kitchen with washing machine and freezer. There is also an utility room with washing machine and freezer.

The Living Room features walls and corner fire place gives this living room the Spanish country villa feel. With plenty of comfortable seating, garden views and good quality furnishings in both living and dining area. Dining table seating for 6 persons. Patio doors from both the living and dining areas.

Cleaning: Linen and towels are provided and are laundered once per week. Additional services are available (mid-week clean and laundry, daily maid service).

Amenities: A heated oval swimming pool, Jacuzzi spa, pool table, B’b’Q with preparation area, half covered conservatory with plenty of seating. Large well stocked garden in which to enjoy on the sun beds. Gated drive area and covered parking bay. Many top quality yet affordable local restaurants, baker, café/pizza take a way, supermarket, furnishing store, church, bus service in the village.

Additional Info: Fuerteventura boasts some of the finest surf beaches and lagoons in the canaries, the famous Corralejo sand dunes are 10 mins drive from Villaverde and El Cotillo lagoon beaches and the desolate white sandy beaches of the north coast only 15 mins drive. There are the best Restaurants in Villaverde is still remarkably inexpensive. El Horno and Casa Marcus, and Mahoh Restaurant. All have gained awards for their superb menus. There are also 2 superbly stocked supermarkets. La Rosita museum and the Lava Tube are both situated on the outskirts of Villaverde. New shopping centres have recently opened in both Correlajo and Puerto del Rosario. Golf is available in Caleta de Fuste, Las Playitas and Morro Jable in the south. Many new cultural centres have opened to promote the island’s Mahon culture.

The property itself is approached by private gates that lead into the sweeping gravel frontage of the villa. A covered and sheltered parking area with space for up to 2 other cars. A car is essential to see and explore the island, if you are looking for one why not try Holiday Autos at

For more information on this great holiday property go to the website at

Finally don't forget your travel insurance

7 villas at Agios Nikitas in Lefkas Greece

Idilli villas presents seven brand-new properties that have been built with pools on the outskirts of the charming resort of Agios Nikitas in Lefkas. These properties have just been addrd to the website this morning.

Located in the Greek Island of Lefkas, full details can be found at:

Here is a brief description:

Idilli villas have their own private space and patios and are situated in different levels with each other. Perched on the rocky peninsula, they enjoy spectacular sea views right in front of the villas! Set in a peaceful location, yet only a walking distance from the village centre where you will find a selection of shops, bars and tavernas, where you can sit and relax while enjoying some local fare and the low key nightlife!

Please note that all villas are equipped to the highest standards with individual barbeques, air-condition, fully equipped kitchen facilities, satellite TV’s, nice furniture and excellent built quality! There are huge balconies in all premises and a number of private shaded relaxing areas around the houses. Parking space is provided before entering the villas in order to avoid traffic and noise.

Finally don't forget your travel insurance

Wednesday 19 May 2010

Looks like Stena HSS is running again from Wales to Ireland

Looking at the Stena Line website it appears that the HSS Stena Explorer (pictured left) will be in operation from Wednesday 26th May.

The service was cut at the start of 2010 with the fast ferry resting in Holyhead. At the time Stena announced on their website it was being refitted, but appears taken out of service till the summer schedule was effective.

A couple of years ago the HSS crossed the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and then it was cut back to once a day. The time of the crossing was increased to save fuel. Stena started to use the much smaller Stena Express that is used on the Fishguard to Rosslare route in the summer. The only problem is like the Irish Ferries small fastcraft, whenever the sea was rather rough the service did not operate.

Unfortunately there are only two companies operating on the Dublin/Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead rounte so not too much competion. This means prices are very high. The ferry companies charge per passenger and this can be expensive. Unlike the ferries travelling to France from Britain and Ireland, they don't charge for pets, so you can bring several dogs and cats for no extra charge!

Taking an example of a family of two adults and 3 children crossing over to Ireland on the HSS Stena Explorer on Thursday 27th May and returning on Monday 31st May travelling economy class it would cost £342 + credit card charge. This is the same price as the conventional ferry that is meant to be cheaper.

To make a return trip on the same days from Dover to Calais by Sea France would cost £107.00. This of course is a shoter crossing, however there is a lot of competion for the Dover/Calais/Boulogne route including the Channel Tunnel so prices are very competitive.

Ireland and France are both in the Eurozone and a lot of commodities are much cheaper in France like accommodation and drink than they are in Ireland. Straight away the family going to France will be some £235 better off. Car ferry costs are low.

Ireland needs the tourists, ok you can fly there and possibly get a good car hire deal. You still have to get to your local airport and pay transport or parking. You can of course take the family dog to Ireland by car and you don't need a passport for him/her either.

However that Irish Sea is costly and whatsmore the ferries are not often full (except when flights are disrupted because of volcanic ash problems or at peak times in the summer or Christmas) so why don't Stena Line and Irish Ferries do an all in price for a car and passengers and cut the prices so there are more people on board, buying food in the restaurants, drinks in the bars and goods in the shops. Passengers would benefit and tourism increase in Ireland and Britain from the two way traffic.

Let us know what you think by replying to this blog.

Holiday rental at Fethiye Turkey

Whether you are thinking of going to the Turkish Grand Prix on the 30th May bank holiday weekend or later on in the summer, it is now time to find a self catering holiday rental in Turkey. have a great selection to choose from in Turkey and this stunning 2 bedroom apartment has just been added earlier today.

•Sleeps up to 4
•2 bedrooms
•3 bathrooms
•Washing machine
•Satellite TV
•Air conditioning
•Shared pool
•Beach nearby
•Shops nearby
•Bars nearby
•Restaurants nearby

This Villa apartment with mountain views and shared pool is set back just off the main Olu Deniz beach road, enjoying a panoramic view of the Taurus mountain range, and with a pine fragrant back-drop, this small private complex also enjoys a traditional Turkish farm just in front of the terrace on the lower road level.

The local dolmus bus stops just outside the main gates to take you to the main beach or blue lagoon, both are just minutes away. the historical market town of Fethiye lies in the opposite direction, easily reached by dolmus. on the laid back beach front you will find plenty of trendy restaurants and selective bars, shops galore on the main street and paragliders coming in every direction to land on the beach front. In the village of Hisaronu, just walking distance from the property, yet far enough away from any noise, bars, restarants, shops and night life line the main street, giving you lots of variety to idle the evenings away.

The property enjoys a superb communal swimming pool, with easy access steps, and small infants pool.

The area is full of natural historic interest. Fethiye dates back to the 6th century BC, rock tombs in the east of the town are lit up by night. Dalyan is famous for the mud baths, and Turtle beach, Lycian tombs are etched into the rock face.Tlos is dominated by its acroplis, complete with a Roman ampitheatre.

Para Glidding, water sports and boat trips all take place on the beach front of Olu Deniz, paddle boats are popular on the Lagoon area. Mountain biking, horse riding and walking on the Lycian way to view many of the Lycian ancient settlements.

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