Saturday 10 December 2011

Fancy a self catering holiday in rural France in 2012?

Discover Rural France by renting Maison Christine at Vayres in the Limousin region.

This charminh house sleeps up to 4 in 2 bedrooms, has 1 bathroom.

There are  shops nearby, it is close to the river and there are restaurants nearby.

It is also close to an airport and a lake.

This 2 Bedroom House tcan be let from £400 per week, sleeps 4.1 double bedroom 1 twin bedroom, large comfortable lounge + kitchen /diner and Shower/toilet. It has 2 floors with stairs so is unsuitable for wheelchairs. The house does not have a garden but for children there is a play area nearby.
The house is in the village of Vayres situated close to the Ancient church. The village has two bakers, a butcher, a hairdresser and a post office.
It is 8km from the pretty town of Rochechouart where there are banks, quaint little shops, restaurants and bars. A car is recommended for this area unless by prior arrangement with owner local trips can be accomodated at a reasonable rate. The house has  DVD players in two rooms, a hairdryer, fitted kitchen/diner area on ground floor.
Find out more at self catering holiday rentals Here

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Self catering holiday rental Costa Blanca Spain - La Golondrina, Jalon

A advertiser has just add this super property in the Costa Blanca, Spain.

It has three bedroom and sleeps up to 6. It is a split level south facing house set in mature gardens. Sleeps 6. Pets considered. 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Master bedroom has en suit bathroom and private balcony with stunning views. Modern, pristine villa, with spacious lounge and separate dining room and kitchen. Outside eating facilities and sunbathing area set in large well stocked gardens.

Jalon town is 2 km away via road or lovely walk through orange groves. Comprehensive supermarket and several bars , restaurant and shops in the town. There is a community pool set a short walk away. Several sandy, blue flag beaches are just 20 minutes away. Less than 1 hour from Alicante airport.

Several Golf courses within 30 minutes by car. Beaches at Calpe (2), La Fusstera,Javea, Moriara, Denia, approx 20 minutes by car. Many local walks. Horse Riding. Fishing. Caves close by Jalon. Public swimming pool in Jalon.

For more information visit the advertiser's page here and make your 2012 holiday arrangements now

Monday 28 November 2011

La Cordonnerie Holiday Rental in France

Looking for a great self catering holiday rental in France for your 2012 holiday?

Take a closer look at  this charming cottage in tranquil hamlet in beautiful countryside with large private pool and garden.

It is La Cordonnerie, St. Antonin-Noble-Val io in the Midi-Pyrenees in France.

Described by the owners as "A comfortable house, tastefully restored to retain some of its original 18C features. The cottage is situated in a tranquil hamlet in rolling farmland on the edge of the forest of Gresigne, close to the famous Gorges of the River Aveyron and only one hour's drive from Toulouse International Airport. Residents of La Cordonnerie also have the sole use of a large garden and a 6 x12 metre swimming pool.
The hamlet is very close to the pretty villages of Vaour and Penne. The busy medieval market town of St Antonin-Noble-Val, a centre for canoeing with a delightful weekly market is on the riverside just 8 miles away. It is an ideal location from which to visit the many regional historic sites."
Sleeps up to 4

2 bedrooms

2 bathrooms


Washing machine

Satellite TV


Room fans

Private pool

Pets welcome

Shops nearby


Close to River

Internet access

Find out more here           Book now for 2012

Saturday 22 October 2011

New owners foThe Palm Tree Lodge, Wingmore, Kent - Self catering holiday rental

Garden at The Palm Tree Lodge, Wingmore, Canterbury - Kent, England

The New proprietors have given The Lodge a modern twist without losing any of its 18th century charm.

 It is located just a short Journey from The Cathedral City of Canterbury, Folkestone’s Euro Tunnel terminal, the Port of Dover and the Kent Coast, it is the ideal base to indulge in all Kent has to offer.

The Palm Tree Inn goes back nearly 300 years when it was built as a Georgian Farmhouse. In 1735 the owner was granted a license to sell ales from the premises, but was restricted to the sale of ales and cider only.

Today it is a self catering holiday rental and the new owners can buy in supplies for the guests so they have everything they need to hand on their arrival.

They have thought of everything for their guests -There is free wi-fi, Sky TV incuding movie channels, DVD Player and Play Station 2 for guests to use.

Mini Library: They also have a wide selection of books for guests to read whilst relaxing. The Famous "Well Table" can seat up to 8 and is a uniqiue feature to The Lodge, It is 100 feet deep and you can see the water below through the glass hole in the middle of the table which can also be illuminated.

There is a small kitchen with oven and Hob, Microwave, fridge, crockery, cutlery and utensils. Supplies can be purchased for guests if required.

A seperate Laundry Room is equipped  washing Machine, Iron and Ironing Board.

The accommodation sleeps 2-4. Featuring one double bedroom and sofa bed in the living room. Although unserviced, linen and towels will be supplied free of charge. A large shower room with toilet is well equipped.

If you forget to bring something they can supply it too.
Holiday rental guests will have the use of the beautiful grounds and garden with access to a paved patio area directly from the back of the Lodge. This has a covered seating area and Stunning views, it is perfect for outside dining and romantic country walks. There is lots of space for parking directly outside the Lodge.

Find out more at English Cottage HERE  or Here the low cost villa advertising service

Thursday 20 October 2011

2012 is just around the corner so it is time to advertise your self catering holiday rental

It was only 8 days or so again when we had temperatures in the twenties in the south of England. People were enjoying the "late summer" and the beaches were crowded.

Thoughts of next year's holidays were far away, or even the half term holidays starting this weekend. Today (20th October)  the temperatures have barely reached double figures and there was a frost like. The weather forecasters have been predicting snow over the Scottish mountains! It is time to think about 2012 holidays.

Owners of self catering holiday rentals can list them with specialist firms who will normally want a good block out of the year's calendar. They have to pay the company a percentage of the letting fee as naturally, specialist holiday home rental companies will arrange booking, check renters in and out and take care of the cleaning, welcome packs etc.

Alternativel the property owner can put a post card in the local supermarket or newsagent. Many owners  have their own websites, however in addition the property owner can also list their accommodation with an online holiday home promotion site like

jml Villas has been around for years, in fact its origins go back to 2001. The formula is simple and straightforward. The advertiser pays just £12.50 for one year's advertising - that is why it is called the low cost villa advertising service

The owner add all the details about the property including six photos, local information and prices (and even a link to their own website) and updates it whenever she or he wants to.

All arrangements are made direct between property owner and renter and like the majorirty of similar holiday rental sites the Terms and Conditions state that the site is purely an advertising service and dealing have to be soley between renter and owner. If the owner abuses the service or there is a serious complaint the ad, however will be removed.


Traditionally as soon as the clocks go back as they do next weekend, the dark evening arrive people start to think of next year's holiday. This process goes on through December and after Christmas and the sales in the High Street have been exhausted out come the holiday plans.

At we want you to be part of those holiday plans and list your property now. It only take a few minutes and you can pay by credit card via the PayPal system.

Don't leave your holiday home empty in 2012 - Click here to find out more about advertising it

Finally we also have links to property insurance companies who cover holiday home rentals in many parts of the world (plus main residence as well)

Friday 22 July 2011

Les Herolles - Poitou-Charentes France Self catering holiday rental

Booked your summer holiday yet? Take a look at this great holiday rental in the Poitou-Charentes area of France.

It has 3 Bedrooms - all en-suite - perfect for 4 to 6 people .Located in the heart of France, and just an hours drive from both Poitiers Airport and Limoges Airport - this charming french chalet style house is ideal for 4-6 people. A detached property, set in in it's own large grounds, it has 3 en-suite bedrooms, a large living and dining area, and is close to many local attractions -Les Herolles is a small village in Region 86 on the Indre / Vienne borders of France. The village is wonderfully quiet and peaceful (except for the fabulous market day each month - more info here) and is within easy driving distances of many major towns and attractions -There is also an additional double sofa bed on the upstairs mezzanine landing should there be more in your group. Comfortably furnished, and with a well equipped kitchen you’re sure to have all you require to enjoy your holiday in France.

Find out more by visiting the website Here

The entrance to the property is by double gates with a drive leading up to the house. There is ample parking for numerous vehicles, or even a caravan or holiday home should you wish. The very large gardens have mature fruit trees and many areas for you to relax during your holiday. Depending on what time of year you stay there will be a choice of apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nuts and much more for you to pick at your leisure.

Thursday 7 July 2011

Holiday homeowners in a fix according to Irish Times report

The Irish Times was delivered this morning and being a Thursday contained the "property" supplement.

Today the headline was "Can't sell, can't rent: holiday homeowners in a fix" - property journalist Edel Morgan's article started "Holiday home dreams have turned to nightmares for many – is there anything second homeowners can do?

When your dream holiday home turns into a financial millstone, it can seem like there’s no way out. You can’t rent it, you can’t sell it, you’re under pressure to meet mortgage repayments and it’s proving a massive drain on already limited resources."

The report Here goes on to report on various owner's problems. Renting it out is mentioned once and Ireland is still a great place to go to on holiday. The downside can be the cost of taking a car there. I have written several aricles now on the high costs of taking a car to Ireland from Britain opposed to the the very low costs going to France. SEE HERE

The fact that a return crossing from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire in July 2011 is costing £427 including credit card fee is incredible. Last September it cost £286. An increase of nearly £150 is totally amazing and I am receiving email from Sea France and P&O saying take a car and up to 9 people from £35 each way. The crossing to France is 1.5 hours and twice as long to Ireland!

On the 30th June The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service issued a press release saying "The irish Government launched the first ever Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme.

Under the Programme, tourists or business people who have lawfully entered the UK, including Northern Ireland, on a valid UK visa will be able to travel on to Ireland without the requirement to obtain an Irish visa. They will be allowed to stay in Ireland for up to 3 months or until their UK visa runs out, whichever is the shorter.

The visa waiver has a major role to play in boosting our tourism industry, stimulating job creation and bringing economic recovery. It will allow us to attract new visitors from fast-growing countries like India, China and the Gulf states. These countries are only just becoming aware of Ireland as a tourism destination. The waiver will allow holidaymakers from these nations to travel seamlessly to Ireland from the UK.

The visa waiver is just one of a number of tourism measures in the Jobs Initiative designed to boost tourism jobs. Other measures include the VAT cut on tourism products which starts this week, a three-pronged approach to boost air passengers, and halving employers’ PRSI. I hope this will be the first in a series of measures to ease visa requirements for tourists, business people and students wishing to come to Ireland"

Getting to Ireland by air is very reasonable and car hire costs have fallen by 50% (See Information Here)

So tourists are being encouraged and owners of holiday homes should now get them to earn their keep.

At there are lots of people looking for self catering holiday rentals in Ireland. People visit Ireland all over the year and the holiday home owner can still fit in their breaks. Sure they will have "strangers" living in their home from time to time, but just make sure all the personal possessions you don't want your guests to use are securely locked away.

Advertising the holiday rental won't break the bank when you use It only costs £12.50 for ONE YEAR. In euros that is approximately €13.90 not a lot. You get a page to feature your holiday rental with 6 photos and if you have your own web site you get a FREE link as well.

So start your listing today as it not too late to catch the remainder of the 2011 season.

Monday 4 July 2011

Monaco's big weekend

Life will now be getting back to normal now following the €50 million wedding celebrations of HSH Prince Albert II and HSH Charlene (Wittstock)Princess of Monaco took place on Friday and Saturday.

The wedding is the first of a ruling prince in the principality since the prince's father, Prince Rainier III, married the Hollywood star Grace Kelly in 1956.

The weekend included free concerts by The Eagles and Jean Michel Jarre.

Can you visit Monaco "on the cheap"? This is what The UK's Independent newspaper's travel writer Simin Calder wrote about on Saturday. His entertaining feature " Visit Monte Carlo without going bust- What can a single euro buy you in Monaco? Simon Calder explores Europe's most glamorous principality on a pocketful of small change"

View the article Here

2011 Speen Festival starts on the 8th September

Every couple of years the picturesque village of Speen in the Buckinghamshire Chiltern Hills holds a Festival. The 2011 festival is on for 11 days between the 8th and 18th September 2011.

The festival is sponsored by a number of companies including Cannon Moorcroft - accountants, Gabbitas Robins - solicitors, jml Training and Consultancy – , Hypnos bed manufacturers, Beechdean Farmhouse Ice Cream and - car hire excess insurance and car rental.

A musical has become a regular tradition to start off the Speen Festival and this year The Dreaming which is based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare with music by Howard Goodall (of Blackadder & Vicar of Dibley fame) and book and lyrics by Charles Hart is Speen Festival’s most ambitious community theatre yet.
Updated to just before the start of the First World War, the action for The Dreaming takes place in a small hilltop village, surrounded by ancient and mysterious woodland – in fact, a place not unlike Speen, set in the heart of the Chiltern Hills near High Wycombe.

Audiences young and old can look forward to superb comedy and glorious tunes as well as spotting echoes of local history and culture.
For children and families an imaginative selection of activities kick off with a Wild Workshop Saturday of craft, photographic and outdoor fun, continuing with a host of other events aimed at the whole local community. Back by overwhelming popular demand will be the taste-bud-tickling Food Festival.

There is everything for the fine food lover, including cookery demonstrations and beer and wine tastings. Sample a diverse and delicious range of local fayre as we celebrate some of the best producers and suppliers in the Chilterns. No need to bring lunch or tea but do bring your shopping baskets to stock up your shelves.

On the 14th September, the ear-caressing Jazz Concert takes place. An evening of jazz by the Martin Hart Quintet with Lynn Garner featuring the music and life story of Johnny Mercer, one of the quintessential giants of the 20th century popular-song genre. A man who won 4 Academy Awards and was nominated for a further 19.

The final weekend starts with Folk Music in The King William IV Pub & Restaurant. Folk music is enjoying a renaissance, come and find out why and enjoy live acoustic music at its best. If you can’t get to Dingle, or even Towersey, come and join in for a great night in the local.

On the Saturday night the Festival’s celebrated Cabaret Supper makes a welcome appearance. An intoxicating and stylish evening of food, drink & entertainment with a twist of Art Nouveau. The Festival ends as it began with a riotous ball in a hilltop village surrounded by woodland - only 100 years on. Some regular and some surprising events come together to form our homegrown, and sumptuous, cabaret supper.

On the final day there is “Prom in the Playing Field” Just when you thought it was all over: a fabulous free finale afternoon treat for all ages. Settle down for an entertaining afternoon of music classics and some prom style participation with impresario Sam Laughton. A collaboration of local orchestras and soloists will showcase their talent and perform favourites from film, TV and the classical masters. Collections will be made for various charities nominated by participating musicians.

There is free admission to some of the events and for others you need to book early. The Speen Festival has an excellent website and details can be found at

Speen Festival has established itself as a celebration of the very best artistic and creative talent from the village itself and the surrounding areas. At the heart of the Festival is the desire to provide local people with opportunities to create and participate in innovative, artistic events. Performances, exhibitions and outdoor activities are offered to the whole community at affordable prices.

The Festival reaches beyond the village boundaries and is a true platform for new and developing talent excelling in art, music, dance, science, nature and photography including a full theatrical production. It is well worth a visit. It is at Speen in Bucks (near High Wycombe / Princes Risborough) not Speen in Berks near Newbury!

Saturday 2 July 2011

Charming Duplex holiday rental in Old Antibes France

Just listed in time for the 2011 Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival.

Weekly Holiday Renting in Old Antibes - Directly from owner, no agency fees - Ideal for Family and Children

Located at Place de l’Amiral Bernaud, in the heart of the Old Antibes, this charming 45m2 duplex south oriented is placed on two floors:
Living-room, dining-room and kitchen – first floor Two bedrooms, bathroom and toilettes – second floor

Local Info:
In front : Free public parking places
Marché Provençal – 5 minutes walking distance
Automatic Washing machine in 10 m
Regional bus station in 100m
Direct bus to Cannes, to Nice...
Hypermarket Carrefour – 4 minutes walking distance
All the restaurants near by

Location de vacances par semaine au cœur du vieil Antibes

Directement du propriétaire, sans frais d'agence -Idéal pour une famille et les enfants

Valable pour location pendant le Festival du Cannes et le Festival du Jazz!

Situé sur la Place de l'Amiral Barnaud, au coeur du viel Antibes, l'appartement de charme lumineux de 45M2 en duplex orienté plein Sud :
Le salon, salle à manger et la cuisine américaine au RDC ou vous pourrez cuisiner la vraie cuisine provençale
Deux chambres, toilettes et salle d'eau au premier étage

A Noter :
Devant places de parking gratuites
Le marché provençal à 5 minutes
Une laverie automatique à 30 mètres
Station de Bus Régionale à 100 mètres
Bus direct à Cannes et à Nice
Hypermarché Carrefour à 4 minutes
Tous les restaurants à proximité

Find out more at the jml holiday rentals website: Here

Wednesday 15 June 2011

French Government plans to tax holiday home owners

Came across this article in Tuesday 14th June 2011 in The Independent -

Sarkozy's plan to tax holiday homes alarms 'les rosbifs' By John Lichfield in Paris

Apparently this tax, due to take effect in January 2012, will apply to second homes owned by non-residents, whether they are French or foreign!

Up to 360,000 homes could be affected, about half of which are thought to be owned by British nationals.

Under the new law, the taxman would charge 20 per cent of the theoretical annual "rental value" of a second home, whether it is rented out or not. Homes rented out full-time will be exempt, since their owners are already assumed to pay sufficient French tax.

Holiday home owners currently pay domestic property taxes - Taxe d'habitation (if applicable TV Licence include - L'audiovisuel public) and Taxes foncieres.

Read the rest of the aricle Here

24th June 2011 Update to this proposal

A meeting was held on the weekend of the 18th / 19th June -11 with President Nicolas Sarkozy, Budget Minister François Baroin and senators representing French nationals living abroad, the proposed tax was dropped.According to a report in Citywire Money "The decision to scrap the tax may well have rested on the fact that French expats – who would also have been subject to the new tax – will for the first time have a chance to vote next year in the presidential elections. Sarkozy is currently seeking a second term in office"

Wednesday 25 May 2011

One Bed furnished flat close to BNU in High Wycombe To Let

Furnished very spacious one bedroom apartment in High Wycombe's town centre To let

JNP letting agents in High Wycombe, Bucks are marketing this first floor furnished apartment in the very smart Kingfisher Court development. Conveniently situated next to BNU (University) and opposite Wycombe Hospital. Itis a very short walk to town centre, tain station, bus station and Eden Shopping Centre. The M40 is approx 1.5 miles away and the A40 a few metres distant from this flat.

Details are:

Entrance hall with wood laminate flooring and entry phone.

Living room with wood laminate flooring sofa and dining table and blinds.

Kitchen with fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, microwave, electric cooker and range of units and vinyl flooring.

Bathroom with tiled flooring, bath with shower, WC and basin.

Large double bedroom with fitted wardrobe, double bed, wood laminate flooring and blinds.

The apartment is double glazed and has electric heating. Underground secure parking for one car, communual gardens with drying and barbecue area.

It is available the end of June 2011 at £650 per calendar month.

The tenant is responsible for the usual Council Tax, Water Charges, Electricity, (phone/broadband if used) TV Licence.

It is suitable for one person or a couple, but as there is only one bedroom, not suitable for children.

For further information contact JNP Lettings on 0149 520 555 - email or visit their website HERE

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Staysure Holidays via

Staysure the Travel Insurance experts for the over 50's have added their Staysure Holidays to the website.

As a holidaymaker you can choose to book your whole holiday with Staysure or just the bits that suit you best, from a wide range of holidays including: package holidays in the sun, cruises, European city breaks, tailor-made or all-inclusive, UK breaks, ski holidays and coach holidays.

What's more you can choose to book holiday extras too and make big savings on car hire, airport parking, airport lounges, resort excursions, travel money, and attraction passes.

Staysure are full members of ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents); and a member of ACE (the Association of Cruise Experts), so you can rest assured that your travel arrangements will be secure with them.

To find out more Click Here

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Beach House Robins Nest, Armona Island, Olhão, Ilha da Armona, Olhão Portugal

A Beach House - Robins Nest, Armona Island, Olhão, Ilha da Armona, Olhão in the Algarve in Portugal was added to the Holiday Rentals self catering website this morning.

It is a fantastic beach house with it all in a magical island! You just get out bed and go to the beach! No stress and no travel problems when you are on this island retreat.

A short walk along the main footpath that leads from the lagoon beaches to the large sandy beach you come to the children's playground and Cafe Convivio - our little villa is just behind here.

As you approach you will walk down a little pathway lined with pepper and mimosa trees. The whitewashed walls of the villa can be seen tucked down the pathway backing onto the tidal lagoon that if you are lucky enough to be there when there is a really high tide the water will lap at the back of the garden!

Inside the villa is a open plan lounge with fireplace and brand new modern kitchen. Off this area there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The family bathroom has a fabulous 'indoor pool' style bath that you can fill up and relax at leisure in the water. Look up and you can see the high ceiling and a mezzanine open plan room - up here is another 2 single beds and more generous living space with comfy sofas and TV with Satelite and dvd player.

It will accommodate up to six guests.

It has a highchair and baby cot available at no extra cost. This must be pre-arranged before arrival. The property is strictly non smoking. Price in summer includes private meet and greet at Faro airport and transport to Olhao where the ferry departs for Armona Island.

When you arrive on Armona Island you will be met by the Housekeeper who will walk you to the villa alternatively you can be provided with a detailed photos/walk map so you can make your own way to the villa. At the end of your holiday you will be taken the ferry back to Olhao and a driver will meet you at at the ferry dock and take you back to Faro Airport to catch your plane or alternatively onto one of our other beautiful properties in the Golden Triangle Almancil. During normal hours of ferry operation the ferry ticket is included in the rental price.

If arriving outside of ferry operational hours the cost of the private taxi transfer (approx €20) will be additional to the rental cost which we will pre book for you so you do not have to worry about anything! Included in the rental price is beach towels, bath towels and bed linen.

Armona Island is one of the islands in the Algarve. It measures 9 kilometres in length, and from 0.1 to 1 km wide. It is accessible by regular 20 mins Ferry trip or even quicker Water Taxi from the waterfront in Olhão.

For more information go to Here

Monday 16 May 2011

Do we need a high speed train service between London and Birmingham?

The British Government is determined that the High Speed rail link that comes from the Channel Tunnel to St Pancras in London continues to Birmingham. When that is completed they want to build a high speed link further north.

The previous Labour Government started the ball rolling and despite the Conservative Party opposing the third runway at Heathrow, they with their Coalition Government partner the Liberal Democrats want to go full steam ahead with this proposed £17B development of HS2. Knowing how most projects go from estimate to final figure the development could easily end up costing much more like £33 billion.

The Government says it wants a rail link that will have a railway line capable of up to 250 miles per hour. Why? The motorways in England are bulging with traffic; high speed rail passenger trains will not help alleviate the problem of thousands of trucks travelling on them every day. Many of these trucks come from mainland Europe. With HS2 development passengers will be able to travel between London and Birmingham slightly faster than do at the moment.

What is needed is upgrading the original rail networks and getting freight off the road. Everyone wants a greener environment, but clogging the motorways in the UK is adding to the problem. France introduced the high speed rail network years ago. France has about the same size population as the UK with more than twice the amount of land. So much of this is farm land and the cost of construction of the TGV network has been a lot less than similar networks in Britain because of the density of population.

The French TGV network is losing money and is subsidised by the other sector of the SNCF and funds are being taken from the “slower service” now. Currently in the UK there is a fast frequent intercity network connecting London to its top five cities at a faster speed than high speed rail does in many other European countries.

The London to Birmingham proposals mean a great deal of tunneling to avoid the dense levels of population and the beautiful country side like The Chilterns that will be affected by its creation. One argument for the development has been to make it easier to move labour. More people will probably be working in the London area rather than commuting to Birmingham every day and with the price of rail travel in the UK won’t be able to afford to. Unlike the present system whereby trains stop at stations en-route to London and Birmingham, there won’t be any stopping as there will not be any station in between those two cities.

This project will cost every household in the UK between £1,000 to £1,200. We will land up with a fast train service that will probably not be profitable, a larger deficit in the country and motorways clogged up by lorries transporting goods from A to B.

The emphasis must be to get those trucks off the motorways, encourage manufacturers and distributors to use the rail networks to transport the commodities carried in trucks. If it is not logistically possible to move all the freight into containers in trains, put the trucks themselves on trains like they do going through the Channel Tunnel. This should mean that our environment in Britain becomes greener than it is at the moment.

We cannot go on adding more freight to our congested motorways and widening them, building more is not going to easy that problem. Upgrade the railway network to take freight in the UK, not high speed passenger trains.

Have your say on what you think about the British Government’s proposal for building a high speed rail link from London to Birmingham. The consultation closes on the 29th July 2011. You can fill out your response at The debate will continue long after that.

Sunrise Court Holiday Rental at St Pauls Bay in Malta

Looking for a self catering holiday rental in Malta?

Lovely holiday apartment in the centre of St Pauls Bay, which is located only walking distance to the town of Bugibba and two minutes from the sea.

Accommodation consists of two bedrooms (one with ensuite shower), one bathroom and a spacious kitchen/dining/living room with a balcony with views of the sea. The kitchen is fully equipped with refrigerator, freezer, cooker, washing machine, toaster, kettle, all necessary cutlery and dishes. In the living area there is a nice sofa-bed and television. The apartment also has a balcony at the back. Shopping amenities like pharmacies, banks, food stores, good restaurants, wine bars and bus stop are all within walking distance.

Bugibba is a busy well established resort in which the Maltese have recently invested millions of pounds in improvements and which spreads south into the quieter resort of Qawra and only 5 minutes from St. Paul's Bay. There, is plenty of activity in the area, with many shops and restaurants as well as pretty fishing harbours and rocky beaches with excellent water sports facilities.

•Sleeps up to 6
•2 bedrooms
•2 bathrooms
•Washing machine
•Satellite TV
•Room fans
•Beach nearby
•Shops nearby
•Bars nearby
•Restaurants nearby

Find out more Here

Tuesday 10 May 2011

The very high cost of taking a car on holiday to Ireland

This original report from April 2011 has been updated. You can take a one way crossing from Wales to Ireland over the end of May bank holiday for around £140 or use the same company to go from Ireland to France for €99 that is £87. When will these ferry companies bring down their prices to encourage more visitors from the UK to be able to afford visiting Ireland?

Both Irish Ferries ans Stena charge the same price per passenger for upgrading to Club/Premium. Read this by following the link below and add your comments to this blog.
The accelerating cost of taking a car on holiday to Ireland

Self catering holiday cottage in Lake District available now

A self catering holiday rental at Hawkshead Hill, Hawkshead, English Lake District, Cumbria, England that has been advertised on the holiday rentals site for several years is now being advertised on

Hatter's Cottage is an 18th century detached stone cottage in a secluded location near the centre of the southern Lake District. It is situated 150 metres from public roads, on a small farm near a hilltop between Coniston and Windermere lakes. The picturesque village of Hawkshead, 1 mile away, has a small supermarket, a post office and several pubs serving meals.

One can walk or cycle in all directions from the cottage door on footpaths, quiet lanes and forest tracks. Mountain walking, boating, pony trekking and rock climbing are available nearby. The central location makes the cottage a good base for touring the Lake District.

Hatters Cottage is beside a small stream, surrounded by gardens, fields, orchard and woodland, with mountain views. It is the only holiday property on the farm, and is run by the owners. It is fully renovated with gas central heating and double glazing throughout.

•Sleeps up to 6 •2 bedrooms •1 bathrooms •Washing machine •Shops nearby •Bars nearby •TV •Microwave •Lake nearby •DVD

For more information visit

Sunday 8 May 2011

Espougnac, Aix-en-Provence, France Holiday Rental

This delightful self catering holiday rental near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France has just been added to the - - and self catring holiday rentals websites.

This self catering villa:
•Sleeps up to 6
•3 bedrooms
•2 bathrooms
•Washing machine
•Satellite TV
•Room fans
•Private pool
•Pets welcome
•Shops nearby
•Restaurants nearby
•Internet access
•Lake nearby
•Close to airport

It is located in the countryside on a quiet lane, 3k from the village of Meyrargues and shops, 15k from the lively, historical market town of Aix-en-Provence and close to the hilltop villages of the Luberon, within striking distance of Arles, Avignon, the Camargue, and the seaside, the house is ideally located for a holiday. The villa is modern on one level and has 3 double bedrooms (2 double beds, 2 singles), a large bathroom, a separate shower room and 2 toilets.

The living area is made up of a lounge-diner and open plan kitchen, with 2 patios (1 covered) for dining outside (BBQ), + a small conservatory and utilities room. As the house is the owners' home for most of the year, it is very well-equipped with TV, (DVD, VHS,CD players), wifi internet access, and everything you need in the kitchen. The grounds are extensive and planted with trees and bushes. There's a grassy area next to the pool (11m x 4.5m), a poolhouse offering shade and the opportunity to dine by the pool. There are sunloungers around the pool.

Meyrargues village — Pizzeria and Château (expensive restaurant and hotel). Pertuis and Venelles — restaurants. Luberon hills 40 min away — hilltop villages (Peter Mayle). Aix — everything.

Beaches 45 minutes away — Cassis, Bandol, Carry-le-Rouet. Bowling 5 min. Tennis, trout fishing, horse-riding, nearby. Hiking on Sainte Victopire mountain, nearby. Golf 30 min.

Find out more HERE

Wednesday 4 May 2011

Former Baker's Farmhouse at Almancil Portugal for your holiday

Fancy renting a former baker's farmhouse for your summer holidays? This superb property was listed in the website earlier this afternoon.

Quinta do Padeiro - This Villa is fully air conditioned with heated pool and enormous gardens to enjoy!

Quinta do Padeiro is a newly converted luxury farmhouse villa suitable for up to 12 people the villa is fully air conditioned with heated pool and secure fenced extensive landscaped gardens and best of all your own personal maid service. Quinta do Padeiro has 6 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, WIFI internet access, SKY TV programs, charcoal BBQ and extensive shady area hacienda style pergola pool side for alfresco dining.

The villa boasts over 5000 square metres of terraced and landscaped garden of various fruit trees and flowers, also lawned area with children's play zone with slides and toys and the pool has a safety screen to keep the little one’s from being too adventurous around the pool, or why not chill out in the hammock in the cactus garden? Quinta do Padeiro is a 200 year old villa which was once a Baker's farmhouse the villa has been sympathetically restored keeping the character of the property with many original features being retained.

In winter, under floor heating is charged at usage rate and Air-conditioning is an additional €60 week. — Meter readings are taken on arrival and departure. Under floor heating is charged at usage rate and Air-conditioning is an additional €60 week. We have tried to think of everything that you would need or want for a luxurious holiday.

There are many extras that have been included in the villa — 50' plasma TV and additional 42' tv's Freeview satelite, stereo & CDs, DVD player, movies, lots of board games even books and magazines.

Bedrooms have their own full bathroom and access via french patio doors to the terraces. Breakfast in the morning can be taken on your balcony. Enjoy a freshly made coffee and take in the views. Forget about having to make a bed or tidy up — the maid will be in soon and take care of it all.

The kitchen is equipped with all the gadgets and gizmo's, and utensils you need to whip up a fantastic meal. There is a formal dining table in the open plan lounge and outside dining area. The lounge room is very light and spacious with several sets of french patio doors accessing the garden, terrace and pool. There is a plasma TV and large, comfy sofas, squishy cushions and cuddly throws to snuggle under at night while relaxing with a hot chocolate.

The villa is also regularly restocked the little things like tea, coffee, toilet paper and general food items. You will find shampoo and hair care products, bath and toilet soap, first aid kit and even washing powder. As an added extra all the bed linen and bath towels are provided for you while on holiday. For the children there is a selection of toys and pool/garden toys to keep them entertained. During your stay if you have any problems or require assistance the agents are on-hand to help.

The agents can help you with anything you need, from changing a light bulb to medical assistance if required. This ensures everything about your holiday will go smoothly. In charge of domestic services is Betina who will ensure your stay is like being in a 5 * Hotel. Betina will organise your maid service and SandyBlue can organise babysitting for you too — if you fancy a few nights sampling the restaurants that surround the villa.

To make your booking go to Now

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Casa Jacaranda, Almancil at Vale Formoso Portugal

This luxurious villa at Vale Formoso in Portugal has just been added to the holiday rentals site.

The brief details are: Spacious and charming villa with internal space of over 300 sq metres, suitable for up to 8 adults and 2 children. In summer there is an additional 5th bedroom available (on request) making the villa suitable for upto 10 adults + children. The villa is fully air conditioned with a sunny south facing private pool with child friendly single depth of 1.70m and extensive landscaped gardens.

Casa Jacaranda has 4 bedrooms, 2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, one double bedroom on the ground floor and an one upstairs twin bedroom (second available on request). SKY TV programs (free view), charcoal BBQ and extensive shady area pool side for alfresco dining. The villa boasts over 1500 square metres of terraced area and large landscaped garden of various trees and flowers. There is a long sweeping driveway from the automatic gates of the property to Casa Jacaranda's front door.

What to do there?

In Almancil there is a karting track if you need to burn off that adrenalin. There is also an Aqua Park (10 mins drive on the other side of Quarteira) and a Swim with Dolphins experience and Theme Park (30 mins drive on the motorway — Zoomarine). Within a couple of hundred metres walk in the local village of Vale Formoso you will find a one Star Michelin Guide Restaurant: “Henrique Leis” with international, French and author kitchen, or even “A Quinta” restaurant.

Find out more at

Monday 2 May 2011

Anglesey North Wales| Ynys Môn Gogledd Cymru

Anglesey in north west Wales is now on the Map Find. Following the Royal Wedding on the 29th April 2011, Anglesey in north Wales could get more visitors trying to spot the Royal couple who live on the Island.

Click on the link below for more of this.

Anglesey North Wales Ynys Môn Gogledd Cymru

Thursday 28 April 2011

How to rent that empty holiday home

I opened the property section of the "Irish Times" today and there on page three was this article - "How to rent that empty holiday home"

It was an article around Jacinta Stacey of Trident Holiday Homes giving advice for holiday home owners in Ireland.

Basically to keep those holiday lets filled you need to:

  • Cut your prices, but not too much, to keep your holiday home full of tenants

  • Work out how much you need to earn to break even.

  • Set aside 20 percent of the rental income for marketing costs

  • Consider signing up with an overseas agent.

What was not mentioned which is really rather important is to advertise your self catering holiday rental property yourself online. This does not matter what country your property is in. has been operating nearly ten years now and is a very economical way to advertise. It costs only £12.50 (and at today's exchange rate that is $20.83 or €14.07) for one year's advertising.

You can have as much descriptive material as you can fit in, display six good size photos, have a live web link to your own personal web site, show prices and contact info.

There are properties being advertised in over 30 countries. So the best way to rent an empty holiday home in Ireland or worldwide is to spend a very smal amount of money and get it live on the populat self catering holiday rentals website today.

Wednesday 20 April 2011

Ryanair relauches their website

Ryanair the low cost Irish airline has announced today that it has launched its revamped and redesigned website which will deliver great usability, faster bookings and easier access to great value services such as car hire, accommodation and insurance and Ryanair’s Manage My Booking section where passengers can tailor their booking.

According to their Press Release "Ryanair will carry 75 million passengers this year and its website, , receives over 180 million individual visitors each year, making it Europe’s largest travel website. Over 99% of Ryanair flights are booked online and passengers must return to the site to check-in before they travel. Ryanair successfully launched third party advertising on its website in 2009 and its revamped site continues to offer advertisers unrivalled access to Europe’s largest travel community.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said “Ryanair passengers will now find it even easier to access Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares with our revamped website, which allows passengers to move quickly through our site to access the low fares and great related services only Ryanair can deliver. Ryanair is Europe’s biggest travel site with 180 million site visitors helping Ryanair to grow to 75m passengers this year.

To celebrate our great new website, and encourage passengers to explore it for themselves, Ryanair is releasing 1million €8 seats for travel across Europe in May. Since these seats will be snapped up fast we urge passengers to book immediately on .”

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Villa Arta, Vilamoura a 4 Bedroom Villa with Private Pool in the Algarve

One the Countryside Villas in the Algarve, Portugal that has just been listed.

Vila Arta is a comfortable 4 bedroom private villa, The property is divided into the main house with 2 bedrooms and then there is separate 2 bedroom cottage its is located in a quiet and rural setting overlooking the orange groves yet not far from the centre of the popular town of Vilamoura where you can find all the usual amenities of a golf & beach resort.

The villa offers excellent value for money and can accommodation up to 8 people. The villa was formally owned by a German artist that still has left his foot print in and around the villa making it an interesting villa to stay in. Accommodation details: Interior Main House • 2 double bedrooms • 2 bathrooms (in the main bedroom the bathroom and bedroom are in one) • Open plan Kitchen with Cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave • Utility room with washing machine • Open plan Living/dining room with fireplace, sat television, DVD and stereo Interior cottage. • 2 double bedrooms • 1 bathroom • Living / dinning room • Kitchen area • Terrace overlooking the pool area

Find out more here at the website

Apartment Mar Vento in Vale do Lobo, Luxury holiday rentals Apartments

One Bedroom Apartment in Vale do Lobo Beach in the Algarve in southern Portugal This first floor apartment is located opposite Vale do Lobo praça and beach. With the beach and the Praca offering various restaurants, shops and bars on your doorstep this is a very popular apartment. The bathroom and kitchen have traditional Portuguese tiles and the living room and the bedroom are nice and bright with satellite TV. This apartment has a private roof terrace with sea views and the balcony from the lounge again offers garden and sea views.

Find out more about this great self catering holiday rental today HERE

Villa Praia, Vale do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal

Villa Praia is a self catering holiday letting in the Algarve, Portugal available via holiday rentals

Location, Location, this well presented 2 bedroom house is only 22 steps away from the beach of Vale do Lobo. Location A unique location to spend your holiday for those who like to be right on the beach and by the Praça where there are various exclusive restaurants shops and bars.

Two bedroom villa on the beach that offers: •2 bedrooms •2 bathrooms •Dishwasher •Washing machine •Satellite TV •Air conditioning •Private pool •Shared pool •Beach nearby •Shops nearby •Bars nearby •TV •Restaurants nearby •Microwave •Golf Find out more by Clicking Here

Holiday Rental in the Azores

Adega do Pocinho, Pico Island, Azores - Holiday Stone House in Paradise

Situated in front the Atlantic Ocean and on the area of vineyards, overlooking the mountain of Pico and to Faial Island The accommodation details briefly:

•Sleeps up to 6 in •3 bedrooms •1 bathroom •Satellite TV •Beach nearby •Shops nearby •Bars nearby •TV •Restaurants nearby •Microwave •Park nearby •Close to airport

For more information from the holiday rentals website CLICK HERE

Monday 11 April 2011

Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival - Jazz à Juan- Jazz in Juan Festival 2011

The 2011 Jazz Festival takes place between the 14th and the 24th July 2011 and the Box office is NOW OPEN

We have just been sent a copy of the English language version of the "Press File" by the Office de Tourisme & des Congrès.

Read this seventeen page PDF document and find out everything you need to known about the 2011 Jazz à Juan festival - Download Here

Find out more about the Jazz a Juan Festival Here

Thursday 7 April 2011

After 5 TV - Boosting Business in the south of France

In May 2011, After 5 TV will be shooting on location in the South of France for a new travel show aptly named After 5TV Destinations. The series is driven to discover exciting touristic destinations through 5 key elements: travel, wine, gastronomy, cultural life and events. .

One of the episodes, After 5 TV Destinations, South of France promises to take pleasure-seeking viewers from all over the globe on an indulgent motorcycle ride in St. Tropez, a sight and sound tour of Festival de Cannes, a bustling walk around a French outdoor market in Provence, and more. The series will start airing Summer of 2011 so as to inspire holiday travelers from across Europe and abroad to visit the region and patronize the establishments featured in the episode.

See Full story Here

Saturday 12 March 2011

Scrap Air Passenger Duty (APD) in the UK like the Irish are doing

An intersesting contribution has appeared today on the site "UK Calls to Scrap APD like the Irish"

The alliance behind the ‘Fair Tax on Flying’ campaign is calling on Chancellor George Osborne to follow the lead of Ireland’s government in scrapping Air Passenger Duty (APD). The move by the Irish came after the Dutch, Danish, Maltese and Swedish governments axed their aviation taxes as well.

The new Irish government has pledged to ax their aviation tax, which is €3. The governments have been discovering that their economies have been damaged by the levies. They have also highlighted that having more passenger routes has major economic benefits.

Now there are only 4 European counties that tax air passengers, and the UK is one of them. The ‘Fair Tax on Flying’ campaign is now urging the government to reconsider their policy on APD, which they say threatens to repress the economic growth of tourism.

Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) chief executive Mark Tanzer says that the Irish government is the latest to see that taxing air travelers is counter-productive, as any revenue raised from the duty is outweighed by the damage done to the wider economy. The campaign is calling on the Chancellor to follow the lead and not increase APD even higher, he added, especially if they intend to help tourism and travel flourish and grow.

The ‘Fair Tax on Flying’ alliance consists of more than 30 travel organizations since launching earlier this month. Included in the alliance are airports, airlines, destinations and trade associations. They have created a Facebook page to increase awareness of the tax and to allow users to submit their views on the matter.

What do you think? Add your comments to this blog

Nice Jazz festival 2011 - line up now revealed

The Riviera Times has reported that in a press conference this week, the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has revealed that the city's celebrated jazz festival will be dedicated in 2011 to the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis.

The festival takes place from the 8th to the 12th of July. After an initial buzz that global superstar Prince was to take over the directorship of the festival, it was announced in January that the event's new Artistic Director was in fact Harry Lapp, founder of Strasbourg Jazz Festival and previously in charge of the programme at Jazz à Juan. See for details about the 2011 Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival - Jazz à Juan- Jazz in Juan Festival

Read the full report from The Riviera Times at

Miraflores 4 - Torrevieja - Costa Blanca - Spain for holiday rentals

A modern two bedroom holiday rental apartment approximately 12 mins walk from the beaches and very close to amenities bars restaurants has just been added to the website.

It is located at Torrevieja on Spain's Costa Blanca.

• It Sleeps up to 5
•Has 2 bedrooms
•1 bathroom
•Washing machine
•Air conditioning
•Shared pool
•Beach nearby
•Shops nearby
•Bars nearby
•Restaurants nearby
•Park nearby
•Close to airport

There is a go kart racing track within 15 min walk and several golf courses within a 15 min car ride. Murcia airport is around 25 mins by car and Alicante airport about 45 mins by car. Supermarkets are within walking distance and there is an Indian, a Chinese, a Spanish and an English restaurant and a small shop at the entrance to the complex.

The apartment has TV, dvd and hot and cold air conditioning. Airport pick ups and drop offs can be arranged upon request. There are 2 twin beds and one double bed and a pull down bed in the utility room for a fifth guest if required. The utility room contains a washing machine and there is also an iron and ironing board. Bath towels bedding etc are supplied but there are no beach towels. Oven and hob are electric and there is enough cutlery, plates cups glasses etc for at least 8 people.

To find out more visit

Juan les Pins Jazz Festival - Jazz à Juan 2011

The 2011 Jazz Festival at Juan Les Pins, south of France take place between the 14th and the 24th July 2011.


As normal it takes place at Antibes Juan-les-Pins Pinède Gould (Pinewood) with the fabulous backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Tourist Office have sent us a Press Release - "Dossier de Presse" and the French language version can be found at This has information and photos about the artists performing, prices of tickets etc

When the English version is released we will upload the information onto the blog. There is a page devoted to the Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival at

In the meantime here is part of the French Language version of the Press Release for the 2011 festival.

51e JAZZ A JUAN 2011

« Après quelques semaines aux Etats-Unis, on est partis pour le festival d’Antibes, dans le Midi de la France.

On les a tués ». En 1963, Miles Davis est sous le choc : « À Antibes, une immense affiche de moi était placardée près de mon hôtel. J’ai pensé : c’est quand même un monde, on ne me donne pas ça à New York, mais ici, desmilliers de personnes se déplacent spécialement pour t’écouter et te communiquer leur fraternité.

Réunion de famille cette année encore à Juan, qui honore avec faste l’un des plus grands trompettistes de l’histoire du jazz, disparu voici aujourd’hui vingt ans. Tous les artistes qui vont se produire sur la mythique scène de la pinède auront une pensée pour Miles Davis, de Jamie Cullum (« J’ai découvert le festival à travers les enregistrements de Keith Jarrett et de Miles Davis ») à Marcus Miller (« Il m’a appris à être moi-même »), sans oublier bien sur ceux avec lesquels il vécut au plus près l’aventure « Jazz à Juan » : Herbie Hancock et Wayne Shorter. Et puis tous ceux aussi qui, à un moment de leur carrière, ont croisé le parcours solaire de ce mutant de la note bleue. Tous vont se retrouver pour cette célébration annuelle qu’est le festival.

Parce que Juan, comme l’a si bien dit Joshua Redman, « c’est un vrai festival, pas une série de concerts, une véritable communauté qui se retrouve chaque année à un endroit particulier, à un moment particulier. Tout le monde est là autour d’une même passion, le jazz se vit physiquement ». Sur la grande scène bien sur, mais aussi tout alentour, dans les rues et durant les « afters », où le jazz acquiert sa vraie dimension : « Juan-les-Pins, ce n’est pas juste une scène, c’est pour moi mythique ; Juan-les-Pins, c’est comme Carnegie Hall pour le classique.

A chaque fois que j’ai entendu parler de Juan, c’était le sommet de la grandeur du jazz ». (John McLauglin)

Monday 28 February 2011

economy car hire now being promoted on the site

Economy car hire is now being advertised on the car hire and car hire excess insurance advertising site.
The product is being offered to those wanting to rent a car. Holiday Autos and are already being advertised on the site.

Economy Car Hire Ltd became established as a car hire broker in August 2000. They provide car rental in many European Countries using local and national car rental companies and have been expanding rapidly over the past 3 years. They have established a very good reputation within the car rental industry and strive to provide the best service for their customers.

Innovation is the key to their success and they are proud to have built one of the most efficient booking engines in the industry. Economy Car Hire applies the latest technology to their service so that almost every part of it is automated; their online booking process is easy and simple and allows customers to compare service and prices between suppliers.

Experience the difference... Our fully inclusive car hire has no-excess, is hassle-free and has no hidden extras. They are confident that we provide better added value and better service quality than any other car hire broker. Customer relations and loyalty are our key priority.

Based in the UK and established in the year 2000, Economy Car Hire Ltd specializes in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece and the Greek Islands, Slovenia, and Malta. They provide an excellent service, with the attention to detail only available from a family-run business.

They care about their customers because they make their business!

Their fully inclusive car hire rates include more than any other company, and with no insurance excess or hidden extras, their customers return again and again.

So if you are going on a self catering holiday renting one of those villas being promoted at you will need to rent a car.

To find out more about Economy Car Hire follow this link

Monday 14 February 2011

Promenade des Irlandais becomes the Promenade des Anglais in Nice once again

The Irish Times property section on Thursday 10th February had a headline "Sun sets for holiday homeowners" - Thousands of Irish people who bought homes abroad, for their holidays or as a pension, are selling up – if they can.

The report featured Nice Estate Agent Kirkor Ajderhanyan a director of Agence 107 Promenade, an agency which specialises in selling properties with sea views on Nice’s seafront. He said "There were so many of them that we used to call it the Promenade des Irlandais at the time. But most will make an average gain of 25 to 30 per cent".

Now many Irish are selling up not only in France (where property prices are still OK)buit in Spain ansd Portugal as well.

According to the report "Many bought properties for family holidays, others as a pension, with the benefit of it being an occasional holiday home. Some needed rental income to cover a mortgage, others didn’t.

Some raised mortages against the then high value of their Irish homes; others raised the money abroad against the value of the property purchased. Many are happy with their purchase and are holding onto it while they still have a job at home."

Read the story in full here

If you have a property in the France, Spain or Portugal and want to earn money from it, why not let it as a holiday rental. For a very, very low annual advertising fee (about the price of 2/3 bottles of wine in Ireland) you can advertise it at This website has been in business 10 years now and for the Nice area there is a specialist site www.cotedazurrentalcom

Thursday 3 February 2011

Beachlands Holidays, Llanelli, Wales now taking bookings

Just listed on the website earlier today

Beachlands Holidays are proud to present to you, two Visit Wales 5* graded luxury holiday homes on the beach in Llanelli, South West Wales. You can chose from Beachlands View, a penthouse apartment right on the beach with stunning views over Carmarthen Bay to the Gower Peninsula.

You may prefer a more traditional holiday home, in which case Beachlands House should be ideal for your needs. Set back from the beach by just 150 metres, this offers superb accommodation for all. Our website shows up to date availability and pricing - you can even BOOK ONLINE securely, ensuring that your chosen accommodation is reserved for you at the click of the mouse! Take a look now - you wont be disappointed!

The holiday homes are in a perfect location to access a whole variety of activities. There are plenty of places around for water based interests, horse riding, cycling, walking, and so much more!

For nature lovers there is an abundance of places to visit, as there is for anyone who loves history. Even the ardent thrill seeker will find something to enjoy!

But first you must decide which of our two wonderful holiday homes suits your needs best!

Both of the holiday homes have been extensively equipped - board games in abundance for the odd rainy day, DVD's, CD's, baby items, & toys and games for the beach. You will even find a selection of Wellington boots for your use - ideal for wet days or 'muddying' about on the mud flats.

All guests have free use (on a share basis) of 2 x adult bikes and 2 x 'tweenager' bikes. Extra bikes or different size bikes can be inexpensively hired locally from the Cycle Hire cabin just 500 metres away.

Planning your next holiday is often difficult - you have to take into account what each member would like and wants from their holiday. Choosing where to go can also be just as difficult. But with miles of stunning coastline, bucket loads of history, nature reserves, rolling countryside, and loads of places to take the kids, your destination has been found!

So take at look at these great self catering holiday rentals at: and make your booking now to secure that fabulous goliday in Wales

Tuesday 25 January 2011

Jardins Do Golfe, Vale Do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal

Great family apartments with pool and near beach just been added to the website.

Rent one of these lovely Holiday Apartments in Jardins do Golfe A private complex located next to 5* Vale Do Lobo resort in the sunny Algarve, Portugal. Our apartments are spacious, newly decorated and fully equipped with everything you will need for a great holiday. The condominium is a gated, secure complex, set in peaceful, mature gardens with two pools and only a short walk to the beaches, restaurants, bars, supermarket and golf courses.

During the summer months there is a bar and snack bar at poolside. There are two pools, one pool specifically designed for children with a lovely waterfall and sun-loungers. There are also tennis courts and snack bar. The gardens of Jardins Do Golfe are very large and well maintained offering good space for children to play. All this only 20 minutes drive from Faro airport or just 20 euros from the airport in a taxi!

Find out more at and book your 2011 holiday in the Algarve region of Portugal today.

Sunday 9 January 2011

Irish Tourism in 2011

Have just added an article to the website entitled Irish Tourism in 2011

Two reports appeared at the end of 2010 regarding the state of Irish Tourism. The country needs revenue from tourists, however getting to Ireland and moving about in Ireland if you rent a car can be very expensive.

The article is about personal experiences of unjustified charges by some Irish car rental companies regarding airport collection, cross border travel, phantom use of the M50 toll and insisting a customer pays for car hire excess insurance even when it is declined.

The other part of the article highlifghts the very high costs of taking a car over the Irish Sea compared to crossing the English Cannel from England to France. It also gives advice about these car ferry companies and how they can try and make you pay non existent additional fees for changing the date of travel.

To view the aricle in full follow this link

Hopefully the Irish Tourism people will try and persuade those involved in tourism do not "rip off" toursist,especially now when they need every tourist they can get to the country and for those toursist to go away happy.