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