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Cofton Holiday Park – South Devon

Nestled among the lush green folds of South Devon’s landscape is a real gem of a holiday park. Family-owned for over four decades, Cofton spreads over 80 acres of this delicious countryside, offering not just holiday home breaks but self-catering cottages, too. We were lucky enough to sample a recent arrival on the park: the [...]

Eurocamp – La Pointe St Gilles

At the end of August 2016, just as the school summer holidays were drawing to a close, we decided to treat the kids – and ourselves, of course – to our first Eurocamp adventure. Unlike our friends who are die-hard Eurocampers, we’ve never sampled the company’s popular holidays but after this 5-day break we’ll certainly [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Accommodation, Attractions, Latest Reviews, Self-Catering|0 Comments

YHA Borrowdale

Nestled in the Borrowdale Valley at the foot of rugged crags and impressive fells is Borrowdale Youth Hostel. My family and I spent one night in this ski chalet-styled property and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Yes, it was the end of July – school holiday season – which meant the hostel was packed and the [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Accommodation, Ideas, Self-Catering|Comments Off on YHA Borrowdale

YHA Brighton

The YHA has hostels in some pretty decent settings and Brighton is no exception. In fact, it’s a perfect location, just across from the beach and the entrance to the city’s Grade II listed pier; and if that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, it’s within walking distance of the main tourist attractions and shops, [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Self-Catering|Comments Off on YHA Brighton

Alykes Garden Village – Zante

I spent a week with my family at Alykes Garden Village, just outside the village of Alykes on the attractive Greek island of Zante. We stayed in a four-person studio (number 101). Equipment and facilities were basic, but that was what we expected. On arrival, we had to ask Jimmy, the owner, for extra cutlery. [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|Accommodation, Destinations, Hotels/B&Bs, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Alykes Garden Village – Zante

Skelwith Fold – New Self-Catering Option

Until now, award-winning Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, situated just outside the bustling Lake District town of Ambleside, has comprised mainly of privately-owned static holiday homes; in fact, there are 300 of them. Other than buying a unit, the only way holidaymakers could stay on the site, which is surrounded by woodland favoured by naturalist David Bellamy [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Skelwith Fold – New Self-Catering Option

YHA Helvellyn

This hostel is appropriately named because it seems like you’ve travelled halfway up the mountain by the time you reach the car park! Sitting in the shadow of England’s 3rd highest peak, above the pretty lakeside village of Glenridding, the route to the hostel turns from tarmac road to stony track, providing a decent test [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on YHA Helvellyn

Go Native – Hyde Park

This was my first experience of using Go Native, who “provide business and leisure travellers with the most exciting selection of serviced apartments across the UK and in a growing number of European and US cities”. Well, I can only base my judgement on the time my family and I spent at their Hyde Park [...]

By | April 29th, 2015|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Go Native – Hyde Park

Guernsey

One thing you’re guaranteed if holidaying in Guernsey is tranquillity. It’s such a peaceful and unrushed island and, as Visit Guernsey’s promotional material boasts, you’ll “rediscover what life’s about”. Well, it’s certainly what holidays should be about. But for us – a family of four – the adventure began en-route to the island, which is [...]

By | October 24th, 2014|Accommodation, Destinations, Self-Catering|0 Comments

Silverdale Caravan Park

Holgates own several caravan parks on or near the coastline of Morecambe Bay with Silverdale – which won Cumbria Tourism’s “Best Holiday Park” award for 2014 – the company’s flagship site. Set amid 100 acres of scenic park and woodland, Silverdale – which takes its name from the picturesque village nearby – offers 80 hard-standing [...]

By | October 8th, 2014|Accommodation, Self-Catering|Comments Off on Silverdale Caravan Park