Don’t Waste Those Pumpkins

Posted on October 31st, 2015

With Halloween upon us, many of us around the country will be busying ourselves with carving pumpkins. While it can be satisfying producing what can often be described as a work of art from this vegetable, what isn’t so satisfying is throwing away all that lovely pumpkin flesh. Well rather than disposing of it while you get to work creating your masterpiece, why not use it to create a nutritious meal?
To get you started with ideas, how about a simple pumpkin soup? Warming and healthy, perfect for those chilly nights or after some trick or treating with the kids! If you’re on a self-catering holiday cottage break, this would be a lovely dish to return to after a brisk walk in the country air. Get the kids involved – this not only teaches them to be resourceful rather than wasteful but children love to eat something they have had a hand in preparing. Enjoy…and happy carving!

Follow the recipe below for a lovely Pumpkin soup….

Ingredients

  • 1kg/4oz pumpkin
  • 40g/1.5oz butter or margarine
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 900ml/1.5 pints vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 300m/1.5 pints milk
  • Salt and pepper

 

Method

Remove the seeds of the pumpkin flesh and cut into small cubes. Melt the butter/margarine in a large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic and fry over a low heat until soft but not coloured. Add the pumpkin and toss with the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add the ginger, lemon juice and bay leaves. Cover and simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes, until the pumpkin is tender. Discard the bay leaves and blend in a food processor until smooth or press though a strainer. Pour into a saucepan, add the milk and warm gently.

Ghost Walks In The UK

Posted on October 29th, 2015

It’s almost that time of year again so why not do something a bit different for Halloween and take part in one of the many ghost walks that are available throughout the UK. If you have a cottage holiday coming up or are planning to book a last minute break, this could also be a great way to explore your destination by night and hear some spooky stories or discover fascinating local secrets and myths.

Yorkshire

The city of York is a popular destination for ghost walks with several on offer, some of which run almost every day; learn all about the ghoulish tales of a city steeped in history. Most tours are on foot but there is also a Ghost Bus Tour on offer – a sightseeing tour with a difference! The coastal towns of Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay are great opportunities to explore the winding alleyways and hear of tales of shipwrecks, smugglers and local folklore. Or visit the market town of Skipton and pay a visit to the ghosts of Sheep Street; tours are available around the year and there are also Halloween tours available – these tours are for over 16s only but there are also separate children’s Halloween tours available.

Cornwall

Ghost walks take place in the Cornish destinations of St Ives and Penzance and take you through alleyways and graveyards where paranormal activity is still said to be witnessed. One of the tours on offer is led by ghost expert and author Ian Addicoat.

Devon

Not for the faint hearted, here’s something a bit different – an overnight ghost walk in Bodmin Jail! Take part in group workshops in different areas of the prison after receiving training in energy management and Reiki, then in the morning, enjoy a full English breakfast included in the price. Definitely not your average evening! Other options for ghost walks in Devon include a tour around the ancient cobbled streets of Plymouth and Brixham, which is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Britain.

Dorset

Many of the pubs and stately homes in the county of Dorset are all home to a ghoulish resident; the towns of Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport all offer ghost walks covering their ancient streets.

Somerset

Explore the ancient streets of the Roman city of Bath while hearing many haunting stories; one of the most sighted ghosts is the Man in The Black Hat at the Assembly Rooms. Take a ghost walk in Wells, England’s smallest city or for something different, take a tour of the Wookey Hole Caves and unearth the hidden secrets of Halloween.

Cumbria and the Lake District

Enjoy a guided tour and hear many a ghostly tale in the historic city of Carlisle and finish with a Cumberland sausage and mash supper. Or experience the darker side of Cockermouth or the legend and mystery of Keswick – follow ‘The Lady’ if you’re brave!

Southern Scotland and Borders

Edinburgh has several ghost experiences on offer and with some being for adults only, they’re definitely not for the faint hearted! Discover the legendary underground city or take part in a graveyard tour and experience an encounter with The MacKenzie Poltergeist. Learn all about Edinburgh’s grisly past and the infamous characters that once roamed the cobbled streets of the “Old Town.” The hidden history of Dumfries is also waiting to be discovered on a ghost walk that reveals stories such as headless horsemen and tragic spirits. The city of Stirling also has a successful and long standing ghost walk; it’s Old Town being once described as ‘the most densely populated supernatural square mile in all of Scotland.’

So why not partake in a little ghost hunting this Halloween? Go on, we dare you! Search for a Halloween holiday cottage today.

Halloween Breaks 2015

Posted on October 22nd, 2015

Get into the spirit and search for a Halloween holiday home. You’d be a ghoul not to start browsing for a ghost hunting getaway today!

Halloween Breaks 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Although there is no guarantee that you will see an apparition, a spectre or a phantom, it is always good to take a break and explore somewhere new or old.

 

Halloween breaks in the UK are a chance to enjoy ghost walks in historic towns and cities, and sample some sweet treats during your visit. Ghost walks take place all over the UK and here are a few for you to consider.

 

Cornwall: Falmouth, Penzance, St Ives.

Devon: Bodmin, Brixham, Plymouth.

Dorset: Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth.

Somerset: Bath, Wells, Wookey Hole.

Cumbria and The Lake District: Carlisle, Cockermouth, Keswick.

Gloucestershire: Gloucester, St Briavels Castle, Woodchester Mansion.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire: Hereford, Ledbury, Worcester.

Isle of Wight: Cowes, Ventnor.

Norfolk: Norwich.

Northumberland: Alnwick.

Yorkshire: Skipton, Whitby, York.

 

There is no trick to it, simply search our website and treat yourself to a Halloween cottage break today.

 

The Yorkshire Coast and Wolds

Posted on October 21st, 2015

Undulating gently south from the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Wolds presents a calm, rolling landscape, nestling pretty villages and traditional market towns. Covering an area of land which arcs from the city of Hull to the market town of Beverley, to the coastal resorts of Filey and Bridlington on the Yorkshire Coast, the chalk Wolds are completely unspoilt and somewhat underappreciated. Blessed with historical associations dating back as far as 3000BC, through Ancient Man and the Norman Conquest to the present, this area has a fascinating story to tell.

Whether it’s dramatic sea views or quiet country villages you’re after, you’ll find what you’re looking for along the Yorkshire coastline, and with a choice of attractions as varied as the landscape, you will find plenty to keep you amused. A family looking for frivolous fun in the sun can discover beautiful sandy beaches and seaside entertainment at major resorts like Scarborough, just as easily as a couple looking for a romantic break away can find peace and solitude atop towering cliffs or amongst forests and moorland.

Scarborough, Yorkshire Coast

 

 

 

 

From busy harbours to cliff top castles, there is something here for everyone. You will find lots of friendly fishing villages dotted along the coast; with their cobbled streets and smugglers’ tails, they are charming and delightful to visit. The award winning Eden Camp museum, Malton, has plenty to interest the modern history enthusiast, whilst ancient architecture and the Captain Cook Trail at Whitby will satisfy those with a taste for the truly historical. For the ornithologist, the bird sanctuaries at Bempton Cliffs and Spurn Point are a must.

So with its charm, character, history and a wealth of activities on offer, this area cannot fail to impress.

Some local attractions and activities:

Whitby

Whitby Abbey, Museum of Victorian Whitby, The Dracula Trail

Scarborough

Cliff top ruined castle, Sealife Centre, Annual Cricket Festival, Miniature Railway

Selby

Selby Abbey

Filey

Annual Fishing Festival, Filey Brigg and Nature Trail, Cobble landing

Bempton

RSPB Reserve

Malton

Eden Camp, Eden Farm Insight, Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo

Beverley

The Minster, open air markets, Museum of Army Transport, horse racing

Bridlington

Bridlington Priory

Sledmere

Sledmere House and Gardens

 

With so much to see and do on the Yorkshire Coast you should start searching holiday cottages in Yorkshire today!