Why book your 2019 Summer Holiday now?

Posted on November 11th, 2018

Bournemouth Beach, DorsetWe may only be in Autumn and many of us may not have even given Christmas much thought yet, so why would we be even thinking as far ahead as next Summer? Here at Remarkable Holidays, we believe that now is the ideal time to start making plans for Summer 2019 and here’s why:

The most obvious reason is availability. Summer is undoubtedly the most popular time for holidaymakers to get away in the UK so there will be more competition for dates in this season, especially in the school holidays where parents of school-aged children are restricted to certain weeks. Also the reverse of this is true for people who wish to holiday in the Summer months when the weather is more likely to be favourable but will not be accompanied by school-aged children. These people will more than likely want to avoid paying the school holiday premium; so may be restricted to June, early July and early September. Basically, the sooner you book, the more choice of properties and the larger the selection of dates you will have to pick from! Not to mention getting your dates up early on the work’s holiday calendar!

While some people love nothing more than a snowy day or sitting by a roaring fire, for others it’s all about sun, sea and sand. If you fall into the latter category, getting your Summer holiday booked will give you something to count down to and help you through those Winter blues!

The further in advance you book your holiday, the more time you will have to research the area you are visiting, local attractions, and any events that may be taking place. Obviously there is nothing wrong with exploring once you reach your destination and taking things as they come, but with a little forward planning you can really make the most of your holiday and avoid missing out on something you would love to do or see. You may also find while talking to people about your upcoming holiday, some may have visited the area you are staying in and may suggest some must-see attractions or hidden gems. Also, once you have decided on any activities you would like to do it may be worth looking into whether it is possible to book in advance or online as sometimes this reduces things such as entry fees, which for a family can really mount up.

So don’t miss out on your perfect Summer holiday cottage and book today!

Why you should consider a staycation for a family holiday

Posted on February 11th, 2018

Trying to plan a holiday abroad with children can be somewhat stressful, so why not think about taking a staycation in a holiday cottage this year? There are so many benefits to taking a UK self-catering holiday!

One of the main advantages of choosing to go self-catering is that you are able to please yourself with what you eat and when. In addition to this, self-catering in the UK means that you are, more often than not, able to shop in supermarket chains you recognise and make home cooked meals your family know and love. Even if you’re somewhere more remote, simply being able to understand the language makes life easier for things such as finding local grocery shops. Plus you can always take a cool bag and pack the car full of basics to tide you over for a day or two while you get your bearings. If you want a break from cooking, finding local restaurants is also easier without a language barrier; you may even be situated close to a chain restaurant that you know your family enjoys and caters well for little ones.

Salcombe Beach, Devon, England

Children don’t always have large amounts of patience when having to navigate through an airport; waiting in various seemingly endless queues can be pretty boring, even for us adults! Not to mention the fact that you feel like you never have enough pairs of hands trying to hold all your bags, cases, passports, boarding cards and jackets. Although a staycation may involve a long car journey, you’ll have alot more space at your disposal for packing various forms of entertainment; trying to retrieve numerous toys and games from the overhead storage on a plane is not always the easiest task! A big benefit of travelling by car is that you’re also in control of stopping along the way and being able to let restless children have a break to stretch their legs or have something to eat and drink. Also for anyone who has ever tried to change a nappy in a plane toilet, being able to stop at a motorway services, a supermarket or anywhere else with baby changing facilities is far more preferable! If you really would dread the thought of any journey over two hours with a small child then you could still get away; even a week away a couple of hours from where you live, such as to the nearest coast, can give the whole family a change of scene.

Flights can be very expensive when you’re thinking of taking the family abroad. Children over two years old are required to have their own seat, and if you have older children, there’s the added expense of being faced with school holiday flight prices as well as inflated accommodation prices. While accommodation anywhere is always going to be more in the school holidays, the fuel prices involved in reaching a UK destination by car will be about the same all year round. Flying also involves the expense of getting to and from the airport at each end and possibly the cost of airport parking, not to mention the unavoidable expense of baggage charges.

Kids love the seaside, it doesn’t matter to them where it is, and even in the UK we often have some lovely hot weeks when the beach can really be enjoyed just as much as one abroad. We list many coastal properties on the Remarkable Holidays website in places such as Devon, Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Yorkshire Coast so you won’t be stuck for choice.

As much as we all love a holiday, the fact is that they don’t just happen; they take a good deal of planning and decision making, especially when it comes to travelling with little ones. So give yourself a few less things to think about and search the Remarkable Holidays website to find your perfect family staycation.

Sherlock Filming Locations

Posted on January 4th, 2016

You may be interested to know that a certain Mr Holmes doesn’t spend all of his time at 221b Baker Street and often ventures away from London to solve unexplainable mysteries. If you’d like to follow in the footsteps of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on your next holiday, you can easily deduce where to stay by reading this article about the stunning filming locations ‘Sherlock’ has been set in.

The award winning BBC drama ‘Sherlock’ first appeared on our TV screens back in July 2010 when Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman brought to life a modern re-telling of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as they took on the roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson.

Much of the ‘Sherlock’ episodes have been filmed in London but there are plenty of locations away from London which ‘Sherlock’ fans will recognise.

Devon

Hound Tor – The Hounds of Baskerville. Located near Widecombe-in-the-Moor (Dartmoor), Hound Tor is a heavily weathered granite outcrop and was used as the backdrop of a dramatic scene in ‘Sherlock’ episode two of series two ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’.

Hound Tor, Devon

South Wales and Pembrokeshire

The Bush Inn, St. Hilary – The Hounds of Baskerville. Located in St. Hilary (near Cowbridge) in the Vale of Glamorgan, sits the picturesque pub, The Bush Inn. You may recognise it from ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’ although it was named ‘The Cross Keys’ in the episode and was located in the fictional village of Grimpon. Sherlock and Dr Watson enjoyed a few drinks here and even Detective Inspector Lestrade popped in for beverage.

The Bush Inn from Sherlock

Three Bears Cave, near Castell Coch – The Hounds of Baskerville. Known as ‘Dewer’s Hollow’ in the ‘Sherlock’ episode ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’ Three Bears Cave is shown as an eerie place where the episode comes to a dramatic climax. Located near Castell Coch (Tongwynlais), Three Bears Cave is actually an entrance to an iron mine and not the lair of a monstrous hound.

 
St Athan Airbase – His Last Vow. It looks like we may have seen the last of Sherlock as he boards a one way flight to exile. St Athan Airbase near Llantwit Major was the filming location this famous scene from episode three of series three ‘His Last Vow’.

St Athan Airbase, Wales

Somerset

Goldney Hall Orangery – The Sign Of Three. Part of the University Of Bristol, the Goldney Hall Orangery played host to the wedding reception of John and Mary Watson in episode two of series three ‘The Sign Of Three’. The most notable scene filmed at this beautiful venue was the heartfelt Best man speech given by Sherlock.

Goldney Hall Orangery, Bristol
St Mary Magdalene Church, Stoke Bishop, Bristol – The Sign Of Three. Built in the 1800s St Mary Magdalene Church was used as the backdrop for John and Mary Watson’s wedding in ‘The Sign Of Three’.

 
Tyntesfield, near Wraxall – The Abominable Bride. The 2016 New Year’s Day special ‘Sherlock’ was set in the Victorian era as Holmes and Watson investigate a mysterious ghostly bride. The spectacular Gothic backdrop that is Tyntesfield was used as a key filming location for ‘The Abominable Bride’.

Tyntesfield, near Wraxall

So if you want to retrace the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr Watson, you can make use the Remarkable Holidays Cottage Search Engine to deduce which holiday cottage best suits your needs.

 
Start your search today for your perfect self-catering break in the UK.

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.

 

Hottest Day in 9 Years!

Posted on July 1st, 2015

Today (Wednesday 1st July 2015) is the hottest day recorded in the UK for 9 years and the hottest July day ever recorded in the UK. Temperatures reached a toasty 36.7C (98F) at London’s Heathrow Airport to claim the records.

Kew Gardens, near Wimbledon came close with a temperature of 35.7C, Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands recorded 28.5C and Swansea in Wales came in at 21.8C.

But all of these pale in comparison to Sunday 10th August 2003, the hottest day ever recorded in the UK, when temperatures got up to 38.5C in Faversham, Kent.

We cannot guarantee the weather, but you can use our website to search for a UK holiday cottage. Search today!

 

Remarkable UK Festivals 2015

Posted on June 19th, 2015

Festival season is upon us! As Summer has arrived the official UK festival season can begin, and with it thousands of music lovers will travel miles and miles to enjoy their favourite artists. If you’re unsure which festival to attend this year, we’ve come up with a brief summary of some of the fantastic festival choices from across the UK.

…in date order (no favouritism here!)

Port Eliot Festival

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Dates: 30 July – 2 August 2015
Location: St Germans, Cornwall
Description: Set in the grounds of a Grade 1 listed country home, from which the festival takes its name, the Port Eliot Festival boasts a fabulous line up for 2015, including Shappi Khorsandi (Comedian), Rick Stein (Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Presenter), and many more great speakers, musical talents and artists. For the full line up please visit the official Port Eliot Festival website.

Wilderness Festival

Nightime glows
Dates: 6-9 August 2015
Location: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Description: Not just any old festival, the Wilderness Festival combines music, food, drink, talks, debates, workshops, yoga and even a lakeside spa! With all of this taking place at one festival, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to what to do first.

Green Man Festival

Green Man Stage Rainbow
Dates: 20-23 August 2015
Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales
Description: Green Man is a music and arts festival held each year in the beautiful Brecon Beacons of Wales. The Green Man Festival is renowned for featuring artists that you may already know, or will be really please they introduced you to. Don’t forget to explore the many magic areas the festival has to offer, such as the Walled Garden and Mountain’s Foot.

Bingley Music Live

Bingley Music Live
Dates: 4-6 September 2015
Location: Myrtle Park, Bingley, West Yorkshire
Description: Not only is it showcasing the DJ talents of Radio One stars Huw Stephens, Scott Mills and Chris Stark, Bingley Music Live 2015 has a brilliant line up this year featuring; Labrinth, James, Funeral For A Friend and many more established and emerging musical talents.

 

Search today for a Summer break in the UK.

The great thing about a cottage holiday is that your chosen holiday home is your base for the week, from which you can explore the stunning British countryside, and (if you have tickets) enjoy a lively festival.

Start your search today!