Posts Tagged ‘Dorset’

  • 15% discounts on UK cottage stays of 7+ days in South West England in May and June. Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset self catering

    Date: 2011.05.06 | Category: Cornwall, Cottages, Devon, Dorset, holidays, Latest News, Self catering, Somerset, South West England, Special offers - time limited, Whitsun Break | Response: 0

    Let’s face it, 3 nights away in Cornwall Devon, Dorset or Somerset is just not long enough (after all, it was a pretty cold winter!) so give summer a proper welcome with a 7 night holiday and get a 15% discount.

    Our holiday partners Blue Chip Holidays are offering all guests who book a stay of 7 nights or more a very handy 15% off holidays from 6 May – 25 June 2011. Just click here and use the discount code ‘Jun11′ when you book and you’ll save 15%, leaving you with a little extra for your spending money too.

    Here’s the small print for the offer… your stay must be for 7 nights or more, and it must start between 6 May and the 25 June. You must also book between these dates to receive this discount, so why not plan an early escape this year and beat the crowds on the beach?!

    If you are looking for a holiday in the south west of England this May Bank Holiday then check out some of the following:

    Alterntiavely check out the new sites: Self catering in Dorset, Devon self catering and Find Cornwall Cottages

  • Over 500 new cottage and apartment holidays in South West England

    Date: 2011.02.12 | Category: Apartments, Cottages, Self catering | Response: 0

    Find Family Holidays has added 500 new self catering cottage and apartment holidays in the south west of England, including cottages in Cornwall, Dorset and Devon.

    The accommodation includes both cottages and apartments either located on the drammatic south west coast or at some beauty spots in the country.  Hundreds of these cottages and apartments are rated 4 stars or 5 stars and so if you are looking for a bit of luxury on your holidays then there is no better place to start especially if you are looking for luxuries like a swimming pool and hot tub.  If you are feeling romantic, check out our range of romantic cottages and apartments that include four poster beds and open wood fires. For the more active holidaycheck out those cottages with great walking near by or apartments close to watersports, golf and fishing.

    Whether you are looking for a holiday in Cornwall, Devon or Dorset for a couple, family of large group you are sure to find something just right at Find Family Holidays.

    Find Family Holidays has 10,000 cottages and apartments listed across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland ensuring you have the widest selection to choose from.

  • Compton Acres, Bournemouth, Dorset, South West England

    Date: 2010.08.23 | Category: Been there, Latest News, Places to go, Review 4 star | Response: 0

    As a family that has spent so much time holidaying in the Bournemouth area of Dorset it is amazing that it has taken us so long to do one of its largest attractions. Our hesitancy has always been along the familiar lines of… “it will be a nice garden but will we enjoy it while tugging the kids along behind us!”

    This August we finally bit the bullet, bought the £17 family ticket and headed in.

    Compton Acres is one of the finest privately owned gardens in the South of England with a unique series of stunning gardens and a spectacular view of Poole Harbour, Brownsea Iasland and the Purbeck Hills beyond.

    Once inside you follow a circular path route that takes you through the various gardens, from the splendid formal Italian  Gardens, through the sub Tropical link to the wooded pine valley, rock and water gardens and much more.  As you would imagine the gardens are all pretty, well maintained and very peaceful.

    Our favourite was the Japanses garden, which is recognised as one of the best in Britain, with its Tea House draped in Japanese wisteria and the thatched summer house.

    As for the children, well their highlights were the activity area which allowed them to climb and run around a bit – without disturbing other visitors – and the Bog Garden which was a great place to spot wildlife including butterflies, toads and many many dragonflies.  Compton Acres during the summer holidays had also put on a clue trail for the children to follow, which kept them occupied, if only for the promised sweet reward at the end.

    Compton Acres is pathed all the way around and so is accessible for pushchairs and the disabled.

    Most surprising moment was the fantastic view across the harbour from the cafe – up to that point you feel in an enclosed garden and then you suddenly look up and see across the Harbour to Brownsea Island and beyond.  The cafe had a good selection of sandwiches and cakes to accompany tea, but we just sat and appreciated the view.

    We visited Compton Acres in the summer holidays but it is open all year round with colour and scent throughout and regular events held so check the website for more information.

    There is also a Model Railway Exhibition that includes 1000 foot of scenic track attached to Compton Acres, although this does require extra admission (£1.50 for adults, £1 for children).

    Location and accommodation

    Compton Acres is close to Sandbanks, set between Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset.


    • Family fun: 4 stars
    • Lenth of visit: Allow 2 hours

    Find out more

    Visit the Compton Acres website to find out more.

  • Dorset cottages – August Bank Holiday Savings

    Date: 2010.08.06 | Category: Latest News, Special offers - time limited | Response: 0

    If you are looking for a short break or longer holiday to enjoy this August Bank Holiday with family, friends or just for two - you can find a stunning holiday property in a beautiful location on the Devon coast and countryside.

    If the thought of relaxing on a balcony with spectacular views over a glass of something chilled, dining al fresco on local seafood, exploring the coastal paths, enjoying long beach days or indulging in a cream tea in a stylish holiday property in a wonderful location, appeals to you – then why not book your August Bank Holiday at one of our great holiday properties.  3  special offers from Coast and Country are below, but check out more cottages in Dorset here>

    Onedin House, Dartmouth (sleeps 6)
    £150 off the week commencing 28th August, now only £865.

    • Late 19th Century house on three levels offering a high standard of accommodation for two families or up to three couples
    • A short 5 minute walk into town
    • Excellent views across to Kingswear and out to sea from the garden

    See Coast and Country Special Offers>

    14 Dart Marina, Dartmouth (sleeps 4)
    £200 off the week commencing 27th August, now from £1500

    • A luxury first floor waterfront apartment; enjoy stunning views of the River Dart whilst you cook, or from the comfortable window seat in the chic lounge.
    • Located in picturesque Dartmouth, with its pretty, narrow streets offering art galleries, tea rooms and individual shops, just a short walk along the embankment. The town is gaining a reputation for its great choice of places to eat, with well known chefs in several restaurants. Just outside the town is an excellent golf course and the stunning unspoilt beaches and coastal paths of Start Bay are just a 10 minute drive away
    • Free use of the luxury Dart Marina Health Spa is included, and with the elegant restaurants and first class yacht harbour close by, you can enjoy the boutique hotel experience with the flexibility and freedom of a large, stylish holiday apartment.

    See Coast and Country Special Offers>

    Windchimes, Salcombe (sleeps 8)
    £300 off the week commencing 27th August, now £1515.

    • A substantial luxury marine residence on four levels
    • The property offers superb family accommodation
    • Windchimes has excellent views over Batson Creek, and the main estuary beyond

    See Coast and Country Special Offers>

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