Archive for January, 2011

Completing The Alnwick Trilogy

Friday, January 14th, 2011
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In previous blog entries, we’ve looked at things to see and do when you stay at one of our holiday cottages in Alnwick and Alnwick Castle. Today we complete the trilogy with our 2 minute, tea break guide to Alnwick Gardens. (more…)

Looking For Something Quintessentially English?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
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The ancient market town of Helmsley lies at the head of the Vale of Pickering, near Pickering and Malton, amid beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. The town’s large, ancient square and market cross form the centre and natural focal point of this lovely village, which is full of interesting and quirky shops, tea rooms, ancient coaching inns, a castle ruin and, during the summer months, a heated outdoor swimming pool! Many walks can be enjoyed from the town, indeed the 108 mile Cleveland Way begins at the town’s market cross, and during the summer it throngs with people who come here to soak up something quintessentially English about it. (more…)

Take A Ride Down To Ryde!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
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Ryde established itself as one of the fashionable resorts of Isle of Wight during the Victorian era, and today it maintains an air of genteel charm. For anyone travelling to one of our holiday cottages there, Ryde is served by ferries from Portsmouth and Southsea and offers easy access to the UK mainland. The long stretches of golden sand and sweeping views first attracted the Victorians, and today it is still one of the most popular towns on the island. (more…)

Have You Ever Been To Stow On The Wold?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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Stow on the Wold is a charming Cotswold town in the north of the region, close to many of the most picturesque Cotswold villages. In common with its photogenic neighbours, it is made up of delightful holiday cottages of mellow, honey-coloured Cotswold stone. A busy market centre on the ancient Roman Fosse Way, the town’s large square is evidence of its former importance as a market town and livestock-trading centre; at one time thousands of animals would be bought and sold at huge livestock fairs. Nowadays, the main bartering to be found here is for antiques, as Stow, along with Bourton on the Water, has become an important centre for the antiques trade. Craft shops, galleries and gift shops fill the elegant houses around the town’s main square. (more…)

The 1 Minute Guide To Cromer

Monday, January 10th, 2011
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In Victorian times Cromer was the resort on the north Norfolk coast; nowadays it is a bustling centre for cottage holidays in the summer and an increasingly important administrative centre for the region. Visitors will find all the typical English sea-side resort attractions, including the famous pier with its daily shows, wide stretches of sandy beach ideal for families and plenty of shops and services for the holidaymaker. (more…)