Thinking Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We’re asking you to ‘think pink’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013:  Book a break in any of the below properties during October and we  will make a donation to the Breast Cancer Campaign charity*.

Find details of our featured pink properties below (click on the photos to see their listings on cottages4you) – and more about Breast Cancer Campaign on their website.

The Pink House, Wickmere, nr.Sheringham

Property Reference: 28210

Situated just eight miles from the coastline, this attractive, period holiday cottage boasts en-suite bathrooms in all bedrooms. Attached to the owners’ home, it is located peacefully in rolling countryside, with quiet lanes and footpaths direct from the door which provide excellent cycling and walking opportunities.

Price: £667 (£11.91pppn)* for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving 19th October 2013. Sleeps eight in four bedrooms.


The Little Pink House, Thurgoland, nr.Penistone

Property Reference: 28984

Situated in the village of Thurgoland, this terraced holiday cottage enjoys all the benefits of the village, whilst being a few strides from open countryside. Penistone, just three miles away, is the country’s highest market town and one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets.

Price: £384 (£9.14 pppn)* for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving 11th October 2013. Sleeps six in four bedrooms, one pet welcome.


 The Pink Cottage, Stoke Prior, nr. Leominster

Property Reference: 28406

This holiday cottage, dating in parts from around 1750, is ideal for exploring Hereford, Shropshire and Worcester. There are many places of interest, NT houses, castles and cathedrals. Activities include horse riding, fishing, golf, quad biking, go-karting, bowling, paintballing, walking and cycling.

Price: £286 (£23.83pppn)* for three nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving 18th October 2013. Sleeps four in two bedrooms and two pets welcome.


 The Pink House, Aldeburgh

Property Reference: BUL

Situated in Aldeburgh’s delightful high street, just 100 yards from the beach, The Pink House’s location is hard to beat. One of a row and stylishly renovated to a high standard, it makes the ideal choice for a traditional family holiday or get together with friends. Aldeburgh’s high street has a wide range of restaurants, including a famous fish and chip shop, designer boutiques, art galleries and coffee shops.

Price: £854 (£21.35pppn)* for four nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving 21st October 2013. Sleeps ten in five bedrooms.


*Prices accurate at time of writing and subject to availability.

All per person per night prices are based on maximum occupancy.

Property details are edited for space and booking conditions apply – please see website for full details.

Please note that advertised activities may incur an additional charge and are provided at the sole discretion of property owners, who assume full responsibility and operate independently from Wyndham Vacation Rentals

For any bookings made during the month of October and taken before 31st December 2013 on the properties specified above, cottages4you will make a donation of £10 per booking to Breast Cancer Campaign.

We’re now open in Grassington!

Grassington shopext

We’re very happy to announce that we accomplished a first this week here at cottages4you…we opened a shop! Located in the delightful town of Grassington in the Dales it will enable cottage owners and holiday makers alike to come and visit, find out more about our services and even book a holiday. As you can see from the pic above, we opened just in time for Grassington’s fantastic Dickensian Christmas Festival (period dress isn’t something we’ll do all the time – though we’re open to suggestions!).

grassington office
So if you’re based in or around Grassington, just visiting, or passing through please stop off and chat to Sam, Rob, Molly and Liesl. They will be more than happy to offer advice and have a chat about all the services we offer.

British Travel Awards

We’ve been celebrating in the office recently as Cottages4you have been named Best UK Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company at the British Travel Awards. What makes this accolade extra special is that it’s based on a survey of 220,000 British holidaymakers – meaning we were voted for by you.

As Dee Noble, cottages4you’s Director of Product Marketing, said: “We strive to offer our customers the biggest, best and most varied choice of self-catering properties in Britain. To be recognised for our hard work is tremendously satisfying, but to receive the award from British holidaymakers makes it even more special. We couldn’t be happier!”

British Travel Awards’ Chief Executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “The British Travel Awards are widely considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry.  It’s the largest awards programme in the UK, created to reward travel companies, with the winning accolade being the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business of travel for the UK consumer.  This year, more than any, the competition was fierce and all winners are to be congratulated on their achievement.”

So thanks if you voted, we really appreciate it. We’re going to continue offering only the best self-catering holiday accommodation. Hopefully we’ll see you again in 2011.

Hello Mum

GMTV viewers following James Tanner’s Taste of Summer segments recently may well have been marvelling at the incredible backdrops as much as the mouth-watering recipes.

Several of the segments were filmed in on of our stunning listed properties, Château Fief Gallet in Saintes, Charente-Maritime.

The property is (unsurprisingly) a chateau, dating back to 1491 and set in 45 hectares of beautiful grounds. The interior of Château Fief Gallet is equally impressive, offering stunning regal splendour and glorious surrounds.

Anyway, you can view the property on some of the clips below, that is, if you can manage to stop staring at the delicious food.

You can see more on the GMTV website.

If you’d like more info, or to make a booking, you can find more info on Château Fief Gallet’s listing on the cottages4you website.

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Go Tyro!

We are delighted to support local band Tyro, featuring cottages4you’s very own Tom Faulkner, who have made it through to the grand final of “Live and Unsigned”  -  the biggest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands.

After initial auditions featuring 10,000 acts across the UK, Tyro impressed the judging panel with their originality. They went on to perform live on stage at the Regional and then North West England Area Final on 9th May at the Willows in Salford Manchester. They dazzled the crowd with their winning performance and they’re now set to perform at the Grand Final – which is staged at the Live and Unsigned Festival at the IndigO2 at the O2 in London! Tyro went through their heat as ‘clear winners’ and ‘Judges Favourite’.

The final will take place at the IndigO2 on the 10th July; tickets for the final can be bought through Ticketmaster - enter ‘Live and Unsigned festival’ into the search box.

Their next gig will be in Bradford on 5th June and tickets are on sale.

Tyro’s website is

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Billy Butlin’s White House

As much as we love all of our listed properties, we have a special soft spot for those that offer visitors something a little bit special. White House in Filey is one such property; it allows you to enjoy stunning views from the equally lovely art-deco surroundings of Billy Butlin’s former residence.

The Daily Mail certainly found it eye-catching enough to give it a glowing review. If you’re a fan of the British coast, the art-deco movement, ornithology, or spotting celebrities in their natural habitat then you may want to read the feature on their website.

You can also view the property details and book directly on the cottages4you website.

Posted by Ben Webster

cottage4you to sponsor the nation’s biggest bike races

Cycling fever is breaking out in Pendle following the launch of the National Road Race Championship. A group of local riders and top national cyclists were joined by Olympic gold medallist, Chris Boardman to test out the road race circuit for the first time this weekend.

The riders were treated to clear blue skies and stunning snow covered scenery, with Pendle Hill as the majestic backdrop while testing out the technical and hilly 7.5 mile route located less than 10 miles from the cottages4you offices. Local cyclist and cottages4you employee Caroline Palmer also joined the riders on Saturday. “It’s going to be a very heroic winner on this tough hilly course. I can’t imagine how they will feel after completing 15 laps – I was exhausted after one circuit.”

cottages4you have signed up as headline sponsors for the Pendle Cycle Festival and National Road Race Championships to be held on the 26th and 27th June in the village of Barley, Lancashire. Geoff Cowley, Managing Director of cottages4you said, “Pendle is going to look amazing when the big race is televised on Sunday 27th June. It will bring thousands of new visitors which will be good for local tourism.”

We will also be joining in the action at the cycle festival by entering a team into the National Sportive ride on 26th June. Training will be starting in earnest as soon as the snow has disappeared! Watch this space for more information on the cottages4you Pendle Cycle Festival.

Photos by Larry Hickmott. View more on Flickr.

On This Morning

Following our recent TV ad, we were back on the nation’s screens again this week in a travel segment on ITV’s This Morning.

In his holiday segment, travel guru Craig Doyle detailed some of the fantastic French gites that can be booked through cottages4you. And don’t worry if you missed it as you can watch the whole segment on the ITV website by clicking here (though feel free to switch off after the France bit!)

If you’d like to book your own summer sun accommodation then you can click here to search from a fantastic selection of cottages, gites and villas on the cottages4you website.

Hidden gems on Twitter

We’re now accepting Championing Real Britain submissions via Twitter. So if you stumble upon a great pub, fantastic shop or gorgeous view on your travels around Britain then all you need to do is tweet the name and location, including a #c4ygems hash tag (see above picture for example). And because Twitter is accessible from many mobile phones it should make submitting a gem even quicker and easier.

Remember, the more information you give about the location of the gem the more likely it is to be featured in our Championing Real Britain section.

You can also get updates from cottages4you on Twitter at:

Downing wins the cottages4you sponsored “2009 Tour of Pendle”

cottages4yous Nick Rudge presents the winners and watches the celebrations unfold - image from

cottages4you's Nick Rudge presents the winners and watches the celebrations unfold - image from

The 2009 Tour of Pendle, sponsored by cottages4you, took place on Sunday August 9th, starting and finishing in Nelson (Lancs).

The race was won with a lead of 40 seconds by Russell Downing.  Second place went to Chris Newton and third to Rob Partridge.  The bike race follows an undulating course through the hills and dips of Pendle and surrounding towns and villages. A key stage being the long, long climb of Blacko.  It was on the climbs that Downing believes he turned the race.

“I was confident to leave it to a sprint but you never know, anything could happen, so I wanted to hit them hard on that climb because I knew I was climbing well,” commented Downing.

“It’s quite a steep little climb with a few twists in it. It drags over the top and that’s where I got the distance. Partridge attacked first and softened it up brilliantly for me. Chris looked back and probably knew I was going to go but couldn’t do anything so I went and rode really hard.”

Nick Rudge, said of the event, “It was a privilege for cottages4you to sponsor this ‘premier league’ cycling event, and to welcome some of the country’s top riders on to our home turf. The local support on the day was fantastic….the glorious weather certainly helped.”

“Russ Downing, the winner, himself from just over the border in Yorkshire, was delighted to have won, and said it was a great run-up to the forthcoming Tour of Ireland where he will be competing against Lance Armstrong and Mark Cavendish, amongst others.”