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 www.myspace.com/wearetyro.

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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: www.twitter.com/cottages4you.

Downing wins the cottages4you sponsored “2009 Tour of Pendle”

cottages4yous Nick Rudge presents the winners and watches the celebrations unfold - image from cyclingweekly.co.uk

cottages4you's Nick Rudge presents the winners and watches the celebrations unfold - image from cyclingweekly.co.uk

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.”

Two great new features – launched today

We’ve added two great new features to the cottages4you website today.

Search with Maps

Search using a map

Search using a map

Using the ever popular Google Maps we’ve added map searching onto the site. Pick a spot that you’re interested in on the map and get results for properties within a 10 to 100 mile radius. You can also search by a place or town name. For example, tap in something like  ‘The Lake District’ or ‘Whitby’ to retrieve all the available properties that match your requirements in or nearby your desired location. What’s more, if you select ‘see results on a map’ you’ll be presented with a  map with ‘pushpins’ indicating where relevant properties are. Give it a go! Search with maps>>

Extras

extras page

Extras page

To make sure you enjoy your holiday as much as possible we have developed some great additional benefits including access to a wide range of offers including theatre tickets, restaurants, local attractions from lastminute.com and commission free home delivered  foreign currency for your trips abroad from the International Currency Exchange. Visit the extras page>>

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