Cottage of the Week – Tilbury Cottage, Somerset

Tilbury Cottage is set above the village of West Bagborough on the southern slopes of the Quantock Hills. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this area is famous for the poets Coleridge and Wordsworth who once lived and wrote here. Set within the grounds of the owner’s farm, this is an ideal holiday location for walkers, bird watchers or for some peace and quiet.

Find more info and make a booking on the property listing on cottages4you.

Cottage of the Week – Lighthouse Cottage, Happisburgh, nr. Cromer

We’ve chosen something from our Baby and Toddler Friendly range for this week’s featured property (seemed appropriate for Prince George’s first birthday!). So not only can you enjoy the extensive sea and inland views from this beautifully unique Grade II listed former lighthouse keeper’s cottage, but you will also find enough features and facilities to ensure a perfect break for families of all ages! Find out more on our website.

Views of Italy…

With such beautiful weather at home you may be forgiven for turning your attentions away from the Continent this summer.  But to do so would be to miss out on a host of wonderful locations – including these, some of our favourite holiday locations in Italy.

Enjoy the sparkling blue waters of the Med, fresh mountain air, beautiful towns nestled on the banks of the lakes, the birthplace of the Renaissance and much more. Or just marvel at the pictures below…

Take a look at our featured holiday properties in Italy to check the latest summer availability.

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Summer in the Dolemites

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The sea at Sardinia

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The stunning Amalfi Coast

Verona and Adige River

Fair Verona and the Adige River

Tuscany landscape

The rolling Tuscan landscape

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Bellagio on Lake Como

Photos from Colne GP 2014

We were really proud to sponsor the 2014 Colne Grand Prix last week. A lively crowd and a warm evening made for some great racing conditions, with places on the podium for Graham Briggs, Dean Downing and Andrew Hawdon – not to mention our very own Nick Rudge and Caroline Collinge.

Photos by Nigel Flory. 

 

Cottage of the Week – Mulberry Rest, nr. Sandown, Isle of Wight

A lovely cottage for 2 surrounded by glorious views of the Downs, an abundance of wonderful wildlife and excellent attractions – Mulberry Rest is proving to be a very popular property but still has a few weeks available over summer! Find out more and make a booking on our website: http://bit.ly/1r4r6E7.

The UK’s Best Ice Cream Parlours

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Maybe you’d prefer Cotton Candy and Bubblegum flavours…

We’d eat ice cream every day of the year if we could, but July gives us the best excuse to – it’s National Ice Cream Month! The tradition was started in 1984 in the United States by the President at the time, Ronald Reagan. With temperatures soaring across the UK, what better time to take advantage of some of the incredible ice cream on offer? The UK is home to some of the world’s best ice cream, and here are five places to sample the best…

The Pudding House, Lancashire.

Wallings Farm is located in Cockerham, just outside Lancaster. The ice cream parlour is extremely popular with the locals, so be prepared to queue – especially if it’s a nice day. It’s positioned in beautiful countryside, with alpacas grazing in the adjoining fields. The perfect location for enjoying your ice cream! The parlour is situated at the front of the Pudding House café, and stocks a huge range of around 40 flavours. Traditional flavours are available, but what really sets Pudding House apart as one of the best is their incredible range of unique, innovative ice creams. The Lemon Meringue Pie flavour is a popular choice, with real meringue pieces nestled between delicious lemon ice cream and ripples of lemon curd. Alternatively, if you’re feeling festive, why not try their Christmas pudding flavour? With delicious ice cream, generous serving sizes and an idyllic setting, you won’t be left disappointed after a visit to Lancashire’s most loved ice cream parlour and farm.

Billy Bob’s Parlour, North Yorkshire.

Finding an ice cream parlour in the Yorkshire Dales can be a difficult task, as there are so many to choose from. Billy Bob’s parlour, situated just outside the beautiful town of Skipton, is a popular choice with locals and tourists alike. The parlour boasts a fantastic 30 flavours, with something on offer for everybody. Traditional flavours, such as Vanilla and Strawberry, compete against some more extravagant choices, like the Cotton Candy and Bubblegum flavours. As well as the tasty ice cream, Billy Bob also serves a full range of delicious fast food, from burgers and hot dogs, to pancakes and waffles. An excellent choice if you’re travelling with children, the parlour also boasts an outdoor play area as well as an indoor play barn. No matter what the weather, Billy Bob’s ice cream parlour is a fun day out for the entire family. Plus, when you’re finished, you can continue your adventures in the Yorkshire Dales.

Aplin’s Farm, Devon.

Otter Valley Dairy in Devon have won numerous awards, and it’s not hard to see why. The small, family-run business has been around for four generations, refining their range of ice cream to create new, mouthwatering flavours. There are 21 flavours to choose from, including Rhubarb and Ginger, Cream Tea, and Devon Rice Pudding with Raspberry Jam, as well as four varieties of sorbet for those looking for something a little different. The ice creams are made in house, using milk from their own herd of cows, and the recipe is based upon Italian Gelato. Off the beaten track, Otter Valley Dairy can be difficult to find but a visit is worth the trip. Tucked into the breath-taking valley, the summerhouse offers fantastic views of the Devon countryside. If the weather permits, you can enjoy your ice cream outdoors in the designated picnic area, beside the very same cows that helped to create the wonderful ice cream.

Broughty Ferry, Scotland

Visocchi’s Café, in Broughty Ferry, has recently been awarded the title of the best ice cream in Scotland. Located just outside Dundee, the café specialises in two Italian delights: pizza and ice cream. All handmade at the premises, their ice creams attract huge crowds during the summer. Exceptionally creamy, and with inventive flavours, you get luxury ice cream at affordable prices. Broughty Ferry itself is located on the Firth of Tay. It’s a historic river town, with plenty to see and do, including Sandy Beach and its Esplanade, Barnhill Rock Gardens, and Broughty Ferry Castle.

Blaze Farm, Peak District.

Blaze Farm boasts the best ice cream in the Peak District. The ice cream is well known, having won several awards, and is all made on site using milk from its own herd of dairy cows. With an impressive range of flavours, you can choose from traditional varieties or the more inventive, such as the Turkish Delight with White Chocolate Chip. In addition to the amazing ice cream on offer, Blaze Farm has nature trails that can be enjoyed by the whole family. With plenty of wildlife and incredible countryside views, it’s not to be missed! If you visit in the springtime, you may even get to watch the lambing take place on the farm. There’s lots of interactive fun for the children, too, with cows milked daily in the parlour. There’s no admission fee for the farm, so it’s the perfect family day out for those on a tight budget.

Cottage of the Week – Red House, Scarborough

Our new featured property sleeps 10, accepts pets, has Wi-Fi, TV, a pool table, sea views, a lovely interior, is in Yorkshire – which is proving VERY popular at the moment (no prizes for guessing why) and has a turret! It’s pretty much the perfect property – as customer reviews will attest. Find out more and make a booking on our website.