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Following 2012’s victory in the ‘Best Villa/Self-Catering Booking Company’ category at the British Travel Awards we’ve just found out that we’ve been nominated for the same award  – along with ‘Best UK Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company’ – in the 2013 awards.

So if you’re a loyal customer, have enjoyed a break with cottages4you or just like what we do please click the banner above and vote for us!

Blog Photo Competition, July Winners !

We are happy to announce the first three winners in the cottages4you blog photo competition!

The jury had a hard time selecting the winners as the quality of the photo’s was high. A sophisticated scoring mechanism helped us select the winners of the cottages4you iPod Nano.

The jury responsible for selecting the winners:

  • Andrew Hill: Manager Online Services
  • Nigel Flory: Holiday Cottages Group Image Management
  • Wayne Dentith: Professional Photographer

The jury scored all entries on “Holiday Feel”, “Composition”, “Subject”, “Impact” and “Originality” with “Holiday Feel” and “Originality” being the main criteria.

After selection we may now congratulate the following winners with their cottages4you iPod Nano:

Action: Amy Wearing with “Magical Moment when Daisy discovered kite flying”

Andrew: “A simple, uncluttered, straightforward shot that captures a wonderful holiday memory and an exciting moment as Daisy manages to make her kite fly for the first time.”

Nigel: “captures a moment to treasure…”

Wayne: “Brilliant action shot with good use of composition, this is what holidays are all about!”

Cottage Life: Gavin J Wilson with “Kubb on the Lawn (Cornwall 2006)”

Andrew:A family having great fun at their holiday cottage – this snap perfectly captures a relaxed, enjoyable afternoon in the garden, enjoying the time away.

Nigel: “Having fun in the garden, making full use of all the facilities of the cottage”

Wayne: “A great fun shot of all the family enjoying a well deserved break.”

Nature: Jane Wood with “A timeless taste of the beach!”

Andrew: “So many things to find on the beach, and so little time. This photo perfectly captures the end of another day spent immersed in nature on holiday. The silhouette of the child against the setting sun produces an interesting and engaging image.

Nigel: “A Long day of exploration draws to a close”

Wayne: “This image captures a truly special moment at the end of another fun packed sunny day.”

Congratulations to you all!

We’ll contact the winners to arrange the delivery of the prize. These winners (and all other entries) will be entered into the Grand Prize selection in December. This Months winners are excluded from the next Monthly prizes.

Please keep those entries coming and we especially welcome pictures in the “Action” and “Cottage Life” categories and you will improve your chance to win. All details on how to enter the competition.

Inter Site Football match a great success!

The Holiday Cottages Team still looking confident

By Nick Smith

On Saturday 27th the inaugural Kettering vs Earby football match took place in Skipton.
The newly formed Holiday Cottages team took to the field in a confident mood and, buoyed by a healthy home support, more than matched the more experienced Kettering side in the opening exchanges.
Kettering then took the lead which was cancelled out with a long range effort from A. Ahern, after which the experience of the Kettering showed as they stretched to a 5-2 lead at half time. (M. Aspinall with the Earby goal).

Eyes on the ball

All eyes on the ball

Inspired by some tactical substitution and a change of formation the 2nd half was much closer, especially as the pace slowed in some wonderful sunny weather. Another M. Aspinall goal meant the final score was 7-3 to Kettering, although the 2nd half was drawn one apiece.

After the match the newly commissioned trophy was presented to the victorious Kettering side as well as the man of the match awards. (M. Aspinall picking up the trophy for the Earby side).

The Kettering Team preparing for victory

The match was played in good spirit and all players involved thoroughly enjoyed the day, plans are already

underway for the return fixture in Kettering and a chance to re-capture the trophy and the glory for Holiday Cottages.

cottages4you on Facebook

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become our fan on Facebook

We have just created our cottages4you page on facebook and invite you to become our “fan”. Via Facebook we plan to keep in closer touch and engage with our customers.

The next time you are organising a school reunion or group get together with your facebook friends, why not choose and book one of our large holiday properties in the UK or elsewhere?

Welcome to the NEW cottages4you blog

We’re proud to introduce the new cottages4you blog.

We hope that you’ll enjoy reading information about cottages4you and cottage / villa holidays and hopefully can find inspiration to explore new destinations and try new things on your next cottage or villa holiday, whether in the UK or across Europe.

As well as our own staff providing reports on holidays, anecdotal information and much more, you’ll also find articles from guest writers providing interesting regional information, tips, recipes, tutorials and advice to make the most out of your cottage or villa holiday.

What’s more, we invite you to comment and participate on the articles you’ll find on this blog. If you have a view or can add to anything that you read, then feel free to add your thoughts.

Happy reading and commenting!