Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Holidaymakers love Cornwall...

We think the South West is a very special part of the world. Biased because we live and work here? Perhaps, but it seems we're not alone. The general public has recently voted Cornwall the 'Best UK Holiday Destination' at The British Travel Awards 2009.

There are so many lovely places to stay; it's difficult to choose! How about this five star delightful house (pictured) with breathtaking sea views in the beautiful village of St Mawes on the sheltered south coast? Set in landscaped gardens, it's welcoming and warm and has been totally renovated and newly equipped in 2009 with a contemporary-style.

There's plenty to see and do too. On your doorstep, it's just two minutes’ walk to the Castle and coastal walks and only a short stroll to the sandy beaches, shops, restaurants and harbour, or you can catch the ferry across to the bustling resort of Falmouth and visit the National Maritime Museum. Perhaps head to Cornwall's small capital city of Truro or the not-to-be-missed Eden Project, both within half an hour by car. We know you love Cornwall as much as we do and look forward to welcoming you to one of our holiday homes soon.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Party house for New Year...

This stunning, contemporary house in Bigbury-on-Sea recently featured in The Observer's top 25 "Party Houses for Christmas and New Year".

The stylish design was inspired by the beach houses of Sydney; the sliding glass walls, white lime-washed walls, exposed wood and sleek open-plan layout. In a wonderful spot just 350 yards up from the vast sandy beach, it has outstanding, panoramic sea views over Burgh Island and Stoke Point. The decked terrace, surrounded by lawned garden, is perfectly positioned to enjoy ever-changing sea and coastal views from sunrise to sunset.

There are fine cliffs for walking and it's a good spot for windsurfing if you need to blow away the cobwebs on New Year's day, or simply stay in, relax and enjoy the sauna and home cinema system. This property, which sleeps 10, is available for the week commencing 29th December. So gather your friends and celebrate in style...

This fine, family house (sleeps nine) in North Devon also featured in the Top 25 and is currently available for Christmas and New Year weeks. Surrounded by farmland, it has splendid views and an open fire for a peaceful and comfortable stay.

Friday, 13 November 2009

A unique place to stay...

We don't do 'run-of-the-mill' at Helpful Holidays. Every one of our holiday cottages is hand-picked, rigorously inspected and star-rated. From cosy and comfortable to grand and luxurious, all of our properties are high quality and chosen because we believe (and 99% of our customers seem to agree) they are good places for a happy holiday.

Many of our holiday cottages are unique too, perhaps due to their architecture, interior design or splendid location. For example, take a look at this fine-looking gothic-style gatehouse built in 1907 (pictured above) that we have just welcomed to our portfolio. Situated two miles from the pretty village of North Bovey in Devon and just inside the main entrance gates to Bovey Castle (a renowned hotel), it enjoys views over the 18 hole championship golf course. This delightful place oozes character and has a quirky interior d├ęcor.

All guests over 16 receive a complimentary round of golf (subject to availability). You're also welcome to enjoy the hotel’s pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Other activities such as archery, fly-fishing, clay pigeon shooting, horse-riding or spa treatments are available at an extra charge.

This property can be enjoyed from just over £100 per person per week based on four sharing. It is currently available over the Christmas and New Year weeks at £261 per person based on four sharing, although please note that there is restricted access to some of the hotel facilities over the festive period.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Festive get-away by the sea...

Fancy getting away over Christmas and the New Year but need inspiration?

Perhaps a smart apartment on the south Devon coast will tempt you? Just 20 yards from Bigbury-on-Sea's splendid sandy beach is this truly excellent development of high quality apartments including a very good private Leisure Club. The views from the apartments over the sea to the south and west, and at low tide of a huge expanse of smooth washed yellow sand reaching to Burgh Island, are outstanding.

It's a good spot to enjoy the surf and the sand or to simply soak up the spectacular scenery on a cliff-top walk. If you're in a celebratory mood, how about a special meal at the famous Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel or a drink or two at the island's jolly pub, The Pilchard? It's great fun to travel to the island by long legged tractor at high tide!

Christmas and New Year weeks at this apartment are now available with a 30% discount, which is only £206 per person per week based on five people sharing. For more ideas, check out our special offers for winter short breaks and the festive season.