One of the best known small towns in the Cotswolds area in south central England is Stow-on-the-Wold. It is a charming market town with about 2,000 inhabitants. With its grand mansions and gardens, charming old cottages and quiet backwaters, rolling hills and ancient woodlands, it is just waiting to be discovered. It is the 15th century town standing on the high Stow Hill at an intersection of seven main roads, including the Roman Fosse Way.
The town is well-known for its wool industry and it was famous for its huge annual fairs where 20,000 sheep were sold at one time. There is the huge Market Square which testifies how important it was. There is the ancient cross at one end, and, shaded by an old elm tree, the town stocks at the other. All around the square there are elegant houses. Since the town is a significant shopping centre it offers a lot of fine Antique shops, Art galleries, Gifts and Crafts.
Stow is also the centre for “Walking the Cotswolds countryside”. St Edward’s church built between 11th and 15th century is one of the greatest sites and nobody should miss the Cotswold famous gardens nearby of Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Sezincote.
Stow also offers a great number of restaurants, bistros, beautiful cottages and teashops as well as wide selection of pub food.
A luxury stay at Claridge’s in London
Hotel Claridge’s is a perfect place which represents the true spirit of English style. Located between Hyde Park and Bond Street, it offers a unique and serene base. It offers 203 bedrooms and suites equipped with the latest communications and entertainment technology. They all have integrated DVD/CD sound systems and plasma TV screens.
There is a variety of suites, dining and meeting rooms. The Foyer and Reading Room serve breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. If you like modern French cuisine, visit Gordon Ramsay Restaurant. And if you want to enjoy some of the finest wines and champagnes, go to Fumoir bar. Claridge’s is of course renowned globally for it’s Afternoon Tea.
State-of-the-art Claridge’s Beauty and Fitness offer a choice of luxurious beauty treatments and a great gym.
Claridge’s has two terraced penthouses with wonderful views over London, and represents the luxurious jewel of London.
A family trip to the Scottish coast
If you are looking for extraordinary sea views, family beaches to explore or just extensive areas of sand for relaxing seaside walks, you should go to Scotland. With 8,000 miles of coastline, it is perfect for beach holidays. Come and explore the Scottish coast. Travel from Dumfries to the Hebrides and Scottish Isles, along the Moray Firth and on to East Lothian and the Borders. Of course, you shouldn’t miss the historic villages, art galleries and world-famous fish-and-chips shops. There are some beautiful holiday homes that you can take advantage of.
When visiting Scotland with your children, the best choice is to stay in Self Catering Cottages. They offer a home away from home. They often provide space for your family to relax and to be themselves. There is something for everyone.
They offer swimming pools or game rooms for children, as well as a lot of outdoor space, even for your pets.
You should definitely experience the freedom of a true seaside holiday with flexibility offered by Self-Catering Cottages.
Isle of Man
In the middle of the Irish Sea, between the coastlines of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, you will find the beautiful Island of Man blessed with a wide coastline, spectacular natural landscapes and untouched beaches. With a vibrant culture and rich ancestral heritage, the island offers a great cultural experience.
It is a perfect holiday destination full of contrasts and specific character. If you are looking for an adventure or relaxing holiday or for a perfect family break, you will find it on this island. There is a wide range of different things to do and see.
The places to visit are extraordinary and they offer history, culture, wildlife, sport and anything you wish.
Explore the Isle of Man’s fascinating towns and villages. Start with its capital, Douglas the main shopping area and visit its entertainment venues. You can learn about the Island’s fascinating past by following the Story of Mann trail guiding you around ancient castles, forts and sites of religious and political importance. Visit Castletown, walk down the ancient cobbled streets and see one of Europe’s most preserved medieval castles, or go to the village of Laxey and see the world’s largest working waterwheel.
For those who like active holidays there are the wonderful walking trails in Port St Mary or outdoor pursuits near Ramsey. The Isle of Man also offers animal attractions where you can see a variety of species. Curraghs Wildlife Park is a perfect place for wetland wildlife with over 100 different types of animals including pandas, monkeys, meerkats and penguins.
The island offers an unforgettable holiday and you stay under its spell for a long time.
The Jurassic Coast
The 95 miles of coastline extending from Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Studland Bay in Dorset is world famous as the Jurassic Coast. It is England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site ranked as one of the wonders of the natural world. The best way to explore this site is on foot or by sea. It can be reached by the South West Coast Path National Trail. There are also lots of boat trips offering tours along the coast. The Jurassic Coast is not all about fossils, there are some of the best beaches, gardens and golf courses in the UK.
You can have a great holiday if you visit the Jurassic Coast. There are plenty of things to do, towns, villages and attractions to visit, events to see. It also offers accommodation for any taste and budget. There are luxury hotels, but also original bed and breakfasts, holiday cottages, family friendly campsites and caravan parks. There are many visitor centres and museums along the coast and many opportunities to take part in fossil hunting. The Jurassic Coast offers many amazing restaurants, cafes and gastro pubs, with stunning views.