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Holidays in Devon with Marsdens Devon Cottages

As a child we always holidayed in the UK, with our go to places being Devon and Dorset. We spent many a day on the gorgeous beaches and visiting the wonderful attractions there. When we got married, we actually went to Devon on our honeymoon, it had the most amazing time.

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Woolacombe in Devon is one of the most beautiful locations in the UK, having been voted UK’s best beach in 2012. It is also found in the top European beaches and regularly within the top 20 beaches in the world. Woolacombe is home to a 3 mile long, beautiful sandy beach, that gently slopes down the Atlantic ocean, so it’s very popular with surfers.

Set in North Devon coast line, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Many areas are now owned by the National Turst meaning it will be looked after for generations to enjoy.

If you are looking for a somewhere beautiful to visit then Woolacombe is the place to go, with little shops and restaurants to visit. With lots of little villages near by to visit, and coastal walks. You will always have something to do.

My Aunty has been taking her Grandchildren to Woolacombe each year for a mini holiday, for the last 8 years. They love it. Although I have visited as a child, it’s somewhere I would love to go back to with my own children.

Marsdens, Woolacombe Cottages are gorgeous and they have so many available to choose from. I have picked out a few that I would love to stay in.

My top Marsdens Devon Cottages in Woolacombe

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This is the gorgeous Highfields, a fabulous open plan bungalow. It has recently been renovated to a high standard that gives that beachy feel from walking through the door. Highfields sleeps 4 people, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all bed linen and towels included. There is an enclosed garden and plenty of parking. With Fabulous see views and if you fancy a stay in the winter there is a log burning stove. Although no pets are allowed here it does make a lovely holiday home. Oh and there is wifi, a plus note for most people with families now.

Palms 1 is an awarding winning cottage, with it’s very contemporary interior and sea views. It’s just lovely. Sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms, bed linen and towels, open plan kitchen and living space. There is also private parking and a private garden. Palms 1 also allows you to bring a dog with you, the location is perfect for hours of dog walking.

Broadside is a lovely bungalow, which has garden of beauty, decked patio area for enjoying during the evening or for having you breakfast at. I could imagine spending hours just taking in the gorgeousness of this garden and wishing mine looked anything like it. Sleeping 4 people, it has everything you could want from a holiday get away in Woolacombe.

Number 53 is a detached bungalow, sleeping 6 people. It is a gold award winning cottage, with a fabulously large garden, sea views and a beautiful interior. Number 53 has 3 bedrooms, and not only does it have a wonderful garden there is also the decked balcony area that has plenty of seating for everyone to enjoy.

So what do you think to my picks? I would love to spend a week visiting Woolacombe and although it would be fabulous to visit during the Summer I think it would also be a great place to visit during the winter months. I am starting to think it might be the place for us to go for February half term.

 

*This is a collaborative post. Images are credited to Marsdens Devon Cottages. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Festivals around the world

Living in the UK, when I think about festivals I think Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Reading and Leeds, then Notttinghill Carnival, Isle of Wight and the Wilderness festival. However, they not only take place all over the UK but all over the world.

Festivals Around The World

Festivals around the world

It’s amazing how many different types of festival there is. Cheese, fairy, music, woodland, carnival, LGBTQ, snow and ice, Holi, Mardi Gras, ballon, bulls just about anything you can think of there is a festival for it. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite festivals around the world.

Coachella

Coachella has to be one of the biggest festivals in the world. Every year my social media goes crazy with celebrities attending Coachella, seeing their outfits and who is performing. Coachella has been growing in popularity of the last few years, it has some of the biggest names in music performing. Coachella takes place in Indio California.

Dubai international Jazz festival

Jazz is a very popular across the globe, and each year Dubai is home to it’s famous international Jazz festival. It takes place in February each year over 3 days. Thousands of fans attend each year to see their favourite Jazz artists. Dubai is so easy to visit now, Destination2.co.uk have a fabulous range of great holidays, why not getting booking for next years Jazz festival.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany each year. Starting towards the end of September until the first weekend of October, it lasts 16-18 days. Each year millions of people attend the fun fair and beer festival. Oktoberfest now takes place in cities across the world, but nothing compares to the original home of Munich.

Carnival, Rio De Janeiro

The Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is probably the biggest festival in the world. Taking place during February or March over 5 days to mark the Catholic lent celebrations. Over 5 million people attend each year, with people travelling from all over the world to attend. It’s home to the worlds best Samba dancers and is known for it’s spectacular show stopping outfits full of colour. It is also home to one of the biggest parades in the world. If you want to visit a carnival like no other then Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is the place to go.

Snowbombing

For the lovers of the snow then Austria’s Snowbombing festival is the place to go. It’s not all about music and snow, why not try Yoga up on the mountains, or pop to a spa. Austria’s Snowbombing is a fabulous festival for a group of friends, who love skiing in some of Europe’s best ski resorts, but who love music. With amazing headlining acts each year. Next year is due to be the best yet for their 20th anniversary festival.

Have you been to a unforgettable festival? Please let me know which ones you would recommend.

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Historic British cities to get married in

Britain has a rich and incredible history, from Viking invasions to the intense Industrial Revolution. Explore cities to villages and you’ll be sure to find something that’ll amaze and excite you.

It seems only fitting that a day that represents your first step to your new future, your wedding day, should be celebrated amongst interesting history. From Edinburgh to London, we look at some of Britain’s top historic locations to hold your special day.

Historic British cities to get married in

Historic British Cities to Get Married In

Cambridge

Cambridge is one of the UK’s original cities, with evidence of settlements during the bronze and iron ages, it was a Roman town until the 5th Century AD when the Roman Empire declined. After the Romans, the Danes founded the modern city of Cambridge in 875, which was later captured by the Saxons in the 10th Century. The Danes went on to burn the city down in 1010 and this wouldn’t be the last time Cambridge was to be ravaged by fire.

Once the area was rebuilt, Cambridge became a central point for trade due to it’s location on the River Cam. There were a few internal strifes between the townspeople and the University, founded in 1209, but overall the settlement thrived into the city we know today.

There are over 1,500 listed buildings in Cambridge, the oldest of which dates back to the 11th Century. With a host of historic buildings to choose from, it’s no wonder the city of Cambridge is a popular area to marry in.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an interesting history of going from strength to strength. Evidence of Romans can be found in the area, although it seems they could never truly break the city and by 211 AD had left Edinburgh entirely. During the Medieval and Renaissance periods Edinburgh survived several scuffles with the English and began to expand rapidly. Taking the title of Capital of Scotland by the end of the 1500s. Georgian Edinburgh saw an explosion of construction and is considered the greatest contribution to the modern city. Much of the surviving architecture is revered as being some of the best across the globe.

Over 4,500 listed buildings are scattered across the city and surrounding area from St Margaret’s chapel, constructed during the 12th Century and Edinburgh’s oldest building. To the striking Edinburgh Castle, considered one of the most besieged places in the United Kingdom.

Nottingham

Although not likely to jump to minds when thinking of “Historic Britain” Nottingham was an important town in history due to its location on the River Trent. For a little while after the Norman Conquest, the city was split into a French Borough and an English Borough, but the areas were united in the 1300s. The city is most recognised for its ties to legendary Robin Hood, who is said to have lived in Sherwood Forest. However, more notable, Nottingham is recorded as one of the most beautiful cities in history, with many travel writers or famous authors commenting on the city’s pleasantness.

There are plenty of historic buildings to choose from across the city or alternatively choose a Nottingham city centre hotel that lies in the shadow of the striking Nottingham Castle.

York

Although humans existed in the York area since the Neolithic Period (4000 – 2000 BC) little is known of settlements until 5,000 Romans set up camp in the area in AD 71. After the Romans left in 407 AD, little went on in York until the 8th and 9th centuries when the town slowly started to grow. When the Vikings conquered Northern England, York was made the Viking Capital and the population exploded. Like much of England, there was religious strife during the Middle Ages to the 16th and 17th centuries but York prevailed and held its own as a Market Town, growing into the modern-day City of York.

There are a plethora of classic buildings in York to experience from the spectacular York Cathedral to the 2,000-year-old city walls. It’s not difficult to see why York is a popular wedding destination and has even been host to a Royal Wedding in 1961.

Celebrate your future by holding your special day in a city steeped in history, surrounded by exciting architecture. Not only will it stand out in the minds of your guests, but it’ll certainly add to your wedding photos!

 

*This is a collaborative post.*