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Beautiful Wales cottage holidays

A few years ago my Hubby’s Uncle and his family moved to Wales, it’s a place that we have not visited as a family. I have heard amazing things about visiting Wales and I really want to go. Not that we would stay with my Hubby’s Uncle, we would opt for a cottage. I do love a picture perfect cottage or barn conversion.

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Finding the a beautiful cottage isn’t always easy but Wales Cottage Holidays have a wonderful collection of affordable cottages in Wales.

Wales Cottage Holidays

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Anglesey is a place that I have been wanting to go for years, I think if I was choosing a location in Wales to holiday it would be Anglesey. Llanddygfael Hir is a luxurious 5* new cottage, that sleeps 8 people and has a hot tub. Located near Cemaes Bay on the Anglesey coast line. There is plenty of outdoor space and not over looked by anyone. It nearest pub and shop are just over a mile away, but with the lovely welcome pack you get it will keep you going with tea and coffee until you make it to shop.

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Snowdonia is a beautiful part of Wales, my Hubby has been there walking many times. Maesmor is a beautiful cottage set within the Snowdonia National Park. A stunning interior, with stunning views, I can imagine sitting in the garden with a glass of wine taking in the views. Although it is 4 miles away from the nearest pub, for the views and the location I would give up my normal rule of a having pub within a mile. Sleeping 6 people it’s great for a group of couples wanting to do some walking or a larger family.

If you fancy heading toward Pembrokeshire and the West of Wales, Llety’r Graig is a 5* cottage that has the most fabulous view, a large garden and a hot tube. Evenings spent in the hot tub after a day walking would be wonderful. Sleeping 6 people, it has a log burner for the winter months and is only 1 mile from the nearest pub and shops, perfect.

Denbigh Cottage near Denbigh North East Wales, is a large 5* cottage that sleeps 8 people. Making it perfect for large families or a couple of families wanting to go together. It has a hot tub, a table tennis table, a large climbing frame for children and the nearest shop and pub is 1.5 miles away. With stunning views and just 10 miles to the coast, its a great base for those who want to head out for some water sports.

Every cottage I have looked at has the most stunning views, it makes me wonder why we have yet to visit Wales as a family. Have you ever visited? Where would you recommend staying?

 

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

Holidays abroad on a budget

When it comes to finding a family holiday abroad, many families are put off by the cost. But they really shouldn’t be, there are many ways to head off on holiday abroad without breaking the bank. We are already planning our holiday abroad for next summer. This year with my Hubby’s work schedule we haven’t been able to get on a plane yet. Although there is still a few months left, so you never know!

Having a family holiday abroad on a budget is possible, in the months leading up to your holiday make a few cut backs. Don’t have that take away on a Friday night, cook something, swap out fizzy drinks for squash or water, change the supermarket you shop in. There are so many different things you can do to save some extra money to put towards your holiday. We also put money aside each month throughout the year, some months it’s very little others its a bit more, it is what we use to form the budget for our holidays. Why not wait until last minute to book a holiday and only use what you have saved up. It will mean you are not tempted to book something that is not possible for you to pay for easily.

Stick to Europe for holidays abroad on a budget

When looking for your holiday abroad, looking within Europe is a great place to start. There are so many locations to choose from. Spain, Greek Islands, Balearic Islands, the Canaries, places perfect for families, couples and people who want to have fun. You can check prices at Holiday Gems to see just how affordable a holiday abroad really would be for your family.

When traveling with little ones, sometimes it’s easier to keep to a 4 hour or less flight. I found when we headed to Crete last year that the just under 4 hours was enough for the kids and us. We were able to play enough games and watch a film, which kept them happy and all of the people around us.

Take items with you

If you are not going on a all inclusive holiday, when why not pack lots of snacks for the children. My littlest one eats snacks all of the time, so it really does increase our budgets having to add in snacks for her all of the time. I try to be organised and take items with me, things that wont melt and wont go off. Just make sure you check what items you are able to take to that country, some do not allow you to take any food items with you, others allow you to take a lot of different items.

When we went to Crete I just knew the kids would want fancy inflatables for the pools, but I also knew that they would be expensive on holiday. So I bought them at home and took them out with us. It meant the kids were happy and we didn’t spend lots of our spending money on inflatables.

Going abroad with you family doesn’t have to be an expense, it can be very affordable. Set your budget, choose the perfect location, make sure they offer items for the children, go all inclusive if its within the budget as it will save you paying for food and drinks while you are there. All inclusive means the children can eat as much ice-cream as they would like, while you enjoy a cocktail or two and you don’t have to worry. Often you will find these hotels offer kids clubs and entertainment, so you get some time to relax and enjoy the holiday.

Have you got any tips for travelling abroad on a budget?

 

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

Luxury holidays in Sifnos

I love to go on Holiday, I have lists of places around the world that we would love to visit. Most of them as a family but a couple are in the dream bag for when the children are old enough to not want to come with us anymore. Over the last couple of years we have been fortunate enough to go away abroad as a family a couple of times, with a trip planned for later this year and we already have our summer holiday booked for next year to the Greek island of Crete.

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We love visiting Crete, it wont be the first time we have visited. The Greeks are such friendly welcoming people, that sometimes I think we wouldn’t go anywhere other than Greece or one the the Greek islands. The food is also amazing, we do like to try out more local food when we holiday abroad, so often opt for a Greek luxury villa rental rather than a hotel. For us it means to explore the island more and get to know it better. My Hubby is much more adventurous than me when it come to trying new food, but Greek food is so delicious we can both enjoy our meals.

I have started to look around at other Greek islands, and I found the stunning Sifnos, one that I hadn’t heard of before but an island that is so beautiful you will never want to leave.

Holidays in Sifnos

Sifnos is located in the Cyclades group of Greek islands. It is home to fabulous beaches, 360 little churches across the island, wonderful restaurants and bars not forgetting some beautiful luxury hotels and villas.

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Whenever we go away, I always like to add as much luxury as possible. I often upgrade to nicer rooms or find the most luxurious accommodation within our budget. For me a holiday is about a little bit more luxury than what you would get at home, it’s about time out of your everyday life to enjoy something new and different. We both work hard, so having a bit of luxury when we are on holiday all adds to the experience but also helps us to relax.

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For accommodation then Verina Hotels in Greece have beautiful range of luxury hotels, if it is hotels you are looking for. Perfect for enjoying the infinity pools, beautiful bedrooms, fine dinning restaurants and bars. If you love the stars then look no further then the Verina Astra named after the geek for stars, it has some of the best star gazing locations on the island. Open gardens, cocktail bars make holidays in Sifnos the perfect for someone wanting a luxury trip. No matter where on the island you are the views are just breathtaking. I have read that people often return to Sifnos year after year for their holidays, I mean why wouldn’t you? It’s beautiful.

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What do you look for when you go on Holiday? As you might have guessed for me it’s about a little bit of luxury.

 

*This is a collaborative post. Images are from Verina Hotels. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*