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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.*

Top 5 fashionable holiday destinations for 2018

I like to think of myself as a fashionable person, I’m probably not as quite as fashionable as I would like to be since becoming a Mummy. A few years ago you wouldn’t have found a pair of jeans in my wardrobe, now however I am normally seen in them. I do however like to keep my eyes on the cat walks around the world and their various fashion weeks. Sometimes I see items I love, others I just cannot imagine anywhere else other than a catwalk, or there are even items I think are awful, but thats fashion for you. What one person likes another might not, luckily we are in a time when whatever your style is you can find it on the catwalks.

Cities around the world have become more and more fashionable over the last 10 years or so. How they rank in the style stakes, for fashioneastas around the the world has also changed as they have become a shopper’s paradise. Today Zalando have been looking at this and have sent me their findings to share with my readers.

Zalando’s research

Zalando, an online fashion retailer, conducted their own research and created a list of the most elegant cities in the world. Together with Frank Wright, experts in male fashion and retailers of desert boots, we look at what makes them top destinations and how much it’ll cost you to visit.

1.Paris, France

Unsurprisingly, Zalando ranked Paris at the number one spot due to its high perception from fashion journalists and the number of events, expos and more that the city has been host to. Everyone who is anyone has heard of Paris fashion week, with the fashion elite flying in from all over the world. Paris is lined with trendy neighbourhoods, including Montmarte, with a rich history and culture tucked away on a hill in the north of the city.

Paris to be the city of love, with the lock bridge being the place to go while on a romantic trip. It’s impossible to believe that you’re in any old city when you’re strolling around Paris. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind boutiques, head over to the famous Champs-Élysées which stretches from the place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. For the full Parisian experience, head to rue Saint-Honoré which boasts the perfect balance of classic designers and Parisian concept stores.

Return flight: £54

Mid-range accommodation: £115-220

2. London, England

The capital city of England and home to the British Royal family, plus some of the biggest designers in the world, it comes with little surprise that London has made the top cut.

London has it all, award winning resturants, attractions, bars and musicals you cannot go far wrong in London. With fabulous panoramic views of the city at The Shard or heading to smaller cocktail bars such as the award-winning Dirty Martini in Islington. London really does have something for everyone. 

London is also home to many of the finer things life, how could one forget Harrods? Seven floors and 330 departments dedicated to the only-the-best products in food, fashion, homeware and more. For outdoor browsing, head over to Bond Street for exclusive brands, designer fashion or Mayfair for luxurious goods and super exclusive restaurants.

Return flight: N/A

Mid-range accommodation: £100-200

3. Vienna, Austria

Vienna is the capital of Austria, it sits in the east of the country. Vienna is well-known for its elaborate palaces and historic buildings. According to Zalando,Vienna is the 3rd most elegant city in the world. However Vienna although a fashionable place to visits, it has a much lower number of fashion weeks, expos and much fewer designers who live within the city.

In Vienna as with all the other cities in this top 5, you can find all the international luxury brands in the centre of the city. For example at Tuchlauben, a very popular shopping area that is part of the Goldenes Quartier. For local designer garments, make your way towards Neubaugasse and Kirchengasse. Vienna is also home to the famous Lindengasse fashion mile, a street of small boutiques offering stylish fashion in the form of independent brands.

If you are wanting to find more local designer items then you need to be around Neubaugasse and Kirchengasse, to pick up the best items.

Return flight: From £53*

Mid-range accommodation: £57-93

4.Venice, Italy

Another of the fabulous Italian cities. Venice is famous for its picturesque waterways and scenic canals, Venice gives off vibes of luxury and class. Traditionally, the local craftsmen specialised in creating delicate masks that are worn for the Carnival of Venice and for their glass-blowing techniques. The Italian city of Venice is now becoming a location for fashion lovers all over the world, with its prestigious showrooms and ateliers of big designers.

If it’s the designer boutiques for you looking for, then you need head towards St Mark’s Square, known all over the world for it’s collection of designer stores. Look out for the streets Calle delle Mercerie or Calle Larga XXII Marzo and shop to your hearts content. Discover charming side streets where you can buy custom made Venetian slippers and other garments unique to the city.

However Venice ranked lesser than the other destinations according to Zalando due to its lower number of fashion schools in the city and their rankings.

Return flight: From £19*

Mid-range accommodation: £62-159

5. Florence, Italy

Florence is a beautiful city and over the last 10 years or so it has become a trendy city, with more people discovering the wonderful art museums, colourful architecture and quaint shopping streets. The Italian city is home to big names such as Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo as well as other big-name boutiques which can be found at Via Tornabuoni.

Florence is home to many well as the established world-famous designers. But there is so much more to  discover, with many local markets and tanneries, many of which are from a family of traders who have been creating leather goods for centuries. Find yourself an accessory that’s truly unique. There’s also the unmissable Ponte Vecchio for jewellery lovers, discover pieces set with precious gemstones that you’d struggle to find anywhere else. Heaven!

The city has many rooftop bars like, The Grand Hotel Baglioni and the Torre Guelfa Hotel which give you some of the best views across the city. Allowing you to capture perfect shots of Florence from these spots whilst you enjoy a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

Return flight: From £67* 

Mid-range accommodation: £97-176

Do you have a favourite fashionable destination?

*Based on flights to and from the UK, the cheapest month and for the cheapest duration.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*