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Luxury travel for all with Niche Retreats

I love a little bit of luxury in my life, but for so many people they hear the word luxury and think expensive. Adding luxury to your life doesn’t always have to be expensive. Heading away on holiday or a weekend break for me is about finding a a beautiful place to stay. Sometimes you just need to get away from everyday life and relax with a little bit of luxury.

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Finding a holiday that is not only luxurious but also affordable for all, really isn’t as difficult as people think. Niche Retreats is the perfect place to start looking for that luxury break that is affordable. It could be you are looking for a romantic break away or organising something for the whole extended family or a large group of friends. Niche Retreats offers it all. From a couple to a group of 50 people.

A couple of years ago I was tasked with finding a property that was big enough to house all of the Hubby’s family including all four of his step brothers, sister, partners, children and dog. In total their was 17 of us going and at the time 4 dogs, it was really difficult to find somewhere within the school holidays that was affordable for everyone but also big enough and would take the dogs.

I started to look about 18 months before we were going and although I booked it just over 12 months before the holiday it was a struggle. We ended up a place that was large enough for us all, a good location to a beach however it wasn’t really a luxury property. Now the family has extended even more, we have more children, more partners and we have 9 dogs between us all. Not that we would now take that many dogs away.

Luxury for larger families or groups

I thought finding something that would be suitable for everyone almost impossible. However, with Niche Retreats they had many luxurious yet affordable options for us. I thought I would share my favourite with you.

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Tregoninny Farmhouse and Barns is located near the beautiful village of Tresillian, Cornwall. Set in it’s own private woodland and farm and only 2 miles from Truro. The farmhouse and barns sleep 22 people, 11 in the farm house and 11 in the barn and welcomes 5 dogs. Not only would Tregoninny be more than large enough for my Hubby’s family it has that luxurious feel that I look for. Believe me, spending a week away with his family needs a bit of luxury and a lot of gin to help me get through it.

The farmhouse and barns has large dinning areas, beautiful sitting rooms, so much outdoor space for the children and the dogs. 7 bathrooms, 11 bedrooms, parking for numerous cars, woodlands to walk around and log burners to keep you toasty and warm.

Tregoninny farmhouse and barns really is the perfect venue for a large group of friends or a large family gathering.

Finding a luxury holiday for a large party can be affordable for all. Do you go on big family holidays? Do you have any tips or coping with so many people?

 

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

What to do in London this Christmas

Christmas only comes around once a year so making it count is important. You want to know that after anticipating it for almost a year, every day is worthwhile when it finally comes around. You can do so by making the most of the ongoing festivities taking place around you and seeing what’s outside of your comfort zone. If you happen to be in London especially, you should find that there are many activities to do whether for adventure junkies or more laid back people. In case you need a few ideas, see what you can do in London this Christmas below.

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Ice skate at Somerset House

Skating can be tons of fun, especially when done on the ice. During the Christmas period, you can usually enjoy ice skating at Somerset House which is on the south side of the Strand in central London. Aside from skating, there are extras you could enjoy like having champagne at the Fortnum’s Lodge or ‘Skate Lates,’ which features top DJs and music nights. You can book tickets at the cost of £11 and £8.50 for children and skating begins on November 14th.

Watch a show

Entertainment is something that most people enjoy as it’s a chance to focus on something other than your reality for a little while. For this reason, watching a show may be a great idea when it comes to making the most of Christmas. There are several shows in December 2018 that you can watch around the Christmas period. Some Christmas themed shows to consider are a Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker. If you’re taking kids along, The Snowman may be a show everyone will enjoy.

Hogwarts in the snow

For all of the Harry Potter lovers, Hogwarts in the Snow may be something worth doing this Christmas. Taking place at the Warner Bros studio, you can expect to see snow, icicles and magical instruments all around. In addition, you can expect to hear fires roaring in fireplaces thanks to special effects as well as Gryffindor common room to be filled with treats. For the most part, it’s a chance to get behind the scenes and see the costumes that were used as well as how artificial snow was created. The two-course meal and dessert you get to indulge in should be enjoyable as well.

Christmas at Kew

Last year, Kew Gardens had magical Christmas lights on display at its botanical garden. If your goal is to embrace the spirit of Christmas, then you should be thinking about spending Christmas at Kew Gardens as you’ll witness millions of lights twinkling. Sparkling trees, glowing orbs, and light shows can be expected at the gardens. Overall, it’s a way to get a true feel of Christmas and experience this beauty with your loved ones. You can book tickets in advance so that you can secure your space for the show. 

As mentioned above, there are a number of activities you can choose to partake in this Christmas. Whether alone or with family and friends, there’s something in the vibrant city of London for everyone. By choosing activities that you’ll enjoy, you could end up having the best Christmas yet.

Visiting beautiful Norfolk with Norfolk Cottages

I love going to Norfolk, we have had a few holidays to Norfolk since having children. There is so much to do with the children and such a beautiful place. Stunning coastal areas of outstanding natural beauty, the wonderful Norfolk Broads are perfect for hiring a boat to spend a day on the water. Beautiful country side with lots of market towns and the city of Norwich.

Not only is Norfolk stunning by the day at night there are also many in land dark areas that are perfect for star gazing. A one of our trips we spent many evenings watching the sky. There are also many historic properties to visit, sea watching at Blakeney point. Many wildlife areas not forgetting the little coast towns. Norfolk really does offer something wonderful for everyone.

Holidays with Norfolk Cottages

Norfolk Cottages are home some beautiful holiday cottages, I have chosen a few that I would choose to stay in. Whenever we book a cottage in the UK, I always make sure there is a pub within walking distance and has a beautifully presented interior style.

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Bella’s Cottage is in the village of Stifkey, which I have actually been to a couple of times. It’s a picture perfect village, with a shop and a village pub. Bella’s Cottage is a perfect location to for exploring the cost line, located near to Holkham and Blakeney. Sleeping 4 people, this cute quirky cottage is the perfect little cottage for a getaway to beautiful Norfolk.

Rose Cottage is a stunning and stylish cottage, in the village of Sedgeford with the village pub just a short work and a the nearest shop is just 2.5 miles away. Rose Cottage is beautifully furnished, sleeping 4 people and even has a log burner for the chilly winter months. There is a lovely little cottage garden for you to enjoy when the weather is nice.

The Coach House is a beautifully renovated coach house in the small village of Holme-next-the-sea. The Coach House is a spacious property with a large enclosed garden, located a mile away from the nearest pub and shop. Holme-next-the-sea is great location for exploring the coast areas.

The Golden Lion Barn is a beautiful luxury barn conversion that sleeps 6 people and welcome 2 dogs. The Golden Lion Barn is located near Thursford and only a short drive to the coast. If you are looking for walks with the dogs and happy to drive around the area then Golden Lion Barn is the place for you to stay.

We are planning to visit Norfolk again soon, maybe for a long weekend, I would love to visits the Lavender fields. Have you ever stayed in Norfolk? Where would you recommend?

 

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