BookCottages.com Blog October 2011


Cambridgeshire Tourist Attractions

Monday, 29th October 2012

Glorified by poets and university students alike, Cambridgeshire is certainly a county of educational relevance. Where else can you get a better glimpse of old aristocratic England than the birthplace of some of its most celebrated historical characters? Home to one of the most prestigious universities in the UK, Cambridgeshire has borne an eclectic variety of poets, politicians, scientists and thinkers, the legacies of whom continue to draw tourists from across the globe. But there's more to this leafy East Anglian county than dusty libraries and living museums; in fact, Cambridge's green spaces form the backdrop to some of the most popular music, arts and sporting events in the British calendar. Even if you're not fortunate enough to touch down whilst these seasonal shindigs are in full swing, there's a plenitude of other fascinating attractions for the cul... Read More ->

POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Halloween Chocolate muffins

Wednesday, 24th October 2012

115g sugar
75g butter or margarine
A few drops of vanilla extract
2 eggs
100g plain flour, sifted
30g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
90ml of milk (approx) and a pinch of salt

Makes 8 Chocolate Muffins 

Preheat oven to 180C and add paper cases to a muffin tin.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and light.

Beat the eggs and then add to the creamed butter and sugar, mixing thoroughly.

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POSTED BY: ALICE



Devon Traditional Foods

Monday, 8th October 2012


Few regions have influenced British cuisine as extensively as Devon. With low lying Southern pastures and an exceptionally mild year-round climate, Devonshire's lush landscapes yield rich grasses high in fibre, which influences the high-fat quality of milk produced by local cattle. As such, Devon's cuisine is characterised by numerous high-fat dairy products, including Devon Blue Cheese and clotted cream.

Of course, freshly baked Devonshire scones would be nothing without a local gooseberry or raspberry preserve. The cultivation of seasonal berries has been central to Devon's economic success for centuries and ... Read More ->

POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Dorset traditional foods

Wednesday, 19th October 2011


Dorset, a county of coastline and countryside. Whether you're bedding down in one of the many cottages in Dorset for a week of sun, sea and surf, or pulling on your walking boots, be sure to try some of the local specialities. holidays in Dorest have never been so tasty...

Super soup
Dorset's fertile soils mean vegetables play a key role in the county's cuisine. Dip a hunk of freshly-baked bread into a bowl of lettuce soup - a lot more flavoursome than it sounds! Similar to asparagus soup, it's a traditional Dorset delicacy. Not just for dieters, cabb... Read More ->

POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Another 5 hidden gems

Friday, 14th October 2011

The United Kingdom is a haven of wondrous landscapes, with mirror-like inland waters enshrouded by convex arid hills, and vast open plains of verdant greenery stretching from rugged coastlines, to golden sanded beaches. From the cobalt blue of flaxen fields in Buckinghamshire, to the desolate beauty of the Cairngorms - Britain boasts a wealth of beautiful locations, ideal for a weekend or summer getaway. Quaint villages and winding lanes comprise the most common perception of our rural retreats, however there is far more to rural escapism than  just the picture postcard hamlets.

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POSTED BY: LISA



Derbyshire Tourist Attractions

Tuesday, 11th October 2011

Derbyshire, home of the Peak District National Park. The perfect choice for a UK walking holiday, there are 100s of trails criss-crossing the park. Or if you're a fan of pedal power, get on your bike and take one of the Peak District cycle routes. You could quite easily spend your whole holiday exploring the natural beauty of Derbyshire's Peak District on your UK holidays. But, if you want a change of scene, don't panic! There are still plenty of other things to do on holiday in Derbyshire. For somewhere to stay visit some of our Derbyshire cottages.

Chatsworth House - Chatsworth, nr Bakewell
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POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Castles in Scotland

Friday, 7th October 2011

Romantic and mystical, the typical projection of a Scottish castle is the likes upon which 'Macbeth' was based. Looming, ancient and shrouded in mystery, Cawdor Castle in the heart of the Nairn region bears little semblance to the motte and bailey fortress described in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', yet today draws visitors in their thousands because of this fictitious historic link. In stark contrast is the fairytale pink castle of Craigievar near Alford, Aberdeenshire. Set afoot the undulating Grampian Mountains, Craigievar is one of Scotland's finest baronial architectural feats and a mecca for photographers. Whether it's mystery, cultural interest or the sheer romanticism of these historic ramparts that lures you to Scotland; you don't necessarily have to tackle the windswept Highlands to find them!

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POSTED BY: LISA



Tourist attractions in Warwickshire

Monday, 3rd October 2011

Why not give Warwickshire a whirl on your UK holidays? Bed down in one of our Stratford cottages and explore this beautiful county. From Shakespeare to stately homes, galleries to gardens, Warwickshire is bursting at the seams with things to see and do. For a tantalising taster of Warwickshire's tourist attractions, read on.

Shakespeare's Stratford: Stratford-upon-Avon
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, you can't rent one of our Warwickshire cottages without a trip to Stratford-upon-... Read More ->

POSTED BY: RACHAEL



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