BookCottages.com Blog March 2012


Bedfordshire Tourist Attractions

Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Bedfordshire is a county divided. While the agricultural North retains the simplicity and old world charm commonly associated with the most Easterly of Anglian counties, the populous South continues to expand and diversify in keeping with industrial demands. As the primary gateway to the Midlands, Bedfordshire shares much of the hilly topography popular with weekender cyclists and hang-gliding enthusiasts - namely the Chiltern Hills which see over 2 million visitors each year. Despite its multifarious green settings and peaceful idylls, Bedfordshire is more commonly known for its architectural heritage; home to Woburn Abbey, one of the largest stately homes in England and Houghton House, featured in writer John Bunyan's acclaimed novella 'Pilgrim's Progress'. With dedicated public transport routes snaking the region, a day filled with excitement and education for the entire family is entirely possible!

If you are looking for a delightful holiday cottage to stay in whilst...

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POSTED BY: LISA



Yorkshire Traditional Foods

Wednesday, 6th March 2013





Regarded by its own as 'God's county', Yorkshire takes great pride in the fact it is England's largest and most unspoiled Northern region. Its situ on the East coast has had considerable impact upon the varying cuisine of the county.

Windswept Whitby is regarded Northern England's premier fishing harbour, rich in succulent shrimp and crustacea, as well as an abundance of cod during the chilly winter months. Inland cuisine is largely influenced by the fertile soils and agricultural heritage of ...

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POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Spring Gardens

Friday, 9th March 2012

As the delicate tips of crocus petals herald the awakening of Spring, our attentions turn to country walks and escaping the cooped up feeling that winter generally brings. Britain has long been known as the 'Garden of Europe' - and with good reason. From the ancient piles of rural Sussex, to  the sprawling woodlands of Norfolk, our quaint English gardens have been inspired by some of the most beautiful natural environs in the country. Scotland thrills with its secret gardens beset within the grounds of crumbling clan castles; Wales with it's windswept mountainside plantations and even Northern Ireland, with bracing heathland plantations nestled beside isolated caramel beaches. Immerse yourself in the rebirth of nature; enjoy the exquisite preservation of old country estates and discover spring like you've never seen it, with a visit to our pick of Britain's best spring gardens!

 

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POSTED BY: LISA



Dorset Tourist Attractions

Thursday, 1st March 2012

To locals, the endearing thatched cottages, weekly farmer's markets and rural isolation of villages are the quintessentially English aspects of Dorset that few migrating townies will ever appreciate - unless they choose to settle here. The 19th Century setting for many of Thomas Hardy's acclaimed fictional creations, Dorset inspires and intrigues with its Jurassic coastline, littered with fossils of national significance; classic British seaside towns and AONB's (Areas of Outstanding National Beauty), such as the Dorset Downs. Such organic, historical settings lent to the construction of many imperial country estates during the 19th Century, as well as medieval fortresses, World War I compounds and intriguing Iron Age settlements. Considered national treasures of prime historical importance, these archaic attractions are just one facet of verdant Dorset that lure thousands to the county each year. From water gardens inspired by Monet's infamous... Read More ->

POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Cumbria Tourist Attractions

Tuesday, 29th March 2011

'Poets country' first springs to mind at mention of the Lake District, yet the rolling craggy, perilous peaks, and pond-like tarns yield a multitude of adventures and archaic heritage. From Neolithic and indigenous tribes, to bloody clashes afoot Hadrian's Wall; re-enactments, museums and surviving trades have all borne a generation of tourist attractions that give a fascinating insight into Cumbria's past. Cumbria now also represents a very contemporary retreat for the modern 'stay-cation', offering endless possibilities for exploration, excitement and tests of endurance! For a fantastic seleciton of holiday cottages in Cumbria.

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POSTED BY: LISA



We have an App for that...

Monday, 28th March 2011


Hot on the heals of our success with a mobile version of the BookCottages.com site we've now produced an Android Application allowing you access to all our cottages.

Ever been stuck on the train doing the daily commute and thought 'I know, I'll plan a nice break away for myself', or you're out to dinner and want to show the other half where you're planning to whisk them away to? Well now we've got the perfect solution!

Towards the end of last year we released a mobile version of the BookCottages.com website, and visitor number have been increasing steadily. To help provide the bes... Read More ->

POSTED BY: PAUL



Yorkshire Tourist Attractions

Friday, 25th March 2011

England's largest, and most unexplored county is rarely exploited to it's fullest potential. Guides tend to proffer the Yorkshire Dales, historic Hull, and sophisticated York upon holiday itineraries, rarely encompassing the wealth of ecclesiastical ruins, and prehistoric surprises littering the outlying areas.

The Yorkshire Moors are a wilderness of incommunicable beauty, where rare species of Black Grouse and Merlin populate, and clusters of wooded trees shield thundering waterfalls, gorges and ravines. The best of Yorkshire's tourist attractions are scattered widely across the width and breadth of this beautiful county, which is why we recommend you don't limit yourself to just the tourist traps!

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POSTED BY: LISA




We all know the feeling: your holiday is just around the corner but you’ve got a list as long as your arm of things to do before you can relax. So, before you set off on your UK holidays this year take the time to read our list of top tips. Make like a boy scout and be prepared! Food glorious food

The last thing you want when you get home from your UK holidays is a fridge full of rotten food. Make sure you eat up any perishables in the fridge, or bung them in the freezer before you leave. If not, you won&... Read More ->

POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Scotland may well attest to having some of the most famous golf courses in the world; St. Andrews, Turnberry and Muirfield all having a tendency to overshadow the plethora of stunning grounds within England. But ever since James VI took up seat in London from Scotland in 1603; his subjects soon got into the swing of a sport, that has since made England the golfing centre of the world.

England's eclectic topography has a significant influence upon shaping, and refining the personality of her golf courses. St. George's in Kent is renowned for being particularly testing, due in part to the hilly landscapes and dune-like sands that have now become a... Read More ->

POSTED BY: PAUL



Cheshire Traditional Foods

Tuesday, 15th March 2011

Bounded by some of the most prolific counties in England for traditional fayre, Cheshire's historic gastronomy has been shaped greatly by external influence - yet there are still a plenitude of native dishes, for which Cheshire can be recognised. Well known as a historic mining centre for sodium (salt), Cheshire enjoyed cured/ salted meats and fish, as a staple base for many recipes.

'Pyes' and Peas
Dairy production was, and continues to be a consistent industry (owing to the richness of soil... Read More ->

POSTED BY: LISA



Five Fab National Trust Properties

Friday, 11th March 2011

Like fish and chips, the WI and rainy weekends, the National Trust is something of a British institution. Protecting the UK's heritage, the National Trust looks after more historic houses and gardens than you can shake a stick at. Next time you're on your UK holidays, take time out to visit some of these architectural gems. We've listed our favourite five below, but there's plenty more where these came from: visit the National Trust website to gen up on hundreds more houses!

Erddig - Wrexham, Wales
If you ever feel put upon, rent one of our North Wales cottages and take a visit ... Read More ->

POSTED BY: RACHAEL



We've been providing services for cottage owners for many years now, and one of the features on our site that property owners love is our availability calendar.

What a lot of people don't realise is that we've made the availability calendar free for anyone to use, and it can be displayed on your own website.  There's no charge for this, yep you read that right, no costs, no hidden charges, nothing.

What's more, we've made it incredibly simple to use! From the straight forward interface we've created to allow you to edit rates and availability to the few lines of code needed to embed the calendar in your own website, it's all been made as simple to use as possible.

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POSTED BY: PAUL



Durham Tourist Attractions

Tuesday, 8th March 2011

The North East of England is often overlooked by holidaymakers seeking a rural slice of tranquility; the rolling Pennine hills, dipping valleys and winding rivers of County Durham set the scene for some spectacular attractions of both prehistoric, and modern interest. Arguably one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England, the Norman Durham Cat sits atop a hill looking down upon the sprawling cobbled city, closely guarded by the Romanesque castle. Together they form one of the most prolific World Heritage Sites in England, and are just the prequel to an abundance of historic, exciting and outstanding attractions. Find cottages in Durham

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POSTED BY: LISA



Amazing Zoos

Monday, 7th March 2011

Take a walk on the wild side with a visit to one of the UK’s best zoos. Treat your little monkeys to a fun day out while on your UK holidays, or indulge your inner child with fellow big kids. With a world of wildlife on your rented doorstep, there’s really no need to holiday anywhere else! You’ll find our choice of UK zoos below.

London Zoo
If you’re renting one our London apartments, why not check out London Zoo? You’ll find this 36 acre animal kingdom located in the north-east corner of Regent’s Park. London Zoo p... Read More ->

POSTED BY: EMILY



The Best Spring Gardens in the UK

Friday, 4th March 2011

Nothing says spring quite like the arrival of daffodils and tulips. Guaranteed to put the spring back in your step, a visit to a garden full of colour and new life is just what the doctor ordered. The UK is peppered with gardens and it’s hard to pick a favourite. To help you on our way, we’ve highlighted five of the best UK gardens to visit this spring.

 

 

 

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POSTED BY: RACHAEL



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