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  1. 1. Holiday Parks & Cottages elcome to the May–July 2009 edition of Choice Holiday W Parks & Cottages. Our quick and easy-to-use design, allows you to locate your dream family holiday even faster. Choice Essentials (p4) is full of new product reviews and reader giveaways and Out & About (p6) offers some great ideas on where to go and what to see, this issue concentrates on good UK golf courses. We also have a great competition to win a family holiday, so take a look on page 8 for entry details. We’ve retained our popular Great Britain and Europe regional format with local information and useful website-listings with ideas on where to go and what to see. In addition, our Holiday Homes for Sale Section could help you find the holiday home of your dreams… Choice Essentials 4 East Midlands 32 Reviews & giveaways North-West England 34 Out & About 6 Yorkshire 38 UK Golf Courses Scotland 40 Choice Competition 8 Wales 44 Win a Hoburne family holiday Continental Europe 48 South-West England 10 South-East England 18 Holiday homes, residential East of England 24 homes and accessories for Heart of England 30 sale 52 The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors or Editor: omissions. Whilst every care is taken, all material submitted to Keeley Gordon Contents page pics: Courtesy of Travel & Leisure Magazines Limited is done so at its owner's risk Haven: Editorial Assistant: and neither Travel & Leisure Magazines Limited nor its agents can Published by: Travel & Leisure accept any liability for loss or damage. Travel & Leisure Magazines Loretta Prince Magazines Ltd, 1st Floor, 103 Limited is a completely independent company and can hold no Cranbrook Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 4PU responsibility for the actions of outside agents. No part of this Advertising Sales: Tel: 020 8477 1529 magazine may be reproduced without prior written consent. Jeannette Cumbers Fax: 020 8514 4536 Please note: property buyers should expect extra financial costs Email: such as legal costs, local taxes etc. All private advertisers are totally Admin/Accounts: Printed by Wyndeham Heron responsible for their own wording within their advertisement, and Wendy Barfoot Travel & Leisure Magazines Limited can therefore take no ©Travel & Leisure Magazines responsibility as to their content. Please seek legal advice and Publishers: Limited 2009 Peter Lewsey thereafter verify all the details of your purchase in writing before proceeding. Terry Stafford YOURNo 1 CHOICE HOLIDAY HOMEOR BUYING A – FOR RENTING OR CARAVAN
  2. 2. Choice Essentials The World’s first inflatable roof rack The HandiRack is a unique, inflatable roof rack that can be fitted in just a few minutes. It’s perfect for those who enjoy the outdoor life, adventure sports and travelling. Designed to work hand in hand with the HandiHoldall, to offer an easy and cost effective (it is interchangeable between vehicles) way to gain more space. The HandiHoldall makes light work of transporting up to 50kg of camping gear, luggage and all sorts of holiday paraphernalia and can be packed away neatly when not in use. It can also be used with metal roof bars with an additional fitting kit (£15.99). The 2009 HandiHoldalls will be available from May at £79.99 plus £14.99 for the roof bar fitting kit and The HandiRack costs £49.99 from Out with the old, in with the new Spring is here so just as you would ditch your boots With summer on our doorsteps, for your sandals, ditch your big all terrain three-wheeler for a much lighter model. The theBabaSling™ is just the right Maclaren Quest Sport weighs just product to get mums and dads out and 5.5kg and comes with a about with baby. shopping basket and rain cover A sunny holiday flopped on the beach and features a one-hand or an action packed adventure, compact umbrella fold. The lockable front swivel wheels make theBabaSling™ is strong and versatile it easy to manouver and the seat so you don’t have to hold back. also reclines for afternoon naps With seven different making this pushchair perfect carrying positions you can for days out, whether you travel by car, bus, train, wear your baby in the most comfortable position and be plane or boat! hands free to enjoy yourself. The Maclaren Quest is Available in seven cheery colours and only £39.95 suitable from three months makes it the perfect holiday essential whatever the up to a maximum weight of 15kg. RRP £140 destination. For stockists call 01327 841 310 or visit Choice Giveaway: 2 x theBabaSling™ Britwave Summer Fashions Kevin Foord “Staycations”, is the trend for the summer collection at John Lewis, with Brits predicted to stay at home to holiday this year. Included in the collection are colourful cardigans, 50s' inspired swimwear and Hunter Wellingtons – perfect for coastal holidays or summer festivals. Britwave Best Fashion Buys from John Lewis by Peter Ruis, Director of Buying, Fashion 1. Summer dresses – tie dyed style by Paul and Joe Sister £159 or Full Circle floral tea dress £89 2. Bikinis – Purple animal print bikini by John Lewis (£20 bikini top, £15 briefs) or Fuchsia 50s style by John Lewis (bikini top £20, and bikini shorts £18) 3. Cardigans – Cashmere boyfriend cardigan by John Lewis £89 or yellow, blue, purple and black striped cardigan by Jaeger £180 4. Sunglasses – Classic tortoise shell style £145 by Dior or Wayfarer style by John Lewis £10 5. Welly Boots by Hunter available in pink, black, green and navy £55 6. Swimsuits – Purple polka dot style by John Lewis £53.50 or Blue Avalon tankini by Sea Folly (tankini top £73, and tankini bottoms £31.) 7. Rain macs – Beige with large black buttons by John Lewis £99 8. Footwear – Gladiator sandals by Steve Madden £100 or Canvas pumps by Keds in red or white £25.99 9. Waterproof bucket hats by John Lewis available in pink, black, red and bronze £15 10. Umbrellas by Lulu Guinness monochrome striped style £24
  3. 3. Reviews & Giveaways 15% off at Wash it, squash it, and go – every parent should have one! New SwimDresses exclusive in the UK The wonderful washable, squashable highchair is to are now available now available with alfresco fasteners to fix to The stylish SwimDresses are designed to be outdoor and pavement style chairs. practical yet beautiful with an integrated tummy The Totseat converts chairs of all shapes and sizes (including mesh panel and pants. Ideal for those who want camping chairs) into a safe haven for a tot who can sit unaided, more coverage from their swimwear, active mums or it’s the ideal accessory for camping and caravanning – minimal those who like to be able to party and swim without luggage (folds up into it’s own bag), and maximum impact. changing in between! offers a fantastic range of swimwear, Totseat is the most adaptable product of its type in the UK, and bikinis and tankinis from a selection of leading brand is the only one to carry the logo of the Child Accident names, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round! Prevention Trust (CAPT) in recognition of its safety credentials. To claim your 15% discount, enter the code: The Totseat comes in a range of funky colours and costs £21.50 CHPC2009 +postage from 15% discount is valid until Sunday 19 July 2009. This code should be printed in capitals (the Choice Giveaway: 2 x Totseats code is case sensitive). Get connected with motormonkey The smallest, lightest in-car charger in the world, the motormonkey packs the power to keep your phone connected and your music motoring on even the longest car journey. The motormonkey comes with adaptors for the most popular makes of mobile phone and also the connectors for iPod / iPhone, BlackBerry, Sony PSP – other adaptors Choice Giveaways can also be purchased if required. The slim line design means that the motormonkey is unobtrusive in your car (it sits flush against the 12 volt DC charger socket) and How to enter: Entries can be made by going to: you can leave it plugged in, without worrying about draining your car’s battery. Each Kit Includes: 1 x motormonkey unit; 1 x Samsung M300 / G600 before Friday 17 July 2009 and entering your adaptor; 1 x Nokia & mini Nokia adaptor; 1 x USB retractable cable; 1 x mini USB adaptor for Motorola Razr, BlackBerry, and other USB details under ‘competitions and giveaways’. The powered devices; 1 x Sony-Ericsson K750i wide adaptor; 1 x DC 4.0 winner will be announced and published on the adaptor for Sony PSP and some digital cameras; 1 x LG Chocolate adaptor. website. Terms and conditions on the website. Available from priced £20. Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 5
  4. 4. Out & About Holidaying at home is the in-thing this year ©www.brita St Andrew m/Alan Cha s, Fife ndler and made even more enjoyable when teamed with a great pastime – golf! Britain has some fantastic golf courses scattered along the coast for you to enjoy. very golfer has heard of the world’s oldest contact them in advance E course – St Andrews. It emerged out of the scrubby sand dunes hard by the Scottish University Town as far back as the 16th century to arrange your visit, but also ensures a friendly welcome and excellent and still presents a tough challenge to the world’s facilities in the club best golfers, especially during the Open house. Championship, held there every five years. Here is a selection of the very best in England, The other historic British courses which hold Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. the Championship are nothing like as old, but they share the same common heritage. Like St Andrews, Turnberry and Troon on the Scottish west coast; St Enodoc, Cornwall Carnoustie and Muirfield on the East; plus Lytham, The 20th-century poet Sir John Betjeman played here Birkdale, Hoylake, and Royal St Georges in England, regularly, and composed perhaps the only great poem about are all links courses, laid out along beaches and the game “Seaside Golf”, which begins: “How straight it flew, dunes right by the sea. how long it flew”. It was inspired by a birdie at the 400-yard On classic golf courses such as these the grass 13th, one of the most difficult holes on the course. He is grows naturally (there is little need for irrigation), buried in the church, which is half buried by drifting sand, the fairways are firm, and the greens are hard and near the green. The course is quite short, but very tight, and true. It is a different type of golf to what you will weaves behind two hills just behind the wonderful beach at find in modern resort courses. The only water Daymer Bay. hazards are likely to be the sea itself, or perhaps Top Hole: 6th – a 378-yard par four with a second shot the occasional fast-flowing burn. Instead it is the played blind over, or around, Europe’s highest bunker deep rough, even deeper bunkers and, when the – the "Himalaya”. weather turns, the wind, which makes links Pay and Play: £45. courses such a fascinating test of your technique. In fact, if you can play well on a British links Formby, Lancashire course, you can play well anywhere. First make sure you play the right course... Formby has two, But you don’t have to go for the big names to one for ladies and one for men. The latter encircles the enjoy some of the best of British golf. While the former and stretches in a series of wonderfully varied and Open courses get all the international limelight, challenging holes, into the dunes, and heather, and pine Britain has dozens of other excellent courses all woods which reach down towards the sea. It is as much a around the coast. Many of them are over 100 nature reserve as well as a golf course and the card comes years old and nearly all present an entertaining with a guide to the wildflowers and wildlife which flourish challenge for visiting golfers. Most are also here, and include the rare red squirrel. private clubs, which means that you need to Top Hole: The 15th – one of several without bunkers – is a 400-yard par four, with a tricky green guarded by high Peter Lonard (AUS) lines up a putt on the 10th at the Open Championships. dunes on either side. Royal Lytham and St Annes. Pay and Play: £100. © Kingsbarns, Scotland Less than ten years old, this was the first new course to be built on links land in Scotland for 70 years. It is just a few miles up the road from the Old Course at St Andrews, and was designed by the great Californian architect Kyle Phillips. He has the knack of being able to shape a golf course so that it feels right – part of the natural landscape rather than an artificial construct imposed upon it. The burns and bunkers, and the indentations of the coastline are all used to brilliant effect. Don’t miss the Old Course, but don’t miss this either. Top Hole: 12th – a huge par five (600 yards from the
  5. 5. UK Golf Courses Championship tees) which stretches along the shoreline at the Royal County Down, Northern Ireland far end of the course – you play an awkward third to the green This is quite simply one of the best and most beautiful golf on a rocky promontory. courses in the world. The 120 year-old links weaves its way Pay and Play: £130. through a range of enormous sand dunes which lie along the beach at Dundrum Bay. To the south rise the green shadows of Gullane, Scotland the Mountains of Mourne, while to the east are the gentler hills There are three courses at Gullane, just a couple of miles up and farmland of County Down. There are lots of blind shots – the road from Muirfield, but opinions vary as to which is best. If especially from the tee – so play it twice if you can to get a real you only have time for one, make it Gullane No. 1 which is on feel for British seaside golf at its very best. higher ground and has fantastic views. From the 7th tee you Top Hole: The short 4th turns back towards the Mountains can see (reputedly) 14 different counties, as well as a of Mourne for one of the best views of all, as well as one of the spectacular vista over the Forth estuary towards Edinburgh. most challenging tee shots. Top Hole: The 5th – a long 450-yard uphill par four. Pay and Play: £65–£155. You need a long drive to open up the dogleg, but there are fairway bunkers everywhere and a treacherous sloping green. * Note that visitors may be welcome on specific days of the week, and that Pay and Play: £85. green fees vary according to the time of year and the prices here should be used as a guide only. On some courses there may be lower green fees if you play after 3pm or 4pm in summer. Check the course website for the latest fees Aberdovey, Wales and for booking arrangements. Feature courtesy of A lovely course founded in 1892 among the dunes by the Dovey Estuary in Snowdonia National Park. It has been Royal Troon, Strathclyde lengthened over the years and is now over 6,500 yards long © and is famous for its fierce rough. It’s an “out and back” layout, but contributions from two of the great course designers of the last century – Colt and Braid – ensures plenty of interest and variety. Top Hole: 12th – glorious 150-yard par three, played uphill to a green above the edge of the beach. Pay and Play: £40. Ailsa Golf Course, Turnberry, Strathclyde ©
  6. 6. ituated in the heart of the English Riviera, oburne’s parks are based in many traditional S Hoburne Torbay has a unique continental feel. Enjoying stunning panoramic views and easy access to sandy beaches, there’s lots to see H seaside and picturesque countryside locations, including Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and do both on site and in the immediate area. Hampshire and the Cotswolds. The Premier caravan range is the ideal option for families looking for a little more space in For more information their holiday accommodation. Equipped to a visit very high specification, these 12ft wide holiday homes are no more than four years old and are fully equipped for your family’s luxury holiday. Facilities at Hoburne Torbay include: Hoburne Torbay, Licensed Club with season long Grange Road, Goodrington, entertainment Paignton, Devon Sammy Seahorse Club 01803 558010 Bayview restaurant, bar and deck Hoburne Bowl* Indoor leisure pool with flume, steam and sauna rooms How to enter To be in with a chance of winning a one-week Heated outdoor pool holiday in a 3-bedroom Premier caravan at Hoburne Crazy Golf* Torbay in Paignton, Devon for a family of up to 6, Beach hut snack bar and takeaway simply go to: The Reef – indoor soft play area Pool* Satellite TV in the clubhouse m before Friday 26 June 2009 and enter your Kids’ adventure playground details under ‘competitions and giveaways’. The Amusement Arcade* winner will be published on the website. Launderette *charges apply Prize cannot be taken between 18 July and 21 August and must be taken by 31 October 2009.
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  8. 8. Newquay Beach, Cornwall © It’s hard to imagine that one region could the north you will find dramatic, rugged headlands and have so many contrasts and that in even the surf-washed sands whilst in the south, you can enjoy most hectic of cities, the sheer beauty of the golden coasts, white pebbled beaches and sheltered bays. west-country can force you to relax. A place There are many reasons to visit Devon and one of the most that is real, where the countryside villages popular is to sample the traditional Devon cream tea or to enjoy a fresh seafood platter – Devon is as famous for its resemble those on chocolate boxes and culinary delights as it is for its magnificent coastline. where beaches are so spectacular they take Devon is perfect for family fun with miles of blue flag your breath away. beaches and the best sand in the UK for building sandcastles! Devon is England’s greenest county and has Cornwall offers more miles of unspoilt been declared the number one organic county according to coastline than anywhere else in Britain. It’s the latest figures from Defra. The spectacular coastal path, vibrant image is the result of a rich history and rolling countryside, stone circles, historic market towns and culture that still lives and breathes through the literary connections all add to the wealth of Devon’s rich sites and scenery scattered throughout the heritage. county such as stone circles, castles and remains of iron-age villages. Cornwall’s fishing industry Somerset is a land of contrasts, from the 40 miles of coastline and the still survives in harbours like Newlyn, popular seaside Mevagissey, Padstow, Falmouth, Looe and Polperro, and many smaller boats still work resorts of Minehead and Burnham-on- Getting there out of coves such as Port Issac, Cadgwith and • First Great Western Sea, to the smallest Mullion. city in England, Release the artist within you and fall in Tel: 08457 000 125 Wells and the love with the light and landscape that the • South West Trains legends that far end of England’s south-west peninsula surround Exmoor has to offer. Cornwall has a wealth of Tel: 0845 6000 650 and Glastonbury. small gallery’s and art cafes to pass the • National Express Somerset is a time away – that’s if you’re not too haven for explorers busy surfing, which is another of Tel: 08705 808 080 – for walkers, South Cornwall’s pastimes, but that’s • Flights Somerset has over another story! 1,100 miles of paths Devon benefits from having and tracks to lose • Route Planner two very different coastlines, in yourself in! For the
  9. 9. perfect rural retreat, 7 Further info visit the Heart of Somerset, home to 6 1 Cornwall the Blackdown, 5 Brendon and 3 Tel: 01872 322900 Quantock Hills, 2 Devon Somerset Levers and 4 Moors and the historic 2 Tel: 0870 608 5531 towns of Taunton, 3 Somerset Wellington, Wiveliscombe – all 1 Tel: 01934 750833 with their own unique 4 Dorset character and style. Somerset is alive Tel: 01305 251000 with history and Wiltshire unites the districts of Kennet, West Wilts, legend – walk in the North Wilts, Salisbury and South Wilts with the Borough of 5 Bristol & Bath Swindon. With a population of nearly 430,000, much of the footsteps of King Arthur and King county is designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Tel: 0906 711 2191 (Bristol: 50p/min) Alfred, explore Beauty’. Tel: 0906 711 2000 (50p/min) Exmoor – home of The mystical force that surrounds the world-famous Lorna Doone and visit Stonehenge can sometimes overshadow the sheer beauty of 6 Wiltshire the mysterious this area. It’s breathtaking countryside, the open downland Tel: 0870 240 5599 (charged at standard rate) Glastonbury Tor, rising where uninterrupted views stretch for miles, ancient forests, out of the Somerset picture postcard villages and the sparkling clear waters of the 7 Gloucestershire river valleys are perfect for outdoor activities all year round. Levels (ancient wetlands) like a Explore Europe’s largest man-made prehistoric mound, Tel: 01452 505345 beacon. Silbury Hill and the White Horse Trail where you can search for the eight white horses that are carved into the hillside, Dorset is home to the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic some of which can be seen for miles. Coast and its fossils dating back more than 190 million years. Wiltshire has over 7,500 walking paths and cyclists will With seven miles of golden beaches, parks and gardens, love the traffic free country lanes with a series of routes range Bournemouth is Dorset’s little gem, combining traditional from family friendly off-road routes to the 160 mile, long splendour with modern facilities. Poole Harbour is Europe’s distance, Wiltshire Cycleway route. largest natural harbour and is a stunning location for all types of watersports. Amongst the scenery, attractions and Gloucestershire is the ideal place to visit at any time picturesque villages, the spectacular and much of the year. Covering most of the Cotswolds, the ancient photographed geological features of Durdle Door, Lulworth Forest of Dean and the Vale of the River Severn, long Cove and Old Harry Rocks are worth seeing. summer days can be enjoyed kayaking or 4x4 racing, or From historic market towns such as the County town of drinking in one of the many lively pubs. Stroll amongst the Dorchester, to seaside fun, dramatic cliffs and sweeping Bluebells in Spring on your way to an antique shop or castle beaches, West Dorset truly offers something for everyone! and in Autumn, watch the sleepy villages come to life as the Walkers can choose the magnificent Heritage Coast or the trees change colour. In Winter, cosy restaurants with many way-marked routes inland. log fires and magnificent cathedrals are more than welcoming. Bristol is famous for Brunel who designed the Clifton Many historic towns, Suspension Bridge, Actor Cary Grant and Sir Humphrey villages and splendid Davy who discovered laughing gas and invented the miners’ manor houses can be safety lamp. In the 18th century, Bristol was the second found in the county, largest port in the country and it was here that Brunel’s ss including the homes of Great Britain was built. Launched in 1843, this was the first many celebrities. In iron, propellant-driven ship to cross the Atlantic. Today, ehenge addition to the e – Ston Wiltshir much of the character and charm of Bristol’s maritime past spectacular countryside, still remains and is used mainly for leisure and recreation. Gloucestershire has Bristol will cater for your every need with an array of new some outstanding and old shopping areas, arts and museums, green spaces and historical buildings, parklife and for the adventurous, you can go rock climbing in including Gloucester the Avon Gorge, paddle through the harbour or mountain Cathedral, bike through Ashton Court Estate. Tewkesbury Abbey Bath is home to the Thermae Bath Spa, the only place in and the stunning the UK where you can bathe in natural hot waters. The Regency buildings World Heritage Site of Bath is one the most stunning places of Cheltenham Spa. D orset – in Britain with some of the most famous architectural Corfe C astle masterpieces in Europe such as the Roman Baths & Pump Whether you go in seek of the Room, Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge. Jurassic coastline and dramatic cliffs of Devon and Apart from being the perfect base in which to explore the Dorset, the magnificent cathedrals of Salisbury and north-east of Somerset and the Cotswolds, Bath itself offers Gloucester, the famous spa in Bath or the maritime its visitors a wealth of quality attractions, shopping history in Plymouth, the south-west of England has a experiences, theatre and restaurants in traditional yet delight around every corner. modern surroundings. Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 11
  10. 10. PORTHTOWAN TOURIST PARK Tel: 01209 890256 Email: Cornwall Completely level site, ideal • Food shop • Play area for families and couples • Games room • Golf who want to relax and • Horse riding • Laundrette enjoy the quiet of the • Showers • Hook-up surrounding countryside. • Calor gas • Caravans Centrally located for • Motor homes • Camping. touring Cornwall, close to Prices for 2009: Two beach, new toilet block, people, car & unit, incl. 80 pitches. electric hook-up £11.50 to £19. Open April to September 12 Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads
  11. 11. GLOBE VALE HOLIDAY PARK nr. Redruth and North Coast Cornwall Cornwall Plots available to purchase a new holiday home of your choice • Quiet Countryside Location • Pets accepted • Open Feb–Nov Paul & Louise Owen 01209 891183 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 13
  12. 12. Cornwall 14 Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads
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  14. 14. Devon Dorset Glocestershire 16 Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads
  15. 15. Glocestershire ~ CARAVAN FOR HIRE ~ Here at Lakeside you and your family can be sure of a fun-filled and relaxing stay, on site at the camp or out and about in Minehead town. The beach is only two mins walk with golden sands and panoramic views of the sea and beautiful north Somerset hill and golf course. While walking the Avenue, checkout the Somerset Light Railway and Belhelm Gardens or take a bus ride on the 300 to Lynton and Lynmouth or go onto Illfracombe on a return ticket. Also on the way to Lynmouth over outstanding Exmoor, you will pass the infamous Culbone Inn. Static caravan. Sleeps 8. Central heating. Cooker, Fridge, Grill, Microwave, Oven. Separate dining area. Garden, Parking, Patio. Heated pool. TV. 1 Three- bed bedroom, 1 Double bedroom, 1 Twin bedroom. 1 Shower room. Local activities: Cycling, Biking, Golf, Sailing, Waterskiing, Diving, Surfing, Windsurfing, Fishing, Paragliding, Swimming, Horse riding, Tennis. Call Mr P B Murphy on 07739 104622 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 17
  16. 16. Oxford, Dreaming Spires The South-east of England has been an Sussex is home to miles of dramatic coastline, from inspiration for many storytellers and writers the golden sands of Camber in the east to the inlets of over the years. Idea’s for the children’s Chichester Harbour in the west. Family-friendly beaches classics Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and can be found at Worthing, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, the Chocolate Factory and the Chronicles of Eastbourne and Brighton – England’s city by the sea. Narnia all arose from this region which Within the Sussex countryside, the beautiful South includes the counties of Berkshire, Downs has over 2000 miles of well-managed trails ideal for walking, cycling and horse-riding. The 160km South Hampshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Isle Downs Way takes you from the coast at Eastbourne to the of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire and Sussex. city of Winchester in Hampshire, passing across the Seven Kent is divided into three main areas – Sisters chalk cliffs and the Devil’s Dyke. Medway and Maritime Kent; The Heart of Kent Delve into Sussex’s towns for even more treasures. The and Canterbury and Coastal Kent and together town of Battle is the site of the most famous battle in they create a unique combination of coast, English Heritage, The Battle of Hastings. Amberley is a countryside and historic attractions. beautiful town on Medway is the historical capital of Maritime the River Arun with Kent and is the ideal destination for a relaxing short break. Step back in time with a visit to many flint walled, thatched cottages Getting there The Historic Dockyard at Chatham where and a medieval castle • Chiltern Railways over 400 years of naval history are brought (now a hotel) and the medieval town of Tel: 08456 005 165 back to life. Canterbury and Coastal Kent has the famous White Cliffs of Dover, the Rye, now a thriving • National Rail Enquiries traditional Victorian seaside resorts of market town Ramsgate and Folkestone and a blend of overlooks Romney 0845 48 49 50 culture, heritage and tradition. The Marshes and was • Green Line Buses Cathedral city of Canterbury is now a once surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage Site and sits sea! Tel: 0870 608 7261 on the River Stour in one of the most Surrey is the • Metrobus attractive corners of rural Kent. The most wooded county Heart of Kent offers more castles, in the country and Tel: 01293 449195 stately homes and gardens open has the highest point • London Gatwick Airport to the public than any other in the south-east of region in Britain. England with Tel: 0870 000 2468
  17. 17. breathtaking views of the Further info Surrey Hills and surrounding countryside. 1 1 Buckinghamshire The Surrey Hills is a treasured landscape, rich 2 Tel: 01296 382157 in wildlife and woodland 8 2 Oxfordshire and was one of the first 3 areas in England to be 7 Tel: 01865 792422 designated an Area of 6 6 4 3 Berkshire Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1958. Tel: 01635 30267 Surrey is also home to 5 4 Hampshire many towns and villages all with their own Tel: 01962 841841 ambience – Richmond is Donnington Castle was once the Stronghold of Charles I and 5 Isle of Wight a lively cosmopolitan saw action during the civil war battles of 1643 and 1644. All town full of boutiques, that is left now is the Gatehouse but visitors are attracted by Tel: 01983 813 813 cafes and fine restaurants the views and children love to play amongst the ruins. 6 East & West Sussex and Kingston is the place Whether you choose to cruise along the River Thames, where kings of England take a tour of Eton College or have some family fun at Tel: 01243 382244 were crowned. With the Legoland, Berkshire is perfect for a relaxing break. 7 Surrey Thames on its doorstep, Oxfordshire is full of natural beauty and charming Kingston gives you the villages and the city of Oxford is architecturally stunning with Tel: 08456 009 009 ideal opportunity to stroll its famous colleges and riverside setting. Oxford has many 8 Kent along the Thames path at literary links and has been used for numerous film locations. It one of its most beautiful was here that Lewis Carroll met Alice Liddell, the inspiration Tel: 01271 336020 parts. The towns of Esher for Alice in Wonderland and Christ Church College was the and Epsom are home to setting for ‘Hogwarts’ in the Harry Potter films. two of the country’s finest racecourses. In the south of Oxfordshire you will find the towns of Hampshire is a haven for nature-lovers. Escape to the Didcot, Wallingford, Thame, and Henley on Thames and to woods and heaths of the New Forest where ponies and the North of the county are the historic market towns of cattle roam freely and wild deer hide deep within the forest. Banbury and Bicester. Enjoy a cruise on the Oxford Canal or The city of Winchester is the ancient capital of England and shop until you drop at Bicester’s famous shopping village – home to a fine Norman Cathedral, King Arthur’s round table there is plenty on offer. and one of the oldest schools in Britain. Escape to Buckinghamshire for the day or a weekend Hampshire’s famous royal and military connections have and walk in the gentle rolling Chiltern Hills, stroll along the provided a feast of places to visit like Portsmouth’s Historic Thames Path at gorgeous Marlow or explore the famous Dockyard, one of the top ten heritage attractions in the UK beech woods at Burnham Beeches. There are plenty of fun and home to the World’s most famous ships – Mary Rose, attractions in Buckinghamshire for all the family to enjoy HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Havant, Emsworth such as the oldest model village in the world – Bekonscot and the Blue Flag beaches at Hayling Island lie between the and the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery in Aylesbury. For cities of Chichester and Portsmouth and are perfect for the sporting type, Milton Keyne’s Xscape relaxation and tranquillity and the pretty villages of is Europe’s largest skiing Langstone and Emsworth have great views of the harbour. and leisure complex Holiday-makers have been flocking to the Isle of Wight and Waddesdon Manor for years to enjoy their traditional seaside holidays. The 60 is also a delight to see – miles of coastline, hidden coves and golden sandy beaches now a National Trust are spectacular, whilst inland the countryside is fantastic with property, it houses one of lots of colourful paths and trails to explore. The Isle of Wight the finest collections of iew tainonv is renowned for sailing but also offers all kinds of sports from French 18th Century nt ©bri n Seafro Brighto golf and fishing to windsurfing and flying. decorative arts. Cowes and East Cowes are the Island’s most northerly Buckinghamshire Cha towns and a mecca for yachtsmen, hosting many has four beautiful ©britain onview/K tham, Kent Alliance ent Tou international sailing events – during the sailing season you country parks, Black /Daniel Boswor rism Park, Langley Park, th can see a blanket of colourful sails covering the water. The historic town of Newport in the centre of the Island is its Denham and principle town and most popular shopping centre. Here you Thorney Park will find fine Georgian and Victorian houses, the Museum of country parks with Island History, markets, arts centres and much more. hundreds of acres of woodland, From lazy days spent in the Royal Borough of Windsor, to heathland, parkland, lakes and the hectic nightlife of Reading, Berkshire is a delightful rivers that are open every day of the year for county that can adapt to anybody’s pace of life. With parts visitors to enjoy. of the North Wessex Downs and the Chilterns, both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this county is ideal for walking, You can enjoy the best of both worlds in the cycling and horse-riding with many excellent routes along south-east of England with gorgeous beaches and The Thames Path, the Ridgeway and The Jubilee Path. breathtaking countryside – you can even cross the West Berkshire is a delight waiting to be discovered from Channel, but that’s another story! the Kennet and Avon Canal to the arts, history and heritage. Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 19
  18. 18. Berkshire Hampshire 20 Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads
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  20. 20. THRIFTWOOD HOLIDAY PARK Beautiful park set in 12 acres of woodlands. Kent Enjoy the tranquillity of the “high spot” of Kent. Outdoor heated pool, clubhouse, games room. Touring/tent pitches. Holiday caravans to hire. Open 11 months of the year. London only 25mins. Stanstead, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 7PB Tel: 01732 822261 PRIMROSE COTTAGE CARAVAN PARK Golden Hill, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3AR Tel: 01227 273694 Email: Small, quiet site with views of the sea. Superstore, chemist and cafe close by, coach/bus stop walking distance. Pitches for tents and touring caravans with electric hook up points, level site. Pets welcome.Toilets, showers, chemical disposal unit.Tourist information. Agent for Calor Gas. PLUS! 6/7 berth static caravans for hire Oxfordshire RELAX IN SUSSEX Modern caravans for hire or sale on quiet Sussex Country Park near Lewes and South Downs. Easy access to coastal resorts of Brighton and Eastbourne. No clubhouse or swimming pool but nearby pub/restaurant. Sorry no children. Bluebell Holiday Park, Shortgate nr Ring- mer, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6PJ Tel: 01825 840407 22 Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads
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  22. 22. Hertfordshire – Much Hadham © / Rod Edwards The East of England is based around the Hatfield House (Queen Elizabeth I’s childhood home) and ancient Kingdom of East Anglia, which was Bishop’s Stortford, birthplace of Cecil Rhodes. originally made up of Norfolk and Suffolk; Bedfordshire has a rich and varied rural landscape, these are now joined by Bedfordshire, fine towns and villages and is home to the highest point in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. the East of England, the Dunstable Downs. The county Fabulous historic cities and towns, great town of Bedford is noted for its fine river setting and country houses and gardens, bustling connections to author/preacher John Bunyan and his seaside resorts, picturesque villages, and famous book ‘The Pilgrims Progress’. miles and miles of beautiful countryside To the north-west are pretty limestone villages such as and coastline await your discovery. Harrold and Stevington and in the east, the gigantic airship hangers at Cardington are a reminder of the area’s rich Hertfordshire is home to Borehamwood, aviation heritage, more recently used as the set for the ‘Britain’s very own Hollywood’, the wonderful blockbuster movie “Batman Begins”. Britain’s first hot air open-space of Lee Valley Park and the Grand balloon landed there too! As you head south of Bedford Union Canal. St Albans is a popular town you will come across the lakes and wildlife of the Marston surrounded by countryside and was Britain’s Vale and antique lovers will appreciate the fine Georgian third largest Roman city, called Verulamium. town of Ampthill, set on the wooded slopes of The It’s Cathedral is particularly impressive. Greensand Ridge. North of St Albans is Welwyn Garden City, taking its name from Welwyn, a separate village situated several miles north of the Leighton Buzzard, set on the Grand Union Getting there Canal has always been town. Perfect for modern shopping at the famous for its sand, • National Rail Howard Centre and a visit to the Roman Enquiries and Woburn for its Baths which are preserved in a steel vault wonderful abbey Tel: 08457 48 49 50 underneath junction six of the A1(M)! (home to the Dukes of To the east of the county, the lakes Bedford), and Woburn • National Express and open spaces of Lee Valley Safari Park. Tel: 08705 808080 Country Park will provide more than just a day out whether your interests Cambridgeshire • Route Planner involve sport, wildlife or family is the only county in activities. You can also visit the the East of England to • One Railway county town of Hereford with border all five other its castle and antiques shops, counties in this region Tel: 0845 600 7245
  23. 23. so is the ideal base for Further info touring the area that some still refer to as ‘East 3 1 Bedfordshire Anglia’. One of the best ways to explore Tel: 01234 408063 Cambridgeshire is by boat 4 – you can hire a punt, a 2 2 Cambridgeshire traditional flat-bottomed Tel: 0845 045 5200 boat, from the famous 1 university city of 3 Norfolk 5 Cambridge, renowned for 6 Tel: 01603 222222 its historic churches and ancient colleges – the first 4 Suffolk was founded in 1284. Explore some of the finest Tel: 01473 583000 within the county that supply very fine quality wines and buildings in Europe as you fruit juices. Numerous independent breweries such as 5 Essex glide past the colleges on Adnams and St Peter's still exist and ensure that the historic route to the willow- Tel: 0845 600 7373 tradition of brewing within the county continues to thrive. shaped waterfront at The production of fine ales and good wine takes place 6 Hertfordshire Grantchester, inspiration alongside a thriving food retailing market and there are for the poets Byron, many reputable restaurants that serve food and drink Tel: 01438 737333 Tennyson and Rupert prepared using locally sourced ingredients. Brook. Cambridgeshire’s history spans back over 3000 years and The ancient Saxon county of Essex, is situated between at Flag Fen, near Peterborough, you can see how Bronze Suffolk and Hertfordshire. Essex offers a wealthy mix of Age people lived. Oliver Cromwell was born and educated historic woodlands, pretty fishing villages, old towns, in Huntingdon and his former grammar school is now The sweeping skylines and rolling fields. From the outskirts of Cromwell Museum. In Ely, Oliver Cromwell’s House East London to the borders of Suffolk, Essex has so much to recreates 17th Century life as he would have known it. offer and a good place to start exploring is Britain’s oldest town of Colchester. Discover the largest Norman Castle Norfolk is a refreshing place to visit with a pretty village keep in Europe, now an award-winning museum and the around every corner and miles of unspoilt beaches and nearby narrow streets of the Dutch Quarter, where the cloth countryside. One of the most popular holiday areas is the industry once flourished. Norfolk Broads with 200 kilometres (125 miles) of The Essex coastline is diverse and mainly unspoilt – from waterways to enjoy. Explore the Broads by boat – hire one the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton-on-Sea, Southend- for a week or for a day and you will soon learn to appreciate on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze to the yachting centre of the nature that surrounds you. Brightlingsea and Burnham-on-Crouch and not forgetting At the centre of this county is the vibrant city of Norwich, the hidden gems in between such as Mersey Island and voted one of Britain’s top ten shopping destinations. Maldon. Whether you are looking for family fun, good Norwich is the most complete medieval city in Britain with nightlife, shopping, a quite retreat, fresh fascinating museums, a magnificent cathedral, a Norman fish or the ideal place to castle, half-timbered houses, a jumble of medieval lanes and eness Edward s launch your speedboat – Thorp / Rod a delightful old watergate down by the riverside. Suffolk nv or jet-ski, there is a ritaino Norfolk’s coastline is An Area of Outstanding Natural ©www.b piece of Essex’s coastline Beauty, consisting of pleasant beaches, salt-marshes, cliffs, for everybody. flint villages and nature reserves. Cliff-top Cromer is world- Almost bordering famous for its crabs, and Yarmouth for its herrings and Cambridgeshire, Saffron kippers. At Sheringham you can ride on a steam train to the Walden is an ancient town antiques centre of Holt or visit the port of Wells-next-the- with lovely timber-framed Sea, the pilgrimage centre of Little Walsingham and Lord Essex – buildings, many decorated Lay ©www.b er Marney To Nelson´s birthplace at The Burnhams. For seaside fun, head ri we with pargeting (ornamental Rod Ed r to the sandy beaches at Hunstanton and Great Yarmouth. wards / plasterwork) and the parish Directly south of Norfolk is Suffolk – the 8th largest church is one of the largest in county in England and one of the most attractive and Essex. interesting, much loved by writers and painters. Hills are not The Stour Valley is situated in abundance but the soft landscape holds hidden treasures on the borders of both Essex for all visitors to explore. The choice of destinations within and Suffolk and is one of the Suffolk offers the visitor options for all occasions from prettiest parts of the region. peaceful countryside, ideal for walking and cycling to busy It was home to the artist coastal resorts and bustling market towns. John Constable (1776– Many of Suffolk’s meadows, heathlands and woodlands 1837) and is enriched with are nationally important wildlife reserves, making the county picturesque medieval extremely popular with nature lovers. With open villages. countryside and 45 miles of stunning coastline, Suffolk offers From historic houses, plenty of opportunities for picnics and other countryside gardens and miles of coastline to food, recreation activities. Suffolk’s dry and sunny climate is ideally suited to the development of vineyards and orchards culture and entertainment, Essex aims to please with and there are a number of highly respected producers a special air of romance and mystery. Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 25
  24. 24. Essex Norfolk ELM BEACH is a quiet, 4-star Caravan Park situated overlooking a clean, sandy beach. We offer 2 or 3 bedroom Caravans, sleeping up to 6 people, fully equipped and heated, for hire from March through to New Year. Also available… 3 bedroom luxury detached bungalow just a stones throw from the beach. For details/brochure call 01493 721630 e-mail or visit our website CABLE GAP HOLIDAY PARK Relax in the peace and quiet of our family-run, top-award-winning park, right next to a sandy beach. Ideal for exploring Norwich, Great Yarmouth and the Norfolk Broads. Our comfortable Rose Award-winning caravans are equipped to a high standard with free gas, electricity, colour TV. Village shops and pubs nearby. Plus small shop on site. For full-colour brochure and details of special offers phone 01692 650667 email: 26 Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads
  25. 25. BLUE RIBAND HOLIDAYS Great Yarmouth ~ Caister ~ California ~ Scratby ~ Hemsby Norfolk Bungalows, cottages, chalets & caravans and a choice of 12 locations. Pets welcome. Close to sandy beaches, many with cabaret club-houses, swimming pools & entertainment. Spring & Autumn short breaks. Small family discounts, all credit/debit cards accepted. Free brochure tel: 01493 732943 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 27
  26. 26. Norfolk Suffolk 28 Choice Holiday Parks & Cottages May 2009 Please quote CHLP when replying to ads
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  28. 28. Warwickshire – Warwick © The Heart of England is at the centre of England’s road network making it easily accessible from wherever you are. Herefordshire has four long-distance walking trails as well as its very own Herefordshire Trail. Visit 3 the famous Norman Cathedral in the city of Hereford where you can see the oldest map of the 2 4 World, the Mappa Mundi and the Chained library. The quiet county of Shropshire has over 90 5 6 places to visit, including the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge and the birthplace of Charles Darwin. 1 Shropshire is situated on the English Welsh border, gets more hours of daylight than anywhere else in the country and has over 32 castles. Since the 18th century, craftspeople in Staffordshire have been producing quality Worcestershire is home to some beautiful Further info goods for renowned names such as Wedgewood, countryside, the 1 Herefordshire Spode and Royal Doulton. cathedral city of The uplands and dales of the Peak District Worcester and Malvern Tel: 01432 260621 are perfect for leisure and activity holidays, with Water. Hire a narrow 2 Shropshire opportunities for all kinds of sports. boat and explore the county’s numerous Tel: 01743 462462 The West Midlands provide easy waterways or set sail access to the history and heritage of the down the River Severn, 3 Staffordshire region. Birmingham is a vibrant and Britain's longest river. Tel: 01785 277397 cosmopolitan city brimming with culture and sits betweens lush countryside and Home of 4 West Midlands beautiful quaint villages. Shakespeare, the Warwickshire offers an array of potteries, the Black 5 Warwickshire attractions from two renowned motor Country and Alton museums, a living Roman fort and Towers, the Heart of Tel: 0870 160 7930 Britain’s national organic garden England is a charming 6 Worcestershire and the medieval Warwick Castle region to visit with a is one of the finest in England. feast of things to do. Tel: 01905 728787
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  30. 30. Derbyshire – Ladybower Rsvr The East Midlands consists of Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire and can be found in the centre of the UK, just east of the Heart of England. 6 Northamptonshire is scenically beautiful, 5 rich in tradition, heritage, charming stone villages, 4 majestic stately homes, gardens and castles. 2 Rutland is England’s smallest county and a little 3 piece of old England, hidden away in the heart of the country where charming thatched cottages and fine Georgian architecture are reminiscent 1 of a bygone age. Leicestershire is a diverse county with a lively and vibrant city teamed with traditional British countryside and stunning waterways. The diverse scenery of qualities from some of Derbyshire and the Peak District is a paradise for walkers, cyclists, extreme sports England’s cleanest beaches at Skegness Further info enthusiasts and the more relaxed lovers of and Mablethorpe to the the great outdoors. This county has 1 Northamptonshire tranquillity of the something to offer everyone from Wolds. breathtaking landscape, to bustling market 2 Leicestershire & towns. Nottinghamshire is home to From the unspoilt Lincolnshire Vales 3 Rutland the world’s most famous out-law, Robin Hood and the legendary Sherwood and the magical Forest. It has also turned out many Fens to the well-kept 4 Derbyshire creative greats including the poet secret that is Lord Byron and the designer Paul Rutland, there is a 5 Nottinghamshire Smith, and is well known for its piece of unspoilt vibrant nightlife. Lincolnshire East Midlands for is the largest county in the East 6 Lincolnshire everyone! Midlands and has a wealth of
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  32. 32. Boats on the shore of the lake, Cumbria © England’s north-west has it all – Delve deep at the nuclear shelter, discover an iconic half- fashionable city haunts, unspoilt villages, timbered medieval manor house or explore Beeston Castle, historic streets and buildings and fantastic standing majestically on a sheer rocky crag and boasting rural retreats. some of the most spectacular views in England. The story of culture and heritage in Chester and The past, the present and the future come together in Cheshire has been a long and eventful one, as Manchester to create one of the coolest cities in Britain. you will see when you visit one of the many Historical landmarks compliment bold, contemporary museums in the county telling the tale. Discover structural design, surrounded by beautifully sculptured how the Roman’s conquered, why the county is open spaces. Manchester is a free-spirited city with a built on salt and about life on the waterways. liberating open-mindedness much described as edgy, Completely encircled by city walls, Chester inviting, happening and different. Manchester is one of the offers a delightful mix of exclusive and modern world’s most innovative and original places for both making shops, a vibrant nightlife and 2000 years of music and listening to it. Follow in the footsteps of history. The city’s most unique feature is the Morrissey, look out for the next Oasis or Happy Mondays in 13th Century ‘Rows’ – two tiers of enticing one of the city’s 30-plus intimate live venues and party like shops, running through the main streets. One there’s no tomorrow! of the north-west’s most popular attractions is the beautiful Gothic Chester Cathedral which Manchester is a fantastic shopping Getting there houses one of the most complete medieval destination whether • National Express monastic complexes in the county. you are after funky, Cheshire’s waterways are a pleasant and fashionable, chic or Tel: 08705 808 080 relaxing place to be, offering a chance to sleek – there is • National Rail Enquiries enjoy the sites of historic interest, heritage something to satisfy and culture. Cheshire has more miles of all tastes and budgets. 0845 48 49 50 canals than any other English county – Hunt down • Virgin Trains enjoy a relaxing river cruise or try something unique at sailing off the Wirral coast. Saturday’s Tib Street Tel: 08457 222 333 Cheshire is home to Britain’s fashion market, • Blackpool Airport largest zoo, one of the UK’s most search for vintage chic and rare records Tel: 08700 273 777 prestigious flower shows, some of England’s finest restaurants and a in the Northern • Manchester Airport Quarter, or search leading designer outlet village. Tel: 0161 489 3000