A jewel in England’s crown: The Lake District

April 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM
the beauty of the English lakes in spring

the beauty of the English lakes in spring

Spring has officially sprung, although I am sure we will experience some cooler weather again and of course the inevitable April showers will soon be upon us. But the fact that the trees have green leaf buds, the grass is lush having been watered by the recent downpours and the clumps of daffodils have bright yellow heads reminds us all that Easter is just around the corner – and with it the promise of warmer, sunnier days. Of course the shops are already stocked full of Easter treats, and I am staunchly ignoring my children’s pleas to purchase them now – apparently because they deserve a reward for whatever reason they think may sway my judgement!

I often talk about my family in posts as I love to share the travel experiences we have, hopefully inspiring other families to start their own travel memory bank. My favourite time of year is Easter. For the last 14 years we have spent the bank holiday weekend away in the UK, either just the four of us, or with friends and their children. A popular destination is the Lake district, and it’s not just a favourite of mine – it is a renowned UK destination worldwide, which isn’t surprising considering it boasts such stunning natural beauty.

Devon: keep calm and carry on

March 31, 2014 at 2:52 AM

The age old adage that when a storm passes waters are clearer and that a sense of calm and tranquillity follows is most definitely the case across the South West of England. Here at HomeAway along with Visit Devon, the Devon Tourism Partnership, local businesses and Teignmouth and Dawlish Community Interest Company would like to share how Devon coped with the spectacular storms and showed a huge energy, commitment and passion to get things up and running again.

Journalist Brian Jackman commented in his article for the Telegraph that “the South West has shaken itself off like a wet dog and is ready to play again”. I’d like to add to that it is looking sleek and well groomed and most certainly ready to welcome visitors this Easter.

9 amazing treasure hoards that were found by amateurs

March 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM
The Hoxne Hoard. Image: Image: Ahala

The Hoxne Hoard. Image: Ahala

Everyone dreams of finding buried treasure in their vegetable patch. With the prospect of paying off the mortgage and having the British Archaeological Society dig your garden in one fell swoop, who wouldn’t want to unearth a stash of Viking loot?

For thousands of years, mankind has been burying items for safekeeping and then promptly forgetting where they were interred. One man’s lost treasure, however, is another’s found fortune. The following treasure hauls were all discovered by amateurs: that’s right, people just like you who got lucky, got smart or got a metal detector.

The world’s greatest hidden beaches

March 11, 2014 at 8:05 AM
Marietas Islands Photo: Miguel Naranjo

Marietas Islands. Photo: Miguel Naranjo

Beaches are beautiful. People, not so much. The trouble is, you can’t have one without the other. The sweeter the sands, the higher the body count, right?

Not necessarily.

If you’re searching for the perfect beach – a place to call your own, if only for one day – you’re in luck. It turns out that hidden beaches are like the Days of Christmas: you wait all year for one, and then 12 rock up in rapid succession. Here are a dozen beaches that are unspoilt, unpopulated and relatively unknown – for now.

Of course, if bloggers keep writing about these unsung wonders, they won’t remain hidden for long. So by all means tell all your friends about this blog – but make them swear not to breathe a word of it to anyone else.

Kent: rural beauty on the edge of the city

March 5, 2014 at 8:16 AM
Blue sky over the white cliffs of Dover

Blue sky over the White Cliffs of Dover

Yes, South East England’s home to our crazy, smoky capital – but let’s forget about that for a few minutes. Transport yourself just an hour or so outside (or just a few minutes away from your work desk or kitchen table…) and come with me to what is arguably the loveliest home county: Kent.

The White Cliffs of Dover, pummelled by waves; Canterbury Cathedral, and its turbulent history; hop farms, orchards and vineyards in spades: the ‘Garden of England’ (rightfully named, thank you very much) packs a pretty hefty punch when it comes to attractions, but it offers lots of activities too – and they’re diverse, to say the least.

Fancy taking a breath of fresh air with me? I thought so.