Holiday Cottage Review Stanbury Wharf

Stanbury Wharf Holiday Cottages, North Devon, have been awarded Visit Britain 4 stars for 2008, 2009, 2010 and are proud to announce for 2011 they have been awarded the 4 star GOLD award.

They have two self catering holiday cottages. Both cottages offer spacious, open plan accommodation with modern fitted kitchens including all the appliances & equipment you could wish for, sumptuous leather suites & bright comfortable dining areas, each holiday cottage has its own private garden with furniture & BBQ. They have a childs play area on site and many friendly animals to entertain you!

Stanbury Wharf has much history associated with it, as it stands alongside the now dried up Holsworthy to Bude Canal.
Previously used for the storage of sand shipped up the canal from Bude, Stanbury Wharf Barn has been imaginatively converted into two luxuriously appointed holiday cottages.

Standing in 1.5 tranquil acres of land in the heart of 'Ruby Country' & within a mile of the ancient port town of Holsworthy with shops, pubs, banks, tea rooms & a weekly live stock market, you'll find the location of Stanbury Wharf excellent.

Tamar Lakes are just 6 miles away offering tuition in sailing, windsurfing & canoeing as well as fishing, picnic area's & way marked walks. The magnificent beaches of Bude are just 9 miles away & we are just a few minutes from the Tarka Trail offering miles of walking, cycling & horse riding trails through this area of charming countryside. Being near the Cornish border Padstow, Tintagel & Boscastle are all within easy reach, whilst the Eden Project is 1.1/2hrs drive. Holsworthy Golf & Country Club is nearby where they can offer discounted green fee's to their guests. Lovers of unspoilt countryside, safe Blue Flag Beaches, nature trails, cycle trails, National Trust & National Parks will enjoy this unexplored part of Devon & Cornwall.

Local activities: diving, surfing, swimming, tennis, walking, sailing, cycling, fishing, horse riding, golf, wind-surfing, water skiing, mountain biking.

Swallows Nest is the slightly larger of the two barns. It sleeps 8 plus an infant, consisting of a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, and a large family bedroom with a double and two single beds, an upstairs bathroom and a downstairs shower room.

Deceptively spacious with vaulted ceilings, galleried landing & floor to ceiling windows, the open plan lounge area offers ample comfy leather seating complete with 40' Flat screen freeview TV & DVD player. The dining area has a large wooden table and chairs which then leads on to the open plan kitchen, with everything you can possibly need including a dishwasher.
There is a washing machine & a second fridge freezer in the utility room & you'll also find a large shower room with toilet and wash basin on the ground floor.
Upstairs off the large galleried landing you'll find three beautiful bedrooms and a bathroom. Bedroom 1 is a huge family room with a double bed, 2 single beds and a cot.


Swifts Barn, sleeps up to 6 plus an infant, beautifully furnished to extremely high standards and with floor to ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings & galleried landing, the open plan accommodation is bright & spacious.

The lounge area has two comfy leather sofa's, an arm chair, freeview TV & DVD Player. The dining area has a large wooden table and chairs and leads onto the open plan kitchen which has everything you can possibly need including a dishwasher and washing machine. The ground floor also has a large bathroom with bath, vanity sink and toilet.

Upstairs off the galleried landing you will find three beautiful bedrooms and a lovely shower room with corner shower, sink and toilet. Bedroom 1 is a large double bedroom with beautiful wrought iron bed, perfect for a master bedroom. Bedroom 2 is a large and comfy twin room and bedroom 3 a cosy bunk bedded room.

Bedroom 2 is a spacious double bedded room and Bedroom 3 is a lovely single bedroom with an additional pull out bed if required.

With Swallows Nest, you also benefit from having your own private Hot Tub on the outside decked area. Enjoy the great views whilst relaxing in style!
There is an extra charge of £50.00 p/w applicacble for use of Hot Tub, but this is optional.

To book one of these lovely barns go to


Travelling with Food Intolerances in the UK

If you suffer from food intolerances or food allergies and want to visit the UK, you can easily do so. In the past few years, things have improved greatly for people with food allergies and intolerances.

Understanding of these two medical conditions has improved greatly. As a result, the public and doctors are better educated about this type of health issue.

This has lead to firms being more aware of the fact that some people cannot eat certain foods and get ill if they do so. Many UK restaurants and food outlets are much more understanding of the needs of people with food sensitivities.


The introduction of new legislation

In fact, in 2014, new legislation was introduced to make sure that UK restaurants and catering firms clearly list all allergens that are contained in the dishes that they serve. Food manufacturers have been required to do the same for over a decade.


Eating out

However, you still need to be a little careful. If you have a serious issue with a specific ingredient always check verbally that the dishes you are ordering do not contain any of that food.

You can find general advice about eating out with food sensitivities on Unfortunately, there is no website that provides a comprehensive list of restaurants that serve allergen free foods.

Therefore, you may want to do some research before you get on the plane. Look up local restaurants in the area and check their menus. Most chain restaurants include allergen advice on their menus. This will give you a start. Parenting forums like mumsnet are also good sources of information when it comes to finding restaurants that serve foods that are nut, dairy or gluten free.

Your hotel and bed and breakfast

Most bed and breakfast owners and hotels are very accommodating. If you speak to them about any special dietary needs that you have. They will tell you in advance whether they can accommodate those needs or not.

Supermarket food


The vast majority of the big supermarket chains sell a wide range of allergen free foods. However, you will generally only see these food products available in the bigger shops. However, most small High Street stores will not sell this type of food.

There are quite a lot of small ethnic food shops in the UK. These shops sell a lot of fantastic food, but a lot of it is not labelled in English, so it can be difficult to be sure exactly what ingredients are in the food.


Travel insurance

In the UK, the national health service is very good, but you need to be a resident to access it. If you are from abroad, it makes sense to buy a good travel insurance policy that will cover you for any pre-existing conditions.

The UK is a great place to visit, and provided you do your research you can easily enjoy your holiday without running the risk of getting ill.



UK Holidays and Travel Insurance

The British Isles is beautiful, there can be no doubt, from the warm summer days in cornwall, playing in the sea, to the breathtaking views that makes Scotland such a wonderful place to visit.

Many Brits never venture abroad, preferring to enjoy what their homeland has to offer.  Whether you enjoy the buzz of London nightlife, or a quiet walk in the fells There is indeed something for everyone.

You have decided to holiday in the United Kingdom, and booked a romantic hotel for two in the highlands of Scotland, to enjoy a majestic get away from todays hetic lifestyle.

Whilst you are dreaming of tranquil walks and cosying up by a roaring fire, did the thought of Insurance ever cross your mind?

Probably not. The big question of course is do you need it? We contacted a trusted website thats insurance for their advice.

This is what they had to say.

Medical Expenses Insurance

The big worry when travelling abroad is that you will have an accident or be taken ill, which of course can lead to huge medical bills, if you do not have adequate insurance. Holidaying in the UK is different, because as a citizen of the UK, you would be treated free of charge by the NHS (National Health Service) So there is no real need for medical expenses cover


Under most annual travel policies, you would be covered under this section, provided you are travelling to pre booked accommodation in the UK for a minimum of 2 nights.

Travel Delay

Any Trips within the UK are normally excluded

Loss of Documents

Loss of Documents would be covered, for example a driving licence. Although the cost to replace in this country would be much less and probably fall under any excess


This would be covered no matter what country you visited

Personal Baggage

Covered but probably better cover available under your home insurance

Personal Accident

Covered under the policy whilst holidaying in the UK

Personal Liability

Covered under the policy, but this may also be covered under a home insurance policy.

Legal Expenses

Covered under the policy, but this may also be covered under a home insurance policy.

In summary most sections of a travel insurance policy for travel in the United Kingdom are either not necessary or covered elsewhere. The only arguable area is cancellation, where you would be able to get back the cost of any pre booked accomodation. There are however companies who offer just cancellation cover and if this is of concern, then it would be worth exploring. 

As mentioned above, most Annual Travel policies will extend to cover trips to the UK, so if you intend to travel several times in a year, then an annual policy would be worth considering.

Thanks to thats insurance for their help and advice, for more information you can check out their website at








Holiday Cottages in Northumberland

Northumberland Coastline

Holidaying in Northumberland

When someone says Northumberland, you do not automatically think holiday destination. However, increasingly people are waking up to the charms of this beautiful part of the UK.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England, called it “the most tranquil county in England” and it is certainly one of those unspoilt places. However, it has far more than just rolling countryside to offer.

What Northumberland Has to Offer

Depending on where you stay you can either enjoy a rural idyll 24/7 or enjoy the countryside one day and do something completely different another day. The county has over 100 miles of stunning coastline that you can enjoy walking along or sitting on the beach. You can even go surfing off Newbiggin by the Sea, Amble beach and many others. Kitesurfing is also on offer at many of the county’s surf centres. You can also go coasteering or sailing.


No visit to Northumberland would be complete without seeing Bamburgh Castle on. Situated right on the headland, the  castle you see today is comparatively new being fully restored in Victorian times by Lord Armtstrong. However the history goes back to ancient times.

Take a walk around the castle and see the 14 different rooms and over 2000 artefacts displayed there. Well worth a days visit.


If water sports are not your thing there are plenty of other sports to enjoy including, hiking, horse riding, cycling and golf. All of these activities allow you to do something active and exciting, but still enjoy the beautiful countryside. They take you out beyond the town right into the heart of the countryside.

If you love wildlife, Northumberland is the place for you. The Daily Telegraph really meant it when they described the county as 'a birdwatcher's paradise'. The diversity of the landscape means that there is also a very diverse bird population. That population is constantly changing because of migration, so there is always something new to see. The diverse landscape also hosts a huge array of other wildlife to enjoy while you are out.

Accommodation in Northumberland

The county offers a warm welcome to visitors and as Tourism is a vital part of the area's economy, you know you will be well looked after. There is the full array of accommodation to choose from, but cottages in Northumberland are the most prolific and popular form of holiday accommodation. Wherever you want to stay in the county you will find beautiful cottages which come in all shapes and sizes and so regardless of the kind of cottage you are seeking you will find it.

Cottages in Northumberland

We review a couple of holiday cottages that caught our eye

The Alnmouth Boathouse

Views from the Boathouse

A fully restored contemporary timber clad property in the coastal town of Alnmouth with amazing views over the sea and village.

The property has been refurbished to a five star standard and awarded the silver award by coastal retreats 2015

This is the perfect couples getaway with a well thought out interior scheme.  Hand painted kitchen and wooden work surfaces and a large double bedroom.

The boathouse

Situated in Alnmouth you are only minutes from the beach and from amenities. There are plenty of pubs, restuarants, and gift shops, meaning if you don’t want to you will never have to cook whilst enjoying your stay there


Felmoor Park The gingerbread Log Cabin

The Gingerbread Log Cabin

Felmoor park was opened in 2010 and is located in the heart of Northumberland with over 40 acres to enjoy.

A slightly different holiday cottage, enjoy a stay in a scandanavian log cabin. This three bedroom log cabin has been designed with pure luxury in mind and includes an outdoor hot tub.

Gingerbread interior

Enjoy rustic living combined with all the home comforts, a fully fitted kitchen, flat screen tv and comfy wood burning stove


Holiday Cottages in the Lake District

Lake District

Lake District Cottages

For a relaxing break in a picturesque setting, you cannot beat Lake District cottages. The area is renowned for its natural beauty, so no matter where you stay in the Lake District you are guaranteed wonderful views. Most of the cottages in the area are set on the edge of villages, so despite being tranquil you are still close to local shops, pubs and restaurants. In addition, the villages in the Lake District are well connected to tourist attractions and towns via public transport. Staying in a Lake District cottage never means that you are isolated.


The lake district is Englands largest national park. It is home to the largest mountain and deepest lake. The lake district has it all.

This large area of the countryside has oodles of heritage and history to enjoy. You are surrounded by 12 beautiful lakes, with the opportunity for water sports, walking and cycling.

There are castles you can visit like the 800 year old Muncaster castle or Lowther castle or see Dove Cottage which inspired Wordsworth.

Muncaster Castle

The largest lake is Lake Windermere and you can spend all day cruising around and visiting some of the great local attractions

Lake Windermere 

Lake District Holiday Cottages

Many Lake District cottages are quite old, so are full of character. However, the fact that they are old does not mean that they are dingy or draughty in fact the opposite is true. They are maintained to a high standard and come equipped with all the mod cons you could possibly want or need. Most are fitted out with plasma TVs, full stereo systems and Wi-Fi. The fact that the Lake District is such a popular area for tourists means that the cottages are well used giving the owners the necessary income to keep them up-to-date and comfortable.

We bring you details on two holiday cottages that inspired us


Force Mill Barn

Force Mill Barn

Situated on the southern edge of Grizedale Forest near the village of Satterthwaite.

This property was once a working mill and has been completely refurbished. A quiet getaway for two persons, this cosy cottage makes the perfect break.

The well appointed kitchen means you can create that romantic meal, or if you really want to take it easy, there are several good eateries only a mile away.


Valentine Cottage

Valentine Cottage

Situated in the pretty village of ambleside, this is truly the romantic couples hideaway.

This five star cottage has been lovingly restored to an extremely high standard and provides pure luxury surroundings for you to enjoy.

Valentine Cottage bathroom

If you can tear yourself away from the property, you are only minutes away from restuarants, pubs and local shops.

Located on the northern shore of lake windermere, you are perfectly situated to take a lake cruise from Waterhead pier or enjoy one of the many walks. This cottage and area is beautiful at any time of the year.


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk

Suffolk Coast


The east coast of the United Kingdom gives way to the rugged but beautiful county of Suffolk. The coastline which looks out onto the harsh North Sea is home to thousands of different species of plant and wildlife, making this a great place to walk and take in the breath taking views.

Places to visit



A beautiful part of Suffolk right on the edge of the coast and dating back to anglo-saxon times, Dunwich is a must visit. It has had a rich history and was once an extremely popular town. Sadly aggressive coastal erosion, saw the town being swept into the sea and now whats left has a population of less than 100, with only a handful of houses.

 Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo

No visit to Suffolk would be complete without checking out Sutton Hoo. The burial place of anglo Saxon Kings. It is one of the most important ancient sites in Britain and is now run by the National Trust.


There are a number of great castles that you can visit, including Framlingham Castle and Orford castle, both managed by English Heritage

Framlington Castle


 Holiday Cottages Suffolk

When it comes to holiday cottages, Suffolk has a good choice. The county is a largely rural area where farming is still widespread. Over the years, farmers have struggled to make a living from farming alone. As a result, most of them have branched out into other areas, including tourism. Many of them have converted old workers cottages and out buildings into high quality holiday accommodation.

Types of Holiday Cottages Suffolk Offers

However, not all of the holiday cottages Suffolk offers are based on farms. There are also plenty of cottages available in villages. This means that people who stay in them do not need a taxi to enjoy a meal out. They normally only have to walk to the village pub and can shop at the village store for basic groceries. However, if a rural holiday does not appeal there are also cottages available on the edge of larger towns and some cities.

The range of cottages available varies from area to area. There are romantic small cottages, set on their own, designed for couples and small families to enjoy.

However, for those who like to holiday with their extended family or a large group of friends there are much bigger holiday cottages available. Some firms even offer a range of different size and types of cottages within walking distance of each other. This gives large groups the best of both worlds. Everyone has the privacy of their own cottage, with the convenience of being close enough to each other to make socialising and days out together viable.

Finding the Best Holiday Cottages Suffolk Has to Offer

With so much choice, it is not hard to find good quality accommodation in Suffolk of all kinds. However, it can take time.

Trawling through dozens of websites set up by individual cottage owners is not necessarily the best approach. The search term 'holiday cottages Suffolk' will bring back details of firms who offer a range of cottages from one website. This kind of website makes it easy to compare what is on offer and find the right cottage for the right price.

 Here are details of a couple of cottages that we felt really stand out and were worth recommending

Martello Tower Y

Martello Tower Y

Not really a cottage, but was so different we had to tell you about it

This is a completely refurbished napoleonic fort. Situated right on the coastline and totally secluded this is one place you can really get away from it all. Uninterrupted views and total privacy in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It has an amazing raised roof with glass on all sides providing a 360 view. The tower sleeps up to five people and is five star rate.

Martello Tower inside

Even from inside you get amazing views and although expensive, its a place to get away from it all!!   You can read about its refurbishment here

For more information and to book click here   


 The boathouse Thorpeness

Holiday Cottages Suffolk The Boathouse

 A beautiful timber style constructed cottage situated in probably the best seaside location. A great place to get away at any time of the year.

Not only do you have the beach on your doorstep, but this property boasts an indoor heated swimming pool. It sleeps up to six and has one bathroom.

Heated Pool

 Thorpeness is beautiful and only a mile away from Aldeburgh. Close Stunning beaches and great walks and several pubs and restuarants, this is a special place to stay

To find out more click here








Holiday Cottages in Pembrokshire

 Views over pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Holiday Cottages

If you want the perfect holiday you could do a lot worse than hiring a Pembrokeshire holiday cottage. The beautiful Welsh county of Pembrokeshire has got a lot to offer.

If you love nature you will thoroughly enjoy staying in a Pembrokeshire cottage because the county is home to three national parks. They are Snowdonia, The Brecon Beacons and The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Pembrokshire MoorlandView over the cliffs

The county of Pembrokeshire is bordered on three sides by the sea, which is part of the reason it was possible to set up a costal National Park there. This means that if you enjoy the beach you will enjoy your holiday there. The beaches of Pembrokeshire are in pristine condition with more blue flag beaches there than anywhere else in the UK. The variety of activities on those beaches is amazing including kayaking, sailing, diving, snorkelling and surfing is very popular in the area, so if you are at all sporty you are in heaven. However, if all you want to do is to go for a quite stroll you can do that too.

If you like history you will enjoy the county of Pembrokeshire. It has dozens of castles and historic sites dating back to before the Romans. Because the county is on the border of England and bordered by the sea the county’s population has always been quite mixed. The early history of the area includes the Deisi from Ireland and the Vikings.

Finding the Perfect Holiday Cottage for You


When you look for a cottage think of what you want most out of the holiday. If you want peace and quiet choose a cottage in the countryside. If shopping is your thing choose one near a town instead. Most of the cottages in the area have been restored and have comfortable modern interiors, which offer full entertainment centres including satellite TV and a broadband internet connection.

Each cottage has its own character and has something special to offer meaning that you are bound to find the perfect holiday cottage for you in the county of Pembrokeshire.

Costal Cottage



Banc Cottage

As an example of a cosy little cottage that is available to rent, we present to you Banc Cottage.  This cottage was built in the 18th Century and resides in the stunning village of Moylegrove in Pembrokshire.

You are only a stones throw from the coastal path and amazing views over the cliffs. You can spend time on the beach at Ceibwr Bay. The garden at Banc cottage has wonderful views of the sea.

If walking and wildlife is your thing or you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of it all, then this is the place to stay. You are only a short drive away from Newport, so access to shops, pubs and restaurants are easy and close by.

Banc Cottage has been renovated to a high standard and the period features kept intact. The Cottage sleeps four in a family bedroom with a double and two single beds. There is a loung dining area which houses a wonderful warm rayburn, to keep you cosy in the evenings. There is a fully fitted kitchen.

There is plenty of space to park two cars.

Banco Cottage Cosy Rayburn

Key facts
• Bed linen, tea towels and towels (except beach towels) provided
• All heating/fuel/electricity included
• Up to 2 well behaved pets are welcome at £10 each per week
• Our 'Welcome Pack' includes a bottle of wine, homemade quiche, supplies of milk, tea and sugar so you can relax after your journey
• Free WiFi
• Up to 2 well behaved pets are welcome at £10 each per week
• No smoking in the cottage

This is a great little place for the perfect getaway, to find out more and booking availability click here for more information


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