Brittany Ferries offers up to 25% discount on French cottage holidays

Brittany Ferries Holidays has announced a promotion on self-catering holidays to France and Spain this summer.

According to a release by the freight service company, more than 110 French cottages and 30 Spanish casas are on offer, with discounts of up to 25 percent on the company’s ferry-inclusive prices. Discounts are available throughout the summer season, including the school holidays, and until the end of 2016.

‘We are offering all sorts of accommodation, from rural retreats and coastal resorts to properties in villages and town centres,’ said Christiane Barker, general manager Brittany Ferries Holidays. ‘Clients can choose between France or Spain and our ferry-inclusive pricing makes this excellent value for money, particularly for families. You can secure your holiday now with a deposit of just £40 per person. The balance is payable just six weeks before departure.’

Gite and French cottage locations are offered in Brittany, Normandy, Poitou Charentes, the Loire and beyond. In addition, Spanish casas are available for holidaymakers looking for a taste of real Spain. Spanish properties are located in the region of Asturias with its beaches, fishing ports and mountain scenery. Also on offer is Cantabria, a region in the seaside town of Santander with attractive inland villages such as Santillana del Mar.

Holidaymakers looking for a break this summer can take a crossing on Brittany Ferries’ premium cruise ferries, with departures from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth. They can go for a crossing to arrive at one of five destinations in France, or choose an overnight sailing through the Bay of Biscay, which carries passengers to either Bilbao or Santander.

Set up by a collective of French farmers as a freight-only operator, running from Roscoff in Brittany to Plymouth, Brittany Ferries is a passenger car and freight service operating from eleven ports, linking four countries: UK – France, UK – Spain and Ireland – France. Originally established to transport French agricultural products to a wider British market, the service soon developed into an operation carrying British tourists.

Today Brittany Ferries is a market leader on the Western Channel for passengers and for freight. It is also a leading supplier of ferry-inclusive motoring holidays to France and Spain.

Brittany Ferries offers long weekend break to France, announces late booking deal

Brittany Ferries, a provider of ferry-inclusive motoring holidays to France and Spain, is offering UK holidaymakers a long weekend break in France this spring, at a special return fare of £79 per person.

The special offer is available for travel until June 18, but must be booked by April 21. The price is based on two people sharing and travelling together in a car.

The new service will start Thursday overnight from Plymouth to Roscoff, and return on Sunday or Monday. The service is on board Brittany’s flagship cruise-ferry, Pont-Aven, and the price includes a two-berth en suite cabin. The ferry service is equipped with two cinemas, a la carte restaurant, self-service restaurant, boutiques, choice of bars and entertainment, spa treatment room and a swimming pool.

Mike Bevens, Group Commercial Director, commented: ‘With our flagship, Pont-Aven, scheduled to leave Plymouth for Roscoff every Thursday evening, we have taken the opportunity to offer this very special fare before the busy period arrives. This gives West Country residents the chance to take advantage of the best euro exchange rate for many years and enjoy a long weekend trip to France at a bargain price this spring and early summer.’

Separately, Brittany Ferries also announced a late booking deal on its properties, allowing holidaymakers to save up to 25 percent on cottage holidays in France & 10 percent on casas in Spain, even during school holidays. A cottage or casa is self-contained, fully equipped and situated to explore the surrounding area, and to enjoy outdoor pursuits such as walking, golf, fishing, cycling or horse riding.

Christiane Barker, Brittany Ferries’ General Manager Holidays, said: ‘These self-catering properties are especially suited to families because having your own base and your own car brings enormous freedom and flexibility to explore the surrounding countryside. What’s more, customers can be confident of quality as each one has been inspected by one of our expert team to ensure they conform to the highest standards.’


Guide to the West Country cottages

With more Brits than ever choosing to stay at home for their holidays, the West Country continues to enjoy buoyant trade as the UK’s favourite holiday destination; with families, couples and those in search of adventure returning year after year to enjoy the wide range of attractions and events that span the counties of Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset.

With more Brits than ever choosing to stay at home for their holidays, the West Country continues to enjoy buoyant trade as the UK’s favourite holiday destination; with families, couples and those in search of adventure returning year after year to enjoy the wide range of attractions and events that span the counties of Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset.

With that in mind, local company and property specialists Farm and Cottage Holidays have created a unique set of holiday ideas to ensure that those visiting can enjoy the very best of all the South West has to offer. Providing all prospective customers with plenty of choice, to suit all budgets and requirements, these holiday ideas are also backed up with in-depth information on how to further explore and enjoy the type of break chosen.

For those who want to experience the sights, sounds and smells of rural life, the ‘Working Farms’ holiday idea is the perfect get-away for families wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of today’s hectic lifestyle; or if you are choosing to stay in the UK to cut down on your carbon footprint, a ‘Green’ holiday might be just what you’re after.

‘Group Holidays’ with the extended family are becoming increasingly popular and with that comes the need to cater for a wide range of specialist requirements, so the ‘Accessible’ holiday idea, which highlights properties tailored for those with such particular needs is definitely a section worth exploring.

Families who wish to bring every treasured member on holiday, can now do so with the ‘Dog Friendly’ holidays idea, which offers a vast amount of information about properties that accept dogs, as well as attractions and events that cater for your four-legged companion, whilst enjoying a break in the West Country.

A ‘Romantic’ holiday isn’t just for the couple wanting to escape to a cottage on the coast for a long weekend; with a range of premium cottages, situated in the most awe-inspiring scenery, a West Country honeymoon might also be worth considering and with so many stunning properties, boasting an array of great amenities, a ‘Luxury’ holiday is the perfect retreat.

For those who wish to dig a little further and explore the holiday ideas in greater detail, there are also a wide range of articles to read on the Farm and Cottage Holidays website; ranging from where to find the best ‘bucket and spade’ beaches and the most accessible places to eat, to how to ‘cow spot’ in the countryside. There is a holiday idea to suit one and all.

Farm & Cottage Holidays are family run and owned holiday cottage rental specialists with over 30 years of experience, offering a collection of around 1200 of the finest cottages in the South West. View the diverse collection, check availability and book securely online at or, with lines open 7 days a week, you can speak to a member of the team on 01237 426269.

Record breaking month for hotel in Peak District

One local hotel is reporting a record breaking, recession busting month for April. The award winning Maynard hotel and restaurant has never been busier, welcoming many new customers through its doors and reporting a fully booked restaurant and accommodation, together with a growing list of weddings and enquiries for new weddings.

While the management of the hotel is delighted with the levels of interest being expressed in The Maynard, the debate is underway to identify what has led to this sudden, welcome increase in demand.

“Given the run of Bank Holidays, a Royal Wedding and a recession, we were braced for April being a quiet month, so to be so very busy is a wonderful surprise,” said Maynard director Jane Hitchman. “The fine weather helped a bit, but doesn’t really explain the upsurge in numbers, as the vast majority of hotel and restaurant guests booked in advance. It was nice to see lots of new customers too and we are all hoping this trend will continue into the summer and beyond.”

The record breaking figures were helped along by Easter Sunday and Mother’s day being fully booked up well in advance this year, to such an extent that the bad news had to be broken to some prospective customers that the hotel was fully booked weeks in advance.

The Maynard has always been regarded as one of the region’s favourite wedding venues, with a stunning location in Grindleford combined with real value; the number of wedding enquiries and receptions hosted continue to run at record levels, even when compared to 2010, which was the last record breaking year – already looking to be overtaken by 2011’s figures.

“I think our record breaking numbers reflect the recession, but perhaps not in the way we or others might have imagined,” explained Jane. “People are watching the pennies, but we have always had a reputation for delivering quality at an extremely competitive price, so when people want a special meal out, or a break away, people see The Maynard as a fantastic treat at a price that will not break the bank.

“The same is true of our wedding packages,” added Jane. “We recognised some time ago that many people would be unable to afford the GBP18,000 that the average UK wedding costs, but would still be looking to get married in a great location, without compromising on quality. We have a range of packages to suit every budget, including midweek weddings from just GBP4,000. This has proved a really popular approach to weddings and continues to receive a great deal of interest.”

The Royal Wedding weekend in particular saw an amazing number of wedding enquiries coming through to The Maynard, with a record breaking number of enquiries on the Friday alone – demonstrating that the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was good news for many in the weddings business.

As half term and the May Day bank holiday approaches, hopes are high that this great start to the summer for all aspects of the business will continue in the same vein. “My advice to people looking to try The Maynard, be it for lunch, a weekend stay or a wedding would be to give us a call early to avoid any disappointment. The signs are there that our record breaking run will continue into the summer and while people are always welcome to pop in unannounced, a call to secure your date makes sound advice at the moment,” concluded Jane.