20 great UK and Ireland beach cottages for summer breaks

All prices are peak summer rates.   Penarvon Cabin, Helford, Cornwall Sleeps twoFrom £841 for seven nightsA cabin among the trees, overlooking a tiny sheltered beach on the estuary of the River Helford before it reaches Falmouth Bay. The village of Helford was once a busy port but now is a sleepy retreat. The Shipwrights […]

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20 great lake and mountain holidays in Europe

Trail running, Dolomites, Italy Stay Mountain hutsSuits Hardened runnersIt sounds easy: “Cruising over rocky passes and through lush meadows.” But runners on this holiday in the Dolomites will have to concentrate hard on their footwork: the scenery of this limestone wonderland is so beautiful it would be easy to take a tumble. Dolomite Mountains’ range […]

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New Year getaways: 25 great hotels, pubs and cottages

Skenfrith, Monmouthshire The 17th-century coaching inn the Bell at Skenfrith is now an award-winning restaurant with 11 boutique rooms. It’s not cheap, but if you want to splash out for a special celebration, its two-night New Year package includes champagne, cocktails and canapes on arrival; dinner, music and dancing; fireworks and fizz at midnight; and […]

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