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If you are looking for some peace and quiet, a perfect getaway from a busy life, have a look at Pembrokeshire in Wales.

This part of Wales is known for its rugged cliffs and long sandy beaches. The Pembrokeshire National Park encompasses almost all of the 180 mile coast and islands of this part of Wales. There is an abundance of wildlife to see and a wide variety of different activities from cycling and rock climbing to scuba diving and windsurfing. There really is something for everyone no matter what age you are!

There are a number of local events that might be of interest including:One of the cottages featured on Which Cottage is Salem. This 150 year old cottage is situated in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is only 1 mile from Strumble Head. The views from the property are outstanding, a perfect holiday let for those that want to get away from it all.

  • 24 May – 2 June        St David’s Cathedral Music Festival
  • 24 – 27 May              Fishguard Folk Festival
  • 25/26 May                Really Wild Food Festival (Bishop’s Palace, St Davids)
  • 22 – 30 June             Pembrokeshire Fish Week
  • End July                   Fishguard International  Music festival (exact dates tbc)
  • 2 August                  Fishguard Show
  • 13 – 15 August         Pembrokeshire Show (Haverfordwest)
  • 22 – 26 August         Aber Jazz festival

You may find that one week just isn’t enough time!

Fancy enjoying a White Christmas? Obviously there’s no guarantee of snow at Christmas but there is a chance of it in Scotland! Why not consider a holiday property as a Christmas break? It’s a great excuse to get away from it all and head off and discover something new.

Which Cottage has a wide selection of self-catering properties across all of Scotland. You might want to consider looking at the Highlands as an area where there is a good chance of snow and in fact there are a number of ski resorts where you can both ski and snow board such as Aviemore. It is ideal for families or groups of friends wanting to get away and have a change of scene.

Easily accessible by car (as long as there’s not too much snow!) or by train and bus. All properties are well equipped with everything you would need to make your Christmas holiday or New Year break as relaxed as possible. Many have wood burning stoves or open fires and some even have hot tubs so you can enjoy the beautiful views from outside.

Take a look at what’s on offer from Which Cottage and equally from their Late Availability site where you will find discounted offers for the Christmas and New Year break.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A self-catering break through Which Cottage means luxury, freedom and pure enjoyment. It means your home-from-home is your castle (quite literally – we do have some castles available!), you won’t be hassled to vacate your room at some unearthly hour so the part time cleaner can come in at the crack of dawn, and no one will give you the “evil eye” if the music session ran over and you didn’t get back until 2am.

Self-catering also allows you to pick and choose not only what you eat, but when you eat it – especially good fun if you’re in an area of the country renowned for great local produce available fresh on a local market day.

And if it all gets too much, you can enjoy an undisturbed late morning in bed, knowing that the paid-for inclusive breakfast has not been forfeited.

It is fair to say that with so many wonderful properties to choose from, it can be quite a task to reserve the ideal holiday cottage. However, Which-Cottage operate somewhat differently to other sites – you deal directly with the owner – so there’s an immediate answer as to availability, and there are no agency fees to mysteriously inflate the price you thought you were going to pay. And this applies to cottages throughout the UK (England, Scotland and Wales) and Ireland.

Which-Cottage ensures all facts and figures are at your fingertips – number of occupants, number of rooms, facilities and included extras (such as Wi-Fi, BBQ etc), disabled access, pet-friendliness, things to do in the immediate area, attractions etc.

So with Which-Cottage, you can rest assured that what you see, is exactly what you get.

So you’ve never glamped?

Well, glamping – or glamorous camping – is a new trend and enables you to stay in absolute comfort whilst enjoying the freedom of the great outdoors. Gone are tents flapping in the wind, fly sheets catching rain, and warning to the kids not to trip over the guy ropes during the dead of night and pull the tent pegs out.

The glamping is undertaken in a luxurious Tibetan yurt, with a double bedroom and double sofa bed, furniture, bathroom, wood-burning stove, gas hob and fridge, windows, cotton sheets, towels, rugs, and, to totally remove any association with “Carry on Camping”, hot and cold running water! Rest assured your local Scout Troop will be green with envy! However, to bring you back to earth and at least witness some ‘pure’ camping thrills, you are provided with a Victorian laundry, complete with mangle, tin bath and wash board in case you feel the need to do any washing on your yurt break!

And outside you’ll find a deck, table and chairs, solar lamps and a BBQ – absolutely perfect to relax and enjoy the wonderful view.

The yurt is just 4 miles from the thriving market town of Inverurie, with its monthly Farmer’s Market, many small shops, businesses and services. Not even an hour’s drive away are the lovely picturesque villages along the Moray coast, together with the coastal towns of Stonehaven, Peterhead, Fraserburgh and form those seeking magnificent scenery, Strathdon and Royal Deeside.

In the lush meadows surrounding your yurt, you’ll always find a rich tapestry of wildlife, deer, badgers, rabbits, bees and butterflies, as well as a diversity of birdlife from swallows to swifts and pheasants to buzzards.

In and around Inverurie is home to a wide range of sporting and leisure facilities, including two golf courses, a swimming pool, sports centres and angling, as well as clay pigeon shooting, bowling and mountain biking. There are also pubs, restaurants, shops and supermarkets to hand.

The Glenelg Community wish to draw your attention to a large event being held in Glenelg on Saturday 20th October to coincide with the Curiosity Rover reaching Glenelg, (Mars). The event begins at 3pm and the village will be very busy. It will also be very exciting! There are a number of guest speakers including Doug McCuistion, Director of NASA Mars exploration programme. Please look at the Glenelg Community website for details . Tickets are available now, so get booking, it’s a once in a life time opportunity!

There will also be a ceilidh in the evening and tickets for this will be available on the door. Anyone staying in Glenelg, who do not wish to attend the day/early evening events, will be able to access their accommodation, but won’t be able to enter the marquee and other ticketed activities. The Glenelg Inn and Glenelg Village Shop will still be open to non-ticket holders. We hope that visitors will manage to share some of this wonderful day with us!

Late-availability-cottages.com, from the self-catering holiday accommodation experts Which Cottage, specialises in the provision of accommodation with availability only in the next six weeks.

It’s the easy way to obtain a quality, self-catering property in the UK and Ireland, offering two distinct advantages – the holiday-maker gets a quality bargain, while the property owner, keen to maintain occupancy, is assured that their cottage doesn’t remain empty!

Late availability, self-catering accommodation, unlike a hotel room, offers an extremely varied choice of both location and accommodation type, sometimes even available in the same locality. But it’s not confined to cottages. There are houses, apartments, converted barns, rural, town-based, by the sea and even the odd castle and stately home – the choice is yours. And what each Late-availability-cottages.com property has in common is plenty of space, fully fitted throughout, and you can come and go as you please.

Late availability of larger, self-catering holiday cottages make group trips in the countryside practical and enjoyable. There are a number of impressive lodges and holiday homes able to accommodate up to 15 guests in comfort and style. These have first class facilities – multiple bathrooms and large open-plan kitchens all with plenty of space.

So if you want to get away from it all, consider a last-minute booking, load up your cars and go!

Last-minute accommodation and reduced prices are available direct from the owners through this site only, so you’re guaranteed the highest quality cottages at the best possible prices.

The lovely Toft’s House in Caithness is a mere 10 minute walk from the broad, sweeping sands of Freswick Bay as well as the harbour and wonderful cliff walks.

Sleeping eight (Four bedrooms – 3 doubles, 1 twin) there is plenty of space for everyone. There is a large sitting room, complete with colour TV, digital box and DVD player, a large, fully-equipped (with all mod cons) family dining kitchen, a spacious garden and, rather uniquely, a small herd of lovable reindeer which are wonderful to watch and feed.

The world-famous John o’Groats is but four miles away, affording not only a trip to the northernmost point of the UK, but to catch a ferry to the Orkney Isles.

The house is ideal for those who love the great outdoors, and in this part of Scotland, they certainly are great. The wonderful scenery and the absolute peace and tranquillity makes it perfect for a relaxing break away from it all.

The area is awash in history and there are many local sites to interest visitors – Freswick House, the Castle of Mey, the Wick Heritage Centre and the most northerly distillery in the UK which produces the wonderful Old Pultney whisky.

There is both loch and sea fishing, cycling, and abundant wildlife. And if you fancy a game of golf, the course at Reiss is just 10 miles away.

The town of Peebles is just half a mile away from Neidpath Castle Cottage has become the centre of the mountain biking world. However, a mountain bike is not compulsory for a stay in the Cottage. There’s an abundance of coffee shops and great places to eat, a multitude of border towns ready and waiting for you to visit, and, for first-time visitors to Scotland, and a mere forty five minutes away, the fabulous Scottish capital beckons with sightseeing, shopping, visiting galleries, museums and theatres and the world-famous Edinburgh Festival.

The lovely Neidpath Cottage is adjacent to the castle and overlooks the River Tweed below, itself a must for anglers. With three bedrooms, (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single plus pull out bed), 5 (+1) can be accommodated in comfort.

The cottage was once used as the kitchens for the castle after Cromwell destroyed the original one. It features a lovely light-filled sitting room with open log fire and a fully-fitted kitchen large enough to sit in, complete with fully equipped work. There’s a BBQ and seating for 6 outside. And worse-case scenario for those who can’t separate themselves from their social network, complimentary wi-fi is available throughout the cottage.

And if you have a well-behaved dog, bring it along!

Kayaking, archery, quad-biking, horse riding and falconry are among the many activities that can be arranged, with walking, beautiful gardens and of course shopping for the less active.

Should you want a magnificent, rustic Scottish view from your balcony that stretches across rolling countryside, then Strathlachlan Lodge is where you need to take your next holiday cottage! This detached and spacious property sits in its own mature grounds in the hamlet of Strathlachlan on the banks of Loch Fyne.

Everywhere you look, you’ll see the iconic glens, ancient woodlands and lochs that grace posters of and postcards from Scotland.

This recently refurbished property sleeps 6 (3 bedrooms -1 double, 2 twin) ‘plus 2 on sofa bed’, and has all the mod cons you could possibly need while away from home – a large living room with log burning fire, sitting-room with sofa bed, fully-furnished throughout, patio doors onto the terrace with a magnificent valley view, a large garden (furniture, BBQ and midge eater), and large, fully-equipped country style kitchen. And for those who want, TV, Satellite, DVD and PS3, plus a selection of books and board games.

When you’re ready to take to the great outdoors, there’s sea and fresh water fishing, sailing boating and canoeing (also cycling – you can borrow bikes form the Lodge). Needless to say plenty of and hills and mountains for walkers and climbers. And golfers are also well looked after. Or just relax and lazily enjoy the abundance of wildlife as the animals and birds go about their business

For day trips, it’s easy to reach Loch Lomond, Oban, Glen Coe and Fort William. Closer by are Inveraray and Tignabruich, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy fresh, local produce in the pubs, cafes and restaurants dotted around, as well as take in some local, independent and very friendly retail therapy.

Maggie’s Croft is the home from home in the peaceful and tranquil Strathnaver. Magnificent scenery covered with trees and wonderful vegetation, home to an abundance of wildlife – including Golden Eagles – is the perfect return to nature craved for by city-dwellers everywhere!

And you don’t even have to leave the Croft’s spacious grounds to spot and hear the myriad of bird species that visit.

The property sleeps seven in four bedrooms (super king size, king size, twin and single), with two bathrooms. It also has a very comfortable lounge (plus great views over the Scottish countryside), with traditional wood-burning stove, fully-fitted kitchen and plenty of leisure accessories (TV, DVD plus library, books and games) to keep even the most active busy.

For the keen walker, there is everything from a gentle walk in the country or along the banks of the famous River Naver, to a trek over the wonderful nearby hills. There is also the Strathnaver Trail which follows archaeological sites as well as the miles of unspoilt beaches at the nearby village of Bettyhill.

Surfing, sea kayaking, sailing and fishing are very popular sports in the area, or perhaps one of the three nearby golf course might take your interest, and for those with their eye on the shops, a relaxed meal or a choice of bars, the town of Thurso is a leisurely hour’s drive from Strathnaver, although there are plenty of smaller hotels and traditional inns in between.