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There is something very special about the cold winter days around Christmas and New Year at Bovey Castle, with the fires lit, the trees glistening and the halls decked with festive cheer.

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘the most overstocked Christmas hotel package’, the Christmas and New Year’s Eve packages at Bovey Castle include luxury accommodation for two or three nights, fine dining in the hotel’s restaurants and lounges, entertainment, activities and much more – for family, friends and couples alike.





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Springkell is a renovated Scottish mansion house dating from 1734, located just 7 miles from Gretna Green, with easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

Available on an exclusive use basis, Springkell's fourteen sumptuous bedrooms sleep up to 28 comfortably, with the possibility of up to 33 guests with additional beds. Cottages on the estate are able to accommodate further guests if required.

Set in hundreds of acres of parkland and farmland, you can go for a walk along the five drives or walk along the Kirtle river to Kirkconnel Churchyard, a Scottish National Monument, only 400 metres from the house. 


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If you're looking for that dream fairytale castle for your wedding then look no further; I've got the very castle for you! Lumley Castle, based in the North East of England, has everything you imagine a castle should have. 


From the castle's stone walls, which safely ensconce your wedding guests, to the mediaeval banqueting hall which adds a special atmospheric feel to your wedding breakfast, through to the wide range of Feature Bedchambers (some with hidden bathrooms for you or your guests to find) and the theatrically dressed staff waiting to greet you on reception. All elements come together to offer you and your guests a unique wedding venue and a truly memorable day for all. 


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Coombe Abbey offers a comprehensive selection of events for the festive season, including mediaeval banquets, party nights in the marquee, Bavarian nights, dinners, romantic weekends, a New Year’s Eve ball, post Christmas party nights and banquets.

Why not make Christmas and New Year 2014 a festive season to remember?




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The weekend saw the Tour de France depart from Yorkshire in a two-day extravaganza through the hills and dales of Yorkshire. Broughton Hall, near Skipton, played its part with a fun-filled weekend festival. Guests were invited to join the celebrations from Thursday to Sunday evening in various camping options.

I (Vikki) am a keen amateur cyclist, so this was an ideal opportunity to pack my bags, and the boys for a weekend of cycling fun! We arrived early on Friday evening, unpacked the car, popped up the tent and unloaded the bikes before heading off in search of tea! 


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Thornbury Castle is magical at any time of the year, however the summer sunshine adds an entirely different dimension to the castle experience. With lush green lawns and beautiful flower borders framed by the backdrop of the castle's magnificent Tudor walls, there can be few finer settings in which to soak up the ambience whilst enjoying a light lunch or an indulgent afternoon tea.

The latest addition to Thornbury's grounds is its fragrant herb garden. Although herbs have been grown on the estate for many years, the beds have been re-stocked and re-designed to coincide with some exciting menu developments. 


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Aikwood Tower is an exceptionally renovated property, sleeping up to 10 adults on a self catering basis. Located in Selkirk, on the Scottish borders, it is in the heart of the beautiful Ettrick Forest within beautiful surroundings.

Whether it is a romantic weekend away, a family get together or a celebration with your friends you are wanting, Aikwood Tower has something for everyone.

During August 2014, Aikwood Tower are offering discounts on week and weekend stays.


You can stay for a week long stay for a reduced price of £2500, which is around £36 per person per night for 10 people!

You can also stay for a weekend for a reduced price of £1995, which is around £67 per person per night for 10 people!





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The magnificent Château de Montvillargenne has been renovated in a beautiful Anglo Norman style, and is idyllically located just 25 miles from Paris or 20 minutes from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The château is generously equipped with 120 quality bedchambers, all complete with whirlpool baths. Château de Montvillargenne is the perfect retreat whatever the occasion.

Until the 24 August, you can stay at Château de Montvillargenne for the following great value prices:

Standard Annex: €168
Standard Château: €193
Superior Château: €218
Deluxe Château: €258
Prestige Château: €555







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As a true Yorkshire girl through-and-through, it's great to see the beauty of Yorkshire being used as the backdrop for such a big and great event as the Tour de France!

The Tour is going to bring such a fantastic atmosphere throughout our beautiful county. There are events going off throughout the county with cities such as York pulling together to create an experience for us all to remember.

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If you are looking to enjoy the race first-hand, then why not join the fun at Broughton Hall near Skipton? They are holding an entire festival for the Tour, being only a 10-minute cycle away from Stage 1 of the route and a 30-minute walk from Stage 2 of the route. They will also be showing the race live throughout the estate on large screens. If you would prefer to walk to the Stage 1 route, this is about a 40-minute walk which will be easily signposted for all; just one of the options for the event.


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Booking a wedding photographer may be the first time you’ve hired a professional photographer. There’s a lot to consider; here are five tips from Duncan Ireland, wedding photographer and recent groom…

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1. Make Sure You Get On.

Sounds obvious, but your photographer will be a significant part of your day – it's important you feel comfortable with them. They will have a lot of interaction with you and your guests and their personality can influence many aspects of your day. So meet beforehand and make sure you click.


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