Category Archives: Places to Stay

Looking for A Relaxing Summer Holiday ?

As you will all know by now, as a larger than average family, we struggle with accommodation, we no longer fit in a caravan, unless it has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 10, which are very few and far between. Hotels sometimes have adjacent rooms that have an interconnecting door, although that is a risk, when we last stayed in a hotel, our rooms were indeed next to each other but they were quite far apart and had no door to connect them!

So, we tend to go for cottages in the UK, but with the constant unpredictability of our weather, I have started to look abroad. This week I was in a t-shirt Saturday, a winter coat Sunday and I resembled a drowned rat on the school run yesterday! So I am in desperate need of some sunshine.

A few friends with more than two children recommended ClickStay as a place to find Villas that are big enough to accommodate us all! It is a very user friendly website and the first thing I noticed was that the people staying option went right up to 16+, so I knew there would be at least a few choices for properties to stay in.

When Xene and Lochlan were small we went to Majorca, and I have always wanted to return, so the first place I typed into a property search was Majorca and I wasn’t disappointed! There are 417  Villas and Apartments listed, for Majorca alone!

With many of them offering private swimming pools and direct access to a beach, I was expecting the cost to be high, but some of THE most amazing Villas are just over £1000 for a week during the Summer school holidays, (end of July) which is what I would expect to pay in the UK, the only thing you would need to add on is the flights. Less people is even cheaper.

They have Villas and apartments all over the World, ranging from France to Florida, Turkey to Thailand, there really is a place for everyone, whether it be a romantic holiday for two or a crazy big family holiday for people like me!

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#WIN Two Night Romantic Break for 2 to celebrate #ETW17

Not long until the entire country celebrates English Tourism Week 17 – a week long event to celebrate the amazing things England Tourism has to offer, and here in the wonderful town of Great Yarmouth is no exception.

I have a wonderful giveaway for all you young lovers, or parents who would like a weekend away, just the two of you!

Swiss Cottage Bed and Breakfast, a gorgeous 4 star accommodation, which is situated on North Drive, is offering one lucky reader a two night stay for two, anytime during the 2017 season,(subject to availability).

The seafront bed and breakfast accommodation is exclusively non smokers and has a mix of old and new. Many rooms have been updated to display period features yet enjoy quality modern facilities of LCD Freeview colour television and free  wifi access in all areas. All rooms are en-suite and some with seaviews that look out over the pretty Venetian waterways gardens and across the dunes to the shoreline and sea beyond. All are centrally heated and have radio/alarm, tea/coffee facilities. Rooms serviced daily offering clean tidy bed and breakfast accommodation. Comfortable beds and pleasant decoration in keeping with the accommodation.

To be in with a chance of winning a stay at Swiss Cottage, just enter below.

Two Night Romantic Break for 2 people

Summer Properties For The Larger Family

When we had less children we would usually stay in a caravan for our summer holiday, but once you have over 8 people that is not an option (apart from the rare occurrence that they have a 4 bedroom available) so we tend to stay in a cottage, it also has all of the home comforts and costs much less than being on a holiday park! Continue reading

IBIS Portland Street Manchester Review

At the end of September I attended Blog On with Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too, it was my first time at the event, but I had heard great things, so i decided to take the plunge and book my ticket, it was being held in Manchester so a simple 5 hour journey!

Both of us were unable to leave home until the evening because of other commitments, which meant that we were arriving in Manchester in the early hours of the morning, thankfully we were greeted with a very warm and welcoming Ibis Hotel!

It is situated on Portland Street, which is only a 12 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station and a 15 minute walk from the Museum of Science and Industry, where the conference was being held, it was very convenient, especially as we had rather large suitcases to manoeuvre.


After arriving on a damp and drizzly early morning (or late night) of 1am it was lovely to see a simple laid out room.


With the much needed Tea and Coffee making facilities.


The entire room had a space age feel about it, with the rounded bathroom wall (no corners to stub your toe on when you get out of bed half asleep!) The hotel is going through some major renovations, but I didn’t really notice any of it, and it certainly didn’t interfere with my sleep! The beds were comfortable and the room was a good size, with enough room to move around without feeling too cramped.

The bathroom was light and airy, with a lovely shower, I did have reservations about the shower soaking the entire bathroom floor, as it had more of a wet room feel to it, but after a wonderfully warm shower I can assure you, no water escaped!


When we arrived the gentleman on reception informed us that breakfast will be served within the main entrance to the hotel, and I was a little sceptical how that would work, but when we came down in the morning it was all laid out perfectly, and worked really well.

ibis breakfast

There was a large selection of breakfast available, ranging from continental through to full English. It was delicious, and a perfect start for the day ahead.


Overall thoughts

The hotel was conveniently situated and easy to locate, the hotel still felt welcoming at 1am and the room was more than adequate for a nights stay, the breakfast choice was substantial, and the bed was very comfortable, the room was modern and very clean, I would definitely recommend the hotel and would be happy to stay again (maybe next years conference!)

Contact Information

IBIS Manchester Portland Street
96 Portland Street
M1 4GX

Phone: 0161 619 9000

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