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Finding joy in January: dreaming of holidays

At this time of year, who isn't craving blue skies, sea, sand and sun? Beadnell Bay, Northumberland

Post-Christmas I find myself flicking through holiday websites, being drawn to the travel supplements of the newspapers and dreaming of our summer holiday. And even if I don't stumble across the perfect place it always cheers me up to look at the gorgeous photos - and be there in a virtual kind of way.


We have been on a variety of holidays from self-catering cottages in the UK, holiday lets abroad, all inclusive deals, camping in this country and abroad. All of which have their benefits.

One of our favourite holidays was to The Tavellerie in France a couple of years ago. The accommodation and the area bordering the Vendee/Loire were wonderful.

La Tavellerie

I found The Tavellerie on the Sawday's website which has the most fantastic places to stay. Each of the properties is handpicked by the Sawday's team. It's not that the properties tick all the usual boxes but it is more a case of them having something special or unique about them.

Alongside the self-catering, B&B and boutique hotels, they also have a collection of quirky glamping type places to stay on their Canopy and Stars website.

I have put together my own wishlist so if you fancy sharing my virtual holiday dreams then click on the links to whisk yourself off to each of the desinations.

  1. This stunning mountain hideaway in Spain's Andalusia region immediately caught my eye. I can imagine myself relaxing on Sasosa's cushioned veranda admiring the wonderful views or taking a dip in the infinity pool to cool off when the sun is beating down.
  2. I loved the look of the charming St Edward's Cottage in Tintagel in Cornwall with its clapperboard exterior and duck egg blue woodwork. The inside is equally gorgeous decked out in beach-style. The cottage also has a beautiful garden and is just moments from the beach.
  3. Le Bouyssou in the Midi-Pyrenees in France is a renovated old stone bergerie. Inside the house is spacious and light with antique beds and a clawfoot bath. Outside there is a pirate ship for the kids, a saltwater pool and fantastic views.
  4. If the thought of staying in a French chateau appeals then here you can - but with a twist. Hautefort Treehouse in the Dordogne is perched high up in the branches of a tree. It's big enough to accommodate six people with three bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and veranda. It would certainly make for a unique holiday.
  5. You would get the weather all year round at Finca de Arieta in the Canary Islands where you can choose to stay in an eco farmhouse, a pretty cottage or a funky yurt. All look super stylish with eclectic furnishings and lovely gardens with views towards the volcanic mountains.

These are just a few places that caught my eye. If there's anywhere you would like to recommend then I would love to hear from you - so please feel free to leave a comment.

You never know - we might see you there!


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