What To Bring With You To A Holiday Rental


During the holiday season, many families enjoy taking some vacation time to enjoy a unique destination. And for many, the best way to do this is by finding a beautiful holiday rental property where they can spend time as a family away from home, relaxed and remote. Indeed, part of the joy of booking a holiday rental is in leaving all of your ordinary concerns behind and stepping away to enjoy the holidays, and nothing else. But that doesn’t mean you should travel empty-handed!

In addition to the basic essentials that one packs on any vacation, there are a few home comforts and general items that it’s always good to pack for a stay at a holiday rental. With that said, here are 5 items to remember to pack before you head out this holiday season!

1. Extra Bedding
This of course will depend largely on the rental you choose, but occasionally holiday rental properties can be rather cold, and if they’re not well-stocked with bedding and comfort items – sheets, blankets, and even pillows – your stay an be uncomfortable! This is something you can inquire about in advance, but it’s always a good idea to pack a bit of extra bedding just in case.

2. Portable Speakers
You’ll want the focus on family and holiday rather than electronics and gadgets, but a set of portable speakers is a must, so that you can enjoy your Christmas music together! If you don’t already have a nice set with some powerful sound, visit Bose.co.uk for a number of highly portable and quality options.

3. Small Decorations
Large decorations are impractical, but if you have a few home holiday items that put you in the mood for the season, go ahead and bring them along! Something like a small nativity scene, some ornamental mantle pieces, etc. can give you just the right touch of home in your holiday away.

4. A Humidifier
This is one thing very few families think of, but the cold winter air – particularly out in the country – can quickly dry out your environment (and leave you with unhealthy skin), particularly if your holiday home has a heating system running. At MySmartBuy.com, you’ll find a few easy, convenient humidifier options that you can bring with you to keep your air a bit more moist and healthy.

5. Your Recipe Book
Finally, don’t forget your recipes! Many families have perfectly forged, traditional holiday recipes that they cherish and enjoy every year. Nothing is more frustrating than reaching a holiday vacation destination only to find you’ve left these perfect seasonal recipes behind! Either pack the book or scribble a few recipes into a note on your mobile phone or tablet for easy transport.

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Cleo’s Creative Cakes


Cleo’s Creative Cakes are Beautiful Bespoke Cakes for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christenings, Weddings and more!

Cleo’s Creative Cakes is a small but thriving cake business based in Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire, and was borne out of a passion for cake making and decorating.

All Cleo’s cakes are freshly made to order using time tested methods and innovative ideas, and our cake making and design business now boasts a reputation for truly outstanding cakes and stunning, unusual designs.

Each cake is individually designed by Cleo to meet your specific and individual requirements – modern, traditional or novelty.

Your cake will be produced to the highest standard with impeccable attention to detail.

To ensure each and every client receives first class service, availability is limited and therefore it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements and Cleo will be happy to book a ‘no-obligation’ appointment where you can view our full portfolio and discuss your requirements in more detail.

Our cakes are also ideal and suitable for self catering holidays and can often be a great surprise for a special occasion!

Contact Us at Cleo’s Creative Cakes, without delay.

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Mr Darcy’s Legacy


Mr Darcy’s Legacy

This is, as you would have guessed, a story inspired by Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and if you have ever wondered what Mr Darcy’s thoughts were or how his days were filled behind the scenes, this is the very book to gratify and satisfy your as yet unsated curiosity.

One day in August, 2011, the heroine, an ordinary twenty something librarian, acquires a Georgian writing box at an auction house in Bath.

What is she destined to find in the writing box? Who is the attractive, mysterious man she sees at the auction?

As her relationship with an auctioneer evolves, the world she lives in and the world Jane Austen created, become closely entwined, and…

Please enjoy the unexpected twists and mystery and see how what happens off the pages of Pride & Prejudice and in the present-day Bath could have had a critical influence on the outcome of the masterpiece of Jane Austen.

This novel will strongly appeal to you if you are a serious Jane Austen follower, but it is not just for Jane Austen addicts. Even if you are not, it is certain to engage your attention and capture your imagination. There are some scenes of sexual nature.

Holiday Rental Centre is pleased to include a Youtube link to view and read /or purchase this wonderful book.

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Baggage delays at Manchester Airport


Baggage delays at Terminal 1 – Manchester Airport

Early morning baggage problems prompts airport staff to call-in police to calm angry passengers

Late on Friday night 07 June, Police were called to Manchester Airport’s Terminal One, when a large number of arriving passengers became angry at having to wait over two hours for their luggage.

The airport spokes person explained that delays were caused at Terminal One last Friday night and into the early hours, when 4 separate flights landed within a short time of each other.

The first of 3 Jet2 flights landed at 23:40hrs, but passengers had to wait until 01.50hrs for their baggage.

The last flight, operated by EasyJet, landed at 01.30hrs but the passenger’s bags arrived on the airport carousel at around 02.40hrs.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, an angry holidaymaker walked along the stationary baggage carousel in an attempt to retrieve the bags through the shutter doors. Other passengers also became angry, which prompted police to attend the airport, although there were no passenger arrests.

Manchester Airport said baggage handling agents ‘Menzies Aviation’ were unexpectedly faced with a higher volume of bags due to the arrival of the 4 flights which landed at similar times, because some had been delayed.

A spokesman reported that ‘Manchester airport’ has systems in place to improve the measures necessary for baggage handling by agents based at the Airport, when necessary. The airport continues to work alongside baggage handling agents to ensure that the operation of Manchester airport runs smoothly during the busy summer period.

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Apartment in Olu Deniz – Turkey


Holiday apartment in Olu Deniz, with a Pool near the sea!

Beautiful 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom apartment in Ovacik, near Olu Deniz, Hisaronu in the Fethiye Region of Turkey.

‘Hisarlife 5′ is a tastefully decorated and furnished modern 2 bedroom (1 Double, 1 Twin) Duplex apartment, set in a peaceful location on the edge of Ovacik Village with stunning views of the Babadag Mountain range.
This apartment is only one of 8 privately owned apartments in the complex with a lovely shared pool, kiddies pool, landscape gardens and parking space. This is a modern development with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms/showers, large open plan lounge / dining area and fully equipped kitchen.

The apartment has a balcony with views of the mountains and over-looks the pool area. Affording an area for ‘al-fresco’ dining. The apartment is fully air conditioned in both bedrooms and open plan lounge area.
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The resort of Olu Deniz is 5 minutes away with its beautiful turquoise sea, fantastic beach and world famous Blue Lagoon. The town of Fethiye with its shops, restaurant and bars and a beautiful harbour with top class restaurants. The nearest airport is Dalaman which is 55km away and takes approx. 45 – 50 minutes to transfer from to the resort.
Unfortunately the apartment is NOT suitable for disabled holidaymakers or their guests.

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Penthouse apartment in Durres, Albania


Penthouse at BellaVista Resort, Durres, Albania – Property ID2779

A Stunning Penthouse apartment for holiday rentals at the Bellavista Resort, Durres, Albania. With 2 bedrooms, the apartment sleeps up to 6 people.

Bellavista Resort is located in the southern part of Durres Bay, approximately half an hour’s journey from Mother Teresa Airport, 10 minutes from Durres, one hour from Berat, and one hour from the archeological site of Apolonia.

The penthouse apartment consists of 92 sq meters, with a 115 sq meters terrace is situated on the fifth floor. There is a full view of beautiful Durres Bay and a 180 degree sea-view even from inside the apartment. You can feel like you are enjoying a Mediterranean Cruise, while lying on the sofa. The distance is only 50 metres from the sea, and a nice sandy beach to relax on or have fun with the family. An open fireplace is situated between the living room and bedroom. A BBQ grill is provided on the terrace with all cooking utensils.

For sun worshippers there are 2 sunshades and 4 chaises on the beach in front of the complex. Two underground parking places are also provided if you travel or rent a car. In the Bella Vista Resort complex, you will find a Bar, pizzeria, restaurant and a mini-market for your everydaty needs.

There is a huge terrace with superb sea views across the bay, and it is ideally situated just 50 mts from the beach.

There are 2 sunbeds and a sofa in the terraca, a barbeque with charcoal and plenty of plants. There is a long table with 8 chairs and 2 chaises. Also you will find 2 great restaurants and a pizzeria within 3 minutes walking distance!

PRICES from £100 per night. To make a reservation, visit:

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FREE holidays from Thomas Cook?


FREE holidays from Thomas Cook?

It’s just been announced today, that well known travel firm Thomas Cook are willing to offer Sir Alex Ferguson a special ‘retirement holiday’.

As the ‘official travel provider to the 2013 Barclays Premier League Champions’, Thomas Cook is happy to offer Sir Alex a ‘holiday of a lifetime’ to kick start his well-earned retirement

The marketing, sales and e-commerce director Mike Hoban recalls how Thomas Cook had enjoyed many fantastic experiences working alongside the Old Trafford legend.

At the age of 71, Sir Alex Ferguson this week announced his retirement after 26 years at the Old Trafford Club, and will be invited to enjoy an ‘unforgettable experience’ on a Thomas Cook holiday of a lifetime.

Good luck from Holiday Rental Centre – Well done Sir Alex, enjoy!

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Apartments in beautiful Ciovo, Croatia


Holiday Rental Centre is pleased to annouce that new holiday apartments in Croatia are being advertised by the owner, adding to our existing range of holiday rentals in Croatia.

Dusper Apartments are located on the magical Island of Ciovo, near Trogir and are only 150mts from the beach. The 2-bedroom apartments are arranged to sleep up to 6 persons – and the rental price is just 350 Euros per week.

They are modern in design with air-conditioning and terraces overlooking the sea offering spectacular views. There are open-plan living areas and a separate bathroom. Guests are welcome to use the BBQ, parking area for cars and a small garden.

The apartments are positioned on the south side of the island of Ciovo which has a bridge linking it to the mainland at Trogir, a famous ‘UNESCO’ old town of over 3000 years – and is locally named as a ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’. They are surrounded by beautiful beaches, and one is locally known as ‘Copacabana’ suitable for everyone to enjoy. Visitors staying here in Ciovo are blessed with pure clean air, crystal blue seas and lovely Dalmatian food, a guarantee of a pleasant and carefree holiday in Croatia.

Arriving at Split Airport, holidaymakers will find it is just 7 kms to the accommodation but a rental car would be useful for reaching the apartments and touring around the region at your leisure.

For further details, please refer to Property ID2803, where you can view a selection of photos, check the availability or contact the owner direct by sending your preferred Arrival and Departure dates.

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Holiday Home in Andalucia, Spain


Holiday Rental Centre is pleased to announce a modernised Spain holiday rental home close to Granada is being advertised by its owners, adding to our Spain holiday accommodation portfolio.

Casa Yator is a lovely traditional 3 bedroom house situated in the village of Yator, near to Granada and Las Alpujarra, in the Andalucia region of Southern Spain. The house sleeps up to 6/7 people, is quite accessible from Granada, Almeria and Malaga airports and is an ideal spot for families or friends.

Although many holiday rentals in Spain are set in a traditional Andalucian village, staying here holidaymakers will find there are facilities to shop both locally and in neighbouring towns. The Alpujarras is an ideal location for walkers and hikers or for those who are seeking a peaceful and relaxing time to enjoy the real Spain, where its just far enough away from the over crowded holiday resorts along the Mediterranean Coast.

The Lounge has a sofa bed, table and 6 chairs. A satellite TV with English channels is provided, plus a radio/DVD, and an I-pod player.

The kitchen has a full size cooker, microwave, toaster, fridge etc, and plenty of cupboard space and there is a Bathroom with bath, shower and WC. There is also a utility room with a washing machine.

The rental price is just £200.00 per week for house.

A nice selection of photos are displayed which include some internal shots of the house together with it’s extremely well furnished roof terrace, which forms a superb position for holidaymakers to relax and enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views of the Alpujarra mountains and it’s beautiful sunsets.

To find out more about Casa Yator holiday home, please refer to Property ID 2798 where you can simply contact the owner to secure a booking or ask for further details.

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New Florida Villa – 4 miles from Disney


New holiday rentals villa in Florida, 4 miles from Disney.

Holiday Rental Centre is pleased to announce a new holiday rentals villa in Florida has been added to our extensive portfolio of Florida holiday rental homes, many of which are located in or close to Orlando and inparticular, the Disney area which is easliy accessible for most families who rent a car while staying in the USA.

The ultra modern, clean-lines Villa, boasts high quality furniture and furnishings throughout, including a screened pool, superb games room, hot tub and much more..

The owners have compiled an impressive array of photos to showcase their holiday home and the competitive rental prices start from just £120.00 per night, which should entice visitors to book up quickly or re-visit Florida if theyknow the area already.

Refer to Property ID 2780 for more information and details, or how to contact the owners direct to secure a reservation

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