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text 2019-10-02 08:41
What Are The Characteristics Of Superb Holiday Cottages Yorkshire Coast Based?

The Yorkshire Coast is among the loveliest spots in the United Kingdom to go to for a holiday. Featuring its cosy villages, beautiful parks, gorgeous beaches, and other fun attractions, travellers will have no lack of things to try. For individuals who would like to immerse themselves in the community of this incredible location, renting holiday cottages Yorkshire Coast based is going to be a great idea.

Staying at holiday cottages can be a first-class experience compared to staying at the hotel. Vacation houses can offer a more unique getaway by letting individuals go through the life of a local with no limitations of hotel service. But then again, not all holiday cottages Yorkshire Coast based are the same. Every location is unique, and each owner has their regulations and ways of dealing with guests. People who like to get the most out of their trip should research extensively about where to stay and make certain the location meets their standards. Here are some points to consider when selecting a vacation house:

1. Are pets allowed?

Not all holiday homes are taking pets. But many acknowledge the great demand for pet-friendly rentals, so several of them allow animals into their building. For an additional fee that covers extra cleaning, these cottages will permit guests to bring their pets along to see the beauty of the Yorkshire Coast too. A number of vacation homes have the appropriate amenities for pets, ensuring that they'll have a pleasant stay during the whole trip.

2. Does the owner make sure guests enjoy their vacation?

An owner of a holiday cottage who is friendly and responsive to customer needs can help make any holiday a much better experience. Owners who ensure smooth and stress-free services help their guests to focus on relaxing and having fun with the activities at the Yorkshire Coast. Moreover, find a homeowner with professional knowledge about the area in order to make recommendations on the ideal things to do during your vacation to help you maximise your holiday.

3. Does the cottage have all of the essentials?

Compared to a hotel, a holiday cottage can offer a number of amenities without extra costs. Be certain that the one you choose has everything you need. Although the destinations of the Yorkshire Coast is the main attraction, fast Wi-Fi, TVs, books, or games are still appealing so guests can entertain themselves while resting. Additionally, see if the cottage is supplied with clean toiletries so you don’t have to bring any yourself. Moreover, ask the cottage owner if there's a kitchen available, so you can have the opportunity to cook tasty homemade meals using local produce.

4. Does it have a good location?

A holiday cottage that has a convenient location enables individuals to take advantage of the amazing attributes of Yorkshire Coast without hassle. Go with a cottage that is nearby the activities you want to take part in, whether it be sightseeing, appreciating art, fine dining, or others. To make your stay a lot more special, think about acquiring a cottage that provides a fantastic view of Yorkshire Coast’s natural beauty.

Do not allow a badly chosen holiday cottage to spoil your getaway. Keep these things in mind when choosing among holiday cottages Yorkshire Coast based to completely enjoy your stay at one of the United Kingdom’s finest holiday destinations.

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text 2019-09-03 04:07
Vacation Ideas: Four Activities To Try While Staying At Holiday Cottages Yorkshire Coast


Unquestionably, Yorkshire is one of the coolest vacation spots in the United Kingdom. Acknowledged as England’s biggest historical area, this location is continuously visited by sightseers enjoying their time off while staying in holiday cottages Yorkshire coast based.

If you are interested in going on a Yorkshire holiday, looking for accommodations should be one of your top concerns. Fortunately, reserving holiday cottages is now less complicated because of numerous accommodation providers you can find online. Check out getaway homes near or within your destination, select the schedules of your stay, and present other details like your contact information. You will have a catalogue of potential cottage businesses to consider. And, after careful inspection of all criteria, you finally have a residence to stay at for your journey.

Although vacation cottages include a range of features and amenities that anyone can take pleasure in, there are also other lively outdoor activities you can check out. Here are some great ideas:

1. Take a journey by wheels or by foot

Booking a holiday home that has a good view can make you want to get in touch with nature. You can decide to stroll in the lakeside or flowery gardens, or take the trouble-free paved walkway and rough tracks. For those who would rather not walk for miles but still wish to enjoy the great outdoors, it is possible to choose to rent a bike and travel across the multiple cycling passages. Through this, you can surround yourself with great sights.

2. Ride the waves

Spending time in holiday cottages Yorkshire coast has its advantages. For one, you can get an excellent view of the beach. You can also run along the beach and try water sports once you’re bored with just lounging around. This type of activity can be carried out within the coast of Yorkshire. Do you think you’re fearless? Then why not consider surfing? Yorkshire coast features an ideal location with marvellous waves suitable for surfers. If you are not up for the sport, then there are many more activities for you to check out like paddle boarding, kayaking, or canoeing in the stream. Regardless of what it may be, do not miss out on soaking your feet in the water!

3. Taste unique dishes

Many holiday cottages allow you to take advantage of their kitchen during your stay. You may choose to cook your own meals while on vacation, but make sure you also consider trying Yorkshire’s famous fish and chips. Restaurants close to the bay typically serve this kind of dish because they are near the sea. And since every one of them boasts unique recipes, be sure to choose wisely and enjoy this great meal.

4. Discover art, history, and tradition

If you’re a creative person, booking a cottage furnished with souvenirs and works of art is definitely a fantastic idea. But if you want to make your journey more special, you may try exploring some of Yorkshire’s prominent museums and galleries that are accessible to everyone. In case still images cannot please you, you can just enjoy shows or events on your trip. Just make sure that you double-check their schedules to avoid missing out on them.

Setting up your trip should not be hard by any means. Staying in holiday cottages Yorkshire coast enables you to chill out while enjoying the entire place. You can choose from what appeals to you and stay cosy in the house, or you can prefer to dare yourself and discover different things to do.

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review 2019-06-09 12:40
A wonderful gift for lovers of the Brontës, walking and history
Literary Trails: Haworth and the Brontës - Catherine Rayner,David F. Walford

Thanks to Rosie Croft of Pen & Sword for providing me a paperback copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

I love walking. Perhaps because I was a clumsy child (and I can’t say I’m the most graceful of adults, either), overweight, and lacking a good sense of balance, many sports didn’t like me (it was mutual!), but walking I could do, and I’ve always enjoyed the opportunity it gives us to contemplate life at a slow pace and to discover things, people, and places that might pass us by if we use other means of transport.

I love the Brontës as well. Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre have long been among my favourite novels (I must read some of Anne’s novels in English, I know), and I’ve lived and worked in Yorkshire, quite close to the area where they lived for lengthy periods, and loved the landscape as well. So, of course I had to have this book.

Wherever I visit, if I can fit in, I try to join a literary walk. It’s a great way to combine two of my favourite activities: reading and walking. (I also listen to audiobook while going for walks sometimes). If the guide is skilled and knowledgeable, you can learn fascinating information about the city or area, about the author or authors, and feel as if you were going back in time and experiencing what the place might have been like when the author lived there. This book offers us the same kind of experience. Although it is written as a companion for people planning a visit to Haworth and its vicinity, it is so packed with information, photographs, maps, literary references, and advice, that it will be indispensable to anybody who wants to learn more about the sisters and submerge herself or himself in the landscape the authors loved so much.

The book is divided into 20 chapters, it contains 19 walks of varied difficulty (some are short walks within the town of Haworth itself, and the first one, in fact, is a walk around the Parsonage where the Brontës lived, now a museum), and a few introductory chapters. There is the introduction proper, explaining the reasons behind the writing of the book, chapter 2 talks about West Yorkshire and the Haworth area, chapter 3 offers a guide to safe and responsible walking, chapter 4 summarises the history of the Brontë family and chapter 5 talks specifically about the Brontës in Haworth and what happened to them there. Then follow the chapters about the walks (some containing one walk in detail, while some of the later ones, which are longer and stray farther away from Haworth, sometimes include a couple of walks that might be combined, always offering options to reduce their length. There are even some that include the option of jumping on a train). The final chapter talks about the art of walking and what effects it had (positive and negative) on the Brontës. There is also a bibliography that will be of interest to anybody keen on increasing their knowledge on the sisters.

All the chapters are structured in a similar way, first offering a narrative, a fact file of the walk (including the Ordnance Survey Map, general information as to the terrain, level of difficulty, length, likely duration, facilities, and also any relevant warnings), followed by maps or graphics (depending on the topic), and then a collection of photographs, all in black and white, which can aid people going for the walks to find their location easily, but will help readers imagine what the place is like as well. (I must confess I would have liked to see colour photographs, but I can see how the black & white pictures recreate the nostalgic air of the area and help us imagine the old times, as they combine more seamlessly with the archival old photographs. It is also true that the moors change colours so dramatically with the seasons that it would be difficult to give readers an accurate idea of what the place is like in different times of the year).

What did I enjoy the most? Having visited Haworth, the surrounding area, the Parsonage, and having walked around (in town, but also some of the longer walks that include landscapes and buildings said to have inspired the sisters’ writing), I enjoyed the pictures, which reminded me of many familiar places and others that had passed me by (I must visit Thornton, where the family lived before they moved to Haworth, if I can). I also enjoyed the titbits of information about buildings, how those had changed over time, and how the authors managed to make readers imagine what the sisters and their family would have experienced and seen at the time, including also poems, and references to their work.

These are the moors above and beyond Haworth spreading for miles to the west and containing old farmsteads and ruined houses dating back to the Elizabethan era and where people have lived and worked for centuries. They can be covered in swirling mist or blazing sunshine, snow and piercing gales, or have an eerie calm. They can be loud with the cries of animals and birds or silent as a tomb in their deep holes and clefts. They are harsh and they are beautiful. (Walford & Rayner, 2018, p. 5).

While most of the book centres on the beauty and the wonders one can see and experience when visiting the place, the authors excel also at explaining what the living conditions were like at the time. Although today Haworth might feel quaint, charming, and romantic (yes, it is all that and lovely to visit, believe me), this is quite different to what it had been like at the time, when the living conditions were quite terrible, the industrial revolution was steamrolling everything, mills were popping up all around, filling the atmosphere with smoke and soot, transport was difficult, sanitation ranged from bad to inexistent… It is not surprising that the six Brontë children died young, as did their mother, and they were not the only ones.

“Through hard and dangerous work, squalid living conditions, polluted water supplies, poor sanitation and disease, the town of Haworth was killing its own community in the nineteenth century” (Walford & Rayner, 2018, p. 8).

The chapter of the walk around the graveyard attached to the Parsonage, chapter 8, reads at times like a gothic horror novel, with graves piled up 10 to 12 high, and rainwater running from the moors down the graveyard filtering into the drinking water, and likely being the cause of cholera, typhoid fever, and some of the other illnesses common at the time. (Life expectancy was 25 at the time). On the other hand, this same chapter also includes information on the symbolism of the carvings on the graves (for instance, a Celtic cross would mean eternity, and an angel with open wings, the flight of the soul to Heaven).

One of my favourite chapters (and yes, if I go back to the area I’ll be sure to take the book and follow as many of the walks as I can) is the last one, on the art of walking. It is a fascinating reminder of a time when people mostly walked everywhere, and they didn’t have appropriate clothing or shoes in most cases (the authors remind us that the father of the Brontës never owned a horse, and tells us of a visit of Branwell [their brother] to Charlotte that would have meant a 65 km (40 miles) round trip, walking, in one day. If you didn’t have a lot of money, there weren’t many options then, and your health could suffer if the weather was bad. But nowadays, we are lucky, and walking is a healthy option with many benefits, for our bodies and minds.

In summary, this is a fantastic book for people planning a visit to Haworth and the surrounding area, but also for anybody who loves the Brontës and wants to learn more about their time and lives in a visual and tangible way. It will inspire readers to visit (even if it is only with their imagination) the landscapes and the streets the sister walked, and will help them understand better what makes their voices so haunting and distinct. This book is also a beautiful gift to walkers and historians who want to learn more about this time and area in an engaging and enjoyable way.

As the authors say:

It is important to remember the old ways and the people of the past and the efforts they made to improve and enhance society, so that in the 21st century people in this country, and many others, can live healthier, easier and more entertaining lives. There is still much evidence of the past remaining which can help modern society to recall and appreciate its heritage. (Walford & Rayner, 2018, pp. 273-4)

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review 2019-06-02 10:57
A wonderful chronicle for anybody interested in local history
Barnsley at War 1939–45 (Your Towns & Cities in World War Two) - Mark Green

I thank Rosie Croft from Pen & Sword for providing me a paperback copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

This volume is one in a series about different towns and cities during WWII in the UK, called Your Towns & Cities in World War Two (for those interested, Pen & Sword also publishes a similar series about towns and cities during WWI). I was particularly interested in Barnsley because I used to live in Penistone, a town within Barnsley Metropolitan Borough, and I spent a fair amount of time in Barnsley and the surrounding area, so I was curious as to how life must have been like at the time in the area (beyond the visual reminders, like monuments and parades). Each book is penned by a different expert, so the writing might differ, but if I were to judge by this one, anybody interested in researching in more detail what life was like during the war in a particular area of the UK would find plenty of useful material in this collection.

The book, which contains a detailed index and end notes that can serve as a bibliography, is peppered with photographs, maps, propaganda posters and advertisements, and images taken directly from newspapers which illustrate the text, from maps of the German bombers targets in the area (in Sheffield, a few miles South, they manufactured parts for the RAF planes, and it was therefore a target and suffered heavy bombing in 1940), posted silhouettes of the German planes and images of their uniforms, so the population could recognise them, pictures of the men and women who helped in the war effort (both home and abroad), the bomb shelters, a gas hood for babies (it looks right out of a sci-fi movie)…

The four chapters follow the war effort in Barnsley in chronological order, from the preparation period (detailing the ARP’s [ Air Raid Precaution] efforts to recruit people in the whole area, also talking in detail about the poor living and working conditions in some parts of the town, especially for those working at the local collieries [George Orwell visited and reported on what he saw], it also mentions those men from Barnsley who went to join the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War [Thank you], the building of air shelters and the reuse of some facilities for training and as shelters; to what became known as “the Phoney War”, because for eight months, after war had been declared, nothing much seemed to happen, although there were plenty of preparations and movements taking place (for some soldiers who had never travelled abroad it felt like a vacation, while at home they were practicing imposing blackout —there were several deaths and a large number of accidents as well until people got wise to the risks—, rationing, and an increase in manufacturing);  then when Germany invaded the Low Countries and France, we have more rationing, the first men start dying abroad including the first British soldier killed in France, Private William Roper, who although living in Dewsbury at the time of the war, was born and spent his childhood in Barnsley, the women joining more actively in the war effort, heavy rationing, children refugees arriving from some of the heavily bombed areas (there are letters and personal accounts included as well)… And finally, after the victory, we have the celebrations, of course.  The book does not shy away from talking about some of the less than edifying incidents, like crime and robberies taking place during the period, and hate incidents towards some of the allied troops visiting the area (including an incident in Penistone when an African-American soldier was assaulted outside a pub, although seemingly not by locals), and it is a fairly complete chronicle of all aspects of life in the area during WWII period.

As a small but representative sample of the book, I thought I’d share a fragment of a letter by Gunner William Barraclough, a Barnsley hero, summing up the British spirit of Dunkirk, which brought a smile to my face: ‘we had a hot time, but we’re not licked yet —not by a long chalk.’

I cannot sum up the whole book, but I am sure anybody from the region, or interested in researching the local history of that area, will find plenty of useful information about what was happening in the area, and also about what happened to the locals who were mobilised during the war. This would be a perfect present for relatives or friends who remember the era or are interested in it, and also for anybody wanting to become better acquainted with that period of UK history at a local level.

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text 2019-01-04 02:58
Top Reasons To Get The Services Offered By A Holiday Home Letting Agency


A lot of individuals who own holiday homes rent out such properties when they're not personally using it. Those who are interested to do the same for their own properties must think about working with a holiday home letting agency. This expert acts as the mediator between you and the individuals who want to book your house.

Currently, there are numerous online holiday lets Whitby based management agencies that you can be trusted with your property. And as long as you opt for a dependable holiday home letting agency, you can ensure that you’ll get the following perks:

1. They’ll promote your property to prospective guests

Reserving holiday lodgings with the assistance of a letting agent is very easy, which is why more couples, families, and friends use their services these days. So by working with these holiday letting agencies, you can effortlessly promote your home to numerous possible clients. Many of these agencies will include your property in their own listings of possible occupants and even register it on the finest travel agencies for great publicity. In addition, they have skilled photographers who can take good pictures of your home which can be used with comprehensive descriptions to simply draw in the interest of your target market.

2. They could speak to your guests for you

The management of a holiday home on your own needs a lot of time and effort. This is correct especially during peak holiday season when you must be constantly in contact with those eager to book your property. But when you hire a professional letting agency, they will communicate with the clients for you. They can instantly respond to all of your potential guests’ concerns via electronic mail and phone in a really professional and pleasant manner. This is very important because there is a higher chance that your clients will verify their reservation with you if their issues are tackled rapidly.

3. They’ll keep your property nice and tidy

The majority of these letting agencies have an in-house laundry and cleaning staff who can maintain your holiday home spotless before, during, and after the stay of your guests. Some of their chores might include wiping down chairs and sinks, emptying and disinfecting waste bins, cleaning the floor, organising cupboards, and putting out fresh bath towels and bed sheets. Take into account that sanitation is important to maintain the excellent reputation of your holiday home. You won't leave a great impact when the next guests see that the home is filled with the last occupants’ items such as used towels, filthy dishes, and excess food in the fridge.

So as to get more money through your holiday home, you need to find occupants for it. And that is exactly why it’s vital that you work with a suitable holiday home letting agency that is aware of your certain demands. When you do business with such professionals, they’ll advertise your holiday home to prospective clients using their efficient methods and marketing knowledge. Therefore, the volume of reservations you have will greatly multiply.

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