Wednesday, 1 February 2012 12:48 PM
Feel like you’ve missed the boat on a February half term holiday for all the family? It's not too late!
Take a look at our last-minute half term deals, from cottages by the sea to last-minute ski breaks:
A cosy cottage on the coast...
Egryn, a National Trust cottage near Barmouth, North Wales, is ideal for a large family get-together (it sleeps nine!). On the sandy coast between Barmouth and Harlech, Egryn is a stunning Grade II listed medieval hall house dating from 1510, with 17th century alterations and a mid 19th-century front which looks across farmland to Cardigan Bay. With its grand medieval hall sitting and dining rooms, Victorian parlour, skilled craftsmanship, beautiful furnishings and large private garden, Egryn is the perfect choice for a family holiday.
Helpful Holidays is offering a cosy 300 year old cottage (sleeps seven) on the edge of the South Devon village of Kingston. Inside the living room at 3 Gabberwell Cottages has a pretty woodburner, comfy sofas and a fine Welsh dresser while the friendly village pub is just 600yds and it’s a mile from a sandy beach!
A last-minute ski break...
Bring the whole family for a half-term skiing adventure at Les Mazots chalet in Chamonix, France. For the inexperienced you have a guide in the form of owner Jean-Marie and his daughter Camille, a qualified instructor. There’s a hot tub and sauna to relax in after a hard day’s activities and a sound night’s sleep is guaranteed in this quiet part of town.
Or, hit the slopes for seven nights in Livigno, Italy from just £199 per person. Situated in the heart of the Alps, this resort offers breath-taking nature, high altitude sunny skiing, plenty of entertainment and facilities to suit all ages. Stay in modern, well-equipped and cosy apartments which, with self-catering facilities, are an ideal base for families.
For a change of scenery, be sure to take a day trip to über-fashionable St Moritz just across the border in Switzerland. The area is dotted with lakes including Lake Silvaplana and Lake St Moritz and with 172 square kilometres of the Swiss National Park nearby, St Moritz is an area of outstanding natural beauty!
Deal: This Cheapflights.co.uk package is based on four people sharing and includes seven nights’, self-catering accommodation including return flights from Gatwick or Manchester on selected dates in February.
Not able to make it to the Alps this winter? Head instead to Llandudno on the North Wales coast – where you can dry ski or snowboard with fantastic views of the Irish Sea to one side and Snowdonia to the other! Taster sessions start from £16.50 for adults and £12.50 per child. There’s also Wales’ longest Cresta toboggan run, snow-tubing and alpine adventure golf. Stay on the Promenade at the four-star St George’s Hotel, which boasts lovely views of Llandudno Bay.
Deal: three nights’ B&B accommodation at the St George’s Hotel during February half term costs from £372 total (based on a family of four sharing a premier king-size room).
Golden sands bathed in sunshine await families of four (two adults and two children aged two-12 years) who fly from London Stansted on February 12th for seven nights at the three-star Hotel Dar Khayam in North Hammemet, Tunisia. Stay all-inclusive from only £1,283 per family to enjoy three buffet-style daily meals with unlimited non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and a range of things to keep the kids happy from football to mini-golf, tennis to volleyball.
Deal: Book before 31 January to secure the great value price of £1,283 per family that includes a £101 discount (per family). Resort transfers and hold luggage are included so there are no extras to worry about.
And for something a little different...
How about a cottage on wheels?
Meadow Keeper’s Cottage (pictured left) in Swallowtail Hill, Sussex, is the ideal quirky holiday for families who love the great outdoors. Kids of all ages can become junior farmers at Swallowtail Hill – helping out with feeding the animals at breakfast and dinner. It’s an amazing introduction to farm life, with children learning how to care for the land, encourage wildlife, raise animals and produce food in a fun and friendly way. Children will also love their home while they’re here: a quirky and comfortable, fairytale cottage on wheels!
Deal: £660 for six nights from February 10th-16th (sleeps four).
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