Posted by Hayden Allen-Vercoe on Fri 27th February 2009 at 03:05 PM, Filed in Adventure HolidaysAlternative Destinations

If you are a fan of TVs Most Haunted then this will definitely be for you. Haunting Breaks are in effect an events company wanting to prove beyond reasonable doubt that “there exists more between heaven and earth, than is dreamt of in one single philosophy”.

Haunting Breaks are setting about this task by running a series of weekends away in some of Britain’s most haunted properties.

The weekends make a great break from the norm and will almost click you out of work mode when you join the table for a séance. You’ll enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast in style and stay in some of the most notoriously haunted properties in the UK.

Here are just 2 of our favourites:

Bolebroke Castle - Henry VIII’s hunting lodge set in 30 acres of private Sussex parkland, just 5 miles from Hever Castle, the birth place of Anne Boleyne.

This is an historic building NOT a hotel. The accomodation is very basic so if you are looking for a break based on a 3 or 4 star rating then we suggest you look elsewhere. Imagine stepping back in time to the Tudor period! Imagine dining in Henry VIII great hall! Imagine having exclusive access to roam this incredible historic building with just our other guests and of course the ghosts for company? Spend the night in the Henry VIII bedchamber IF YOU DARE!

Many strange experiences have been reported over the years. Unexplained tappings, cries of laughter and anguish. The ghostly apparition of a woman in nun’s clothing allegedly searching for her forbidden lover who met his death on the Elizabethan staircase. The figure of a headless woman seen walking through the Great Hall! Is this the ghost of Anne Boleyne who frequented the castle whilst courting Henry VIII? 

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Posted by Ruth Miller on Fri 19th September 2008 at 06:00 AM, Filed in Adventure HolidaysAlternative DestinationsFossil Hunting

Dinosaurland Fossil Museum in Lyme Regis has a spectacular collection of the local Jurassic marine fossils, from the largest Ichthyosaur through to ammonites, belemnites, fish and the tiniest microfossilthe.

Fascinating for children, the museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm and costs £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children.

Stay nearby at Copper Beech Cottage (sleeps four), a stylish, contemporary, open-plan cottage which is well-equipped and has a pretty enclosed garden.

A week’s stay beginning 26 September is £97 pp (£387 total).

Via Classic Cottages.

Posted by Hayden Allen-Vercoe on Wed 17th September 2008 at 08:45 AM, Filed in Adventure HolidaysAlternative DestinationsExtreme HolidaysWinter Trips

If you love a good walk or perhaps you are looking for a holiday with a little more culture combined with a feeling of achievement then you may want to think about trekking in The Atlas Mountains.

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Trekking is growing in popularity as people are ditching the beach for some decent exercise, great air and stunning views.

For those of you that may not know, The Atlas Mountains are situated in Morocco (North Africa), about 1 ½ hours from Marrakesh airport. Like most mountain ranges, in the winter there’s snow and in the summer there’s sun. The setting is absolutely stunning and the mountains are inhabited by the ‘Original’ Moroccans – The Berber Tribes.

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If you’re looking for culture then you really have to look no further. Many of the Berber tribes retain traditional ways of life and are incredibly friendly people.

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(Mohammed, A Mountain Guide from TrekkingInMorocco.com)

There are a couple of fantastic places to stay in the mountains, notably The Kasbah Du Toubkal along with some of the Berber houses too.

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We suggest you start by taking a look at the Trekking In Morocco website and gauging what level of trek you want to do. From 1/2 day to 40 days trekking, there is certainly something for all levels of fitness.

Posted by Ruth Miller on Wed 17th September 2008 at 06:00 AM, Filed in Alternative DestinationsLast Minute Holiday OffersTravel News

Captivating Cuba has a pretty comprehensive Cuba programme, plus a team of knowledgeable, discreet and helpful, English-speaking representatives in Havana and across Cuba.

Whatever activity or excursion interests you – be it salsa dancing, horse-riding, swimming with dolphins, diving, deep sea fishing, nature trailing, trekking, pampering, painting or visiting a local cigar factory – can be arranged through the London office before you go, or through your representative when you get there.

A week’s stay in Havana costs from just £695 pp (two sharing), including flights (Gatwick), transfers and seven nights’ B&B.

Posted by Ruth Miller on Tue 16th September 2008 at 01:09 PM, Filed in Alternative DestinationsLast Minute Holiday OffersTravel News

Experience some of Britain’s most remote mountains and finest walking with Wilderness Scotland’s ‘The Knoydart Peninsula’ walk.

Reaching the area by boat, you can enjoy a true wilderness experience, with the opportunity to see the peninsula’s rich wildlife, such as golden eagles and peregrine falcons, while staying in a secluded shoreside lodge and sampling fine Scottish cuisine.

This eight-day small group trip costs £749 pp and includes seven nights’ full-board in a wilderness lodge, all boat transport throughout (starting and finishing in Mallaig), the services of an experienced walking guide and boat skipper.

Via Wilderness Scotland

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