After a busy, draining and seemingly non-stop few months I was certainly in need of some R&R and that is exactly what I got at Candlestick Cottage, one of our newest One Off Places.
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Your honeymoon is the most exciting holiday of your life. It may be the only holiday you ever go on where it is allowed, and more so encouraged, that you raise the bar on your budget and treat yourself to the best luxury and extravagance that money can buy. It is the holiday that seals the deal on your wedding and is when your life together begins. But deciding where to go can be a minefield! There is a huge amount of choice, from a diversity of destinations to all sorts of different types of accommodation.
Spain may be famous for siestas and sangria, but it is also a country full of culture, history, art and music. The main question when planning a trip to Spain is: where to start? Barcelona surely must be on the list - a beach city best known for its amazing architecture and vibrant lifestyle. Also on the hotspots list, stylish Madrid, Seville which oozes flamenco and Moorish Granada. The beaches are always popular, especially the Costa del Sol and the Blue Flag shorelines of Galicia. And all over the country, especially in places like Andalucia and Extremadura, you will find delicious local food and drink.
Although a perfect choice for those who want to kick back and do nothing, nature lovers and adventurers will also be in heaven. Surfing on the coast, skiing in the Pyrenees, hiking the Santiago de Compostela and cycling in Majorca. Or for the culture vultures there are some truly spectacular historic sites, the Alhambra in Granada and the Roman aqueduct in Segovia for example.
Spain is remarkably diverse with bustling cities and tiny rural villages, mountain ranges and endless coastline. It promises sunshine and scenery almost all year round. Even in the Costa del Sol, which people sometimes think is unauthentic and overcrowded, you’ll find quiet beaches and local bars and restaurants. The large cities of the north, from Barcelona to Bilbao are excellent weekend cultural destinations.
It’s no wonder that people become addicted to this marvellous country. First a beach holiday, then a city break, then a cycling holiday - perhaps you’ll stumble across a local fiesta, some extraordinary architecture or some amazing restaurants. Hip restaurants in tiny villages, wild landscapes, trendy galleries - Spain is made up of so much, and so many. Even the Spaniards themselves sometimes speak of Las Espanas (the Spains) due to its incredible diversity.
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Think of Scotland and many things come to mind - whisky and bagpipes, deep lochs and rugged mountains, historic cities…..It’s true to say that Scotland has all of these things and more. There is no doubt that it’s mysterious, ancient and breathtakingly beautiful - this part of the UK has something for everyone. Lovers of mother nature will be in heaven - from the unspoilt splendour of the Cairngorms peaks and the Trossach mountains, to the wilderness of the Outer Hebrides, the shorts of Loch Ness and the sandy beaches of the Isle of Skye. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, then there is no better place - golf, fishing, hiking, biking and endless adventure pursuits are all in plentiful supply. If you want to visit a distillery, explore castles, scale mountains or swim in sea lochs, then there’s no doubt that Scotland is the place to do it, it’s simply a question of which region to explore first.