Guest Blog Posts
Vanessa Hawes is the owner of two fabulous One Off Places in Campania, Italy. Read her story about her discovery of Italy's Cilento region. If it doesn't make you want to jump on a plane right now, then nothing will!
Eleven years ago we hitched up the caravan, bundled in the german pointer and set off to warmer climes from Le Marche. We headed south to the beautiful region of the Cilento. Sitting in a little bar in Santa Maria di Castellabate watching the sea crash over the rocks one late September evening we decided it can't get better than this.
Nobody wants a stressful start to their holiday! But unfortunately this can happen, there’s so much to organise and plan before you go away you can often forget vital elements to your trip. This in turn ends up costing you WAY more money than it should do.
One the fab things about Suffolk (I’m an outsider) is that the pace of life seems to be very relaxed, so our guests seem to adopt that approach when they're out and about too. And what better place to do this than, in my opinion, along the most beautiful river in Suffolk? I’ve been up and down most of them and the Deben is my favourite. There are other wonderful rivers in our county, all with stunning scenery and of course, great pubs, but the Deben is the one that I enjoy the most.
Many guests who stay with us here at Dordogne Holiday Barns enjoy walking in the Dordogne, discovering the many routes perfectly suited for all abilities. Late September and October are, in our opinions, perfect for walks as the colours remain vibrant and autumnal.
The growth in adventure tourism, biking, hiking and walking holidays has been a welcomed boost for sustainable tourism in rural communities throughout Europe. ‘Traditional’ destinations such as the Alps are being shunned by a new style of explorer who is eager to avoid the crowds and annoyingly extortionate prices.
The Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria offer some of the most breath taking scenery imaginable, free from the organised masses and possibly the most economic destination anywhere in the EU.