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book your summer 2015 family holiday now for the best deals

With Christmas just behind us, summer might seem like a dim and distant memory as we head into the dark, cold winter months. A great way to give yourself something to look forward to is to book your summer 2015 holiday now. Although it might seem a bit soon to be considering next year's break, there are a lot of reasons why early booking is a good idea.
Although you can get some fantastic last minute deals, when you're limited to school holidays, leaving it until well into next year could well leave you with very little to choose from at a premium price, with possible disaster if the destination of your choice is already fully booked, which is more than likely when you're competing against everyone else with school aged children. Booking now takes away some of the stress, giving you the reassurance of whatever else happens, you've got something to look forward to next year.
Booking now means you get the pick of everything on offer for 2015, so you can have the holiday you want, which is especially important if there's a particular cottage or villa you like to go back to. If you have special needs children, consistency is particularly important and the last thing you want to deal with is a meltdown while you adjust to a new venue. Getting in quick also means you can choose the exact date of departure, since you won't have to worry about fitting in around availability. It's surprising how quickly accommodation books up, especially for major events such as the Edinburgh festival in the UK or that perfect gite holiday in France.

Early Bird Discounts & Incentives to Book Now

Many companies offer early bird discounts, including free or reduced child prices, meal deals and other offers that give you added value, all fantastic incentives to sort something out sooner rather than later. Looking into your options may throw up all sorts of added extras you may not have known about had you left booking until closer to the time.
What's more, there's no need to worry about how you're going to cover the cost. You may not need to pay for your whole holiday now, since many companies just require a deposit to confirm your booking, allowing you to snap up your break without spending a fortune just before Christmas. If you're not going away until summer, that gives you plenty of time to save up to cover the rest of the cost of your holiday plus spending money.
For example, James Villa Holidays (both their villas and their leisure resort holidays) offer free car hire, travel insurance & welcome pack if you book before 2nd February, not to mention just a £100pp deposit – call them FREE on 0800 074 0254 to take advantage of such a great offer which as we all know is worth a lot of money in terms of the flexibility of car hire. Other great special offers on family holidays with more details are shown below.
Arranging your holiday now gives you the luxury of comparing all the available deals so you know you've got a bargain, whatever you go for. It's worth bearing in mind that there's always a huge rush to book something in January once Christmas is out of the way, so if you want to beat the crowds and avoid disappointment, now's the time.
As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, it can be easy to fall into winter blues, particularly straight after Christmas & New Year. My husband always says going back to work in January is awful and within 2 days he is asking me where we are going on holiday in the summer so that he can have something to look forward to. Knowing that your summer holiday's all sorted is a wonderful pick-me-up, tiding you over until it's time to pack your bags and enjoy your trip.

great deals on booking your summer 2015 holiday now

If you are looking for holiday accommodation for Summer 2015, then I should be able to help you. I work directly with both owners and also with a number of different, reputable holiday companies to give you the best possible choice of where to stay. So, click here to contact me if you would like me to help - oh, and yes, it is a FREE service!!
Alternatively, if you would like to discuss your requirements over the telephone, might I suggest you give one of my partners a call?
  • For the UK & Ireland: 01244 352 241 – they are open from 9am to 9.30pm every day. Sykes Cottages are always happy to just offer advice or take bookings if they can find somewhere you like.
  • For European villas & apartments: 0800 074 0254 - they are open from 8am to 9pm Mon-Fri & 9am to 9pm on Sat & Sun. James Villas & Resorts specialise in family friendly holidays.

Failing that, here are some of my other contacts for special offers on 2015 holidays both in the UK & abroad - click on the names for more information:
northumberland holiday cottage Northumberland Cottage, near Alnwick, NE England- luxury 3 bed accommodation sleeping up to 6 surrounded by stunning scenery and located just 10 miles from Alnwick and on a National Cycle Route - perfect for families and those who want to take their dog on holiday with them. This is where I would stay if we were going to Northumberland (editor). Exclusive Special Offer to RFH visitors: Winter rates at only £375/wk for all weekly bookings or more up to the end of March 2015 & short breaks at £75/night (min 3 nights booking). AND 10% discount off any early bookings for summer 2015. You must quote RFH on booking. Telephone Laura direct on: 01665 578319
family holidays in wales Bluestone Wales, Pembrokeshire - luxury holiday village with both lodge & cottage accommodation to sleep 2-14 people each plus numerous onsite acitivites. The huge leisure pool is a great hit with the kids, as is the indoor adventure centre & high ropes course. Its also near the beach. Ideal all year round holiday destination for short family breaks or longer holidays. In my opinion its a bit like a more luxurious, cheaper version of Center Parcs. Click the red title heading for the latest prices & availability including Kingdom of the Elves from £179, Festive breaks from £199 and January breaks from £169
holiday cottages in the uk on special offer Sykes Cottages have over 4,000 cottages across the UK and Ireland all of which have been individually inspected. Winners of the British Travel Awards - Best Large UK Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company in 2013 & 2014. Click the red title heading for cottages from £129/wk this winter & 2015 holidays from £124. Or telephone 01244 352241 if you need some help - lines open until 9.30pm every day!
../holidays in the uk on special offer Hoseasons Holidays all over the UK - holiday cottages, lodges, holiday parks or boating holidays all over the UK. Click the red title heading for up to £200 off school summer holidays, 2015 Easter breaks from just £215 all with a low deposit of just £25 on 2015 holidays. Not to mention last minute breaks from £169. Please book online via this link if possible
family hotel scotland Crieff Hydro Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland - hotel with family rooms & self catering. 60 activities onsite including pool, horse riding & tennis. What's more they offer FREE daily childcare, FREE leisure pool, gym, cinema & much, much more. Click the red title heading for the best rate guarantee - you won't find it cheaper anywhere else, not to mention the latest special offers including a 50% OFF accommodation, dining & activities January sale now on. Please book online via this link
family friendly hotels in the uk Macdonald Hotels operates 48 well-located hotels (all 4 and 5 star establishments) throughout the UK & won the AA hotel group of the year 2013-14. Click the red title heading for the latest deals & online booking including 2 for 1 on rooms in January, £10 spending money and a best rate guarantee - you won't find it cheaper anywhere else. Please book online via this link if possible - thank you
family friendly holiday parks in the uk Hoburne Holiday Parks, 4*&5* rated in south & south west England: luxury static caravans, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, kids clubs, beach locations. Seven top quality holiday parks in Gloucestershire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Click the red title heading for latest offers including 20% off 2015 holidays (ends 19th Jan). Please book online via this link if possible - thank you.
family friendly holiday parks in england John Fowler Holiday Parks, south west England - family friendly coastal holiday parks throughout Cornwall, Devon & Somerset. Accommodation to suit all budgets including luxury modern lodges in the woods to low cost caravans, chalets & apartments. Facilities include Foxy kids club, swimming pools, water flumes... all included in the price. Click the red title for latest deals. Quote AFF13 for 10% off when booking online + £50 off all weekly holidays & £25 off all short breaks if you book by 31 Jan..
family friendly holiday parks Haven Holiday Parks, all over the UK - 35 award winning family holiday parks throughout England, Scotland and Wales - close to some of Britain's favourite seaside resorts. Self catering accomodation available for a variety of budgets - caravans, mobile homes, apartments, glamping. Swimming pools, kids clubs, evening entertainment and more. Click the red title for latest deals including book before 31 Jan for up to 50% off spring, early summer & autumn holidays and up to 25% on all other dates. Plus best price guarantee. Please book online via this link if possible - thank you.
family ski holiday accommodation Madame Vacances offer villas with private pools, shared pools or apartments with shared pools all over France & ski holidays. This company is great as they offer a lowest price guarantee. Click the red title heading for latest offers including up to 50% off ski apartments, chalets & hotels and 15% off at Feb half term with the code HALFTERM OR 25% off all 2 week summer holiday bookings in cottages, villas & apartments plus a best price guarantee. Super value for money holidays in both summer and winter.
villa holiday accommodation James Villa Holidays - over 2500 hand-picked villas, all with private pools, in over 40 of the most popular holiday destinations around the Mediterranean, the Canaries, Egypt and Florida, or you can try out their Leisure Resorts with private accommodation in a community setting. Click the red title heading for latest offers including FREE car hire, travel insurance & welcome pack for 2015 holidays with just a £100pp deposit if you book by 2 February. Telephone 0800 074 0254 for help & secure bookings.
cheap family holiday Pierre et Vacances Center Parcs are an exceptionally good value family friendly holiday accommodation provider, both for winter skiing holidays & relaxing summer breaks in France & Spain offering both apartments & holiday village style resorts. With kids clubs, flexibility on dates, best price guarantees & various catering options, you won't find a better choice. Not to mention the comfort of being part of the Center Parcs group. Click the red title heading for latest offers including up to 40% off last minute holidays, 20% off summer holidays, up to 45% off Fuerteventura with the code "9385" and savings of up to £350 between now & April you won't do better!
luxury holiday accommodation LetsGo2.com are specialist in luxury holidays, city breaks & all-inclusive package holidays all over the world. They are part of the Ickenham Travel Group Plc, one of the UK's leading travel businesses, founded in 1970 & use group buying power give you exclusive flight and hotel rates, providing exceptional value for money. Click the red title heading for latest offers with savings of up to £900 on online bookings, not to mention you could WIN A HOLIDAY TO GRENADA!.
all inclusive holiday accommodation Club Med offers premium all-inclusive holidays to over 80 exclusive Resorts all around the world. With Club Med all-inclusive expect stunning locations, superb accommodations, gourmet food, endless bar drinks and snacks, fantastic children's clubs and a multitude of sports and activities. Click the red title heading for latest offers including free nights & deals on all inclusive skiing holidays & up to 25% off on all inclusive summer holidays..
cheap family holiday accommodation Al Fresco Holidays- 54 holiday parks across France, Corsica, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Austria and Holland. Accommodation in luxury mobile homes. Click the red title heading for superb savings including up to 30% off May half term holidays, 10% off summer holidays & save £100 if you book now on holidays in June 2015.
cheap family holiday accommodation abroad Eurocamp Holidays - family friendly holiday parks & apartment resorts across France & Europe. Apartments & luxury mobile home accommodation. Click the red title heading for latest special offers including: up to £75 on single parent holidays, book two 2015 holidays and save 40%, save up to 35% on long stay holidays and 2015 holidays under £350 for the whole group for a week!
holiday cottage accommodation Cottages.com, France, UK, Ireland, Italy - family friendly holiday cottages & villas many with swimming pools. Click the red title heading to save on weekly holidays in the UK or France including cosy winter retreats from £94 per person and a small £25 deposit on all summer holiday bookings
brittany lake holiday Brittany Lake Holidays, Caurel, Morbihan - excellent value 2 bed cottage sleeping up to 5 just 500 metres from the Lac de Guerledan with its beaches, safe swimming and a wide variety of water-sports,including water skiing. Also just 400m from a cycle path which runs from the Brest canal to the small town of Mur du Bretagne & the nearest restaurants is just 1 km walk away along the edge of the lake. Availability from now onwards at just £250/wk
south west france gites on offer La Grange du Moulin, Poitou Charentes, SW France - 6 child friendly gites with 2-4 bedrooms which are ideal for families with toddlers and young children due to the safe, enclosed garden for them to play in and make new friends. Shared heated swimming pool & heated toddler pool (30 degrees), playground, creche and babysitting service. Book before January 31st 2015 your holiday with us in May, June or September and receive £50 off the advertised price plus 20% discount code off Brittany ferry crossings when quoting Recommended Family Holidays.
special offer on holiday with the kids in france Les Vallaies, Charente Maritime, South West France - a group of 5 family friendly gites with shared, heated pool. There is a large garden with swings, slide & a sand pit, games room, indoor & outdoor children's toys, trampoline with safety net & a shared jacuzzi hot tub. Babysitting is also available on request. A superb base to explore the Charente Martime region. Book before January 31st 2015 your holiday with us in May, June or September and receive £50 off the advertised price plus 20% discount code off Brittany ferry crossings when quoting Recommended Family Holidays.
eastern france cottage Chene Gite, Vosges Mountains, Lorraine, Eastern France 2 bed self catering cottage set within the heart of the countryside, surrounded by horses. 30 mins to skiing in winter or watersports in the summer. 10% off a 2nd week booking, prices €340 to €395/wk
france family holiday gite La Garenne, near Aulnay & St Jean d'Angeley, Poitou Charentes, SW France - six charming 2-3 bedroom holiday gites set within an enclosed courtyard setting amongst the sunflowers in a small hamlet of the sunniest region in France. Super family friendly with a heated swimming pool & new kids pool, kids club, new play barn, babysitting, catering service and certainly everything you would need for you to have the best ever family holiday. Discounted prices in May including half term, June and September; book before 1st February for a 25% discount.
beach holiday in france Bel Air Gites, near Royan, Charentes-Maritime, SW France - has 2 self catering cottages sleeping 6-10 and 3 gites sleeping 2-6 set around a typical Charentaise farmhouse. Onsite is a shared heated swimming pool, volleyball, badminton, basketball, trampoline, bikes & helmets, climbing frame, trampoline, swings & an indoor play barn. Located just a short drive from the sandy beaches on the Atlantic coast. Special offer of 10% discount for April, May, June and Sept bookings, booked before 31st Dec, plus we have a 20% discount code for Brittany Ferries. Please mention RFH when booking.
pyrenees holiday Saint Lary Holidays, Pyrenees, SW France - three, 2 bed apartments that can sleep up to 6 each set within the resort of Saint Lary - a short distance from the ski slopes in the winter & offering a huge choice of adventure sports in the summer. Bookings taken within 2 weeks of the stay is subject to a 10% discount (quote "RFH").

Article By Sophie Childs and Lucilla Paull.

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