Short breaks
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Date: 13 March, 2006


‘Ever dream of waking up in a rustic farmhouse in a room with a view over unspoiled landscape?'


Jennifer Everest from surefish partner Responsible Travel has some suggestions for short breaks.

A short break doesn’t have to be a dash to a city or to a sanitised chain hotel. Instead, use your short break to get a taste of the real place you’re visiting. Enjoy local and typical hospitality and food; benefit from the knowledge of your local guests and experience the real lives, cultures and environment of your destination.

We guarantee you’ll come back feeling as if you’ve had a long break, instead of a few days, and you’ll have many memories to treasure, as well as having contributed to the local economy and the conservation of the environment.

Here are a few fabulous suggestions from

Malvern bed and breakfast accommodation
A relaxing break from £30-55 per person per night

Our country house bed & breakfast is a 600-year-old family home near the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire, where you can relax in the big organic garden or walk in the pastures, orchards and woodland, enjoying the peace and the wildlife. There are three double bedrooms, centrally-heated and furnished to a high standard, with en-suite or private bathrooms, radios and hairdryers.

We use organic and/or local food, ecological cleaning materials and employ energy-saving measures. We recycle, support local tradesmen and use a W.E.T system for our sewage. We garden organically, farm sustainably and are committed to benefiting the environment through our involvement in several environmental schemes.
More info here

Italian Riviera B&B
Relax and unwind with family or friends from €90 to €107 per room based on twin share including breakfast

Offering friendly family-style accommodation this 17th century house is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the Mediterranean. The former convent, 70m above the sea, is enclosed in a remarkably large private property between olive groves and fields of vegetables. The air is filled with the perfume of tropical scents - the silence broken only by the sounds of the sea, the wind and wild birds. There are enchanting beaches within walking distance and a 20 minute drive in the opposite direction takes you to villages 6000 ft above sea level.
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Snowdonia Bed and Breakfast accommodation
Wonderful hosts & stunning scenery from £20 per person bed and breakfast

The house is ideally situated to explore Snowdonia, with its mountains and lakes, beaches and castles. The world famous Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway runs between the rear of the grounds and the dramatic rock climbing faces and cliffs of the Moelwyn range. Open all year, this bed and breakfast lies in an acre of semi wild grounds surrounded by wild and beautiful mountain scenery. After walking in tranquil surroundings enjoy our healthy home cooking and wind down at the end of the day in our own sauna
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Transylvania holiday accommodation
Stay with a Count in the Carpathian Mountains from €20 B&B to €115 one day all inclusive

A Transylvania holiday to remember! Located in Miclosoara, a remote little village in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, the Count's guesthouses date back to the 1800s. The family returned to its origins in Transylvania after 50 years of exile and since then 4 years of hard work have been invested to restore and regain the old charm and character. Through a wide range of restoration activities the Kálnoky family now contributes to the preservation of Transylvania's heritage. Visit them in this unknown, fairy-tale land in the centre of Europe.
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Loch Ness bed and breakfast
A wonderful romantic escape with luxurious en suite rooms from £28 - £40 per person per night B&B.

Treat yourself with a couple of nights at this luxurious and award wining 4 star Loch Ness B&B set amidst the wild beauty and quiet of the south side of Loch Ness. Nestling in the woods in Inverfarigaig this unique establishment has been designed to maximise the views out over the Loch and into the forest. We have a range of guided walks for our guests so that they can appreciate the full beauty of Loch Ness and beyond into the northern Highlands. Come home to either our master bedroom with its large king size bed, loch view and en suite jacuzzi bath or our double bedroom with a king size bed and en suite double shower and a home cooked meal.
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Long weekend cooking in Italy
Learn the art of authentic and organic Italian cookery from  € 860 (5 days) excluding flights

Ever dream of waking up in a rustic farmhouse north of Rome, in a room with a view over unspoiled landscape including 500 olive trees, and to a wholesome breakfast made with fresh country ingredients? We promote our country through cookery courses & activity holidays to preserve our heritage and traditions and offer small classes hands-on cookery & activity holidays. Local women teach our classes and enjoy sharing our culture and traditions. The location is a stunning restoration of a Sixteenth century stone farmhouse, which is set amidst its own set olive grove in the rolling hills of the Tolfa Mountains just outside the small town of Tolfa, north of Rome and only a short drive away from the port of Civitavecchia.
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France gite & B&B Mercantour National Park
A mountain retreat that’s a breath of fresh air from £220 per week, accommodates up to 5 people

Based in the picturesque medieval town of St Martin Vesubie overlooked by the towering peaks of Cime du Gelas and Caires de Cougourde this is the perfect base for exploring this central area of the park. Do as much or as little activity as you wish – using the local knowledge of your hosts Mel and Liz or relax and enjoy the view and bird life. Qualified guides are available for walking and a variety of outdoor activities.

Within the house there is a self contained gîte with bedroom/living room – kitchen - bathroom and separate bedroom – private terrace - for 4/5 people plus further en-suite room if required. Plus en-suite B&B for 2. The local town of Roquebillière offers a selection of friendly bars and restaurants.
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