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Furnished Holiday Lets. The tax benefits

November 14th, 2014

Furnished Holiday Lets (FHL) benefit from a range of tax reliefs which are not available to other types of property letting. The tax reliefs apply to qualifying properties in the UK, and the European Economic Area Read the rest of this entry »

10 reasons to advertise your holiday cottage.

November 7th, 2014

As a property owner, you want as many renters as possible to know about your property to increase your bookings. Here at Direct Holiday Cottages, we provide owners of various types of properties with a highly flexible, visible and feature filled platform on which to advertise their property and maximize bookings through our online exposure.

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10 ways to get your Kicks In Kielder

August 19th, 2014

Northumberland is home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s largest working forest – Kielder Water and Forest Park. There’s so much to do you’ll want to come back time and time again but here’s a few ideas to get you started .  Read the rest of this entry »

In the market for a mountain?

May 18th, 2014

Blencathra, one of the Lake Districts most famous fells, hit the headlines last week as the current owner has put the land up for sale to cover his debts. If you happen to have a few million in spare cash then the land also comes complete with a title, The Lordship of the Manor of Threlkeld. Read the rest of this entry »

Going Quackers in Richmond North Yorkshire.

May 11th, 2014

Did you know that Le Tour de France is not the only big race to hit Swaledale this Summer?

Every year Richmond in North Yorkshire hosts an annual charity Duck Race on the May Day Bank Holiday. This year was no exception and visitors to the town might have been surprised to see around 2000 plastic ducks bobbing along The river Swale on Monday 6th May.

The race is organised by Richmond Duck Club helping to raise money for young people in the town. A set of sports shirts for a local youth team, equipment for special needs students or the trophies awarded every June to the local Young Sportsperson of the Year  – just some of the projects the funds have been used towards.

The Grand Duck Race is the main fundraising event of the club with money raised from tickets sales – each ticket with a corresponding duck. There is a price for first, second and third duck past the finish line and also a consolation price for the last duck home!

The race starts at The Green Bridge where a JCB launches the ducks from on high into the water below where they stream down to Richmond falls and the finish line on The Batts near Station Bridge. Some of the ducks need a helping hand and there are plenty of  ‘Duck Wranglers’ in canoes and wading along the banks a large sticks to make sure no bird gets left behind. Of course the public (and the odd pet dog) are often keen to nudge any stranded ducks along their way in the hope that their duck will be first past the line.

The pace usually hots up in once the ducks hit the falls and you’ll often see a few wet spectators who have ventured in too far too save a duck or try and spot their number. Yes it is possible . . . we have found our own duck lodged on the rocks in previous races! Unfortunately we’ve not had the same luck with a winner yet!

This year there was a clear winner which romped past the finish line a good five minutes ahead of the competition. The race for second and third was a little closer with one blue and one yellow contender fighting for position. I am afraid that once again, none of these first three belonged to me or my family . . . . . but I am still waiting to hear about last one home if anyone has the number?

As we wandered off in search of refreshments at The Station, we did spot one lone duck making a break for freedom and floating on under The Station Bridge. It had obviously slipped through the duck collectors at the finishing net. So spare a thought for next year’s organisers . . . . whose job is it to check that all the relevant numbers are present for the next race in 2015? Just one request – make sure mine is in the running please!



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Dales in a Day.

May 9th, 2014

From my home town of Darlington, Iam lucky enough to live within easy driving distance of one of the top tourist destinations in the country – The Yorkshire Dales. When you are busy working, it is easy to forget just how much is on your doorstep and it takes a famous event like ‘Le Tour de France’ and its upcoming visit to Yorkshire this July to remind you just how much the region has to offer. Read the rest of this entry »

Will you be there when Le Tour hits the Yorkshire Dales?

April 26th, 2014

Keen cyclists and members of the general public alike, will no doubt be eagerly anticipating the chance to see one of the most famous cycling events here in the UK. The race runs from Saturday 5th July through to Sunday 27th covering 3656 km in 21 stages. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Amazing Underground Cottages

March 27th, 2014

Today we have a collection of the coolest looking underground cottages that we have been able to find around the internet. Our list includes a cottage in Iceland, a cottage in New Zealand, a cottage in Switzerland, a cottage in Worcestershire, a cottage in Italy and more from other parts of the World. Click on the image source links to find out more information about the cottages and let us know which one you like best by leaving a comment, Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Inside 9 of the Planet’s Creepiest Abandoned Cottages

October 17th, 2013

The cottage: cosy, homely, comfortable. Unless it’s been abandoned in a hurry, that is… Scary season is upon us and you can hardly switch on the TV without accidentally tuning in to a horror movie, many of which are set in abandoned houses. Holiday cottages might be all pretty gardens and gorgeous furnishings, but cottages that have long since been left behind are altogether different. Whilst we’d never recommend heading inside a crumbling structure (dodgy floorboards and roofs being a big potential danger), for a growing number of urban explorers and photographers, venturing into unoccupied buildings is the perfect pastime. We take our (fancy dress witches’) hats off to the brave people who set foot inside these crumbling cottages and dared to click. The results? Compelling images of decay and desertion, many with an edge of eerie beauty… Read the rest of this entry »

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