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Company of the Month | Sunday & School Cottages

Originally forming 'Ruthys Lane School’ during the 19/20th century, these two charming cottages, in old Padstow, simply ooze comfort, peace & relaxation! Location is everything, and with off-street parking, forget the car and enjoy a slower pace of life! Harbour, Restaurants, Pubs ,Coastal Path, Camel Trail, all a 5 mins stroll away! School Cottage's delightful garden is a haven of pure tranquility, with 2 alfresco eating area, and a delightful Cornish stone wood store, providing fuel for the wood burner in School Cott. during those cosy winter breaks. View availability calendar on website!

Tel: 01789 450214

Company of the Month | Beech Farm Cottages

A selection of Award winning cottages with indoor swimming pool, sauna, play area, paddock, Llamas. The cottages received a Gold Award from VisitEngland in 2015 for the “exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service". In a delightful area near the North York Moors National Park. Easy access to coast, York, North Yorkshire’s market towns, villages, abbeys, castles, museums, theme parks.

Tel: 01751 476612

Hotel of the Month | Congham Hall Hotel

Set in 30 acres of beautiful Norfolk parkland on the edge of the Sandringham Estate, sits Congham Hall. The hotel offers a choice of 26 individually decorated bedrooms, including 11 garden rooms with private terraces. Hotel guests can make full use of the luxury spa, with a 12 metre swimming pool and a thermal suite with sauna, steam and bio sauna, experience showers and an outdoor hot tub. There is a full list of spa treatments available. With the North Norfolk coast just a short drive away, there is easy access to some fantastic coastal walks, a boat trip to see the seal colony and an abundance of historic houses and art galleries. Rooms are from £120 room only

Tel: 01485 600250

BBC Countryfile Magazine's big book advent calendar

We're celebrating the festive season with our own BBC Countryfile Magazine advent calendar, giving away a fantastic new book each day. 

Brochure Guide

With autumn upon us, what better time to look ahead to 2015?

With the Summer coming to an end and holidays for the autumn booked up, what better time to look ahead to 2015?

Take the a moment to flick through a brochure or two and inspire yourself with beautiful locations, stunning properties and things to do while away.

 

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How to enter the Countryfile Photographic Competition

Last night’s episode of Countryfile saw the launch of the Countryfile Photographic competition. Here's everything you need to know to enter your images. 

What are the alternatives to HS2?

Recently, Countryfile investigated the issues surrounding the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link that is proposed between London and Birmingham. Supporters of HS2 say that it will make journeys from London to Birmingham and the north of England far quicker while also adding much needed capacity to the rail network.

 

But there is huge opposition to HS2 for a variety of reasons but most centre on the cost, the noise and disruption to local communities along the route, and the impact on the countryside and its wildlife. In a recent poll on this website "Do you believe HS2 should be built?" 92 per cent of those who responded said "no".

 

However, demand for rail travel is growing – the National Audit Office estimates that 1.27 billion passenger journeys were made in 2008-09 compared to 0.74 billion in 1994-95 and this is only going to increase although current services are fully stretched "nearly half of all passengers arrive at London between 08:00 and 08:59 on services that are either full or over-crowded". The Office for Rail Regulation found that there were 600 million more passenger journeys in the UK in 2013 than in 2003.

 

In 2012, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for High Speed Rail found that demand for rail travel was increasing at 5-6% per year and the Dept of Transport has projected that by 2043, demand will be double that seen in 2008. The latter projection is disputed by some opponents of HS2.

 

So if demand for rail travel increases as expected, are there viable alternatives to HS2?

 

What do you think?

 

 

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