Cornwall’s most exciting new beach house

Spreading the word …Barford Beach House 

Those folks at Tregulland have done it again – come up with a rather special new house rental for those looking for a cool pad to hire in Cornwall. It’s a beauty!

This time we are heading nearer the coast .. well slap bang on the beach to be precise with Barford Beach House.

The design is playful, innovative, deeply comfortable and a short walk from Widemouth Bay. This generous larch clan building sleeps up to sixteen guests in six ensuite bedrooms with views of breaking surf and access to a small secluded beach, Wanson Mouth.

There’s an eclectic mix of industrial luxe furniture, deep smoked oak flooring, polished brass and silver bateau baths, Moroccan tassel fringed bed throws, vintage angelpoise lamps, modern prints of Bristol (where the owners live) and vibrant art work. A generous use of fabrics from designers such as Romo, Emin, Lewis & Wood and Savannah give an elegant finish to the overall look.

There’s a dramatic copper clad kitchen/dining/sitting room, an outdoor wood fired hot tub and indoor spa and sauna area, the house has possibly the largest master suite we’ve ever seen at almost 50m2. Did we mention there’s a few more decadent touches here too such as its own cocktail bar, private terrace and huge William Holland brass bath?

Add to this ‘The Bunker’, a secret underground adult games room/bar with an awesome sound and lighting system, pool table, retro arcade games and a classic pinball machine, there is ample room for late night parties which won’t disturb guests who have opted to retire earlier.

This is just a glimpse at a few of the gorgeous rooms .. go see for yourself you won’t be disappointed!

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We are hiring

Six Mouths Contract- PR and Digital Media Executive

We are hiring! We are looking for a PR and Digital Media Executive to join the team for an initial six month contract which we would look to extend if possible to a full time position. Would suit a new graduate who is looking for their first career opportunity.

We are a specialist travel and lifestyle PR and digital communications agency based just outside Gloucester at the Highnam Business Centre, working for consumer-facing clients, including boutique hotels, tour operators, destinations, and online travel specialists. Check out our ‘client’ section on our website for more details.

We are currently on the lookout for a PR and Digital Media Executive to join our small team- and would love to hear from you if you feel you fit the bill. You will be a confident self- starter with a passion for travel, ideally with a PR or digital marketing communications degree; excellent written and verbal communication skills a must with that all important attention to detail.

We like to think we are a creative bunch here, so if you are someone who enjoys a good brainstorm and has a thirst for news even better!  You need to be well connected too. That means you will feel comfortable with all aspects of social media and feel confident with Word Press.

In  return you can expect a competitive starting salary and the chance to work as part of a small  and friendly team in this exciting, specialist sector. It is a given you will gain some invaluable experience on the way and be given the opportunity to get stuck into some great projects.

So, if you fancy helping to promote this year’s ICEHOTEL in Sweden’s Lapland, or come up with some creative campaigns for Cool Camping or detox and yoga holidays, do get in touch with your CV and why you think you would be right for the job, to fiona@fionareece.com. We would love to find someone to start asap in June so do get in touch. jobs

Icehotel on Amazing Hotels; Beyond the Lobby on BBC2

Tune into Amazing Hotels; Life Beyond the Lobby tonight at 9pm on BBC2 to check out  a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the world-famous Icehotel in Swedish Lapland.

See guest hosts Monica Galetti and Giles Coren experience the challenges of running such a unique hotel when temperatures (even those inside!) are kept below zero. See Monica help Icehotel head chef Alexander Meier forage for ingredients, assist bedroom staff with preparing the Ice Rooms and kit guests out in layers upon layers of thermal clothing, whilst Giles steps into the shoes of an Icehotel adventure guide to try out some of the hotel’s epic excursions; from winter survival to snowmobiling.

Those keen to check out the hotel for themselves can easily do so with the world’s leading Icehotel tour operator Discover the World who offer over twelve unique Icehotel itineraries from short three night breaks to week-long adventure holidays and two-centre fly-drives. Check out the full range here; www.discover-the-world.co.uk/destinations/icehotel-holidays

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Explore the Welsh Coast in 80 Days with Celtic Trails’ new ‘Walking Sabbatical’

Do you have any upcoming decisions to make and can’t seem to focus? Take a leaf out of the Prime Minister’s book and book a long distance ‘walking sabbatical’ along the Welsh coast to totally clear your mind.

To make things as easy as possible, walking gurus at Celtic Trails have produced a brand new walking sabbatical, taking in the spectacular Welsh Coast over 80 days!

Longer than walking the classic Camino de Santiago (but without the summer heat and crowds of Spain), but shorter in distance than Land’s End to John O’Groats, the route is the perfect ‘out of office’ challenge for those looking for a Spring or Summer escape, or maybe those who are lucky enough to have the flexibility to just take off.

The 80 night trip covers 870 miles over 69 days of Welsh coastal walking- with 11 well-deserved rest days factored in allowing holidaymakers to hang up their walking boots and try dolphin spotting, mini golf, ice creams indulging and fish n chips.

Want to hear more? Check it out here:

https://www.celtictrailswalkingholidays.co.uk/be-inspired/celtic-trails-sets-forth-new-wales-coast-path-itinerary/

Cool Camping Launch NEW Cool Camping: France Guidebook

Camping fans listen up- the lovely Cool Camping team have launched a brand new guidebook focused on all things France. And, best of all, there’s no need to wait as it’s out TODAY!

Cool Camping: France features a whopping 100 sites (from the Alps & the snow-capped Pyrénées to the sandy Atlantic coast & river valleys of central France) with over 50 new entries and a handful of brand NEW openings.

There’s a rural retreat with exclusive glamping domes, a teeny tents-only site in the grounds of a thousand-year-old château & a woodland wonder with yoga, painting and panning for gold!

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The Healthy Holiday Company reveal 2017’s hottest travel trends

With 2017 just around the corner, and as we prepare to tuck into tens of thousands of calories over the festive weekend, the health and wellbeing travel experts at The Healthy Holiday Company have revealed their top tips on next year’s hottest travel trends.

From an extended ‘Wellbeing Sabbatical’ in the likes of Thailand, to Express detox retreats with in:spa in Mallorca, plus, Raw Food Breaks on both sides of the Indian Ocean (on an all-inclusive spa safari in South Africa and a relaxing getaway in the Maldives), Superfood Coaching with traditional spa treatments in Bali and, with the Digital Detox movement showing no signs of ‘switching off’, in:spa have created a smart phone creche to stop any temptations!

There are so many to choose from, so, as you recover from a turkey overload, why not check out more here: www.thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk

i-escape Announces Winners of 2016 Extra Mile Awards

Happy birthday to our client i-escape! The boutique accommodation experts celebrated their 15th anniversary by announcing the 15 winners of its ‘2016 Extra Mile Awards’.

Over 9,000 people voted in 15 categories highlighting i-escape’s unique approach to helping people find and book special places to stay, and included the likes of ‘Divine for Drinks’, ‘Magical Bathtime’ and ‘Unforgettable Activity’. For each category, i-escape’s team of expert reviewers shortlisted three properties from its collection of over 1500 boutique hotels, villas, B&Bs and apartments, before public voting opened in November to decide the overall winners.

Some of the winners included Douar Samra in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, recognised for its unusual donkey transfers, and Villa Monte Farm House in Portugal, whose picnics on a secluded sand bank accessible only by boat topped the ‘Unforgettable Activity’ category.  Family-friendly South African safari lodge Samara was the clear winner of ‘Cool for Kids’travel one of three categories dedicated to showcasing hotels in i-escape’s Kids Collection.

To celebrate the winners, i-escape is offering 10% cashback on all bookings at any of the winning hotels made by 31st December 2016.  To view the full list of winners and take advantage of this special offer, visit www.i-escape.com/winner.

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A Christmas Poem


A Christmas Poem!

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Are you ready for Christmas? We certainly are

As it’s been a busy year here at FRPR.

We’ve travelled round the globe to far-flung destinations

In search of adventure and creative travel collaborations.

 

We’ve pitched and researched and are on top of new trends

So we can present our clients well to our media friends.

With a good dose of crazy, our enthusiasm never fails

Whether its Lapland, Nicaragua, Iceland or Wales!

 

From ice yoga to glamping, if you want sunshine or snow

We can gladly recommend the very best places to go!

What about a detox or a Super Jeep ride

Or surfing the best waves with an expert guide?

 

In-between the deadlines, which we do our best to meet,

We’ve found time to create content, to brainstorm and tweet.

We’re thrilled to offer advice for your social media needs

Encouraging the British public to travel beyond their feeds.

 

We’ve squeezed so much in, a recharge is required

But we’re closing the year feeling proud and inspired.

We’ll relax and refresh before we start the new year

With maximum momentum and bucket loads of good cheer.

 

So, thank you for believing in us. What a great year it’s been

Working with media and clients who we hold in high esteem.

Best wishes to you all for fabulous festive celebrations

And merry Christmas from us all at Fiona Reece Public Relations.

 Fiona, Claire, Sophie and Mira

 

Picture taken at Beana Laponia, Finland by Fredik Broman

Swedish Lapland Introduces NEW Ice Yoga Experience

Get ready to improve your mind, body and soul…on ice! From 23-26 March 2017, our client Swedish Lapland are introducing a one-off Ice Yoga experience to visitors.

For one weekend only, whisper hello to the beautiful silence and clean Swedish Lapland air as you practice yoga and meditation on Arctic Sweden’s snow covered, frozen waters. I can’t think of a better place to perfect my Tree Stand!

Swedish Lapland are offering either a 3-hour Ice Yoga session at the Active North Camp by Byske River or a dedicated 4-day retreat at Aurora Safari Camp by Degerselet Lake. Enjoy reflective periods of silence, warm up sessions in the wood fired sauna and hot tub plus guidance on how to unwind, find an inner peace and focus on your inner self.

The Camp offers an authentic Sami experience with a touch of luxury, where you stay in traditional and cosy lavvu tents, enjoy group meals of healthy and delicious local produce and can choose to partake in activities such as ice sculpturing and snowshoe walks.

Apart from taking part in a truly one-off experience, Ice Yoga provides plenty of fresh air, a positive physiological change associated with being outdoors and exercising plus going from hot to cold increases blood circulation which helps nourish the skin and relieve muscle tension. For more info and to book the Ice Yoga Winter Retreat visit www.activenorth.se.ice-yoga-3

Celtic Trails Launches NEW European Walking Holidays

Forget Brexit, it’s all about entering Europe this year thanks to our newest client Celtic Trails who have just launched their first ever European holiday collection; offering a variety of self-guided walking itineraries in Spain and Portugal.

From exploring dramatic gorges and sparkling rivers in Spain’s Pyrenean foothills, to discovering the untouched volcanic landscapes of La Palma, the new holidays offer the chance to venture off the well-trodden path and experience the beauty of some of Europe’s lesser-known landscapes on foot.

They’ve thought of every last detail- from expertly planning the very best overnight accommodation stops en route to seamlessly transferring luggage between stops- making the holidays totally hassle-free- just how we like it!

Check out the full collection here: www.celtictrailswalkingholidays.co.uk/walking-holidays-in/europe