Budget beaters

Times are tight and many of you are probably weighing up the cost of a summer holiday this year; wondering if you can really afford it. Well, fear not good reader, Cinderella shall have a ball this summer, regardless of George Osbourne and his little red box, after all, this is your life. Today we take a closer look at some of our biggest and best discounts for holidays in July.

£200 off 1 Toad Hall, Newton Ferrers, South Devon – Sleeps 6, 3 Bedrooms

First up, for those who can afford to be footloose, the owners of 1 Toad Hall have slashed a massive £200 pounds off the week commencing 2nd July 2010. Converted from former stables and recently finished to the highest standards, the property is located in a sunny spot, tucked away on a quiet road in glorious Newton Ferrers; a fine example of the region’s traditional, waterside villages. Fantastic restaurant inns’ provide outstanding fish n’ chips while a choice of sandy beaches are just a short drive away. Just to make your arrival even sweeter, the owners are also throwing in a bottles of champers for a last minute booking.

Up to 40% off Easton Court, Nr Kingsbridge, South Devon – Sleeps 12, 5 Bedrooms

For those of you who didn’t rush off to book 1 Toad Hall, why not try this one for size. Smaller parties are being offered fantastic discounts at this stunning barn conversion in the heart of Devon’s South Hams. The barn which recently became Easton Court dates back some 200 years and offers a dream location between the popular towns of Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Couples looking to spread out will receive 40% off the listed price for July weeks, whilst families and groups of 4 can also benefit from a huge 30% off (that’s over £800 and £600 respectively!).

Take a look at the photos, fall in love, book. It’s dead simple.

£650 off July & August weeks at Wonwood House, Tavistock, Devon – Sleeps 12, 7 Bedrooms

Big families and groups grab yourselves a bargain. Imposing Wonwood House is available throughout the next couple of months at a tempting 20% off, that’s a cool saving of £650! Complete with it’s own heated outdoor pool, totally detached and decorated with style, this original Victorian farmhouse provides spacious and elegant living for a holiday you’ll never forget. Perfect for bringing together loved ones and getting away from the strains of the daily grind, you’re likely never to want to leave. Go on, indulge yourselves.

Over £400 off July weeks at Tara, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon – Sleeps 10, 5 Bedrooms

View towards Tara

This Colonial style building offers spectacular views over Bigbury Bay, Burgh Island and Bantham Beach, in fact, if it begins with ‘B’ you can probably see it (Disclaimer: the latter might be an exaggeration). Besides the views, this wonderful home also offers comfort aplenty and a lovely enclosed garden; the beach is just a short jaunt away and when the tides out it would be rude not to cross the golden sands for a pint at the historic Pilchard Inn on Bigbury’s offshore island.

Up to 30% off July & August weeks at Buttsbeare Cottage, Bude, Cornwall – Sleeps 2, 1 Bedroom

Couples looking for that idyllic getaway in the country look no further. With up to £170 off, the remaining available weeks at this converted Cornish barn won’t be available much longer, unlike Buttsbeare itself that is, being 400 years old and still going strong. Set down a peaceful country lane with delightful countryside views, the cottage is a spacious retreat for two offering a private patio, garden and free home-grown produce including flowers, eggs and goats milk. You’re even invited to pick your own strawberries and raspberries if you time it right.

On top of this generous discount, the owners are also offering free holidays for dogs in August, potentially saving a further £50!