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My Big Birthday Week started out amazing and you will see why I love my job


Wine Making/ Tasting & James Villas 2nd July 2019

I was very lucky to be invited to a James Villa Training day, being held at the beautiful Chapel Down Winery, Tenterden Kent, superb location, and amazing wine tasting made from all local grown grapes we were taken through all the steps of wine making stages and walking around in the sunshine it was a perfect day followed by one of the best lunches,

Just a few notes on the wine tasting with the lovely lady Charlie there was nothing this lady did not know about a grape or wine, in wine tasting we tried five wines I have put them in my order of liking but there are so many, I will just have to go again,

1 ). Sparkling Three Graces 2015 Sparkling Wine a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier perfect for the real celebration or a summer fizz = £35 a bottle

2 ). Bacchus 2018 because of the amazing summer last year they had amazing year for wine working 24/7 to get the harvest in this is a fresh crisp wine but light and delicate after taste now this is one for sitting in the sun few glasses in the afternoon perfect with a light meal = £14 a bottle

3) English Rose 2018 again an amazing summer last year it is a mix of Pinot Noir, Rondo, Early Pinot Noir, Regent and Pint Meunier, they call this the English Summer of Strawberries and Cream = £13 a Bottle

4) Sparkling Classic Non-Vintage Brut mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meunier, fresh Crispy smells of apples Strawberries and Elderflower = £27 a Bottle

5) Chardonnay 2014 an unoaked Chardonnay this is made from their grapes grown on the north downs of Kent in the chalk so very dry but taste nothing like a Chardonnay it is very fruity crisp dry but then sweet bit of a very mixed taste confuses the plate this one I am still not sure about = £15 a bottle

They are very much into the recycling and all the grapes after they are finished with for the wine all the skins they are left with are used to make Chapel Down Spirits

Chapel Down Bacchus Gin and Pinot Noir Gin £30 a Bottle

Chapel Down Chardonnay Vodka £30 a Bottle

Lamberhurst Fine & Rare Brandy 23 years in French oak barrels from harvest fruit from 1991 and distilled in 1992 Oh well it is only £150 a Bottle

And they have a lovely shop bit dangerous not a place to visit after wine tasting LOL ….

But if in the area definitely a place to visit and to have lunch,

Oh yes sorry digressed from the reason I was there LOL,

One of my favourite villa companies I work with,

James Villa Holidays they are one of the UK’s leading villa holiday specialist with over 35 years’ experience and they love what they do. The company started with just one villa and has grown over the years Offering over 3100 villas across 60 destinations with villas sizes 2-24 Adults, in popular locations such as the Balearics, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, The Canary Islands, Mainland Spain, Florida and the Caribbean.

You do not need o shop around … Up until 5 years ago they were direct sale but now they are a 100 percent behind the travel agents they have invested lots of time and money to make sure that they are price parity through out, so you know booking with me is the same price booking direct except you get me to look after you crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s at no extra cost,

With four collections to choose from Classic, Signature and Luxury and Holiday Resorts covering all budgets

Classic Collection – Home from Home private Pools Sun loungers BBQ air-conditioning or fans

Signature Collection – More luxury finishings Home from Home private Pools Sun loungers BBQ air-conditioning Pool Towel all linen FREE WIFI welcome packs

Luxury Collection – All have King Beds luxury finishings better views Home from Home private Pools Sun loungers BBQ air-conditioning Pool Towel all linen FREE WIFI welcome pack

all Villas include stranded Car Hire all inclusive but you can upgrade at discounts but you can also have transfers and car delivered to villas

Holiday Resorts – Self Catering Apartments and Town Houses shared pools and resort activates

NEW THIS YEAR ** Not even in the Brochure or on line yet,

And I know a lot of you will love this, They have a Baby & Toddler Collection this is new and will be coming on the website soon, but perfect for families now as not many people know they have 63 Villas in this collection so far with so many safety factors for the family with small children, Fenced pools baby gates lock on cupboards to special bedding everything you need for a safe holiday with your baby or toddler and the added bonus is all Baby and Toddler packs covering everything you need are all FREE ( Cots, High Chairs, Play pens baby baths sterilizing equipment and much more )** great saving on extra luggage So call me for more details,

Villa holidays allow you the chance to enjoy the freedom of outdoor living having real family time, Where you can relax around your own private pool enjoying a BBQ on the patio, or you can get out and about and experience all the local areas attractions, sights, beaches and cuisines.

The beauty of it all is their Villas are hand-picked they love the unique, stand-out villas, so lot of traditional Villa’s available.

Florida – Perfect for Disney they Cover such a wide area in Florida with a wide range of over a 100 named properties which can be booked up to December 2020 They have advanced contracts with airlines Plus an offer with a free Mustang Car all inclusive insurance with every booking and only £25 deposit for park tickets, so such an amazing time to book your Florida tip Give me a call,

(SPECIAL )All 2020 Greece Villa Booking made include FREE Car Hire and Welcome Packs

Booking your James Villas with me?

  • Complete price parity and promotions ABTA and ATOL bonded
  • Flights from 25 UK airports including low cost, scheduled and charter airlines
  • many package elements including villa, car hire, private transfers, travel insurance and low cost flights
  • No under occupancy supplements
  • Locations to suit everyone – countryside to coast and rural to resort
  • With villas for 2 or 24, we will have the right sized villa for any party and will book same sex groups covering groups
  • over 3100 properties to choose from in 60 destinations
  • Baggage is always included in the price
  • Flexible arrival dates and durations ( but you only want 5 nights I can book a 7 night villa and get 5 night for the flights so we are very flexible on all elements )
  • Villa Managers on hand in most destinations check when booking
  • Free maid or linen service, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, ( check when booking)
  • You can even book a chef for the whole duration or different night for all villas check when booking
  • with all Villas you can even do a twin centre, multi centres perfect for Island hopping in Greece or Florida
  • Great selection on late Bookings
  • James Villas and Hoseasons are partners so there is a wider choice with cottages

To book your Villa Holiday give me a call or drop me an email with your contact details

I look forward to hearing from you soon


Landline – 01323844630

Mobile – 0713304716

Email – debbie@designertravel.co.uk



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