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Feie Cottage - Peel Isle of Man
This stunning and suberbly spacious four star holiday bungalow in Peel is an ideal cottage for your self catering holiday in the Isle of Man. Three bedrooms sleeping a up to six. Jacuzzi bath shower and ensuite shower room. Oak fitted kitchen and separate dining room.Wi-Fi. Sky 3D Smart 42" TV /BLUE RAY HOME CINEMA .
Aalin Thie Apartments - Douglas Isle of Man Our boutique award winning apartments are superb for couples looking for a holiday in Douglas. Set aside from the hustle & Bustle of the busy centre you'll be guaranteed a great nights sleep and morning Views over the rolling green countryside. Luxurious Marble flooring cascades room to room & underfloor heating. The apartments also have climate control airconditioning so you'll be comfortable at all times. Each Apartment has a 1200mm walk in shower spa cabin . With granite Oak fitted kitchens, Free wi fi - full sky package- built in washer/dishwasher oven hob-Dualit expressomaker Dualit toaster- Denby crockery-Solid oak furniture- -Safe private parking. Bookings Saturday to Saturday.
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Centrally heated three bedroomed holiday bungalow Finished with luxurious oak flooring, floors and furinure throughout.Air conditioned lounge. 3D TV & Full Sky Four star rated with oodles of space, Dining room, 6 seated oak table and patio doors to the garden. Kitchen with washer dryer and dishwasher, electric oven/hob and Siemens fridge/freezer Large enclosed garden with fruit trees and flowering perennials. GasBBQ.
Two **** accredited /gold award winning self catering holiday apartments offering exceptional value and standard of accommodation in Douglas, Isle of Man. Marble flooring with Underfloor heating and air conditioning S. Star Galaxy Granite & Oak fitted kitchens integrated fridge / freezer, dishwasher, washer dryer. Patio & BBQ Free umlimited Wi-Fi and Full Sky TV package. Plenty of space -Safe private parking. Karcher washer for bikes/ cars.
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10 Beechwwod Rise, Tromode,Douglas,Isle of Man, IM2 5NE
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Isle of Man Region
Many people who have never been to the Isle of Man are not
sure exactly where it is! The answer is that it lies in the Irish Sea, between
England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, less than 60 miles west of the Lancashire
coastline, and it is easy to get to thanks to excellent air and sea services.
The Island is a unique self-governing kingdom - a Crown dependency which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union. It has its own parliament (called Tynwald), laws, traditions, culture, cuisine and postage stamps. But as a holiday island it is best known for its very agreeable and relaxed pace of life, along with a wealth of attractions and places to stay. And while other differences include the Manx language and currency (though English is the spoken tongue and English and UK currencies are accepted everywhere), there are also reassuring familiarities - such as driving on the left and road signs in English.
It is 33 miles long, 13 miles wide and covers an area of 227 square miles. More than 40% of the Island is uninhabited.
Peel has A fabulous quaint harbour and lovely sandy beach, overlooked
by the amazingly preserved Peel Castle. An ideal place for a quieter holiday
away from the busy Douglas city life. There are many idillic and scenic walks
over hills,along riverbanks strewn with wild flowers around Peel. The beach is
ideal for children and families. there are bistros and bars along the harbour.
Peel aso houses a heritage centre and since the Island has a rich tapestry and
strong Viking connection is well worth visiting. The island is famously known
for the TT races, Manx cats, Kippers, and oldest parliament. self catering
holiday accommodation is an excellent wat to see all of the Isle of Man
Miles of sandy beaches stretch southwards from the Point of Ayre until the port of Peel is reached, the rocks changing to red sandstone. This predominates in the construction of the ancient Castle and ruined Cathedral on St. Patrick's Isle. Here the first Irish missionaries arrived in the middle of the fifth century. A tall round tower, still standing, was built by the monks as a place of refuge from the marauding Vikings. This little isle was to become a base for Viking settlers and a fort of timber, or pile, was built thus giving Peel its name. Great devastation followed the end of Norse rule and it was the Early English Kings of Man who laid the foundations of the Castle and walls we see today, the oldest parts dating from the end of the fourteenth century.
A century earlier work had begun on the Cathedral at the instigation of Symon of Iona who had been appointed Bishop by Olaff II, one of the last Viking Kings of Man. The Cathedral, named after St. German, a former bishop, took over two hundred years to complete but was always in need of repair. The roof was replaced in 1697 but by 1785 the Cathedral had become so dilapidated that it was no longer fit for divine service. In recent years an archaeological 'dig' has attracted world-wide interest. Here has been revealed evidence of continual occupation spanning 2,500 years. Graves of the early Christians contrast with those of the later Viking settlers. One such grave is that of a Viking woman, now known as 'The Lady of Peel' whose remains were found with beads, a cooking spit, shears and workbox.
With its sandy beach, breakwater and harbour, Peel has an enchantment of its own. The narrow streets once witnessed the clandestine smuggling activities of the eighteenth century. Today, fishing boats and the accompanying herring gulls are ever present making Peel the centre of the Island's fishing industry. A quota system has seen the export of salted herring to the Continent much reduced in recent years but there are still some to supply the curing houses which produce the famous Manx kipper of unbeatable quality.
The 'Story of Mann' is based at Peel and is a major attraction for young and old alike. Constructed with a concentration on audio-visual displays, the centre takes visitors through all aspects of Manx history and folklore.
To the south of Peel the coastline changes to one of grandeur as cliffs of the Manx slates rise steeply from the sea and lead to the remotest part of the Isle of Man. The Glen Maye stream has carved a gorge in which is found one of the prettiest glens managed by the Manx Government's Forestry Department. Beyond is the delightful cove of Niarbyl with its 'tail of rocks' resisting the waves. The cove contains an old fisherman's cottage, known as 'Old Tom's', now preserved as a private dwelling. Southwards, Cronk ny Irrey Lhaa with its wild moorlands rises steeply from sea level to its 1,500 feet summit. Its name means 'Hill of the Break of Day', so called because men of the fishing fleet returning to Peel after a night at sea looked for the sunrise over it. The coastline continues until Bradda Head is reached while the Calf of Man can be seen in the distance.
There are familiar High Street names, local speciality stores, the Woollen Mills at Laxey, heritage shops, excellent new facilities in Douglas and many other traditional shops across the Isle of Man. The superb Tynwald Mill Craft Centre at St John's is one of several outlets selling Manx rural craft products made right here on the Isle of Man.
Children can really let their hair down at fun attractions such as the Wet Zone, Manxland, Superbowl, Curraghs Wildlife Park, Onchan Pleasure Park, and the interactive hi-tech Manx Museum and House of Manannan. Not forgetting beaches, swimming pools, Mooragh Park at Ramsey and Silverdale's boating pool, carousel, picnic area and wildlife and nature trails.
Venues such as the beautifully restored Victorian Gaiety Theatre, Summerland, Palace Cinema, Erin Arts Centre and many lively nightspots provide great holiday entertainment for all ages.
On the Isle of Man there's never a dull moment, whatever your age and interests.
Fabulous scenery, enchanting glens, miles of uncrowded beaches, medieval castles, Victorian railways and trams, beautiful parks and gardens, international motorsport, countless opportunities for first-class angling, golf and watersports and other activities, fascinating museums and heritage centres, delicious Manx wining and dining...
Just how much more can you pack into one holiday?
Douglas has a number of tourist attractions:
The promenade curves around the bay & is 2 miles long
The Tower of Refuge is a very small castle built upon Conister Rock in Douglas Bay as a sanctuary for shipwrecked sailors. It was constructed by Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI.
The horse-drawn trams that run along the promenade from the Sea Terminal to the Manx Electric Railway station from spring to early autumn. Steam trains run south from Douglas railway station during the same time of year.
Douglas during the Tourist Trophy. The TT Grandstand marks the start and finish of the annual TT Races
The Gaiety Theatre and the Villa Marina are popular venues for all manner of stage acts - from rock music to comedy to drama to ballet. The Gaiety Theatre is one of the best surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham and dates from 1900.
The award-winning Manx Museum in Kingswood Grove is a treasure house which contains many of the most important cultural artifacts relating to the Manx nation. Some of the highlights include the Calf of Man Crucifiction Stone, the Pagan Lady's necklace from the Viking excavations at Peel Castle, and the largest collection of Archibald Knox materials. It also houses the National Art Collection, and the National Archives.
Other interesting buildings include La Locanda restaurant, in John Street, and the Douglas Hotel, on the North Quay, both merchants' houses from the mid-eighteenth century; The Castle Mona [a magnificent seaside mansion built by John Murrey, 4th Duke of Athol in 1804; and the Loch Promenade, a magnificent curving terrace of former boarding houses dating from the 1870s. Douglas is becoming increasingly renowned as it saw the first architectural essays of the Arts and Crafts architect Baillie Scott.
Bars and restaurants around and near the harbour.
Onchan park has a range of entertainment for children.
Douglas, since 1869, has been the Island's capital and the main tourist and commercial centre. Here, too, are the Legislative Buildings of its ancient parliament Tynwald whose origins go back over a thousand years when the Island became a Viking kingdom.
The magnificent sweep of Douglas Bay, against the background of green hills, has a charm hard to equal anywhere. Douglas was a pioneer in illuminations and at night presents a scene of spectacular beauty, never to be forgotten.
As the tourist industry developed rapidly in the latter half of the nineteenth century rows of hotels and boarding houses sprang up along the sea front. The sea was restrained by construction of promenades which provide a one and a half mile stroll along the front to 'take the air' and see the sights. One of these is the Tower of Refuge which has stood as a place of safety since 1832. It was built at the instigation of Douglas resident Sir William Hilary, founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Douglas owes much of its development to the fact that it provides sheltered harbourage from the prevailing winds with Douglas Head and Onchan Head at either end of the two mile sweep of the Bay. The harbour piers are named after Queen Victoria and King Edward VIII, the latter pier being one of the few public monuments to commemorate the brief reign of this monarch. The piers have welcomed millions of tourists to the Isle of Man from many parts of the world but mainly from the industrial areas of northern England and Scotland. They came in the safety of The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company under whose flag more than sixty passenger ships have sailed reflecting the latest in ship design and providing the experience of voyaging in mini-liners. Today, the harbour is protected by a new Breakwater which, in turn, shields the old one which has stood up to easterly gales for over a century. The piers are equipped with link-spans to give easy access for the thousands of cars that arrive annualy and for the container lorries that provide the Island with vital supplies.
Along the entire sea front run the Douglas Horse Trams which are now the only ones still in existence. They began life in 1872 and they remind us of a more leisurely way of life. Douglas has a modern shopping centre in Strand Street which leads on to the sea front with its centres of entertainment such as The Gaiety Theatre, now cherished as a gem of Edwardian splendour. Adjacent are the grounds of the Villa Marina with its Royal Hall. A major scheme of refurbishment will ensure that the Villa Marina remains the Island's most important venue for a wide variety of events including entertainments and cultural activities. Modern developments will see a gradual change as the Victorian hotels of the last century are either extensively modernised or replaced by new hotels providing the best of accommodation for the tourists of the next century. Behind the front can be found other places of interest such as the Manx Museum, the centre of Manx National Heritage and a fascinating treasure-house of the Island's unique history. The new sports facilities available at the National Sports Centre at King George's Park rank high in quality for the enthusiast. manxholidaycottage.com
Noble's Park provides many sporting activities and leads to the fine new Grandstand from which the world famous TT Motorcycle Races are controlled. Of the Island's population of over 71,000, about 20,000 live within the confines of the town of Douglas while the neighbouring village of Onchan has rapidly grown in recent years and now has a population of over 8,000, most of whom find employment in the capital. Onchan provides a splendid setting for Government House while its church of St. Peter stands on the site of the former church in which William Bligh married Elizabeth Beham in 1781, some years before Bligh set out on the historic voyage in HMS Bounty. The Onchan Park and Stadium provide a wide range of amenities for today's visitors.
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