Castlemartyr saw a Rolling Stone

Castlemartyr saw a Rolling Stone

Castlemartyr is a beautiful village 20 minutes drive from Cork City and a 6 miles east of Midleton in the direction of Youghal on main Waterford road  the N25. It is also only 30 minutes drove from Cork airport. Primary roads allows access from Counties Waterford and Limerick.

Pat Shorts
  Pat Shorts Bar Castlemartyr

In recent years it modern fame was created by outside influences. The very famous and funny Pat Short purchased a pub in the village and established and excellent Gastro eatery of note.

In the past this Castlemartyr pub was owned by the local Barry family. In January 1965 out of the blue the Rolling stones landed in the villages Main Street. They were playing in the Savoy Theatre in Cork and took a break stopping off in Castlemartyr. It is said Cork was their last gig before heading off on their third tour of the US. While in Castlemartyr its reported Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones had a few drinks at Barry’s Bar before they set off again for the city.

Many years later in what was known then as the Carmelite College was purchased by a Cork Development company and it was transformed into a €70 million hotel and golf course. Which included self-catering accommodation which included  excellent lodges and houses.

When opened it was hoped to employ up to 120 people. The Capella Castlemartyr was the original name which later became the Castlemartyr Resort. The house itself is a 17th century manor house set on 220 acres. Which also included the ruins of an 800-year-old castle.

Castle Castlemartyr
Old Castle at Castlemartyr Resort

A number of famous historical names are associated with Castlemartyr Manor. It had a number of owners in the past including Walter Raleigh and Richard Boyle. To keep with its historical past one of Castlemartyr Resorts most famous room is the The Knights Bar. It has a fully restored ceiling which has a beautiful featured rococo plasterwork. Great care and attention was paid to the restoration of the Manor House. The Knights Bar in the past has received comment from the english travel writer Arthur Young.

Castlemartyr Resort
Voda Magazine photo of Castlemartyr Resort

The 18 hole links-style golf course is available to hotel guests and those that use the self-catering accommodation. The course was designed by golf course designer Ron Kirby who also created the Old Head of Kinsale golf course. The self-catering accommodation is located on the old walled garden area. Other self-catering accommodation are located at the main entrance on the Castlemartyr to Ladysbridge road.

On the old Manor grounds there is also an excellent self-catering apartment which is listed as  The Demesnes Castlemartyr.

Castlemartyr Resort Golf Links
                                                                                             Castlemartyr Resort Golf Links

Over the years this part of Cork has established itself an excellent location for a holiday or  short stay.  Visitor attractions are numerous Jameson Heritage Centre, Fota Wildlife Act among others. There is also a number of great golf courses. Some of the self-catering accommodation is ideal for wedding accommodation.

 

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Relaxing walk in a Birmingham Park

Relaxing walk in a Birmingham Park

Get some air while here.

Birmingham is an amazing city, especially if you have planned a trip with your kids, since there are amazing parks to visit and choose from. Let’s breakdown some of the beautiful parks you can visit after a morning in the comfort of your  self catering apartment or serviced apartment.

CANON HILL PARK

Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park

In Canon Hill Park you will find 5 tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini-golf course all located in the central area. You will also find a children min fun fair that operates during the weekends, there are boats that operate in the lakes during summer. You can also take a walk in the park good way to keep fit.  Cannon Park is not far outside city centre and very near some of our self-catering serviced apartments.

KINGS HEATH PARK

Kings Heath Park
    Kings Heath Park

This is the first urban park in Birmingham to achieve a Green Flag status which covers a wide range of acres. The area situated around the main house and conservatory features high quality seasonal bedding schemes, shrubs and a renovated pool area.

EASTSIDE CITY PARK

Eastside City Park is Birmingham’s first new City Centre park in over 100 years. This park is the largest single piece in Birmingham City Centre; you can also take a walk to this park.  Ideal for a relaxing time while on a short stay.

THE LICKEY HILL COUNTRY PARK

Lickey Hill Country Park
Lickey Hill Country Park

The Lickey Hill Country Park is one of the oldest parks managed by Birmingham. Here you will find Beacon Hill which is the most famous view at the Lickey Hills Country Park, the hills rises above sea level giving extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

HANDSWORTH PARK

Handsworth Park
Handsworth Park

 

Handsworth Park occupies a large acre of land in the centre of Handsworth and is a welcome oasis for the many people who visit the area. This park has been the heart of the community for a couple of years, and following its revival it continues to be popular for families, dog walkers and school going children.

There are other activities to enjoys in the Birmingham other than the parks, from art and culture, sightseeing, museum and gallery, visiting historic churches or nature reserves without breaking a bank and melting the plastic.

Birmingham is an amazing city, especially if you have planned a trip the family, you can chose to visit a number of wonderful parks.  Let’s breakdown some of the beautiful parks you can visit after a morning in the comfort of your serviced apartment or self-catering apartment.

 

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GRAND CENTRAL BIRMINGHAM

GRAND CENTRAL BIRMINGHAM

FROM SHOPPING AND EATING UNDER A GLASS ROOF TO REMINISCING ABOUT IT IN YOUR OWN SERVICED APARTMENT

Grand Central Rail Station
Grand Central Rail Station

Birmingham has become one of the most visited cities and is England’s second largest with dynamic diversity and culture. These aspects have propelled the city into an international destination for events, festivals, high quality shopping, award winning restaurants and an active night life. A short stay holiday break here can never be dull. From the comfort of your own serviced apartment get a combination of art, comedy festivals, orchestra, and self prepared cuisine from your kitchenette and read literature from your living room away from home.

While in Birmingham, the new Grand Central station is hard to miss, its an upgrade of the old New Street station it opened its doors in September 2015 after a costly superb refurbishment estimated to be over £100 million . Along with the original Birmingham New Street station, the new mall has an amazing glass atrium roof as a centerpiece that covers a combination of over 60 high quality fashion brand stores, cafes, restaurants and department stores. This has made Birmingham an investment hotspot with its world class status. Being one of the most spectacular places in the city of a thousand trades, Grand Central opens as early as 6.30am and closes at 11pm with most restaurants open until closing time. With 24 hour parking that is charged hourly and close to 500 parking spaces with great security, shopping and having fun at the station is relaxing and convenient.

Grand Central
John Lewis Anchor tenant in Grand Central Birmingham

With facilities like ATM machines, toilets and assistance desks, there would be no occasion for panic. Take a walk around the fashion stores with big entities like John Lewis, Carluccio’s, Nando’s, Tortillas, Square pie, yakinori and many others then take as many photos  and use their free wifi to upload and share your moments.  While you dine beneath the majestic glass canopy explore and enjoy the array of international restaurants infused with authentic tastes of Birmingham, colleague took a trip down here and told me about how close his self catering suite was to the grand central and how easy it was to access the services and supplies to entertain his guests.  Staycity has excellent serviced apartment in the area.  Other serviced apartment companies are  Comfortzone Apartments and City-Nites.

Sea Life Birmingham
    Sea Life Birmingham

I wouldn’t worry about a thing while in Birmingham with the good English charm, spectacular self catering suites and the array of activities and places to visit. A family trip would be worth it.

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Midleton to become center of excellence for Equestrian Dressage

Midleton to become center of excellence for Equestrian Dressage

We have in the past wrote about the Paddocks Holiday Village in East Cork in the South of Ireland. John and Ber Twomey manage a well run short stay and holiday home complex. The self-catering complex in Broomfield which is located in the north of Midleton, Co Cork.

The Paddocks
Ivery at The Paddocks Equestrian Arena

They also have  the Paddocks Equestrian Center which is fast becoming an Irish Center of excellence for dressage.

To get there if your coming from Cork and the opposite direct Waterford turn into Midleton off the N 25 . Make your way along the R626 which the Main Street, about halfway down the street turn onto the R627 following the direction to Dungourney and Tallow, Co Waterford. Continue on you ll pass the entrance to the Jameson Distillery on your right. A further half a mile and you ll see The Paddocks sign posted to the left.

Continue half a mile up Kathleen Doyles Hill until you see the entrance to the Paddocks on your left.

My journey today doesn’t end at the holiday village today I want to take a closer look at the equestrian centre the Twomeys have established.

Dressage Arena
   Dressage Arena at The Paddocks

They have 2 arenas both by the hour and by the day, The indoor arena is of an International standard with sand underfoot. It also boasts of a substantial viewing area. Acoustic sound equipment excellent lighting and an area for videoing.

John Twomey has told us that the outdoor arena has a surface mix of sand and fibre similar to top equestrian centres in Europe. On top of all that they have a grass arena with a specialized drainage system. This area is ideal show jumping and dressage.

Jildau Lanens has joined The Paddocks team and she has won national and international acclaim in the area of dressage

Horses at Paddocks
Horses at Paddocks

Going forward The Paddocks intends to focus very much dressage. The South Munster Youth Dressage Development Training will be holding a development event. This will be conducted by International Grand Prix Rider and HSI High Performance Pony and Junior Team Manager, Anne Marie Dunphy . It will take place at The-Paddocks-Midleton on Sunday 22nd November 2015

Subsidised cost per 40min private lesson is €40. We are told it is open to all DI members under 25, priority given to South Munster members and then on a first come-first served basis. Please contact the Paddocks to arrange stabling if required at the venue. Bookings through Keith Spillane 087–892–4547.

Dressage
  Dressage

Self-catering-accommodation Cork can also be got either at the-Paddocks-Holiday-Village or neighbour complexes like Fota and others. Check on www.goholidaylets.com for all your self-catering Cork needs.

Stay with South Munster Dressage a number of Training Dates are announced with Annmarie Dunphy

The dates of Regional Training with Annmarie Dunphy are as follows :-
• Thursday 26th November
• Thursday 17th December

For information on regional training, please contact Keith Spillane at 087–892–4547.

 

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GET THE BEST OUT OF BIRMINGHAM THIS SEASON

GET THE BEST OUT OF BIRMINGHAM THIS SEASON

ITS FINALLY HERE!!!!!! Yes! The time of the year that almost everybody awaits. Want to experience what Birmingham has to offer you this season? You can start by securing your accommodation at a self-catering- rental or maybe a serviced-apartment because there is a lot this glorious city has to offer this time of year that you really do not want to miss out on.

Birmingham Library
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Apart from Santa, various artists and bands will be coming to town.

World reknowned rock band, Nickleback, has been touring the world in  support of their new album No fixed address and guess what!!! They will be having a concert at the Venting arena in  Birmingham on the 21st of November 2015.

Singer/Songwriter Paul Weller will be having a 10 date arena tour in the winter and will be heading to the Barclay Card Arena on the 27th of November.   One of our serviced apartments accommodations providers  City-Nites  is located meters  from the Barclaycard-Arena  ideal location for your short stay

The awaited Birmingham International Tattoo, where world class performers join local performers to create a three hour spectacle with over 1000 performers this is the biggest indoor international tatoo in Britain. You really do not want to miss this. It will be held from the 28th to 29th of November at the Barclay Card Arena.

Barclaycard Arean
                                                              Barclaycard Arena

The BBC awards this year will be hosted in Birmingham at the Genting arena on Thursday the 10th of December. This years awards will feature performances from Ellie Goulding, Hozier, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, Mumford and Sons, OMI and One direction. Tickets can be purchased from BBC.co.uk/musicawards.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market and craft market set to start on the 12th of November  is on going and will be running till the 22nd of December. Said to be the largest Christmas market in Britain with over 180 stalls you will definitely experience different aspects of culture from amazing food to beautiful works of art, its an amazing opportunity to shop for gifts and souvenirs. With people coming from all over the UK and Europe for the exhibition you can be sure not to be disappointing

Birmingham at Christmas time
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Cinderella, the first ever production of its kind, the worlds biggest pantomime with a cast of over 100 including stars Bradley Walsh, Paul O’Grady and Dick and Dom. This one is definitely one not to miss featuring that largest panto stage ever and a 50 ft high castle, if you have kids, the kids will definitely love it. Its going to be a brilliant family show at the Barclaycard-Arena.

Dont forget www.goholidaylets.com are provide you with excellent serviced-apartment-accommodation ideally located to attend any of these events.

NAVARRA, THE GREEN SPAIN

NAVARRA, THE GREEN SPAIN

Navarra is a province in northern Spain that borders the Basque country. Pamplona is the capital and only city, while the rest are small Spanish villages and towns. The residents widely speak Spanish although Basque is the official language.

Pamplona , Navarra
                                    Pamplona capital of the Spanish Navarra Region

In Navarra, various regions have their own unique features. The Pyrenees in the north has a beautiful, calm and quiet mountain range with exquisite landscapes, La Riviera in the south is plain fertile land with the Ebro River running through and La Zona Media has extensive canyons like Hoces de Lumbier and Arbayun.
Having been ranked as Spain’s top in living standards, Navarra makes a perfect place for a holiday lettings and rentals accommodation. Visiting the town would be a fulfilling experience with the plenty of self catering apartments available. The fairly priced amenities with good views of the city that has been called Green Spain give you a chance to enjoy either a long or brief holiday all the same. The vineyards are extensive and the waterfalls are surreal.

Navarra
View of the countryside in the Navarra Region

Getting to Navarra could be through flights to Noain, by bus, or by train. A train ride from Madrid Alocha for instance takes four and a half hours while the same from Barcelona lasts six hours; it depends on how quick you need to get there. Renting a car is more personal with plenty of time to see the beauty and the sights.
A holiday in Navarra will get you to experience Spanish traditional festivals and cuisine. The most renowned festival is the ‘running of the bulls’ festival in San fermin every July in the city of Pamplona

Its picturesque beautiful towns like Artajona full of medieval walls, Estella, Olite, formerly seat of Navarre’s kings, Tudela and Roncesvalles always a worthwhile visit.
Navarrese Carnivals with their typically unique Zanpantzarrak.

Pamplona
                                         Plaza del Castillo Pamplona

The town of Olite was once home to the kings of Navarra and is now the wine making capital; the vineyards are beautiful with a combination of rivers and mountain ranges. Top wine makers like Julian Chivite, Guelbenzu, Castillo de Monjardin and Bodegas Ochoa all of whom make quality cabernet, merlot and tempranillo. During a stay in Navarra, a wine tour will be of great help in expanding your wine pallet and at the same time enjoy the cuisine. Fresh from the pasture and green land, the food if full of natural spices and herbs full of flavor. The markets are filled with natural fresh produce which you can prepare in your own self catering suite in your preference.

University of Navarra
The University of Navarra

Navarre is a great holiday rental destination with plenty of culture, history, cuisine and rich wine. Take a look at www.goholidaylets.com plan book your holiday rental and enjoy a pleasant holiday.

Marbella one of the top places to visit in Spain

Marbella one of the top places to visit in Spain

Marbella, a city in Andalucía south of Spain, is very popular with international tourists mostly from the United Kingdom. It lies on the Mediterranean coast with beautiful beaches and sights to visit. The city has existed since the 7th century and one of the municipalities of the Costa del Sol. Since then, it has drastically grown and modernized but still preserves most of its prehistoric sites and buildings. This makes it rich in culture and Spanish history.

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The cosmopolitan city, renowned for the rich and famous, has attractive, warm and welcoming residents so much that it is renowned as one of the top visited cities in Spain.  Those of us on budgets can easily afford any of the apartments to rent in Marbella.
One of these sights is El Casco Antiguo or Old Town, Remains old Roman civilization are still present. Places of interest on a trip to Marbella include School Street, Murallas Del Castillo, Villa Romana (green river), the town hall, the mayor’s house and the old Roman baths at Guadalmina. In all these areas you can find wonderful Marbella apartments that you can book online. There is the famous chapel of Santiago and the Remains of the Arabic castles. Connecting with the old town is a garden with fountains and sculptures from Alvenida del mar that leads to the beautiful beach. These old places blend in with the new Marbella even the type of Marbella villas that are built blend with surroundings.  Villas in Spain are hugely popular for holiday accommodation particularly this part of Costa del Sol.

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Home 770 Marbella Spain

Basilica Vega Del mar was an early Christian church and burial site near the Guadalmina River. Built in the 16th century, it has significant Spanish history where Emperor Constantine’s tombstone was discovered. The site is free entry for all at any time and the keys are either at Marbella or San Pedro tourist offices.
At the Roman villas and baths, an ancient site at Rio Verde whose floors are covered with black and white mosaic stones, the famous medusa’s head covered with snakes is also one of the mosaics . it is said to be an ancient scarecrow to warn intruders that the gods were watching.

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On the west of Marbella is a beautiful stretch of luxurious villas to rent in Marbella suburbs and in estates on the mountain and seafront. It is so beautiful that King Fahd of Arabia chose to build his palace here in the beautiful surrounding. Spending a getaway one of these holiday rental Marbella Villas is a great first-hand experience of the beauty of Spain, the scenery is breathtaking.
Marbella is a destination where you can combine a Costa del Sol villa  holiday with a round of golf, an excursion, visit art exhibitions as well as authentic Spanish cuisine. A visit to any beach provides opportunities for sailing, water jets, amusement parks visits, beachfront restaurants and clubs. There are plenty of Michelin star restaurant with both Spanish and continental cuisine; good enough for the late king of Saudi to spend 80 million Euros on his guests just for one summer holiday. Los Cuchillos walk is strips filled with great restaurants, bars and shops or enjoy a ride on a catamaran ferry. Boat rides and daily cruises at relatively cheap tickets.

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To get around the city, walking is the easiest means. It is the best and quickest way to get around the narrow busy streets while sightseeing the old town. To get the real tourist feel, horse-drawn carriages can take you on a relaxing ride around the town. They can conveniently take you places where cars wouldn’t and are a romantic way to enjoy a couple’s holiday. Taxis are also available especially when coming from or going to the airport. Car rentals are easy with a wide variety in prices and car preferences convenient for trips around Andalucía.
In Marbella, you cannot help but shop in the array of boutiques with brands like Zara & Mango, Habitat, Marks & Spencer, and many more for clothes, shoes, jewellery and souvenirs to bring back home. After a good shopping spree, wind down with a visit to the rich Spanish culture displayed in museums such as the Bonsai Museum and the Ralli Museum. Ancient artefacts are displayed and provide information about the past. Another way would be to explore one of the ten golf courses spread out through Marbella with a view of the mountains that surround the city.
In Benalmadena, a town between Torremolinos and Fuengirola, a large number of tourists go to see the nice beaches, castles and the 33 meters tall Buddhist Benalmádena Stupa which is the biggest in Europe.
For a great quiet relaxing Spanish adventure, Marbella is a good place to enjoy and a learn a few thing about the Spanish culture. Goholidaylets are well established here with quality Marbella apartment luxurious Benalmadena villas and other holiday rental properties. List your property for free with www.goholidayets.com today.

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Bangkok The City You Will Never Forget

Bangkok The City You Will Never Forget

BANGKOK THE PLACE TO BE

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. The city of Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and its no formula to why it does because it a city of differences with action going on at every area like marveling at the shiny temples, catching a tuk tuk along the busy china town or taking a sail through the floating markets. You can get both local dishes served at humble streets to international cuisines which can be enjoyed at romantic rooftops in restaurants.

Bangkok Damnoen-Saduak
There are many luxuries complete with sea boutiques and markets, where you can do loads of shopping without having to break a bank, in fact there are five star hotels that are cheaper and offer you the same famed Thai hospitality.

THE CLIMATE
The kind of climate found in Bangkok is tropical climate; the temperatures typically range from 10 to 38C. The area rains mostly in May to July and it’s usually during the months of November and December, with the weather pattern you can choose when to go for a holiday in the city.
After choosing your month of visit and now ready to travel, these are some of the exciting places to visit amidst others in Bangkok.

BANGKOK TEMPLES AND GRAND PALACE VIEW
There are Hundreds of temples across the city, it can be quiet confusing to choose which ones to visit while on vacation, but this is a tour that offers more than enough experience and continuously educates and excites visitor’s especially first time visitors.

Bangkok Market
                                                                   Bangkok Market

Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, this is a magnificent place for selfies, food etc. visit here during the morning hours to escape the heat later in the day and the liveliness of the market though its usually crowded but don’t let that put you off as it is an enjoyable morning out of the city norms and you get to feel the sense of the place.

WHITE ORCHID DINNER CRUISE
Enjoy the best of scrumptious buffet dinner while you view Bangkok on a cruise boat. Sip on a welcome drink as you cruise in style while getting entertained by live band, Thai classical dancing, this kind of tour presents the best of the river and city.

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DREAM WORLD
If you have traveled with your kids to Bangkok this is definitely a place they will love, promising a spectacular experience from the huge amusement parks, exploring the exciting shows and rides in its four land of dreams, pools and castles.
Those are some of the tourist areas narrowed down though there are more exciting places to tour in the city of Bangkok. This is a city that you will love to come back to over and over (I think one can never get enough of it).   In terms of accommodation Bangkok has some excellent sel-catering apartments and villas.   Thailand holiday accommodation is of a very high standard. Places like Pattaya  Phuket  Krabi have all beautiful splendid holiday villas and apartments.  If your searching on out website www.goholidaylets.com  just enter words holiday accommodation Thailand.  Also check out our free listing page for your holiday rental accommodation.

On A Short Stay Visit To Amsterdam And Its Attractions

On A Short Stay Visit To Amsterdam And Its Attractions

Amsterdam is a unique city. Despite the obvious presence of thousands of visitors, its life remained real. To observe it is enough to stroll along the canal streets or to sit for a while in one of Amsterdam many cafes. Nevertheless, there are places in the city you should not miss during your visit. Here is our list of the best of the best.

Becareful what you ask for in a Coffee Shop
Be-careful what you ask for in a Coffee Shop

AMSTERDAM CANAL RING

The city old center is formed from canal rings, which give you the feeling of space, freedom and peace. Walk through these canal streets or better – take a trip with a boat by boarding one of the tourist cruises or by renting the boat yourself.
RIJKS MUSEUM

The Rijks museum is the largest and the most attractive museum in the Netherlands, with more than one million visitors each year. These marvelous paintings reflect history and character of the Dutch. Unique sculptures and various antiquities as traditional furniture, Delftware, silver, ship models and doll houses complete the show.
HET SCHEEPVAART MUSEUM – THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

After its renovation The Maritime Museum is a captivating place to visit, especially with children. With a sail ship at its quay, packed with modern multimedia attractions exhibit and rich collection of fine paintings, old maps and remarkable ship models, this colourful and enjoyable museum will help you understand the history of the Netherlands – a small nation which was centuries ago one of the world’s greatest sea powers.

A quiet stroll by the canal
A quiet stroll by the canal

VAN GOGH MUSEUM

This modern museum houses some 200 paintings and 550 sketches showing Van Gogh in all his moods. This biggest in the world collection, combined with hundreds of letters by Van Gogh, and selected works by his friends and contemporaries, form the core of the museum’s collection.
OUDE KERK

This huge old protestant church with little houses clinging to its sides remains a calm heaven at the heart of the feverish Red Light District. Its buildings, especially the Gothic-renaissance style octagonal bell tower, were used by sailors to get their behavior. For some adults, an evening walk in the nightlife area around the church might be interesting.

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AMSTERDAM BROWN CAFE

After a busy day of walking enjoy a simple meal or just a coffee or beer in one of many Amsterdam old cafes called brown. At first it will seem too much from the past and too crowded, but the atmosphere is unique, people are famously friendly, Amsterdam accommodation is family friendly prices low. Relax and watch most of people around will be locals. Feel like one of them, the real Amsterdammers.

When you decide to go there feel free to ring us on 00441213149153 our Customer Care Team are available to advise on self-catering accommodation, both short stay and holiday stay.
We call it our Amsterdam collection, the self-catering Amsterdam apartments are really superb if its the museums or canal walks we can locate you nearby. Book early for the Madonna Concert in December 2015.

OUTLINE OF FAIRTRADE KENYAN TEA

OUTLINE OF FAIRTRADE KENYAN TEA

Fairtrade black and green tea grown in Kenya

Kenyan tea is some of the best quality black tea in the world. Tea from Kenya has won international praise for its taste and aroma. Kenya tea is so popular that it is the beverage of choice served in restaurants and cafés across Kenya and other parts of the world.

 

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Kenya is one of the world’s top producers and exporters of tea. Kenyan tea is also the top foreign exchange earner for the Kenyan economy, followed by horticulture, tourism and Kenyan coffee. Because pure Kenyan tea is very superior in quality compared to other teas of the world, most tea exported from Kenya is sold in blended form – it’s used for blending with other teas to produce some of the popular blends available in grocery stores across the United States, Europe, Asia and other markets.

Tea growing areas in Kenya

Most Kenya tea is grown in the highlands west of the Rift Valley, Kericho region, in particular, is where most of the large-scale tea plantations are found. Other tea farming also takes place in the highlands east of the Rift Valley as well as in central Kenya.

Rich in Antioxidants

In its purest form, Kenyan tea has gained recognition in markets across the world because it has been proved to have higher levels of antioxidants compared to teas produced in other parts of the world.

Kenyan black tea is known to have higher levels of antioxidants compared to teas from other parts of the world. The quality of black tea depends on the number of top young leaves harvested, the mode of harvesting, and the care with which the green leaves are handled. Only the upper young leaves and a bud are handpicked and skillfully processed. Kenyan tea has a distinct bright color and aromatic flavor, thanks to the country’s tropical climate and rich volcanic soils.

 

Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea

Kenya black tea production process

Black tea is processed from young, soft leaves, buds and stems which are then fermented before being rolled and dried.

Tea processing is accomplished through the cut, twist and curl (CTC) process, where all the leaves, buds and stems are crushed/ground to equal sizes, mostly dust and fanning’s, yielding stronger, thicker and brighter teas and ensuring a higher number of cups of tea per unit measure. Most of the teas packaged in tea bags are produced using the CTC method.

On the other hand, the approved method of processing tea is a traditional method of Kenya tea production that involves rolling leaf into smaller particles, suitable for multiple infusions. It production uses only top quality leaves and buds that produce strong, robust flavor resulting in higher quality and better tasting tea.

Green tea from Kenya

Kenya is not only winning acclaim for its black tea, but its green tea is gaining an serious edge. Due to the anti-oxidants and health benefits derived from green tea, Kenya is now producing and packaging green tea, white tea for the health-conscious consumer.

Unlike the production process for black tea, green tea is processed without fermentation in order to preserve the nutrients that contain the health benefits. Freshly cut, young, downy leaves are steamed and then rolled and dried to make green tea. White tea, on the other hand, is made from tea buds.

The buying and selling process of Kenyan tea

About 60 percent of the tea in Kenya is produced by small-scale farmers. These farmers then sell their produce through the Kenya Tea Development Authority, the body in charge of collecting and processing the tea leaves, who in turn sell it to the outside market through the auction process or by direct sales and other private factory offers. Some small-scale farmers also sell their teas directly to consumers, private buyers and importers/exporters without necessarily going through the normal auction process.

The remaining 40 percent of Kenyan tea is grown on large, privately-owned farms. The owners of these farms process and then sell their tea through the Mombasa Tea Auction, the second largest tea auction in the world.

Tea from Kenya is bought and exported as straight-line – pure Kenyan tea blended, packaged, loose or as per specific market or customer requirement. All tea bought from the Mombasa Tea Auction or through direct sales and other private arrangements is then exported to Egypt, United Kingdom, Unites States, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, India, China and many other international destinations for sale in those markets.

 

Have a quick cup
Have a quick cup

Where in the world

If you live in apart of the world where you can source Kenyan teas it would be worth a try.

In London for instance Marks and Spencer stock Pure Origin Mount Kenya Teabags well worth trying. You will not be disappointed in how nice a cup it produces. In fact it is hard to make a bad cup of tea with these teabags. I can’t say enough just how amazing the tea tastes. They are also Fairtrade which just makes the tea taste even better.

Just as amazing is Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Kenyan Fairtrade Fine Tea. Try Kenyan tea when you visit London on a short stay break or rent one of www.goholidaylets.com holiday apartments, Kenya is a country famed for its long distance runners…just look at this year’s London Marathon winners. But that’s not the only impressive export from this beautiful East African country. Did you know that thanks to Kenya’s perfect climate along the Rift Valley, the country provides nearly 53% of the tea leaves we Brits drink in our daily cuppa?

Kenyan Tea is at the heart of many of Britain’s favorite teas blends making up the 165 million cups of tea we drink each and every day in the UK.

 

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