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NOVASOL Self-catering Rentals | Affordable Rentals Abroad‎ plus WIN a bundle of holiday goodies worth £200

Self Catering Rentals are all the rage these days aren’t they with a number of different companies out there renting properties to people wanting to explore Europe on their own terms. However NOVASOL Holiday Homes stand apart from the crowd with over 50 years experience in the market and with over 44,000 holiday homes across Europe from as little as 299 GBP per property per week.

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Whilst as a child France was pretty much the only destination family and friends holidayed on self drive trips, it is now popular and very easy to self drive all over Europe. Families can avoid sky rocketing air fares and resort costs by renting a charming (and cost-effective) holiday home just a ferry ride away.  France remains as popular as ever but its worth looking closely at both Belgium and Holland, as due to their location in Europe and with ferries from both Newcastle and Hull, they can sometimes be just as easy to travel to.


France has always been a favourite with Brits due to the short ferry crossing from Dover to Calais or the even shorter 25 minutes trip by Eurotunnel. And once you’ve filled the car with enough clothes for what seems like a month you’re good to go with just a few travel games to play in the car en route!

over 44,000 holiday homes across Europe from as little as 299 GBP per property per week.

Last Summer we spent a week exploring Northern France and loved the variety of accommodation we stayed in, from gites to hotels, small bed & breakfast properties and large apartments. The Northern shores of France have something to offer everyone and with the expansion of Nausicaä Centre National de la Mer in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Arques 45 minutes to the east of Boulogne, and only 45 minutes from Calais becomes a fantastic option.

Novasol have a row of four beautifully furnished properties to rent, which share a large indoor swimming pool, heated all year round. Each holiday property has its own private garden. There is a games area for children with a slide, cabin and trampoline, and there are five mountain bikes available. On the edge of the town of Arques, famous for its glass and crystal making, and only 10km from the centre of the historic town of St. Omer with its canals, squares and 18-hole golf course. Discover the WW2 museum and underground bunker at La Coupole, an amazing day out for the whole family. The owner is a master of wines and can provide an introductory wine appreciation course (charged separately). F62125 is an eco-friendly property using solar heating and has been adapted with wheelchair users in mind.

Arques, France:

NOVASOL Self-catering Rentals | Affordable Rentals Abroad‎ Arques France


The property:

  • 880 GBP per week in July
  • 8 Guests, 3 Bedrooms
  • Converted barn with large shared indoor swimming pool (heated year-round)
  • Games area in the garden and mountain bikes to use
  • 10km from the centre of the historic town of St. Omer with its canals, squares and 18-hole golf course

NOVASOL Self-catering Rentals | Affordable Rentals Abroad‎ Arques France

Things to do:

  • Nausicaä Centre National de la Mer
  • Parc Naturel Régional des Caps et Marais d’Opale
  • Day trip to Lille: Gothic cathedral, flea markets, Lille zoo and natural history museum
  • Discover the WW2 museum and underground bunker at La Coupole, an amazing day out for the whole family.
  • The owner is a master of wines and can provide an introductory wine appreciation course (charged separately).


This comfortable holiday home in Terkaple, Holland is located on the waterfront and is a really affordable rentals abroad . The house has a kitchen equipped with modern appliances, a spacious bathroom and a cosy living room. You can sit on the porch outside, and enjoy the view of the water and the holiday park. In addition, the house has a private dock for your personal or rented boat. You can visit the lake Sneekermeer for sailing, fishing and swimming. The towns of Joure, Heerenveen and Sneek are located close to the holiday home and Terkaple is only 2 hours drive from The Hook of Holland near Rotterdam where ferries from Hull arrive. This makes this property perfect for people who live in the North of the UK.

NOVASOL Self-catering Rentals | Affordable Rentals Abroad‎ Belgium


The property:

  • 758 GBP per week in July
  • 6 Guests, 3 Bedrooms
  • Modern holiday home in Dutch holiday park directly on the water
  • Boat hire, bike hire and nearby horse riding available
  • Visit the lake Sneekermeer for sailing, fishing and swimming

NOVASOL Self-catering Rentals | Affordable Rentals Abroad‎ Belgium

Things to do:

  • Rent a boat on site and explore the Dutch waterways
  • Aquazoo Friesland (aquatic mammals and birds)
  • West Frisian Islands – Island hopping
  • De Alde Feanen National Park

Belgium – Affordable Rentals Abroad 

This apartment is located in Oostduinkerke, near Koksijde just over the border into Belgium from France and a mere 50 minutes from Calais. The apartment is on the ground floor and is located within walking distance from the beach, the sea and the boulevard. You can also easily reach the restaurants and shops in the area by walking. The well-known Coast Tram (Kusttram) runs past the building and the immediate surrounding area offers much more than just sun, sea and beach. With your children you may visit the Plopsaland situated about 11 km away in the place called De Panne. An indoor pool is 2 km away. Other interesting seaside resorts to explore during your holidays are Ostend, Bredene and De Haan.



The property:

  • 903 GBP per week in July
  • 5 Guests, 2 Bedrooms
  • Bright and contemporary ground floor apartment on the Belgian coast
  • Fully fenced outdoor terrace


Things to do:

  • Enjoy paddling, sailing or riding ‘kwistax’ pedal carts along the beach
  • Nearby horse riding lessons and experiences
  • Plopsaland de Panne Theme Park

If you’ve been inspired to book a holiday in one of these self-catering properties, we have something to make your holiday even more fun. One lucky reader will win a bundle of goodies worth £200. Here’s what could be yours, all you need to do is enter your email address in the form below to enter.

Win a bundle of goodies worth £200, to help make your family holiday even more enjoyable.

Win a bundle of goodies worth £200, to help make your family holiday even more enjoyable.

Fire HD 8 Tablet

Belkin PocketPower Charging Bank

Waterproof Phone Case (up to 20 metres)

SONY Foldable Headphones

Portable Mini Speaker

Eastpak Padded Backpack

Inflatable Portable Lounger Couch

Portable Picnic Blanket Beach Mat

2x Usborne Holiday Sticker Books

Aerobie Frisbee

Torpedo Bandits Swimming Pool Diving Game

Nivea Sun Spray & After Sun


Terms and conditions:
1. The winner will receive the items listed above, which will be sent by NOVASOL Holiday Homes to their address. The prize is not transferable; no cash alternative is available and it is subject to availability. The prize cannot be modified.
2. Competition entrants must be aged over 18, and live in the UK.
3. The winner will be notified by Thursday 3 June 2018 by Twitter and/or email.
4. The chosen entrant must confirm acceptance by 10th June 2018, otherwise another entrant will be selected.

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  • Reply
    Michael Garlick
    30th April 2018 at 11:04 am

    Nice assortment of prizes

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    Sam | North East Family Fun Travel Blog
    1st May 2018 at 9:37 am

    This is such a fab giveaway Karen! Fingers crossed!

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    Cathy (Mummytravels)
    2nd May 2018 at 10:19 am

    What a great giveaway – and after lots of family holidays myself in France when I was younger, a good reminder that the Netherlands and Belgium are also an option.

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    Carrie - Flying With A Baby
    3rd May 2018 at 9:17 am

    Fabulous giveaway. I love the fact the swimming pools are heated all year round. Perfect for kids on a rainy day!

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    3rd May 2018 at 10:13 pm

    These look beautiful!

    And this giveaway is amazing

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    Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me)
    4th May 2018 at 11:53 am

    Fantastic prize. All the best to the entrants!

  • Reply
    4th May 2018 at 7:54 pm

    What an absolute fab prize! We have had France on our list for the last two years 🙂 good luck to everyone. x

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    Chloe: Picture Taker Memory Maker
    5th May 2018 at 7:26 am

    They look like fab budget-friendly options. The ones in France look beautiful!

  • Reply
    5th May 2018 at 11:32 am

    These villas are lovely! The perfect way to enjoy a European summer. And I’ve entered the giveaway – fingers crossed!

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    Sarah Christie
    5th May 2018 at 2:36 pm

    What a great comp and the accommodation looks fab, I love the Holland one x

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    7th May 2018 at 8:26 am

    I actually love self catering rentals – its just so much fun to cook with friends or whomever you’re traveling with 🙂 #MondayEscapes

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    7th May 2018 at 8:28 am

    This looks all lovely, esp the one at the Belgian coast. I love the Belgian coast. We have a little one on the way and a home instead of a hotel room does sound preferable with a baby.

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    7th May 2018 at 9:55 am

    Nice looking homes! #mondayescapes

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    7th May 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Sounds like a nice giveaway. I can’t enter but good luck to the winner. #MondayEscapes

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    Keri | Ladies What Travel
    7th May 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve not really done any holidays of this type as an adult, I think now the kids are older it might be a good option for me to consider to make things more affordable! #MondayEscapes

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    Emma Raphael
    7th May 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Self catering in Holland and Belgium really appeal to us, we are contemplating driving back to our other home – Munich this Summer, stopping off along the way! Fabulous giveaway too! 🙂

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    Angharad Paull
    7th May 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Wow, these properties look stunning and great tips about Northern France. Have entered the giveaway too!

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    8th May 2018 at 9:26 am

    These all look really beautiful! I love self catering rentals. They are really better when you are on a long holiday.

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    Shanna Schultz
    8th May 2018 at 3:41 pm

    The property in France looks AMAZING! It looks like a great base to explore that region of France! Adding this to our short list of places to stay…

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    Zena's Suitcase
    8th May 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I think self catering holidays are a great option for families. It’s nice to take things at your own pace and have your own four walls too. It’s great to see so many options available across Europe these days too

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    Nicky@ Go Live Young
    8th May 2018 at 9:49 pm

    What a great giveaway. The villas look lovely. Self catering is always a great option for families #MondayEscapes

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    9th May 2018 at 1:45 am

    I especially love the house in Arques – so beautiful! #mondayescapes

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    Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    9th May 2018 at 8:05 am

    Great giveaway! I love the variety of holiday options available through Novasol

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    9th May 2018 at 4:24 pm

    We often self cater as it’s by far the easiest option for us. The Flanders house is in an area I hope to explore one day. #Mondayescapes

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    Kayleigh Watkins
    9th May 2018 at 8:53 pm

    They sound like fantastic places to visit, great for families, couples, or friends, my children would love to go, we have never been abroad but really want to change that, we usually stay in UK cottages, but I’m going to start buying passports one at a time so we can book somewhere, hopefully a last minute bargain xXx

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    Sam - Travelling With Our Kids
    12th May 2018 at 9:39 pm

    We love self catering holidays. So much easier for our boys with their dietary needs. It also means more space instead of stuck in one room. Looks like a great competition. #MondayEscapes

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    Ariana - World of Travels with Kids
    16th May 2018 at 7:08 am

    So many great options here, I’m inspired to visit Europe. We prefer self catering for sure!

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    Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    17th May 2018 at 10:36 am

    Absolutely brilliant giveaway! Fingers x

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    29th May 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Brilliant Giveaway! Would keep all my family occupied for months. xx

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    Margaret Jones
    30th May 2018 at 8:19 am

    Fantastic prizes. Everything we need for our family holidays.

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    Erica Field
    30th May 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Great giveaway Great reviews too

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    Christine Wilkinson
    30th May 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Great giveaway thank you minitravellers.co.uk this would give a wonderful array of things to do when home and away, fingers crossed!

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    Linda Ford
    30th May 2018 at 3:17 pm

    We have never been on a holiday like this before, but I do like the look of the rentals. Self catering is best for us with fussy eaters. Such a fab bundle in your giveaway xx

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    Ann Sandover
    30th May 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Lovely prizes. Thanks for entry

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