Win a Holiday worth £500 with Holiday Cottages – Ted’s First Holiday

Holiday Cottages

Do you have special places, that are personal to your family that no-one else would really understand?

Well, for us, it’s the Isle of Wight. A small Island just a few miles off the south coast of the UK. We like it there. It seems to have it’s own mini culture; a culture where the pace of life is slower and where people smile at each other. It seems to have it’s own micro climate which is a law unto itself and it has the best of both worlds; countryside and beaches. There’s lot’s to do with the kids or very little to do if you need some R & R. We like it. In fact, I liked it so much that it’s where my darling wife and I got engaged. That small island carries an awful lot of sentiment for us and now, it’s the destination of Ted’s first holiday.

We hired a beautiful little holiday cottage that was perfect for us. He visited the beach for the first time, played in the sea for the first time, went crabbing & cycling for the first time. He saw a Lion eat a chunk of meat, went on a ferry, slept 12 hours through the night and he even sat underneath a huge water fountain… But rather than bore with the written word, I’ll let you sit back and enjoy the ‘modern’ way of communicating; moving pictures!

To celebrate Ted’s first holiday (and of course Father’s Day), we’ve teamed up with Holiday Cottages to give one lucky reader (or viewer) a £500 voucher to put towards a holiday cottage of their choice, from the huge range of properties Holiday Cottages has to offer. Yes, that’s right, you could win a holiday!

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This is such an amazing offer simply because of the vast range of holiday cottages, Holiday Cottages have to offer. The don’t just have over 35 years’ experience in letting holiday cottages across the UK but they now have over 2,000 properties in their collection. Anything from quaint cottages by the sea to traditional farmhouses hidden deep in the countryside, suitable for romantic getaways for 2 or large groups of families getting away together. Many of their properties are dog friendly and even more of them are child and family friendly, often with play equipment for the kids, indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Whatever your requirements, you will find the perfect holiday accommodation within their portfolio. Their wealth of experience is second to none and alongside a friendly bookings team (and award winning website), choosing a holiday has never been easier. This would be the perfect surprise for Father’s Day! 


So all you have to do, to be in with a chance of winning an amazing holiday, is simply fill out the form below. We will be announcing the winner on Fathers Day, so someone will have an extra surprise to add to their Father’s Day celebrations. 

Good luck and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, sign up to The Dad List, join our Pinterest, add us to your circles on G+ and enjoy our photo’s on Instagram.


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Specific terms and conditions relating to the prize

  • The voucher must be used in full towards the balance of the winner’s holiday cottage booking.
  • The voucher must be redeemed before 30 June 2016.
  • The voucher can only be used on one booking and it is not possible to carry forward any of the voucher value to another booking.
  • The competition is open to UK residents only.
  • One entry per household.
  • No employees, their families or agencies of or The Dad Network are eligible to enter the prize draw.
  • No purchase is necessary for participation in this competition.
  • The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash.
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  1. Darrell Finn 20 May, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Oh for a break … any break … well, apart from my leg of course!

    • Al Ferguson 20 May, 2015 / 1:08 pm

      I know the feeling. Good luck :)

  2. zoe 20 May, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Fingers crossed for a wonderful prize!

    • Al Ferguson 22 May, 2015 / 9:28 am

      Good luck :)

  3. Sarah Jayne Pelham 20 May, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    It’s that time of year again where I get jealous of everyone having holidays abroad at work for 2 weeks and I’m like “I’ll be happy with a small cottage in somerset” lol and they just look at me. It’s not always about the sun, bbq’s, beaches. It’s about relaxing completely. Thanks for the chance, enjoy your hols if you have any coming up :D

    • Al Ferguson 22 May, 2015 / 9:28 am

      Good luck Sarah :)

  4. Siobhan Davis 20 May, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Fantastic giveaway best of luck everyone x

    • Al Ferguson 22 May, 2015 / 9:28 am

      Thank you. Good luck to you :)

    • Al Ferguson 24 May, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you!?

  5. Kelly 23 May, 2015 / 6:01 am

    Oooh sounds lovely! Pity I live in Australia :(


    • Al Ferguson 24 May, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Not sure I pity you! ;) Would love to even visit Aus?!

  6. Dawn of the Dad 23 May, 2015 / 8:17 am

    One of the first holidays I had was on the IOW. I still have an ornament filled with layers of different coloured sand. Good luck all!

  7. Kelly Edwards 23 May, 2015 / 8:40 am

    Brilliant competition, will keep my fingers crossed!


  8. Becky, Cuddle Fairy 23 May, 2015 / 8:55 am

    What a fantastic prize! looks like a lovely place to holiday #BigFatLinky

  9. Toni @ Gym Bunny Mummy 23 May, 2015 / 10:01 am

    Eeek I’m so excited for this. We can’t afford a holiday at the mo as we’re saving like mad to convert our loft so fingers crossed! #BigFatLinky

  10. Hannah Atkinson 23 May, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    What a great prize. I’ve always wanted to go to the Isle of White,bit sounds so lovely. #bigfatlinkup

    • Al Ferguson 24 May, 2015 / 9:02 pm

      It’s so nice there

  11. Kaye 23 May, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    Amazing prize!, will definitely be entering. Glad Ted had a great first hols! #bigfatlinky

  12. Lukeosaurus And Me 23 May, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    Wow, what a awesome holiday! Did Ted just feed a freaking wallaby? That’s beyond awesome. I’d love to go to IOW, I’ve actually never been but it seems like the perfect first holiday. Glad you all had such a fab time. :) Ray xx

  13. A Cornish Mum 23 May, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Ooh I had to enter this one Al! Crossed fingers ;)
    Stevie #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 24 May, 2015 / 9:05 pm

      And toes!

  14. Mummy Fever 23 May, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Oh how wonderful – great comp #bigfatlinky

  15. Mike Smith | Sunshine Dad 24 May, 2015 / 1:12 am

    What a great giveaway! Too bad I live on another continent :) Oh well, I hope someone has a lovely time!

  16. Nige 24 May, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    What a great comp must enter later well done Al great prize

  17. Wander Mum 26 May, 2015 / 9:36 am

    Great giveaway! Good luck everyone. Love the video. Looks like a great time… Haven’t been to the Isle of Wight since I was a child! #bigfatlinky

  18. Jade (Raising the Rings) 26 May, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Definitely one I couldn’t miss! I’ve never been to IOW before but would love to go, can I order the 12 hours sleep to come with it? #bigfatlinky x

  19. emma sterry 30 May, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    this would be amazing. my dad deserves a holiday, fingers and toes and eyes crossed!

  20. Mrs Rachel Heap 13 June, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    Amazing prize this would really help me and my family with booking our next holiday

  21. John Russell 18 June, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    he is always doing something! mending, sending, cooking and blending.
    OUT in the gardening doing some bending.
    I,ll buy the CASE, If you give the prize!
    I,ll break the news of this lovely surprise!!!

  22. joanne salt 19 June, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Would love a holiday with my boys, my last one didn’t end too well. Falling down a hill and breaking 4 bones isn’t the way to show your kids a good time!!

  23. Andy Grosvenor 19 June, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Nice one…there’s not much that can beat a good holiday!!! And doesn’t Dad desrve it!

  24. Cerys John 20 June, 2015 / 9:13 am

    What an amazing prize :)

  25. DONNA LEWIS 20 June, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    A break would be fantastic – but no broken bones or hearts, just a great getaway!

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