September 2017


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I’m excited to let you all know that the glitz and glamour of the red carpet is coming to Glasgow next month.

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is putting on a special cine-cast of the live red carpet event at the Opening Night gala in London, followed by the European premiere of Breathe. I’ve got my tickets and you could be front and centre of the action too on October 4th 2017 from the comfort of Cineworld on Renfrew Street. Evening gowns and tuxedos are completely optional, but who am I to begrudge some mid-week glamour!

Showcasing the best of British and International filmmaking, the Opening Night gala is the start of a thrilling 12 days of world cinema. Between October 4th and 15th 2017, over 240 feature films will be showcased around various locations in London produced and directed by famous names to emerging talent breaking into the film industry. With thrillers such as ‘Blade Of The Immortal’ to the thought provoking ‘The Breadwinner’, there is a range of films catering to all genres that will surely entertain all audiences.

Sometimes you don’t realize you need a break until you arrive at your destination and for me, this was St Andrews Holiday Park with ABI Holiday Homes.

The past month has been rather hectic and my life’s possessions are currently in boxes between two properties. Quite frankly, I’m just trying to ignore them in the hope they’ll magically unpack themselves. Here’s wishing.

48 hours before getting the keys to my new home, I was invited by ABI Holiday Homes to a weekend getaway in one of their static holiday homes, situated within Abbeyford Leisure’s St Andrews Holiday Park, a mere 5 minutes from the town centre.

The timing was perfect as I needed to relax before the whirlwind that was ahead of me and looking back, I wish I had been able to stay longer.

The destination

I made my first trip to St Andrews two years ago and ever since, I’ve been hooked. From the beautiful architecture which surrounds you to the East Sands Beach, this is one destination in Scotland not to be missed.

At just under two hours from Glasgow and a pit stop to Unorthodox Roasters in Kinross en-route, we arrived at St Andrews Holiday Park and checked into our home for the next 48 hours.

The ABI Connoisseur

I have a confession to make, I had one prior experience of staying in a static holiday home and if I’m truly honest, I wasn’t impressed and felt rather claustrophobic. So to say I was a tad hesitant with my stay in an ABI Connoisseur was an understatement.

Luckily for me, all hesitations were brushed aside from the moment I opened the door. This holiday home was not short of space in the slightest and I was rather impressed.

We were met with a beautifully decorated open plan living room, kitchen and dining room which was fully fitted with everything you would need throughout your stay; even down to the dish washing liquid which we forgot to bring with us.

St Andrews Holiday Park with ABI Holiday Homes- Sofa

Exploring the rest of the holiday home, we had a spacious shower room opposite a small twin bedroom which would be perfect for children but we used this as a walk in wardrobe because quite frankly, we packed too many clothes! The master bedroom was equipped with a dressing table, wardrobe and an en-suite for good measure. A great bonus if you have a family of 4-6 staying (or a bathroom hogging boyfriend!).

What I specifically liked about the holiday home we were staying in was the attention to detail, from the soft furnishing to the ample plug sockets next to the beds. Everything was of a high standard and felt like you were living in luxury, on a budget.

St Andrews Holiday Park with ABI Holiday Homes- Master Bedroom

Each holiday home within St Andrews Holiday Park has gas central heating, double glazing, a freeview TV and free WIFI throughout, which not many Holiday Parks provide. Certain holiday homes are also dog friendly which is great if you want a break away with the entire family. Another plus from me.

A slight downside for me though was that the heating was on full blast when we entered and was rather suffocating as it was a gloriously sunny day. This was rectified by turning it off and opening every available window for the remainder of the evening. Just a little pet hate of mine and no doubt will seem rather pedantic to you all.

The Seascape

However, the main focal point for me was the incredible views of the East Sands Beach from the living room of Number 12, Seascape. I literally could not get enough of the view from the rather comfy corner sofa and not one moment went by where I didn’t stop to take it in.

From watching the local fisherman trawling to families walking down to the beach with their dogs, the location of the holiday home was perfect for a wide angled view of the horizon.

The decking area was a very welcome addition and we were greeted with a little arrival gift, two miniature bottles of wine and some biscuits, perfect for devouring while the sun set over St Andrews and watching the impromptu fireworks display over the castle.

St Andrews Holiday Park with ABI Holiday Homes- Bokeh

The next morning, the decking – complete with tables and chairs was the perfect breakfast location. In the spacious and well-equipped kitchen, we cooked our supplies (purchased from Balgove Larder, a favourite farm shop of mine in the local area) and served our food with some Aeropress coffee, courtesy of my Barista boyfriend and his travelling equipment.

St Andrews Holiday Park with ABI Holiday Homes- Breakfast on Decking

This set us up for a day of exploration ahead. The Holiday Park was in the perfect location, not only to venture into St Andrews itself but also as the starting point for some East Neuk exploration. We road tripped to Anstruther, Crail and had lunch in St Monans which deserves its own blog post relatively soon.

No trip to St Andrews is without a visit to Jannettas Gelateria. With a queue bursting out the door for takeaway orders, we were lucky to get the last sit in table before they closed. Two Scoop Pistachio Sundae with Sprinkles and Hot Fudge Sauce please. Yum.

Before we knew it, it was time to depart our holiday home in the pouring rain. Somethings never change in Scotland but when your surroundings are as beautiful as St Andrews, you don’t seem to begrudge it.

I stayed in 12 Seascape as a guest of ABI Holiday Homes. To find out more about them , check out their collection of holiday homes available for sale. If you’d like to stay at St Andrews Holiday Park, rates are available from as low as £233 for up to 6 people for 3 nights.

Have you ever stayed in a Holiday Home? Do you own one? Where is your favourite location for a Holiday Home? Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter at @ananyah