Win a week’s stay at an adorable and chic shepherd’s cottage in County Durham

Shepherds, I think we can all agree, are among the least heralded and yet most hardworking members of the great rural community. They’re out there in all weathers, whistling, waving a stick and generally making sure sheep don’t wander into trouble. They gifted their name to one of the most satisfying foodstuffs yet devised by humanity. How many vocations are so wholesome they get a pie named after them? Truly, shepherds, you’ve done us proud, and not least in the explosion of cute shepherd’s huts acting as rustic boltholes popping up across the country of late.

Kate and Richard Hodgson aren’t shepherds but dairy farmers, and opened their brand new shepherd’s hut at the start of July. This two-person hideaway has got absolutely everything going for it: it’s on their 330-acre farm near Ingleton in County Durham, about 20 minutes outside Darlington, and is therefore in easy reach of the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. There are loads of walking and cycling routes in this part of the world, and there’s the two-Michelin Star Raby Hunt restaurant a five-minute drive away in Summerhouse too.

It’s got great views across the valley, and lots of little touches which make this far more luxurious than your average hillside bothy: inside the traditional, wood-panelled exterior there’s a cast-iron wood-burner, a proper king-size bed and an HD television as well as an en suite bathroom with a power shower. Given that Kate and Richard’s other holiday properties include the five-star gold-standard Mill Granary and Mill Byre on the farm as well as the cute Church Cottage in nearby Gainford and Cheeseborough House, a Grade II-listed former weaver’s cottage in Barnard Castle, it’s not so surprising that the latest addition to their portfolio condenses all of the trademark rustic cosiness and modern conveniences of their other properties.

Enter our prize draw this month and you can win a week’s stay in the shepherd’s hut, and on top of that, you’ll get a bottle of champagne on arrival. To be in with a chance of winning, send your name and contact details on a postcard to Living North, Studio 2, St Nicholas Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RJ, enter online at or email Please mark your entry SHEPHERDS HUT. All entries to be received by Friday 29 September. Not the winner? For more information on the shepherd’s hut and other properties

Mill Granary Cottages
Middleton House, Ingleton DL2 3HG
01325 730339

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Win a Garden Pavilion |

Every garden deserves a cosy outdoor retreat that can be used rain or shine.

The Scanline Pavilion range from Nordic Garden Buildings ensures you have an insulated garden room, which can be used 365 days of the year. This maintenance free double-glazed building is designed to stay beautiful and to last, ensuring you spend evenings and weekends enjoying your new garden room instead of painting, staining or repairing. Including a high security door and window locking features, your garden room can be decked out with a table and chairs for dining, and can serve as a home for plants.

We have one prize available to win, comprising of a Scanline Evia Pavilion from Nordic Garden Buildings, worth £6,195.

For more information on the Scanline Evia Pavilion, plus other garden buildings from Nordic Garden Buildings, visit

  • We have one prize available to win from Nordic Garden Buildings, from £6,195
  • The prize comprises of one white Scanline Evia Pavilion, including delivery and installation. The pavilion measures 2838mm x 2656mm x 2656mm (H x W x D)
  • A concrete base must be installed by the winner before the pavilion is installed
  • The winner is responsible for the cost of the concrete base
  • The winner is responsible for ensuring planning permissions (if applicable) are in place before the pavilion is installed
  • The closing date of the competition is 11:55 am, Thursday 19 October, 2017
  • The winner will be notified and prize arranged after this date

The closing date for this competition is 11:55 am, Thursday 19 October, 2017. Please note that this competition is open to UK residents only. Installation not on mainland England, Scotland or Wales may be subject to additional charges.


Enter now for your chance to win a garden pavilion worth over £6,000, from Nordic Garden Buildings – in this competition on

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Win a holiday in Bali Worth £4,000

Win a holiday in Bali worth £4,000, where you’ll spend five nights at Como Shambhala Estate in Ubud, Bali

Wellness pioneer COMO Shambhala celebrates two decades of existence at the same time as Condé Nast Traveller, so to celebrate we’ve teamed up with Healing Holidays to give away an incredible holiday for two in Bali worth £4,000

Fertile volcanic peaks, thick jungle and the roaring Ayung River – you don’t need to be a shaman to sense Ubud’s restorative energy. There are many holistic hideaways in the surrounding hills, but it’s COMO Shambhala Estate that remains the safest-bet, five-star refuge for smart travellers seeking spiritual highs.

The holistic sanctuary is grand and graceful, with butler-tended suites, lush deep-green pools and the most beautiful, calming surroundings. It is known for its personalised programmes and ahead-of-the-curve treatments, from Hindu water blessings and chakra-healing sessions to workouts in the jungle gym and guided walks around the spectacular estate.

The winner and their guest will spend five nights at the pioneering wellness retreat courtesy of Healing Holidays; as well as bed-and-breakfast accommodation, the prize includes airport transfers, a COMO Shambhala Signature Massage each, a lunch or dinner for two at restaurant Glow, plus activities including yoga classes and wellness talks. The prize does not include flights.

To enter, click here to see a photograph of a mystery destination. Read the clue and see if you can identify the location in the photograph, then type your answer back on this page, into the space at the bottom.

Additional T&Cs: This competition closes on 31 October 2017. For more holiday competitions, visit our competitions page. Prize valid for stays until 29 March 2018. Includes 20% off the rates applicable for a wellness programme or individual treatments. Advance reservation is required and is subject to availability. Not valid from 15 July to 15 September 2017, or 20 December 2017 to 6 January 2018, or 13-20 February 2018. Complimentary lunch or dinner does not include alcoholic drinks. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash, is non-transferable, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional packages.


Source: Win a holiday in Bali | Spa break at Como Shambhala Estate Bali (Condé Nast Traveller)

Win a holiday for two to New Hampshire 

Prize draw | New Hampshire

Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime with an action-packed holiday to New England in the US. That’s the prize one lucky couple will win: an outdoor experience to remember in New Hampshire, the Granite State.

With its unrivalled combination of pristine peaks, flowing rivers, lush forests and a small but glittering coastline, New Hampshire has something to please everyone – you can climb to the top of a scenic mountain in the morning and be at the coast to surf at sunset. Feel the rush as you swoop over the trees on a zipline canopy tour, or roar through the woods on a quad bike. Paddle through family-friendly class II rapids, or, for something a little less taxing but just as exhilarating, catch a chairlift up and down the tree-lined slopes for stunning views.

Your home for seven nights will be The Mountain Club on Loon Resort – one of the finest hotels in the White Mountains area, nestled at the base of 3,000ft Loon Mountain and an easy drive from Boston airport. The prize, for two adults, includes return flights with Thomas Cook Airlines from Manchester, a seven-night stay with daily breakfast, dinner on one evening at the Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery and a massage for one in the hotel’s luxury spar. You’ll also receive a pair of passes to enjoy up to 17 attractions in the New Hampshire White Mountains, plus a $1,000 gift card towards car hire with Hertz, provided by Visit New Hampshire.



WIN entry to the 2018 Lanka Challenge!



convoy_2015_op.jpgImagine being able to tell your mates that you travelled 1,000km around Sri Lanka. In a rickshaw. A rickshaw that you drove.

That, friends, is the Lanka Challenge rickshaw adventure: the ultimate road trip for those who like their travel fully-charged and no-holds-barred. Each day you’ll wake up, be told where you need to be by sundown, and get handed a list of challenges to complete along the way – the completion of which will see your team accrue points. The rest is up to you, you big legend.

Questions you will be forced to ask yourself during the Lanka Challenge rickshaw adventure include: Who’s going to go and get a photo of that crocodile? Who’s going to get us invited to a local’s place for lunch? Who’s going to take one for the team in the chilli-eating challenge? What day is it? And where did I put my Imodium? One hell of an amazing time is guaranteed. Life-changing experiences are probable. Navigational stupidity is optional.



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Win an all inclusive cycling holiday with Greek Cycle Holidays


Spend an all inclusive week with Greek Cycle Holidays in the company of like minded cyclists. Choose from a performance focused intensive training camp or a more leisurely week specifically aimed at recreational cyclists.

Greek Cycle Holidays specialise in providing excellent value all inclusive cycling holidays from a spacious 8 person Villa on the Greek Island of Evia. With everything you need included for a cycling holiday all you need to do is pedal!

Train Like a Pro training camps are structured intensive weeks of cycling under the control of a professional cycle coach. Aimed at improving your performance for the season ahead or upping your game for Sportives or endurance events, these weeks involve longs days in the saddle and plenty of rest in between.

Ladies Leisure weeks offer a more relaxing time, with rides available to suit all levels of cyclist. Relaxation and socialising is a key aspect of these weeks as the focus is not all about miles and elevation.


Prize details

1 Place on either ”Train Like a Pro” Training Camp or Ladies Leisure Week

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Win A Mercedes Benz Van






Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2017 competition – UK and Ireland


Enter our competition for your chance to win a trip to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the best New Year celebration on the planet – and if you want to be a part of it, here’s your chance.

We’re offering the following amazing prize (available to UK/Ireland only, sorry everyone else):

  • Return rail/air travel to Edinburgh for two people
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation for two people at a top Edinburgh hotel (30 December 2017 – 2 January 2018)
  • Tickets and more to all three days of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, including:
    • Two tickets and torches for the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Torchlight Procession (30 December 2017)
    • Two tickets to the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party (31 December 2017)
    • Two passes to take part in the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Loony Dook (1 January 2018)

Hogmanay 18 launch Loony Dook

To Enter

Just complete and send the form below by 12 noon GMT on Monday 6 November 2017.

* Entrants must be over 18 and must be legal residents of either the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. One entry per person please – duplicate entries will be removed.

If you win we will email you, and you must reply within 7 days to claim your prize. Full terms and conditions.

Find out more about Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.


Enter our competition for your chance to win a great trip to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Source: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2017 competition – UK and Ireland

Win Flights to St Lucia with British Airways

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British Airways will be launching a fun new safety video on board in September with a host of famous British celebrities. You and your travel partner could be watching it from the comfort of your World Traveller seat whilst preparing for take- off to St Lucia soon if you win our latest competition.
We have some fantastic fares with British Airways to over 160 destinations around the world, check out our prices and give us a call!