Tips and deals of the week: 12/12/2010

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Last-minute Christmas cottages

White Heron Properties still has availability for festive rentals in Herefordshire. Choose from Field Cottage, sleeping up to five, price £640 for the week commencing 21 December, or Gardeners Cottage, sleeping six, for £800.

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Save on a 2011 cruise

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering savings of up to £400 if you book by 14 February, including trips to the eastern and western Mediterranean and Baltic capitals.

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Snap up a late deal to Barbados

Treasure Beach Hotel, on the west coast of Barbados, is offering seven nights' B&B this Christmas and New Year for £1,506 per person, based on two sharing, a saving of £750 per couple.

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The hotel

Opening tomorrow, Lifehouse is a new health spa with rooms in rural Essex offering a variety of treatments and fitness plans.

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The kit

Top idea for the nearest and dearest who love the outdoors, one of the bright new Lifeventure Thermal Mugs. Price £9.99.

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The gear

Always on the move? Serious travellers will appreciate Redfoot's range of folding shoes, including the new Redfoot Man superlight folding loafer. Price £110.

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