Because Scotland is featured on Page 1 today, here's a tip on cottage rentals (particularly the area near Loch Lomond). Hilary Prendergast lists a couple with real character. Natural stone walls, beamed ceilings, electrical heating, modern baths. Each cottage accommodates up to six guests. Excellent trout fishing on the Balvaig River. Sheep and cattle graze nearby. Blackberries free for the picking. This is about 40 miles west of Perth, 10 miles west of Loch Lomond. Rates from 70 to 185 ($116 to $300 U.S.) per week. Contact Hilary Prendergast, 1 Creagan Cottages, Strathyre, Perthshire FK18 8NB Scotland.
For other information on farmhouses, cottage rentals in Scotland, contact Idyll, P.O. Box 405, Media, Pa. 19063, or telephone (215) 565-5242. Excellent rates, dozens of listings. Idyll will send you all the necessary information for rentals this summer as well as prices that go into effect after the big tourist push is over in the fall/winter months.
If you're in a mood to slip away to yesterday's world this summer, consider Vermont. Country lanes wind through maple forests and ancient villages, past mill ponds and apple orchards. Few places are greener or more peaceful than this New England state. To assist vacationers with their plans, Vermont has produced a handy guide. Details on antiquing, riding, concerts, scenic drives, cottages/cabin rentals, B&B reservation services, festivals. One section deals strictly with farm vacations. Another describes inn-to-inn canoe trips down rivers with shady spots for picnics. Several companies that offer bike tours are listed. You'll also find a map and a calendar of summer events. For a free copy of the guide as well as other materials, write for the Summer Fun Kit, Vermont Travel Division, Department R735, 134 State St., Montpelier, Vt. 05602.
I keep hearing good things about a small resort in Hawaii called The Coconut Inn. It's near a pineapple field on the island of Maui. About a 10-minute walk uphill from the beaches at Napili. Contains one- and two-bedroom apartments. No restaurant, but the management serves a continental breakfast each morning with orange juice, Kona coffee and banana bread prepared from the resort's own trees. Each apartment has a kitchen. No night life, but the management hosts a mai tai party each Friday night.
This is a quiet country inn. Gets lots of attention from honeymooners, retirees. Or anyone else seeking solitude. There's a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Ceiling fans. Coin-operated washer/dryers. A total of 41 apartments. Rates $60/$75 with daily maid service. To get a fix on the location, it's not far from Kapalua, north of Lahaina and Kaanapali. Write to The Coconut Inn, P.O. Box 10517, Napili, Maui, Hawaii 96761, or telephone (808) 669-5712. You may also write to Creative Leisure, 861 Transport Way, Petaluma, Calif. 94952. Telephone (707) 778-1800.
Creative Leisure represents other private apartments at Mauna Lani Point on the Big Island. This is along the Kohala Coast beyond Kailua-Kona. Near the ocean on a stunning golf course. Rates start at $146 per day. Includes rental car with free mileage.
Creative has other apartments on the Big Island between Kona and Keauhou Country Club that go for $128 a day (accommodations for four persons), including a car. Each apartment has a lanai for studying those stirring Kona sunsets.
Long Stay Hawaii
O. C. Mackey of Santa Barbara sends along this note: "We've been vacationing in Hawaii for years. Now we've decided to make a permanent move. We love all the Islands, but plan to settle on Oahu. Need the name of a realtor who cares."
There are dozens of choices, but my vote goes to P. C. Kendall, 4309 Kilauea Ave., Honolulu 96816. These people handle all sorts of properties--apartments, condos, homes. And no one high-pressures the buyer. The Kendalls have lived for nearly 30 years in Hawaii (they're from the mainland), and know Oahu well. To reach them by phone call (808) 734-6032.
A Letter From France
Catherine Fletcher, who operates a small hotel in Paris, sends along this message: "Although American people are traveling less and less to France, I keep hoping they will come back. We have a small hotel that is only 100 meters from the Arc de Triomphe, the perfect choice for the discerning guest who is looking for an elegantly modern hotel which is small enough to keep a personal touch." Madame Fletcher's hotel was renovated and refurnished recently.
She adds: "A quiet and warm atmosphere . . . we are three belonging to the same family and we think we have a special feeling for the traveler. We belong to a new generation of hotel managers trying to give a new look to the small hotels of Paris."