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My name is Natasha Lawrence, I am an independent travel agent based in Cotton, Suffolk.
I joined Travel Counsellors in November 2011.
I also worked for Lunn Poly, TUI, Travel Norwich Airport, KLM & Alitalia.
I lived and worked for a time in Manly, Sydney where I worked with NQ Australian Rentals (Sydney) as Branch Manager.
I have over 27 years of Leisure Experience and more recently have started offering Corporate Travel on request of my customers.
I have an ABTAC City & Guilds Distinction in Travel, speak Italian and have travelled extensively worldwide.
I have an office in Framlingham and Worlingworth, Suffolk, this means you have the flexibility to contact me by phone, email or social media at pretty much anytime of the day or night. I do offer a full 24/7 service.
I can also offer private appointments which during COVID reassures my customers, previously this was mainly for Honeymoons and Wedding appointments. I do now offer appointments for all of my customers if preferred.
Our technology is second to none, and I can use my expertise to tailor-make exactly the right holiday to suit your needs. As well as offering a vast range of tour operator products, I can also search through hundreds of different flights; accommodation and ancillary products. I will always find something to match your needs exactly.
I joined Travel Counsellors as I wanted to concentrate on giving my customers the highest possible levels of personal service as an independent travel agent.
I am very happy to say that I have received some lovely testimonials and to date I have received 100% record on my Travel Counsellor service scores.
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Its important to know that you are booking with someone you can trust, someone dependable,
and someone who understands you.
Booking with Travel Counsellors delivers the peace of mind that your every requirement will be met.
We are dedicated, flexible and offer a highly personal service and fantastic financial protection.
We come out in the top agents on Trust Pilot and our winners of the Queen's Enterprise Award for 3 years running.
Our purchasing power is over 650 million, so we can offer fantastic savings.
We have a wealth of experience and work tirelessly to offer the best service we can.
We offer a 24/7 service, giving you peace of mind every step of the way.
We have 4.8 stars on Trust Pilot.
Travel the way you want to with Travel Counsellors and take advantage of our fantast personal service!
We work on good relationships and trust.
Please do get in touch,
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
12 June 2019
I was recently lucky enough to travel to Antigua on a Travel Counsellors Trip. A big thank you to Joel and Sean from the Antiguan and Barbuda Tourist Board, Virgin, Elegant Resorts and everyone involved in making this trip so wonderful! We left London Gatwick on a Virgin flight. We flew in Premium Economy which was very spacious and is a very economical way to have some more space and upgrade meals and seating. If you like to spread out then you will find Premium with Virgin great, a footrest and leg support made all the difference on an 8-hour flight. The food was of a very high standard and we even had a mini afternoon tea! Plenty of room, a small cabin with attentive staff made the flight very enjoyable. Great choice of entertainment also to choose from. I found Antigua Airport very easy on arrival, not much waiting and passport control was quick and efficient, you fill out your visa entry on board your flight. Really friendly staff and lots of music and smiles! Colourful Antigua is the primary island of Antigua and Barbuda, known as Wadadli by indigenous Antiguans. With just over 100 square miles of paradise (that’s only 11 miles wide and 14 long!), Antigua offers a diversity of landscapes to encapsulate every Caribbean dream. Nelson’s Dockyard is the perfect choice for a day trip. The original British naval base was Britain’s primary naval base for the whole north-eastern Caribbean. The UNESCO-recognised heritage Georgian harbour is wonderfully atmospheric. A handful of bars, restaurants, workshops and museums sit alongside exclusive Antiguan hotels, catering to the sailing crowd who tend to dock here. We travelled to Hodges Bay for our first hotel stop and had a 2-bedroom beachfront suite. 1 master suite at the front with patio doors opening onto a lovely terrace with beach and garden views. A huge bathroom with a claw foot bath and lovely rain shower. Nicely decorated, a lovely big kitchen and lounge and a twin room towards the back of the suite, 2 full single beds that can also be made up as a double. Overall a very lovely suite. We also had a good look at the villas and standard rooms at this resort which were lovely. Wonderful pool areas and a great beach, smaller than some but lovely clear water and white sand. The adults pool had a really nice view out to sea and a swim up bar. Kids clubs were being established as this is a new hotel. A family pool with separate rooms with curtains and sofas in with TVs if you want to get the little ones out of the sun in the afternoon. Cabanas in the pool will be a hit also! Breakfast here is on a large terrace overlooking the sea, lovely choice of food for breakfast. Plenty of fresh fruit and bakery items. You can order fresh cooked breakfasts from the menu also. You can also get a boat from Hodges Bay Resort to Prickly Pear Island and stay for half a day and swim, snorkel and have a lovely jerk chicken or fresh fish lunch. I would highly recommend this, it looked pristine and was well worth the visit. At Blue Waters Resort and Spa, we had Rock Cottage for the day which was a 5-bedroom villa. You can have a personal butler, chef here and I have to say the views and villa were simply stunning. We had steel drums while we had lunch, a few small pools to choose from also and well thought out accommodation. Lot of water sports for all the family and I thought the gardens were stunning! You have a good choice of restaurants and things to do here. I do think that if you are planning a wedding the Blue Waters Resort is perfect, a stunning walk down to the cliff through a wonderful garden area. I can highly recommend this hotel, a wonderful spa and a great feel. I would highly recommend the Cover Suites also, in buildings of 4 with a private pool. It is also worth mentioning that if you stay in Rock Cottage you have your own jetty where you can swim to an almost deserted beach. While staying at our chosen hotel we did an island jeep tour with kayaking in the mangroves, this was not so far and was really enjoyable. I would recommend it for all, you just need to be reasonably fit and healthy but it’s good for families and couples alike. You get some wonderful insight into the mangroves and how they protect Antigua, whilst seeing amazing wildlife in and out of the water. We also visited Curtain Bluff, one side Atlantic with crashing waves and a stunning beach the other calm and tranquil Caribbean with beach waiter service and very comfy sunbeds! A wonderful beach restaurant and great evening entertainment, a lovely atmosphere. Great if you love tennis, a wonderful spa also with beautiful sea views. Large rooms and gorgeous sea views. A lovely atmosphere with lots of couples enjoying the evening entertainment. We had lunch at a few local restaurants which I think is so important, the best fish and Caribbean cuisine rustic but lovely, a great vibe at Annas on the Beach. This is set on Dickinson's Beach, a wonderful cocktail bar and outside eating area. http://www.anas.ag/ Dennis on the Beach had amazing goat curry and fish or jerk chicken, amazing views out over a pristine beach. Perfect for a swim. http://www.foodanddrink-antigua.com/item/antigua-dennis-beach-bar-restaurant/ We then visited Nonsuch Bay which was beautiful. You can see for yourself with this video. https://youtu.be/G7pUET1vzOs A great choice of rooms and villas, some for families and they do have an adult only side to the resort with infinity pool and spa. You can have a room with garden or sea views with its own small infinity pool, they will even set your table and host a private dinner for you! A very friendly good value hotel, lots to offer! The Inn at English Harbour. Situated in one of the Caribbean’s most stunning and captivating islands, The Inn is surrounded by its own national parkland, immersed in lush tropical gardens and delights in the sparkling sandy beachfront of Freeman’s Bay where guests can enjoy the warm Caribbean waters, making it one of Antigua’s most picturesque and intimate locations. Historic and atmospheric with its own wonderful beach and gorgeous restaurant. Antigua is great year-round, even in May which is low seasons it was hot and very little rain. I would highly recommend this wonderful Caribbean Island to all.
07 March 2019
Hello, my name is Natasha Lawrence. I am a Travel Counsellor, part of a unique family of travel agents who work on a very personal level. I am based in Framlingham; Suffolk and I am able to come and see you at home if easier or you can chat to me on the phone or by email if easier. Working in travel is a great privilege and something I have been lucky enough to do for over 20 years now. I have travelled extensively myself worldwide and have a really good knowledge of the world. I joined Travel Counsellors in 2011, it has been a fantastic journey and I have learned so much. I have lived in Australia, Israel, Italy and Spain. I spent a lot of my younger years backpacking around the world and now have my own Franchise with Travel Counsellors. I have many areas of speciality, one of which is Accessible Travel, which I feel passionately about. Having a young son with Autism has indeed helped me understand the needs of those with a hidden disability on a personal level. However, working with families with children and young people with Autism has also opened other areas for me. I will be a new face at the Autism Anglia Conference in June 2019 at Colchester University in June 2019. I will soon appear on the Local Offer for Suffolk also, bringing to the forefront what Travel Counsellors offer and hope to achieve. I have made some good links with other professionals with the same passion and together we will make travel truly accessible for all. Whether you have a Hearing, Sight, Physical or Hidden disability you do have the right to travel with dignity and respect. We are striving to offer this as a primary service for those who need it. So, what can we offer you? In short, we will offer a full Travel Agency Service with a 24/7 helpline. Full financial protection on everything you book with us. Please see our website for links to our financial protection. We will organise assistance from start to finish, as little or as much as required at the airport, onboard the flight. Maybe you need oxygen or help to your seat or boarding. Some people will need wheelchair assistance or just to get on board in a calm and quiet way. Without all the hustle and bustle, pre-boarding and help to the gate before your flight? We will liaise with your hotel or tour operator and make sure you have the most accessible room. It is all possible with our help! Please do feel free to visit my website: www.travelcounsellors.com/natasha.lawrence or follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatashaLawrenceTC/
03 December 2018
I had an amazing stay at the Villa Costa in Skala in August 2017. I stayed for seven nights and this adults only hotel was really lovely with only 8 rooms, all individual which made it seem quite quirky and personal. There is a stunning garden and pool area, a lovely terrace and bar where you can eat al fresco. The Villa Costa often has a half board upgrade available, which is well worth it as the food was very good. I am quite fussy and didn't find anything I didn't like all week. A pleasant stay with wonderful staff, the owner Marios clearly puts his heart and soul into the hotel. Earning many repeat customers each year, perfect for couples! Very sociable in the evenings if you fancy company, informal but smart and a lovely wine tasting evening and great food and company! Kefalonia itself is simply beautiful and I think my favourite Greek island. I have uploaded some wonderful photos and hope you enjoy seeing them.
Debenham, Suffolk 07/01/2019
Bury St Edmunds 04/05/2014