To Collett’s Mountain Holidays – A genuine holiday specialist
Welcome to Collett’s Mountain Holidays, a genuine holiday specialist with a passion for (and unrivaled knowledge of) three majestic mountain destinations. We offer a unique and flexible holiday formula, which allows you to enjoy the most beautiful mountains in Europe in your own way; whether you join free organised walks or self guide; whether you walk challenging high trails or idyllic gentle ones. Some days you might simply choose to relax in sheer mountain splendour or visit a place of interest. In winter, we are in the Dolomites only, specialising in catered ski chalets in Italy’s largest, prettiest and most modern ski network. We also offer snowshoeing and winter walking.
At Collett’s we look after you personally with an ever-present human touch. Here at our UK office in the Essex market town of Saffron Walden, we have a team of people, who are (1) totally dedicated to the success of your holiday and (2) likely to have lived in our destinations whilst working for Collett’s prior to joining us in the UK full-time. Together, our knowledge of our destinations is profound and we can therefore help you make the right choices on every aspect of your holiday. We make the booking process easy and pleasurable so that you feel in ‘safe hands’ from your initial enquiry through to the end of a truly memorable mountain holiday.
I founded Collett’s in 1997 having worked in the Italian Dolomites for a holiday specialist based in Cambridge. When that was acquired by a large operator in 1997, I moved on. We started out in the Dolomites with just one chalet, which Dee, my wife, and I hosted together. We are now a popular mountain specialist in three of Europe’s most magnificent mountain ranges: the Italian Dolomites, the Picos de Europa and the Pyrenees.
The most important thing we do here in the UK is the painstaking recruitment of our courteous and engaging resort hosts, walkers, flower walkers, artists, alpine enthusiasts (and, in the winter, hosts, skiers, snowshoers and walkers) who will ultimately make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime. These are the people who set us apart from other holiday companies. They don’t wear uniforms; they are not exclusively young or inexperienced; they understand the value and importance of your holiday; they are always on hand to help but careful not to interfere; they have unrivalled local knowledge; they will never try to sell you anything; they strive (in an understated way) to ensure the total success of your time in the mountains.
At Collett’s we are immensely proud of how many people return and recommend us to friends and family. The most common request we get is to keep it small and personal. Your wish is our command but, like many larger travel companies, we are members of (and bonded by) ABTA so you can book with us with complete financial peace of mind.
By the way, if you ever fancy some walking in the UK, we have the most delightful guest house in Leyburn, one of the prettiest towns in the Yorkshire Dales, gateway to the Dales National Park and the principal town of Wensleydale. The walking is sublime, the house and the bedrooms are gorgeous, the hospitality is warm and the food is excellent. We get 4 stars from Visit England and we are winners of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for consistently outstanding reviews. You can see them here.
Finally, I’m glad you found us and soon I hope you will be too. Enjoy the website – and if it should bring you to one of our beautiful mountain destinations, you will not be disappointed. Contact us if ever we can help. Drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01799_ 513331. A human being (not a machine) will answer your call and give you all the help you need.