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Half Term UK Breaks – Family Packages

Half term is easy to overlook, compared to the major school holidays, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a short break at a family-friendly hotel. Here are just a couple of ideas for half term UK breaks that all the family to enjoy.

Bespoke Hotels Marwell
Marwell Hotel

Zoofari at Marwell Hotel, near Winchester

What child doesn’t love the zoo? Nearby Marwell Zoo is one of the best in the country and features hundreds of animals, including giraffes, penguins, chipmunks and tigers, as well as the opportunity to learn about how to save endangered animals — and, if there’s time for a break from all that, three adventure playgrounds. Zoofari includes a one-night stay for two adults and two children in one of Marwell’s family rooms.

If you prefer to arrange your own programme for your half term UK breaks, Marwell also offers the Family Fun package. The children can enjoy a wide selection of indoor and outdoor activities and a range of local attractions. Besides the zoo, there’s Peppa Pig World, Intech Science Centre and Planetarium, as well as the beautiful New Forest to explore.

Bespoke Hotels Noel Arms
Noel Arms

Cotswold Wildlife Break at Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden

From a picturesque base in the heart of the stunning Cotswolds, this one-night break includes a day at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford, where you’ll see animals ranging from lions to gibbons, crocodiles and meerkats.

You can watch some animals being fed and get close to many others in the children’s farmyard. The zoo also has a narrow-gauge railway and an adventure playground, so there’s loads to do while you’re out, and all the facilities of the Noel Arms to return to in the evening.

Cotswold House Hotel

Activities at the Lambert Arms, Watlington

Situated at the edge of the Chiltern Hills, near Oxford, the Lambert Arms is surrounded by attractions for the family perfect for half term UK breaks. You can enjoy a trip by steam train on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, walk along the Ridgeway and keep an eye open for a rare red kite, or learn more about one of the best-loved children’s authors at the Roald Dahl Museum.

On the other hand, you may have to negotiate with the kids as to whether you visit the famous Bicester Village shopping outlet or have fun swinging around at Go Ape! The Lambert Arms has several family rooms and welcomes pets with responsible owners.

These are just a few of the half term packages available across the UK, so instead of sitting at home why not have a great time as a family and book your half term UK break now?

Reasons to head over the sea to Isle of Skye in March

The Isle of Skye is an area of spectacular beauty and incredible wildlife.  For those looking for a rugged paradise, it’s pretty hard to beat the mystical island off the West coast of Scotland that’s connected to the mainland by a spectacular bridge.

No surprise then that in the summer, when the wildlife is at its most abundant (think whales, porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks), this quiet bolt-hole is a most popular destination for tourists, drawn by its historic reputation and starring role in Hollywood movies like Stardust, Flash Gordon, and of course the 1948 film of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Isle of Skye Landscapes
Skye Landscapes

Undoubtedly the summer is a very special time of the year.  However, the quieter months of March and April have their own particular brand of magic as well, without feeling as though you’re too hot on the well-beaten tourist trail.  All of this makes it an ideal last minute getaway before it becomes impossible to find anywhere to book in peak season.

It is in these spring months when the days are getting longer and attractions start to open again in the tiny villages and historic keeps that the year’s first wild flowers emerge, with violets and primroses peaking above the ground.  It’s also one of the best months to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, second to October.

The black Cuillins, Isle of Skye
The black Cuillins, Skye

In April the birdlife becomes more abundant again, with gannets, black guillemots and other seabirds returning to the cliffs, while lambing season also begins on the Isle’s numerous farms.

Everywhere you stay on Skye has its own story to tell and enhances the experience in its own unique way. The Dunollie Hotel is set by the water at Broadford Bay at the foot of the mountains that lead to the famous Cuillin Hills. As such it is peaceful and quiet, and always has a welcome Drambuie available after a day of exploration.

The Kings Arms Hotel meanwhile in the pretty village of Kyleakin dates back to the 1600s and is one of the oldest hotels on the island.  It’s all about open fires and panoramic views across the Kyle of Lochalsh to mainland Scotland when you stay here, and it’s also known for traditional cuisine from fresh, local ingredients, characterized by seafood and game.

Dunollie Hotel Isle of Skye

With an altogether different vibe however, is The Kyle Hotel on the other side of the Kyle of Lochalsh.  Perfect as a base for exploring the mountains, enjoying the local wildlife and visiting the nearby Talisker Distillery nearby, it is more contemporary than its counterparts and is just a 10-minute walk from the town’s railway station and Skye Bridge, as well as being just short distance from the shores of Loch Alsh.

The overarching beauty of the Isle of Skye is that it really embodies everything you need for the ultimate escape – spectacular beauty in its most natural form, history, culture, as well as peace and quiet.  The best part is that you don’t have to wait until the summer to enjoy it; the time is now!  But don’t tell everyone, let’s keep it our little secret.

To book your choice of accommodation on the Isle of Skye just click here >>>

London Hotels for your Trip

A visit to London is always special, whether you’re taking in traditional sights like the Tower or the Changing of the Guard, going to see a West End show or major sports event, or even closing a deal at a business meeting. Our great london hotels  match the experience.

While it’s true that no matter where you are based in London, almost everywhere else is easily accessible via tube, bus or taxi, London is also a collection of villages, each with its own identity. As such, your hotel will share the unique character of its surroundings, so allow us to present just a few of the many London hotels to match your ideal trip.

La Suite West

Bespoke hotels - la suite west

If you’re looking for high-fashion and glamorous style from your London hotel, you could scarcely do better than La Suite Westin the elegant streets near Hyde Park. Designed by Anouska Hempel, the hotel has a quiet Zen feel amidst the luxury of crafted four-poster beds and marble bathrooms in its 79 bedrooms and suites, alongside the American White Oak tables on the hotel’s private terrace.

The restaurant stresses healthy eating, with extensive vegan options and alcohol-free “mocktails” on offer. La Suite West is convenient both for the West End and the more bohemian Notting Hill and famed Portobello Market.

The Bermondsey Square Hotel

Bespoke hotels bermondsey square
Bermondsey Square Hotel

Situated in one of the most dynamic areas of London, just south of the Thames in full view of the spectacular Shard, the Bermondsey Square  will be familiar if you watched the Channel 4 show Hotel GB, starring Mary Portas and Gordon Ramsey, and was also recommended by Hip Hotels Group.  Its 90 designer bedrooms,  including 4 loft rooms with stunning views over London, are sumptuously furnished with facilities ranging from luxury beds to an 8-person rooftop hot tub.

The hotel is in the heart of Bermondsey, with a boutique cinema, an antiques market and trendy cafés around it, and it’s within easy reach of both the City and the West End, as well as attractions like The Tate Modern, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

The Park Hotel

Bespoke hotels - the park hotel teddington
The Park Hotel

Great London hotels aren’t only in central London you know. The Park Hotel in Teddington is just 30 minutes by train from Waterloo, yet also gives easy access to West London attractions like Kew Gardens, Hampton Court and the home of England Rugby at Twickenham.

The Grade II listed building features 43 luxurious en-suite double rooms with all the facilities you’d expect in a high-class hotel. The Park Café Bar and Restaurant offers a wide-ranging menu, including both traditional and modern dishes all prepared from fresh ingredients. While the hotel also provides superb facilities for wedding receptions.

Whichever one of the above or our other London hotels you choose, you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome, as well as convenient access to a wealth of activities across our capital.  To check availability of the hotel of your choice just click here >>>

Discover the Historic City of Chester and its Romantic Hotels

With a 2,000-year history, Chester  offers everything from Roman remains to a contemporary nightlife, not to mention the oldest racecourse in Britain. Additionally, the city boasts a wide variety of romantic hotels including the Chester Grosvenor and the B W Premier Queen, so it’s easy to explore all that Chester has to offer, especially for a winter break.

Historic Chester

Founded in AD79, Chester was one of the most important cities in Roman Britain, and much of its layout still reflects the original Roman pattern. You can even visit the intact city walls and the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain.

Chester remained an important city through the middle ages, highlighted by the magnificent cathedral, whose history goes back to the year 689AD, as well as The Rows, a unique example of mediaeval shopping galleries. From your romantic hotel, numerous walking and bus tours are on offer to take in Chester’s historical wealth, or you can take a boat tour along the picturesque River Dee.

Attractions

History aside, the city is perhaps best known for Chester Zoo. Named best zoo in the UK and seventh-best in the world by TripAdvisor, it combines the best of spectacle and conservation work.

Chester Racecourse has been operating since the 16th century and hosts fifteen meetings a year. The Chester Cup, in May, typically features many hopefuls for the following month’s Derby.

Shopping

Anyone visiting Chester will not want to stay in their romantic hotel all the time (no matter how great a deal they get!) but rather go shopping in The Rows, mediaeval shopping galleries that today house both major retailers such as French Connection and Swarovski and local independent boutique shops.

If you’re looking for something more mainstream, the Grosvenor Centre has over seventy shops, including major national retailers. And a visit to Chester isn’t complete without a trip to Cheshire Oaks, Europe’s largest design outlet, just six miles north of the city.

Eating Out

The city centre offers a wide range of restaurants, from the Michelin-starred Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor , the King’s Quarters Grill in the Best Western Premier Queen Hotel to the informal contemporary fare of Luke’s Eating House. International cuisine is well represented by the Italian Urbano 32 and the Brazilian Tropeiro, and if you’re looking for a break while touring the city, you can enjoy afternoon tea at cafés like Beaton’s Tearooms or Mad Hatters.

Nightlife

Chester’s history doesn’t prevent it having a thoroughly contemporary nightlife. If you’re looking for live music in the city centre, the Townhouse, Alexander’s Bar and the Church Bar & Restaurant all feature live bands. For a quieter drink, the options range from the handcrafted cocktails at Gin Rickey’s to the fine beers at The Cellar.

Whatever your desire Chester can provide it so why not stop over for your next romantic break!