Whisk mum away this weekend with our round-up of the best breaks...
The clock may be ticking, but it’s not too late to organise a fabulous treat to celebrate Mothers Day. We have spent some time seeking out a selection of wonderful breaks that are guaranteed to delight any mum.
Choose from city sophistication to the peace and quiet of the countryside. Opt for a luxe five-star hotel where no expense is spared, or set your sights on something less grand and formal – but just as much of a treat.
Hotels and resorts tend to fill up some time before the big day, but everything in our list had availability for Mothers Day at the time of writing. And for many of our selected venues, you’ll find some worthwhile alternatives if your first choice has now sold out.
Maybe the mum in your life would like a bit more time to look forward to her treat, so nothing’s to stop you booking a break which you can take at Easter, later in the Spring or over a Bank Holiday weekend.
Here’s a good tip: hotels often have excellent deals if you’re able to stay on a Sunday night. Sundays tend to be the hardest nights to fill, so you can often get a fantastic bargain, usually including dinner and breakfast. What’s more, it feels so much more of a treat to wake up to a leisurely Monday morning when everyone else is heading off to work or the school run! Check out some of the deals we’ve highlighted in our selection.
So it’s not too late to spoil the mum in your life with a fabulous break she’ll remember for a long time to come!
The ultimate Mother’s Day treatWe’ve found the perfect way to show your mother how much you care – and it’s a treat that you’ll love too!
Girl’s Night In package at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London
is the crème de la crème of hotel stays. Ideal for stylish mothers and
daughters alike, the package includes a bottle of Laurent Perrier
champagne on ice (plus a mini bottle of crème de cassis so you can make
your own Kir Royal’s) and a decadant pink hat box full of goodies
(beware: you might end up fighting over it – remember it IS mother’s
There’s a bag of the latest Benefit cosmetics to share,
cute Hattie sweets that will take you back to your childhood, a Diptyque
candle, pure silk eye masks and sleep in rollers so you can wake up
with perfect curls. Plus you get access to the roof-top pool which
overlooks London, the modern spa area with sauna and steam room and the
private sun terrace if you’re lucky with the weather.
also book in for a free mini manicure. But the best part of the package
has to be the fact The Berkeley have ALL the very best girlie movies on
DVD ready to order from reception – and even categorised depending on
how you (and your Mum) are feeling. If you’re feeling Romantic; watch
Dirty Dancing; if you’re nostalgic; put on Shirley Valentine and if you
just want to laugh with Carrie and Co put on one of the Sex & the
City movies. And if that isn’t enough they even have an in-room dining
menu with classic film viewing sharing platters. Simply perfect!
The Girl’s Night In package costs from £630 per night for two.More details: The-berkeley.co.uk
Understated luxury and award-winning food
against an idyllic woodland backdrop, Jesmond Dene House Hotel and
Restaurant offers 40 individually designed bedrooms, each with its own
distinct style, yet all sleek, spacious and modern.
Mother’s Day weekend, treat mum to a seasonal dinner, bed and breakfast
package at Jesmond Dene House. Enjoy a three-course House menu dinner in
the hotel’s 3 AA Rosette restaurant, accommodation in a fabulous room
and the best breakfast in town.
Situated in the wooded valley of
Jesmond Dene, created by the Victorian industrialist, Lord Armstrong,
the hotel garden extends into a parkland of native and exotic trees
criss-crossed with paths and dotted with waterfalls and rustic bridges
over the River Ouseburn. It?s a quiet place to unwind and reflect with a
leisurely walk, or to take a cycle ride.
Enjoy spotting wild
birds, children can take mum to greet the friendly animals at Pets’
Corner and join in a range of exciting outdoor activities from Bat Walks
and Pond Dipping to Tree Trails and Beekeeping. Special two night break
from £380 per couple sharing a Classic Room. Supplements available for
Deluxe rooms and suites.
Availability this weekend and rate to continue to end of June.
More details: Jesmonddenehouse.co.uk or call 0191 212 3000
A stunning setting steeped in heritage
The heart of Shakespeare’s England, for literary enthusiasts and those wanting to step into a quintessentially British celebration, Stratford celebrates Shakespeare’s 451st Birthday this year. A destination steeped in heritage, Shakespeare’s England offers a host of exciting events and activities for all the family.
The Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club is a stunning 85-bedroom property set against a backdrop of 157 acres of Italian landscaped gardens, a stone’s throw away from Shakespeare’s birthplace. The hotel boasts majestic four poster bedroom suites, luxury spa, 18-hole, 70 par championship golf course and an AA rosette award winning restaurant, overlooking the stunning grounds and water features.
There’s also the opportunity to view new exhibitions at Compton Verney, wander around the new Museum Collections at the Heritage Motor Centre or simply stroll around the stunning gardens that the area has to offer.
Rooms at the Welcombe Hotel from £155 per night with breakfast. Or choose the £165 Sunday night break including dinner with bottle of house wine, bed and Monday breakfast.
More details: Menzieshotels.co.uk
Boutique by the sea
Margate has been a popular seaside haven for over 250 years, drawing busy Londoners to its peaceful Victorian winter gardens and the restorative sea air of its beaches. The hometown of Tracey Emin, its recent regeneration has firmly established its place on the British art map. The town’s new Turner Gallery – just a stone’s throw from the hotel – celebrates British artist J M W Turner, who described the skies around Margate as the loveliest in all Europe.
In neighbouring Broadstairs, you’ll find Bleak House, Charles Dickens’ summer home, on the clifftop of a pretty old smuggling town.
The Victoria Margate, a 14 bedroom boutique hotel on Fort Crescent, offers individually designed bedrooms and a plethora of opportunities for convivial eating and drink, the Hotel boasts a restaurant, bar and courtyard lounge area and an enviable location for exploring a quintessential English resort.
A Classic double room costs from £100 including breakfast.
More details: Bespokehotels.com/crescentvictoriahotel or call 0843 178 7182
London bright lights and glamour
Head for this stylish five-star hotel behind London’s much sought-after Sloane Square. The hotel’s labyrinth of hallways and staircases leads you to an array of stylish and bright rooms including the drawing room where you can relax with mum for afternoon tea before seeing the sights of London.
Conveniently located in the heart of Chelsea, the hotel allows for a short stroll to the capital’s flagship shopping road, Oxford Street. Or if you prefer to avoid the buzz of Oxford Street, then Chelsea Embankment is a stone’s throw away, where a range of bars and restaurants overlook the Thames.
Superior double rooms from £179 per night, with full breakfast. If you don?t make it for Mothers Day, you can take advantage of this offer until 22 March.
More details: Secretescapes.com or call 0843 22 77 777
A perfect coastal destination retreat
The Lugger Hotel in Portloe, Cornwall (where scenes from Richard Curtis’ family film, About Time was filmed) is ideal if you want to escape and enjoy the great outdoors, uninterrupted – you can try and use your iPhone and check your blackberry for emails but the area is notorious for poor reception, thus encouraging a forced digital detox.
The hotel has just launched its Stargazing at Midnight package which is about as back to basics as it gets. Marvel at the beauty of the night sky and enjoy Mother Nature at her best, without the disruption of light pollution with the background soundtrack of the sea’s waves.
Try out the hotel’s recently refurbished outdoor dining terrace with their delicious afternoon cream tea complete with scones and Cornish clotted cream, or tuck into dinner in the restaurant and wrap up warm to indulge in the new grown up collection of after dinner Hot Chocolate Cocktails on the terrace whilst listening to the waves and enjoying the sea breeze or night sky.
Rooms from £179 per night, including dinner, bed and breakfast and the Midnight Stargazing Hamper Afternoon Cream Tea. Otherwise, drop in for the £7.50 Afternoon Cream Tea.
More details: Bespokehotels.com/thelugger or call 0844 815 9833
Suffolk luxury and family life hand-in-hand, whatever the weather
The Ickworth encompasses all things family friendly – and more. Those wanting an active break can take advantage of the tennis courts and pool as well hire bikes to explore the 1,800 acres of parkland. For a more relaxing break, a stunning spa is overflowing with choices of treatments.
Kids will enjoy the games and cinema rooms and little ones will be well looked after in the Ofsted registered crèche.
The Lodge is ideal for big family gatherings and can be hired out exclusively, giving big groups real flexibility when holidaying together.
A two-bedroom apartment in The Lodge costs £365 on Saturday night. The apartment sleeps four adults and up to two children.
More details: Ickworthhotel.co.uk or call 01284 735350
A delightful character cottage
This spacious, character 16th century thatched cottage offers a peaceful rural retreat on a working family farm, in an ideal location for accessing many parts of Devon and Cornwall. Dartmoor with its stunning scenery and the beaches of North Devon and North Cornwall are within easy driving distance. You are welcome to roam the farm within which the cottage is set and the owners will be happy to advise you of some routes to take.
The River Torridge runs through the farm, which hosts a variety of wildlife including otters, kingfishers, deer, foxes, badgers and wild ducks. There is something of interest for much of the year. Or simply relax in the large garden with a BBQ. The farm also features 1.5 miles of game fishing. The owners are happy for visitors to observe, where appropriate, work in progress on the farm such as lambing, shearing or the apple harvest.
A three-night Mothers Day break costs £390.
More details: Snaptrip.com
A tasty escape to the countryside
Flitwick Manor Hotel is a charming countryside manor, boutique in size, with only 18 bedrooms in total and featuring beautiful four poster bed suites. The hotel has recently appointed a new head chef, Masterchef The Professionals Finalist 2011, Steve Barringer. He spent the last three months carefully curating his fine dining cuisine and his 7 course tasting menu. As a result, the hotel has recently been awarded two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence.
A double room on Saturday night costs from £160 with breakfast. Or choose the £149 per room Lazy Sunday package of dinner, overnight and breakfast. Two course sunday lunch £23.95, Royal afternoon tea (includes champagne) £29.50pp. Seven-course tasting menu within the hotel’s fine dining restaurant £70pp.
More details: Menzieshotels.co.uk
An exceptionally stylish and brand new Cotswold hotel
Foxhill Manor opened its doors on 10 March as a stylish eight-bedroom hotel. Think private house hotel, a laid back vibe, where the host ensures guests feel like they are staying with friends – friends who have great taste and who have thought of everything. On the same 400-acre private estate as the celebrated boutique hotel Dormy House, Foxhill Manor is similar in style but just that little bit more exclusive.
The hotel’s five bedrooms and three suites offer a spaciousness that few hotels can offer and each one has a stunning bathroom with separate roll top bath and walk in shower. There is a large drawing room with plenty of games and books – a space to unwind – and a screening room with all the trimmings. There is also a relaxed bar area to enjoy a bite to eat or refreshing beverage or two. Outside guests will love the private garden and sunset terrace with its views over the Vale of Evesham. It is the perfect spot to natter over a chilled bottle of wine or long, leisurely dinner. When it comes to supper, there are no set menus or meal times at Foxhill Manor. Guests chat to the Chef about foodie preferences and a personalised four course evening meal is prepared. It is then up to guests where they enjoy it; in the dining room, in the kitchen with Chef, watching a movie or in their room – it is on their terms.
Rates at Foxhill Manor start from £295 per room per night. This includes a full breakfast, snacks and drinks throughout the day as well as access to House Spa.
More details: Foxhillmanor.com or 01386 852711