February really spoiled us with record-breaking high temperatures. Those blue sky, warm sunny days have encouraged the snowdrops to herald spring, daffodils to stand tall and crocuses to bow to the sun. And they’ve got us excited about spring getaways too! After the gloom of winter, these next few months are a fabulous time to take a UK break. Easter is around the corner and there are two Bank Holidays in May following shortly after, so a long weekend away is most definitely at the top of many peoples’ most wanted lists this spring!
Days & Nights in Norfolk
Norfolk is one of those special counties which just keep on giving; from the miles of sandy beaches, colourful beach huts and quaint seaside towns to the glorious countryside and waterways. Add in maritime history and the region’s royal connections, along with bird sanctuaries, art galleries, boutiques and breweries, and you have a county that is craving either a first time or repeat visit.
Understandably, as Norfolk is a popular place all year round, there are plenty of different types of accommodation that suit different budgets. From campsites to glamorous glamping, guesthouses to gastro pubs with rooms, the choice of where to stay in Norfolk is vast. In addition, there are lots of well-known hotels that offer guests a choice of 3, 4 and 5-star accommodation. Visitors will find Norfolk has many beautiful boutique hotels too. Individually designed and independently owned and managed, these charming hotels bring a touch of speciality and exclusivity to a spring getaway in Norfolk.
If Norfolk is right for your spring getaway, our selection of old coaching inns, hotels and B&Bs suit a range of budgets. View more here.
Nights & Days in Devon
The English Riviera is an area in South Devon where Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, plus the smaller town of Babbacombe, sit around a natural harbour on the English Channel. All together there is 22 miles of coastline, award-winning beaches, rocky coves and scenic countryside. Plus the weather is normally a few degrees warmer on the English Riviera too!
The English Riviera has been attracting visitors and holiday makers for hundreds of years. Nowadays, it’s also just as well-known for its catch of the day and is referred to as The Seafood Coast. The fish market in Brixham is a worthy visit. Plus the town has a working organic farm that provides many of the restaurants with seasonal produce. Visitors can enjoy award-winning fish and chips and crab sandwiches! Alternatively, make a reservation for the Michelin starred restaurant The Elephant. Here guests can indulge in chef proprietor Simon Hustone’s seasonal menu served in a relaxed and informal setting.
Being on the English Riviera means there are lots of water sports and activities too. Sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, water ski-ing and scuba diving are just a few examples. For literary and who-dunnit buffs, Torquay is a mecca as it’s the birthplace of Agatha Christie!
Where to stay
The Headland Hotel and Spa is located on Torquay’s beachfront, therefore making an ideal base for enjoying the town. The 3-star hotel offers comfortable accommodation, an outdoor pool, spa, bar and restaurant. The sea view terrace is perfect for a sunny spot of people watching! Alternatively, we recommend you linger over a light lunch, afternoon tea or a cocktail! The hotel’s award-winning restaurant also has fantastic sea views and serves a delicious six-course table d’hote menu.
To find your perfect Devon destination browse our category here. You’ll find hundreds of hotels, from budget to luxury.
Nights & Days away at Discounted Rates
If you can book your spring getaway now, these discounted breaks that are listed below are definitely worth considering.
The Best Western Dolphin Hotel in St.Ives, Cambridgeshire, is offering guests 50% off a two-night stay taken on a Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday. Without a doubt, this superb saving must end on 31 March 2019 so please read full details or book via the link here.
The elegant Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel near Stevenage is offering a special discounted rate on an overnight spring getaway. Based on two people sharing, guests receive accommodation, dinner and a full English breakfast when they stay on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Unquestionably good value at £99 for two people, the special offer ends on 31 May 2019 so please book soon. Find out more or book here.
And finally, if you’ve decided to go away for the Easter break, then please take a look at the package available at Skelwith Bridge Hotel in Cumbria. Located within a short drive of Ambleside and also with many pleasant walks around, the hotel is a good base for discovering the Lake District. And it’s also ideal for enjoying superb hospitality with great attention to detail and tucking into tasty seasonal food!