Still haven’t booked a getaway for the Easter school holidays? This incredibly late Easter break is the perfect chance to enjoy some (hopefully) balmier weather with a getaway close to home; the next time Easter will be later than this will be 2038! (Oh, and Brexit-proofing those travel plans isn’t a bad idea, either…)
Easter Staycations for Families 2019
Easter Weekend dates: 19-22 April 2019
COTSWOLDS: The Fish, Farncombe Estate
Hidden in 400 acres of gorgeous Cotswolds countryside, The Fish is part of the Farncombe Estate near Broadway which is also home to Dormy House and Foxhill Manor. The Fish, which has just undergone a £4million renovation, features gorgeous new accommodation options including shepherd’s huts, three treehouses, new rooms and suites in The Coach House and The Farmhouse. Take the kids and the dog, with facilities including The Original Muck Boot Company boot room, a screening room which shows a range of films and outside an eight-obstacle dog agility course and kids play zone created using recycled wood from across the estate.
BOOK: Rates at The Fish start from £150 per room on a B&B basis based on double occupancy. Visit www.thefishhotel.co.uk or call 01386 858000.
SCOTLAND: Dairsie Castle, Fife
One of our Great British & Irish Hotels, Dairsie Castle was once the site of secret Scottish parliaments, military sieges and even the hiding place of James VI from his Ruthven captors in 1583. The perfect place to hole yourself up for an Easter weekend with the kids, this is our Great British & Irish Hotels entry:
Stepping inside Dairsie Castle is like stepping back in time. Once the site of secret Scottish parliaments, military sieges and even the hiding place of James VI from his Ruthven captors in 1583, the property has a colourful history. Today, the six-bedroom castle with six-acres of grounds – including a walled garden, orchard and parkland – is the perfect place for a weekend retreat. While many of the original features remain, the modern amenities discerning guests have come to expect from rental properties are in place. There are quirky touches throughout, such as the Hokusai-esque mural found on a bath, the compass room’s floor which tilts north and the washroom which takes inspiration from the old ducat that once occupied it. Hole yourself up with supplies – or bring a cook – and you won’t feel the need to leave. But if you do, Edinburgh is a 70-minute drive away and St Andrews, with its golf courses, spas and cute cafés, is just a few miles down the road.
BOOK: 12 Apr – 26 April: £2800 for Easter Weeks, £2300 for Easter Weekend 19 – 21 April, dairsiecastle.com
LONDON: The Landmark London, Marylebone
With ZSL London Zoo and Regent’s Park within easy walking distance, plus the theatre district on the doorstep, The Landmark London is the perfect base for a short family London staycation. Family rooms feature two double beds, with the concierge team on hand to organise a host of family friendly London activities for during your stay. The ‘Eggstatic Easter’ experience for families includes a bottle of Champagne on arrival for you, and an Easter treat basket per child to keep the kids happy.
BOOK: The ‘Eggstatic Easter’ experience at The Landmark London includes an overnight stay in one of the luxurious Family Executive Rooms, a bottle of chilled Champagne, one Easter treat basket per child, and traditional Full English breakfast for up to 4 people in The Winter Garden Restaurant. Starting from £339 per overnight stay. Available from 8th – 28th April 2019. www.landmarklondon.co.uk
CAMBRIDGE: University Arms
Celebrating its first Easter since opening, the University Arms is offering an Easter package for families, with breakfast at Parker’s Tavern destination restaurant and a complimentary three-course dinner for under-12s included. Situated right in the centre of Cambridge on iconic green Parker’s Piece, it’s the perfect base for a break exploring the historic city of Cambridge.
BOOK: Rates for the Easter package start from £277.50 for a family of four in two Cosy Rooms on a bed and breakfast basis between 11th – 28th April. Children under 12 can enjoy a complimentary three-course dinner at Parker’s Tavern, if booked at 5pm or 6pm. Rates over Easter weekend specifically, Friday 19th & Saturday 20th April start from £335 per night on the same basis as the above. Visit www.universityarms.com/Easter or call 01223 606042 to book.
NORTHERN ISLAND: Ballygally Castle, Antrim Coast
Enjoying a beautiful location on the scenic Antrim coast overlooking the sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay, Ballygally Castle is just 26 miles from Belfast. Dating back to 1625, the castle is the only 17th Century building still in use as a residence in Northern Island – and braver guests can visit the ‘ghost room’ to get to know the hotel’s ‘friendly ghost’. If a resident ghost won’t excite the kids, we don’t know what will.
BOOK: Hastings Hotels is offering a special Easter B&B package with Chocolate Treats at Ballygally Castle for £140 per night in a double room. Visit hastingshotels.com or call 028 4372 1066.
CORNWALL: Old Pear Tree Barn, Newquay
Set slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Newquay, Old Pear Tree Barn is a barn conversion located down a quiet lane in Holywell Bay. This luxury eco-friendly home is perfect for stays of up to four guests and two dogs, and is a great option for surfers (or hopeful surfers) with Fistral Beach, Perran Sands and Watergate Bay all close by with surf schools in abundance.
BOOK: Old Pear Tree Barn is offering 20% discounts on all April bookings plus a welcome hamper of local produce and Easter eggs and chocolate. A week’s stay for four arriving on Friday 29th March costs £1,136 saving £284. www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01637 831327
HAMPSHIRE: The Pig, Brockenhurst
One of our Great British & Irish Hotels, if its a foodie Easter break with the kids in tow that you’re searching for, look no further than The Pig at Brockenhurst. Here’s our Great British & Irish Hotels entry:
Many hotels boast kitchen gardens, but few are as central to operations as that of THE PIG. Here, it’s an imaginative edible paradise from which the chefs source much of their daily produce. Indeed, this abundant patch was the inspiration for the original concept of THE PIG and its subsequent litter of four hotels in the rustic Home Grown Hotels sty (see pages 00, 00 and 00). This handsome Georgian shooting lodge stands in a clearing in the New Forest, with walking, foraging and spa treatments on offer. There’s a wonderful Victorian-style conservatory dining room, glamorous bar and outdoor courtyard. Calm, countrified and deeply comfortable, the hotel’s seductive shabby chic comes in a palette of soft greens and chalky greys. Bedrooms include fun family rooms and rustic, romantic lodges tucked away in the woods. The walled garden leads to a lovely lily pond and wooden potting shed. Inside? You will be charmed. Oh, and there are pigs too.
LONDON: Baglioni Hotel, Kensington
If it’s the best family friendly London staycations for Easter that you seek, they don’t come more luxurious than this. Located opposite Kensington Palace in Hyde Park, the Baglioni is the perfect jumping off point to explore west London with the family this Easter. On arrival, young guests will be greeted by the Easter Bunny handing out gifts. On Easter Day, children can enjoy Easter arts and crafts, balloon modellers and face painters while parents relax with a glass of champagne. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt and light picnic in Hyde Park before a special Italian-style Easter brunch at Brunello Bar and Restaurant at the hotel. A three-pronged culinary Easter celebration sounds like something we can get on board with.
BOOK: Baglioni Hotel London’s Easter Experience is available from £1,300 on B&B basis, based on two adults and two children sharing a Junior Suite Courtyard for two nights, including entertainment, Easter Egg Hunt, picnic and brunch. This package is valid from 19 April to 22 April 2019. Visit baglionihotels.com or call 020 7368 5700.
DORSET: Silverlake, Dorchester
Built with wildlife and sustainability in mind, Silverlake is set among hundreds of acres of wild heathlands in the heart of rural Dorset. Families staying over Good Friday can take part in an eggstravaganza including decorating hard-boiled eggs from local chickens, or even get involved in ‘egg-throwing’, a Silverlake tradition that tests players’ hand-eye co-ordination (and can also rather messy). Guests can also make sure of the outdoor pool, cycle through woodland trails or participate in family yoga. The stunning Jurassic coastline is right on the doorstep, to boot.
BOOK: Habitat Escapes offers three nights arriving on 19th April at Sunbird in Silverlake from £1,312 or a week from £1,574. The property sleeps six in three bedrooms. Visit www.habitatescapes.com or call 01285 869 489.
YORKSHIRE: The Bay Filey
Get up north and check into this seaside resort on the British beach of the year Filey Beach. With accommodation to suit up to parties of 10, there is an onsite activity centre including a family geocache adventure, woodland survival and archery to keep kids entertained. With direct access to the stunning coastline of Filey Beach (voted British beach of the year 2018 in the Sunday Times) plus the Dales and North York Moors to be explored, pack those walking boots and explore the great outdoors this Easter holidays.
BOOK: Aria Resorts offer three nights arriving on 12th April at The Bay Filey in a pet-friendly, classic cottage from £449 or a week from £822. The property sleeps four. Visit www.ariaresorts.co.uk or call 03333 700 555.
CORNWALL: Luxury Lodges Clowance
Set within 97 acres of parkland and woodland, Luxury Lodges Clowance is celebrating the reopening of its restaurant, bar and pool this Easter holidays. Check into one of the range of accommodation options, perfect for families, friends and couples, including a Treehouse on the Lake, The Gate House and St Ives Lodge. The lodges interiors are inspired by the on-site historic manor house with lush greenery, botanical prints, plush upholstery, and expansive views over the estate. Check in and spend some quality family time together in the heart of Cornwall.
BOOK: Easter availability: Treehouse on the Lake (sleeps 4) from £1,535 for four nights, The Gate House (sleeps 6) from £1495 for four nights, The Glass Lodge (sleeps 6) from £1255 for four nights, St Ives Lodge (sleeps 4) from £945 for four nights. Visit luxurylodges.com.
CORNWALL: St Mawes Hotel
This boutique Cornish retreat is surrounded by the outstanding natural beauty of the Roseland Peninsula and has supported the creation of the Roseland Walks guide in partnership with a number of other local gems. St Mawes Hotel is offering guests the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Roseland Peninsula with a seaside family getaway for the upcoming Easter Weekend. Pack your hiking boots and alternative ice cream and pasty pit-stops.
BOOK: Rates from £250 per night | stmaweshotel.com
ISLE OF WIGHT: The Hambrough, Ventnor
One of our Great British & Irish Hotels, The Hambrough is a stunning, family-friendly property on the Isle of Wight. Sea views in the UK just don’t get better than this, so take the family for an Easter holidays staycation packed with seaside fun. Read our Great British & Irish Hotels entry here:
Nestled on a pretty street in the coastal town of Ventnor, The Hambrough benefits from both a village-feel location and fabulous sea views. This boutique island hotel boasts seven individually designed rooms, all are fresh, light and airy with splashes of colour, some with balconies looking across the English Channel. The Molton Brown smellies in the bathrooms and Nespresso coffee machines in the rooms are a nice touch. If you are after something more private then there is a cottage and a lovely coastal town house available to you, with original features but modern amenities. Although the restaurant is currently closed, the award-winning breakfasts are not to be missed and drinks in the gorgeous bar are a must, plus the small local restaurants are just a few minutes away. The small number of friendly staff gives a family-run feel, which adds to its charm, without compromising on service. A great place for a seaside escape.