Indulgent UK Minibreaks
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Indulgent UK Minibreaks

Enjoy an indulgent minibreak in plush surroundings, without leaving the country

Written by Wendy Gomersall
A luxury minibreak in the UK is perfect for celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or, of course, Valentine’s Day. And wherever you wish to go, there are plenty of wonderful options to choose from.

CORNWALL
The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth is a haven for couples. This intimate, quiet, luxurious hotel is currently offering the Romance Break, a two-night stay in a sea-view room, affording breathtaking views of the amazing beach. Starting from £340 per person, the break includes a five-course taster menu created by head chef Tom Hunter, with a selection of wines, and Scarlet Afternoon Tea with a glass of fizz. At any time during your stay, you can relax in the warmth of the cliff top hot tub and watch the waves crashing below.

Available Sunday to Thursday until 26 February: 01637- 861800, www.scarlethotel.co.uk

LONDON
The fabulous Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard in London is offering a memorable Romance in the Clouds package in time for Valentine’s Day. It includes a bouquet of flowers upon arrival, a night in a room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the capital, an in-room three-course meal for two with a bottle of Deutz rosé NV champagne, and an indulgent breakfast for two served in the room.

This special minibreak costs from £700 per night for two people: 020-7234 8088, www.shangri-la.com/london

HAMPSHIRE
The Oakley Hall Hotel near Basingstoke has reopened after a £4m refurbishment, with improvements including 29 additional bedrooms, a new lounge and bar, and the new Glasshouse Restaurant. The Georgian manor house has won four stars and two AA rosettes for its Modern British cooking, using fruit and vegetables from its own kitchen garden and local organic produce such as pork from nearby Laverstoke Park Farm. Outdoor pursuits on offer in the 315-acre grounds include clay-pigeon shooting.

Stay in February or March in a courtyard or new main-house room from £129 per night: 01256-783350, www.oakleyhall-park.com

SCOTLAND
If you really want to push the boat out on 14 February, sign up for the Ultimate Valentine’s on the Royal Yacht Britannia, from £3,500 per couple. A chauffeur-driven Range Rover will collect you from your hotel or home and deliver you to Britannia’s private quayside in Edinburgh, where you’ll be piped on board via the Royal Brow, formerly reserved for the Royal Family. You will then sit down to a five-course candlelit dinner in the State Dining Room, with vintage champagnes and wines, followed by a private fireworks display. Afterwards you will be taken to the fivestar Gleneagles Hotel, where you’ll stay in a Spirit Suite, with champagne breakfast and a massage the next day.

0131-555 8800, www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk or www.visitscotland.com

WEST SUSSEX
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa in Midhurst, West Sussex, is offering a unique break featuring a guided tour of Petworth House with BBC antiques expert Paul Martin, best known as the face of Flog It! ‘Petworth House through JMW Turner’s Eyes’ is available on 23-24 February, 13-14 April and 18-19 May, and starts from £299 based on two sharing. It includes early entry to Petworth House, where Turner painted, antiques shopping with Paul Martin, and a night’s stay at The Spread Eagle, with dinner and breakfast.

01730-816911, www.hshotels.co.uk

Contact Wendy at wendy.gomersall@lady.co.uk 
Prices are correct at the time of going to press.



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