Friday, 06 March 2015

Marvellous Minibreaks

Marvellous minibreaks for mums – from long country walks to shopping sprees

Written by Wendy Gomersall
It’s Mother’s Day next Sunday, so it’s time to spoil mums young and old with breakfast in bed and a bunch of flowers. Book one of these short stays to show how much you care, or circle the one you like and leave your copy of The Lady lying around…


The Capital, a five-star boutique hotel close to Harrods and other Knightsbridge stores in London, is offering a Mother & Daughter Shopping Break. Priced from £215 per person, it includes an overnight stay, continental breakfast, afternoon tea and a Harrods £50 voucher to spend between you. You don’t even need to carry your shopping – the concierge desk will pick up your bags and deliver them to your room while you enjoy a cocktail in The Capital Bar, also included. Treat yourselves to dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant Outlaw’s at The Capital. u 020-7591 1200,


Escape to Lincolnshire for an indulgent break for Mother’s Day at The Grange, a picturesque Georgian B&B. The converted farmhouse offers cosy en-suite rooms overlooking rolling countryside. Start the day with a hearty breakfast, then visit local historic houses, enjoy the award-winning farm trail, play tennis or simply relax with a glass of wine. Book for two nights, from £72 per person. u 01673-858670, REAL PACKAGE The Shrigley Hall Hotel, Golf & Country Club has a new day package inspired by The Real Housewives Of Cheshire TV programme. For £65 per person (minimum two guests), the day includes a champagne afternoon tea, followed by two spa treatments: choose from a back, neck and shoulder massage, Decléor discovery facial, an express manicure or pedicure or a scalp massage. u 0800-652 8413,


Take the whole tribe for a family break at this fun eco-cottage on the edge of the New Forest. Sleeping up to six adults and six children, the cottage has an open-plan kitchen-diner and a sitting room with a wood burner. A shingle beach lies a mile away, pretty Lymington is close by, plus there are hiking and cycling trails and a gastropub next door. From £666 per night for the whole house, plus guests receive a free bottle of wine on arrival. u   lady retreat Let Mum be lady of the manor for a night, at grand Elizabethan Soulton Hall in Shropshire. The manor offers peace and quiet, luxurious bedrooms, cosy lounge rooms and a well-stocked bar, all with picturesque countryside views. There are many walking trails around the grounds and a Norman castle site nearby. Two nights’ B&B costs from £84 per person, based on two sharing. u 01939-232786, 

Contact Wendy at Prices are correct at the time of going to press.

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