Friday, 10 June 2016

For father, dear father...

Treat your patriarch this Father’s Day

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Gentleman’s spa
The four-star Crowne Plaza Gerrard’s Cross Hotel has had a £20m revamp and now offers spa treats for men in its Wave Spa And Wellness Centre. With a 15-metre pool, sauna and steam room, fitness suite and five treatment rooms – including a Rasul Mud Therapy Room – the spa menu includes a Men’s Age Rebel Facial, £85 (85 minutes), and Gentleman’s Club Hand and Nail Care, £30 (45 minutes). Afterwards take dinner in the 1269 Restaurant Bar & Grill, featuring Buccleuch Estate Beef, aged for 28 days. Rooms cost from £106.59 per night in June.


travle-590-5Hambleton Hall in Oakham

Go off-road
Bovey Castle, set in 275 acres within Dartmoor National Park, is offering an Off-Road Driving Experience. The one-hour taster costs from £125 per person, or try the half-day offroad experience, from £225 per person. The safety briefing is included. Based on the edge of the estate, guests get to drive one of the hotel’s fleet of Land Rover Defenders on a newly constructed timber extraction track, which includes steep inclines, descents and side slopes. Stay overnight for an additional £179 per room, including access to the Elan Spa with its Gentleman’s Quarter offering a range of specialist treatments for men.


travle-590-2Bovey Castle is set in Dartmoor National Park

Under canvas
Henfryn Organic Farm on the River Teifi, Carmarthenshire, has four luxurious tents, sleeping up to four or six people. Sitting on raised platforms with views along the river, the tents are available until mid October. The farm’s classic 2CV, Son of Herman, is also available to hire. Fun to drive, this classic French car has four seats and room in the back for a picnic hamper. The tents come with bedding and towels, initial supply of wood for the stove, fire pit/barbecue area, crockery, cutlery, pans, etc, and cool box. Local bacon, sausages and eggs are available to buy. Two nights in a bell tent costs from £135 total; hire of the 2CV costs from £160 per day.


travle-590-4Henfryn Organic Farm, Carmarthenshire

Gone fishin’
Celebrate Father’s Day on a fishing trip at one of Europe’s largest reservoirs, Rutland Water (available until 31 January 2017). Well stocked with brown trout, pike and zander, a day ticket (eight fish plus catch and release) costs £26 per person. Hambleton Hall, Oakham, overlooks the reservoir, and is offering the
reservoir, and is offering the Celebrate The Occasion package, from £640 per night, in a superior bedroom for two people. The rate includes a half bottle of NV René Beaudouin Blanc de Blancs Champagne, seasonal fruit, rich chocolate brownies from Hambleton’s British Best Bakery, a bouquet of flowers to take home, six-course Gourmet Tasting Menu with coffee and petit fours, breakfast and morning paper.


travle-590-3Normanton Church appears to float on Rutland Water

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