If you were wondering what to do and what to visit during your break in Scotland, Wales, and England, here are some ideas to help you.
Corsewall lighthouse hotel, Corsewall point, Stranrear
Fifteen minutes from the town of Stranrear, overlooking some of Scotland’s rugged coastline. It’s remote and can be windy, but it has spectacular views over the Kintyre Peninsula, Aran, the Firth of Clyde, Ailsa Craig and Ireland.
Corsewall Lighthouse was built in 1815 and still lights up this section of the Irish Sea to warn sailors approaching the mouth of Loch Ryan. It is automated now and the buildings now contain the 4 star luxury hotel.
There are 5 luxury suites, which can accommodate between two to six people and six luxurious double rooms. All suites have sea views and three of the double bedrooms have ensuite facilities, apart from the Ailsa Room, which has a private bathroom, but you have to leave the bedroom to get to it. Most of the rooms are small and snug, making winter trips very comfortable.
Activities can be arranged with the hotel and they include pony trekking, a day trip to Ireland, golf and sailing. Walking along the coastline or through the countryside, you should see a wide variety of birdlife, seals and if you’re lucky, deer.
The hotel restaurant holds an AA Red Rosette and includes mouth-watering delights such as Wood Pigeon, Roast or Smoked Duck, Sea Bass and prime Scotch Beef. A five course dinner is offered at £35.00 per person. They also serve a ‘hearty’ breakfast.
Wedding parties (it is a popular wedding venue in the summer) Couples who are celebrating anniversaries, honeymooners and wedding guests. Not sure if any celebrities come to stay, but the hotel does have a helipad.
Priced for one night there are two price tariffs:
- November to April prices start at £80.00 for a night mid-week and go up to £115
- May to October cost between £90 and £145
These prices do not include Christmas, New Year or Easter.
Through the website, or by phone (01776 853220) fax or email. Details here.
Lake Vyrnwy hotel and spa, Ilanwddyn, Powys
Overlooking Lake Vyrnwy and surrounded by beautiful countryside with mountains, moorland and forests. It’s close to the Snowdonia National Park and the nearest town is Welshpool, just four miles from the Welsh-English border.
Although the hotel has been expanded and new buildings have been added, but the original part of the hotel dates back to 1890 and King George stayed here when he came to open the lake’s dam (he was the Prince of Wales then). Even at that time the hotel was as they say on their website, “fit for a king.” Now it is a luxurious 4 star hotel with Spa and fine dining facilities.
The hotel has 52 rooms and they all have TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a lake or countryside view. If you want to bring your pet, for an extra charge there are heated kennels available.
Due to its location it is ideal for people who love the outdoors and there are plenty of activities on offer, including fishing and clay shooting. Children are also encourage to come to the hotel and explore the great outdoors. The spa of course is for complete relaxation and offers facials, massage and thermal treatments.
There’s a restaurant and a bistro inside the Tavern pub. Here you can have a light meal, or a snack. The restaurant serves afternoon tea, light lunches, evening meals and Sunday lunch. The evening menu includes Lamb, Duck, Hake and Salmon and Sunday lunch is Beef, Lamb, Hake or Mullet, served with potatoes and vegetables. Children are catered for at the hotel and in the Tavern.
It is popular with everyone. Families with children, couples, wedding parties and sports enthusiasts. There’s a helipad, so you never know who might pop in from the world of television of film.
The hotel has a number of price packages, some which include food and or spa treatments. Prices start from £77.50 and a five day package costs from £437.
Contact: Through the website or by phone on 01691 870692
The Zetter hotel London
In Clerkenwell, ten minutes by car from the West End and close to the City. It is ideally placed if you plan to come to London for a short break.
This is a boutique hotel with 59 rooms all luxuriously decorated and with en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms have better facilities than others but they all have free WiFi, iPod docking stations, duck-down pillows, fluffy bathrobes and slippers and a walk in shower and much more.
The chef here is Bruno Loubet, who was trained by Raymond Blanc. The restaurant has an excellent reputation for both the quality of the food and the service. The menu includes Guinea Fowl, Mussels, Lamb, Beef and Sea Bream, scrumptious desserts and a cheese board. They have a two course lunch menu for £20, or three courses for £25
Business people, tourists and families. This hotel is popular with anyone who wants luxury and style in London, without paying too much.
Double rooms start at £105 per person, per night. They have a special offer running at the moment that includes dinner and breakfast from £186 per person, per night.
Through the website or by phoning (0)20 7324 4567