National Storytelling Week offers from Custard’s UK hotel clients

By Charlotte Winterbourne

The Society for Storytelling has promoted the tradition of storytelling for 24 years, and 2018 marks the 18th year of its National Storytelling Week. Celebrated by all kinds of people telling folk tales, fairy lore or traditional fiction, National Storytelling Week this year takes place from 27 January to 3 February. Tell a story, read a book or just let the surroundings inspire your creative imagination at these hotels with a literary link.

Discover your inner storyteller – from £123pp at Tylney Hall Hotel, Hampshire
Grade II Listed Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens, in Jane Austen’s home county of Hampshire, is the perfect country house hotel escape to celebrate National Storytelling Week. With beautiful gardens and 66 acres of parkland to explore, as well as a wealth of historic tales to discover about this stunning Victorian mansion, Tylney Hall is sure to provide inspiration to budding storytellers both young and old. A one-night stay, including dinner in the hotel’s Oak Room Restaurant and breakfast, costs from £123pp (two sharing). Call Tylney Hall Hotel on 01256 764881, www.tylneyhall.com.

Create memorable stories inspired by nature – from £127pp at Ashdown Park Hotel
If Ashdown Forest could inspire AA Milne to write the much-loved tales of Winnie the Pooh, then a stay at Ashdown Park Hotel in the heart of the forest should conjure up plenty of stories for guests of all ages to celebrate National Storytelling Week. The beautiful country house hotel and its stunning grounds offer guests the perfect blend of luxurious relaxation and tranquil walks to truly awaken the creative flow. An overnight stay including dinner and breakfast is from £127 pp (two sharing). Call Ashdown Park Hotel, tel: 01342 824988, www.ashdownpark.com

A story in every corner – from £135pp at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa
With history around every corner and beautiful grounds to explore, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa is an idyllic location for National Storytelling Week. With its own rich history and its involvement in film and television dramas including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Enigma, Inspector Morse, Nicholas Nickleby and Vanity Fair, guests will find stories galore during a stay at this stunning country house hotel. An overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa is from £135pp (two sharing). Call Luton Hoo Hotel, 01582 698888 or visit www.lutonhoo.co.uk

Magical stories from the Malverns – from £45pp at the Cottage in the Wood, Malvern
Head to the beguiling Malverns, inspiration for J.R.R Tolkien’s mysterious Middle Earth and where the snow-dusted gas lamps moved C.S. Lewis to start writing The Chronicles of Narnia. Stride the hills, or visit the Unicorn pub where the two literary greats used to meet or follow a nostalgic working gas lamp trail around Great Malvern. Exchange stories of the day at The Cottage in the Wood, with panoramic views of the Severn Valley, an in-vogue bar and Georgian-style restaurant. Accommodation costs from £45pp (two sharing) including breakfast. Call The Cottage in the Wood, tel: 01684 588 860 or visit www.cottageinthewood.co.uk.

Be inspired in William Golding’s Wiltshire – from just £60pp at The Legacy Rose & Crown, Salisbury
Best known for his novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding wrote the famous tale whilst living and teaching in Salisbury. The four-star 13th century riverside coaching inn Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel provides a picturesque base for an inspirational visit during National Storytelling Week. Of Wiltshire, Golding professed a deep intrigue with the ‘ancient and mysterious history that has left its mark in every corner’. Experience Wiltshire and stay at the Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel, costs from £60pp (two sharing) including overnight accommodation and breakfast. Call 01722 328615 or visit their website http://www.legacy-hotels.co.uk/hotels/rose-and-crown-hotel-salisbury.

Storytelling in Scotland – from £60pp at The Torridon Hotel, Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands provide a spectacular setting to bring the mise en scène of epic stories to the big screen. The sweeping landscape of the Torridon Hills was the setting for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which showcased several stunning areas including Glen Torridon. Stay in the luxurious Torridon Hotel, where Guy Ritchie and Charlie Hunnam stayed, from £83pp per night (two sharing). Inn accommodation from £60pp per night (two sharing), both rates inclusive of breakfast. Call The Torridon, tel: 01445 791242, www.thetorridon.com

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