UK hotel break inspiration for #TravelTuesday

By Mika Bishop

Looking for UK hotel break inspiration? Here are the latest ideas for hotel stays and money-saving deals from some of Custard’s clients.

Bag a munro during National Walking Month – The Torridon, Inverness from £248 pp
Head to the Highlands for a healthy walking break in May and embark on an adventure that will bring you to new heights. Accompanied by a fully-qualified Torridon Activities guide, bag a munro – that is to climb a Scottish mountain of over 3,000 ft –  and soak up spectacular panoramic views from the peak. Slioch, Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and Liathach are recommended munros close to loch-side turreted property The Torridon Hotel & Inn. A munro package costs from £248 pp (two sharing) including an overnight stay in luxurious hotel accommodation, breakfast, and a guide for the day. Call The Torridon, tel: 01445 791242,

Enjoy fabulous food and delectable drinks in Northamptonshire – from £79 pp at Whittlebury Hall
Northampton Food and Drink Festival returns on 13 and 14 May, promising an exciting day out for foodies. Enjoy live demos from chefs Valentine Warner and Chris Bavin on the Food Theatre Stage, as well as a host of eclectic food and drink stalls from local and nationwide producers. There will also be live entertainment, music and al-fresco dining to enjoy. Stay at Whittlebury Hall, just a 25-minute drive from the festival, and enjoy its Day Spa, championship golf course and restaurant. Costs from £79 pp including accommodation, cream tea and breakfast.  Call Whittlebury Hall on 01327 850 489,

Sundown Cinema and more – from £13pp at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa
A film set for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Eyes Wide Shut, Vanity Fair and other hits, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border, celebrates its cinematic legacy and epic setting with the annual open air Sundown Cinema series. Watch iconic films such as Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, The Holiday, Footloose and La La Land in the stunning surrounds of the South Lake on the hotel’s 1,065 acre estate. Screenings from 24 August-9 September. Sundown Cinema tickets cost £13pp, pre-cinema barbeque costs £27pp, overnight stay costs from £87.50pp (two sharing) with breakfast. Luton Hoo on 01582 698 888,

Chillies & chill out – from £50pp at The Cottage in the Wood, Malvern
Turn up the heat this May Bank Holiday at the Eastnor Chilli Festival and then recover at The Cottage in the Wood in the Malvern Hills. At the festival, see live acts from the likes of Los Squideros, and test your palette at over 60 stalls, cooking classes (for kids & adults) and chilli eating competitions. Then, retreat to tranquil surroundings at The Cottage in the Wood where cocktails and fine-dining in the newly-restored 1919 Restaurant & Bar will complete a culinary weekend. Festival tickets cost £11pp, accommodation costs from £50pp (two sharing) including breakfast. Call The Cottage in the Wood, tel: 01684 588 860 or visit

Ancient woodland walks and a haunted mill – from £84 pp at Tylney Hall Hotel, Hampshire
May is National Walking Month, so dust off your boots and try out some of the most beautiful walks in Hampshire, starting from country house hotel, Tylney Hall. Follow a 7km route through the village of Rotherwick and the ancient woodland Black Wood, or walk for 11km through green lanes, mossy forest and farmlands to reach the ‘haunted’ Longbridge Mill. Walking breaks at Tylney Hall Hotel start from just £84 pp (two sharing) including walking maps, accommodation and breakfast. Call Tylney Hall Hotel on 01256 764881, 

Hone your hanging basket skills – £42.50 pp at Ashdown Park Hotel, East Sussex
With a new date added this year due to popular demand, Ashdown Park will be holding its expert-led hanging basket workshops on 24th and 25th May. Pick up top tips from the hotel’s estate manager Kevin Sweet and then savour a sumptuous afternoon tea in the hotel’s opulent lounges, hosted by Kevin. This glorious floral treat costs £42.50 pp including the workshop and afternoon tea (guests are asked to bring their own hanging basket; soil and plants will be provided). Call Ashdown Park on 01342 824988,

Royal Afternoon Tea – £40 pp at The Petersham Hotel, Richmond
With the Queen’s Birthday Parade on 17 June, Royal Ascot on 20 June and RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on 4 July, what better reasons are there to serve a Royalty-themed afternoon tea? Head to the Petersham Restaurant for panoramic views of the River Thames, and indulge in Victoria sponge, chocolate & hazelnut opera cake, the finest sandwiches and delicious scones, accompanied by a glass of Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royal Brut Champagne, a favourite of the Royal family, in particular The Prince of Wales, Queen Victoria and Edward VII. Costs £40 pp. Call The Petersham on 02089 391010,

Coastal walking with Julia Bradbury – from £799 pp at The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
Discover the rolling hills and rugged coast of East Sussex on a four-night walking break including a stay at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne. Walk in the footsteps of Julia Bradbury and experience the south coast routes made famous in her TV series ‘Walks with a View’, while enjoying the luxurious comfort of your five-star accommodation at The Grand. The package includes dinner with Julia on the last night and a chance to hear more about her travels. From £799 pp (two sharing) including breakfast, dinner and all guided walks. Departs 4 June. Book through, 01707 818986.

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