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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Wine & Unwind in Helmsley, Yorkshire

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Nestling on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, The Black Swan Hotel in Helmsley, Yorkshire is within easy reach of Whitby, York and Harrogate.

This is the perfect retreat (or treat) break…

Indulge in an awesome six course tasting dinner menu paired with great wines to match, enjoy homemade chocolates and a half bottle of champagne in your room on arrival plus an Elemis gift set & candle, followed by full English breakfast the following morning.

£115.00 per person, per night
(Full price £153.00 per person, per night)

Link to Black Swan Hotel

Expires: 23rd December 2009

Terms & Conditions: Available on new bookings only. Subject to availability.

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Rating: 8.5 / 10

Family festive celebration package to Pembrokeshire

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Activity Wales offer exciting activity days and breaks throughout Wales.

Activity Wales is working alongside Coastal Cottages, offering a family festive celebration package to Pembrokeshire in West Wales. They have created the perfect combination of a Pembrokeshire cosy cottage with plentiful fun and games to entertain the children throughout.

Celebrate the most enjoyable time of the year with all your family around the tree within the comfort of your very own Pembrokeshire cosy cottage. Enjoy a perfectly created Pembrokeshire Produce hamper full of locally sourced goodies which will be present for all to enjoy. The popular free booking agency are great at providing action packed activities, so prepare to play hard with a day out at the local Country Sports Park in Tenby. Try your hand traditionally at Archery, Adventure Golf and so much more before an evening’s entertainment with The Crystal Maze and good old fashioned Ten Pin Bowling to wrap it all up. As a welcomed guest to the county head off to the North Beach in Tenby on Boxing Day and soak up the atmosphere of the infamous Boxing Day Swim!…and if you fancy it you could always join them…

Prices From £870.00 based on a family of four.

Link to Activity Wales

Expires: 31st December 2010

Terms & Conditions: See website.

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Rating: 7.3 / 10

Twixmas Break at Titchwell Manor, North Norfolk

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Titchwell Manor Hotel, near Brancaster, which overlooks North Norfolk’s unspoilt coast, is offering a three night dinner, B&B break between Christmas and New Year priced from £200pp. The special Twixmas break is available between Sunday 27 and Tuesday 29 December inclusive.

Renowned for its two AA Rosette restaurant, Titchwell Manor is a smart retreat for those seeking fine dining in stylish surroundings. The former Victorian farmhouse now offers a delightful fusion of traditional values and contemporary furnishings. There are 27 bedrooms, in either the main period hotel, a cottage or around a courtyard herb garden. Pets welcome in selected ground floor rooms.

Link to Titchwell Manor

Expires: 27th December 2009

Terms & Conditions: See website.

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Rating: 4.0 / 10

Winter Walking Breaks at Trigony House Hotel

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Surrounded by the rolling hills of Dumfriesshire in over four-acres of stunning Scottish woodland, Trigony House Hotel is a winter wonderland for walkers and their four legged friends.

Scotland’s hidden gem, this boutique country house hotel has been voted sixth, ‘most doggy friendly hotel in the UK’ by TripAdvisor and offers guests a Dog Welcome Pack which includes a map and all the best walks in the area. The hotel will also happily provide drying towels and a doggy bed, as well as dog food on request. Bess, the owner’s black labrador, is also on hand to act as the local guide – so it’s no wonder that 40% of guests visit the hotel with their dogs!

There are plenty of dog-friendly trails around the hotel and within the grounds, including open fields and woodland walks to suit dogs (and owners!) of all shapes, sizes and abilities. The hotel allows dogs in all public rooms with the exception of the dining room, however dogs are welcome to join guests eating in the bar for a well-earned relax in front of the open fire.

Until January 2010, Trigony House Hotel is offering a special midweek walking break including local maps and guide books, recommended walks and a packed lunch from £65 per person per night. The price is based on two sharing on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and dogs can stay for free during the week.

Link to Trigony House Hotel

Expires: 31st December 2009

Terms & Conditions: See website.

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Rating: 4.5 / 10

Haven Splash Out With Free Swimming Lessons

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Haven Holidays, the biggest provider of swimming lessons in the private sector, will be splashing out even more next season. Britain’s favourite family holiday company is making all its swimming lessons in the highly-acclaimed Learn2Swim programme compeltely free of charge!

And Haven is introducing free water-confidence sessions for babies for the first time so even the youngest holidaymakers can try a new fun experience with mum or dad!

Every year Haven’s fully qualified lifeguards give more than 40,000 swimming lessons in the heated indoor pools at the company’s 35 holiday parks. The ages of those taking part ranges from tots perhaps having their first session in a pool to mums and dads and grandparents who want to improve their technique.

Haven has more than 400 lifeguards and one in four of them have been trained by the Swimming Teachers’ Association to teach the Learn2Swim programme.

Link to Haven

Expires: 27th December 2009

Terms & Conditions: See website.

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Rating: 8.0 / 10

Chocolate Heaven at Whatley Manor for Valentines

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To celebrate St. Valentine’s day Whatley Manor, the privately owned 23 bedroom boutique hotel tucked away in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, has put together a choice of romantic proposals to spoil your loved one.

Start with a unique gift of presenting your very own handmade chocolates to your loved one when you join a master class on Tuesday 8th February. You’ll have the opportunity to spend the day in the hotel’s kitchen learning the secrets of handmade chocolates from the hotel’s Michelin two-star chef Martin Burge before taking home all that you have made on the day including the recipes. The full day Master class costs £127 per person and includes the master class, an apron, recipes, buffet lunch with wine and refreshments throughout the day.

To further indulge your loved one why not spend St. Valentine’s weekend at the hotel where a two night package includes a romantic bottle of Ruinart Rose Champagne and handmade chocolates in the room on arrival. For a truly romantic experience why not book the ‘Serial Mud Chamber’ spa treatment, a nourishing and detoxifying sixty minute spa treatment for two in your own private chamber – £118. Or opt for the intimate surrounding of the VIP Suite and experience treatments in your own private chamber suite complete with its own hydrotherapy tub.

Arriving on Friday, 12th February or Sunday 14th February this special two night stay costs from £698 per room based on two sharing a standard room for two nights, including champagne and chocolates, full English breakfast, full use of our award winning spa facilities, vat and 10% discretionary service charge. Stay a third night and receive a complimentary spa treatment voucher to the value of £84.

A choice of dining options are also available including a ‘Lovers Tasting Menu’ specially prepared by Michelin two-star head chef Martin Burge in the stylish ‘Dining Room’ with its sumptuous mix of Italian silk, luxurious velvet and intimate lighting ensuring a truly romantic gastronomic evening (£87.50 per person) or opt for the more informal candlelit setting of Le Mazot (£45.50 per person).

Link to Whatley Manor

Expires: 14th February 2010

Terms & Conditions: See website.

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Rating: 8.0 / 10

Three night package 24 – 27 December from £1,250 for two

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The SwanThe 15th century half-timbered Swan Hotel at Lavenham, in the heart of rural Suffolk, is offering a special three-night dinner, B&B Christmas package from Thursday 24th December priced from £1,250 per double/twin room for two sharing.

Guests arriving on Christmas Eve are greeted with a glass of hot mulled wine before the crackling open log fire. The festive package also includes a light afternoon tea on the 24th, plus a champagne reception and dinner in the beamed and vaulted Gallery Restaurant. Everyone is also invited to Midnight Mass in the beautifully decorated Lavenham Church of St Peter and St Paul, before returning to the hotel for a late night glass of mulled wine and mince pies.

Traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings is served from 12 noon; and for those who are still hungry there’s a festive buffet in the evening followed by a Christmas quiz. Boxing Day lunch and dinner with live entertainment are also included plus an optional afternoon guided walk around the historic medieval village of Lavenham, which will be seasonally decorated with greenery and festive lights plus a huge Christmas tree in the main square.

Steeped in history, the Swan has been celebrating Christmas for nearly 600 years. The ancient oak beams and inglenook fireplaces provide a beautiful backdrop to the festive celebrations, while outstanding food is served in the two AA rosette Gallery Restaurant, informal lounges and the historic Old Bar, where the walls feature WWII airmen’s signatures and memorabilia. Decked out for the festive season, it has several twinkling Christmas trees placed around the hotel including one high up on the Minstrel’s Gallery above the restaurant.

Link to The Swan Hotel, Lavenham

Expires: 24th December 2009

Terms & Conditions: See website.

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Rating: 8.0 / 10

Romantic Winter Warmer Package at Miller’s Residence Boutique Hotel, Notting Hill

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Miller’s Residence is a small luxury 18th century style boutique hotel in Notting Hill, London. It is the essence of a welcoming private residence. Miller’s offers individual Rooms or exclusive Salon Rooms set in an atmosphere of a bygone era. Antique furnishings and exquisite decoration make each Room or Salon Room a romantic home from home.

Our beautiful bedrooms and inspiring decor will not fail to impress a loved one. Head out to one of the many famed restaurants of Westbourne Grove, a stones throw from the hotel, before coming back and sinking in to our huge sofas, helping yourself to a complimentary Miller’s Gin and relaxing to sounds of tinkling Jazz and the crackling of the roaring log fire. Book a two night stay and, as well as adhering to our room available upgrade policy, there will also be a chilled bottle of champagne and delicious chocolates waiting for you on arrival. This package is available from £358+VAT for the two nights in a four poster room and also includes a Continental breakfast each morning and complimentary evening drinks.

Link to Miller’s Residence Boutique Hotel

Expires: 28th February 2010

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability.

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Rating: 8.0 / 10

Premier Inn rooms from just £29

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Premier Inn is the UK’s leading budget hotel chain.

Are you off visiting friends or family this Christmas? Or do you have guests coming to stay? Forget clearing out the spare room or borrowing a blow-up mattress, you can get all the comfort you need at Premier Inn. With over 580 Premier Inn hotels across England and Ireland, there’s bound to be one close by.

And the good news is, from 18th December 2009 to 10th January 2010 you can stay from just £29 a night.

Link to Premier Inn

Expires: 10th January 2010

Terms & Conditions: See website.

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Rating: 8.3 / 10

Autumn Getaways from just £99 per couple with Ramada Jarvis

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One of the best known UK hotel brands, Ramada Jarvis offers a selection of 42 luxurious hotels suitable for couples and families alike.

From only £99 per couple enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast each morning PLUS a delicious three course dinner on the first night.

There are over 40 hotels in great locations and over 20 have Sebastian Coe Health Clubs on-site, so you may opt for a round of golf, a dash down the dry ski slope, a splash in the pool or a session in the spa or sauna at selected hotels.

Kids stay for FREE when sharing with two adults, our offer is running all week long and over half term, why stay at home when you can have all this!

To book this offer, click the booking link below and select 2 nights and 2 adults for your chosen hotel.

Link to Ramada Jarvis

Link to offer page

Expires: 14th December 2009

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability – see web site for details.

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Rating: 5.5 / 10

20% OFF Luxury Holiday Cottages in Northumberland this Christmas & New Year

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Experience a luxury self-catering cottage holiday at Burnfoot Holiday Cottages in Northumberland.

In a breathtaking setting with a wealth of wildlife on its doorstep, and the babble of a burn in the background, Burnfoot is the perfect place in which to escape the pressures of modern life.

The 14 luxury cottages were created in 2009 from the conversion of a very grandly designed 19th century stone farm steading formerly part of the world famous Cragside Estate, now owned by the National Trust.

Opulent interiors with wood burning stoves and shelves of good books; brand new tennis court; award winning pub five minutes’ walk; lots of walks direct from the door; golf, fishing, horse riding available locally.

Imagine escaping to the wilds of Northumberland this festive season – away from all the hustle and bustle.

With your wood burning stove blazing, every home comfort to hand, and a fridge full of delicious treats, you may end up wishing you get snowed in!

Due to some recent cancellations, you can now book any Group A cottage for the Christmas or New Year week with 20% off the standard rate. And we’ll also provide a complementary Northumbrian mini hamper of tasty festive treats.

To see how much you could save, take a look at the week of your choice on the prices and availability page on the website and take 20% off the price.

To book, simply send an email to stay@burnfootholidaycottages.co.uk or call us on 0191 281 1900. First come first served!

Link to Burnfoot Holiday Cottages

Expires: 1st January 2010

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability.

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Rating: 8.0 / 10

20% off Cornwall hotel break plus FREE dinner at Fifteen!

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The award winning Porth Veor Manor overlooks Porth beach on the north Cornish coast. This charming mid-19th century manor provides a tranquil haven yet is only a mile from Newquay. Amenities include a bar, Beaucliffes ‘fine dining’ restaurant, conservatory, lounge areas, free wireless internet access and a private car park. Grading: AA 3 stars, silver accolade award.

Save 20% off PLUS enjoy a complimentary 6-course dinner (worth £55) at the Jamie Oliver inspired “Fifteen Cornwall” restaurant, Watergate Bay.

Stay up to 25 March 2010 and a 3 night break at Porth Veor Manor will cost from just £129pp on this offer including full Cornish breakfast plus one dinner at Fifteen. Normal price is from £162 plus £55 for Fifteen – a combined saving of 40%.

There is a supplement of £10 for breaks commencing from 29 January 2010.

Fifteen Cornwall is situated just 3 miles from Porth Veor Manor where the 6-course Tasting Menu normally costs £55. Wines and drinks are payable direct.

Link to Porth Veor Manor Hotel

Link to offer page

Expires: 24th March 2010

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability.
Offer not valid 21 to 31 Dec, 4 to 28 Jan and 12 to 14 Mar.
Must quote offer UKT/384 to qualify for this discount.

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Rating: 8.3 / 10

Enjoy Christmas past with English Heritage

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Take time out in the hectic lead up to Christmas to enjoy the festive fun at selected English Heritage properties and make the most of a special 10% discount on English Heritage gifts and decorations.

Why not leave the crowded high streets behind and experience festive fun with a twist? Join the royal falconers at Battle Abbey, East Sussex as they demonstrate their skills and re-create their roles at Christmas time in Plantagenet England, or discover how the Victorians did it, with a truly Victorian Christmas at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Visitors will delight in traditional side-shows and perhaps even meet the great Queen herself. For a different perspective, take a tour below stairs to the bustling service wing at Audley End in Essex and meet a host of 1880s servants as they busily prepare the big house for Christmas, cooking seasonal dishes and attending to the family and their guests.

For an extra festive treat, keen shoppers can enjoy Christmas shopping at a more relaxed pace in some of England’s most stunning locations at English Heritage’s special shopping weekends. Take advantage of a 10% discount on exclusive English Heritage gifts and decorations, including handcrafted glassware, children’s costumes and historic cookery books. Meanwhile, Belsay Hall in Northumberland will again be hosting its annual Christmas Festive Gift Fair.

Link to English Heritage

Expires: 24th December 2009

Terms & Conditions: See website.

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Rating: 6.5 / 10

November Special – 15% off all accommodation!!

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A beautiful self-catering holiday arena nestled in a quiet corner of Lincolnshire. Our Stationmaster’s House sleeps 8 and each of our bespoke Reproduction Railway Carriages sleeps 4. Beautifully decorated with modern comforts and authentic fittings, we offer a unique holiday experience. Our arena has a Barbecue hut with a Bushbecke BBQ and seating for 20+, a children’s bouncy castle for hire and cycles to hire too, so that you may enjoy the stunning countryside at your leisure.

Mention this offer and receive a 15% discount of any break in November!!
Give yourself a pre-xmas treat – come stay a while in our unique Railway Carriages or the unusual Stationmaster’s House – or the whole arena if you have large group!

Also, to enhance your stay, we’re offering 2 for 1 on all cycle hire so you can explore the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside at your leisure.

Link to Raileisure Ltd

Expires: 1st December 2009

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability.

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Rating: 6.5 / 10

20% off Christmas cottage in Cornwall

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Bay Retreat Villas is a stunning development of 28 stylish and contemporary holiday cottages/villas situated just 3 miles from Padstow. Opened in Nov 2008 they provide modern living with a high standard of comfort throughout. Each property features 2 bedrooms on the first floor and on the ground floor there’s a kitchen and lounge/diner leading onto a timber decked terrrace and private small lawned garden. On site amenities include an Indian Restaurant and tennnis courts. Up to 2 well behaved dogs are permitted in 5 of the villas/cottages.

Stay over Christmas and save 20% off!
23 December – 4 nights
Was £390, now £299 per unit

Christmas Day Lunch can be pre-booked in a nearby restaurant at a supplement. Guide price £55pp.

Link to Bay Retreat Villas

Expires: 15th December 2009

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability.
Please quote UKT/917 to qualify for this discount.

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Rating: 9.0 / 10

Christmas and New Year offers at Cafe Rouge

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With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989.

Whether you’re looking for a great venue for your Christmas party, thinking of treating the family to Christmas lunch or planning your New
Year celebrations then Café Rouge has the answer. This year we have a Christmas party menu, which is available from mid November as well as fantastic menus for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Link to Café Rouge

Link to offer page

Expires: 31st December 2009

Terms & Conditions: See website.

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Rating: 8.0 / 10

Great deal for Yorkshire weekend break

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Old Cragg Hall BarnA fabulous award-winning barn conversion now available as 5-star self catering holiday accommodation in an elevated position in Cragg Vale, near Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. The surrounding countryside is ideal for exploring by foot and there are many places of interest to be found within easy reach including the picturesque village of Haworth, once home to the famous Bronte sisters. Hebden Bridge itself has a rich industrial history and rapidly developed during the industrial revolution as mill owners made use of the valley sides to house their expanding workforce, giving the town its distinctive look. The town has now left its industrial past behind and is home to a unique range of shops, fine restaurants and traditional pubs.

January Offer:
Friday – Sunday £115 per night
Monday – Thursday £90 per night
Minimum 3 night stay.
Full week Friday-Friday £65 per night
Prices are for the whole accommodation, not per person!

Old Cragg Hall Barn sleeps 6 people in 3 sumptuous bedrooms with 2 luxurious bathrooms. Eco-friendly, with underfloor heating from a ground-source heat pump and a heat-recovering ventilation system, the master bedroom boasts a 4-poster bed whilst the living area has a wood burning stove. Fanatastic views all around from the fully glazed wall in the upstairs open-plan living area.

Link to Old Cragg Hall Barn

Expires: 4th December 2009

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability.

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Rating: 9.0 / 10

November Mid Week Special Offers from Natural Retreats

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Natural Retreats – Yorkshire Dales is set amongst 54 acres of pristine countryside in Swaledale, just a mile from the historic market town of Richmond. With a mixture of privately owned woodland and meadows to explore, along with breathtaking views of the Swale Valley the location of the residences is outstanding. They are perfectly positioned to discover some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Residences are neatly blended into the hillside causing minimal visual impact and are ideal for couples, groups of friends, families and even corporate groups who want to escape to the country and enjoy some quality time together.

Midweek breaks only £100 per night for 2, 3 & 4 night stays throughout November – min 2 nights. Save up to £140

Link to Natural Retreats

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Expires: 30th November 2009

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability.

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Rating: 9.0 / 10

Great Christmas offers on motorhome hire

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At Xplore-it motorhome rental, we offer the UK and Europe at your doorstep. And when you rent one of our motorhomes you can go pretty much anywhere you want in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Europe.

Whether this is the countryside, seaside – in fact anywhere that takes your fancy! When you hire one of our motorhomes the choice is all yours. And with a great selection of motorhomes to suit all requirements and great rates, we know you will have a great holiday.

From £450
Collect your Motorhome on Saturday 19th morning (from 8am onwards) and return to us on Sunday 27th afternoon (before 5pm). 450 miles included, any extra miles charged at 35p per mile.
(Quote code ch450)

From £899
Collect your Motorhome on Saturday 19th afternoon (from 12pm onwards) and return to us on Saturday 2nd (Jan 2010) afternoon (before 5pm). 700 miles included, any extra miles charged at 35p per mile.
(Quote code ch899)

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Expires: 2nd January 2010

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability.

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Rating: 8.0 / 10

Free wine with all weekend Christmas parties

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Best Western the Russell Hotel is a 42 roomed Victorian House which has been extensively refurbished throughout. With 5 conference and banqueting rooms, delightful landscaped gardens with sun terraces and our beautiful Garden Restaurant, this hotel is the ideal venue for all your business and private entertainment requirements.

For all Friday and Saturday night Christmas Parties, a half bottle of wine per person is included in the cost. No minimum numbers for our ‘join a party’ and a minimum of 60 for private parties. Party nights also include 3 course meal followed by coffee and mince pies with entertainment provided by our Resident DJ.

Link to Best Western the Russell Hotel

Expires: 30th December 2009

Terms & Conditions: Offer subject to availability.

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Rating: 9.3 / 10