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Where to find Cornish flowers in bloom this spring

mounts bay spring flowers

We are completely in love with Cornwall all year round, but there is something about Spring and watching the flowers bloom a little earlier than our Northern neighbours that makes us feel extra lucky. Read on to discover some of the best places to see Cornish flowers in bloom this spring……

 

Polly Joke fields

photo credit Low Dune Photography / Visit Cornwall

Situated between Holywell Bay and Crantock, just outside Newquay the fields of Polly Joke are home to a breathtaking display of wildflowers: Best time to visit Late spring / early Summer.

The small cove is completely unspoilt, and there is National Trust parking nearby. This is a must-visit for calm, unspoilt, vibrant beauty.

Lizard Point

photo credit Adam Gibbard/ Visit Cornwall

Spring at Lizard Point (at the Southern tip of the Lizard Peninsula) enjoys a beautiful show of Wild Thrift, Wild Asparagus and Blue Spring Squill.

A visit will instantly show why Revd C A Johns, the accomplished Victorian plant expert visited 1847 wrote ‘If I throw my hat on the ground, wherever it lands there will be at least ten species of wild plant underneath’. Don’t forget to pack your hat to try it out for yourself!

Mounts Bay Fields

photo credit Adam Gibbard/ Visit Cornwall

With the famous St Michael’s Mount in view, Mounts Bay at Spring is unforgettable, don’t forget Spring always comes early this far South, and the flowers are already peeping!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan 

heligan gardens garden break

photo credit Toby Strong

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are Europe’s largest restoration gardens, and with a suitably mysterious and romantic story, the stunning gardens offer over 200 acres including Victorian Production Gardens, Pleasure Grounds and the Jungle.

Nature lovers, explorers, wildlife enthusiasts and flower fanatics will find it all.

The Eden Project

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photo credit Matt Jessop/ Visit Cornwall

The world-famous biomes of the Eden Project include the largest rainforest in the world, home to a diverse selection of plants from every climate. Ever changing and evolving, Eden is worthy of a visit time and time again, and always promises something new.

 

You can visit Cornwall this spring and enjoy a very special Spring Garden Break in 4-star luxury with entry to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project, as well as help and advice on how to visit other stunning destinations all under 1 hour away from our award-winning hotel……..

You can find details of our break here-  https://atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk/specials/cornish-spring-gardens-break/

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Favourite wedding images by the Atlantic Hotel

Fistral Beach, Atlantic Hotel weddings Tom Frost Photography

Choosing our favourite wedding images was no easy task….. but somehow we managed to narrow it down to 6 beautiful photos.

Read on to reveal our favourite images and why we love them….

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Outdoor sea view terrace, Atlantic Hotel, Newquay. Photo- Arianna Fenton

This image encapsulates everything we love about summer weddings- blue skies, blue seas, and simple elegance. Our outdoor terrace is stunning with panoramic ocean views, and don’t worry- we always ensure there is a plan b- one of our beautiful indoor wedding spaces in case the great English weather offers a downpour.

The Tea Lounge Atlantic Hotel Weddings

The Tea Lounge by Paul Keppel Photography

Elegant, traditional and stylish, our sea view Tea Lounge is a popular wedding space, with original wooden panelling and twinkling chandeliers The Tea Lounge seats up to 250 guests. We love the elegant, simple table décor and stunning flower arrangements in this photo.

Fistral Beach, Atlantic Hotel weddings Tom Frost Photography

Fistral Beach by Tom Frost photography

For the couples looking for photos on the beach, the world famous Fistral Beach is just minutes away from our hotel. Step on the sand for the first time as a married couple, look out to the ocean and enjoy the moment together. This image is so romantic we just had to include it!

The Grand Ballroom Atlantic Hotel Weddings

The Grand Ballroom -by Your Perfect Day Photography

The moment you have been waiting for… walking down the aisle with a loved one at your arm and your forever person waiting for that first glimpse!

Our Grand Ballroom seats up to 300 guests with a red carpet entrance, original features and glamorous feel, leading on to the ocean view terrace.

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Giant glitterball in the Grand Ballroom

With the giant glitter ball spinning, step out together for your first dance. Whether you have a perfectly planned routine, or your plan is to “wing it” enjoy every moment- you’ll never get another first dance together. This photo says a thousand words.

 

We hope you enjoyed looking through our favourite wedding images if you would like to find out more please contact us on 01637 872244 or email events@atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk, our team of Wedding Planners would love to show you around, have an informal chat or answer any questions.

 

 

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The Atlantic Hotel’s favourite reviews of 2018

Atlantic Hotel coastal path

Because we know how important reviews from real travellers are when choosing your holiday destination, here are a selection of our favourite reviews from 2018 so far…….

 

 

25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration 5 stars 30 May 2018

We stayed at the Atlantic Hotel for our 25th Wedding Anniversary at the beginning of May. First impression of the hotel …. WOW ! The Reception and all areas of the hotel were just amazing and spotlessly clean. We had a third floor room with beautiful views over Newquay’s beaches, it was just stunning. Our double room was very comfy and spacious with tea/coffee making facilities. The bathroom with shower and roll top bath was just so relaxing. Breakfast was very good each morning and all staff throughout the hotel were extremely pleasant and helpful. We had a fabulous stay at the Atlantic Hotel and look forward to returning soon. Thank you everyone at the Atlantic Hotel.

Atlantic Hotel reception and staircase

“First impression of the hotel …. WOW ! The Reception and all areas of the hotel were just amazing and spotlessly clean”

 

Our Favourite Hotel in Cornwall 5 stars May 2018

Having seen a lot of the world we are now enjoying visiting more places in our own delightful country for short and medium breaks and Cornwall is one of our favourite counties. We stayed at the Atlantic Hotel on a previous occasion, loved it so much that it is now our preferred base when visiting Cornwall. This hotel is still privately owned and is a delight to stay in at any time of the year. The decor is superb and reflects the heritage and interesting history of The Atlantic Hotel. It features all the amenities one would expect of a four star hotel including a delightful Champagne Bar and Bistro, (Silks), Swimming Pool, and a host of other interesting places to sit and reflect, read, drink or meet with others. Location on the headland is outstanding and the views over Newquay and the Atlantic coast are mesmerising in their beauty. Breakfast is taken in the main Dining Room overlooking the sea, and what a breakfast it is with a fabulous array of foods on offer to suit all needs and tastes and to set yourself up for a day. The surfing beach of Fistral Bay is just a few minutes walk away, as is the main town of Newquay and its wonderful beaches. This hotel is also very well located for exploring other parts of enchanting Cornwall. The Atlantic Hotel is dog friendly, and dogs are treated as valued guests (along with their owners) and the hotel rooms are spacious and very well appointed with all the amenities needed to make your stay extra special. The hotel staff are all in a league of their own being friendly, professional, and all prepared to go the extra mile to ensure guest satisfaction. This is one hotel for which I can find absolutely no fault whatsoever, and it is no wonder that guests tend to become regulars and go back there again and again. We certainly will.

Atlantic Hotel coastal path

“Location on the headland is outstanding and the views over Newquay and the Atlantic coast are mesmerising in their beauty. “

 

Atlantic Hotel — 5 star reviewed May 7 at 1:52pm

We chose the Atlantic as our wedding venue on the 28th April 2018 and are so glad we did. The hotel, staff and obviously location are just perfect. It was the most amazing day that went off without a hitch. The staff cannot do enough for you, Sophie, Cath and Lorraine dealt with us during the 2 year lead up to the day and nothing was too much trouble. The food was amazing and everyone commented on the high standards. Highly recommended.

Atlantic Hotel Wedding Couple

“The hotel, staff and obviously location are just perfect. It was the most amazing day that went off without a hitch.”

 

Atlantic Hotel — 5 star February 13 ·

We stayed here Saturday 10th feb, what a fantastic stay it was, our room was fab and very clean with a gorgeous sea view (even if the weather wasn’t on our side) our 3 course meal was delicious. Buffet style breakfast in the morning was great. And also returning home I realised I had left my necklace and ring which was of sentimental value, and thankfully it was found and the hotel kept in touch!! Highly recommend staying here. Thank you very much to all the staff at Atlantic hotel.

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“what a fantastic stay it was, our room was fab and very clean with a gorgeous sea view”

 

 

Fab weekend 5 stars 15 Jan 2018

Had a wonderful 2 night stay here. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, who were very welcoming and helpful. Rooms were really lovely and the sea view fantastic. Food in the restaurant was exceptional and not bad prices either! Lovely pool and sauna area. And the fact you can enjoy a massage on site is great. Would definitely stay again.

atlantic hotel indoor pool

“Lovely pool and sauna area. And the fact you can enjoy a massage on site is great.”

 

We hope to welcome you soon, and if you have a question you would like to ask us, please do pick up the phone, email or message via social media, we have a team ready to answer any questions that you may have.

www.atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk  01637 872244  info@atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk @Atlantichotel_  https://www.facebook.com/atlantichotelcornwall/

World Jetski Championships 2018

Must-do May, Newquay & Nearby

World Jetski Championships 2018

Check out the Atlantic Hotel’s pick of events not to miss this May in Newquay and nearby.

As the sun makes a much welcomed appearance, the surf picks up and the evenings stay lighter for longer, Newquay and nearby comes alive with events, here are our favourites………

 

May Day (Obby Oss Day) Padstow, 1st May

The Padstow Obby Oss is known to be the oldest dance festival in the country and is said to be traced back to the early 1800s, some 30,000 people descend on the world famous fishing port Padstow for the celebration, and the beautiful little town is decorated with flags and flowers.

The Osses are released at 8am, and dance through the pretty streets of Padstow until sunset with revellers following and dancing in their wake.

Expect an unbelievable party atmosphere and packed streets.

may day, Padstow

 

Pie & Ale Festival at Smugglers Den, 3rd May- 5th May (May Bank Holiday)

Thousands descend on a picturesque thatched roofed pub, gardens and marquee pub set in the countryside just outside of Newquay. The famous Pie and Ale Festival boasts live music from 12pm until the early hours throughout the Bank Holiday weekend plus a huge range of special edition ales, ciders, and delicious homemade pies to try.

During the day this event is very family friendly, with a children’s play area, by night, things get a little raucous! Wild dancing, drinking and merriment to be had.

Smugglers Den Pie & Ale Festival 2018

Freeride World Jetski Championships, Fistral Beach, Newquay 11th-13th May

Fistral Beach will become alive to the sound of revving jetskis. The Freeride Jetski event will pit the top 10 riders from France in a dramatic shoot-out between two of the world’s top teams. Also featured in the 3 day event will be a round of the UK Championship tour, with points towards the 2018 UK crown up for grabs!

This year the UK Freeride is coming home bigger and better. Hitting its 5th year the event is well established within Newquay and brings in over 60 competitors from all over the world, all fighting for World Freeride Champion status and prize money for the top three riders of the weekend.

World Jetski Championships 2018

 

Newquay Art 8, various venues throughout Newquay 18th May-20th May

Newquay’s Arts and Culture Festival – includes events, exhibits and workshops involving film, craft, spoken word, dance, photography, theatre, music, literature at fantastic local venues throughout Newquay Town. This cool, Arts and Culture Festival set in the UK’s answer to California is not to be missed whatever your age.

ART8 Newquay Arts & Culture Festival 2018

 

 

Cocktail Brunch Club, Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar, The Atlantic Hotel, Newquay Sunday 27th May From 11am-1.30pm

silks cocktail brunch club

The last Sunday of every month sees a very special Cocktail Brunch Club in AA Rosette awarded Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar at the Atlantic Hotel.

Live music from an eclectic mix of talented musicians, a delicious Brunch Club Menu using the freshest locally sourced ingredients and expertly mixed cocktails, and don’t forget- it’s Spring Bank Holiday Monday on 27th– so you can carry on your party with no dread of work on Monday.

If you are looking for luxury, sea view accommodation in Newquay this May, check out our special offers here….. https://atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk/offers/

Easter holiday family ideas in Newquay rain or shine!

Easter holidays are upon us and come rain or shine there will be 3 weeks to keep the children happy and make some treasured memories.

Don’t let the English weather spoil your family time- if you are still deliberating whether to book a break by the sea, here are some suggestions all within a short walk of our hotel……

Pirate’s Quest

For a unique family fun day visit Pirate’s Quest a short walk from Newquay Town Centre, escape into a world of piracy, myths and legends, with a live pirate crew, the immersive walk-through experience includes theatrical actors, amazing special effects and an interactive treasure hunt. Older children and adults will love the “Scare section” which can be avoided for younger pirates or faint-hearted! Discounted tickets are available for guests at the Atlantic Hotel reception desk.

pirate's quest, Newquay

Escape Surf School

All the family can learn to surf with our approved surf school, led by Pro Surfer, Mike Young, a private lesson will get the family up and riding the waves.

The beautiful Towan Beach is the venue for your lesson, the beach faces North-West which means it picks up swell (which us surfers love) but can be very sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds, which means the waves are usually clean, and lined up perfectly – ideal for learning to surf, reception can book discounted lessons for guests.

escape family surf newquay

Newquay Sea Safaris and fishing

Offering exciting sea safaris and fishing trips an unmissable day out can be had. Whether you want a short fishing trip or a day out to spot Cornish wildlife, Newquay Sea Safaris and Fishing offer an opportunity of a lifetime to witness dozens of different species (and maybe even dolphins!) in their natural environment.

newquay sea safari and fishing

Indoor leisure facilities, Newquay Town Centre & award winning dinner

All holidays need and a rest and relaxation day, a day to pad down to breakfast, sit and take in the views with a mid-morning coffee, and relax in our indoor leisure facilities. Perhaps a little stroll into Newquay town, or around the headland before heading back for another swim before dinner.

Our AA Rosette restaurant, Silks Bistro offers fine dining options, freshly caught seafood and children’s menus, totally family friendly, you can enjoy stylish food, wines and service without a worry.

atlantic hotel indoor pool

The Beach

Newquay has 14 of them, whether it’s the famous Fistral Beach, with golden sands, world-class waves and cool shops and cafes, Lusty Glaze (named Britain’s best beach), the miles of sand and dunes at Crantock, or the picture perfect Watergate Bay, there is a beach for everyone, don the wellies and macs if it’s rainy, or the sunglasses if we are lucky and find your favourite beach.

                                                                                             

 

We hope we have given you some inspiration for your Easter holidays and are looking forward to welcoming our Easter guests….. if you haven’t booked your break, we have 1 last sea view family room available over Easter weekend and some availability during the holidays, so if you can book a break then do- you won’t regret it!

Call 01637 872244 today and enjoy Easter everyone!

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How to make Valentine’s work when you bring the kids

family break beach

As Valentine’s Day falls in Half Term this year, many parents are probably writing off any romantic mini-breaks, however, take a look at our suggestions on how you can enjoy a lovely Valentine’s break avec children……….

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7 Festive events you won’t want to miss in Cornwall

Discover our pick of festive events in Cornwall from surfing Santas to magical open-air Christmas concerts……. Continue reading

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How to enjoy Cornwall without leaving your hotel room

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Although we are enjoying a noticeably balmy autumn, we all know what’s in store……

Winter is coming.

Cornish Winters are stunning. Find out how to enjoy a Cornish coastal break from the warmth and splendour of the luxury 4 star Atlantic Hotel.

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10 Reasons to book a holiday in Cornwall this Summer

With just a few weeks to go until the Summer Holidays many of us are now looking at where they will spend their break… Home??? Abroad???

Here are 10 reasons why a Staycation in Cornwall is your best choice this Summer…..

1: Beaches

Cornwall has over 400 beaches, with 14 beaches in Newquay alone.

Stunning golden sands, crystal clear blue seas, with comparisons of California or the Caribbean, and World class surf breaks, Cornwall’s beaches rival destinations oversees.

With many beaches patrolled by the RNLI, Cornwall offers a safe environment to enjoy a swim, try out the fantastic watersports on offer, or take a boat trip.

Simple pleasures, such as buying fishing nets, buckets and spades from the local shops, enjoying a picnic (our luxury hampers are nice!) and watching the sunset will make memories forever.

            

 2: Cuisine

Cornwall is England’s Cuisine Capital, with it’s produce shipped all over the world.

Home to World famous restaurants and celebrity chefs, Cornwall has 1000’s of restaurants, cafes and deli’s to enjoy.

Nothing beats a piping hot Traditional Cornish Pasty overlooking the sea, and of course, England’s favourite Fish and Chips tastes all the better when the fish is freshly caught and enjoyed on the beach. Afternoon Teas have raged into fashion, with Cornish Clotted Cream, and Jam playing it’s famous role (always Jam first!!)

Locally caught seafood from Newquay Harbour offers delicious fresh Lobster, Crab, Oysters and Mussels, to name just a few- you don’t have to travel abroad to try something new!

Cornwall is also home to many fine wineries and breweries- Skinners, and St Austell Brewery are producing first class ales and beers, while wineries such as Camel Valley are winning International awards for their wines.

   

3: Travel

Hands down a tank of fuel is cheaper than flights for the family, and with children having to pay for a seat from the age of 2 on most airlines, suddenly many families become priced out when looking at travelling abroad. With rail options, and Cornwall Airport’s range of domestic flights at affordable rates from Manchester, Edinborough, London Gatwick, and Dublin, you can be in Cornwall within an hour.

Listening to “Are we there yet” from the backseat, packing snacks, arguing with the sat nav, and finally arriving right outside your hotel form part of the holiday and family memories.

                                                                                                                                            

 4: Places to visit

With so many places to visit during your stay, the only thing to do is research and prioritise, the World famous Eden Project is an absolute must for first time visitors.

There are also 100’s of theme parks and family friendly days out ensure that little ones are catered for rain or shine, with discounted entry booklets available in our hotel, the hard part will be deciding where to visit.

Tate St Ives, The Minack Theatre, Land’s End, and Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro offer stunning exhibitions and live performances for a family friendly arts and culture fix.

5: Events

Cornwall has a packed programme of events planned this Summer, from music festivals to food and sailing.

Why not team up your summer holiday with Boardmasters Festival in August (check out our photo below by Tim Borrow!) with Headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J and Jamiroqui, and at the beach, live surfing, skateboarding and surf village packed with stalls (look out for our Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar stall!) and bars just a short stroll away from our hotel, this event is for all the family and is not to be missed.  Day tickets are available, so that you can enjoy all the music and events and be home to your luxury sea view room within 15 minutes.

For the foodies there are weekly Farmers Markets all over Cornwall and various famous food festivals, including the famous Rock Oyster Festival in July, and Newlyn Fish Festival in August.

Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week is one of Britain’s Premier Sailing Events, with spectacular firework displays, gig racing, live music, and an appearance from the red arrows.

 6: Watersports

Fancy riding on a banana boat? Hiring a speedboat? A coasteering lesson? Surf lesson? Stand up paddle boarding?

Kayaking, Kayak fishing, White Water Rafting, Power Kiting, Jet-skiing. The list is endless, and all available in Cornwall, just steps away from our Hotel.

7: Accessible for all

Travelling in your own vehicle can be the easiest, and least stressful way for families with members who have disabilities. Being able to travel with everything they need, parking outside the entrance to their accommodation, and avoiding long waits, queues, and vast airports can be worth so much.

With full disabled access, and our facilities on ground floor, the Atlantic Hotel can accommodate any guest’s requests, and are happy to make any arrangements necessary in the interest of our customer’s comfort.

Our chefs and waiting staff are allergen trained, and can adapt our extensive menu accordingly, we are dog friendly, with allocated rooms for dogs, and we allow guide dogs in all areas of the hotel.

 8: Cost

The cost of staycation can be far cheaper than a holiday abroad, without the costs of flights per person, airport parking, etc, booking a break on your doorstep is often much cheaper for families.

With the Sterling at now 1.15 vs the Euro*, gone are the days when you would make double on your cash exchange.

No standing in queues to change your currency, no desperately trying to work out how something costs in £’s, all the little added stresses taken away!

By holidaying in the UK you are actively helping the British Economy and supporting the British Tourism industry.

 9: Wildlife

Cornwall is rich with natural wildlife, and offers a wonderful opportunity to educate, and enjoy nature with your children.

Go Dolphin spotting on a boat trip from Newquay’s Harbour, just minutes away from our hotel, and take snaps of sea birds, sun fish and hope to see pods of dolphins jumping in and out the water.

Rockpooling is fun for all ages with crabs, shrimps, starfish, and lots of species of little fish to catch.

Cornish Seagulls often a little too friendly (hold onto your Patsy with a firm grip!) are an iconic image of Cornwall, and waking to the gulls calling in the mornings will stay with you long after your holiday is over.

 10: Accommodation

 Voted “Modern Luxury Hotel of the Year 2016” the Atlantic Hotel offers 4 star luxury, with first class facilities.

As soon as you arrive at our private headland the panoramic ocean views will leave you stunned, everywhere you turn, you can see the sea, and our Art Deco theme, with black and white marble flooring, sweeping staircases, and twinkling chandeliers rival any luxury accommodation World wide.

With a friendly welcome from our reception team, who will personally give you a tour and take you to your sea view room, the Atlantic Hotel is family friendly without compromise, with children’s menus, leisure facilities and friendly staff on hand to help, this is the perfect break for all the family.

Our last suggestion is to book soon- we see Summer sell out every year, and we would love to welcome you.

Call our reservation team today and discuss your family needs, and book your 4 star luxury break on 01637 872244

may day, Padstow

The Atlantic Hotel’s guide to May Day

may day, Padstow

May Day (Obby Oss Day)- May 1st

Some 30,000 people descend on the world famous fishing port, Padstow on 1st May for May Day or  Obby Oss Day, find out what the fuss is all about with our guide to Padstow’s biggest day of the year, and with a great offer on a  luxury 2 night stay, why not book a special Bank Holiday break at The Atlantic Hotel……

May Day is known to be the oldest dance festival in the country and is said to be traced back to the early 1800’s and is a celebration of spring (and rumours of an ancient fertility festival which some believe to this day!)

Padstow is decorated with flags and flowers. Padstow residents dress in white with their loyalties made known with a red or blue ribbon (the Old Oss is red)

From 8am the streets are filled with children, with their homemade Obby Oss’s ready to display. The blue Oss makes its first appearance from its stable at around 10am, followed by the old Red Oss at 11am. Both Osses dance through the streets and are prodded by Teasers and followed by their parade of supporters dancing around the Oss and the Mayers singing, drumming and playing accordion’s through the streets, the Osses finally dance around the Maypole and head back to their stables before dark.

What to expect:

Tens of thousands of people, with an unbeatable Cornish atmosphere!

Lots of cheer! The official celebrations start at midnight, so expect packed pubs and gardens with lots of drinking and toasting!

Unstoppable dancing The Cornish revellers have waited all year for this special day and nothing will stop them dancing, the only thing to do is join in!

Once in a lifetime photo opportunities – A sea of thousands of people dressed in white, the backdrop of the beautiful harbour and the glittering sea, and colourful flags and flowers waving in the wind is a once in a lifetime opportunity- bringing your camera is a must!

A scenic journey to Pastow  The journey itself from Newquay to Padstow is beautiful, winding along the famous Watergate Bay, past beautiful fields home to Boardmasters Festival in August, Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth, following the coastline through to Padstow- there are so many photo opportunities, the short 25 minute journey to Padstow may take a while!

Book your Bank Holiday break today and stay in 4 star luxury, with full use of our indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, and a full English Breakfast both mornings from just £360* for 2 nights

*based on 30th April – 2nd May in a Superior room- subject to availability