Usually when your job requires you spend the night in…
New Year has come and gone, and we feel a little older, not really much wiser, a lot fatter and just a little bit more desperate to get away. It’s lucky then, that so many of our stylish self-catering stays have decided to slice their prices. Like the sound of an elegant country house set in sweeping lawns overlooking the East Devon coast, or a peaceful Moroccan riad with a cool courtyard and a panorama-endowed roof-terrace? How about a Gaudi-esque Ibizan villa, with a pool as dazzling as the villa’s design? Whatever floats your (boutique) boat, there’s something for everyone – yes, non-members, you too – with our offers below, valid from January–Easter (excluding half-term and the annual egg-fest itself)…
Upcott House, Beer, Devon
Usual rates £1,350 for two nights; £2,050 for seven
Sleeps 12 (plus up to two cots)
Offer 50 per cent off all January and midweek bookings from February until Easter
Saving Between £675 for a two-night stay and £1,025 for a week-long stay
Smith says This handsome Victorian holiday home is perfect for lounging on lawns smuggler-gazing, or exploring the beaches and coves of Devon’s Jurassic Coast.
Le Nid des Cigognes, Marrakech, Morocco
Usual rates €5,400 for seven nights, with one night’s stay included free
Offer 50 per cent off all week-long bookings
Smith says On a quiet street near the bustle of the main square, Le Nid des Cigognes’ four rooms, cool courtyard and panorama-endowed roof terrace provide a hip and homely base for Moroccan adventures.
Chaucer Barn, Gresham, Norfolk
Usual rates £2,900 for three nights
Sleeps Up to 18
Offer 50 per cent off mid-week breaks
Smith says This luxury barn in 80 acres of farmland two miles from North Norfolk coast is charming, stylish and fabulously comfortable.
Can Verru, Ibiza
Usual rates: £4,000 a week
Offer: 25 per cent off all bookings up to Easter
Smith says: A traditional Ibiza house, boasting deliciously up-to-the-second design, Can Verru is the final word in dramatic Ibizencan boho-deluxe style.
The Cove, Lamorna, Cornwall
Usual rates: £147 an apartment a night for up to three nights; £93 a night for four nights; £650 for a week
Sleeps: The 13 self-catering apartments sleep between two and four people, with a double bed and a double sofa bed
Offer: 20 per cent off the off-peak rates until 27 March
Saving: From £18.60 to £130
Smith says: Boutique luxury set in a Cornish coastal backdrop, this apart-hotel overlooking Lamorna Cove is the perfect pick ‘n’ mix combination of self-indulgent self-catering and as-you-like hotel style service.
Rose Cottage, Gutch Common, Wiltshire
Usual rates: £1,224 for a weekend break
Sleeps: Eight (two doubles, a twin plus a garden house with a double)
Offer: 20 per cent off the weekend rate
Smith says: This 17th-meets-21st-century cottage in glorious Wiltshire woodland also boasts a separate, one-bedroom garden house in its beautifully designed flower-filled grounds.
As if that wasn’t enough:
- Quaker Barn is offering 25 per cent off any booking from now until 25 March
- Cliff Barns has two-night midweek stays for just £1,600 or weekend stays from £2,800 at both houses
- The Cheltenham Suite is doing a half-price Week for a Weekend deal (six nights for the price of three)
- The Lodge has reduced its Indulgence Breaks (a two-night stay, afternoon tea, pre-dinner canapés, a glass of champagne, five-course candlelit dinner each night, cooked Scottish breakfast and an in-room gift) to £375 (normally £450 each). Its new Cookery School breaks, which include a Saturday cookery class with head chef Donald Munro, afternoon tea, pre-dinner canapés, a glass of champagne, five-course dinner, cooked Scottish breakfast and an overnight stay, are currently £225 per person (normally £275).
So shake off your January blues, pencil in an indulgent getaway, and start planning your capsule wardrobe. To book any of the above, call the lovely Smith Travel Team on 0845 034 0700.