Frolic with lambs


Close to Chepstow and the Wye Valley, Penhein is a collection of Persian-style Alachigh domed tents – big enough to accommodate five in proper beds, with a kitchen and dining table, plus a separate loo – pitched in woodland. There’s a playground under the tree canopy, communal dining tent and plenty of field space for running around. On Tuesday, there will be two live lambing sessions that guests can attend. Three-night breaks from £625 per tent,

Celebrity calibre


15th-century Penrhos Court in Lyonshall was most recently a hotel that hosted illustrious guests, including members of Queen, Led Zeppelin and Monty Python. A major renovation has just finished, converting the half-timbered manor house and barn into 15 holiday lets. In the wider area, the medieval villages of Weobley, Pembridge and Eardisland can be stitched together on a trail over several days. Three nights in the Threshing Barn for £595 for up to five guests from Friday,;

Get active


On the southern outskirts of the Forest of Dean, Whitemead Forest Park is within easy reach of Clearwell Caves, Puzzlewood forest trail and Dean Forest steam railway. There’s a nature trail on site, plus indoor pool, archery, art activities, disco, treasure hunt and teddy-making workshops. Camping, caravans, pods and lodges, four nights in a pod from £360 on Monday,

Catch a wave

West Country

Artificial surfing lake The Wave, just outside Bristol, now welcomes children to splash about in the water during “play in the bay” sessions, as well as novice and experienced surfers looking for consistent breaks. Its Camp accommodation of luxury tents is within walking distance of the water, each fitted with beds, a kitchen and large balcony and a communal Clubhouse is the place to retreat to for drinks. Tents from £160 per night for eight, play sessions from £8 and lessons from £50,

Take the dog


Dogs are allowed on many beaches around the county until mid-May or the start of July. Beach Retreats, which has self-catering properties around Cornwall, has several dog-friendly options with availability this month. For example, Gwel Teg – Cornish for “beautiful view” – 300m from Porth beach near Newquay, which is a modern four-bedroom house with a hot tub. Gwel Teg £2,205 for 12 from Sunday, dog-friendly apartments for four at Watergate Bay from £514 per week,

Cosy up in a barn

High Barn is on the Edenhall Estate in Cumbria, prettily located in the Eden Valley between the Lake District and North Pennines AONB


Glamping portal Canopy and Stars has a new addition to its portfolio. High Barn is on the Edenhall Estate in Cumbria, prettily located in the Eden Valley between the Lake District and North Pennines AONB. One of several places to stay on the estate, the hilltop cottage has an outdoor bar, fire pit and hot tub. Sleeping six, it costs £1,450 for a three-night stay over Easter weekend,

Get your glamp on

Yorkshire and Devon

It’s never too early for a glamping break and The Wanderlist has several stylish, cosy properties available over Easter – including huts with hot tubs and coastal cabins. Waingates Farm Huts on the Roecliffe Estate in North Yorkshire, which welcome pets and caters for all weather with barbecues, wood-fired hot tubs and log burners, from £160 per night for two; Coastal Cabins on Devon’s Hartland Peninsula sleep up to four, £417 for three nights,

Hop over to Holkham


Holkham Hall is hosting an easter trail until 19 April, as well as tractor trailer tours of its grounds, and local food outlets that include the Duck Truck and Truckle Cheese toasties. There are still plenty of self-catering properties available over the Easter weekend in the area, including dog-friendly Plunketts Cottage near Brancaster. The sandy beach at Holkham and seals at Blakeney are also within easy reach. Plunketts Cottage sleeps six, four nights for £890 from Friday; Corner House in Wells-next-the-Sea sleeps five, £803 for four nights; the Harper hotel has double rooms for £260 B&B over the weekend, with access to its spa.;

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Pods and cabins


From basic pods with beds, heating and kitchenettes to timber lodges with hot tubs, Woodside Leisure has availability across its holiday parks in Scotland. At Deeside, the wishbone-shaped pods are a stroll from the River Dee and within easy reach of both Aberdeen and the Cairngorms National Park while the deluxe lodges at Corriefodly are on the banks of the river Ardle, also within reach of the Cairngorms.Deeside £400 for four nights from Wednesday or Thursday; Corriefodly £784 for four nights

All the fun of the farm


Featherdown Farms, which pitches safari-style tents on farms around the UK, has availability for two-night breaks around southern England, the South-west and Wales. Glastonbury Hill Farm in Langport has south-facing views towards Dorset, plus sheep, chickens and goats on site. Layer Marney Tower in Essex is the tallest Tudor gatehouse in England, but the site’s modern flourishes include a hot tub and pizza oven. Breaks from £415 for four,

Feel the force

Upper Teesdale

Set your sights on Barnard Castle, where just up the Tees valley the High Force Hotel is ideally located for visiting the spectacular waterfall, as well as hiking the Pennine Way and cycling in Hamsterly forest. The bedrooms are prettily furnished with brightly patterned fabrics and dogs are welcome. B&B from £136 per night with availability all week and Easter weekend,

Head to the UK’s home of chocolate

The Grand in York serves a children’s afternoon tea and has parent-and-child cookery classes, plus a spa while the Novotel has a pool


With a confectionary-making heritage that includes brands such as Terry’s, Rowntree and Craven’s, York is the ideal destination for an Easter break (wrapped up at York’s Chocolate Story museum, There are events taking place around the city this week ( and two good bases include The Grand and Novotel. The Grand serves a children’s afternoon tea and has parent-and-child cookery classes, plus a spa while the Novotel has a pool. The Grand and Novotel have family rooms from £179 and £173 respectively over Easter weekend,;

Seaside base


The newly refurbished Westleton Crown sits just behind Westleton Heath Nature Reserve, with Dunwich beach and forest, as well as RSPB Minsmere reserve both within easy reach, and Walberswick, Southwold and Aldeburgh a little further. There are family duplex rooms with bunk beds and dogs are also welcome, and the inn’s menu caters to fussy eaters as well as showcasing local ingredients. Duplex rooms £189, doubles from £108,

Beachside bliss


Facing Southport’s Marine Lake with its pedalos and motorboats, Bliss Hotel is also within walking distance of the beach, Hesketh Park and the Botanic Gardens, as well as the Victorian pier and Silcocks Funland amusement park (all showcased in season three of the Tim Roth-fronted Tin Star); the National Trust’s Formby reserve is also nearby. The hotel offers an Easter break that includes a chocolate afternoon tea and accommodation in a room for four, for £160 B&B, with themed tepees available for £40,

Swan off to the Lakes


In Newby Bridge on the banks of the River Leven, the Swan Hotel has recently unveiled a new spa with Finnish garden sauna and plunge pool as well as an indoor pool and several new bedrooms (the hotel was affected by the devastating floods in the region in 2009). In the southern lakes, it is well positioned for exploring Windermere, Coniston and Morecambe Bay. Easter weekend double rooms available from £136,

Hold court on the Thames

The stylish Mitre hotel dates back to the reign of Henry XVIII and is just a stroll away from Hampton Court


The stylish Mitre hotel dates back to the reign of Henry XVIII and is just a stroll away from Hampton Court, which is hosting Easter egg hunts until 18 April. There are three family rooms with bunk beds, and picnic hampers can be arranged for riverside outings (£90 for two). The riverside brasserie serves food throughout the day, overlooking the Thames, and boats are for hire a short walk away (£40 per hour, Family rooms £357, doubles from £272 B&B,

Make a splash


Landal Greenparks has availability at its holiday villages across the country over Easter, from the southern Highlands to southern Cornwall. At Kenwick Woods on the Kenwick Park Estate in the Lincolnshire Wolds, there are dog-friendly lodges with hot tubs as well as traditional timber cabins, all with access to an indoor pool. Kenwick Woods from £489 for four nights; the Woodland Lakes site in Thirsk,Yorkshire, has dog-friendly lodges with hot tubs for £759 or holiday homes for £585,

Hop to it


The Italianate Down Hall hotel near Bishop’s Stortford is surrounded by more than 100 acres of parkland and woodland which will host an Easter egg hunt next weekend. There’s also a playground plus giant games to borrow and kids’ club (£35), and a spa. Studios sleeping four from £255 B&B,

The best breaks


Woolacombe Beach has been named the UK’s first World Surfing Reserve, and its world-class breaks provide a hypnotic view from Byron Woolacombe Holidays’ apartments, which sleep between two and eight guests, some welcoming dogs. All share the use of the site’s heated pool, sauna, gym and games room and breaks of three, five and seven nights are available over the Easter holidays, from £1,096 for four nights. Surf schools offer lessons just a few steps away,

An architectural marvel


Cabins and Castles, which lists holiday rentals in Sussex, has inviting Easter options across the county. A stand-out is The Nest at Severels, a 1980 timber construction unusually bestowed with Grade II-listed status. Located in the village of Runcton, it is also near the sandy sweep of the Witterings and RSPB Pagham. Sleeps four, three nights’ £660,

published 2022-04-09 13:00:00