Sales surge at luxury lodge retreat company as British weather hots up and Staycationers holiday in UK

Sales surge at luxury lodge retreat company as British weather hots up and Staycationers holiday in UK

Luxury holiday lodge company Darwin Escapes is seeing a surge in enquiries as people shun foreign holidays in favour of a staycation.

It comes as British temperatures soar higher than Spain and bookmakers slash the odds on the summer of 2018 becoming the hottest on record.

Darwin Escapes sells luxury 5 star facility lodge living set within glorious countryside settings in locations including Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and North Wales.

Shaun Roberts, Head of Sales for Darwin Escapes, said: “We have been inundated with enquiries from people keen to make the most of the scorching temperatures sweeping the country which are set to stay this summer.

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Why not give 2017 a send off to remember by going on a staycation to celebrate New Year’s Eve?


There are plenty of options up and down the country to suit all budgets and tastes, from celebrations steeped in tradition, to family-friendly activities and parties that pull out all the stops. Take a look at The Money Shop’s top tips for the perfect New Year’s Eve getaway, this December.




Few places in the world celebrate the New Year quite like Edinburgh.


Award winning and family-friendly Hoburne Holidays

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Summer holidays are packed with fun and adventure at Hoburne Holiday Parks. Each of the 7 distinctive parks are dotted in stunning scenic locations, including Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cotswolds, Cornwall and Somerset, all known for their diversity and variety. From coast to countryside, every park is a short distance from the activities and attractions that the area has to offer, keeping the whole family entertained.


Glamping redefined by ‘Secret staircase’

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An innovative new campsite which has opened in the East Midlands has redefined luxury glamping by combining community, architecture and interior design.

In the Stix was opened this Summer in Greetham, Rutland, by Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie and is the first campsite in the country to offer glamping domes with a solid mezzanine second floor, creating a family-friendly camping experience that encourages visitors to engage with each other and local businesses during their stay.

Back in time staycation: Dimmet in Devon offers quirky 1970s time travel holiday


Devon has a new staycation experience, and it’s all based around the 1970s.

Dimmet in Devon has launched for 2017 as the perfect staycation for couples or family, taking you back to an age of fun and family time.

Dimmet is a unique 1970s style holiday home close to the large village of Braunton (recently voted in the top 40 British beaches) and the award-winning beaches at Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe.

Owned by Andrew & Emma Warren (Emma also runs the award-winning Dimpsey shepherd’s hut on their farm in Somerset), Dimmet has had a total 70s style refurbishment and combines the best of the old with the best of the new.

Afan Valley adventure resort: this summer’s most exhilarating investment


Just ten miles south of the Brecon Beacons, mid-way between Cardiff and Swansea, the outstanding natural beauty of Caerau Parc will be the location of the brand new Afan Valley Adventure Resort covering some 485 acres. From high octane flights down zip wires, to scaling challenging climbing towers and exploring treetop playgrounds, visitors will be offered an adventure experience like no other.

Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant

Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant

Stunning, four-star Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant, in Langley-on-Tyne, strives to excel at everything it does within its seven-foot thick, 14th century walls, whilst focused on pride, passion and a penchant for doing things in Northumberland’s own inimitable way.


The castle, built in 1350, oozes sense of place no matter which century you wish to focus upon, being far more than just a façade and having the true depth and identity that emanates from authenticity, rather than fake features and an unconvincing historic veneer. 


Spring wildflower treats with James’ Places


Hospitality group James’ Places is laying claim to some of the greatest wildflower treats of the year within easy reach of its hotels.

According to the group’s marketing manager, Heidi Kettle, some of the North West’s best bluebell displays can be found near Falcon Manor at Settle, The Royal Hotel at Kirkby Lonsdale and the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green, near Clitheroe.

Said Heidi: “We are blessed with beautiful bluebells and spring flowers on the doorsteps of our hotels.”

Carole Melling, general manager of Falcon Manor, suggested a visit to Oxenber Wood, near Austwick and Cleatop Wood, which offers a circular walk of around four miles from the door of Falcon Manor. 

Retreat west and discover the spirit of Ardnamurchan

Retreat west and discover the spirit of Ardnamurchan

A remote peninsula of wild and unforgettable beauty, jutting out of the west highlands into the ocean, the British mainland's most westerly point.


Whether you're looking for a romantic break, a family holiday, or an unforgettable adventure, we have the ideal spot for you. Stay in a beautiful country home, a cosy hillside cabin, a remote bothy on the shore, or even the original lighthouse keeper's cottage, nestled below the mighty Ardnamurchan Lighthouse. All our cottages enjoy spectacular sea views and are set to the majestic backdrop of western Ardnamurchan, where we started our family-run business, Steading Holidays, over forty years ago.

Rockliffe Hall is named Pride of Britain Hotel of the Year 2017

Rockliffe Hall

Pride of Britain Hotels is proud to announce that Rockliffe Hall, in County Durham, has been named Pride of Britain Hotel of the Year 2017 for delivering exceptional hospitality at every level.

Five-star Rockliffe Hall opened in 2009 and Chief Executive Eamonn Elliott has been at the helm since 2015.

Set within 375 acres on the banks of the River Tees, near the village of Hurworth, 18th-century red-brick mansion Rockliffe Hall has 61 elegant guest bedrooms and suites, three restaurants and an award-winning spa.