The perfect Easter Dozen
UK holiday staycations from the Hideaways brands
Easter lands early this year and the holidays are fast approaching – but it’s not too late to book an Easter staycation in some of the UK’s prettiest locations, thanks to the Hideaways collection of holiday properties across the Cotswolds, Cornwall, Dorset and Suffolk. With the arrival of Spring and all the much-loved Easter traditions, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a break right here in the UK.
Whether it’s a family-friendly property with heaps of space for an epic Easter egg hunt and family feasts, or a romantic thatched cottage for two with an open fire and good bank holiday walks on the doorstep, the Hideaways brands offer properties to suit groups of all shapes and sizes. From staying in a working lighthouse on the southern-most tip of mainland Britain, to lording it up in a restored Cotswolds manor house dating back to the 1600’s, guests can choose from a wide variety of unique properties.
Featuring over 800 places to stay, across some of the most beautiful parts of the country, the Hideaways brands offer one of the most extensive collections of high-quality holiday homes in the UK. Here’s our pick of the most perfect Easter Dozen hideaways, still with availability over the Easter break (including Good Friday and Easter Monday), to book now:
Holly Cottage, Huntingfield: Holly Cottage is a Grade II listed, 17th century property situated in the Suffolk village of Huntingfield near Southwold. With space for five guests in three bedrooms, this cottage is ideal for a family or group of friends to share – it’s full of character and cosy charm, complete with a wood burning stove, exposed beams, patio and garden looking onto a stream and wooded copse. There are also four bicycles and barbecue equipment for guests to use, and across the green lies an excellent pub serving great food. What more could you want from an Easter bank holiday break?
Rose Barn, Stoke By Nayland: This charming, rose-covered converted barn has been tastefully restored to create the perfect hideaway for couples or families with older children wanting to explore rural Suffolk. The main bedroom offers spectacular views over Constable’s countryside, and both bedrooms are accessed from a mezzanine balcony via a spiral staircase above a large, relaxed living area. There’s lots to do in the surrounding area; an astro-turf tennis court is available all year round, and personal training, yoga and tennis coaching can be booked with the Suffolk Hideaways team. There is also the opportunity to arrange wine tasting at the property. There are wonderful walks and cycle routes on the doorstep, and the 36 hole Stoke-by-Nayland course is a mere four miles away, where Suffolk Hideaways’ guests receive 20% off green fees and 10% off spa treatments for the perfect, pampering Easter getaway.
Hylton Cottage, Lavenham: Hylton Cottage is situated in the heart of historic Lavenham, and packs lots of character and charm into its timber framed walls. The cottage is ideal for a couple looking for a rural escape, with a large, comfy sofa in the sitting room, plus an electric stove for cosy evenings a deux. The beautiful kitchen is fitted with bespoke cabinets with all the amenities any keen cook could want. Upstairs, the bedroom has exposed beams and a supremely comfortable king size bed. A courtyard garden sits to the rear of the cottage, providing a wonderful space to sit and enjoy the outdoors. There is a huge amount of medieval history on display in Lavenham, a town that gained its wealth in the 14th and 15th centuries through the wool trade – you can admire its beautiful timber framed buildings and the imposing Grade I listed church on a leisurely stroll from the cottage.
Bishop Rock, Lizard: Located on the Southern-most tip of mainland Britain, Lizard Lighthouse and its six adjacent cottages, including the two-bedroomed Bishop Rock, offer a unique Easter break – the chance to stay amidst dazzling scenery next to an operational lighthouse. First established in 1619, Lizard Lighthouse is a heritage building – the distinctive two white towers that it is known for today were built in 1751 by private entrepreneur Thomas Fonnereau, and first lit in August of that year. Trinity House gained control of the lights in 1771 and continues to look after its operation to this day. It became electrified in 1924 and then fully automated in 1998. It has a 26-mile light range and an automatic three-mile fog signal if conditions are misty. As this is an operational lighthouse with an automatic, electric fog signal, during occasional periods of fog and mist, ear plugs are provided for guests’ comfort. The setting of Bishop Rock is truly memorable; there are gorgeous coastal walks right on the doorstep, wonderful for nature lovers as beautiful flora and fauna make this cliff top location particularly special. Guests should note that the site is open to the public for lighthouse tours and they can book a tour when making their reservation.
Mews Cottage, Helston: A charming place to stay, Mews Cottage is part of the magnificent Bonython Estate, less than five miles south of Helston on the northern part of the Lizard Peninsula. The cottage has been lovingly renovated to a very high standard and is set within its own private courtyard. It would suit a family or a group of friends – larger groups looking for an Easter staycation can rent additional accommodation on the Estate through Cornwall Hideaways. Bonython Estate Gardens, which guests are welcome to explore, comprises some 20 acres with a recently renovated walled garden, potager and a hidden valley with three small lakes. The gardens are rated as one of ‘The Great Gardens of Cornwall’. A traditional, mixed agricultural Cornish estate with ancient manor, farm and woodland stretching almost from one side of the Peninsula (the Helford River) to the other (the beach at Poldhu Cove) with both shores just over a mile away, the location is unbeatable.
The Langley Tarne, Mousehole: Set within the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Mousehole is The Langley Tarne, a charming bolthole retreat for two. This characterful cottage is full of lovingly retained original features from its earlier days as a sail loft, including stripped wooden floorboards, sash windows and window seats. These, along with the cosy open fireplace, oversized armchairs and sofas and the claw foot rolltop bath for two, make the cottage perfect for a romantic Easter escape. The quintessential seaside village of Mousehole with its narrow streets and quaint stone cottages is a popular Cornish destination. Along the harbour front are a wonderful selection of galleries, gift shops and restaurants, while at low tide there is a safe, sandy beach within the harbour walls. Other nearby beaches include Porthcurno, Penzance Promenade beach and Lamorna Cove. If your four-legged friend is on holiday too, try Salt Ponds beach or Roskilly beach which are dog friendly.
The Cowshed, Martinstown: The Cowshed is a lovely ground floor suite for two guests, within a smart barn conversion in the village of Martinstown, just inland from the Jurassic Coast. The Cowshed has everything you’ll need for a chilled Easter long weekend in the countryside; the open plan kitchen and dining area is fully equipped with all the essentials including double oven, hob, dishwasher and pod coffee maker, whilst the living area comes complete with wood burning stove for those chilly evenings. The bedroom has a super king size, handmade Vispring bed with Egyptian cotton linen and down duvet. From the bedroom there is a generous bathroom with a bath and a large walk-in shower. The village pub is just a minute from the cottage, and a five-minute drive away or two-mile walk sees you at Hardy’s Monument with stunning views across beautiful Dorset countryside and out to Weymouth Bay. Nearby Iron Age Maiden Castle Hillfort offers more excellent walking opportunities, and the towns of Dorchester and Weymouth are a short drive away with plenty of shops, museums, restaurants and cinemas to top off your Easter holiday.
Belvidere 4, Weymouth: For a longer stay, this bright seafront apartment is the perfect base for a beach holiday, being centrally situated on Weymouth’s famous Georgian Esplanade and seafront. With an open plan living and dining room, separate kitchen and two bedrooms, this second-floor apartment is ideal for a couple or family looking to enjoy the delights of Weymouth with its array of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. In addition to the famous main beach, which was frequented by King George lll and is perfect for swimming, Weymouth has an historic harbour, Newton’s Cove, which is great for collecting shells at low tide. Guests can also visit Nothe Fort and gardens, Lodmoor Country Park and the Sealife Centre, to name just a few of its popular attractions. Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, swimming, fishing or diving, Weymouth offers something for everyone.
7 The Courtyard, Dorchester: A lovely choice for a family at Easter, 7 The Courtyard is an attractive two-bedroom cottage on the Clyffe House Estate. The cottage offers everything you’d need for a relaxing long weekend – a dual aspect kitchen with dining area, and a spacious lounge with comfortable seating for four. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a family shower room. The front of the property faces south into the courtyard, which is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the morning sun. Within access to the extensive shared gardens of the Estate, there are numerous walks through the 30 acres of private managed woodland above the cottage. The popular Sculpture by the Lakes is just a mile away, and other local attractions include T.E. Lawrence’s cottage of Clouds Hill, and Thomas Hardy’s former homes of Max Gate and Hardy’s Cottage. Within a 10-mile radius of the cottage you can also visit Lulworth Cove and the rest of the world-famous Jurassic Coast.
IN THE COTSWOLDS:
Inglenook Cottage, Broad Campden: Inglenook Cottage is the epitome of a chocolate-box cottage for two, bursting with character and situated in the idyllic Cotswolds village of Broad Campden. 300 years old, this Grade II listed cottage used to be the village smithy – guests will love the huge inglenook fireplace, complete with seat and bread oven, where you can cosy up in front of a roaring open fire. There are countless exposed beams, a stone staircase and original wooden floorboards, combined with top quality modern appliances, a beautiful fitted wooden kitchen made by a local craftsman, and a cottage-style bathroom with shower. Inglenook Cottage is well placed to explore the idyllic countryside and villages of the Cotswolds; picturesque Broad Campden itself has a village pub, The Bakers Arms, featured in the Good Beer Guide and the Good Pub Guide and serving excellent food. Nearby Todenham Manor Farm can deliver a box of fresh meat to your cottage for your stay if you fancy roasting your own Easter lamb for Sunday lunch.
Clematis Cottage, Blockley: Blockley, lying only a few miles from Moreton-in Marsh and Chipping Campden, is a delightful, typical Cotswold village with twisting roads and secret passages to clusters of houses that lie higgledy piggledy throughout this village which was once a silk manufacturing centre.Clematis Cottage is cosy and welcoming, ideal for a couple wanting to retreat or explore the beautiful surrounding countryside. Built of Cotswold stone, with beamed ceilings, original flag stone floors, wooden floors and a wealth of traditional features, the cottage is perfectly situated towards the edge of Blockley. Only a few minutes’ walk to the village shop, café, and pubs, there are many walks into the countryside straight from the front door. The accommodation has three floors and a delightful, enclosed garden. There is parking on the road next to the cottage or in the large car park opposite.
Stourton Manor, Stourton: Kick back as Lord and Lady of the Manor in this beautifully appointed, elegant period home, and bring all your friends with you. Set within acres of stunning landscaped gardens, this historic property offers a tranquil base to explore Shakespeare country, within easy reach of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Dating from the early 1600’s and painstakingly restored by the present owners, Stourton Manor is full of period features including original flagstone floors, exposed beams and rarely seen authentic elm paneled walls, creating an atmospheric backdrop to time away with family and friends. Things we love about this property include the ancient prayer bell which you pull to enter the house, the generously stocked drinks trolley in the library, the characterful country kitchen and the on-site gym and yoga studio, located in an adjacent barn and fully equipped with treadmill, exercise bikes, stepper, free weights and yoga mats.
As well as being ideally suited to the active with a tennis court and cricket practice facilities, the private, enclosed grounds extend to a few acres and are an horticulturalist’s dream – wander the orchard, pick your own produce in the veg garden and fruit cage, soak up the scents of the rose garden, admire the traditional form of the knot garden and picnic on the vast lawns or amongst the wild flower meadowland. This would be the ultimate location for a next-level Easter egg hunt!