Something for the weekend: Short breaks

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Something for the weekend: Short breaks

UK break
Cotswolds - Willington Farmhouse

If your budget can’t stretch as far as a romantic weekend in Rome or a boozy brunch in gay Paris, why not venture into the stunning Cotswold countryside and cosy up in this beautiful rustic farmhouse. 

Willington Farmhouse oozes character, with a traditional country kitchen to enjoy a slap up farmhouse supper, a stone fireplace to relax with a smooth glass of red and hallways laden with Georgian style wooden panels, that wouldn’t be out of place in an Austen novel.

The farmhouse sleeps four adults, a perfect retreat to enjoy with girlfriends or ideal for couples wanting a quiet romantic break. Be sure to order in the delicious range of free-range farm food from Toddenham Manor Farm, and enjoy a relaxing Sunday lunch at the Howard Arms.

Something for the weekend: Short breaks

Romantic retreat
Berlin -
Schlosshotel im Grunewald

If you’re looking for a decadent romantic getaway then the obvious choice might not be Berlin. Renowned for it’s bohemian lifestyle, endless museums, vintage markets and cosmopolitan party atmosphere, a romantic break to Berlin might not feature on the top of your list.

However, if you’re searching for something a bit different, hidden away from the hustle of the city in Grundewold, sits a leafy serenity. Schlosshotel im Grunewald is a grandiose palace, styled in the past by Karl Lagerfield which certainly exudes a sense of luxury and sophistication. The rooms are dark and mysterious yet also relaxing and peaceful, combining a subtle mixture of elaborate Edwardian elegance and contemporary glamour.

With a fine dining restaurant, an indulgent spa and swimming pool, the Schlosshotel im Grunewald is the perfect place to immerse yourselves in candlelit romance, hidden away inside a world of mystery.

Flights to Berlin from £155 per person with

Something for the weekend: Short breaks

A taste of the exotic
Marrakech – Angsana Riads

Marrakech is a city buzzing with energy. Every corner turned reveals a secret passageway adorned with vibrant textiles and the sweet aroma of Moroccan spices.

Set in the heart of the Old Medina, the Angsana Riads provide a relaxing haven amidst the bustle of the city souks. The riads are beautifully decorated in a rustic and traditional Moroccan style; shrouded with elegant furnishings in an array of bright colours.

Relax on the roof terrace soaking up the rays, sample the sumptuous Moroccan cuisine followed by a rejuvenating hammam spa treatment. All just a stones’ throw from the centre of the Medina. This secret hideaway is an ideal retreat for couples or friends wanting a cultured yet relaxing city break.

London to Marrakech from £169 return. Valid for departure before 11 October 2012. To book or compare flight deals visit

Something for the weekend: Short breaks

Cultured getaway
Budapest  – Brody House

Budapest is a cultural hub bursting with dramatic bridges, elegant buildings and breathtaking museums. Romantically set bestriding the Danube River, Budapest is a treasure trove for travellers. This scenic city boasts an eclectic mix of beautiful architecture, swanky cocktail lounges, quirky cafes serving scrumptious hearty food and a diverse range of arts and entertainment. 

With so much to experience in this majestic city, seeking an imaginative place of refuge is a must. Brody House is a stylish boutique hotel filled with artistic creativity. Each room is named after the artists featured in the hotel, and display mini galleries in every room. Simple yet contemporary in design, this cool and cultured townhouse subtly reflects the bohemian Budapest lifestyle that you could find yourself very easily becoming accustomed to.

With so many fantastic attractions on your doorstep, this quirky getaway could be perfect for a group of girls in search of a refined hen do retreat. Relax in the natural springs of the City Spas, indulge in hearty Hungarian food, whilst soaking up the culture this stunning city has to offer.

London to Budapest from £124 return. Valid for departure before 30 June 2012. To book or compare flight deals visit

Family fun
Normandy - Château de Saint Paterne

Finding a holiday for families is not easy, sometimes you have to pass up on romantic and stylish and settle for somewhere child-friendly yet considerably lacking in character.

If you’re looking for something cultured and classy, with activities to keep the kids entertained then this beautiful classic château set in the heart of Normandy is a perfect compromise. Château de Saint Paterne is a lived-in family castle that radiates charm and beauty. With spacious, elegant rooms and suites and heaps of outdoor activities, the kids can run wild outside while mum and dad enjoy some peace and quiet.

Babysitting and nanny services are on hand if you fancy a romantic supper, and to indulge in the sumptuous selection of French fine wines.

Of course you can get stuck in with the children and enjoy the odd game of tennis or football, take a lovely family walk around the castle’s stunning grounds or simply splash around in the outdoor pool, soaking up the château’s family fun.

London to Deauville, Normandy from £141 return. Valid for departure before 30 June 2012. To book or compare flight deals visit

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