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Easter Escapes – Five of the Best

Easter Weekend is rolling around at a giddy pace, if you haven’t yet planned how you’ll spend it then take inspiration from our guide to the best Easter Escapes, there’s something for everyone; families, culture and luxury, urban hipster, gourmet and romantic.


Family – Treehouses at Lochhouses Farm, East Lothian




Over the past few years the growing Glamping trend has given birth to an explosion of quirky boltholes in idyllic country locations. This is great news for families looking to inject a little non-technology based excitement into the lives of their children without the horror of the leaky tent and the toilet block.




The Treehouses at Lochhouses Farm, East Lothian are the perfect escape for families, plenty of freedom to roam and career headlong at full volume to the gorgeous sandy beach, the novelty of life in the trees and a perfect Hobbity Hideaway that everyone will love.

For more info see: Harvest Moon Holidays.


Romantic – The Herringbone, Cornwall




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Even the name of the snug Cornish harbour village of Mousehole is playful and romantic. It’s hard to imagine ever having a bad day in a village like this. What’s not to love about an old net loft over looking a harbour filled with boats bobbing up and down on the tide, especially one that has been tastefully reborn as love nest for stylish couples.



Image © Unique Home Stays’



If the weather is bad and the gales howl just curl up by the stove and enjoy the spectacle as the waves crash below the windows. If it’s fine take an undemanding stroll round the harbour, or along one of the many beaches and just allow yourself to fall into a lovestruck daze where the hours pass unnoticed.

For more info see: Unique Homestays.



Luxury Heritage – Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath


Situated on the splendid, famed Georgian Crescent in Bath, the Royal Crescent Hotel has just emerged gloriously from a £5m refurb. It is all terribly posh and wonderfully gracious, from the vast corniced ceilings to the period four-poster beds and sumptuous furnishings.


This is the place to indulge all your Jane Austin fancies whilst lapping up the luxury of modern five star luxury. The perfect base to explore the Georgian heritage of Bath, take the waters of Roman baths and stroll round the hotels acre of private gardens.

For more info see: Royal Crescent Hotel.



Urban Hipster – Artist Residence, Brighton




In contrast to the Royal Crescent the Artist Residence is a funky melting pot of urban creativity. Its setting in the celebrated Regency Square is arguably as historic but the treatment could not be more different. Original artists murals adorn the walls of the rooms, each one unique and many with sea views over the famous West Pier. Pop ups and supper clubs pop up here and there and the hotels Cocktail Shack thrums with hipsters chatter.




The owners describe their endeavour as an ‘evolving story of love’ and the warmth in this statement rings true in the atmosphere and energy of the hotel. A marvellous unpretentious place that seems to capture the essence of Brighton.


For more info see: Artist Residence.



Gourmet – Barley Bree, Muthill


We’ve unearthed proof – quite literally in the pudding – that the 1295 Auld Alliance between France and Scotland is still going strong.


We offer as evidence Fabrice and Alison Bouteloup who have combined the best of French culinary tradition and locally sourced Scottish ingredients at their acclaimed restaurant with rooms, the Barley Bree in Muthill.


Fabrice is a French chef who trained with some of the UK’s most illustrious chefs and his Scottish wife Alison is an accredited wine expert born into the hotel trade. Together they’ve created a haven for informal, gourmet food in the very best restaurant with rooms tradition.


For more info see: Barley Bree.