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Mini break anyone? The best hotel deals to book now

If you're hankering for a few days away from your own four walls, then you'll need these mini break deals from hotels across the Muddy counties. Race you to check in.

BEDFORDSHIRE BERKSHIRE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE CORNWALL DEVON ESSEX DORSET GLOUCESTERSHIRE HAMPSHIRE HERTFORDSHIRE ISLE OF WIGHT KENT LEICESTERSHIRE NORFOLK NORTHAMPTONSHIRE OXFORDSHIRE RUTLAND SUFFOLK SOMERSET SURREY SUSSEX WARWICKSHIRE WILTSHIRE WORCESTERSHIRE

BEDFORDSHIRE

Champneys, Henlow

For a spa getaway, Champneys always ranks highly on our list, and they’ve just launched a new selection of mini-breaks bookable for August to December 2020. They’re 100% refundable up to 48 hours before arrival (ideal if the dread C-word wreaks havoc with your plans), and the longer you stay the better the discount. Get 30% off a one-night stay, 40% off a two-night stay and 50% off a three-night stay, with prices at Champneys Henlow in Beds starting at a frankly bargainous £139.50pp.

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BERKSHIRE

Cliveden House

Cliveden House, Taplow

If lockdown has left you in dire need of a little glamour, then Grade I-listed manor Cliveden should heal what ails you. They have some fabulous offers available for this year, including kids staying free during the school holidays (snap this up quick!) and complimentary dinner for two in The Cliveden Dining Room when you book a B&B stay from 1 September 2020. You can even hire their legendary Spring Cottage for a total snip at, er, £10,275 for 7 nights, rather than the usual £14,975. Hey, if it’s good enough for Britney Spears and Michael Jackson, it’s good enough for Muddy.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Five Arrows Hotel

The Five Arrows, Waddesdon

Wine buffs, dog walkers and couples after a romantic weekend should be all over the historic Five Arrows on the edge of the Waddesdon Estate. Their Friday night special offer is perfect for ending the working week in style, as you’ll get an overnight stay in a classic double room, dinner in the restaurant to the value of £30pp, a glass of Prosecco and a full English or continental breakfast the next morning. Prices start at £165.

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Poets House, Ely

Poets House, Ely

Fancy an escape to the cathedral city of Ely? Poets House is ideally placed for a weekend crash pad, and they have some great flexible offers of which to take full advantage in 2020. Their Fabulous Friday Freedom package sounds right up our street, and includes an overnight stay, a bottle of fizz on arrival, a three-course dinner in one of their socially distanced restaurants or outside in the courtyard garden, and breakfast in bed the next morning. Prices start at £199 per room, no deposit required.

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CORNWALL

Watergate Bay, nr Newquay

Right now, you’ll have to beat people away with a stick for a spot on a Cornish beach so delay your stay at the delightful Watergate Bay until autumn or winter to make the most of your mini-break. Foodies will love the Taste of the Bay package, which includes three nights with a meal at a different spot in the hotel every day (hello Zacry’s, The Living Space and The Beach Hut). Prices from 6 September to 15 October start at £345pp, and prices from November to February start at £330pp.

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DEVON

Boringdon Hall Devon

Boringdon Hall, Plymouth

What better spot to explore Dartmoor National Park and the South Devon coast from than a historic five-star hotel with an award-winning spa? Hardly a hardship. Boringdon Hall’s packages include a Guided Drive and Explore Break, which consists of a two-night stay, a full breakfast (either in the Mayflower Brasserie or Spatisserie, or via a hamper to the room if you fancy longer in bed), a Best of Devon Tour with Unique Devon Tours, an afternoon tea for two with picnic basket and blanket, and complimentary access to the stunning Gaia Spa. Prices start at £410 per night.

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ESSEX

Wivenhouse House Hotel Essex

Wivenhoe House, Colchester

This four-star country house hotel near the quayside village of Wivenoe is a picturesque alternative to staying in the centre of Colchester, just a few miles away. Explore the Essex countryside (or just take the time to enjoy being in a bedroom that’s not your own) with Wivenhoe House’s Summer Staycation package, which includes an overnight stay with breakfast, a bottle of chilled Prosecco in the room and a cream tea for two all at a very reasonable £146 per room. Available up until 30 September 2020 with no cancellation fee.

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DORSET

Moonfleet Manor, Weymouth

For a family break with the kids (yes, you can bring the dog too), Moonfleet Manor overlooking Fleet is one of our top Dorset picks. While some of the childcare options might be limited at the moment (*sob*), there’s still plenty to entertain little ones, include the fabulous Chesil Beach on the hotel’s doorstep. Avoid the summer holiday rush with Moonfleet’s Autumn Specials, which start at £320 for a two-night stay including breakfast and dinner each evening for two. Bookable Sunday to Thursday from 12 September 2020 until 30 June 2021. 

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Tudor Farmhouse hotel Gloucestershire

Tudor Farmhouse, Forest of Dean

If lounging in a spa or sipping wine on a terrace sounds entirely too sedate for you, then Tudor Farmhouse’s new Breakout Staycation package should be right up your street. This three-day package includes the choice between a 90-minute paddle-boarding lesson or a guided wildlife safari in the Forest of Dean. You’ll also get a wild swimming map, a picnic hamper to take to the riverbank, breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening. Prices start at £325 per person.

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HAMPSHIRE

The Elvetham, Hook

This grand Victorian manor house re-opens its doors on 3 August, so what better time to nab a break in the Hants countryside? The Elvetham are currently offering 25% off stays of two nights or more, up until 30 November 2020. Bundle the kids into a family room for a summer staycation, or escape for a romantic break just the two of you (and don’t forget to upgrade to breakfast in bed for an extra £14.95pp).

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HERTFORDSHIRE

Down Hall, Bishop’s Stortford

Pack up and head to the Herts/Essex border for this beauty. Go for a girls’ break to take full advantage of the ESPA products in the Eden Spa and the excellent afternoon tea, or take the kids for entry into Herfordshire’s Paradise Wildlife Park too. This package costs from £159 for a overnight stay for two adults and two children, including breakfast and entrance to the wildlife park, or you can upgrade to the VIP Package for £349 and get a private tour from a zoo-keeper too.

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ISLE OF WIGHT

The George Hotel Isle of Wight

The George, Yarmouth

As tempting as it is to head to the Isle of Wight pronto to catch the summer sun, we’re holding off for cooler (and quieter!) autumn. The George in Yarmouth is the perfect island bolthole from which to explore – their Autumn Escape package includes two nights’ accommodation with a Full English on both mornings, £30 per person dinner allowance to spend at The Conservatory and a welcome cocktail to be enjoyed on either night. Prices start at £420 for dates from 1 Oct 2020.

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KENT

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Nr. Ashford

‘Luxury safari’ and ‘Kent’ might seem like an odd combo, but that’s only if you’ve never encountered Port Lympne. Home to 900 animals across 75 species, this ginormous wildlife park also offers a range of luxury accommodation and glamping options, and proceeds go to the Aspinall Foundation to help endangered species – talk about a feel-good stay. Get the best of both worlds with a stay at a luxe safari tent Giraffe Lodge, and you’ll get 20% off a second night at the four-star Port Lympne Hotel.

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LEICESTERSHIRE

Ragdale Hall Spa, Melton Mowbray

If clay masks in the bath haven’t been meeting your luxury quota of late, plump for a proper pamper at the beautiful Ragdale Hall once it reopens on 27 July. After all, you’ll have access to the Thermal Spa, no fewer than six pools, fitness suites and airy relaxation rooms, as well as award-winning treatments. Book in for a two-night Couples Escape and get a 40-minute treatment and all of your meals included. Prices start at £350, available until 30 September 2020.

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NORFOLK

Congham Hall Hotel, King’s Lynn

Congham Hall Hotel, King's Lynn

For a base to explore the North Norfolk coastline, you can’t go far wrong with Congham Hall. But saying that, if you don’t want to leave the state-of-the-art spa and 2 AA rosette restaurant, we won’t blame you. Book a stay with the Summer Relaxation package, which nets you three nights with a £146 discount, breakfast every morning and a three-course dinner on two evenings. Prices start at £594 for a standard room.

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Rushton Hall, Rushton

This elegant manor hotel is surprisingly relaxed, considering the grandeur of its surroundings – ideal if you want a pampering weekend but don’t want to be dolled up to the nines just to go to breakfast. Speaking of pampering, you’d be amiss to skip the spa here, as it’s a thing of beauty. Book in for their Spa Break for Two and you’ll get a 25-minute massage on day of arrival, a three-course dinner in the 1593 Brasserie, a full breakfast the next morning and a 55-minute REN facial. Prices start at £375 per room on a weekday.

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OXFORDSHIRE

The Randolph, Oxford

Headed to the city of dreaming spires for a mini-break? You can’t get more iconic digs than The Randolph in the city centre. From the renowned Morse Bar (no guesses as to who that’s named after) to their delicious afternoon tea, there’s plenty to enjoy at The Randolph. To celebrate their reopening, the hotel is offering 25% off stays until the end of the year using the code RANOPEN.

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RUTLAND

The Olive Branch, Clipsham

If you prefer a cosy pub with impeccable food to a grand manor house, then get thee to The Olive Branch in Rutland for their foodie breaks. We’re planning ahead and booking their Winter Tasting Menu, Bed and Breakfast package, which is available from 1 Oct 2020 to 31 Mar 2021 and starts at £290 per room. Scoff seven seasonal courses and then stagger back to your room at The Beech House, just opposite the pub, to sleep it off.

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SUFFOLK

The Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds

Whisk the kids away to this family-friendly estate to wear them out on the 1,800 acres of parkland, bike hire, swimming pool and walled gardens. The Ickworth has some good offers running currently, but our top pick is the Stay and Dine package – stay on Sunday or Thursday and spend £75 on food and beverages (easily done when Muddy’s on the case) and you’ll pay just £79 for your room. Available until 30 June 2021, excluding school holidays.

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SOMERSET

The Bird, Bath

Bath always scores highly when it comes to a staycation city break, and The Bird is absolutely one of the best places to roost in (sorry) while you visit. This quirky boutique hotel has excellent views over Bath, a new outdoor terrace bar called Popinjays and some great offers available. Book now to stay in January to March 2021 and you’ll get a free Champagne afternoon tea included in your room price. Ornithophobes need not apply.

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SURREY

Beaverbrook, Leatherhead

Been under each other’s feet for months? Treat your long-suffering family to a true luxury break post-lockdown courtesy of five-star Beaverbrook. Its Fabulous Family Escape includes two interconnecting rooms, a Full English breakfast for a family for four, complimentary children’s meals once per day at the Garden House restaurant, a welcome bottle of Beaverbrook Bubbles, cinema screenings with unlimited popcorn, full use of the spa facilities and a complimentary minibar when booking The House and The Coach House bedrooms. Prices start at £880 per night.

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SUSSEX

Brighton Harbour Hotel, Brighton

Hello, seaside break! Escape to the Sussex coast for some fresh sea air and beachside picnics with the Brighton Harbour Hotel. Book their Sweet Staycation package to get 20% off accommodation, breakfast and a complimentary Harbour Cream Tea on arrival. Don’t forget to check out the basement spa while you’re there.

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WARWICKSHIRE

Mallory Court Warwickshire

Mallory Court, Leamington Spa

Celebrate the re-opening of the Elan Spa at this Grade II-listed country house hotel with one of their new Mini Spa Days, which is the perfect add-on to a hotel stay. You’ll get one hour in the spa facilities, a 55-minute treatment and a cream tea on the terrace with a glass of fizz. £69 per person on weekdays, £89 per person on weekends.

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WILTSHIRE

Whatley Manor, Malmesbury

If there are any words more soothing than ‘Cotswolds mini-break’ we have yet to hear them. Whatley Manor near Malmesbury makes for the perfect base, and their Cotswold Explorer midweek break is designed for those looking to play tourist. Starting at £321 per room, per night, you’ll get dinner in Grey’s Brasserie on one night, a full afternoon tea on one day, two entrance tickets to Westonbirt Arboretum and full use of the Aquarias Spa.

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WORCESTERSHIRE

Dormy House, Broadway

If you’ve always fancied a romantic weekend at this country-luxe Broadway bolthole, now’s the time – it’s just reopened. You have full permission to book yourself in for a dinner, bed and breakfast break, which includes an overnight stay with a Cotswold breakfast in the morning, and a £40pp dining allocation at The Back Garden, Dormy House’s main restaurant. Prices start at £339 per room.

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