Great discounts on half-term holidays

Great discounts on half-term holidays


Holidays can cost twice as much during half-term – but what choice do you have if your children are in school and you need to escape the long winter nights? Good news, then – we’ve tracked down some travel offers to save you hundreds on a half-term getaway.

Stay in one of two Dorset hotels this half-term and children under the age of 14 will be hosted for free – breakfast included! Book a break in either the Sandbanks Hotel in Poole or the Chine Hotel in Bournemouth between 10 and 19 February 2012 and enjoy the many beach-based activities on your doorstep, as well as indoor swimming pools and the children’s entertainment, available at both hotels. Rooms start from ?110 per night, for a minimum of two nights during half-term week. To qualify for the deal, a maximum of two children must share an inland-facing room with two adults, though upgrades are available for a supplement.
Reservations must be made with FJB Hotels (0845 337 1550;

With 60 acres of beautiful, tranquil woodland and its own private island, Stonefield Castle on the west coast of Scotland is ideally placed for a family retreat. In addition to being near art galleries, village shops and a picturesque harbour, the castle is also close to a golf club and Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest freshwater lake. Take the kids this half-term and they will not only stay for free but dine for free, too. Packages during 10-19 February 2012 start from ?75 per room per night for bed and breakfast, or ?115 for dinner, bed and breakfast. Children must share the room with adults and there is a minimum stay of two nights.
To book contact Stonefield Castle (0844 414 6582;

Goa in luxury
If a UK break doesn’t quite hit the spot, a week in India just might. Fly the kids to Goa and stay at newly-renovated luxury resort The Leela. The beach resort includes 75 acres of stunning South Indian coastline, a 12-hole golf course and children’s pool and activity centre. Kuoni is offering a seven-night holiday for ?5,270 for a family four – a saving of up to ?1,098. Two adults and two children will share two Lagoon Terrace Rooms on a bed-and-breakfast basis, departing 13 February 2012.
Price includes return flights with Jet Airways and private transfers. To book contact Kuoni (01306 747008;

A place in the lakes
Enjoy a family holiday in your own 19th-century castle in Cumbria. Just outside the Lake District and surrounded by beautiful scenery, the 14-bedroom Augill Castle was recently restored and is now available to hire in its entirety, whether for weddings, house parties, family holidays or business conferences. The castle also suplies the rooms seperately and for half-term is offering seven nights for the price of five in its ‘Little Castle’ or ‘Stable House’ accommodation, both of which sleep four. A week for two adults and two children under 12, including breakfast, now costs ?1,400 instead of ?1,960.
To book contact Wendy at Augill Castle (01768 341937;

Skiing in Switzerland
Save up to ?350 per person on a stay at The Locarno in Verbier, Switzerland. Sleeping six people, the newly renovated apartment has a covetable location right next to the Medran lift. Arrive on 11 February 2012 and stay for seven nights on a fully-catered basis for ?849 per person, based on six sharing. Receive Champagne and canapes on arrival, as well as daily cooked breakfast and three-course dinner with unlimited wine.
To book contact Powder White (020 8877 8888;

A five-minute walk from the centre of medieval Toledo in central Spain, the AC Hotel Ciudad de Toledo is in a great location in which to explore the old city walls and beautiful architecture – and now it’s offering a 20% discount on accommodation for a family of four during half-term. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo is 80km south of Madrid, and its attractions include museums, a castle and Gothic cathedral.
Prices start from ?74 per room per night for two adults and two children over the half-term week, including breakfast. Book by 6 February 2012 in Marriott’s Winter Sale.
AC Hotel Ciudad de Toledo (00 34 925 285125; Marriott Hotels)

Southern England
In Wiltshire, Beechfield House is a great countryside retreat ideally placed for a number of family attractions. Take the kids to the Longleat Safari Park, the Castle Combe Circuit or for a shopping trip in Bath. A three-night stay in a family classic bedroom over half-term has been significantly reduced: the package for two adults and one child now costs ?390 (down from ?480); for two adults and two children, ?420 (down from ?555); and for two adults and three children, ?450 (from from ?630). The Family Three Night School Holidays Break includes breakfast.
To book contact Beechfield House (01225 703700; Beechfield House)

Bath country hotel
Spend three nights at the luxurious country house Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa over half-term and only pay for two. Bath is nearby, along with Longleat and Wookey Hole; and various countryside pursuits are available such as horseriding, tennis or cycling.
Prices start from ?1,040 – a saving of ?646 – based on a family of three including a child under 12 sharing a Deluxe Room. Full use of spa facilities and a daily breakfast are included. Offer valid 10-19 February 2012. To book contact Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa (01225 742777;

All prices correct at time of publishing. All offers subject to change and availability.

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