Self-Drive

Make your own way there!

49 tours from £99pp

If you'd prefer to make your own way to your chosen holiday destination, Shearings offers a wide range of self-drive holidays, giving you the freedom and flexibility to travel to your hotel at your convenience.

Allowing you to plan your own itinerary, explore the local sights and attractions your own way with our self-drive hotel breaks, featuring comfortable accommodation in excellent locations with breakfast and evening meals included. If you’d prefer to leave the planning and organising to us, our self-drive experiences feature a full programme of excursions for the duration of your holiday whilst you’re there. Whether you choose to discover the rolling landscapes of the Scottish Highlands or soak up the best of the Cotswolds, look forward to a fantastic self-drive staycation.

Introducing Self-Drive Experiences

Combining the best of both self-drive travel and coach holiday itineraries, our Self-Drive Experiences allow you to make your own way to your chosen holiday destination, with an included programme of fantastic excursions for the duration of your break. Flexible and convenient, travel to your hotel in a way that suits you, where you will be greeted by an experienced Tour Manager who will be with you throughout your journey. With hand-picked accommodation featuring superb facilities, enjoy a relaxing stay whilst exploring remarkable destinations in the comfort of your group.

Our Self-Drive Experiences feature:

  • Flexible travel - simply make your own way there!
  • Hand-picked accommodation with breakfast and evening meals
  • Exciting excursions
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Full financial protection through our 100% secure Trust Account
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Self-Drive Hotel Breaks

Our value-for-money self-drive breaks feature hand-picked accommodation at a fantastic range of hotels across the UK, each situated in the very best locations with great facilities on offer. With so much choice across Great Britain's most gorgeous destinations, visit charming Llandudno, breathtaking Loch Lomond, beautiful St. Ives and more, and uncover the sought-after destinations that are right at your fingertips!

For a limited number of bookings, we are able to reserve a car parking space at the hotel for your stay. Some hotels offer this free of charge, but the majority will cost typically £6 per day and you will need to pay the hotel directly for this on departure. To find out more about the car parking options for each hotel, please click here.

Our Self-Drive Hotel Breaks feature:

  • Flexible travel - simply make your own way there!
  • Hand-picked accommodation with breakfast and evening meals
  • Full financial protection through our 100% secure Trust Account

Indulge yourself in the luxury travel of a bygone era, with this truly fabulous, one-off festive steam train White Rose to York journey.

  • 3 nights hotel with 2 English breakfasts
  • 2 evening meals with a drink included
  • Return journey from East Midlands Parkway or Derby to York in Pullman Class seating
  • Cooked breakfast and a 4-course dinner on board the train
  • Entrance fees and coaching for excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Enjoy the perfect blend of incredible rail journeys and invigorating countryside walks on an adventure through the Yorkshire Dales.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals and 3 packed lunches
  • Services of two experienced local walking guides and Tour Manager

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Join us on this relaxing break, featuring three river cruises along the beautiful Thames and included visits to Windsor Castle and Stonor Park.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 2 lunches, 1 afternoon tea and 4 evening meals
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach travel on excursions

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Join us on this delightful Yuletide break, with visits to Harewood House, RHS Glow, and the Festive Flyer. It's sure to be full of festive fun!

  • 3 nights half-board accommodation
  • Coaching for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Venture to the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon and uncover the town's rich history from your base, the Crowne Plaza.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 3 evening meals, a traditional Christmas lunch and a light supper
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Enjoy spectacular scenery from Mount Snowdon's summit and journey along the Welsh Highland Railway, staying at the lovely Llandudno Bay Hotel.

  • 4 nights hotel with Welsh breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Explore the fascinating sights and rolling scenery of Yorkshire onboard classic steam journeys such as the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach transfers for our excursions

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Experience the very best of Britain’s West Country with nostalgic rail journeys and gorgeous countryside surroundings from your 4-star hotel.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Unwind in lovely Norfolk with three railway journeys, a cruise on the Norfolk Broads, and visits to Oxburgh Hall and Sandringham Estate.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Travel onboard no less than five different railways on this tour along the beautiful Somerset and Devon coasts.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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From your fantastic 4-star base, board the charming Kent & East Sussex and Bluebell railways and discover Chartwell and Hever Castle.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach transfers for our excursions

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A magical festive experience awaits as we take in the charms of Chatsworth House, enjoy the Peter Pan Pantomime, and journey on the Peak Rail.

  • 3 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach travel on excursions

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The countdown has begun! Join us for the pinnacle of the jump-racing calendar, the Cheltenham Festival 2025, with two days of racing included.

  • 3 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Tickets for the Best Mate Enclosure on St Patrick's Thursday
  • Tickets for Tattersalls Enclosure on Gold Cup Day
  • Coach transfers to and from the Racecourse
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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Discover all the highlights of Stratford-upon-Avon on this fabulous New Year tour, staying at the gorgeous 4-star riverside hotel, Crowne Plaza.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals including a New Year's Eve Gala Dinner
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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From the Parsonage Hotel and Spa, enjoy Yorkshire’s great historic homes, Castle Howard and Fairfax House, and a spectacular steam train journey.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach transfers for our excursions

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Journey through the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales on heritage railway lines from our lovely base, the Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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The Breadsall Priory Marriott offers the perfect base for rail rides and scenic walks through the incredible natural beauty of the Peak District.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals and 3 packed lunches
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of two qualified walking guides and an experienced Tour Manager

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Enjoy leisurely cruises along the Thames, plus visits to Blenheim Palace, Windsor Castle and Oxford, on this delightful solo traveller tour.

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals with an included drink
  • Tea and coffee after dinner each night
  • 3 lunches
  • Sole use of your own room
  • Entrance fees and coaching for excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

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The Marine Hotel in Llandudno is a classic Victorian hotel that sits right on the seafront – ideal for exploring the local sights!

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Just a stone’s throw from Eastbourne’s beaches and 300-metre long pier, the Burlington Hotel is set in a fantastic location.

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Exmouth is the ideal coastal retreat for a relaxing escape away, and this landmark hotel occupies a truly stunning location as your base.

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There's simply no better hotel to stay at in Windermere than the English heritage-listed Windermere Hotel, with period charm in abundance and modern facilities on offer.

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With beautiful surroundings and elegantly furnished accommodation, a stay here is certain to leave you feeling refreshed.

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Discover the picturesque Perthshire Highlands on this self-drive break, staying at the fantastic Pitlochry Hydro Hotel.

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Broadway Park

Sandown, PO36 9DJ

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The Broadway Park Hotel on the Isle of Wight is located in Sandown, where you’ll find beaches, an amusement-packed pier and stunning views.

  • 3 Star
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Fridge Available for Medical Requirements
  • Bar
  • Lift
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Non-Smoking Rooms Available
  • Telephone
  • Free WiFi (Public Areas)
  • Dogs Allowed on Request
  • Free Car Parking

Located off the south coast of England, holidays to the Isle of Wight have long been popular with tourists eager to discover the sandy beaches, imposing cliffs, charming promenades and rolling countryside. You won’t be short of things to do, with museums, galleries, glorious gardens and historic landmarks all within a short driving distance. Most popular attractions include the opulent Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s impressive holiday home, and The Needles chairlift, where you can soak up the very best views of the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark. Get closer to nature with a countryside walk where there’s abundant wildlife and spectacular rolling landscapes, and be sure to learn about the Island’s fascinating fossil collection.

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The Great Western Hotel is a striking building dating back to the 19th century and is ideally placed on Oban’s esplanade.

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Portpatrick Hotel

Portpatrick, DG9 8TQ

Enjoy lovely seaside charm on Scotland’s west coast, staying at the Portpatrick Hotel with its spectacular cliff-top setting.

  • 3 Star
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  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
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  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
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  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Shower or Bath
  • Free Wifi
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Iron at Reception
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  • Dogs Allowed on Request

Portpatrick is a picturesque harbour town set on Galloway’s rugged coast – a tranquil and unspoiled corner of southern Scotland. From sightseeing and shopping to relaxing boat cruises, there is a wealth of things to do here; the local area is also a haven for lovers of sports and the outdoors, with its own nine-hole golf course. A truly picturesque backdrop, visitors can admire the pastel-coloured houses set around the bay, before sampling the finest seafood at one of the many restaurants, bars and cafés. Other highlights within close proximity include Galloway Forest Park, Stranraer, Logan Botanic Garden and Killantringan Lighthouse.

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This wonderful self-drive break takes in the seaside delights of Weston-super-Mare, staying at the iconic Grand Atlantic Hotel.

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Carlton Hotel, Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth, NR30 3JE

Staying at the Carlton Hotel, located in a fantastic position, discover the delights of Great Yarmouth on this self-drive break.

  • 3 Star
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  • Restaurant
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  • Room Service Available
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Non-Smoking Rooms Available
  • Telephone
  • Free WiFi (Public Areas)
  • Laundry Service
  • Dogs Allowed on Request

Great Yarmouth is an all-time favourite seaside resort on the Norfolk Coast. The Marine Parade is the lively focal point of the seafront, packed with exciting attractions, amusements, inviting restaurants and, of course, traditional fish and chips shops. With a beautiful stretch of golden sands, this coastal resort is ideal if you’re looking for beach days, or, you can relax on the promenade in one of the many cafés. Not only does the town have an abundance of things to see and do, it’s a great base from which to explore the local surroundings; the beautiful Norfolk Broads is a designated National Park with over 125 miles of waterways, beautiful countryside and charming villages; shopping enthusiasts can enjoy some retail therapy in the historic city of Norwich; and the Grade II listed Somerleyton Hall is renowned as one of the finest Victorian Stately homes in the country.

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Enjoy rugged natural beauty and an authentically Scottish atmosphere on this self-drive break, staying at the Caledonian Hotel.

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Escape to the favourite resort of Newquay on this self-drive break, staying near the famous Fistral beach at the Pentire Hotel.

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George Hotel, Chollerford

Chollerford, NE46 4EW

The George Hotel sits in an idyllic position in the Northumbrian countryside yet is an easy drive from the vibrant city of Newcastle.

  • 3 Star
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  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
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  • Extra Pillows and Blankets
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge Available for Medical Requirements
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Bus Stop Nearby
  • Shower or Bath
  • Free Wifi
  • Gluten Free Meals on Request
  • Iron or Trouser Press
  • Sauna or Steam Room
  • Gym
  • Lactose or Dairy Free Menu
  • Vegan Menu
  • Dogs Allowed on Request

Chollerford is an ideal place to discover the beauty of the Northumberland countryside. The village sits close to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Northumberland National Park, and history is so close, with Hadrian's Wall and ancient Hexham both within a 10-minute drive. The market town of Hexham is a hidden gem of the north with plenty to discover, including the incredible abbey which is a Grade I listed building built in 674AD, independent shops, art galleries and theatres, and more than 30 eateries. Visitors can learn more about the town’s history at the Old Gaol Museum, and Chesters Roman Fort and Hadrian’s Wall is a must, where the remains of forts, towers and towns can be seen.

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This wonderful hotel is in a central location so you can easily explore the many attractions, including St. Mawes Castle and Carne Beach.

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Victorian charm meets unspoilt natural beauty in the Victorian spa resort of Strathpeffer. Discover it all on this wonderful self-drive break.

  • 3 Star
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  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
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  • Fridge Available for Medical Requirements
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
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  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Non-Smoking Rooms Available
  • Telephone
  • Shower or Bath
  • Free Wifi
  • Laundry Service
  • Dogs Allowed on Request

Towered over by Ben Wyvis – the quintessential Scottish backdrop – Strathpeffer is a pretty Victorian town surrounded by hills, and visitors can still enjoy the mineral rich spa water to this day, either from the village Pump Room or at a pavilion. This charming yet quiet destination boasts stunning natural scenery, with incredible mountains and scenic glens in every direction – popular with walkers. The town offers plenty of independent shops and cafés, as well as great restaurants, bars and traditional pubs. There are some world-famous attractions within easy reach, including Loch Ness, Inverness, the Cairngorms and Glen Ord Distillery.

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Discover the beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery of St Ives on this self-drive break, staying at the St Ives Bay Hotel.

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Dilkhusa Grand Hotel

Ilfracombe, EX34 9AH

Explore the pretty north Devon town of Ilfracombe on this wonderful self-drive break, staying at the Dilkhusa Grand Hotel.

  • 3 Star
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Non-Smoking Rooms Available
  • Shower or Bath
  • Free WiFi (Public Areas)
  • Dogs Allowed on Request

Sitting amongst the rugged coastline of North Devon, Ilfracombe is a British seaside favourite. Quaint pastel coloured houses contrast with nearby towering clifftops, and the charming harbour is a delight to explore. This picturesque town boasts stunning beaches and coves, fantastic eateries, art and craft galleries, and must-visit attractions including the Ilfracombe Observatory and Watermouth Castle. If you’re feeling a bit more active, head to the top of Capstone Parade for great views back across Ilfracombe. Other highlights in the surrounding area include Barnstaple, Bideford, and Woolacombe Beach with its golden sands.

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Royal Hotel Whitby

Whitby, YO21 3HA

The Royal Hotel is set in an elegant building occupying a commanding cliff-top position, with amazing views over the beaches and harbour.

  • 3 Star
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Fridge Available for Medical Requirements
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Wheelchair Access
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Non-Smoking Rooms Available
  • Telephone
  • Free WiFi (Public Areas)
  • Dogs Allowed on Request
  • Shower or Bath

Whitby attracts visitors from all over the world, and it’s not hard to see why! With a sandy Blue Flag beach, cobbled streets lined with independent shops, a famous Captain Cook Memorial Museum and more, it’s a seaside resort with so much to offer. Enjoy a stroll around famous working harbour watching the boats come and go, or uncover the town’s fascinating past at key attractions like Whitby Abbey, St Mary’s Church and Whitby Museum. A must-see for nature lovers is the beautifully maintained Pannett Park, a haven of peace and tranquillity boasting stunning views. Being situated right on the edge of the North York Moors puts you in a great position to explore the surrounding area, with a treasure-trove of spectacular walks and historic villages to discover.

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Imperial Hotel, Tenby

Tenby, SA70 7HR

Built into Tenby’s ancient stone walls and sitting on the clifftop overlooking the beautiful South Beach, the Imperial Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore.

  • 3 Star
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Fridge Available for Medical Requirements
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • Wheelchair Access
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Shower or Bath
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
  • Dogs Allowed on Request

Known as one of the prettiest seaside towns in Wales, Tenby is a Victorian resort steeped in ancient history and surrounded by an imposing medieval stone wall. This small yet charming town boasts shops specialising in locally produced items, beautiful beaches, and many attractions including St Mary’s Church, St David's Cathedral, Carew Castle and Tenby Museum and Art Gallery. The colourful harbour is postcard worthy, and from here, visitors can enjoy a boat excursion to Caldey Island. Walking trails are also in abundance, with the Pembrokeshire Coast Path a firm favourite, or you can head further afield to the National Botanical Gardens of Wales and discover 400 acres of woodland, waterfalls and landscaped displays.

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The Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa is a seaside haven, offering panoramic views of the stunning coastline, modern rooms and a serene outdoor pool.

  • TV
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Lift
  • Room Service Available
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
  • Free Wifi
  • Gym

A coastal town in Dorset, Bournemouth is renowned for its beautiful beaches and sandy shores, providing the perfect setting for sunbathing, swimming, and seaside strolls. The town centre bustles with a range of shopping options, from high street stores to unique boutiques, and the numerous parks and gardens provide peaceful green spaces for relaxation.

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Located on Llandudno's charming seafront, the 3-star Chatsworth House Hotel boasts a fantastic position and an indoor swimming pool.

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Set in a great position on Llandudno’s promenade and boasting superb views over the Great and Little Ormes, the County Hotel provides the ideal place to relax.

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Located on the Llandudno delightful seafront, the 3-star Baytree Hotel boasts a fantastic position, an elegant dining room, and more.

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With spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and Tolcarne beach, the Kilbirnie Hotel is an ideal choice for a stay in Newquay.

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Located on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Kenwood Hall Hotel is a perfect location to explore the delights of beautiful Derbyshire.

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Mosborough Hall Hotel

Mosborough, S20 5EA

Originally a 12th-century manor house, the 3-star Mosborough Hall Hotel is set in the picturesque village of Mosborough, Sheffield.

  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Room Service Available
  • Shower or Bath
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi

Located on the outskirts of Sheffield, the Mosborough Hall Hotel is an ideal base to explore Derbyshire and Yorkshire. Mosborough, with its historical roots, traditional architecture, and picturesque streets, is a quaint and peaceful suburb, while Sheffield offers a range of things to do and see, from a thriving cultural scene with theatres and galleries to idyllic walks in the nearby Peak District National Park.

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With a beautiful position in Shakespeare Country, the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel offers landscaped gardens and stunning interior décor.

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Enjoy a self drive break to the beloved resort of Blackpool! You'll stay at the lovely Lyndene Hotel, located on the glorious seafront.

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Cresta Court Hotel

Altrincham, WA14 4DP

The Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, situated in the heart of Altrincham, offers a fantastic blend of contemporary décor and modern facilities.

  • 3 Star
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
  • Iron or Trouser Press

The Best Western Cresta Court Hotel boasts an ideal location, putting guests in the perfect spot to explore the surrounding area. The Metro Link is a two-minute walk away, connecting you to Manchester’s city centre within ten minutes. Other nearby destinations and attractions include the Trafford Centre, Liverpool, Chester, the Peak District, Buxton and the famous Lyme Park.

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Esplanade Hotel

Paignton, TQ4 6EG

Paignton is a charming seaside town set on the glorious English Riviera, and it’s the perfect destination for a relaxing coastal break.

  • 3 Star
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Non-Smoking Rooms Available
  • Telephone
  • Dogs Allowed on Request

One of the brightest jewels in the English Riviera’s crown, Paignton is a charming seaside town with a mild climate and plenty of attractions. The beautiful sandy beach is lined with colourful beach huts, and award-winning Paignton Pier is brimming with traditional amusements – perfect for classic seaside fun! There are plenty of things to do in the local area; visit Paignton Zoo for a wild day out, enjoy a visit to Occombe Farm, journey back in time on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, or take in the wonderful scenery of the South West Coast Path.

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