With the kids back at school after the Christmas break, many families will now be looking ahead to the February half-term as it will be here before you know it! And now could be a good time to book, with Sykes Holiday Cottages slashing prices on many of its budget staycation destinations.
From a charming church conversion on the Isle of Wight to a contemporary-style Victorian mansion in Devon, here are seven low-cost options to enjoy some quality time together with loved ones…
Charlesworth – Braunton, Devon
Price: Available from February 18 for seven nights, was £1,430 now £1,007
Charlesworth is a charming retreat set in an elevated position with spectacular views overlooking the estuary in Ashford, Devon. Families can relax in the spacious living area after taking on one of the numerous walking routes and trails that can be accessed from the doorstep or enjoy a home-cooked meal in the dining room. Let the children play in the garden or battle it out at table tennis, while you take your coffee on the large patio area or escape to the cottage garden and summerhouse with a good book.
The historic market town of Barnstaple is nearby and has an array of pubs, restaurants, and shops to explore. Guests can also head off to one of the sandy beaches along the North Devon coast, including Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde – and don’t forget to indulge in a compulsory Devon Cream Tea!
The Old Vicarage – Tiverton, Devon
Price: Available from February 17 for seven nights, was £1,499 now £1,082
The Old Vicarage is a contemporary-style Victorian mansion located in the Devonshire town of Tiverton. The property offers the ultimate break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life for family this February half term, with a large living space and sprawling garden for little ones to burn off steam. There is also a music room for those who wish to engage in a singalong with the piano.
With an array of activities in easy reach, there is plenty to keep families occupied, including visiting Tiverton castle, fishing at the River Exe, or a car ride to Exeter to see the Cathedral and Rougemont Gardens.
Hillside Cottage – Beeston, Norfolk
Price: Available from February 18 for seven nights, was £923 now £837
Hillside Cottage is nestled within the rural village of Beeston in Norfolk. With charming character features and contemporary furnishings, families can get comfortable on the property’s plush sofa next to the woodburning stove to watch their favourite film. Guests can also enjoy the enclosed garden and bask in the morning sunshine with a cup of coffee.
Nearby family attractions include adventure parks, heritage railway lines, nature reserves and various National Trust properties, including Oxburgh Hall, Thursford, and Castle Acre. Families can also venture into the nearby town of Dereham to stock up on fresh local produce from its weekly market while picking up a souvenir …….