Tudor Farmhouse, the 20-room boutique hotel in Gloucestershire, has just announced a new three-night Breakout Escape, the perfect way to enjoy long summer days when the hotel reopens on the 27 July.
The short break brings together a choice of life affirming outdoor activities such as wild swimming, stand up paddle boarding as well as the chance to go on a wildlife safari, with a boutique hotel stay in the heart of the Forest of Dean.
The new staycation package aims to present the perfect way to break lockdown for those yearning for some outdoor adventure coupled with some spoiling such as enjoying delicious gourmet meals using local produce and checking into one of the chic bedrooms featuring roll top baths, monsoon showers, and super comfy beds with duck feather pillows and duvets and 300 count linen sheets.
The break includes a digital copy of the hotel’s own wild swimming map showing the best locations within half an hour of the hotel which itself is situated close to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty with the promise of wild beauty and river dips.
In addition to the wild swimming there is the choice of one of these outdoor summertime experiences:
– An evening wildlife safari with local wildlife expert Ed Drewitt, exploring the Forest of Dean to spot wild boar, fallow deer, badgers, foxes and hedgehogs as they emerge from their dens to feed at dusk.
– Join Karen from SUP YOFI for a 90 minute stand up paddle boarding lesson at Symonds Yat, learning how to paddle effortlessly down the Wye using the 5 Step Paddle Stroke technique and how to read weather and water conditions.
Additional activities can include hiking, mountain biking on the marked trails of the forest, or even a private half day guided wild swimming lesson on the river.
There are wild swim options to please the most daring or hesitant dippers – from plunging into the Wye at Lower Lydbrook and swimming down to Symonds Yat or opting to paddle and skim stones from the wide shingle river beach at The Warren at Hay-on Wye. Just north and into Herefordshire is a beautiful spot at Bredwardine for paddles and gentle floats from the beach, or head to Lugg Meadows and swim up to 2km. At all spots look out for rope swings to leap from and local wildlife including herons and otters.
On reopening guests will check in using a new app as well as ordering breakfasts that can be taken in-room or at a table in the suitably spaced dining room.
And, when the outdoor summer activities are done the two AA rosette restaurant can serve dinner as room service or in the dining room, with delicious ingredients sourced within a 20-mile radius where possible.
Price: A three night package starts at £325 per person, based on two people sharing a ‘Hatchling’ room on a B&B basis and includes one picnic lunch, one three course dinner, as well as a choice of a SUP lesson or evening wildlife safari. Both activities can be arranged for a £60 supplement per person. Dog-friendly rooms with direct outside access are available. If the government advice changes then the Breakout Escape can be rearranged at no extra charge.
More information go to https://tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk/breakout-escapes/
Mark Bibby Jackson
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