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We have been in the gift experience industry for almost 30 years and are confident in our ability to curate a selection of truly unforgettable experiences for you to enjoy, either alone or with a loved one.
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Annual Membership to the Elite Racing Club

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Ever dreamed of becoming a connection in a group of racehorses? Well, now this dream could be a reality. Buy this Annual Membership and in return share the fun and excitement of following the progress of a string of racehorses, via a weekly magazine. You will become one of the connections and share the famous black and white colours, as well as the owner's race prize money, as well as a host of other benefits.

Members are not acquiring any of the bloodstock equity and therefore there are no ongoing costs for training fees or vet bills or indeed any of the costs normally associated with racehorse ownership. The Club maintains an average of 25 horses across the training and breeding regimes.

This Annual membership includes: A weekly magazine detailing upcoming events and reports, a discount booklet, members handbook on how to make the most of your membership, the 'Horses in Training' publication, an in-depth review of all the clubs horses', a membership card, free visits to the trainers stables and you may even have the opportunity to share some of the prize money, depending on the success of the horses!

Blacksmith Experience Day for One at Phoenix Forge

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It’s time to get your hands dirty and let the sparks fly! This unique experience is excellent for those wishing to try their hands at one of the oldest trades.

Phoenix Forge specialise in making beautiful handcrafted ironwork, you will spend the day with expert craftspeople learning to forge a range of pieces that you will be able to take home.

This is a hands-on blacksmith experience catering to both beginners and seasoned veterans. You will get straight into the action; swinging hammers, striking hot metal, and letting the creative sparks fly as you create beautiful pieces that will last a lifetime.

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Deluxe Picnic at the Proms for Two

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Classical music and a gourmet picnic, all enjoyed in the outdoors - what could be a more perfect way to spend a romantic evening together than this Deluxe Picnic at the Proms gift experience!

The Battle Proms offers the opportunity to enjoy a glorious summer evening set in the grounds of some of the UK’s most celebrated stately homes. As well as a full orchestral programme there’s a parachute display, historic mounted cavalry, spectacular fireworks and Spitfire display on the bill, and all of this will be enjoyed whilst you savour the delights of a delicious freshly prepared picnic!

The show kicks off with a colourful display of British cavalry through the ages, then it’s time to look to the skies to watch a stunning parachute display by the Red Devils. The musical entertainment begins with a live warm-up act to get the toes tapping and wine corks popping, and then the evening gun salute heralds the commencement of the orchestral programme and the arrival of Britain’s favourite warplane. Amidst a volley of gunfire, you’ll hear the unmistakable sound of the Spitfire engine rumbling overhead, followed by a meticulously choreographed aerial display which takes place in the evening sky above.

The New English Concert Orchestra take to the stage with classical favourites such as the event’s signature piece, Beethoven's 'Battle Symphony', with a full complement of nearly 200 cannons, plus musket fire and fireworks providing a unique and breath-taking musical performance! The evening will close with a traditional flag-waving sing-along finale including Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and more, culminating in a dazzling fireworks extravaganza.

Enjoy this quintessentially British event with the perfect accompaniment of an appetising deluxe picnic filled with tempting hearty treats and a chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Collect your picnic on site when you arrive at the concert; the package contains everything you need, so you can just turn up and tuck in!

Whether you’re seeking the perfect gift for your other half or a special couple in your life, this could be the unique experience you have been looking for.

Please redeem your voucher asap for your chosen venue as bookings are strictly subject to availability. For safety reasons, please note barbecues, naked flames and pets are not permitted at the concert. Air displays are subject to weather conditions. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements catered for on request; please notify the supplier upon booking. There is no seating at these concerts so please bring along rugs or garden chairs. See your tickets for further event info.

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Discover Brighton & Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two

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Take to the skies to see Brighton and the beautiful south coast as you have never seen them before. As well as a journey on the Brighton i360 you can also enjoy a Champagne afternoon tea at the Hilton Brighton Metropole and entrance to the Brighton Pavilion.

Glide up gently to 138 metres high in the spacious glass viewing pod to enjoy 360° views of the sea, the sky, the South Downs, and the buzz of the city below.


After your flight head over to Brighton Pavilion, The Royal Brighton Pavilion houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Finally end the day in Brighton by heading back to the seafront to enjoy a delicious Champagne afternoon tea at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel.

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Knife Making Experience for One at Phoenix Forge

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It’s time to get your hands dirty and let the sparks fly! This special gift is an excellent choice for the brave and crafty. Phoenix Forge specialise in creating beautiful hand forged pieces that will last a lifetime. In this course you will spend the day forging your very own unique knife that you will cherish, and pick up skills that you won’t forget!

This is a hands-on one day blacksmith experience perfect for a chef, forged in fire fanatic, knife enthusiast or someone keen on learning a new skill. They will start out by making a simple project to get warmed up, and once they have honed their skills they will get started on forging a true working knife - eventually they will create an heirloom that will last for generations.

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Overnight Stay and Reindeer Experience for Two at Somerset Reindeer Ranch

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A getaway with a difference, enjoy a one night stay in a hobbit style hut situated in the beautiful Somerset countryside. The huts are in a private garden right next to a barn full of friendly reindeer and white horses who are just waiting for a visit from guests. Each hut has a large fire at it’s centre which guests can cook on as well as giving warmth and an atmospheric glow. Logs are available to keep it alight, there are electric sockets too for added convenience. The toilet/showers are situated 20 meters from the hut. Guests can also visit the outdoor bar which serves local ciders, beers and cocktails, also juice and milkshakes for the children.

Once settled in the ‘Meet the Reindeer’ session will start with an informative talk which is filled with plenty of interesting reindeer facts as well as a few health and safety tips. The ranch owner will demonstrate how to care for and feed the reindeer before it’s time to spend some quality time with one of Santa’s elite sleigh pulling team. The lucky guests will have plenty of opportunities to take some wonderful pictures with their new fuzzy nosed friend when they feed the special lichen by hand.

After their time with the reindeer they will receive a warming hot chocolate with marshmallows each and have the opportunity to take a stroll around the ranch to meet all the other animal residents, ranging from emus, pigs, skunks to horses, and of course, the friendly snow dogs. A friendly reindeer herder is always on hand to answer any burning questions.

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Private Immersive Dining Experience by BBC GBM Chef Andrew Sheridan

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This immersive dining experience allows two people to take a seat at the kitchen table amongst other dinners.

This unique communal dining experience will see you sitting in the heart of the kitchen at ‘8’ watching a brigade of chefs led by Andrew Sheridan create a mouth-watering twelve course tasting menu.

You and your guest will be seated at 7:30pm at the kitchen table. A communal dining experience where you will be served a tantalising set menu in the heart of the kitchen.

You will be able to watch the chefs produce mouth watering dishes right before your eyes! A drinks pairing is available at an additional cost which will elevate your experience of this unique restaurant.

The tasting menu can accommodate dietary requirements at prior notice, unfortunately this venue is not able to cater to veganism due to their style of cooking and products used within this busy kitchen environment.

Please note this experience is available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for lunch or dinner. Friday and Saturday evenings are available for a supplement fee of £15 per person to be paid on arrival.

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Thames RIB Boat Trip and a Ride on the London Eye for Two

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Combine a trip to the top of the London Eye with a rip-roaring adventure through the heart of the city on the Thames River.

This high speed boat trip on the Thames is wild, fantastic fun for all ages, voted by TimeOut as a ‘must do’ experience for Londoners and visitors alike.

Speed through London, zoom under the capital’s famous bridges and marvel at the various landmarks from your exclusive vantage point. Music classics are piped through the onboard sound system as you power on down the Thames and out towards the docklands.

The award-winning guides and West End actors ensure sparkling highbrow banter as you speed past the MI5 building before holding on tight for an exhilarating trip to Canary Wharf and back. This is one thrilling boat ride!

The Lastminute.com London Eye offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. A standard ticket experience on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure.

Experience an action-packed 50 minute trip on board a RIB Thames speedboat, from the London Eye to Canary Wharf and back

Entrance for two to the Lastminute.com London Eye. Enjoy amazing London views from your glass capsule (shared with others) .

Your voucher is not your entry ticket, pre-booking is essential.

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Weekday Big Cat Encounter

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Enjoy this unique opportunity to get up close to a selection of beautiful big cats at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent.

You will embark on a two hour tour to see some of the most endangers species of cat in the world, learning about the many different breeds, their habitats and conservation status. The sanctuary is home to lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars and many more magnificent big cats, remember to keep your eyes open for the incredibly rare White lions and tigers.

You will also have the incredible opportunity to get up really close to hand feed one of the beautiful big cats.

Your experience will begin with a safety briefing, followed by a short introduction on the work of the foundation. You will then be guided around the site seeing and learning all about the furry felines.

Enjoy fabulous photographic and filming opportunities throughout this unforgettable experience.

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Driving Experiences
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One-to-One Rally Experience

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What better way to learn the art of rally driving than with one-to-one tuition and a rally stage all to yourself. Your playground is an authentic gravel rally stage which features sequences of tight corners and sweeping bends and having it all to yourself, you will feel the adrenaline flowing and your confidence growing. If you've ever watched the World Rally Championship and admired how the drivers keep a car under immense control at dizzying speeds, then this rally experience is the best way to find out how they do it.

To begin your exciting rally driving experience you will sign in, relax with a coffee and be introduced to your instructor. This is followed by an informal one-to-one lecture that covers safety and the basic principals of rally driving techniques and car control. Here the objectives will be set for your personal one-to-one tuition based upon your previous experience - don't worry if you have never driven a rally car before.

Based upon your personal objectives and experience the instructor will then take you around the stage demonstrating the techniques of driving a rally car - power sliding, handbrake turns and pendulum slides. You will then take the controls practicing these techniques. You will be behind the wheel for at least 30 minutes. To finish you will be taken out by an instructor who will show you how the professionals do it and you will be presented with a commemorative certificate.

The person driving the car will be required to sign a disclaimer accepting liability in the event of damage to the vehicle. The driver will be given an option to purchase damage waiver cover when booking to minimise their financial exposure should there be an accident. Drivers are under no obligation to purchase this optional waiver. Full details are available at the time of booking.

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Race Track Tuition

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The race track tuition program offers an unparalleled opportunity for drivers seeking to master high-performance track driving. Tailored for those with a thirst for precision and excellence, this experience delves into the essence of superior track driving. Through expert guidance, participants not only enhance their lap times but also strengthen their safety and proficiency behind the wheel.

Embark on approximately 20 exhilarating laps, each one meticulously crafted to hone your skills. With dedicated 1-2-1 tuition throughout the entire session, you'll receive personalised instruction tailored to you. At the halfway mark, take a brief pause to absorb comprehensive feedback from your experienced tutor. Gain valuable insights into areas for improvement and strategies for refinement.

Armed with newfound knowledge, return to the track empowered to implement these insights. It's not just about driving; it's about mastering the art of precision, control, and finesse. Whether you're aiming to shave seconds off your lap time or elevate your driving prowess to new heights, the race track tuition experience is your gateway to excellence on the track.

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Tank Driving Thrill

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This is a great opportunity to get behind the wheel of 17 tons of military steel - a FV432 armoured personnel carrier. With the help of supportive instructors, you will soon get to grips with this mean machine. Using your new found skills, you will have to tackle a tricky obstacle course with the hatches open and your head out. This is the simple part! Now it's time to try the same course with hatches closed and navigating using the periscope. With your peripheral vision gone, a sudden realisation of how hard this is gives the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Your experience will start with an introduction and safety briefing given by the friendly instructors who will give an overview of the tank and it's controls. After spending some time getting used to the tank you will be given your first test. Negotiating a tricky tank course set in a World War II bombing range. If your confidence is running high then you'll want to try it again but under more challenging conditions. Hatches down with only your periscope to guide you. Are you up to the challenge?

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Flying Experiences
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55 Mile Helicopter Flight

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Enjoy wonderful views as you fly over beautiful scenic towns and villages, presenting you with the ideal photo opportunity! This 55 mile helicopter flight is a dream come true for adrenaline lovers. Admire the views as you climb to heights of over 1000ft and accelerate to speeds of over 120mph as you dip and dive over the stunning landscape below. For thirty minutes will be transported into another world.

On arrival you will be welcomed and briefed by a specialist team and given the opportunity to see and hear a modern helicopter at close quarters. You will get the chance to have your photo taken with the helicopter before boarding to begin your flight. Then it’s up, up and away as you accelerate vertically into the skies. You will climb to over 1,000 feet and accelerate to speeds over 120 miles an hour, interacting with the pilot via the headset (don't forget to listen out for air traffic on the radio!). Don’t forget your camera - with an experience this exhilarating you will want to relive it as often as possible!

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Aeroplane Pilot Land Away Triple

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We've all been a passenger in an aeroplane before, but now you can navigate the aircraft you're in, and then even take over the controls under the careful guidance of one of our professional flying instructors. Become a member of the crew; as a Navigator, a Lookout, and even as a Pilot.

For one leg of the flight you will take the controls whilst the other students are passengers, after 24-30 minutes you will land and switch places.

…The world's a very different place from two thousand feet up!

The Package
• Flying time is under instruction of a CAA qualified instructor
• Pre-flight safety briefing
• Tea/Coffee, at most locations
• Time counts towards a private pilot's license
• Experience is taken as part of a 2 person group

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Extended Iron Bridge & Severn Valley Tour

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Experience the Severn Valley with stunning vistas across the Wyre Forest and Shropshire Plain. Look Down on Thomas Telford's distinctive Iron Bridge as you fly around Coalbrookdale. On to Bridgenorth nestled on a hill and across to the West Midlands Safari Park.

Then it's down to the Wyre Forest and Kinver Edge. You might soar above the steam trains as they chug up the Severn Valley railway. Onwards to Kidderminster, famous for its carpets you take in the majestic Clee Hills.

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• Fly for 25-30 mins on board a helicopter
• Pre-flight safety briefing

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Extended Lake District Helicopter Tour

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From the departure site, set in acres of rolling countryside, head west towards Newby Bridge at the base of Lake Windermere, viewing the remarkable landscape that unfolds beneath is one of the most amazing flying experiences.

From here turn north towards the historic Belle Isle, past Storrs Hall and the Marina up to the town of Bowness situated on the banks of the lake. As the flight continues northwards, take in spectacular panoramic views of the Furness Fells to the west before reaching Ambleside at the far north of Windermere.

This truly is a breathtaking helicopter trip. Whichever way you look you will be amazed at the incredible scenery. A must for young and old alike; for walkers, photographers and anybody with a quest for adventure!

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• Fly for 25-30 mins on board a helicopter
• Pre flight safety briefing
• Spectators are welcome and may take photographs

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Extended Newcastle City & Angel of the North Helicopter Tour

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Take a seat on board a helicopter to see Newcastle's greatest landmarks. Including the magnificent bridges over the Tyne and the Metro Centre, then onto the Angel of the North passing close to Ouston and Birtley.

The flight heads down the A1 towards Durham then back over to Washington and the Nissan car plant, onto the Penshaw Monument and heading towards Sunderland. The flight will then head towards the coastline, passing Marsden and South Shields. From there fly along The River Tyne for another glorious view of the city and the resplendent St James' Park Football Stadium in all its glory, before returning to the helipad.

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• Fly for 25-30 mins on board a helicopter
• Pre flight safety briefing
• Spectators are welcome and may take photographs

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Flying Lesson - 60 Minutes

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Reach for the sky with your first flying lesson and soar away into the wide blue yonder. Under expert tuition, you can take the controls yourself and discover the absolute freedom of the sky.

Your 60 minute flying lesson begins with a pre-flight briefing with your instructor, where you will learn the effects of an aircraft's controls and what you will be doing during your first trial flying lesson. Then it's time to walk out to the aircraft where you will be taken on a 'walk round' to see the main control surfaces of the aircraft. Your instructor will take off and then demonstrate some basic manoeuvres. Then it's your turn! Feel the aircraft respond to your lightest touch and experience for yourself the sheer exhilaration of flying.

Your 60 minute lesson includes take off and landing.

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Food & Drink
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Mid Week Woodland Reviver for Two at Ruthin Castle Spa

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Give two lucky people the opportunity to enjoy a truly rejuvenating spa experience with this relaxing weekday session. Ruthin Castle, a charming retreat steeped in history, is nestled within the picturesque Clwydian Range in North Wales.

Guests can don their robes and comfy slippers, or hire them from the hotel, to fully embrace the spa's amenities, which include a sauna, steam room, mud room, and serene relaxation areas. The highlight of the experience is a delightful 1-hour private hot tub session in the enchanting woodland spa area. Imagine being immersed in warm, bubbling water, surrounded by the soothing sounds of birdsong and the gentle rustle of leaves in the trees.

As part of this package, both guests will also enjoy a 50-minute spa treatment of their choice from the spa menu. To top it all off, a scrumptious cream tea will be served in the hotel tavern.

In essence, this spa session is the perfect prescription to refresh the mind, invigorate the body, and rejuvenate the soul.

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One Night Stay with Afternoon Tea at The Falcondale

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Set amongst 14 acres of wooded grounds, the Falcondale Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a delightful one night stay for two. After you have settled into your comfortable room afternoon tea will be served in either the restaurant, heated conservatory or on the terrace which overlooks the valley towards Lampeter. The menu typically comprises of a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, biscuits and scones. After a restful night’s sleep expect to be awoken by the sound of birdsong and rustling trees then make your way to the restaurant to enjoy a delicious breakfast!

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Pampering
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Overnight Stay at the Unique Brooklands Hotel and Spa

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Brooklands Hotel takes great inspiration from its racetrack history. Located overlooking the racetrack at Mercedes-Benz World, this striking hotel is a short walk from aircraft and motorsports exhibits at the Brooklands Museum.

With an iconic, art deco inspired interior, the world’s most historic motor racing track running through the reception, a critically acclaimed chef, spa facilities, and fitness centre the luxury Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey has to be seen to be believed.

Proud of its historic location Brooklands Hotel aptly named their restaurant after the year the world famous, Brooklands racetrack was built and opened. The 1907 restaurant, bar & grill and cocktail bar offers a stylish experience that is modern and contemporary in both ambience and service delivery within a 1920’s and 30’s décor inspired setting.

This is a one night stay for two people, including breakfast.

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Twilight Woodland Relax for Two at Ruthin Castle Spa

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Treat a couple to some serious self-care with this unique spa session. Ruthin Castle is a beautiful retreat, steeped in history and situated within the glorious Clwydian Range in North Wales.

Guests can slip on a robe and slippers to make the most of the spa facilities including a sauna, steam room, mud room and relaxation areas. In addition they will enjoy a 1 hour private hot tub session in the magical woodland spa area. What could be better than relaxing in the warm, bubbling water under the stars, surrounded by the soothing sounds of owls and the gentle rustle of leaves in the trees. Also included is a 50 minute treatment of their choice from the spa menu and to top it all off a light supper will be served in the hotel tavern.

All in all, this is just the thing to revitalize the mind, body and soul.

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Short Breaks
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Country House Retreat with Afternoon Tea

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Take a well-deserved break away from the norm with this luxury overnight stay for two. Choose from a number of beautiful country house locations offering wonderful views and sumptuous surroundings nestled in the British countryside.

Enjoy exquisite furnishings, roaring log fires, splendid gardens, and a comfortable atmosphere at these magnificently restored houses. Although dinner is not included, our locations pride themselves on their delicious food, good wines and personal service.

Afternoon tea has been a British institution since Anna Maria Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, asked her footman to bring her a pot of tea and light refreshment one afternoon in 1840. The ritual caught on and afternoon tea became the corner stone of high society dining. These days taking tea as a light afternoon meal has become much more accessible, but has not lost a crumb of its charm.

This idyllic retreat makes a perfect gift for someone special. Whether they prefer traditional or contemporary settings, this break provides for both.

This break is a one night stay for two people and includes breakfast and a Traditional Afternoon Tea. Restrictions may apply to certain properties, on specific days of the week and months of the year.

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Deluxe Overnight Stay with Breakfast at The George Hotel at Cley

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Escape for the night with a well-earned break and spend some quality time with a loved one.

The George Hotel at Cley is a hub of comfort and luxury set overlooking the wild and stunning salt-marshes of Cley-Next-The-Sea. The rugged beauty of the location and the exceptional views create a tranquillity worth experiencing.

Scrumptious food is served all day everyday using the very best local and seasonal produce. The Norfolk Coastal Path runs through Cley and The George is very dog friendly so it makes a perfect location for a walking holiday and relaxing retreat by the sea. There is a roaring open fire on chillier days and a large beer garden for when the sun shines. The rooms at The George have recently been elegantly updated, individually styled and newly equipped to a top standard.

The George is a hotel full of charm located on the naturally dazzling North Norfolk Coast. For a relaxing and luxuriously comfortable stay on the North Norfolk Coast head to The George Hotel at Cley.

This is a one night stay for two people, including breakfast.

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Two Night Geodome Escape at Sherwood Forest

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The Geodome has all you would need to make your stay a breeze, just pack your own bedding, a bag and bring yourselves along!

Furnished with a "real" double bed, bunk beds suitable for children, and a double sofa bed. It also boasts a kitchenette area, which has a sink and running water, washing up bowl, fridge, kettle, toaster, electric hob, heater, wardrobe, coat rack and boot tray.

Along with a dining table and chairs, basic cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, disposable BBQ and stand, even camper chairs are provided for you to sit on the decking and enjoy the views, or watch the kids play in our great children's play area.

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