Buy Experiences, Not Things

With Black Friday in full swing once again, our inboxes are deluged with offer upon offer – whether clothes, shoes, gadgets or homeware.

But this Black Friday, we say – buy experiences not things!

Too often we’re pushed into buying things we don’t really want or need, ‘just because’. So why not make it count, and buy something you won’t regret? Here are just a few of our favourite handpicked travel deals out there at the moment – a winning gift for family and friends, or the perfect excuse to treat yourself!

Chateau de la Ruche

Situated in the Pays de la Loire in France, Chateau de la Ruche was bought back in 2017 and since then the family have been doing it up, restoring it to its former glory. With five beautiful bedrooms, this is one charming yet intimate boutique chateau. And their ‘Winter Warmer’ offer on at the moment is an absolute steal – €399 for a three night stay in one of their luxurious rooms, complete with four-course home-cooked dinner each night, and a hearty breakfast each morning. An easy four-hour drive from Calais, a short train ride from Paris to nearby Le Mans, or with cheap direct flights with Ryanair from Stansted to Tours, it’s easy to get to, yet remains perfectly tucked away in the French countryside. Ideal for those looking for a short weekend away, there are plenty of things to nearby – most notably, checking out the local Loire vineyards, known for their excellent wines.

The Pig

A little closer to home, The Pig are offering a great midweek deal in January and February, with a luxurious overnight stay, breakfast, and a bottle of wine to take home from £145 – a fairly generous saving on their normal pricing. The Pig now have five hotels dotted across the southwest of England – in the New Forest, Hampshire, Somerset, Dorset and Devon – and are set to expand their empire further in 2019. Whilst there, enjoy their locally sourced food, cosy up with a glass of wine and a good book, or book yourself in for a treatment if you’re after a pamper. Perfect for a short break away, or as a gift for family or friends this Christmas.

The Gallivant

Down on the South East coast, on the outskirts of Rye, lies The Gallivant – a beautiful restaurant with coastal-chic rooms. Just 90 minutes from London, is easily accessible yet feels like a world away set by the glorious sandy Camber Beach. The restaurant serves a delicious array of locally sourced food (95% of fresh produce comes from within 10 miles) and the 20 rooms are cosy yet comfortable. Right now, they’re offering 50% off a number of rooms for stays before the end of Feb – book by Sunday with the promo code BF2019.

The Rectory Hotel

Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Rectory Hotel in Crudwell is a perfect weekend escape. With sumptuous bedrooms, a light-filled conservatory serving the most delicious food, and a well-stocked bar which is open all-night, whether you’re looking to hide away for a day or two, or use it as a base to explore the local Cotswolds villages, The Rectory is a fab find. Make the most of their current offer, where they have 100 rooms for £100 – but move quickly!

Rachel