When you’re trying to fit some much-needed leisure into a busy life, it can be difficult to find the time to make the necessary plans or even research where you might like to go. Specialised adult weekend breaks away (for over-40s) are the answer, because not only will you find a host of ready-made ideas waiting, you can also make a simple one-stop booking and allow the experts to take care of all the details. |
One idea for a short getaway is to the lovely Cricket St Thomas, in Somerset. And even if you haven’t heard of it, it may look strangely familiar.
To the Manor Born
The famous manor house and estate of the parish of Cricket St Thomas was the site for the filming of the much-loved TV series, To the Manor Born. Today the main house is a renowned hotel (owned by Warner Leisure) with a host of onsite facilities, fabulous live entertainment and a range of activities available in the grounds of the surrounding estate.
It couldn’t be a more idyllic setting for adult weekend breaks, and the nature of the estate means you can choose to be as energetic or laidback as you like. Once you’ve settled into the comfortable accommodation, here are a few things that await, if you choose…
Tuck into Afternoon Tea
Adult weekend breaks are all about relaxing and doing exactly what you want – which includes ignoring the diet for a few days and getting stuck into some delicious food! Every day is an occasion at the hotel, with their legendary traditional or deluxe afternoon teas. Sit yourself down and be treated to a selection of delicacies including salmon finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, bite-sized sweet treats and tea, coffee or bubbly. Be warned though, you may be heading back to your room for a snooze afterwards…
Rejuvenate in the Spa
You don’t have to go far from the comfort of your room to try out the therapies and treatments of the onsite Salon Spa at the hotel. Choose from the wide-ranging menu of luxury facials, nourishing body treatments, massages and holistic therapies and give in to the opulence of body and soul indulgence.
Hit the Leisure Club
If you’re feeling a bit more energetic you can sample the facilities of the very well-equipped leisure club – all of which are included in your accommodation costs. There’s a heated swimming pool, fitness studio, sauna and steam room.
Head Out to Explore
The surrounding countryside of Cricket St Thomas is absolutely beautiful, so if you enjoy walking or gentle hiking there are plenty of self-guided walks available. Grab a map, put on your boots and head out to explore!
If you fancy jumping in the car and heading a little further afield there’s plenty more to discover. Two places of note include Ford Abbey, an impressive 900 year-old house set in stunning gardens, and Perry’s Cider Brewery and Museum – the name is fairly self explanatory, and suffice to say that if you’re a fan of cider, you won’t be disappointed!
Get Ready to Go
If you want to make the most of limited time, it’s a good idea to use the help of a specialist tour operator when planning your adult weekend breaks. They’ll be able to take care of the details, including accommodation and activities, and leave you free to enjoy a truly relaxed and hassle-free experience at Cricket St Thomas – just as it should be.
Perry Mahoney is the Director of GN Holidays, a holiday company specialising in adult weekend breaks, cruises and other excursions for the over 40s. If you're looking to enjoy a much-needed break sailing along the Rhine, a getaway with non-stop 60s and 70s sounds or a just an opportunity to bond with some like-minded travellers, GN Holidays will be sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience.
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