Do you like to bag a bargain on a hotel stay? Then think about a winter break that takes in a Sunday night rather than a Saturday. Why? Because you can often find 50 per cent discounts. ‘There are significant savings at a number of British hotels on Sundays, often with added extras thrown in,’ says Richard Fraiman of the Good Hotel Guide, which lists properties with discounts at goodhotelguide.com. ‘You may get a complimentary lunch or dinner, or a bottle of champagne, and still pay much less.’
Whether you want luxury for less in a country house, or savings on a city break, here we select great deals to book now.
Arts, crafts and a 1920s New Forest pub
Looking grand: The ivy-covered facade of Pennyhill Park, Surrey. Here, Sunday B&B doubles start at £480 until April, compared with a starting price of £570 on Saturdays
Discover the New Forest during your stay at The Montagu Arms, a Victorian Arts and Crafts inn set on the Beaulieu river
Enjoy a pint in The Montagu Arms’ pub in a 1920s wing and eat in the fine-dining restaurant, pictured
Sunday rates at The Montagu Arms dip as low as £171 a night B&B, representing at least a £60 saving on Saturday night prices
Explore the New Forest and stay at The Montagu Arms, a Victorian Arts and Crafts inn with log fires and leaded casements, set on the Beaulieu river. Enjoy a pint in the pub in a 1920s wing and eat in the fine-dining restaurant. Sunday rates dip as low as £171 a night B&B, but average about £191, representing at least a £60 saving on Saturday night prices (montaguarmshotel.co.uk).
Or stay in Brockenhurst, in the Forest Park Country Hotel and Inn. Once a 19th Century vicarage, the hotel has bedrooms in a muted palette from £120 room-only on Sundays, down from £153 the day before (forestpark-hotel.co.uk).
In Surrey, the Michelin-star restaurant and award-winning spa are big draws for guests at Pennyhill Park, a grand country-house hotel in acres of parkland. Sunday B&B doubles start at £480 until April, compared with a starting price of £570 on Saturdays (exclusive.co.uk).
Surf’s up… and so is the gin in Cornwall
The ‘Sunday Stayover’ at the Talland Bay Hotel (pictured) gives you a 34 per cent discount in February – and, guests receive a complimentary three-course Sunday roast for either lunch or dinner
The clifftop Talland Bay Hotel has sea views from some of its bedrooms and subtropical gardens skirted by the South West Coast Path
Fistral Beach Hotel in North Cornwall, pictured centre-left, has room-only prices on Sundays from £90 compared with £126 on Saturdays
One of the 71 contemporary rooms at Fistral Beach Hotel, overlooking Newquay’s famous surfing beach
A tasty dish at St Tudy’s Inn, Cornwall. B&B at the inn is from £95 per room on Sundays, down from £135 on Saturday
In Cornwall, the Sunday Stayover at the Talland Bay Hotel not only gives you a 34 per cent discount in February, with B&B doubles down from £320 on a Saturday to £210, but you receive a complimentary three-course Sunday roast for either lunch or dinner. The clifftop hotel has sea views from some of its bedrooms and subtropical gardens skirted by the South West Coast Path. Be sure to try its own-label gin (tallandbayhotel.co.uk).
In north Cornwall, Fistral Beach Hotel has room-only prices on Sundays from £90 compared with £126 on Saturdays. Overlooking Newquay’s famous surfing beach, the adults-only hotel has 71 contemporary rooms, sublime sea views and a spa (fistralbeachhotel.co.uk).
If you don’t mind not staying by the beach, the 17th Century St Tudy’s Inn is close to Wadebridge. It has four modern rooms in a converted barn and you can hire bikes to cycle along the Camel Trail. B&B from £95 per room on Sundays, down from £135 on Saturday, until March 13 (sttudyinn.com).
Rooms with a view (of Chatsworth) in the peaks
Enjoy the Peak District without peak prices when you check in at The Cavendish in Baslow on a Sunday stayover. Rooms cost from £268, including B&B, a three-course dinner for two plus half a bottle of champagne. On Saturdays, dinner, bed and breakfast costs from £375 (goodhotelguide.com/special-offers).
The hotel is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, all but one of the 28 stylish bedrooms look over the grounds of their Chatsworth estate, and you can walk to the house by footpath.
Go Roman around historic Chester
At the charismatic Hotel Indigo in Chester, pictured, book a Roast And Relax package and you get dinner included, plus breakfast on Monday
On a Sunday, rooms at Hotel Indigo are from £92, down from £165 for the room alone on a Saturday
Check in to one of the elegant rooms at the Chester Grosvenor, pictured, from £162 on a Sunday, with continental breakfast
Book one of the 16 rooms at Chester Townhouse (above, centre) from £71 on Sunday, less than half the £159 it would cost the previous night
With some of the oldest, longest and best-preserved Roman city walls in the UK as well as a Norman castle and striking Tudor architecture, Chester makes a scenic spot for a city break. A trio of hotels are now offering great Sunday deals. At the charismatic Hotel Indigo, book a Roast And Relax package and you get dinner included, plus breakfast on Monday, with rooms from £92, down from £165 for the room alone on a Saturday (ihg.com).
Or check in to one of the elegant rooms at the Chester Grosvenor, with its acclaimed restaurant and spa, from £162 on a Sunday, with continental breakfast. The price for an equivalent room on a Saturday is from £270 (chestergrosvenor.com).
There are just 16 rooms at the Chester Townhouse, including family rooms, but if you’re quick you can get one from £71 on Sunday, room-only, less than half the £159 it would cost the previous night (chestertownhouse.com).
Celtic connections with whisky or whiskey
Above is the bar at The Bushmills Inn in Northern Ireland’s County Antrim, which is lit by gaslight and warmed by peat fires
One of the ‘delightfully higgledy-piggledy rooms’ at The Bushmills Inn. Sunday stays are from £140 including a full Irish, down from £190 on Saturdays
Alfresco dining at The Bushmills Inn. During your stay, walk off your meals on a trek to the Giant’s Causeway
One of the hotels offering the best added extras among Good Hotel Guide members is the historic Cringletie House in the Scottish borders. It runs Gourmet Sunday packages that include champagne and canapes followed by a seven-course tasting menu with matching wines. The price, which includes a full Scottish breakfast the next day, is £369 for two people, compared with a Saturday rate starting at £400 which includes only a three-course meal, with no drinks (cringletie.com).
Work up an appetite for the dinner by following the nature trail. Afterwards, settle into a leather sofa fireside with a dram or two before retiring to one of 13 comfortable bedrooms.
If you prefer whiskey to whisky, check in at The Bushmills Inn in Northern Ireland’s County Antrim. The 17th Century inn has a bar lit by gaslight and warmed by peat fires, and delightfully higgledy-piggledy rooms. Walk to the coast and the Giant’s Causeway before treating yourself to a glass of Bushmills. Sunday stays are from £140 including a full Irish, down from £190 on Saturdays (bushmillsinn.com).
Hip, happening and half-price Manchester
The hip new place to stay in Manchester is the Hotel Brooklyn (pictured), with its industrial-style open-plan bar and restaurant
Industrial chic: The lounge at Hotel Brooklyn, which is based near the Gay Village and Chinatown
One of the 189 rooms at Hotel Brooklyn. Rooms are from £80 a night on Sundays, at least half the price they cost on a Saturday
Manchester’s industrial past is on show at the new LEVEN Manchester, pictured, with 42 rooms in a 20th Century warehouse
Rooms at LEVEN Manchester are from £88 for a double, room-only, on Sunday, compared with £199 on Saturdays
The hip new place to stay in Manchester is the Hotel Brooklyn, with its industrial-style open-plan bar and restaurant, and 189 rooms aimed at millennials. Near the Gay Village and Chinatown, it has rooms from £80 a night on Sundays, at least half the price they cost on a Saturday (hotelbrooklyn.co.uk).
Manchester’s industrial past is also on show at the new LEVEN Manchester, with 42 rooms in a 20th Century warehouse.
The hotel has exposed brick, vaulted ceilings and iron columns, with coffee and cocktails available in the lobby. Rooms from £88 for a double, room-only, on Sunday, compared with £199 on Saturdays (liveleven.com).
Capital deals with a taste of the orient
Get a capital deal in London with up to 20 per cent off a Sunday night stay. Page8 is opposite the National Portrait Gallery and a short stroll from Covent Garden. After taking in the sights, return to the rooftop Japanese fusion restaurant and contemporary rooms, where a night on Sunday costs from £193, room-only, down from £242 on Saturdays (pagehotels.com).
Alternatively, stay at The Westminster London, not far from the House of Commons, with a steakhouse and bowling alley as well as the Bao Yum Cafe. Contemporary rooms cost from £119 on Sundays and £146 on Saturdays (hotelwestminster.co.uk).
Country house or Scandi cool in the Cotswolds
In a quiet village of the same name, Buckland Manor (pictured) oozes country-house style
Buckland Manor has huge fireplaces and panelled walls, along with 15 swish bedrooms filled with antiques
Winter rates at Buckland Manor start from £375 with a two-night minimum on Saturdays, but prices drop to £280 for B&B doubles on Sundays, with no minimum stay
Minister Mill, pictured, lies on the banks of the River Windrush, within 65 acres of gardens, meadows and woodland
Minister Mill has 38 Scandi-style bedrooms, a vaulted, beamed restaurant (pictured) and a spa
B&B doubles at Minister Mill are from £167 on Sundays, down from £295. Pictured is the hotel’s spa
In a quiet village of the same name, Buckland Manor oozes country-house style. The stone manor house set in ten acres of grounds has huge fireplaces and panelled walls, along with 15 swish bedrooms filled with antiques.
Winter rates start from £375 with a two-night minimum on Saturdays, but prices drop to £280 for B&B doubles on Sundays, with no minimum stay (bucklandmanor.co.uk).
Not far from Oxford, Minister Mill lies on the banks of the River Windrush, within 65 acres of gardens, meadows and woodland. The hotel has 38 Scandi-style bedrooms, a vaulted, beamed restaurant and a spa. B&B doubles are from £167 on Sundays, down from £295 (minstermill.co.uk).
Stay on the outskirts of Bath at The Bath Priory, pictured, a 15-minute walk away from the city centre
Bath Priory, which has the UK’s only L’Occitane Spa, is close to the city’s Royal Crescent and Roman baths
On Sundays, the rate at Bath Priory drops from £334 to £224, with some Sundays in March from £169 for two
For some serious grandeur, check in to one of the suites at Lucknam Park (pictured) near Chippenham
The bathroom in the Grand Master Suite at Lucknam Park. The suites come with a four-poster and views over the rose garden or some of the Palladian mansion’s 500 acres
Lucknam Park’s pool. Guests will get 30 per cent off the price of rooms on Sundays until the end of March
Or stay on the outskirts of Bath at The Bath Priory, a 15-minute walk to the city centre with its Royal Crescent and Roman baths. The hotel has the UK’s only L’Occitane Spa.
A room without breakfast costs from £334 on a Saturday until the end of March, with a two-night minimum stay, while on Sundays, the rate drops to £224, with some Sundays in March from £169 for two (thebathpriory.co.uk).
For some serious grandeur, check in to one of the suites at Lucknam Park near Chippenham and you will get 30 per cent off the price on Sundays until the end of March. Rates start from £644 a night, room-only. The suites come with a four-poster and views over the rose garden or some of the Palladian mansion’s 500 acres, which include a walled garden dating from the 1830s and an arboretum. Although the Michelin-starred restaurant is open on Fridays and Saturdays only, there is an informal brasserie (lucknampark.co.uk).
Rugby fan? Then try this one in Cardiff
Indulge: Above is the rooftop spa at the Parkgate Hotel, which overlooks Cardiff’s skyline
On Sundays, rooms at the Parkgate Hotel cost from £123, B&B, down from £204 on Saturdays
In Cardiff, rugby fans can stay at The Parkgate Hotel, just a drop-kick from Principality Stadium and operated on behalf of the Welsh Rugby Union.
Opened last October, the hotel has been created from a former post office and county court, and has contemporary chic rooms and a rooftop spa overlooking the skyline of the Welsh capital.
Rooms cost from £123, B&B, down from £204 on Saturdays (theparkgatehotel.wales).
Hot tubs and hill walks in Shropshire
In the South Shropshire countryside near Ludlow, Fishmore Hall and Spa has 15 rooms in a Georgian building. Head out on various walks from the door and return for some pampering in the woodland spa with an outdoor hot tub offering views over the surrounding hills. It’s almost half-price on a Sunday, with B&B doubles from £99 compared with £175 on Saturdays (fishmorehall.co.uk).
Or stay in the pretty market town of Ludlow itself, with its cobbled streets and castle.
The Feathers Hotel is a listed Jacobean building with black-and-white timbered facade and rooms from £74 on Sundays (£119 on Saturdays) (feathersatludlow.co.uk).