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From spa retreats to gin tasting: last-minute mother-daughter getaways to book for Mother’s Day


If a bouquet of flowers and a selection of supermarket chocolates aren’t going to cut the mustard for Mother’s Day this year, it’s not too late to up the octane and indulge in a retreat.

Whether it’s a spa break in Scotland, a five-star hotel in Salford or a horse ride across the Cornish moors, there’s nothing like a bit of R&R and some bonding with the woman who brought you into the world.

We’ve rounded up the best UK-based breaks to take with your ma this weekend. And yes, we checked, they’re still available. In the wise words of Parks and Recreation, go and treat yo’self.

Read more: Are long weekends better for you than a two-week holiday?

Time to get booking… 

1. Take a Poldark-inspired retreat

Bodmin Moor

If you’re a fan of BBC One’s Cornwall-set period drama, this is the trip for you. It’s the perfect excuse to indulge in your favourite Ross Poldark-inspired fantasy in a horse ride across the moody Bodmin Moor. Saddle up with Hallagenna Riding and Cottage Holidays and ride to the Rough Tor and Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall.

If you’re more of a hiker, then fear not – there’s an option for that too. The scenery is so breathtaking you’ll want to spend all day outdoors, even if Spring doesn’t quite feel like it’s sprung yet.

Find out more here.

2. Relax in a luxury eco lodge

The Scarlet's relaxation terrace

The Scarlet is a luxury, adults-only eco-hotel on the North Cornish coast, halfway between Newquay and Padstow.

The perfect place for a mini break, The Scarlet offers real indulgence; guests can enjoy breakfast in bed at no extra cost, as well as unlimited access to the Ayurveda-inspired spa. What’s more, the hotel is currently running a ‘Taste of Spring Gourmet Break’ which includes a selection of meals in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Relax, eat and save the world. 

Read more: Why drinking gin can actually be good for you

The Taste of Spring Gourmet Break is available Sunday to Thursday until 25 May 2017. Prices start from £410 per person for two nights, including a complementary afternoon tea.

Take a look at The Scarlet here.

3. Zen out in a spa hotel

The Ainscow

The Ainscow Hotel and Spa is ideal for a northern break to explore the finest treats Salford and Manchester have to offer. Sat on the edge of Manchester’s Spinningfields, the spot is perfect for designer shopping and a gin and tonic (or three).

The hotel’s restaurant, The Lynwood, has a roof terrace where you and your mum can take in both Manchester and Salford skylines and watch the sun go down whilst enjoying a gossip. The contemporary British menu focuses on local and seasonal produce. 

Prepare for comfort food and impressive views.

The Ainscow starts at £100 per night. 

4. Hop on a gin distillery tour 

Distiller's masterclass

What better way to spend Mother’s Day than by enjoying your favourite tipple? If you and your mum are less Gilmore Girls, more Ab Fab, this is the trip for you.

Plymouth is home to the famous Blackfriars, England’s oldest gin distillery, which dates back to 1793. Plymouth Gin is a favourite amongst international mixologists: legend has it that the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night here before departing for the New World.

What’s more, the guided gin tours boast tutored tasting sessions and a chance to relax in the refectory cocktail lounge – and you can even opt for a group tour if Dad wants to come along. 

Alternatively, you can even learn to distil your own gin and take some home with you in a personalised bottle. Cheers to that.

Find out more here.

5. Head on a southern pub retreat

Queens Arms

For a traditional country pub weekend, head to The Queen’s Arms in Somerset. 

Specialising in afternoon tea, this country watering hole will be hosting three different options on Mother’s Day: a traditional afternoon tea, champagne afternoon tea and G&Tea, which comes – as the name suggests – complete with your favourite cocktail. 

If you’re not too sozzled after the day’s events, the pub also provides a walking pack, which details four walking routes around the rolling Somerset Downs so you can absorb the fresh country air into your lungs, and chase it up with a strong gin afterwards.

It’s the perfect balance of activities and your mum will go home with a special gift. Nice one.

Find out more here.

6. Combine luxury with wilderness in Scotland

The Taynuilt

Just 12 miles from Oban, this wilderness retreat is a relatively undiscovered Scottish gem.

Dinner at the Etive Restaurant is the main attraction at The Taynuilt, prepared by one of Scotland’s most exciting chefs, John McNulty. McNulty’s menus explore the absolute best of Scotland’s produce, using locally foraged ingredients and making top use of their on-site smokery. 

Dinner comes with expert wine recommendations from resident sommelier David Lapsley, so you can enjoy your meal to the max. 

Find out more about The Taynuilt here


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