Looking for Mother’s Day inspiration? Want a weekend treat that says ‘thanks mum’ for putting up with the sleepless nights, the nappies, the tantrums? Then a weekend away for your mum on Mother’s Day is a smart option.
To help you pick the very best short break for your mum, I’ve scooped up 3 brilliant UK weekends – all have been road-tested by a genuine Irish Mammy. AKA: My beautiful mum (who sadly passed away last year).
You can see from her smiles in the pictures that the weekends below truly rock. And you can’t say fairer dan dat.
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A Peaceful Weekend in Dunster, Somerset
Cobbled streets, ribboning roads, medieval houses, boutique shops – all overlooked by a castle as handsome as Jimmy Stewart – it can only be Dunster. If you’ve never been to this ancient town in North Somerset, then there’s good news: it gets even prettier in the spring. Plus, my mum loved it. And she’s not easy to please.
Sleep: Granny and I spent a warming weekend in Dunster, staying at the Luttrell Arms Hotel. A peach of a place, with 28 luxury rooms, bundles of personality, and unforgettable food.
Do: Head out into Lorna Doone land on a Red Stag Safari. It’s a spine-tingling chase around Exmoor to see these magnificent beasts up close.
See: Don’t miss a trip up to Dunster Castle with its dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens.
A Famous Weekend in Sherborne, Dorset
Head to the historic and unspoilt market town of Sherborne on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, and be swept away by tudor facades, upmarket shops, two exquisite castles (one built by Sir Walter Raleigh), and a magnificent lake. The town also boasts famous alumni, including Jeremy Irons, Alan Turing (the Enigma code breaker) and Cold Play’s Chris Martin.
Sleep: The Queen’s Arms just outside of Sherborne in Corton Denham, is a dream come true. Each of its 8 decadently-dress rooms is zestily individual and the food served in the bar and restaurant is seriously scrumptious.
Do: Swing by Oliver’s coffee shop. It’s got original Art Deco good looks and delicious homemade bites.
See: Sherborne Abbey dominates the town, making it hard to resist. Expect a feeling of deja vu as you wander around the grounds: Far from the Madding Crowd was filmed just outside.
Ah sure, that’s grand!
A weekend in Hay on Wye, Wales
Hay on Wye is a charming parcel of town, with one foot in Wales and one in England, and a fierce sense of independence. Forget high street brands, Hay is held together with original eateries, antiquarian shops, soul-pleasing boutiques and 24 fabulous second-hand bookshops.
Do: Tour Hay’s second-hand bookshops and buy mum a first edition. My favourite is Murder & Mayhem – dedicated to true crime classics and detective fiction.
See: Hay Castle is part Norman, part Jacobean and part Victorian. Although not yet fully restored, its gardens are fun to explore on a sunny day.