Mothering Sunday in the UK is almost upon us, so if you are looking for inspiration on where to take your mother then look no further than our Mother’s Day guide.
1. Book a spa retreat
Why not spoil your mum with a trip to the award-winning spa at Runnymede-on-Thames, near Windsor? Overlooking the banks of the River Thames your mum can enjoy a complete refresh with a one-hour aromatherapy facial or massage, or combine a Jessica manicure, with a Feet for all Seasons deep massage pedicure. Guests can enjoy full access to the hotel’s spa facilities, including the indoor and outdoor pool (well, you never know), before tucking into lunch in the Garden Room with a glass of bubbly to top the treat off. The ‘Hugs and Kisses’ spa break is priced at £60 per person, and includes one of the above treatments and a one-course lunch and glass of champagne.
2. Stay in a Downton Abbey-style country house
Is your mum an avid Downton Abbey fan? If so, you could indulge her lust for the finer things in life with a stay on a celebrated country estate, such as Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire, where you can play croquet on the lawn; Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire, which has glamorous surroundings; or The Grove in Hertfordshire, which serves up one of the best hotel breakfasts we’ve ever tasted.
3. Go for Afternoon Tea
Winner of The 2013 Top London Afternoon Tea Award by the UK Tea Guild, the Goring is a splendid place to indulge in this peculiarly British pastime this Mother’s Day. The Goring has been serving its quintessentially English Afternoon Tea since 1910 and today it includes everything from traditional British brews, to tea-leaves sourced from the foot of the Himalayas, alongside dainty finger sandwiches, buttery scones and home-made cakes and pastries. You can enjoy your tea in the opulent Lounge, or on the Terrace, overlooking the hotel’s large private garden. If the sun is out the Veranda is one of the very few spots where afternoon tea can be enjoyed al fresco in the capital. You can even opt to include a glass of Bollinger Champagne with your feast. Afternoon Tea is priced at £39.50, with Bollinger Tea at £49.50 per person.
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4. Go to Blenheim Palace
This Mother’s Day is the last of the popular Jazz Sundays at Blenheim Palace this season, held in the Oxfordshire Pantry. From 10-12.30pm music will be performed while guests scoff breakfast paninis, warming porridge, pastries and fresh tea and coffee, all while reading the Sunday newspapers. What a perfect start to the day.
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5. Spend the weekend in London
No. Ten Manchester Street, Marylebone, is making the most of its glamorous central London location by offering an exclusive pampering experience this Mother’s Day weekend. Ladies are invited to enjoy a pedicure and blow-dry at Leiticia Haute Coiffure, followed by a bottle of bubbles, Italian-inspired afternoon tea at the nearby Dieci restaurant, and an overnight stay. Nearby Marylebone High Street with its stylish boutiques is great for a browse, while for food the Ginger Pig, La Fromagerie and the Sunday Farmer’s Market are essential. If clothes shopping is more up your mum’s street then Selfridges, The Conran Shop, Matches and Brora are all nearby. Prices start from £335, based on two sharing a deluxe twin room, a bottle of bubbles, afternoon tea for two and a pedicure and blow-dry.
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