My 40th is coming up early next year and (childcare permitting) dh and I are going to try to get away for a weekend by ourselves
Not sure where to go though. Dh suggested Barcelona which sounds lovely but I don't know what it will be like in January. And I'm slightly worried about going abroad without the kids. In the UK, I've thought of Babington House which looks fab with probably a fair bit to do in the area.
Its wonderful and so unique. Its a place for grown up I think , seeing all the amazing building, and areas of Venice. Not a place for kids really.. unless they are 10 plus years. Or..how about London... nice Hotel and a Play /Musical/Theatre? Or Paris.... ??? Its fabulous too...
I'd certainly agree with those who've suggested Venice (cheap to get to but bit pricey when you're there) or Barcelona (could recommend great hotel if necs) for a Gaudi fest. Nearer to home I'd go for Bath (we stayed in gorgeous apartment for 2 nights, cheaper than hotel but still central). The Lakes are lovely, but perhaps not in January!
If I had the chance of a weekend getaway in Jan I'd definitely escape the British winter.
Re the flying, statistically you've got far much chance of the worst happening in a car than on a plane. Don't worry and seize the opportunity for a getaway. You're lucky - enjoy!
Barcelona is lovely in January - google Three Kings Parade, 5th January 2012. January weather can be like a UK spring day at around 10°C to 13°C. The city bus routes are ideal for getting around. we stayed in Plaza Castella 1 and used feelbarcelona.com back in 2005. Nice to see they are still around, locally run, office located in Barcelona. This was an ideal location walkable to everything, so if you find something near this one, you'll have a great time.
Definately second (or third) Barcelona. Done it 4 times with child (including Dec and Feb ) and childless the fifth time in April. Fab without the children!!! Best bit is that it stays open sooo late. You really get value out of a weekend. Was cold in bits but sunny and one evening it was warm enough in just shirtsleeves.
Did Venice in Jan year before last. Was bitterly cold (although bright) and basically was a bit of a grown iup theme park. No one does anything there any more that isn't linked to tourism. Doesn't feel like a real city. Buildings are lovely but tourist traps really. Still you must see it once I suppose.To me that's a good one to do with children. Also it is bloody expensive.
We had an absolutely lovely weekend at The George in Rye - rooms cost about £135 per night and upwards, so dear, but not as dear as Babington House. Lots to look at in an old-fashioned English famous-five style of countryside and seaside.
Barcelona, a whole weekend of tapas bar hopping. We went in early January 2years ago. The three kings festival was on, came upon it by accident, so magical. But it was a Spanish bank holiday so all shops shut, dh was in heaven, no shopping. Walk along the beach with soft warm spring like breeze in January, heaven. Then lunch sitting outside in a t shirt, bliss. Wander around the fantastic old quarter, and gorge yourself on tapas or seafood.