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Girlie long weekend - any suggestions

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angelpoppet · 20/07/2004 12:12

My girl friends and are are planning are annual "let the men look after the kids while we sod off somewhere" long weekend away.

We're planning to go away in February as baby's are due shortly after. We did Center Parcs this year and have not ruled out the idea of sampling another of the resorts but I also wondered if anyone had any suggestions of log cabins, holiday cottages etc etc

There will be between 6 and 8 of us if anyone has any ideas.
Thanking you in advance

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angelpoppet · 20/07/2004 14:45

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Bunglie · 20/07/2004 14:49

Are you on a budget and does it have to be in the UK, as Feb, is a horrible month for a holiday unless you go overseas IMO

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CountessDracula · 20/07/2004 14:50

Yes, what's your budget?

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angelpoppet · 20/07/2004 14:53

haven't really got a strict budget. although I wouldn't really fancy spending more than about £150 on accomodation, so for six of us that amount to about £900 for a cottage/villa type thing.

Not to sure about venturing out of the UK - how far do you have to go for summer sun in February??

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littlemissbossy · 20/07/2004 14:55

why abouts are you? and how far a drive?

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angelpoppet · 20/07/2004 14:56

we're in North Hampshire - would probably travel as far as Yorkshire/Derbyshire type area.

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Bunglie · 20/07/2004 14:58

If you stay in the EC you could look at Spain...not my cup of tea or there is always somewhere more exoctic, like Tunisia a trek into the sahara on a camel might not be what you had in mind though, What about the Centre Parc in the New Forest, Had a friend who went and raved about it, but not been myself.

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Bunglie · 20/07/2004 15:00

I fancy a long weekend in Amsterdam, but not certain that it would be relaxing, but some good deals about.

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angelpoppet · 20/07/2004 15:17

we went to Longleat in May and have been looking at either Elevedon or Sherwood as an alternative.

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TurnAgainCat · 20/07/2004 15:18

Lucky you! If I had the chance, I would go on a learn to sail weekend. I am on the mailing list of www.girlsforsail.org which runs RYA sailing courses from beginners right through to yacht races for women only groups. I think it would be really fun, but the possibility of co-ordinating 6 whole friends to be free at the same time, and them all getting on, is nil for me. Not sure whether it is suitable for February though!

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angelpoppet · 20/07/2004 15:23

Thanks for your input Turncat, I think we were looking for something a little more relaxing

Thanks Bunglie - quite fancy the idea of Amsterdam - will look into it

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Delgirl · 20/07/2004 15:25

How about the Channel Islands or Northern France. I went to a lovely hotel near Deuville/Hon Fleur for my hen weekend. Really lovely and not too far to drive from Le Havre.

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sandyballs · 20/07/2004 15:28

Tuckenhay Mill House in South Devon (nr Totnes) is a lovely big converted paper mill - five bedrooms, sauna, swimming pool, huge kitchen.
I had my hen weekend there (10 of us) and it was great - it was also in February and there is a big open fire in the lounge (+ central heating of course). Two very nice pubs within walking distance, both serve great food. Booked through English Country Cottages and it cost approx £80 per person for three nights (Fri - Mon). The ECC website will give you a virtual tour (sorry, can't do links).

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littlemissbossy · 20/07/2004 15:32

What about a country club hotel with spa? We (female group of friends) stayed at a Marriot one in Derbyshire a couple of years ago, look at their website www.marriot.co.uk or another good hotel website is www.johansens.com. You'll probably get a good rate for a February weekend stay (although not on valentines IYSWIM). HTH

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Delgirl · 20/07/2004 15:33

That sounds lovely SB - may check it out myself

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angelpoppet · 20/07/2004 15:33

Thanks Sandy balls - will have a look into that, it sounds beautifull. Also good luck with the weight loss (i'm hoping the moral support will be the cure!!!)

Channel Islands sound like a good idea Delgirl, I'll look into that, thanks

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sandyballs · 20/07/2004 16:03

Ohh, weight loss! I daren't log on to that thread this afternoon angelpoppet .... not after
my pub lunch (lasagne, three slices of garlic bread and two white wine spritzers!). Not a good start! Hope you're doing much better.

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Yorkiegirl · 20/07/2004 16:06

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juniper68 · 20/07/2004 16:08

I'm planning one for next year at a Warner hotel with the lasses. I've been a couple of times with DH. No kids allowed fab food and entertainment. We didn't even leave the hotel.

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codswallop · 20/07/2004 16:09

I wouldnt waste va,uable time travveling?
why not london?

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sandyballs · 20/07/2004 16:15

I would love to spend a week there Yorkiegirl. Only managed long weekends so far. It is so relaxing isn't it. You're right, the second pub is the best, worth the extra stroll down the lane!
The first pub was owned by Keith Floyd on our first visit down there (approx 8 years ago) and he charged us £10 for a cheese sandwich! Outrageous. Not surprisingly he had gone bust the following year.

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ladymuck · 20/07/2004 16:56

For our girlie weekend we're doing Lille. Only 2 nights (2 of the mums are 1st-timers), and around £135 for Eurostar and accom. Never done Lille before but it is European Capital of Culture this year.

The weekend starts with champagne and canapies on the train...

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lou33 · 20/07/2004 17:07

I am going to prague for 5 days in October with 2 girlfriends, what about that?

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Delgirl · 20/07/2004 17:09

I've checked ECC Sandyballs but can't find the cottage. Are you able to get the page & then cut and paste please cos it sound's great. Or can you do it Yorkiegirl?

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sandyballs · 27/07/2004 12:01

Sorry Delgirl, only just seen this. I've tried to do another link and failed miserably! Go into the ECC website - english-country-cottages.co.uk
and the property reference is FUB. That doesn't always work so if not type in a searh (at the top) South Devon for 10 people and 3 pages should appear. Tuckenhay is normally towards the end of the first page.

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