Book a heritage home for a spring break with a difference
If you want a short break with a real flavour of English history, English Heritage self-catering cottages and apartments can be found in rather grand addresses.
At Dover Castle in Kent, its 14 self-catering rental units include a spacious house sleeping six and charming medieval tower for two, built by Henry II.
Guests, paying from £516 for a short break in a unit sleeping four, get ringside seats for a St George's Festival at the castle on April 20-21.
English Heritage also offers 20 per cent discounts on three, four or seven-day breaks at some self-catering cottages at its castles, abbeys and houses during the Easter holidays, with three-day breaks from £412 for four people plus cot.
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Easter availability around the country includes:
Peacock Lodge, Kirby Hall, sleeping four plus a cot in one of England's finest Elizabethan country houses in Northampt- onshire, available April 5 to 14.
Fort House (four plus cot) at pretty St Mawes Castle, Cornwall, with stunning sea views, available April 5 to 14.
Refectory Cottage (four plus cot) at atmospheric Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire, available April 5 to 7.
South Lodge (four plus cot), a former Gatehouse at Battle Abbey, East Sussex, the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, available April 5 to 14.
Prices include free entry to all English Heritage properties – many hosting Easter-themed events during the rental period.
Other English Heritage hideaways with space available in April include The Greenhouse Apartment at Walmer Castle and Gardens in Kent, once the country retreat of the Queen Mother; Bowling Green Apartment at Carisbrooke Castle in the Isle of Wight; Cambridge Lodge Victorian gatehouse at grand Audley End House and Gardens in Essex and Custodians House with stunning views over the Fal estuary at Pendennis Castle in Cornwall.
For more information, call English Heritage on 0870 3331187 or visit www. english-heritage.org.uk/holidaycottages