Be bowled over by Cricket St Thomas

Peter Bowles and Penelope Keith boost interest in historic hotel

[inspic=14,left,,0]Fancy following in the footsteps of Audrey fforbes-Hamilton and Richard DeVere?
Fans of the classic series To The Manor Born are in for a treat with the BBC1 special this Christmas Day – and they can also experience life in the manor with over-55s specialist Grand UK Holidays.

Its ‘Somerset Hideaway’ holiday is based in Cricket St Thomas – the house which famously features in the television series as Grantleigh Manor.
Now a Warner Historic Hotel, the Grade II listed building features a heated pool, sauna and fitness studio as well as evening entertainment in the Pavillion Cabaret Room.

Sales director Harold Burke said: “We find that a television series can really boost the popularity of certain destinations, and we anticipate a surge of interest in our Somerset Hideaway holiday after people have enjoyed the festive special edition of To The Manor Born.
“In 2007, more passengers than ever before booked our Warner Breaks holidays and this TV special can only add to the interest for 2008.”
Grand UK Holidays’ parent, The UK Holiday Group, saw a record-breaking year in 2007, with passenger numbers topping 90,000.
Growing awareness of coaching’s green credentials plus an exciting array of new tours and old favourites mean the company is anticipating strong bookings this year.
Sales director Harold Burke said: “We have seen healthy early bookings so far as people are keen to book their favourite tours and try out new ones – without the hassle of tedious check-in queues at airports.”

His optimism is echoed by ABTA, which expects domestic business to improve in 2008 following the wash-out summer of 2007.
The Coach Tourism Council is also confident about prospects for 2008, following a year in which five million people took a coach touring holiday in the UK.
It says operators which offer greater variety with more themed tours are popular choices for customers, but adds that traditional seaside holidays have not lost their appeal either.

Somerset Hideaway – package details
Five-day coach holiday – prices from £328 on a half-board basis, including all coach travel, and two full-day excursions (Dorset coast to Weymouth; Mendips, Glastonbury and Wells) and nightly entertainment. No single supplement. Click Here for more information

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