Our Choice of self drive and hotel breaks is designed to further help you find the hotel you want for your self drive break. With great operators to choose from, and a selection of their best hotels, we’ve listed a few you should check out that we honestly feel represent outstanding value for money based on years of experience and knowledge of the brands. We think you’ll find something right for you!
Alternatively, if you’d like to embark on an escorted break that includes trave, take a look here at where we’d recommend!
– Self Drive Breaks in England
Blackpool is one of the largest towns in North West England and for 150 years its name has been synonymous with lively seaside holidays. In 1879 it became the first town in the world to have electric street lighting and the results of its pioneering use of electricity can still be seen today in its famous trams and of course the Illuminations which take place annually from the the last Friday in August to the first Sunday in November. The Queens Hotel and Leisure Centre is one of Blackpool’s largest hotels situated on the South Promenade overlooking the Irish Sea. A stone’s throw away from South Pier, the world famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach and many other tourist attractions, making it the ideal base for your holiday in Blackpool.
Cromer was once a small fishing village which has now grown into a bustling family holiday resort, with superb sunshine records. This attractive, small resort is full of character with its narrow twisting streets in the town centre and lively seafront promenade behind the sandy beach. Colourful gardens offer quiet relaxation but if you’re feeling energetic there are leisure facilities available including bowling greens, tennis courts, squash and golf. During the summer season there’s a varied entertainments programme available at the famous Pier Pavilion. Cromer is set amidst the pleasant countryside of North Norfolk with its leafy country lanes and villages with their flint cottages.
Great Yarmouth is East Anglia’s top seaside venue, a popular resort catering for many tastes. It offers a huge range of entertainments, plus sports and recreational amenities and shopping. There is a long sandy beach which stretches for miles. Adjoining it is the Marine Parade and the promenade where there are many attractions including the Model Village, Pleasure Beach, and a magnificent “Sea Life Centre” containing a multitude of sea creatures. A special feature of the Great Yarmouth seafront are the horse-drawn landaus in which you can enjoy a ride and view the many attractions. The Marina Centre Leisure Complex also offers a range of sporting and leisure activities. Great Yarmouth has a reputation for a great night out. It is recognised as one of the leading resorts in Britain for live entertainment. There is a wide variety of shows and concerts, and also night clubs, discos and pubs. In fact Great Yarmouth has everything you need for a really entertaining holiday.
This well known hotel is in one of the best positions in Ilfracombe, overlooking the gardens and splendid Landmark Theatre and Conference Centre, close to the shops and only a short almost-level walk from the harbour. Ilfracombe enjoys a setting of rare beauty set as it is amongst the breathtaking scenery of North Devon and nestling around a harbour as old and beautiful as any in Britain. For the energetic there are splendid walks along the Coastal Path, the famous Torrs walks, or swimming from the Tunnel beaches and coves. For those who like to take things a bit easier, one can simply potter through the delightful gardens or while away an hour or two watching the ever-changing harbour scene. A boat trip is a “must” during your stay to see the spectacular cliffs of North Devon or visit the legendary Isle of Lundy. There is also plenty to do in the evening with theatre, concerts, and cinema, as well as the entertainment provided at our hotel.
Scarborough is arguably the oldest seaside resort in Britain – a Dr Wittie of Scarborough was advocating sea bathing as long ago as 1660, more than a century before it became popular in Regency Brighton! But Scarborough is much older even than this – a cursory glance at the headland which divides Scarborough’s two bays reveals the impressive medieval castle. The name Scarborough is a Viking one and the castle grounds conceal the remains of a Roman signal station. The busy harbour is haven to a welter of fishing vessels and there are the usual seaside pursuits a-plenty on the adjacent South Bay promenade which leads to the Spa. The steep hill sides are beautifully landscaped and there are many attractive parks and gardens. The resort is noted for its theatres and there is an art gallery and several small museums.
Weston-super-Mare is situated in a sheltered bay at the foot of the Mendip Hills with views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales. It is Somerset’s finest holiday resort both in terms of its natural beauty and the attractions and activities the town and surrounding area have to offer. Weston has maintained a Victorian and Edwardian legacy with its charming turn-of-the-century terraces interspersed between well kept gardens. Attractions in the resort of Weston vary from its well developed Sea Life centre to its covered amusement park on the historic Grand Pier. There is dancing nightly at the Winter Gardens, and top class cabaret as well as big star names performing at the Playhouse, Weston’s premier theatre. Weston is surrounded by places of historical and cultural interest. It is close to the cities of Bath, Bristol and Wells with their ancient Roman history and breath-taking cathedrals. Plus, the resort’s position, nestling between the Mendip Hills and the Bristol Channel, means there are opportunities for both gentle rambling and sailing.
– Self Drive Breaks in Wales
Criccieth must surely enjoy one of the most beautiful locations to be found anywhere. Situated on the coast at the edge of the Snowdonia National Park with all its attractions, there is something to do for everybody. Castles, walks, mountains, beaches, scenery, trains, golf, water sports, fishing, plus excellent visitor attractions in abundance. Criccieth has two beaches either side of the Castle, which dominates the town standing high on its rocky perch. The beaches are a mixture of sand and pebble with a rocky area at the far end of the eastern beach exposing rock pools at low tide. There are no amusement arcades or vendors along these beaches so you can enjoy a relaxing time soaking up the sun with only the sounds of the sea.
– Self Drive Breaks in Scotland
Dunoon is situated on the Cowal peninsula, on the western shore of the Firth of Clyde where Loch Long and Holy Loch join the sea. It is one of Scotland’s oldest and largest holiday resorts with a fine Victorian heritage. The town has lovely gardens and century old villas which back onto a 4 mile flat promenade running along the front. Tourist activity is focussed on the 19th Century pier with its lively entertainment and panoramic views across the Firth. Inland, there is a modern indoor swimming pool with sauna, bowling greens and tennis courts and both a 9 and 18 hole golf course. There are two cinemas, and in the season, a range of entertainment at the Queens Hall. The resort stages internationally recognised jazz and dance festivals and plays host to the Cowal Highland Gathering, the biggest highland games festival anywhere in the world. Dunoon is situated in Scotland’s first National Park, and is surrounded by both the rolling hills and woodlands of the Argyll Forest Park, and the lochs and mountains of the southern highlands. Enjoy spectacular walks or make for the lochs for relaxing cruising or excellent sailing. For those with a cultural interest, Argyll is awash with history, legend and myth from pre-historic times to the present day. The countryside is filled with churches and castles which bear testimony both to the cultures and beliefs of Scotland and to the country’s turbulent history.
Situated in an isolated position on the shores of Loch Linnhe, with spectacular views across the loch from many bedrooms. The Croit Anna Hotel is situated 2 miles south of Fort William on the A82 by the shores of Loch Linnhe and is ideally located for touring the Western Highlands, with such famous places as Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Glenfinnan only a short drive away. The name translated from Gaelic into English means Anna’s Croft. Anna and her stonemason husband Dougald lived here in the 1800s in a traditional stone-built cottage complete with heather-thatched roof and attached “byre” for the cows. Stones from the now dismantled croft house can be seen incorporated into a stone wall at the Hotel’s entrance.
Voted Top Destination by Coachholidays.com customers! High on the West Cliff, the Royal Hotel occupies a commanding position with wonderful views over the beaches, harbour and lovely old town, and towards the dramatic abbey ruins. Bursting with seafaring heritage, Whitby’s ancient streets invite you to step back in time, so much so that you can almost expect to bump into Captain Cook when following his trail! Step inside the Royal, and you’ll be taken into another world of holiday relaxation and fun. With a variety of games, activities, a comfortable lounge and an entertainment room where you can ‘trip the light fantastic’, there’s plenty to entertain. *Watch our short video of The Royal Hotel
One of the best located hotels in St Ives, this hotel offers an elevated position overlooking the golden sands of Porthminster Beach, and this attractive hotel commands superb panoramic views across the bay. A string of splendid beaches, a fishing harbour, artists’ quarter and art galleries, antique shops, potteries and cosy pubs are all just a few minutes walk away from the St Ives Bay Hotel. St Ives is full of Cornish colour, character and charm. Behind St Ives hotels and harbour walls you’ll find cobbled streets and crooked alleys to explore. *Watch our short video of The St Ives Bay Hotel
Located at the base of the beautiful South Downs, Eastbourne has plenty to keep the most enthusiastic visitor busy and boasts abundant history, numerous scenic castles and lots of places of interest to see. Eastbourne is one of our best loved holiday destinations. The elegant sea front, lined with the Carpet Gardens, invites a leisurely stroll and the resort also offers a variety of first class entertainment. The stylish Burlington Hotel, with its Grade II listed façade and elegant interior, enjoys a popular location overlooking the famous Carpet Gardens and Pier, approximately half a mile’s level walk from the resorts shopping centre. *Watch our short video of The Burlington Hotel
– Self Drive Breaks in England
Opened in 1888 the hotel is believed to be one of the oldest hotels in Bath and is set in its own picturesque gardens. Bath has a very unique style of architechure and the hotel is ideal as a base for exploring this beautiful city. The Lansdown Grove Hotel is equipped with all of the facilities you would expect from one of the most well-established hotels in Bath. A fully stocked bar is open every night. Throughout the year, light entertainment is regularly provided. In addition, two relaxing lounges are available, as well as a patio area. The Conservatory Restaurant offers an outstanding range of traditional and modern cuisine. *Watch our short video of The Lansdowne Grove Hotel
The Saint George Hotel and Spa is situated in the heart of Harrogate on the main A61 road to Ripon. It is adjacent to the Harrogate International Centre’s Exhibition Halls and Royal Hall. The elegant, spacious Saint George Hotel and Spa is ideally situated for an enjoyable break for individuals, couples and families alike. This spacious Edwardian hotel is an ideal retreat for a weekend break. As soon as you arrive at the hotel, you will immediately feel a sense of warmth and relaxation. *Watch our short video of The St George Hotel
The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel was originally built in the 19th Century by Mary Elizabeth Lucy, the then Lady of the Manor. A beautiful country house hotel set in the delightful village of Charlecote, near Stratford upon Avon, Warwick and Leamington Spa. The hotel offers charm and character combined with fantastic new facilities. This 72 bedroom hotel is ideal for both corporate traveller and those looking for a relaxing leisure break in Shakespeare’s Country. The Farmhouse includes bedrooms full of character with features such as original fireplaces and stunning view of the grounds and gardens. The bedrooms have a modern contemporary design. The Bar, Restaurant, Lounge and Reception are fresh and welcoming. *Watch our short video of The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel
At the Gateway to the Lakes, the Windermere Hotel has been welcoming travellers for over a century, and the Lake District, with mountains, moors, wide lakes, tiny tarns and a growing range of tourist attractions, is as popular with visitors as ever. Occupying a pleasant position at the head of the village, the Windermere, a period-piece building listed for its architectural interest, is the ideal centre for discovering this marvellous area; on its doorstep is a lovely walk up to Orrest Head from which there are splendid views. *Watch our short video of The Windermere Hotel
The Derwentwater Hotel is situated in Portinscale on the fringes of the beautiful market town of Keswick on the shores of Lake Derwentwater – “The Queen of English Lakes”. This impressive Lakeland country house has developed a style of its own which is one of sublime comfort without a hint of pretentiousness. Located in the beautiful village of Portinscale this hotel is set in its own picturesque grounds offering outstanding views of the Fells and Derwentwater. This hotel is situated in one of the most scenic parts of the country. There are plenty of luxurious en suite rooms offering stylish decor magnificent views to choose from. The hotel also offers a comfortable lounge and bar area plus a conservatory where you can enjoy the warm and friendly service. *Watch our short video of The Derwentwater Hotel
– Self Drive Breaks in Scotland
The Cairngorms are a haven for serious walkers and those who just admire great scenery. Put yourself at the heart of it with a stay at The Invercauld Arms which stands on one of the largest country estates in Scotland, surrounded by a dramatic Grampian Backdrop. Home to the Highland Games, Braemar has strong connections with Royal Deeside. The Invercauld Arms is the perfect base for touring the Highlands of Scotland. *Watch our short video of The Invercauld Arms Hotel