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Spring marks the arrival of the ‘West is Best campaign’ from the Bristol-based hip hideaways specialists at i-escape.com. Celebrating the strengths of Southwest England - and the reopening of the Dawlish rail line - it aims to encourage visitors to explore this wonderfully dynamic region.
We all know the delights of pasties, cider and cream teas, but what about the West Country’s other appeals? There are cutting-edge galleries, renowned restaurants and unique landscapes, as well as a fantastic range of boutique hotels, houses and cottages from which to see it all. And to further tempt visitors, i-escape has teamed up with 14 of its West Country partner properties to offer added-value offers and discounts of up to 20%, available on bookings made before 8th May 2014. Click here for full listings.
Not only that, they’ve also sent an intrepid tour guide to scout out the area’s hotspots - check out the results here.
“Being based in the West Country ourselves, we’ve got a lot of love for this charming slice of England and, after a stormy few months, we think it’s high time to celebrate it! We’re sharing our best finds and inviting our social media community to do the same, using #westisbest,” commented Nikki Tinto, co-founder of i-escape.com.
Daily Bramley giveaway and discounts
i-escape.com will also be running a promotion in partnership with South West-based handmade bath and body range Bramley. Throughout the month-long campaign, they’ll be giving away one full-size product per day to i-escape fans on Twitter. In order to win, fans simply have to tweet their favourite thing about the West Country, along with the hashtag #westisbest. As part of the campaign, i-escape customers who book a West is Best getaway will also get a 15% online discount on Bramley’s website.
Here are just a few of the lush West Country offers available:
20% discount and beaches as good as the Med at Sea Garden Cottages - Tresco, Isles of Scilly
The white sands, turquoise waters and exotic plants of the tiny, car-free island of Tresco look more like the Med than the British Isles, making these lovely sea-facing cottages just perfect for escaping the stresses of mainland life. Sleeping 2-10 in 1-4 bedrooms, they each have a living and dining area and a well-equipped kitchen - ideal for couples and families alike. The local beach is considered one of the finest in England, and there’s an on-site sailing centre. Guests also get free entry to the world-famous Abbey Gardens, a couple of minutes away.
Prices from £288 per cottage per night, based on 2 sharing on an accommodation-only basis using the 20% West is Best discount. A 4- or 7-night minimum stay applies. Offer valid on stays from 7th April - 31st December 2014.
15% discount and bags of style at Trevose Harbour House - St. Ives, Cornwall
This romantic, adults-only guesthouse by Porthminster Beach features magazine-standard interiors and exquisite finishing touches, making it one of the most stylish bed and breakfasts in Cornwall. There are old Scandinavian sideboards, re-upholstered 60s chairs, classic lampshades and vintage mirrors, along with modern wallpapers and candle lanterns. This is the perfect base to explore St. Ives’ many galleries, including the Tate, and sample the delights of the award-winning Porthminster Café.
Prices from £136 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a bed-and-breakfast basis using the 15% West is Best discount. Offer valid on stays from 7th April - 2nd May 2014. A 2-night minimum stay applies at weekends.
10% discount and a historic yet cosmopolitan setting at Dovecote View - Bruton, Somerset
This 17th-century self-catering cottage (sleeps 2-4) has an endearing mix of original floorboards, quirky art and a high-spec yet homely kitchen. Beyond its courtyard garden, historic Bruton is growing ever more cosmopolitan: supper club Matt’s Kitchen and super-cool At the Chapel are both just moments away, and the town is preparing to welcome the new Hauser & Worth gallery this summer.
Prices from £112 per cottage per night (accommodation only), based on 2 sharing using the 10% West is Best discount. A 7-night minimum stay applies. Offer valid on stays from 7th April - 31th December 2014.
Free two-course meal for 2 at cool, coastal The Bull Hotel - Bridport, Dorset
The Bull Hotel is a haven for foodies: dine on fresh seafood in the main restaurant or tuck into Dorset-themed pizzas at The Stable, plus Axminster’s famous River Cottage Canteen is just a short drive away. With 19 eclectic bedrooms, there’s plenty of space for guests to sleep off late-night Black Cow vodka cocktails in the Venner Bar, while nearby West Bay is the ideal dose of fresh air for the morning after (recognise the dramatic cliffs? This is the setting of cult crime drama Broadchurch).
Prices from £100 per room per night for weekend stays, based on 2 sharing on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Guests staying 2 nights or more receive a free 2-course meal for 2 at The Stable as part of the West is Best campaign. Offer valid on stays from 7th April - 31st December.
10% discount and a uniquely wild landscape at Upcott Farm - Braunton, Devon
These 2 contemporary yet comfy barn conversions are hidden on an idyllic farm near the beaches of North Devon, with interiors so cool they appeared in The White Company’s spring 2013 collection. Surf at Croyde Bay, visit the puffins on Lundy Island or explore the Exmoor National Park - nature lovers will be in their element here.
Prices from £109 per cottage per night, based on 2 sharing the 2-bedroom Calfshed cottage using the 10% West is Best discount. Rates are on an accommodation-only basis. A 3-night minimum stay applies. Offer valid on stays from 7th April - 26th June 2014.
Free tea and crumpets at bucolic The Beckford Arms - Tisbury, Wiltshire
The Beckford Arms is an award-winning foodie pub with rooms and lodges, hidden in Wiltshire’s bucolic Nadder Valley. Think roll-top baths, fresh flowers and Siberian goose-down bedding, whilst a great restaurant and laid-back bar downstairs make it the perfect foodie escape. With nearby Tisbury having recently been declared one of the top 30 places to live in the UK countryside by The Times, there’s never been a better time to visit.
Prices from £95 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Guests receive a complimentary pot of tea and homemade crumpets on arrival if booking through the West is Best campaign. Offer valid on stays from 7th April - 31st December.