Whistles Weekend: 5 chic UK getaways for Easter

First - last: The Gallivant, The Witchery, The Mash Inn, Watergate Bay Hotel, The Wheatsheaf

With Easter mere weeks away, it’s time to start planning for the long weekend. Our tried-and-tested edit of UK breaks has got all bases covered; from pulse-raising seaside adventures to laidback gastronomic experiences, read on and get that credit card at the ready...


Bringing The Hamptons to Camber, The Gallivant is a beachfront motel with all the trappings of a North American coastal lodge. The 20 rooms are decked out in a scandi-cool meets seaside-chic kind of way: think handmade wooden beds, framed vintage swimsuits and rolltop bathtubs. Their newly refurbished restaurant is award-winning, offering a short but seasonal menu of French classics with a British spin, and - if fizz is your thing - The Gallivant boasts the largest selection of English sparkling wines anywhere in the country. Book now to avoid disappointment, and pray the weather holds out for your Easter morning stroll down the beach.

Double rooms at The Gallivant start from £95. New Lydd Rd, Camber, Rye TN31 7RB. 01797 225057


Looking for a romantic Easter getaway? An Edinburgh institution, you’d be mad not to visit the Scottish capital without dropping into The Witchery. Once described as one of the seven wonders of the hotel world, this decadent gothic hotel has nine luxurious suites to choose from - from the sumptuously romantic Heriot room, to the theatrically decorated Old Rectory. Make a reservation in the acclaimed in-house restaurant to sample the best of Scottish produce in a magical setting. A truly special experience, add The Witchery to your bucket list now.

Double rooms start from £320. 352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF. 0131 2255613


A foodie pub by name and nature, The Mash Inn is a boutique inn in Radnage, Buckinghamshire. Owner Nick Mash is intent on removing the barriers between diner and kitchen, putting honestly and customer interaction at the forefront of the experience, and it works. The Mash Inn is a gastronomic experience, holding its own against its Michelin star neighbours; The Fat Duck and Hand and Flowers, with its unique spin on up-specced British pub food. Reserve your room - and your table for that matter - early to avoid missing out.

Double rooms start from £110. Horseshoe Rd, Bennett End, Radnage, High Wycombe HP14 4EB. 01494 482440


Those looking for more of an activity-led Easter break will feel totally at home at Watergate Bay Hotel. Designed to blend water-based activities with total relaxation, the hotel’s £3m Swim Club boats panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, a 25-metre infinity pool and a boardwalk that connects to hotel to the beach. After a long day of surfing, swimming and stand-up paddle boarding, be sure to dine at Zacry’s, the hotel’s house restaurant, and enjoy brasserie food served up with a Cornish twist.

Double rooms at Watergate Bay Hotel start from £190 (B&B) per night. Trevarrian Hill, Watergate Bay, Cornwall TR8 4AA. 01637 860543


From the husband and wife team behind No. 131 and No. 38 The Park, The Wheatsheaf is an atmospheric restaurant-with-rooms in Northleach; a small market town in the heart of the Cotswolds. A former coaching inn, the 14 rooms are a chic mix of old rustic charm and considered modern detailing, all come with luxurious freestanding baths or walk-in showers. The restaurant is the jewel in The Wheatsheaf’s crown, serving up locally-sourced seasonal pub fare next to a crackling fire. Try the Marathon Pudding - a retro Snickers bar in cake form, natch - exactly the fuel needed for your Easter Sunday walk through the Cotswolds countryside.

Double rooms start from £95. The Wheatsheaf Inn, West End, Northleach, GL54 3EZ. 01451 860244