The loveliest hotels for a Mother's Day mini-break

best hotels for a mother's day break
7 of the best hotels for a Mother’s Day mini-breakTalbooth Hotel & Spa

We might not need an excuse to treat our mum or daughter, but when spring rolls around and Mother’s Day arrives – this year it’s on Sunday 19 March – there’s no better time to check into a hotel and spend some quality time together.

Mother’s Day weekend can be filled with thoughtful gifts, springtime walks, leisurely pub lunches, or even an indulgent spa day, but a hotel break for a night or two is the perfect way to extend the celebrations.

Here’s our selection of the most tempting hotel breaks for a Mother’s Day getaway in 2023, with ideas themed around your favourite activities, whether you love a spa break or enjoy a spot of retail therapy together.

For an Essex spa break with all the extras: Talbooth Hotel & Spa

If the pair of you could do with a bit of a wellness break, consider heading to the glorious Dedham Vale in Essex and checking into the Talbooth Hotel & Spa. If you’re both feeling active, there’s a tennis court for some friendly mother-daughter competition, or simply slink off to the spa for an Elemis treatment (or two).

With Good Housekeeping’s exclusive break, you can spend a night at Talbooth Hotel & Spa, where you’ll be greeted with a glass of Moët on arrival. A 25-minute spa treatment and a three-course dinner are also included, plus you’ll also take home an Elemis gift worth £45.


For a painting trip near Loch Lomond: Gartmore House

Got a little more time to spend together? Learn something new this Mother's Day and join a painting break in Scotland over six memorable days, staying at Gartmore House, an 18th-century mansion tucked into classic Scottish scenery in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

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The trip starts on Mother’s Day itself and invites you to learn how to paint under the expert guidance of a professional artist. You’ll delve into composition, tonal range, line and wash, and sketching in the most inspirational settings.


For a foodie break in Dorset: Summer Lodge Hotel

If you share a love of food, spend two nights in Dorset together, dining in the three AA Rosette fine dining restaurant at Summer Lodge Hotel in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset. The restaurant draws on its own kitchen gardens to create menus that manage to be both innovative and classic.

Good Housekeeping has a two-night break at this five-star retreat, including dinner on both evenings and a bottle of wine on the first night. You’ll also have access to the hotel’s spa and swimming pool.


For a London hotel near the theatre: The Dilly

Share your love of performing arts with a London theatre break and plan a hotel to return to after the show. Sing along to the Tina Turner musical, Mamma Mia, or Pretty Woman: The Musical - they all have Sunday night performances - before returning to The Dilly on Piccadilly.

The hotel has a cocktail bar for a final drink before retreating to one of the hotel’s sumptuous and modern rooms. The next day, you could treat yourselves to breakfast at The Wolsey, just a few doors down, you've got Fortnum & Mason almost directly opposite, and the shops of Regent Street are around the corner to make your Mother’s Day break last just a little bit longer.


For a wine escape in Sussex: Langstone Quays

Have a love of English fizz in common? Then the pair of you should make tracks to Sussex, one of the country’s leading wine-producing regions. Check into Langstone Quays on Hayling Island for a two-night break with your mum or daughter. If the spring weather plays in your favour, dine al fresco at the resort’s Waterside restaurant and watch the boats on the water.

With our exclusive offer, there’s a bottle of prosecco and dinner on your first night included, but you’ve got plenty of time to venture out to the local vineyards — try the Tinwood Estate or Ashling Park in Chichester for some truly excellent fizz. They're both within easy distance from Langstone Quays.


For a shopping break in Cambridge: The Varsity Hotel & Spa

Head to Cambridge for a shopping break, and you get that perfect blend of favourite high street stores and independent boutiques to browse. Head into the Grand Arcade for the main hub of shops, but don’t miss venturing out to the cobbled lanes of Green Street and the Rose Quarter, too.

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If the sun puts in a show for Mother’s Day, make the most of the springtime weather and head to the rooftop of The Varsity Hotel & Spa, where you can order a cocktail and look out over the historic skyline of the city. Better still, make a weekend of it and stay in one of the lovely guest rooms filled with quirky art and not-your-average furniture.


For a golf break in the Highlands: Golf View Hotel & Spa

More women are trying golf than ever before, with female participation at UK golf courses tripling during the pandemic. These days, women represent a third of all golfers. If you’ve got this pastime in common with your mum or daughter, a golf break could be the perfect weekend escape for Mother's Day.

Spend two nights at the Golf View Hotel & Spa in Nairn. There’s a championship course right next door, and after a round, you can return to the hotel’s beautiful coastal surroundings and enjoy afternoon tea with a glass of champagne or a session in the spa’s thermal suite. Two dinners are included in Good Housekeeping’s exclusive offer, so you can dine on locally landed seafood and have plenty of time to catch up properly.


Looking for inspiration for your next holiday? Grab a cuppa and browse our brochure packed with unique escapes.


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