From sampling specialist local delicacies to exploring ancient heritage and finding the time to unwind in between, short-haul escapes are all about maximum enjoyment within a minimum timeframe. The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s summer weekend breaks in the UK and Ireland offer guests all the pleasures of an extended stay. Spend the weekend getting back to nature in the rugged Emerald Isle, ticking off the blockbuster sights in historic London or exploring Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coast with our special packages.
Best for discovering regal London
All guests receive royal treatment at The Rubens at the Palace in London’s genteel Victoria. The hotel is perfectly located for discovering the city’s stately attractions on foot. Neighbouring HM The Queen’s residence, it overlooks the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Settle back in the lounge to watch the comings and goings of the royal guardsmen. The Queen’s Gallery is moments away, showcasing artworks from the Royal Family’s personal collection. Better yet, Buckingham Palace’s majestic state rooms open their doors to small tour groups throughout the summer.
Best for serious foodies
Fresh-from-the-sea oysters, locally smoked wild Atlantic salmon, and more: Ashford Castle’s delectable Taste of Ireland package combines a luxurious two-night stay with a variety of sumptuous gastronomic experiences. Tuck into a full Irish breakfast each morning, and sample elegant finger sandwiches and homemade scones for Afternoon Tea in the Connaught Room—it’s a tradition that has been preserved here since 1868. The real star of the show, however, is a five-course dinner in the George V Dining Room, where the finest local produce is artfully plated for a consistently inspiring menu.
Best for the whole family
Within reach of age-old Jurassic beaches and fairy-tale forests, Dorset’s chocolate-box village of Evershot is the tranquil home of our exquisite Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Spa. Take the children fossil hunting for ancient souvenirs or introduce them to Harris hawks Bertie, Titch and Bumble, with our unforgettable falconry experience. Our Summer Lane Cottages and Coach House offer well-appointed lounges and seating areas, providing families with more room. Parents can kick back at the luxurious Summer Lodge spa, while children hole up in the den, excellently stocked with games and puzzles, in the gardens.
Best for tennis enthusiasts
Visit London during the Wimbledon Championships between 1st and 14th July to experience the city’s sporting atmosphere reach a fever pitch. The Milestone Hotel & Residences’ Wimbledon Package treats tennis enthusiasts to Centre Court Debenture tickets and Wimbledon-themed turndown gifts. After all the courtside drama, toast to a sublime summer weekend away with a quintessentially English Pimm’s cocktail at the Stables Bar.
Best for action-seekers
High-octane thrills await guests at Ashford Castle this summer, from off-roading a Land Rover around the estate’s custom-built course to mountain biking, climbing, hiking and more. Sporty types can hone their tennis or archery skills during a summer weekend break, or make their way around a nine-hole golf course. To cool off, stand-up paddle boarding, boating and kayaking are favourite summer pastimes at the hotel. For the ultimate back-to-nature experience, try our three-hour Pedal and Paddle experience. Cycle through the estate’s tranquil country lanes before exploring the magnificent Lough Corrib by kayak.
Make it summer weekend break to remember with one of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s special experiential offerings in the UK and Ireland.