Hotels make big profits on Fridays and Saturdays, when their rates shoot up by around 30 per cent (or even more).
Book on a Sunday, usually the quietest night of the week, or go for a midweek break, and you can save a bundle. And check out any seasonal deals, which may be hidden away in hard-to-find ‘offers’ sections on websites.
If you’re lucky, you could pick up cash credits for meals, spa treatments and even ‘unlimited’ prosecco. Here, we’ve done the digging to root out some of the most enticing time-sensitive deals . . .
Sweeping sand dunes
The Gallivant, Camber Sands, East Sussex
Pack your bags: A room at the Gallivant, above. Its Sunday Supper Club offer is £202 per room with a £35 pp dinner credit
Sea air: Camber Sands near Rye, pictured above, where you can go for bracing walks along the beach
What’s the deal? £70 off dinner and complimentary afternoon tea and cakes on Sundays. Its Sunday Supper Club offer is £202 per room with a £35 pp dinner credit. The deal also includes ‘endless Bloody Marys at the Recovery Station’ during breakfast on Monday morning.
In between, go for bracing walks along Camber Sands beach and pop into the preserved medieval town of Rye.
How to book: 01797 225057; thegallivant.co.uk
Super Sunday deal
The Pheasant Inn, Shefford Woodlands, Berkshire
Thrifty: Spend more than £100 in the restaurant and stay for free on Sunday at The Pheasant Shefford Woodlands
What’s the deal? Book ahead, spend more than £100 in the restaurant and stay for free on Sunday at The Pheasant, which has hosted guests for almost 500 years.
If you quote ‘Sunday Offer’ and book a ‘Settle In Sunday’ deal, you can stay over in one of the 11 rooms that have just been done up in a minimalist style. Smallest doubles from around £115 B&B.
How to book: 01488 648284; thepheasant-inn.co.uk
Head for the seaside
Talland Bay Hotel, Cornwall
What’s the deal? This friendly hotel on the south Cornish coast is offering £100 off two-night stays until the end of May.
It includes a three-course meal one evening and a five-course meal the next at its 2AA Rosette restaurant, as well as evening canapes and petit fours. The price is £250 a night.
Enjoy fabulous coastal walks to nearby Polperro.
How to book: 01503 272667; tallandbayhotel.co.uk
Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa, Cumbria
Luxury: Lodore has just completed a £10 million overhaul, with a Scandi-style spa offering Elemis treatments
What’s the deal? £100 off, prosecco on arrival, plus dinner and complimentary massages or facials until May 23.
In Borrowdale Valley, overlooking Derwentwater, Lodore has just completed a £10 million overhaul, with a Scandi-style spa offering Elemis treatments.
But prices are not cheap — the deal is from £365 a night, but this is a £100 saving.
How to book: 0800 840 1246, lakedistricthotels.net/lodorefalls
Lake Country House Hotel and Spa, Powys
What’s the deal? Back massage, facial or ‘leg energiser’ treatment included in midweek stays.
This splendid country house is set in 50 acres of grounds and offers a Midweek Spa Special from £250, which includes a four-course dinner, use of the spa with a 30-minute spa treatment, and breakfast — available Sunday to Thursday.
How to book: 01591 620202; prideofbritainhotels.com
The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire
What’s the deal? Welcome drink, three-course lunch and two-course dinner included on Sundays until May 31.
This village pub has eight rooms, a short stroll from the 87-mile Ridgeway National Trail. Lazy Winter Sunday Breaks are £150 for two with breakfast. Not available on bank holidays.
How to book: 01235 771969; thegreyhoundletcombe.co.uk
Stay in a castle
Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire
What’s the deal? This Baronial castle dating back to the 1870s is one of the finest hotels in Scotland, so grab the chance to get two nights for the price of one, with breakfast and a three-course dinner on one night included — saving £245.
How to book: 01465 831212; glenappcastle.com
Spa by the Thames
The Runnymede on Thames, Surrey
Relax: One of the deals at The Runnymede includes a three-course lunch, unlimited prosecco and use of spa on Sundays
Staycation: A chef plates up a delicious-looking fish dish at The Runnymede on Thames, Surrey
What’s the deal? Three-course lunch, unlimited prosecco and use of spa on Sundays. Near the spot where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215, this is a fine hotel with a spa. It has a host of offers, including £170 ‘Sparkling Sunday’ breaks.
How to book: 01784 220600; runnymedehotel.com
Explore New Forest
Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst, New Forest
What’s the deal? Three nights for the price of two until June 27. Make this good-value country house hotel your base for exploring the New Forest (thenewforest.co.uk). Currently on offer are three nights for the price of two, if your first night is a Sunday. The price is £298, with breakfasts included and 20 per cent off spa treatments.
How to book: 01590 623116; balmerlawnhotel.com
Cosy in the countryside
Bel & The Dragon, Kingsclere, Hampshire
What’s the deal? Spend £100 on dinner and stay overnight for free on Sundays in the Sublime Sundays package.
This deal is also available at five sister properties in Reading, Churt, Cookham, Odiham and Windsor. You must book and pay in advance.
How to book: 01635 299342; belandthedragon.co.uk