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5 fab experiences for a memorable Mother’s Day

mothersdayMother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil your mum and make her feel appreciated. So why not treat her (and yourself) to a special experience? We’ve got five ideas to help you plan a fantastic holiday that she’ll love, whether your Mum’s a green-fingered gardener or a musical theatre lover.

For the theatre fan – catch Mamma Mia! on Broadway, New York

Bride-to-be Sophie invites three of her mother’s old flames to her wedding but can she find out which is her real father? An extravaganza of fun, music and dance ensues – it’ll have you both dancing in the aisle. Enjoy singing along to ABBA classics from Dancing Queen to Waterloo.

Once you’ve emerged from the show, absorb the hustle and bustle of Times Square. You can watch filming of the Good Morning America TV show here. For a peaceful surprise, take a few steps to the beautiful Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.

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For the sweet mum – join the Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop, Brussels

This tour is choc-full of deliciousness. Your mum’s only difficulty will be deciding which of the chocolate boutiques’ offerings are the best: options include classic pralines or orangettes (candied orange strips dipped in dark chocolate). Chocoholics can even study with a Master Chocolatier and make their own sweet creations.

If you still haven’t had enough of the sweet stuff, you can visit the central Cocoa and Chocolate Museum, followed by a walk around the heart of delightful Brussels. Its picturesque Grand Place and art nouveau houses will impress architecture fans, whereas shoppers can browse the Place du Grand Sablon’s tempting antique shops and flea market.

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For the stressed-out superwoman – relax at After the Rain spa, Geneva

Your mum’ll feel all her stresses and strains melt away at Geneva’s super-luxurious After the Rain spa. Luxuriate in the warmth of the hammam or have a nap in the relaxation room. Or maybe try one of their signature gold facials or edelweiss body scrubs while you’re there.

Continue the tranquil vibe with a vintage boat cruise on the calm waters of Lake Geneva. You’ll drift past the vast Jet d’Eau fountain, which shoots out 50 litres of water, and if you’re lucky you’ll see a rainbow appearing in the mist. A quaint café on the central Place Bourg du Four is a lovely spot to relax and people-watch at the end of the day.

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For the elegant lady – take afternoon tea at Betty’s, Harrogate

Betty’s is an iconic tearoom in an iconic location, and their afternoon tea is particularly indulgent. Sit back in the graceful room and take in the crystal chandeliers, piano playing and vista over the park. There are then 18 speciality teas to sample as well as delicate sandwiches and sumptuous cakes.

When you’re refreshed, drop into the nearby Royal Pump Room Museum; it tells the story of this elegant spa town and features beautifully ornate architecture. Why not stroll the streets of Harrogate’s picturesque Montpellier quarter? Alternatively, head to the charming market town of Pateley Bridge and join a llama trek.

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For the avid gardener – wander through the Château de Villandry gardens, Loire Valley

Any keen gardener will love the Château de Villandry’s palace estate. Stroll through some of the country’s finest gardens taking in the ornamental vines, free-flowing flowers and pretty fountains. Another highlight is the kitchen garden, where you can check out colourful arrangements of the season’s vegetables, from cabbages to carrots.

If you can’t get enough of châteaux, then you’ll enjoy the romantic Château de l’Islette too. While you’re in the vicinity, it’s well worth ducking into the Grottes Pétrifiantes – eerie caves filled with gigantic limestone stalactites. And it wouldn’t be a proper trip to the Loire Valley without a session at one of the fab local wineries.

Enjoy some outside space in the Loire Valley


Gain rave reviews from your theatre-going guests

Tourists love the theatre

Good news for owners whose property is near a theatre: new statistics reveal that experiencing the glitz and glamour of a musical or a play is one of the most popular activities for overseas tourists to the UK.

According to VisitBritain, 24% of overseas holiday visitors who stay in London go to the theatre during their break – meaning that over 2 million international tourists have enjoyed a show in the capital over the last year. Musicals, such as Wicked and The Lion King, are proving particularly popular.

And it’s not just London’s theatres that are welcoming overseas tourists – 14% of all international holiday trips to the UK include a trip to see a show, with the West Midlands and North West regions of the UK performing especially strongly.

Help your guests enjoy a trip to the theatre

Making it as easy as possible for your guests to enjoy a trip to the theatre could be a great way of showing you’ve gone the extra mile, leading to positive reviews for your holiday home. Here are some of our ideas, but if you’ve got any of your own we’d love to hear them!

  • If your property is close to a well-known theatre, mention it in your home description on your ad.
  • Include a copy of the local theatre’s listings in your welcome pack. If your property is within easy access of London, include a guide for the capital’s theatres as well.
  • Some of the most popular shows and musicals sell out in advance, particularly in London. You could provide details of where guests can find last minute tickets or even let them know about upcoming shows before they arrive so they can buy their tickets before they sell out.
  • There are often discounts available for theatre tickets – National Rail offers 2 for 1 theatre tickets when travelling into the capital by train, for example. Find out if there are any discounts relevant for the theatres near you and mention them in your welcome pack.
  • Many restaurants offer discounted ‘pre-show’ set menus. Let your guests know about any good restaurants offering deals like this in your area.

Published: 8 November 2013