Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Exploring the UK One Groupon at a Time


In a very badly timed fashion my passport expired in August and seeing as I'll be changing my name in June I've made the unfortunate decision to save some dollar and not renew it until then so I don't have to pay twice. It's not like I'm always holidaying abroad, but it's weird to not have that as an option and pointless to carry on with my usual hobby of scouring Skyscanner to see where I could go for cheaps next week. So from now until our honeymoon it's UK breaks all the way and actually, seeing as I made a vow earlier on this year to explore more of the UK anyway, it's the perfect excuse to do so.

I've been dubious about Groupon since I booked a weekend break through it and the hotel contacted us to let us know there wouldn't be any electricity or water during our stay. I'd heard various people saying that when you're on a Groupon break you don't get as good service because the hotel know you've not paid very much and in this instance those people were proved right. I can only assume that the reason they decided to do the electricity/water works while we would be there was because most of the people staying were on a Groupon deal. Since then I've steered clear.

When it came to the week before we were supposed to be going away and we still hadn't booked anywhere though, Nick turned to Groupon to find us somewhere random, but nice that could fit us in at short notice. I didn't actually know where we were going until we got there, but we ended up in Warwickshire, which is a gorgeous part of the country and somewhere I hadn't been for a long time.



The first night we stayed in the Salford Hall Hotel, which was basically a castle in the middle of nowhere (although the castle pictured is most definitely Warwick Castle and not our hotel!) Because it was fully booked we were upgraded to an executive suite so had a huge room at the top of the hotel with big old fashioned windows, a stunning fireplace and a ginormous four poster bed (this is where I have to apologise for being a bad blogger and not getting any pictures of the room - you'll just have to take my word for it or go and have a look at the website soz). We got a cream tea on arrival with fizz served in the conservatory, which was the plant filled, black and white tiled sun room of my dreams. Basically the whole place was extremely Instagrammable, but I was too chilled out to bother, which was very nice at the time, but I'm slightly kicking myself for it now especially as I've decided to write a blog post. Also included in this deal were tickets to Warwick Castle, which are actually worth about £20 each so I would never have gone if they weren't included in the Groupon because I just wouldn't pay that high an entrance fee. Although I'm not sure it was worth the £20 per person the castle was still well worth a visit. It was huge so there was lots to see and walk around both inside and outside and there were plenty of shows/tours on too as well as yet another dreamy plant filled conservatory that acted as a cafe. This Groupon cost us £99 for our executive room, cream tea, breakfast and Warwick Castle tickets so a huge discount and there was no disappointment or lesser treatment just because we were on a Groupon!


The second night we stayed in a different hotel with a different Groupon deal. This one wasn't quite as good value for money (although it was cheaper anyway) purely because the room wasn't particularly nice (The Bosworth Hall Hotel). We did however get upgraded on food - included in the deal was a carvery, but for some unknown reason we were upgraded to the fine dining restaurant so got a three course meal and a bottle of wine instead. Nick did ask both hotels on booking if an upgrade was available and although they said no it appears it's well worth asking the question!

I made a lil' video on my YouTube channel of our trip so hope over and watch that if you fancy!



So the question is, where do we Groupon next?

Amy x
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  1. Oh girl I'm ALL for this post - I vowed to myself that this year I would do more breaks in the UK as there's SO much beauty here right on our doorstep! So far I've been to Cornwall and Bath and am planning Leeds next, I've never actually been to Warwickshire but this hotel looks INSANE! I used to use Groupon loads but it's just something that sort of fizzled out, for no reason in particular buy my mum uses it ALL the time! For afternoon teas or nights away and she loves it - so good for a bargain/last minute break!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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    1. Ah Leeds is such a great city you'll love it! It definitely is so good for a bargain and especially for exploring the UK! xx

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  2. I can see why not having it as an option until next Summer may feel strange, though at least you'll really appreciate your next trip overseas, right?! How lovely you were upgrade to an executive suite while staying at the castle - what a treat!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. Yes I'll definitely appreciate it! Yeah such a luxury :) xx

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  3. Great video and pictures Amy! I went to Warwick castle on a school trip about 10 years ago but I'd love to go back!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thanks Rosanna, Warwick Castle was great! xx

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  4. The first hotel sounds dreamy, where are the photos Amy 😂🙈 It's nice to enjoy the moment and not worry about blogging. I adore Warwickshire & got engaged in Stratford in April. I've never been to Warwick Castle & keep meaning to go! If you've got the link for the deal, send my way 😘
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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    1. Haha I know! It was nice to not worry about that though, it's a lovely part of the country isn't it. The deal is still available here https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/ga-best-western-salford-hall-hotel-7 (totally should have linked it in my post shouldn't I!) xx

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    2. Aww thanks so much for adding the link! I'm so booking that on payday! :) xoxo

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  5. I've always been a little wary of Groupon because I think many of the deals they post aren't as great value as they seem, but there are definitely some fab finds on there. They only time I remember using them was to get some onesies! But they were actually really good value x

    www.luxestyle.co.uk

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    1. Yes that was definitely another reason I've been wary in the past and I totally think it depends - the first night was 100% an amazing deal, the second night would have been a bad one if we hadn't been upgraded so I'm glad we were! xx

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  6. I live near Warwick Castle and I am amazed by the video and the pictures and about Groupon. Well done, the deal was very good! I must say tat I understand about the passport, and time flies. I am sure you will now travel more in the Uk and will discover amazing places! I recommend Bewdley, in case you weren't in the Georgian town yet :) I think you'll like it! Hope you havea nice day!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much Denise! Oooh I've never been there so thank you for the recommendation! xx

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