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Otley, UK

I'm a big fan of a staycation, something you'll know if you've been reading this blog for a while, so when I was contacted by the lovely team at My Hotel Break I jumped at the chance to see what they have on offer and my little break with them got me thinking; what makes a great staycation?

E X P E R I E N C E  | I don't know about you, but when I'm booking a staycation I don't want to have to think too much about it so I'd rather opt for a deal that already provides me with things to do. My Hotel Break aim to provide an 'experience' rather than just a hotel room, whether that's a spa break, a murder mystery or a walking holiday. Chevin Country Park Hotel in Otley, West Yorkshire (one of my favourite parts of the country FYI) was everything I look for in a staycation experience; a cosy room, a pool and leisure facilities (hello hot tub) in an idyllic setting.

L O C A T I O N  |  Although I love holing myself up in a hotel and staying there for the majority of my break, I also like having the option of venturing out somewhere if I wish. Whether it's a cute town like Otley to explore (with ample coffee shops, obviously) or picturesque countryside to walk around in, I always think about location before booking.

R E L A X A T I O N  |  One thing I adore about staycations is the ability to relax that you don't necessarily get with a holiday abroad (or at least you don't if you're like me and squeeze out every last bit of energy you have to explore somewhere). If I'm staying in the UK it's because I want to relax, which was the exact kind of break that My Hotel Break and The Chevin provided.

E A S Y  B O O K I N G  |  As I've already mentioned, I like to not think too much about booking a staycation and luckily, with My Hotel Break, the booking process is simple. You can choose a hotel based on location, price or the type of experience you're looking for so you can find exactly what you want from your break with just a few clicks. With it being a small family run business it's also very personal and friendly; the team are always on hand to help, answer any questions and be generally lovely! They also offer free cancellation, which is extremely handy if you work flexible shifts like me, which often have to change last minute. 

S O M E T H I N G  U N I Q U E  |  Don't get me wrong, I love a Premier Inn for a city break or as somewhere to stay when I'm going to gig, but when I'm having what I'd call a 'proper' staycation I love staying somewhere a bit unique with lots of character. My Hotel Break specialise in smaller, independent hotels so you can discover places like The Chevin, which are more off the beaten track and which really have their own personality (yes I'm claiming that hotels have personality here, hear me out OK). The Chevin had a real lodge vibe to it, which felt so festive and cosy and almost made it feel like a ski chalet. There was a lot of wood, an open fire and a view of the lake to wake up to.

If you're interested in staying at The Chevin, you can book here. Bed, breakfast and dinner is from £49.50pp or you can opt for room only from £27.50pp (although would highly recommend dinner because tasty!)

What do you look for in a staycation?

Amy x


  1. yes to a spa break! and I'd also want to have a little more relaxation when it comes to booking a stay and be able to walk around the city where I am. love the tips! x
    have a wonderful day!

    1. It's so nice to properly relax on a break I think! xx

  2. Yes! Totally on board with the relaxation element of a great staycation; they're ideal for winding down and doing very little. Trekking and exploring is for the trips we travel thousands and thousands of miles for! haha :) x

    1. You are the queen of staycations! I need to get myself on more! xx


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