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Take a cracking break this Easter.

Byline: By Wales on Sunday

Easter is a truly cracking time to unwind and head off to enjoy a very egg-stra special break.

And Enjoy England, who are charged with highlighting some of the delights of a short break stay across the border, have come up with some delightful offerings.

If you're looking for a really cuddly break, for example, immerse yourself at award-winning Combe House, near Exeter, Devon.

They are plying all the vital ingredients for a memorable time, including the promise of cuddly bunny, chocolate eggs and a bottle of champagne.

This Elizabethan manor, hidden on a wooded estate, is in easy reach of Exeter and the seaside at Sidmouth.

Two-night breaks taking in Easter Friday, Saturday or Sunday are priced from pounds 575 for two people sharing a room. This includes a three-course dinner prepared by the hotel's two resident Master Chefs of Great Britain, serving contemporary British cuisine.

You can start the weekend with champagne and canapes in the bar... enjoy a candlelit dinner... and then relax in front of log fire in the oak panelled great hall.

Accommodation is in 15 ensuite bedrooms and suites, some with views across the Devon countryside to Dartmoor, or in a newly-restored thatched cottage. For further information and bookings, call 01404 540400, quoting 'Easter Teddy' or visit

You can live like a lord on a special Eastertide break at the splendid Devonshire Arms in the famous Yorkshire Dales.

Owned by the Duke of Devonshire, this four-star Pride of Britain Hotel is located on the 30,000-acre picturesque, historic Bolton Abbey estate near Skipton.

A three-night break beginning on Good Friday, April 6, costs pounds 417 per person, based on two sharing, with a full English belt-busting breakfast every day. Children will be charged pounds 225 a head.

You will take dinner one night in the hotel's Michelin-starred Burlington Restaurant and another night in the informal Brasserie. Guests receive a luxury chocolate egg, and a traditional afternoon tea in the pavilion cafe beside the River Wharfe on the estate.

Optional activities include an Easter treasure hunt and quiz, riverside walks to the ruined 12th Century Bolton Priory or pampering at the hotel's spa with its indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and treatment rooms.

For further information and bookings, call 0800 089 3929 or visit

Alternatively, guests on a three-night break at Swinton Park country house hotel near Ripon, can enjoy their last night for free.

The offer at this North Yorkshire haven is based on the dinner, bed and breakfast package, meals from the bar - with a complimentary bottle of house wine - an alternative to the restaurant menu.

Stay a fourth night, Easter Monday, for pounds 125 per room bed and breakfast. To add to the fun, there is a wine appreciation lunch on the Saturday, and an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday.

The turreted and castellated four-star hotel is set in great walking country and boasts its own spa and nine-hole golf course. Call 01765 680900 or visit

Meantime for the budget-concious, The Buarnham Broom Hotel in Norfolk is offering an Easter break at less than pounds 100 a night.

Set in the River Yare Valley in easy reach of Norwich and the Norfolk Broads, the three-star hotel claims to offer something for everyone. It has a leisure club and two 18-hole golf courses rated among the county's best.

Available from April 5-10, the break includes a full English breakfast, three-course table d'hote dinner in the award winning Flints Restaurant, and free use of the leisure club.

The cost is pounds 99 per room per night based on a minimum two-night stay. Call 01603 759393 or visit

For something more energetic, including golf, swimming and tennis, try the four-star Palace Hotel in Torquay, Devon.

Their luxurious three-night break including full English breakfast and dinner is priced from pounds 255 per person this Easter.

Set in 25 acres of grounds including a nine-hole short golf course, the Palace is known for its high standard of service and cuisine. For more information and bookings, call 0870 70 70 010. Alternatively, visit or check:

Everyone booking an Easter break at the Flackley Ash Hotel at Peasmarsh, Sussex, receives an Easter egg and a bouquet of spring flowers in their room. Guests booking four nights - get a free bottle of bubbly as a bonus.

The three-star Georgian country house hotel has a pool and spa, and is close to the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, in easy reach of Brighton and the spa town of Tunbridge Wells.

Beauticians provide a range of treatments, and the pool will be open throughout the holiday. Lie-in on Easter Sunday as breakfast is served until 11am and late check-out is available.

The three-night break costs pounds 279 per person, four nights pounds 344, including breakfasts and three-course table d'hote meal each evening and full use of the leisure centre. Check
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 11, 2007
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