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Inside The Gate House at Salomons

Did you know there are still plenty of last-minute staycation options available during the school holidays? Whether you’re looking for a peaceful countryside weekend or a luxurious hotel getaway, you’ll find great deals, even for peak travel dates if you know where to look. Let Molly Miller be your last-minute holiday guide…


Salomons Estate

For a charming rural getaway, why not consider Salomons Estate? This picturesque Grade II listed manor house in Tunbridge Wells offers 36 acres of rolling gardens and six beautifully refurbished holiday cottages. Each combines historical charm with modern luxury, and if you book directly, you can save 20% using code ‘BOOK20’!

The cottages cater to groups of all sizes, accommodating 2 to 12 guests, and they’re also dog-friendly, so the whole family can join in the fun. You can choose from the grand Gate House, the quaint Cottage, or the newly added Garden Cottages which are located behind a beautiful walled garden.

Named Peony, Lavender, Rose, and Honeysuckle, the Garden Cottages boast original features from their fascinating history. They were once potting sheds used by the estate’s gardening staff in 1890 when David Salomons, London’s first-ever Jewish Lord Mayor, lived there.

All holiday homes at Salomons offer fully equipped kitchens, stylish lounge and dining areas, spacious double bedrooms, luxury bathrooms, and large flat-screen TVs. The two larger cottages also boast their own private gardens, which are perfect for relaxing outdoors.

During your stay, you can explore the estate’s glorious grounds, visit the museum, and indulge in delightful afternoon tea or Sunday lunch on the terrace (available on selected dates in August). The location is also great for day trips to nearby historical sites like Hever Castle and Penshurst Place, as well as attractions such as the Assembly Hall Theatre and Bewl Water.


One Warwick Park Hotel

If you’re seeking luxury, One Warwick Park is the place to be. This boutique hotel, located near Tunbridge Wells’ famous Pantiles, offers 20% off when booking directly. The hotel stands proudly on Chapel Place and features 39 bedrooms and suites, plus two beautifully refurbished self-catering options.

The House, with room for up to eight guests is dog-friendly and offers a spacious marble kitchen that seamlessly connects to the lounge/diner, providing plenty of space for families to relax. The Apartment is also dog-friendly and suitable for smaller groups, boasting a cosy space with luxurious amenities and a private courtyard to enjoy the sunshine.

For an all-inclusive experience, the hotel offers interconnecting suites and bedrooms, blending comfort and elegance, equipped with modern amenities, flat-screen TVs, plush pillows, and lovely bathrooms with complimentary Temple Spa products.

During your stay, be sure to check out The Brasserie, One Warwick Park’s delicious restaurant, where kids under 12 eat free during the summer holidays, and parents can enjoy a free cocktail!

The summer promotion is valid until the end of August and can be redeemed when ordering one adult main from the seasonal menu. Dishes all use locally-sourced ingredients, with popular favourites including the Brasserie burger, a 7oz fillet steak, battered cod and chips and a classic club sandwich.

There’s also a bar, featuring an extensive drinks menu providing the perfect spot to sit back and unwind after a day exploring with the family. Nearby attractions that are perfect for keeping the children entertained include the Spa Valley Railway, Trinity Theatre, Dunorlan Park and Chimera Climbing.

Book your luxury break at and use code ‘BOOK20’ for 20% off this summer!

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