From Croatian villas to castles in Germany, we have the ideal accommodation for late-minute breaks in Europe. Just because you’re booking close to the date, doesn’t mean you have to settle for somewhere obvious. Take your pick from this unique selection or browse our collection of tempting destinations across the continent.
Hilton Park is the kind of place you suitably sweep your soulmate for a week of romance. But you’ll be shocked at how easy it is to get to this sort of off-radar luxury. The 18th-century stately home is just 90 minutes from Dublin and Belfast airports. Why go now? The acres of woods, lakes and meadows are a delight to wander in the late summer. And you’ll want to sample the homemade rhubarb tart while it’s still in season…
An 18th-century castle with chic updates, Hotel Schloss Hertefeld is an unexpected getaway for late-summer adventure seekers. All fireplaces and free-standing bathtubs, the boutique haven is just five miles from the nearest airport. You’re not far from easy transportation services, but secluded enough to feel wonderfully alone in this Weeze-based green space.
Croatia makes the perfect last-minute trip. If you love living history, check into Hotel Villa Astra. With its private beach, intimate restaurant and seven sea-facing bedrooms, you’ll be flying high with good vibes the moment you arrive.
Close your eyes and imagine your dream Welsh countryside retreat. Swansea-settled Fairyhill isn’t far from that. Your hosts Paul and Andrew have created a spectacular experience which sees you gliding round a soul-rousing Georgian mansion among 24 acres of verdant grounds. Dinner is a classical vs contemporary affair, complemented with a wine list as long as your arm.
For a flashy last-minute break in Europe, five-star Suter Palace Heritage Boutique Hotel is a smart choice. The Bucharest boutique sends you whooshing back to a grander period in time – the early 1900s. It’s an architectural work of art: a grand showing-off of spiral staircases wrapped around gigantic crystal chandeliers; walnut woods complemented by gold leaf and velvet.
Jaws unlatch, hearts melt, souls ignite. This is Sierakow Manor: close enough to Krakow for speedy travel, yet far into the foothills of Wieliczka and hidden within a four-hectare park. The 19th-century building has had a gentle restoration, blending it’s natural English-style good looks with a modern four-star spin.
Just three minutes from the E4 and yet lightyears away from the hustle and bustle is Toftaholm Manor. It’s been a holiday haven for kings, but you don’t need any credits to your name to be treated like royalty here. Six centuries of history can be felt in this classic manor-style house, surrounded by miles of Småland countryside delight. This is how you do last-minute breaks in Europe.