Visiting the UK from Ireland: The Manor House Hotel, County Durham

This series of posts is aimed at my Irish friends, family and audience who are thinking about visiting the UK in the near future. Featuring places to visit and things to do and see, it will draw on my personal experience, as well as the experience of others.

For Irish holiday makers visiting the North East of England, I’ve been working with The Manor House Hotel to put together a number of packages that are perfect for both short stays and long term visits.

The Manor House Hotel is a quintessentially British hotel that offers 32 comfortable bedrooms, leisure facilities including a pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, spa treatments, and a relaxing restaurant which breakfast, lunch and dinner are served.

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The Manor House is an independent country house hotel, so those expecting modern trappings such as 50 inch LCD TVs and the latest styles won’t find that here. What they will find is a genuine welcome, a good base for exploring County Durham, and a history that is unrivaled in the local area.

Typical packages available at The Manor House Hotel include:

  • A two night bed and breakfast break with dinner on the first night and full use of the spa facilities for around £155
  • A two night bed and breakfast break with one 25 minute spa treatment each and full use of the spa facilities for around £139

You can learn more about The Manor House Hotel on their website or if you have any questions fill in my contact form and I’ll be happy to get back to you.

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Visiting the UK from Ireland: A Series of Posts

This series of posts is aimed at my Irish friends, family and audience who are thinking about visiting the UK in the near future. Featuring places to visit and things to do and see, it will draw on my personal experience, as well as the experience of others.

As an Irish citizen who is living and working in the North East England, it is a personal privilege for me to welcome Irish visitors to County Durham and North East England.

Vince, my Grandfather, and Tommy, my Great Uncle, moved to County Durham in the 1950s in search of work, and have made a great contribution to local life, especially in Croxdale where they lived. In a way the work that I do continues to introduce Irish people to the North East, just as they were introduced to it all those decades ago.

Over the coming posts I will introduce you to my favourite hotels, holiday accommodation, attractions, restaurants and shops, many of whom I hope to work with in order to bring my Irish audience deals and offers which will be exclusive to my website.

Organising an indoor car boot sale

I’ve been working on organising an indoor car boot sale at The Manor House Hotel in West Auckland, County Durham.

This is one of a number of projects that I’ve been working on lately in order to explore new career paths. I’m also organising a Christmas Market at the same venue, which has proven to be more of a challange than the car boot sale when it comes to attracting stallholders.

The indoor car boot sale is for members of the public to book a stall in order to sell their unwanted items. Most households have unwanted items, and are looking to make space in the run up to Christmas.

The price of a stall at the car boot sale is dictated by the local market. Usually stalls are £10 per stall, although this time we went for £7 as it was our first one, and that is a price point that is affordable for most people.

With the Christmas Market, as you’re appealing to local businesses and independent traders who are often cash strapped, you none the less have to advertise the market in the local press and with a banner, which can be expensive, raising the cost of the table.

In terms of hours spent organising and promotion, none of these are profitable endeavours if I was to pay myself properly, which is why the bulk of the income from these markets will be donated to charity – mainly to those who are suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, as well as Macmillan Cancer Care, both causes which are close to my heart.

Trick or Treat?

I hope you all had a great Halloween! In the UK Halloween tends to be quite a low key affair, mainly being regarded as a time for children to go knocking door to door for treats or money. That being said, this year, not a single kid knocked on our door last night, leaving me to eat all of the sweets we had waiting.

According to Wikipedia, in Britain and Ireland the tradition of going house to house collecting food at Halloween goes back at least as far as the 16th century, as had the tradition of people wearing costumes at Halloween.

I think it’s great that this tradition has been maintained for so many hundreds of years, I only hope that next year more parents and children take part!

A visit to London on Friday

On Friday I’m looking forward to visiting London again. I’ve been three or four times this year to see my brother, who lives in the UK’s capital city.

If you’re thinking about visiting London in the near future then rest assured you will have the time of your life. There’s so much to do and see that you could spend a year visiting and not even scratch the surface of what this amazing city has to offer.