Mothering Sunday more commonly referred to as Mother’s Day is only a month away. It’s an age old festival born from Christian roots to celebrate mothers and mother figures. The date changes annually as it’s held on the 4th Sunday of Lent and this year it lands on Sunday, 11th March 2018. Whilst the day itself is not a bank holiday, it’s a weekend families typically get together to visit and treat their mothers to a special day of celebration, whether that’s breakfast in bed, the presentation of a posy of flowers, a lunch out or in some cases a special weekend away.
“Say it with flowers” is the advertising slogan to mark the one day in the year you go that extra mile to make your mother feel special. We figured this year why not go that one step further and spoil mum with a weekend (or week long) holiday with everyone she loves. This time of year is considered low season in UK holiday rentals, so booking a short break during one of the most reasonably priced months of the year, makes it a very affordable treat for mum!
March is a great time of year to shake off the winter blues. Sure it might still be a bit chilly, but think of all those large cosy farmhouses scattered across the UK welcoming visitors with roaring log fires to keep you toasty at night when the wind blows. Just because the weather’s pants doesn’t mean you can’t have a good holiday.
In fact, its amazing how reinvigorating a change of scene can be if you pack up a few belongings and decamp somewhere else for a few days. March is a great time to hunt around for weekend getaways because you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s highly likely you’ll be able to find a nice big house (or castle!) to rent within a couple of hours drive from wherever you live, whether it’s England, Scotland or Wales. And we do recommend you collaborate with friends (or aunties & uncles) and book something larger than normal. It’ll be more fun for everyone especially your mum!
Most mothers we know like spending time with their family (and friends) as long as they don’t have to run around after everyone. Getting mum out of her own home means you’re on neutral territory and new rules can be established, for example, “all guests staying in the house that answer to ‘mum’ must refrain from entering the food prep area at mealtimes”.
On that note, we’ve come up with a few more rules we think families taking their mothers on holiday should adopt (written by mum’s for mum’s):
- No mother is allowed out of bed until after 9am
- Every mother gets a cup of tea or coffee brought up to her in the morning
- No mother is asked to plan or prepare meals
- Siblings (no matter how old) are to refrain from arguing or whinging in front of mothers
- Mothers get to choose what they want to do on holiday not what everyone else wants to do
- No mother is to be left without a drink in her hand 5 minutes beyond the sun is over the yardarm
- All mothers get first dibs on the top row of the chocolate box
- Mum’s don’t search for, book or pay for the holiday!
To make your Mum feel like Queen of the Castle this Mothering Sunday take her on a magical mystery tour and book her a staycation. The choice is endless. You could go for the modern beachfront penthouse in Cornwall, or the back of beyond farmhouse in Wales. You could lord it up in a Cotswolds Manor House or chill in a Norfolk barn conversion. Wherever you decide to take her, we bet your mum will love it!
If you want to shake it up a bit this year, call us on 01208 821 341 and let us help you find a great big holiday house for your mum to surround herself with everyone she loves this March.