Father’s Day is coming up, and Dads across the land will be looking forward to a day where they’re given the chance to put their feet up and get fussed over a bit. Around 75 countries celebrate Father’s Day on the same date (the third Sunday in June, to be exact), so that’s a heck of a lot of “World’s Best Dad” mugs to be bought and wrapped each time it comes around.
But surely we can all do a bit more for our old Dads than a hokey mug and some poorly (if enthusiastically) made breakfast in bed? There are some set, standard things that Dads of all stripes are bound to enjoy, all found in the same mythical Dad Manifesto that dictates proper etiquette when taking charge at a BBQ and the correct way to build a shed. In honour of these slightly spurious Dad-friendly pursuits, we’ve listed five of our luxury holiday home rentals in the UK where fathers of every generation can enjoy some suitably dadly pursuits.
For the Golf Dad
A classic fatherly way to spend time (and especially on a Sunday), golf might be bane to some but is a quiet and noble pastime to those who know exactly which iron to use when there’s a fierce wind across the links. If you feel like treating the Dad in your life to a spot of top-notch golf trip and some stunning accommodation to boot, check out the Regency Mansion. It’s no secret that northeast corner of Scotland is a paradise for golf lovers. Within a half hour drive of Regency Mansion, there are several golf courses, including the Royal Tarlair at Macduff and the internationally renowned Cruden Bay course!
For the Fishing Dad
There’s nothing more relaxing than a spot of fishing with the finest fishing rods and Bubba Fillet Knife to clean and fillet the fish afterwards. Unless you’re a fish, of course, and then it’s a pretty horrible experience all round. Still, assuming most of the dads out there won’t be sporting gills, fins, and glassy eyes, chances are they’ll be on the right side of the rod. The wonderful Greening Barn makes a great base if Dad enjoys a spot of angling – you’re right next to the River Dart, and you can even take sea fishing trips out from nearby Dartmouth. Better yet, the barn’s chic interior comes with a hot tub for everyone to sink into at the end of a long day. Just get Dad to take his waders off first.
For the Dad Who Knows his Beer
If your Dad enjoys the odd tipple of some classically British nut-brown ale, there’s no better way to treat him on Father’s Day than a tour around a well-known brewery with a couple of well-earned pints at the end! Hook Norton Brewery in the Cotswolds offers brewery tours every day except Sunday, and even if the kids aren’t old enough to join in the beer tasting they’re sure to enjoy seeing the brewery’s Shire horses in their stables. Ropewalk Cottage is only a short drive away from Hook Norton Brewery and makes for a super-cosy case for you and the family to explore.
For the Foodie Dad
If you want to treat your dad to the gastronomic experience of his life, try booking a few days away at Old Queens Manor. Not only is it surrounded by some breath-taking countryside but there’s plenty of historic spots nearby – so he’s sure to work up an appetite! Old Queens manor is located in the Cotswolds, where there are plenty of local farmers’ markets and delis filled with plenty of good, honest produce – straight from the suppliers! So you can create something super special on father’s day with plenty of quality fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses on offer. Make sure to pay a visit to Ross and Ross, for their exceptional potted meats, at-home curing kits along with top gifts perfect for a foodie Dad! If cooking isn’t your forte, call up our VIP concierge service free of charge to arrange a personal local chef.
For the Dad Who Just Wants to Chill Out
If everything else we’ve suggested here sounds a bit strenuous and you’re just looking for wall-to-wall relaxation, you won’t find a more appropriate place to stay than The Bellflower in Derbyshire. Sleeping 20 (so it’s great for a big family get-together) the place is overflowing with amenities, from the huge hot tub, 1.5 acres of grounds (complete with paddock and orchard), games room and, perhaps most impressive of all, the home cinema with its 3-metre screen. There’s even a 100-foot long master bedroom that’s bound to make any Dad feel like a king!
But of course, we’re well aware that your Dad might not be into any of the things we’ve listed above, so if you’re looking to treat your Dad (or a Dad in your life) this Father’s Day, get in touch with our wonderful concierge team – they’ll find you the perfect place to stay in no time at all.
(Lead image via Dave73y)