In recent years there's been a growing trend amongst Brits to ditch the two-week beach holiday in favour of a series of shorter breaks abroad.
Midweek, weekend and even one-night 'nano breaks' are enjoyed by couples, friendship groups, and families with older children looking to take in a few cultural sights and enjoy the shopping opportunitIes on offer.
Popular destinations include the usual European suspects such as Amsterdam, Paris and Bruges, but as a nation we're definitely becoming more adventurous, exploring further-flung cities like Krakow, Budapest and Reykjavik.
Here at Hookwood Lodge, we've certainly noticed this shift in travel habits. Since we opened in 2017, our guests are increasingly likely to be flying from Gatwick Airport for a city break, often just for two or three nights.
Guests stay with us the night before a flight, and often on the evening of their return, as a way of extending their holiday and helping to ensure there are no last-minute hitches getting to the airport for an early departure, or back home after a tiring return leg.
This makes perfect sense. When time abroad is relatively short, it's important to set off feeling refreshed and stress-free: the last thing any traveller wants is to write off a whole day to exhaustion from a crack-of-dawn alarm call.
Hookwood Lodge offers superb, sound-proofed, en-suite accommodation just three minutes' drive from either terminal at Gatwick Airport. Safe car parking can also be arranged via our sister company, Tudor Rose.
So, for example, if you've booked a Friday to Sunday break in Seville, you could drive to us on Thursday evening, park in our hotel grounds and enjoy a relaxing evening. With plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby, there are dining options to suit every taste and budget.
After a comfortable night in one of our spacious rooms, Tudor Rose drivers will arrive punctually to transfer you to the airport terminal, carefully parking your car afterwards in secure, award-winning parking facilities. When you return, Tudor Rose will be waiting to meet you with your car. Whether you then decide to drive straight home, or stay another night with us to recharge your batteries, we're confident that you will have enjoyed the very best service possible.
Many of our guests return to us again and again, and it's always a pleasure for us to get to know them and hear about their holidays. We often pick up tips for our own city breaks: next destination on our wish list – Venice!