Bits: Win a stay in a castle for you and 20 guests, cheap Sofitel T5 deals

News in brief:

Win a stay for 20 people at Duns Castle in Scotland

HomeAway is a website where you can book private homes and apartments for your holidays with friends and family.

One of the unique places you can book on HomeAway is Duns Castle – a 14th century Scottish Castle with 12 bedrooms on a 12,000 acre estate. You can find more pictures and information on the castle’s HomeAway listing.

duns castle scotland disney beauty and beast home away

HomeAway sent us some information on a new competition they are running in conjunction with the new Disney live action version of Beauty and the Beast.  Given the size of the prize, and the fact that I doubt that many people will enter, I thought it was worth a mention.

The winner will get a 5 night stay at Duns Castle for themselves and up to 20 guests (worth £11,500) plus economy travel for everyone up to the cost of £1,000 per person.  Even given UK train ticket prices, you should be able to get there for that!

All you need to do is visit this page of the HomeAway website, fill out the form with your details and answer the challenge question correctly.  You are signing up for their email newsletter but you can unsubcribe from that at any time. The full terms and conditions are on this page.  You need to live in the UK, US, France or Germany to enter.

The competition closes at midnight on 31st March.

Sofitel Terminal 5 Heathrow

Sofitel Terminal 5 back on lastminute.com as a ‘secret hotel’

I noticed the other day that the Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5 (directly linked to Heathrow Terminal 5) is still available as a lastminute.com ‘top secret’ hotel.   Availability is best at weekends.

The ‘Top Secret’ page is here.  You are looking for a Heathrow hotel described as ‘Luxury hotel offering unforgettable stays at Heathrow’.

For Saturday 25th March, as an example, the price was £107.  On the official hotel website, the price is £161 if you sign up as a Le Club AccorHotels member.  You won’t get any points or status benefits by booking direct but, to save, £54, I doubt you’ll mind.

Remember that the club lounge at the Sofitel is part of Priority Pass, so if you have a Priority Pass card you can get de facto lounge access for free too!  (You would need to sign in every time you used it so it won’t be that simple, of course.)

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. irritatingly the Sofitel is £107 the night that I want it but disappears as soon as I add in a child.

  2. …and use your Priority Pass for lounge access!

  3. Last time I was at that Sofitel I got a triple room upgrade to a suite! Pretty random, but it was one of the nicest rooms I’ve stayed in – shame it was Heathrow :)

  4. Ta for the comp Rob, worth a shot.. :)

  5. AmandaB says:

    And £210 for the night I want – 21st March.

  6. Need a room in London on the Sat 29th April im not seeing any deal for sofitel.

    • Try happy Mondays deal next Monday! When you say London I assume you mean your flexible?

  7. ” It is basically an upmarket Airbnb!”

    I think you will find that most of the properties listed on airbnb are also on homeaway with owners charging more on homeaway to cover the higher fees.
    Our property is listed on both sites and inline with ALL the other owners in our area we charge more on homeaway.

  8. I may have been lucky, but always received the lounge as Platinum when not booking direct.

  9. Was the answer to the competition here earlier or did I dream it?

  10. Nicholas Danks says:

    Off Topic – But I have just cancelled 14 days at Le Moana Bora Bora – Mainly booked (9 nights) using IHG reward points… it might pop up in a few hours for rebooking for those who are interested!

    Regards
    Nick

  11. Anyone else going to the BT Cellars in the Sky thing tonight in London?

  12. That’s great, thanks – but now I am going to have to choose my favorite as it goes up to £185 when I add them both :-) Looks like it is thistle for us and a pod ride (same price and includes parking).

  13. My experience is that it makes no odds, as long as you’re booking a room physically suitable (I like the prestige suites, they’ve absolutely loads of room) they don’t mind how many children are in there (I have three, and they’ve never complained)

  14. I agree – I rarely add children to my bookings online as it restricts the types of rooms I can choose. I usually book the room I want,and “declare” the children when I checkin. I’ve never had an issue to date

  15. Never, ever, enter a child into a room booking. Never had a problem checking in with the child. If in doubt, check the hotel policy – they normally state children stay free.

    As noted above adding children to the room search restricts the rooms available.

    Adey