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Hotels, cabins and treehouses around the UK are offering NHS staff free holidays

Ellie Walker-Arnott

If there’s one thing we’ll all be in need of when this is over, it’s a break from our own four walls. But no one will deserve a holiday more than NHS workers. 

While we’ve been inside our homes on lockdown, healthcare professionals have been on the frontline, looking after everyone’s loved ones and putting themselves at risk in the process. 

When the current situation passes (soon, please), the first thing they’ll need is a break, and a bunch of hotels, B&Bs and travel companies are lined up, ready to give them a free holiday. 

The #treatournhs initiative, originally set up by the owner of The Hayloft in Devon on Instagram, has seen hundreds of accommodation owners across the UK pledge weekends away and short breaks to NHS workers. Offers include sleepovers in eco lodges, luxe spas, fancy treehouses, Cornish cottages, Scottish estates and grand hotels like the Langham in London. Luxe hotel chain The Pig is offering the night prior to its reopening to NHS workers, while a couple of nights in Elmley Nature Reserve are also available. 

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✨#treatournhs GIVEAWAY ✨ So Easter 🐣 weekend is nearly over but fear not we’ve got an amazing giveaway for a #nhsworker. We feel truly humbled by the tireless work everyone in the 💙 NHS 🦸‍♀️🦸‍♂️ is doing for our nation - we wanted to say our own personal ‘thank you’ 🙏 by giving something back. Sarah @thehayloftdevon came up with this great idea for fellow holiday accommodation providers to gift a stay to give a well earned rest to a NHS worker, once this is all over. We thought that was a fab idea so we’ve teamed up with a few of our incredible Hideout friends to offer this amazing giveaway worth up to £900... . Win a 2 night midweek stay for 2 adults* in The Hudnalls Hideout luxury TREEHOUSE plus... ✨ your own Private Chef for the night to cook you dinner at the treehouse, courtesy of the talented Yvette at @hartsbarncookery ✨an amazingly relaxing and rejuvenating Flotation Therapy session for each of you with @floatintheforest ✨ a Hamper of delicious local goodies from @forest_deli ✨a bottle of the wonderful Wye Valley Gin from @silvercircledistillery . If you work in the NHS or know a friend who does - get NOMINATING to win and please SHARE this post like mad!! 😊 . To nominate any NHS 💙 worker simply: ✨ FOLLOW us on Instagram ✨ TAG your nominated NHS worker (can be yourself) and tell us the reason you’re nominating them in a comment below. One nomination per comment please. One winner will be picked at random at 6pm on Sunday 26th April. Good luck 🍀 and thank you 🙏 all our 💙 #nhsheroes across the UK x . *prize is for 2 adults only (over 18’s). No children or pets can be accepted. The prize is subject to availability and is valid for a 2 night midweek stay before 30/06/2021.

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The offers are starting to spread outside the UK too, with French villas with pools and ski lodges in the Alps appearing as part of the hashtag. 

Know an amazing NHS worker or are one yourself? Head to #treatournhs and nominate them/yourself for a stay. You really do deserve it. 

Can’t wait to be able to travel again? Here are the coolest cabins in the UK. Daydream now, visit later. 

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