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Check out Lidl's hotel breaks

If you haven't been on holiday yet and can only afford a cheap staycation but don't want to compromise on quality, my favourite website is www.lidl-breaks.ie.

Yes, the same people who bring you discount groceries and a fetching line in spanner sets are offering a choice of hotels (albeit limited) around the country that really does represent good value. I found it hard to beat, even using the hotels' own websites or other trawler sites.

For example, three nights in the four-star Pillo Hotel in Galway for two adults on a B&B basis was €210 using Lidl. Booking directly with the hotel cost €297.

Even better value was on offer at the super McWilliam Hotel and Spa in Mayo. Three nights in a family room for two adults and one child for B&B was €529.41 on the hotel's website, but just €210 on Lidl's -- a big difference.

However, a two-night break at the Springhill Court hotel in Kilkenny actually worked out €2 cheaper when booking directly with the hotel, so you do need to do your homework.