WITH lockdown restrictions relaxing and families finally able to meet again after months apart, a Somerset estate is offering them the chance to reunite in style.

The Orchardleigh Estate, near Frome, is asking members of the public to nominate families they feel are particularly deserving of a special reunion or relaxing post-lockdown break.

Hoping to provide a beacon of positivity to families who have found the last few months particularly difficult, the estate will narrow the entries down to a top 10 before asking for the public's help in crowning the winning family.

The winners will be treated to an overnight stay in one of Orchardleigh’s beautiful cottages, and a sumptuous meal at the estate’s Peacock Steakhouse.

Chris Vincent, owner of the Orchardleigh Estate, said: “The recent situation is like nothing we’ve ever seen before and it’s been hard for everybody.

"Many families have had to separate as a result of the pandemic and, as a family man myself, I understand how tremendously difficult this will have been for them all, especially with the added uncertainty of what’s going on.

"With the situation slowly improving though, and families finally able to think about getting together again, we’d like to celebrate just how far we’ve come by treating a family that’s been particularly impacted by the pandemic to a much-deserved break away.

"But we need the nation's help in trying to find them!”

Now, the Orchardleigh Estate wants to hear from anybody who knows a family that deserves to be spoiled - whether it be a family that’s had to separate for a prolonged period due to members being key workers, a family that’s been unable to celebrate a milestone occasion because of lockdown, or even a family that’s suffered from the virus.

Members of the public can nominate their own families, or other families, by visiting https://orchardleigh.lpages.co/bringing-families-together

Nominations will be open from until midnight on Friday, August 14 2020, at which time the top 10 will be chosen and taken to a public vote for deciding the winner.

The winning family will be announced on Monday, August 24, and the family will have six months to redeem their prize stay at Orchardleigh.