Tips and deals of the week: Avis car hire, the Houndgate Townhouse and First Choice's Balanceability

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The rental

Avis is offering one-way car hire in Scotland from £10. The offer is available between 24 August-15 September and is only applicable on rentals of up to two days, returning to England or Wales (

The hotel

The Houndgate Townhouse has opened in Darlington, County Durham. Occupying a Grade II-listed building, it has eight bedrooms and a gastropub-style menu. Doubles £140 (

The activity

Double-gold medallist Laura Trott has teamed up with First Choice to launch Balanceability, a learn-to-cycle programme for children that's available at the Holiday Village Majorca (