UPDATED NOVEMBER 2017
Let someone else do the cooking this year with a seasonal getaway to a relaxing UK escape, boasting beautifully decked halls and delicious, home-cooked Christmas spreads. From country houses to city retreats, pack up your presents and venture a little further afield, these are the seasonal stays to book this Christmas...
A beautiful bolthole in the charming New Forest, The Pig’s stunning landscapes form the backdrop to one of the UK’s most majestic country escapes. A favourite amongst foodies, The Pig prides itself on homegrown, foraged and locally sourced produce – guests are encouraged to walk through the walled kitchen garden and bounteous vegetable patch to get a glimpse into the restaurant’s behind-the-scenes goings on. The food is exquisite, and changes dependent on the season. Take a walk around the grounds, have a massage in their quaint potting shed then relax by the fire with a game of Monopoly.
Rooms from £245 per night (minimum 3-night stay over Christmas)
A truly magical city retreat, The Connaught scores high on our list of festive getaways. In a city that never sleeps, Christmas Day is most likely the only time you’ll experience a hint of tranquility in the heart of London. Christmas at the Connaught features everything from harpists playing during afternoon tea to horse-drawn carriage rides through Mayfair’s empty streets. A five-course lunch will be served in the Espelette, or, for a real treat, you can book in to two Michelin-starred Darroze for a traditional Christmas Day menu.
Burrowed in the heart of the beautiful New Forest, Lime Wood’s stately country house offers all the romance of a traditional Christmas getaway with few pampering extras. Whether you want to wander through the countryside – you’ll find a row of Hunter wellies neatly lined up to attend to all your walking desires – or enjoy a blissful afternoon in the heavenly spa, Limewood is the ultimate Christmas break for those who love life’s little luxuries.
Rooms from £955 per night for two adults (24th – 27th December; including Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day Lunch and evening buffet and Boxing Day lunch)
Coworth Park Hotel and Spa, Ascot
With Ascot, Windsor’s Great Park and English Heritage properties close by, Coworth Park and its surrounding grounds are conveniently placed for cheerful Christmas Day strolls. A sister hotel to London’s iconic Dorchester, expect the same level of impeccable luxury, but in a romantic rural setting. Everything is taken care of for you, so you won’t have to worry about a thing. You can even arrange for a Christmas tree in your room, ready for your arrival. To keep with tradition, guests will be treated to afternoon tea with board games and fizz, and carols with yet more Champagne – it is Christmas after all. A three-course supper will be served in the evening, followed by midnight mass at the local Sunningdale Church, then come Christmas Day, there will be Christmas feast with all the trimmings, and a relaxed buffet supper in the evening. Wind down on Boxing Day with Santa Segway races, falconry displays and wine and chocolate masterclasses.
Festive season at Coworth Park available from November 17th 2017 – January 14th 2018; prices start from £318 for two adults sharing a Stable Superior Room
Bracing walks in Snowdonia’s National Park followed by board games next to the roaring fire; Christmas at Palé Hall is a relaxed family affair. A luxury country house in the tranquil Dee valley, guests can look forward to an unforgettable seasonal stay in laid-back luxury. During the Christmas break, Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines will be serving up a sumptuous festive spread, followed by carols around the grand piano and cranberry martinis beside the towering Christmas tree. Halls will be decked in beautiful décor, and Bing Crosby’s White Christmas will be screened in the drawing room, to really get you in the spirit.
2-night festive package from £969 for two
Isle Of Eriska
For the ultimate in exclusive retreats, the Isle of Eriska Hotel is set on a 300-acre private island, adjoined to the coast by a specially built bridge. With glorious views of the Scottish landscapes, this small but perfectly formed oasis boasts everything from coastal backdrops to otters and dolphins jumping from the choppy Scottish seas. The hotel and spa is the ideal place to relax and unwind, and will provide you with everything you need for an entirely stress-free Christmas – think afternoon tea, Champagne breakfast and a few rounds of afternoon golf. Dine in style at the Michelin-starred restaurant, refresh at the Stables Spa then curl up out of the cold next to the roaring fire.
4-night Christmas package starts from £1110 per person based on two people sharing
You have to stay for four nights over Christmas – or three if you choose the days during the ‘Twixmas Break’ – but once you’re there, we guarantee you won’t want to leave. Look forward to plenty of festive frolics like lunches on Lake Windermere and Champagne reception feasts, whilst the surrounding countryside is the perfect backdrop for scenic wintry walks. If your legs are aching when you return, you can book a relaxing in-room spa treatment. The garden suites are particularly extravagant and have their own private hot tubs – perfect for a Christmas à deux.
4-night Christmas break (from 23rd – 27th December) from £2450
Hotel du Vin Henley on Thames
Once home to an Oxfordshire Brewery, this charming Georgian building now plays host to one of Hotel du Vin’s handsome Henley hangouts. Promising a festive Christmas with all the trimmings, enjoy delicious food and Yuletide fun in the comfort of this cosy countryside retreat. Just a few minutes’ walk from the River Thames, enjoy the scenic rural landscapes, then venture out to explore the pleasant town, which has plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and shops to pass the time. Splurge on one of the sprawling suites that come complete with exposed wooden beams, roll top baths and heavenly monsoon drench showers.
3-night Christmas package from £369 per person
The Horn Of Plenty
For a whimsical winter break, escape to the West Country to eat, drink and be merry at The Horn of Plenty. A romantic Devon hideaway boasting five sprawling acres of lush country gardens, brimming with nature’s bounties. Although the manor house itself retains its original 18th-century glamour, the rooms are stylish and contemporary. The house nestles into the rolling foothills of Dartmoor, so you can nip out for quick countryside stroll or head into Tavistock – which is just four miles away – to stock up on local foodie delights.
Rooms from £1299 for a 3-night stay over Christmas
Curl up in the Cotswolds this Christmas in the pretty market town of Woodstock. Just a stone’s throw from one of the biggest stately homes in Britain, Blenheim Palace, and neighbouring Cotswold villages, there’s plenty to see and do. Bicester Village is close by if you fancy a shopping spree, but the Feathers is such a charming intimate retreat, you’ll be perfectly happy working your way through their delicious menu with a glass of mulled wine. On Christmas day itself, look forward to a Champagne and canapé reception, followed by a bounteous six-course banquet, with all the traditional festive trimmings.
3-night Christmas break from £799 per room
The Ragdale Hall
For an indulgent Christmas break, book into the glorious Ragdale Hall. Spa treatments will be on offer throughout the festive period, so prepare for hours of soothing hydrotherapy sessions and bathrobe lounging. Guests will be served Winter Pimms and canapés before the Christmas Eve carol performance, followed by a three-course supper later in the evening. Wake up with Champagne cocktails on Christmas Day before tackling the delicious four-course Christmas Day lunch.
3-night Christmas break (24th – 26th December) from £222 per person
Christmas is the perfect time to visit Jersey’s Longueville Manor. Surrounded by enchanting woodland, this 14th-century manor house is the epitome of island living. Food is at the heart of the Longueville experience, so you are in for a real treat when you book in during the Christmas season. Look forward to Champagne receptions, Christmas feasts and live entertainment on Boxing Day to keep the post-Christmas blues away.
4-night Christmas break (24th – 27th December) from £247.50 per person per night
The Churchill Arms, Paxford
For a wonderfully romantic, unpretentious getaway, hole up at Cotswold favourite The Churchill Arms. With a small selection of rooms – there are three in total – Christmas here is an intimate affair, with food at the forefront. From Christmas Eve right up until the 27th December, guests will be treated to mince pies and Champagne, decadent festive feasts – lovingly prepared by chef Nick Deverell-Smith, who appeared on this year’s Great British Menu – hearty cooked breakfasts and specially made Christmas hampers to enjoy from the comfort of your room. Plus, you have the joys of the Cotswolds right on your doorstep, for post-turkey countryside pursuits.
24th – 27th December, £945 per room including all food
Artist Residence, Cornwall
Set in a historic port in the heart of Penzance, this Georgian boutique bolthole forms part of the achingly cool Artist Residence collection, so art lovers are in for a treat with its quirky, rustic-industrial design. Boasting 23 bedrooms – each individually designed by a local artist – and its own private cottage, rooms are cosy and homely, with roaring log fires, snuggly sofas and romantic roll-top baths, whilst outside you have the allure of the dramatic Cornish coast just waiting to be explored.
Rooms from £150 a night
The Savoy, London
This year, as well as the usual festive frolics, London’s legendary Savoy hotel will immerse itself in age-old traditions, with a Victorian-inspired Christmas installation exclusively designed by pefume house Penhaligon’s. Inspired by the scents of Christmas, guests will have a sensorial experience with wafts of cinnamon, cloves, pine trees and sweet mulled wines. And for those making a night of it, there will be a decadent four-course feast served up inside Kaspar’s Bar on Christmas Eve, followed by a traditional four-course lunch on Christmas Day with all the trimmings.
Rooms from £450
The Rectory, Crudwell
For a rustic getaway that comes with a touch of vintage glamour, The Rectory in Crudwell ticks all the boxes. A heavenly hideaway nestled on the Cotswolds border, this former rectory is the picture of rural charm with roaring log fires, cosy blankets, sumptuous velvet sofas and its own charming pub around the corner, where you can curl up with a glass of wine after a countryside walk. Christmas here comes with all the trimmings, so look forward to everything from festive drinks, film nights and local nativity plays to buffets, brunches, lunches and more.
From £1250 per room for a three-night stay (24th – 27th December) including food, or from £230 a room without food
Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh
Of all the cosy nooks to curl up, Hotel Du Vin boasts some of the best, with crackling fireplaces and leather armchairs beckoning guests to relax and unwind. Their fabulous Christmas Day package (based on you arriving on 24th and departing on 26th December) includes a two-night stay including breakfast, mulled wine, dinner and Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunches. And for those who are keen to explore, the delights of Edinburgh are on your doorstep, and are particularly festive come December, with German markets, open air ice rinks and twinkling Christmas lights.
From £578 per room for a two-night stay (24th – 26th December)
The Lanesborough, London
Nestled in the heart of Knightsbridge, the richly decorated, incredibly ornate Lanesborough Hotel will transform into an enchanted mansion for the festive season, softly sparkling with Christmas décor and winter merriment. Celebrate Christmas in their decked halls with roaring log fires, and indulge in some Christmas feasting – all with a glass of fizz in hand. Oh and when we say indulgent, we really do mean indulgent. You’ll be treated to a decadent Christmas lunch courtesy of Michelin-starred chefs Eric Frechon and Florian Favario, served in the palatial setting of Céleste. This is Christmas, gourmet style.
Three-night Christmas Residence packages start from £2,990 for a superior room
Enjoy a home away from home over the festive season in the luxurious setting of the Rosewood London. The epitome of old school glamour, this central London hideaway will be transformed into a hub a of festivity, with towering Christmas trees, twinkling fairy lights and the snow-specked Winter Lodge; where guests can curl up in front of the fire with a steaming gin cocktail. Christmas lunch and afternoon tea will be served in the Art Deco-adorned Mirror Room or bustling Holborn Dining Room, whilst vintage cocktails will be served in the decadent setting of the glamorous Scarfes Bar. After all the festivities, snuggle up in your sumptuous room with a glass of Champers. Christmas comes but once a year, after all.
Rooms from £415