Christmas at Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Festive Hotels For A UK Christmas Staycation 2021

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Even Scrooge would approve of these sumptuous festive sojourns

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Plan a celebratory trip to mark the end of an extraordinary year with a joyous Christmas staycation. Featuring roaring log fires, carol concerts and festive feasts, these characterful UK hotels will guarantee you a very merry Christmas.

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Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Head to Mayfair, London this season for a magical stay at the Four Seasons with a trip personalised to suit your Christmas wishes. Check out the popular Winter Terrace, enjoy a festive afternoon tea or check out the seasonal treatments at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane including a Heat Experience followed by a full body salt scrub, cocoon clay wrap and full body massage. Delightful.

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Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham

Rockliffe Hall, County Durham

Bordered by the dramatic North York Moors and scenic Yorkshire Dales, Rockliffe Hall is the ideal Christmas base in the North. Kids will love Sunday lunch with Santa, a 2-course festive lunch in the Rockliffe Suite, plus a visit from Father Christmas. The Christmas break offer includes three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast arriving on Christmas Eve, Festive Afternoon Tea with mulled wine and carol singers on arrival, two hours use of the hotel spa each day, five-course Christmas Day lunch with welcome glass of sparkling wine, visit from Father Christmas on Christmas Day with a gift for all children, and complimentary festive activities

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Christmas break starts at £845pp | rockliffehall.com

Christmas at Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Chewton Glen, Hampshire

This country house hotel and spa is located on the edge of the New Forest National Park, and offers a host of Christmas experiences. In-between feasting, guests can gather around roaring fires, enjoy beach walks, warm up in the treehouse hot tubs, or cook at James Martin’s Cookery School. This year’s festive offerings include Chewton Glen’s Iconic Christmas + New Years House Parties: The three-night Christmas House Party (24th – 27th December) includes all meals, wines and entertainment or New Year (31st December – 2nd January). For those who prefer to enjoy Christmas at home, Chewton Glen’s Cookery School (The Kitchen) will equip budding bakers with all the techniques needed to make showstoppers over Christmas, courses from £110 per person.

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Christmas House Party from £4,450 per room and New Year House Party from £3,275 | chewtonglen.com

The Grove

The Grove

For a country-meets-town escape head to The Grove in Hertfordshire and check out London’s Country Estate’s Christmas offerings. The three-night Christmas Break, between 24-27 December includes complimentary use of the spa, activities and an indulgent Christmas Day lunch. Highlights of the 5-course Christmas Day lunch at The Stables include treacle-cured Wild Scottish salmon, roast Creedy Carver turkey with all the trimmings and mulled wine poached pear with The Grove honeycomb – all accompanied by a glass of Champagne. A Christmas Day buffet lunch will also available at The Glasshouse.

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Nightly rates at The Grove start from £485 for a West Wing Classic Room, as part of the Twixmas break | thegrove.co.uk | 01923 296010.

The Eastbury, Sherborne - Dorset, bedroom

The Eastbury, Dorset

This 26-bedroom country house hotel is set in historical Sherborne. The Christmas House Party Package includes a stay in a room of your choice with complimentary sloe gin in your room; mulled wine, arrival drink on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve Cocktail Party with by live music, Christmas Day seven-course lunch in the award-winning Seasons restaurant, buffet in the evening, plus Boxing Day Bucks Fizz Dorset Breakfast served until 2pm with a buffet in the evening. What’s more, on the 26th, the village will welcome the return of its annual pantomime in the local village.

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Prices start from £1,443 staying in a Luxury Double Room including breakfast based on 2 people for 3 nights arriving on 24 – 27 December, plus dinners, Christmas Day lunch, entertainment and drinks as stated | theeastburyhotel.co.uk

Merry Harriers

Merry Harriers, Surrey

This cosy Godalming hotel offers llama trekking and opened give new Shephers Huts in 2019. There will be new Wreath Making Workshops in November or a pre-Christmas or Twixmas (27-30 December) getaway, plus New Year’s Eve packages from £290. Christmas Day lunch starts at £80.

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The Runnymede On Thames, Surrey

The Runnymede On Thames, Surrey

Located 10 minutes from Windsor, The Runnymede On Thames is a great base from which to explore Windsor Great Park, Christmas at Kew and festive shopping in the Royal Borough. The Christmas Getaway offers guests a two-night break with festive feasts, cocktails, and full use of the hotel’s spa. It will include a festive afternoon tea; a light supper in the evening accompanied by a live saxophonist; plus midnight mass. On Christmas Day, guests can enjoy the spa with indoor pool, infrared sauna and eucalyptus steam room. Christmas lunch will be followed by a cheese and wine dinner (for those with space) in the evening. On Boxing Day, guests can enjoy a later check-out at 2pm.

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Christmas packages at The Runnymede start from £850 per room, based on double occupancy | runnymedehotel.com

Lygon Arms

The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds

Escape to the Cotswolds this winter for a stay at historic hotel The Lygon Arms, which dates back to the 1300s. The coaching inn’s Christmas break package is sure to include all the festive trimmings: from mulled wine to carol singers, hampers and Christmas trees available for suites upon request. Check out the Champagne afternoon tea, a delicious three-course dinner and Christmas Day feast, if you should wish to indulge.

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Grantley Hall

Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire

From its picturesque countryside location to its elegantly styled suites and luxurious Three Graces Spa, Grantley Hall makes for an ideal Christmas staycation and you can choose from their fun and festive Christmas or New Year House Party packages. Featuring log fires and hearty feasts, there’s much to enjoy throughout the festive season.

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Christmas at Coworth Park, Berkshire

Coworth Park, Berkshire

Guests at Coworth Park over Christmas will be welcomed on Christmas Eve with Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea accompanied by festive singing, followed by children’s story time and Christmas card making. After a three course dinner, guests can enjoy a pianist paying in the drawing room from 7pm to 11pm. On Christmas Day, Father Christmas will pay a visit right after breakfast and just before Champagne, before a four-course lunch. Guests can then watch the Queen’s speech in the Garden Room and continue to the Mansion House for dinner and live entertainment. Boxing Day with include brunch and activities including cream tea in the Drawing Room accompanied by a harpist as well as a children’s party in the Garden Room, plus a three-course dinner.

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The Pig at Combe

The Pig at Combe, Devon

It doesn’t get cosier than The Pig at Combe, where toasty log fires, warm mulled cider and homespun Christmas decor awaits. You’ll feel right at home at this inviting and sequestered Devonshire hotel. Cosy up in one of its snug rooms or cottages, indulge in delicious home-grown delights – the ‘Piggy Bits’ are a must-try – and cheers to the festive season with a bottle of English fizz or a ‘Kitchen Garden tipple’ in the bar. There’s even a private dining room in the Georgian kitchen for those more intimate festive feasts.

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Dunalastair Hotel Suites, Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire

Dunalastair Hotel Suites, Perthshire

Head to Scotland in search of a white Christmas and Highlands Hogmanay, and check out the ‘Magic of Christmas’ package, which includes Champagne and mince pies to welcome in Christmas Eve, followed by carol singing with the locals of Kinloch Rannoch, topped off with a 3-course dinner. On Christmas Day, a hearty Scottish breakfast with Bucks Fizz can be followed by a leisurely stroll or energising hike in the surrounding countryside, before a 4-course festive lunch.

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Magic of Christmas Package starts from £385 per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room) | dunalastairhotel.com

The Angel Hotel – Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

This luxury family-run hotel located in the centre of Abergavenny, South Wales is a great spot for a seasonal Welsh break. With 31 bedrooms and four self-contained cottages there’s something for everyone and plenty of cosy public areas for festive gatherings.

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The Fife Arms

The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire’s The Fife Arms will be serving Christmas classics in the Clunie Dining Room and Drawing Room, and you’ll find a host of other seasonal favourites in The Library. The hotel always offers enticing Christmas packages to ensure an unforgettable stay, often including carol concerts, festive crafts, village treasure trails, Fife Arms stockings and more – not to forget the quintessential Christmas feast.

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Cary Arms & Spa, Devon

Cary Arms & Spa, Devon

South Devon’s Cary Arms & Spa is a great place to celebrate Christmas. Located on the coast, there will be plenty of opportunity for long winter walks, whilst the boutique spa will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed (before you tuck into your next meal…). Cosy up in one of the hotel’s coastal cottages where you can enjoy a slightly more intimate festive few days, whilst delighting in all that the inn and spa has to offer.

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The Horse & Groom, West Sussex

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs National Park, The Horse & Groom is a 200-year-old pub and B&B that has both style and heart in abundance. Recently renovated by local entrepreneurs and husband and wife duo John Ayton MBE and Annoushka Ducas MBE, The Horse & Groom comprises a welcoming bar, cosy restaurant and ten luxury rooms. It’s the perfect spot to stop off for a festive meal or drink with your bubble – or even to stay for a night or two over the Christmas period.

Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor, West Sussex

Let this spectacular Elizabethan manor provide the setting for your seasonal staycation, complete with 35 acres of prepossessing gardens (ideal for winter walks), a renowned Michelin Star restaurant and opulent festive-enthused decor. Rooms are regal yet cosy, but it’s the breathtaking countryside surrounding which takes this historic hotel to new heights. Festive escapism at its best.

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