The Most Festive UK Hotels
Celebrate the end of what has been a pretty 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.
The Most Festive Hotels for a Christmas Staycation
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.
Rooms start from £295 for a minimum two-night stay over Christmas, including breakfast. thehorseandgroom.pub
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. thepighotel.com
Doubles from £175. thepighotel.com
Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire
For a Christmas staycation spent in the countryside, it doesn’t get much better than Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. From a festive afternoon tea to an indulgent Christmas Day lunch courtesy of executive chef Paolo Belloni, there’s plenty in store – even a selection of spa treatments, namely the festive rose spice candle massage. The fun doesn’t stop there; guests can also enjoy ice skating in the hotel’s resident rink accompanied by hot chocolate, mulled wine, mince pies and more, as well as horse riding, birdwatching wildlife walks, and a horse drawn carriage ride.
Doubles from £325. fourseasons.com
The Kensington, London
London’s The Kensington is going the extra mile to entertain guests this year. The luxury hotel has partnered with the Royal Albert Hall to offer visitors exclusive tickets to the now sold-out ‘Carols at The Royal Albert Hall’ – a joyous event guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. You’ll also enjoy a delicious pre-theatre dinner with fizz and à la carte breakfast.
The Christmas Carol package starts from £600 and includes parking, an overnight in a Studio Suite, two tickets to Carols at The Royal Albert Hall, pre-theatre dinner, a bottle of Champagne and à la carte breakfast. Bookable on 21, 22 & 23 December 2020. doylecollection.com
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.
Doubles from £298. gravetyemanor.co.uk
The Eastbury, Dorset
Take to Sherborne this Christmas, a quiet and characterful town located in north west Dorset – and home to five-star The Eastbury. This charming country hotel – with its award-winning gardens, 2 AA Rosette Seasons restaurant and dog-friendly Potting Shed Suites – makes for a memorable staycation at any time of the year, but this Christmas will see the likes of a cocktail party, seven-course Christmas lunch and indulgent Boxing Day brunch take place. Sherborne is a treat to visit too, promising long scenic walks (ask the hotel for a guide), cosy pubs, and the historic Sherborne Castle and Abbey.
The Christmas House Party Package: prices start from £1,475 staying in a Luxury Double Room including breakfast based on 2 people for 3 nights arriving on 24-27 December 2020.
The Connaught, London
The Connaught has always done Christmas well, with its sumptuous festive decor, cosy nooks, and Connaught Christmas tree which annually lights up Mount Street – last year’s, designed by artist Sean Scully, was nine metres tall and featured an impressive 25,000 light bulbs. The hotel promises a magical stay over Christmas with guest stockings, Christmas Eve carols, a horse-drawn carriage ride across Mayfair and more. Little ones will even receive their very own letter from Father Christmas.
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 this year includes an overnight stay with breakfast, plus all the festive trimmings: mulled wine on arrival, Christmas Eve carol singers, a generous welcome gift and Christmas hamper. Christmas trees are available for suites upon request, whilst Champagne afternoon tea, a delicious three-course dinner and Christmas Day feast are also on the menu, if you should wish to indulge.
From £345 per room, per night. lygonarmshotel.co.uk
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. Featuring log fires and hearty feasts, there’s much to enjoy throughout the festive season. The hotel’s three-night Christmas Break package includes an optional service at Ripon Cathedral, a Boxing Day Champagne brunch and guided walk to Fountains Abbey, plus a delicious Christmas Day lunch; think Yorkshire game birds, pollards of Thirkleby turkey with all the trimmings and Grantley Hall’s traditional Christmas pudding with muscovado ice cream and brandy foam.
From £1450 per person based on two people sharing a deluxe room. grantleyhall.co.uk
The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire
This year, Aberdeenshire’s The Fife Arms is channeling mountain style for its winter festivities with an array of Alpine-inspired pop-ups and delights. Roast chestnuts and drink glühwein by the fire in the courtyard, or indulge in a selection of Swiss and Sottish cheese fondue in The Fog House. A Swiss-inspired afternoon tea – featuring stollen, gingerbread “ghillies”, hot chocolate and mulled wine – will be served in the Clunie Dining Room and Drawing Room, whilst you’ll find a Chocolate and Whisky Bar offering five local whiskies and Sprűngli Swiss chocolate located in the The Library. The hotel’s three-day Christmas Celebration package will ensure an unforgettable stay, including a carol concert, festive crafts, village treasure trails, Fife Arms stockings and more – not to forget the quintessential Christmas feast.
Book the Christmas Celebration package for a 3-night stay from 24-27 December. Prices start from £543 per room per night including meals and activities. Hogmanay includes a 3-night stay from 30 December 2020 to 2 January 2021. Prices start from £919 per room per night, with all of the above included. thefifearms.com
Cary Arms & Spa, Devon
South Devon’s Cary Arms & Spa is celebrating Christmas in style with a range of exciting ‘twixmas’ and party packages. The Christmas House Party Package, for example, comprises a three-night stay where guests can enjoy a Christmas Eve cocktail party, champagne breakfast, five-course Christmas Day feast, followed by a buffet dinner in the evening, live entertainment and much more. 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.
The Christmas House Party Package: a 3-night stay (24-27 December 2020) in a room or cottage of choice. Prices start from £1,790 for a stay in a Double Room based on 2 adults sharing for 3 nights. Cottages start from £4,440 for a stay in a Smuggler’s Cottage which can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults and 2 children. Beach Hut Suites are also available and start from £2,225 based on 2 adults sharing. Rates include accommodation, dinners, breakfasts, Christmas Day lunch, entertainment and drinks. caryarms.co.uk
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