Hotel Christmas packages – three magical words! Who hasn’t dreamt of staying in a hotel for Christmas? If you think of the best luxury country house hotels for Christmas 2023 you can almost picture the festive scene: great food, beautiful decorations. comfy sofas, roaring fires, beautiful decorations and acres of grounds for the Boxing Day walk. The best hotel breaks for Christmas should meet all those expectations and surpass them – and that’s where this epic round-up of more than 65 Christmas hotels comes in.
What to expect from a hotel for Christmas 2023
While many hotels and restaurants offer pre-Christmas breaks and festive dinners, many luxury hotels, especially the best British country house hotels, offer two- or three-night festive breaks which wrap up the whole of the Christmas experience in a Christmassy package.
The Christmas break often starts on Christmas Eve with welcome drinks on arrival, a festive afternoon tea, carol-singing and Christmas Eve dinner followed by Christmas morning cocktails and Christmas Day breakfast, the all-important Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings, and then, if you’re lucky, a Boxing Day Ball.
Sprinkled among all this festivity will be Christmas presents, a Christmas film, a jigsaw or two and of course, the King’s Speech (Christmas at a luxury hotel is nothing if not traditional).
Added to this might be a luxury hotel spa, activities such as falconry, wine-tasting, treasure hunts, black tie dances, cocktail classes, Christmas games and quizzes (Father Christmas could even make an appearance) and probably the best thing of all: absolutely no washing up. You will be looked after, pampered, indulged and thoroughly cosseted and while all this comes at a price, well, it’s only once a year after all. (Read about my Christmas at the excellent Ockenden Manor in West Sussex to give you an idea what to expect.) However each hotel chooses to celebrate Christmas, you can be sure of three things: it will be memorable, it won’t be cheap, and there’ll be a massive Christmas tree. Feeling festive yet?
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The hotel: A 350-year old country house set in 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and woodland, Cliveden is one of Britain’s grandest country houses and fittingly promises an ‘iconic’ Christmas house party. The hotel where Meghan Markle spent the night before marrying Prince Harry is a Grade 1-listed stately home complete with antique furniture and a thoroughly modern spa and guests can expect a Christmas celebration worthy of Downton Abbey.
The Christmas package 2023: Arrive to marvel at the decorations at this supremely ornate hotel. Christmas Eve starts with afternoon tea in the grandeur of the Cliveden Dining Room with mulled wine and mince pies, followed by a champagne and canape reception with carol singers and a three-course gourmet dinner from executive chef Chris Hannon with wines, while there’s a three-course Christmas lunch with wines on the big day itself – the famous spa is open in the morning too – and an evening buffet. On Boxing Day there’s a brunch buffet followed by a ‘butler’s tour’ of the stunning building followed by Christmas cake, then a black tie dinner with entertainment.
Cost of Cliveden House hotel’s Christmas House Party 2023: Prices start from £1,890 per night for the three-night stay based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Luxury country house hotel and spa with 90 acres of land and impeccable customer service.
The Christmas package 2023: A three-night break at Hartwell promises to be a luxurious and traditional affair, with cream tea, Champagne reception, carol singers and three-course dinner with wine pairings on Christmas Eve, Bucks Fizz reception followed by a four-course Christmas Day lunch with wine, the King’s Speech in the lounge with tea and Christmas cake, and a Boxing Day farewell black tie casino evening with Prosecco reception, four-course dinner and wine pairings.
Cost of staying at Hartwell House for Christmas 2023: From £1,427.50 based on two sharing, use of spa included.
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The hotel: Four-star luxury modern hotel with a superb Thames-side location in the bustling market town of Marlow, with fine-dining restaurant and immaculate rooms.
The Christmas package 2023: The two or three night Christmas break at Compleat Angler includes breakfast each morning, festive cream tea on arrival, Christmas carols with the Choir of All Saint’s Church, Christmas Eve jazz dinner, mulled wine and mince pies, four-course Christmas Day lunch with Champagne and canapés, Boxing Day lunch as well as some great scenic walking and cycling routes along the river.
Cost of staying at Compleat Angler for Christmas 2023: From £638 per person for the two-night package, £799 for the three-night package.
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The hotel: 55-bedroom luxury hotel and spa just outside Marlow and with spectacular views of the Thames from its beautiful grounds.
The Christmas package 2023: Danesfield House is offering two- and three-night luxury Christmas getaway packages in 2023. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies on arrival and listen to traditional carol singers from 5-6pm with a glass of Moet Champagne in the Grand Hall and dinner in The Restaurant before retiring to bed. Transport to local Midnight Mass can be arranged. On Christmas Day, a sumptuous full English breakfast is served with a glass of Bucks Fizz. Build your appetite with a stroll in the enchanted grounds or swim in the 20m swimming pool, before enjoying a glass of Champagne at your table followed by a traditional Christmas day lunch from 12.30pm. After lunch relax in comfort in front of the roaring open fire in the Grand Hall for the King’s speech whilst enjoying homemade Christmas cake. Santa will pay a visit with gifts and a hearty ‘ho ho ho’ to all. For those staying Boxing Day, there’s a historic tour of the house and the gardens.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Danesfield House: From £799 per person for two nights, £949 per person for three nights based on two sharing.
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The hotel: A luxurious grade 1 listed, five star luxury hotel on the Bedfordshire border which has starred in several films including Four Weddings and a Funeral and Eyes Wide Shut. The vast 1,065 acre estate is perfect for a Christmas ramble and the hotel has its own championship golf course and fleet of London taxis to ferry guests around.
The 2023 Christmas package at Luton Hoo: On Christmas Eve guests are welcomed with Champagne afternoon tea and a tour of the historic mansion, fun activities for children or grown-ups can take part in gin-tasting or have a swim in the spa, followed by carols from a local choir and dinner in the opulent Wernher restaurant with its glittering chandeliers. Christmas Day starts with a hearty breakfast and gifts from Father Christmas, traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, tea and Christmas cake followed by a family quiz dinner in the Pillared Hall. On Boxing Day try clay pigeon shooting, crossbow and archery on the lawn, or a food and wine quiz and treasure hunt for children, movies and family time in the pool, followed by a sumptuous dinner in the evening.
Cost of Luton Hoo’s Christmas package 2023: From £1,045 per person for three nights based on two sharing, or from £1,170 per person for four nights based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Cosy and charming award-winning boutique hotel in Cotswolds stone.
The Christmas package for 2023: Head to the Cotswolds and join this chic hotel for a three-night Christmas break. Start off with cake, tea and Champagne on Christmas Eve before a three-course dinner in the hotel restaurant and a stroll if you fancy it to Midnight Mass at St Mary’s church next door and mulled wine on your return. Breakfast on Christmas Day morning starts with Bucks Fizz, followed by a five-course Christmas Feast and a glass of Champagne, the King’s Speech and a selection of board games to while away the afternoon before the chef’s Christmas Day evening buffet. The hotel has loads of maps for Boxing Day walks – it’s right on the Cotswolds way – and then a three-course Boxing Day dinner to reward hikers.
Cost of staying at the Painswick for Christmas 2023: From £1,815 per room for three nights based on two people sharing, suites are from £2,643.
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The hotel: Splendid historic manor house with beautiful grounds in the heart of picture-perfect Cotswolds village Castle Combe.
The 2023 Christmas package at Manor House: Start with a festive cream tea and Champagne and canape reception before a four-dinner gourmet Christmas Eve dinner at Manor House’s Michelin-starred Bybrook restaurant. For those who wish to stroll to the local church for Midnight Mass it is just a few minute’s walk away. On Christmas Day between 12-3pm traditional Christmas Dinner will be served in the Bybrook restaurant while there’ll be a light buffet on Christmas Day evening. On Boxing Day after breakfast you can head to the Theatre Royal in Bath for the festive pantomime, try your hand at laser clay-pigeon shooting, golf or festive games before Champagne and a four-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings.
Cost of Christmas 2023 package at Manor House: Three night stay from £3,180 per room based on two sharing. A four-night Christmas package is available from £3,520 per room based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Gorgeously cosy and charming boutique hotel in a beautiful little Cotswolds village, with Rosemary Verey gardens, spa and private cinema.
The Christmas package 2023: The three-day festive Christmas break starts with a glass of mulled cider and mince pies, a Champagne tasting reception and a six-course tasting menu in the Potager restaurant on Christmas Eve. The spa will be open throughout your stay so you can book a Christmas Day dip in the hydrotherapy pool before a Champagne reception with canapes and indulgent three-course Christmas Day lunch, buffet dinner Christmas Day evening and a Boxing Day pie and quiz night at The Village Pub just yards away.
Cost of the Christmas package at Barnsley House 2023: From £2,742 based on two people sharing.
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The hotel: Family-friendly Cotswolds luxury hotel (owned by the group behind Barnsley House, The Painswick and Lord Crewe Arms) set in 220 acres of Cotswolds countryside. Smart rooms, large spa and its very own pub make this a self-contained Cotswolds retreat.
The Christmas package 2023: Guests are welcomed on 24th December with tea and mince pies in front of roaring log fires. That evening there’s a glass of fizz followed by a three-course dinner in The Brasserie. Christmas begins with a Champagne breakfast either in The Brasserie or in the comfort of your own room – the spa is also open in the morning for some festive relaxing – then a traditional Christmas Lunch followed a free afternoon for walks and presents and then a candlelit buffet dinner in Calcot’s own pub, The Gumstool Inn. On Boxing Day take a stroll round Calcot Manor’s 220 acres, take part in a clay pigeon shoot or explore the nearby Westonbirt Arboretum and the Christmas break is finished off with a Champagne reception and three-course dinner.
Price of Christmas 2023 at Calcot Manor: Rooms start at £2,592 per room based on two sharing.
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The hotel: A four-star luxury coaching inn in Broadway, the heart of the Cotswolds. Sister hotel to Cliveden and Chewton Glen and owned by the Iconic Luxury Hotels group.
The Christmas package 2023: Unlike other hotels, Lygon Arms goes for ‘the gift of choice’ so guests can arrive on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day or even Christmas Day itself for a minimum three-night stay on a B&B basis and then you add the extras as you wish. Rooms cost from £405 per night, including breakfast and in previous years, mulled wine on arrival, Christmas Eve entertainment in the form of carol singers, welcome gift and gifts under the tree for dogs and children. You then add your own extras, such as Champagne afternoon tea, three-course Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day lunch and evening meal. On Boxing Day wave-off the North Cotswold Hunt from the front door of the Lygon Arms and look forward to a three-course gala dinner with wine if previous years are anything to go by.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Lygon Arms: See The Christmas package 2023 description above.
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The hotel: A smart golf and spa hotel on the beautiful Bowood Estate next to Bowood House stately home.
The Christmas package 2023: A two-night break – with an extra night as an option – promises a ‘magical Christmas’ including Christmas Eve Champagne afternoon tea and three-course festive dinner with harpist, Christmas Day stockings, full Wiltshire breakfast and traditional Christmas lunch followed by a visit from Father Christmas and buffet dinner in the evening with entertainment. Access to spa facilities included – spa treatments and a round on the Championship golf course available at extra cost.
Cost of Christmas break at Bowood hotel, spa and golf 2023: From £625 per person for a two-night break based on two sharing – a third night available at extra cost.
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Whatley Manor, Wiltshire – note: this hotel is closed for Christmas 2023 to give staff a break, but I’ve kept it in for inspiration for future years, and because it’s a great hotel!
The hotel: Quintessential country house hotel with Michelin-starred restaurant, top spa and beautiful ornate gardens.
The usual Christmas package: Four days of indulgence and celebration await guests at Whatley Manor starting with a bottle of chilled sparkling wine from the acclaimed Gusbourne estate in your room, afternoon tea with musical entertainment and then the Chef’s Menu dining experience. On Christmas Eve start with a Hatha yoga class and enjoy a film in Whatley Manor’s own cinema followed by a festive dinner in Grey’s Brasserie on Christmas Eve, plus optional transport to Midnight Mass at nearby Malmesbury Abbey and festive drinks on return. Christmas Day at this luxury hotel starts with a Champagne breakfast followed by a five-course lunch plus board games and evening buffet. Boxing Day at Whatley Manor includes a trip to nearby Westonbirt Arboretum, a festive wine-tasting and canape reception with live jazz and a four-course black tie Gala dinner followed by dancing.
Cost of Christmas at Whatley Manor in previous years: From £4,150 per room including full use of spa based on two sharing. Dogs also welcome at extra cost and will enjoy doggy treats during their stay. Sole occupancy rates available.
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Dormy House, Cotswolds, Worcestershire
The hotel: Dormy House, nestled in the hills above the Cotswolds village of Broadway, is the perfect boutique hotel, with an ultra-modern spa, cosy bedrooms, two restaurants and a great eye for what makes a lovely break.
The Christmas package 2023: Snuggle up by the fire this Christmas for three nights of festivity at this award-winning boutique hotel. On Christmas Eve, enjoy afternoon tea and a glass of fizz, followed by Christmas Eve dinner and a nightcap of mince pies and a hot chocolate on return from Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day, enjoy a hearty Cotswolds breakfast with Bucks Fizz and Bloody Marys, followed by a Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings, and then for those who have room, a Christmas Day chef’s buffet. On Boxing Day, there is a host of Christmas activities to enjoy from cooking demonstrations to wine pairing, or walk off the Christmas treats in the Cotswold countryside. In the evening, tuck into a farewell feast.
Cost of Dormy House hotel’s Christmas package 2023: From £2,900 based on two people sharing.
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The hotel: The Fish bills itself as a ‘back-to-nature bolthole’ with a little touch of luxury and is owned by the group behind the excellent Dormy House (see review at the top of this article).
The Christmas package 2023: Enjoy sweet and savoury treats in the afternoon washed down by glass of mulled wine followed by a three-course dinner. Start off the day with breakfast at your leisure with a few little surprises from a secret visitor and then Christmas Day lunch, a five-course festive feast with all the trimmings and an evening buffet. On Boxing Day, set yourself up for the day with a full and continental Boxing Day breakfast and then either head for the hills and explore the great outdoors with a guided walk or be adventurous and take part in axe-throwing or archery. Lunch is a tasty Hog Roast with all the trimmings and there’s a final five-course evening meal to end the festivities.
Cost for Christmas 2023 at The Fish hotel: Prices from £1,900 based on two people sharing a medium room.
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The hotel: The view from the hotel’s terrace will take your breath away – rolling lawns surrounded by Ashdown Forest (which inspired Winnie-the-Pooh creator AA Milne). The 106-bedroom hotel in a186 acre-estate is full of beautiful historic rooms and even boasts its own spa and chapel.
The Christmas package 2023: Ashdown Park is offering a three or four-night Christmas package for 2023, starting on either 23rd or 24th December. On Christmas Eve, enjoy afternoon tea followed by a Champagne reception with carols, dinner in the Anderida restaurant, and hot toddies and mince pies after Midnight Mass. Christmas Day begins with breakfast and mince pies and continues with a buffet lunch with jazz music and a visit from Father Christmas, There’s an afternoon treasure hunt and then a four-course traditional Christmas Dinner in the evening and family games. Boxing Day treats include clay pigeon shooting and archery, a festive quiz and a sumptuous dinner followed by a fun casino and live music. Spa access included throughout the stay.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Ashdown Park hotel: From £1,150 per person for three nights, £1,335 for the four-night package based on two people sharing.
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The hotel: This vast 152-bedroom hotel, which claims to be Britain’s only five-star seaside hotel, was built in 1875 and its gleaming white building has taken pride of place on Eastbourne’s seafront ever since, still evoking the grand era of Victoria seaside holidays with a touch of luxury, with indoor spa and pool and fine-dining restaurant.
Christmas party 2023 at The Grand hotel: Enjoy a Grand hotel welcome on the 23th December with afternoon tea and live musical entertainment before starting the evening’s celebrations with a complimentary glass of Champagne and a welcome dinner with a band to follow. On Christmas Eve there’s a tutored tasting by our Cellar Master and a shuttle coach ride to and from the town center until 1pm for last minute shopping before a Scandinavian themed Buffet Lunch, a Family General Knowledge Quiz whilst afternoon tea is served in the lounges. Before champagne and canapés are served, the choir of St Mary’s will be singing carols by the Great Hall fire. Enjoy a splendid Christmas Eve Dinner in the Garden Restaurant followed by music. On Christmas Day, seasonal jazz favourites will be played before Christmas Day lunch. There’s afternoon tea and live piano music before a black tie Christmas dinner. On Boxing Day enjoy indoor crazy golf or explore Eastbourne and the festivities are rounded off with a black tie gala dinner and entertainment.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Grand hotel, Eastbourne: From £1,300 per person based on two sharing. Single rooms also available.
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The hotel: Boutique 12-room luxury hotel in ‘Constable Country’ Dedham Vale on the Essex/Suffolk border with individually-designed bedrooms, outdoor swimming pool and pool house, treatment rooms and tennis court.
Christmas 2023 at Talbooth House: The hotel is offering a three-night Christmas package, starting on Christmas Eve with Champagne & canapes before dinner at the nearby 3 AA Rosette Talbooth Restaurant. On Christmas Day there’s Champagne & Canapés at 12pm at Talbooth Restaurant, a four-course Christmas lunch with coffee and light food in the evening, then on Boxing Day a farewell dinner at Talbooth Restaurant.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Talbooth House: From £995 per person for the three-night stay based on two sharing.
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The hotel: This 17th century five-star luxury hotel, situated just outside Winchester has luxurious suites, award-winning dining, stunning views across Hampshire and is home to Season, the Exclusive Hotels Cookery School where you can learn from award-winning chefs.
Christmas 2023 at Lainston House: Choose between a three-night or four-night stay, with guests arriving on 23rd December enjoying dinner in the new wood-fired restaurant, the Wellhouse. On Christmas Eve enjoy a Champagne drinks reception with local carol singers and a five-course feast followed by live music. Transport will be provided for those who wish to attend Midnight Mass at Winchester Abbey with by mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. On Christmas Day there’s Champagne and canapés before a four-course Christmas Lunch served with wine pairings and live music followed by the King’s Speech. On Boxing Day enjoy falconry or axe-throwing before a five-course Boxing Day evening gala dinner with wine pairing and live music.
Cost of Christmas at Lainston House 2023: The three-night stay is from £2,805 and four-nights from £3,385 prices per room based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Set in 300 acres of stunning Hertfordshire countryside, The Grove is the ultimate five star retreat. This former home of the Earls of Clarendon is just 18 miles from London, and is home to an award winning spa, championship golf course and several restaurants.
Christmas 2023 at The Grove: The three-night stay can start on either 23rd or 24th December and includes breakfast on Christmas Day and Boxing Day – choose from breakfast in bed, a family-friendly buffet at The Glasshouse or an a la carte breakfast at The Stables – a delicious Christmas Day lunch at The Stables with a glass of Champagne on arrival, complimentary use of Sequoia spa, a range of activities to entertain the little ones including Christmas arts and crafts and meeting Father Christmas, his little elves and reindeers!
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Grove: The three-night stay with Christmas lunch at The Stables from £2,140 (based on two adults) or from £3,330 (based on two adults and two children) or the three-night stay with Christmas lunch at The Glasshouse from £2,240 (based on two adults) or from £3,480 (based on two adults and two children).
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The hotel: Four-star Georgian country house hotel with several restaurants, 12 acres of grounds, two luxury spas and 128 bedrooms including 16 Mews Suites in a separate gated courtyard.
The Christmas party package 2023: Start off your two or three-night stay with afternoon tea, a spa treatment or visit nearby St Albans before carols, sparkling wine and canapés, then Christmas Eve dinner and dancing. On the big day itself there’s a grand Christmas Day lunch with appearance from Father Christmas, the chance to spend the day in the spa, playing games or exploring the countryside, followed by a Christmas Day evening buffet, then on Boxing Day there’s live jazz over lunch, a family quiz and a Boxing Day Asian-themed tasting dinner.
Cost of spending Christmas 2023 at Sopwell House hotel: From £889 per person for two nights based on two sharing or from £934 per person for the three night package.
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The hotel: It shares its name with a famous motor racing circuit but guests at the Brandshatch Place hotel and spa will enjoy a relaxing stay away from the fast lane. Now owned by Hand Picked Hotels, Brandshatch Place has 38 bedrooms and a restaurant plus a spa with a gym, indoor pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms.
The Christmas package 2023: Indulge in a glass of mulled wine or spa treatment you check in on Christmas Eve, followed by a candlelit three-course dinner. On Christmas Day awake to a full traditional breakfast and from 12.30pm canapés and a drink before a five-course Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, a delicious evening buffet will be served later. On Boxing Day rise to a hearty breakfast and make use of the grounds and leisure facilities before you depart. If you are staying for a third night, there’s lunch, afternoon tea, a Champagne reception and a three-course dinner before your final night, with breakfast the following morning.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Brandshatch Place: From £955 for two adults sharing for two nights, from £1,375 for three nights.
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The hotel: The original health spa in a beautiful country setting
The Christmas package 2023: Arrive on Christmas Eve to afternoon tea and Christmas classics from the resident pianist before a welcome dinner hosted by Gusbourne wines. Mulled wine and mince pies await attendees of Midnight Mass. Awake on Christmas Day to a leisurely breakfast. Retire to the lounge for some Christmas morning coffee, or perhaps enjoy a walk before a five-course traditional Christmas lunch is served in Brasserie at the Manor, with its huge open fireplace. After lunch, enjoy a falconry display in the gardens before a slice of cake and a cup of tea over board games in the lounges. In the evening, supper will be served. On Boxing Day enjoy the spa or a treatment and finish the day with an interactive Murder Mystery and dinner.
Cost of spending Christmas 2023 at Champneys Eastwell Manor: From £1,416 for a two-night stay per room, or £1,916 for three nights, based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Classic British luxury from one of the most established country house hotels, with a world-class spa and luxury treehouses on stilts in the forest. Part of Iconic Luxury Hotels which also owns Cliveden House hotel in Buckinghamshire and Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds.
The Christmas package 2023: Start off the Christmas house party with afternoon tea, mince pies and mulled wine before a Champagne reception and welcome with carols, then a five-course Christmas Eve dinner with wine. Breakfast at leisure on Christmas Day before Christmas lunch with live entertainment followed by a festive cream tea with pre-dinner Champagne reception and buffet dinner. On Boxing Day there’s a black tie gala dinner with wines followed by dancing.
Cost of spending Christmas 2023 at Chewton Glen: From £1,790 per room per night based on two sharing.
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The hotel: It bills itself as a ‘New Forest restaurant with rooms but there’s much more to Burley Manor than excellent food: this historic manor house surrounded with fields has been loving restored into a unique boutique hotel with a sense of tradition as well as style.
The Christmas package 2023: Burley Manor says ‘there’s nothing quite like the cosiness of our Manor at Christmas with roaring open log fires, trees with lights that sparkle, lots of cosy nooks to snuggle up and frost-covered countryside views.’ There’s mulled wine and a locally-sourced dinner on Christmas Eve, and a traditional Christmas dinner on Christmas Day with Champagne followed by the King’s Speech, Christmas films and a Christmas Quiz. On Boxing Day there’s the chance to explore nearby Burley or hike across some of the 350 square miles of the New Forest.
The cost of Christmas 2023 at Burley Manor: From £729.50 per guest for three nights, from £839.50 per guest for four nights.
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The hotel: A 17th century country house in the heart of Beaulieu in the New Forest.
The Christmas 2023 package: The three or four-night Christmas package at The Montagu Arms includes New Forest breakfast each morning, afternoon tea on arrival on Christmas Eve followed by carols, a Champagne and canapés reception and three-course dinner at the Terrace Restaurant. On Christmas Day enjoy a Champagne and canapés reception, traditional five-course Christmas lunch at the Terrace Restaurant with harpist and later, an evening buffet, and on Boxing Day there’s a wine-tasting and a Champagne and canapés reception followed by captain’s table dinner at the Terrace Restaurant and dancing.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Montagu Arms: From £1,215 per person for three nights based on two people sharing.
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The hotel: Master Builder’s House hotel is a hotel steeped in history, located in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Beaulieu in the New Forest. The Master Builders name comes from the hotel’s 18th century shipbuilding past, when ‘Britain ruled the waves’ and to stay here is to step back in time to be immersed in history while enjoying a lovely relaxing New Forest break.
The Christmas package 2023: This three-day break includes a selection of cake and coffee on arrival, three-course dinners on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, breakfast each morning, Bucks Fizz Christmas morning. a four-course Christmas day lunch, a relaxed evening buffet and family quiz on Christmas Day and cocktail with Boxing Day dinner.
Cost of Christmas at Master Builder’s House: From £790.50 per person, based on two people sharing.
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The hotel: Luxury hotel and spa in the heart of the New Forest from the team behind the fabulously successful Pig Hotels.
The Christmas 2023 package: Arrive on Christmas Eve to spiced mulled wine, boozy mince pies and a classic Christmas afternoon tea or relax in the spa. There’s Champagne, cocktails, live music and celebrations in the Courtyard and dinner at Hartnett Holder & Co. On Christmas Day, a classic Christmas lunch with turkey and beef will be served and there’s a leftovers buffet in the evening. On Boxing Day relax in the spa, a country walk in the New Forest or a festive film before an evening dinner.
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The hotel: 120-bedroom luxury hotel with one of the finest hotel spas in the country, covering 45,000 sq ft and with eight indoor and outdoor pools (one with underwater music), saunas, steam rooms, bubbling hot tubs, ice-cold plunge pools and a salt scrub ice cave. There’s also a gym, tennis courts and 120 acres of parkland with paths and cycling trails and several restaurants and bars.
The Christmas 2023 package: Start the celebrations off with a welcome afternoon tea with mulled wine and carol singers or relax in the vast spa before a champagne and canapé reception with live music and a five-course Christmas Eve dinner in the Hillfield restaurant. After dinner choose between karaoke, table tennis, board games or just relaxing. Transport is available for Midnight Mass followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Christmas starts with a Bucks Fizz breakfast followed by more pampering in the spa, a five-course Christmas lunch, then relaxing before a buffet dinner and Christmas quiz. On Boxing Day there’s archery or a film in the cinema room before a drinks reception and gala dinner and musical entertainment.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Pennyhill Park: From £2,500 for the two-night package based on two people sharing, or £3,090 with a fourth night available for an extra £440 including breakfast. There is an extra cost if dining in the Latymer restaurant.
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The hotel: Set on a 400-acre estate in Surrey just a few miles from the M25 and M3 motorways, Foxhills is has two 18-hole championship golf courses and a smaller 9-hole one, 11 tennis courts, three swimming pools (one indoors, two open-air) and a spa, all surrounding the main building, the 19th century Manor House.
The Christmas package at Foxhills: Arrive on Christmas Eve to discover a Christmas tree, stockings and gifts in your room, followed by a three-course meal with live singer and glass of fizz. The next day enjoy a Christmas Day prosecco breakfast, followed by a glass of Champagne, five-course lunch and a gift from Santa, then a light supper in The Fox dining rooms and Boxing Day breakfast and lunch in The Fox dining rooms.
The cost of Christmas 2023 at Foxhills: Two-night stay is from £500 per adult and £275 per child. The three-night package which includes £40 towards Boxing Day dinner is from £685 per adult and £335 child. Both packages include use of the country club facilities.
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The pub: The Merry Harriers pub in the pretty Surrey village of Hambledon is in an ideal destination pub with wooden floors, exposed beams, a vast beer garden, excellent food, stylish bedrooms including Shepherds Huts and even llama trekking with the pub’s own herd.
Christmas 2023 at The Merry Harriers: Arrive on Christmas Eve to a warming hot chocolate and festive sweet treats. In the evening, enjoy a chilled glass of sparkling wine, followed by a three-course dinner. Wrap up the evening with a candlelight walk to Hambledon Parish Church for Midnight Mass service. Wake up on Christmas Day to enjoy breakfast and toasting the occasion with a glass of fizz. A four-course Christmas feast is served from midday on the banqueting table. A food hamper is available at the end of Christmas Day so you can retreat to your accommodation and enjoy it at your leisure. Unwind on Boxing Day and spend the day exploring the area by foot, bike or car and enjoy a hearty Boxing Day Curry that evening.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Merry Harriers: From £775 based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Just yards from Climping Beach, Bailiffscourt feels far older than its 90 years, with four-poster beds and its own 13th-century chapel in its 30 acres – but its large spa is bang up to date.
The Christmas 2023 package: Arrive on Christmas Eve for a Sussex Sparkling afternoon tea, a mulled wine drinks reception accompanied by carol singers, buffet dinner and Midnight Mass followed by mulled wine and home-made mince pies. Christmas Day starts with a full English breakfast with Bucks Fizz, a sparkling wine reception with canapés followed by a traditional Christmas lunch, tea and Christmas cake and a light supper. For Boxing Day there is mulled wine with marshmallows by the open fires, tea and home-made cake followed by a gala dinner. Full use of the spa and swimming pools included as is wine paired with each meal.
Cost of spending Christmas 2023 at Bailiffscourt: From £1,278 per person based on two people sharing for three nights.
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The hotel: In the pretty village of Cuckfield, 28-room Ockenden Manor combines the history of an Elizabethan manor house with a first-class modern spa. I’ve stayed at Ockenden Manor twice and loved it both times, and it was the hotel where I chose to spend Christmas itself –read all about my festive Christmas at Ockenden Manor to find out exactly what you can expect from this lovely hotel and spa.
The Christmas 2023 package: Start off with afternoon tea and a Sussex sparkling wine reception with carols from the local church choir then dinner in the elegant restaurant. There’s the option of Midnight mass followed by mulled wine and home-made mince pies. For Christmas Day there’s a continental breakfast, sparkling wine reception with canapés followed by a six-course lunch, tea and Christmas cake, light buffet supper with harpist accompaniment in the evening. On Boxing Day enjoy a full English breakfast with Sussex sparkling wine, full afternoon tea with Christmas Cake and cocktails before a gourmet dinner with a table top magician providing entertainment – plus full use of its award-winning spa and swimming pools throughout your stay.
Cost for Ockenden Manor’s Christmas package 2023: From £1,220 per person based on two sharing for three nights.
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The hotel: Part of Exclusive Hotels group (which also includes Pennyhill Park and Manor House), South Lodge is a luxury hotel in West Sussex overlooking the South Downs, with a brand new spa and individually-designed bedrooms.
The 2023 Christmas package: South Lodge is offering two- and three-day Christmas packages for 2023. Arrive from midday on Christmas Eve to find your very own Christmas tree in your room for you to finish decorating. There’s a sparkling drinks reception with a choir later on, followed by a three-course welcome dinner in The Camellia or Botanica restaurants or a seven-course meal in The Pass (at extra cost). The spa will be open throughout the festivities. Before bed, don’t forget to collect milk, carrots and mince pies for Santa and his reindeer. After Christmas breakfast on Christmas Day, enjoy a traditional Christmas carvery in the South Downs wing (two-night package) or a luxury set menu at The Camellia on Christmas Day (three-night package) and then enjoy a buffet supper with a quiz in the evening. On Boxing Day go for a bike ride, try archery or shooting or relax in the huge spa at South Lodge, before a spot of cocktail-making and wine-tasting, and a three-course Boxing Day dinner with wine and musical entertainment.
The cost of the 2023 Christmas package at South Lodge: Two-night stay from £1,375 per person or £1,705 for three nights, based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Part of Historic Sussex Hotels, The Spread Eagle has been a fixture in the pretty town of Midhurst for almost 600 years, with notable guests including Queen Elizabeth I (the room she stayed in has a four-poster bed and a wig closet).
The 2023 Christmas package: Enjoy afternoon tea and a sparkling wine reception with canapes before a Christmas Eve dinner with wine and optional trip to Midnight Mass. Start Christmas Day with a full English breakfast and sparkling wine before a traditional Christmas lunch with wine and Christmas cake, then a light festive supper in the evening. Boxing Day ends with a dinner with sparkling wine and festive songs, piano requests and audience participation in its stunning Jacobean hall. Full use of its award-winning spa and swimming pools throughout the stay.
The cost of Christmas 2023 at The Spread Eagle: Three-night stay for two people from £990 based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Five-star luxury hotel in Newquay with private self-catering cottages set on an exclusive clifftop overlooking Fistral beach. The hotel says it’s a mix of ‘discreet English ambiance and decadent hospitality’ and offers ocean views, a top spa and fine-dining.
The Christmas package 2023: Don your black tie for the Christmas Eve champagne reception with Cornish inspired canapés before sitting down to The Headland six-course tasting menu. Throughout the break enjoy festive experiences in the Ballroom, a Champagne breakfast on Christmas Day and Christmas Day lunch. Try your luck in a casino night, sing carols with Newquay Choral Society, enjoy Christmas movies and come together to watch the King’s Speech in The Ball Room. Boxing Day brings a family treasure hunt, and the Cornish coast path is on the doorstep if you want some fresh sea air.
The cost of Christmas 2023 at The Headland hotel: Three-night stay from £1,490 per room based on two people sharing including breakfast and three-course dinner each day.
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The hotel: Mullion Cove hotel in Cornwall is perched right on top of the cliffs at the tip of the Lizard peninsula making it one of the most southerly hotels on the British mainland, and has stunning seaviews, luxury spa and outdoor swimming pool.
The Christmas 2023 package at Mullion Cove: It’s adults only at Mullion Cove’s ‘grown up’ four-night Christmas package. Arrive on 23rd December to a traditional Cornish afternoon tea and collect your copy of the Christmas Quiz from reception. A Champagne cocktail and canapé welcome Party will commence in the Glenbervie Bistro followed by dinner in the Atlantic View Restaurant accompanied by a classical pianist. Relax on Christmas Eve with dinner and candlelit entertainment. On Christmas Day there’s a relaxed and informal buffet lunch and Christmas Day afternoon tea with Christmas cake, and then a traditional Christmas Day dinner in the evening. On Boxing Day there are various food options and a prize-giving in the evening during dinner.
The cost of Christmas 2023 at Mullion Cove: From £2,199 per room based on two sharing for the four-night package.
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The hotel: Taking over a whole bay, Watergate Bay is a sprawling but smart boutique hotel which embraces the elements from surfing to swimming while providing luxury with its own pool, hot tubs, bars, restaurants and epic views.
The Christmas package 2023: This year, Watergate Bay has ditched the festive package concept and is offering more of a ‘do it yourself’ concept, with a festive B&B package running from 21st December to 1st January. But the hotel says it’s not ditching the Christmas traditions altogether: ‘From carols on the beach to our annual Boxing Day bodyboarding session, live music in The Living Space and festive Kids’ Zone activities, all the things you love best about a Watergate Bay Christmas will still be here with bells on…’
The cost of Christmas 2023 at Watergate Bay: From £368 a night B&B based on two sharing.
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The hotel: A stunning but welcoming grand historic hotel in the heart of Dartmoor with an indoor swimming pool, 275 acres of rolling countryside, an award-winning golf course and self-contained luxury lodges as well as luxury bedrooms in the castle.
The Christmas package 2023: Bovey Castle transforms into a ‘Winter Wonderland’ every year and the setting couldn’t be grander. Arrive on Christmas Eve for festive activities including cider and sloe gin making, plus afternoon tea and carol singing. The evening includes welcome drinks, and a five-course dinner accompanied by a pianist. On Christmas Day Father Christmas will be handing out presents to younger guests before a brass rubbing trail, drinks reception and Christmas Day lunch in the Great Western Grill with a harpist accompaniment followed by an informal buffet dinner. After breakfast on Boxing Day, sign up for the golf tournament, a guided walk or take part in a treasure hunt in the castle grounds while the afternoon enjoy ferret racing or nearest the pin golf competition, with hot chocolate and mulled wine, followed by a festive film. The day finishes with a Champagne reception and five-course black tie dinner with a live band and dancing in the Great Western Grill.
Cost of Bovey Castle’s Christmas package 2023: From £3,360 per room per night for a three-night stay based on two sharing, single room also available from £2,160.
Bovey Castle also has 22 luxury self-catering lodges available which can sleep up to 8 people, max 6 adults – ideal for a multi-generational Christmas.
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The hotel: A charming boutique hotel right on the coast at Babbacombe Bay and just a few miles from Torquay. From the welcome glass of sloe gin to the excellent locally-sourced food, cosy spa and luxury beach suites, Cary Arms is a memorable place to stay.
The 2023 Christmas package: Cary Arms is throwing a Christmas ‘house party’ for its guests – a three-night stay including cocktail parties, dinners and entertainment. Arrive on Christmas Eve and settle into your room with its wild and wintery sea views with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie before a Christmas Eve cocktail party followed by Christmas Eve supper and evening of live music. Christmas Day arrives with a Champagne breakfast, then a five-course lunch and an afternoon relaxing over billiards before an evening buffet and Christmas quiz. Boxing Day can be spent in its spa or enjoying a blustery walk along the bay and enjoying Cary Arms’ spectacular location, ending with dinner with live entertainment.
Cost of Cary Arm’s Christmas package 2023: Starting from £2,220 for a double room based on two sharing, or splash out on a Beach Suite for £3,300.
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The hotel: Tucked away in the Dartmoor hills between Tavistock and Okehampton, Lewtrenchard Manor is a grand, historic building dating from the 1600s and has grand, historic rooms to match.
Christmas 2023 at Lewtrenchard Manor: Arrive on Christmas Eve to a festive Devonshire cream tea and a history tour of the house and ‘Guess the Weight of Chef’s Christmas Cake’. In the evening the Kelly Choral Society carol singers will entertain guests during a champagne and canapés reception, before a black tie gala dinner and an optional walk to Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day there’s a traditional five-course Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Choose to sit at individual tables or with fellow guests for lively conversation. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the fires or taking a stroll in our pretty grounds, followed later by tea and Christmas cake. In the evening a relaxed supper will be served, followed by a Christmas Quiz and charades. Spend Boxing Day morning either relaxing or taking part in a treasure hunt searching for clues in the house and garden, followed by a light lunch. In the afternoon there’s an introduction to wine-tasting, then a drinks reception and an informal Boxing Day dinner with piano music.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Lewtrenchard Manor: All room categories £2,0200 per room for the three-night stay.
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The hotel: This luxury Art Deco property was built in 1929 to act as a private retreat for film director Archibald Nettlefold to host his lavish parties, and has hosted notable guests including Agatha Christie, The Beatles and Winston Churchill. When the tide is in, the only way to reach the island is by the hotel’s unique sea tractor.
Christmas 2023 at Burgh Island: Details are yet to emerge but Burgh Island’s three-day festive package promises to be memorable, in its unique island location, stylist Art Deco furnishings and spirit of the Roaring Twenties.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Burgh Island: From £2,385 for three nights based on two sharing.
The hotel: A Grade 2-listed 21-bedroom Georgian manor house with 28 acres and Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines.
The Christmas package for 2023: Arrive on Christmas Eve to mince pies and mulled wine and a festive brass band performance with carols, followed by Michael’s signature eight-course tasting menu in the Georgian fine dining rooms. There’s a Champagne breakfast on Christmas Day, followed by a five-course Christmas Tasting Menu served either as lunch or dinner, plus chef Michael Caine’s mum’s famous Christmas pudding, then on Boxing Day take a stroll around the grounds of Lympstone Manor or join a vineyard tour with wine tasting.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Lympstone Manor: Three nights from £1,090 per night based on two people sharing.
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The hotel: A mile-long tree-lined drive leads to gorgeous Lucknam Park, with a top spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, beautiful grounds and a grand but welcoming country house feel.
The Christmas package 2023: Enjoy afternoon tea on Christmas Eve followed by a Champagne reception and Christmas Eve dinner in Lucknam Park’s Michelin-starred Restaurant Hywel Jones. There’s the chance to attend Midnight Mass at Colerne Parish Church followed by hot chocolate, mince pies and mulled wine in the library. On Christmas Day Father Christmas will arrive in a Victorian horse-drawn carriage to deliver presents and offer rides around the estate. Guests can expect a traditional Christmas Lunch followed by the King’s Speech and evening buffet supper. On Boxing Day there’s the chance to visit the Theatre Royal, Bath for the pantomime or enjoy relaxing at Lucknam with hog roast lunch or country activities. The day ends with cream tea, Champagne reception and Boxing Day black-tie dinner.
Cost of the Christmas package at Lucknam Park for 2023: From £1,620 per room per night for the three-night package based on two sharing.
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The hotel: A five star, 250-year old hotel in Bath’s stunning Royal Crescent in the heart of this beautiful city.
The Christmas package 2023: Arrive to mulled wine and festive afternoon tea in the Royal Crescent’s traditional drawing room or head straight for the spa – or into Bath for some last-minute shopping. Meet fellow guests at a Champagne and canape reception with carol singers by candleight before a three-course Christmas Eve dinner. Transport for Bath Abbey for Midnight Mass is also on offer, with a winter cocktail and mince pies awaiting guests on their return. On Christmas Day itself, the spa will be open all day so you can squeeze some pampering in between a Champagne reception and Christmas lunch with all the festive trimmings, before a light buffet supper served with wines from the house cellar then a movie in the Garden Cinema, Baileys hot chocolate and popcorn, in our outdoor heated terrace. Boxing Day treats include afternoon tea, Champagne reception and casino with ‘fun money’ and festive prizes plus a five-course farewell festive dinner with wines.
Cost of Royal Crescent hotel and spa’s Christmas package 2023: From £1,839 per person based on two sharing.
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The hotel: The Hotel du Vin group of hotels is known for its fine wine and excellent food, and the HDV Bristol is no exception sited in an 18th century sugar refinery. In keeping with the wine theme, each room is named after a different type of wine, with a little glass case containing a bottle outside each door.
Christmas 2023 at Hotel du Vin: Arrive on Christmas Eve to a warming glass of mulled wine. Start the evening with an aperitif in the bar, before enjoying three courses from the seasonal à la carte menu for dinner. On the big day itself there’s Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings, including a glass of Champagne. If staying on Boxing Day evening, there’s a three-course dinner after a day exploring the city.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Hotel du Vin: From £775 per room for the two-night package, from £1,060 per room for three nights and from £1,310 for four nights at Hotel du Vin, Bristol.
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The hotel: Less than a few furlongs from the world-famous Cheltenham racecourse, Ellenborough Park is an impressive, 15th century luxury Cotswolds manor house with the racing theme running from the hotel bar to the rooms.
The Christmas package 2023: There’s a choice of two or three nights at this lovely Cheltenham hotel. Arrive on Christmas Eve to enjoy a miniature sparkling afternoon tea before carols and candles in the Old Chapel before a three-course dinner. Christmas Day starts off with a hearty Full English breakfast, Champagne and canapés followed by Christmas Day lunch and evening buffet dinner. Guests can hike Ellenborough Park’s 90 acres, swim in the heated outdoor pool or venture into Cheltenham for the Boxing Day sales.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Ellenborough Park: From £1,299 per room per night based on two people sharing for the two-night Christmas package.
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The hotel: A smart yet relaxed spa hotel in beautiful grounds just outside Cheltenham, part of the excellent Eden Hotels collection.
The Christmas package 2023: Arrive Christmas Eve for Champagne cream tea to start off Greenway’s Christmas Experience before joining guests for a four course candlelit dinner accompanied by a resident pianist. Midnight Mass will be live-streamed accompanied by roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. On Christmas Day wake up to a Champagne breakfast before cocktails and a six-course Christmas Day lunch. Spend the afternoon in the spa if you wish, then an informal evening buffet and pens at the ready for the Christmas quiz. On Boxing Day after enjoying your day at leisure relaxing in the spa or shopping in nearby Cheltenham, return in the afternoon for tea and cakes in front of the fire, before enjoying a four-course candlelit dinner.
Cost of Greenway’s Christmas package 2023: From £1,078 per person, based on two sharing for a three-night stay.
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The hotel: Part of the lovely Cotswolds Inns and Hotels group, itself owned by Fuller’s, the Hare and Hounds is a grand-looking hotel with expansive gardens just outside the pretty Cotswolds village of Tetbury and just a few minutes’ drive from the popular Westonbirt Arboretum. The hotel has a onsite fine-dining restaurant as well as its very own Jack Hare’s bar.
The Christmas package 2023: Arrive on Christmas Eve to a warm welcome, tea and homemade scones, then the evening festivities will commence with Champagne and canapés, followed by a delicious four-course dinner with live music and mince pies for returners from Midnight Mass. Christmas Day starts with a traditional Cotswolds breakfast, then there’s time for opening presents and relaxing. The main event of Christmas day lunch with all the trimmings will then be followed by a light buffet supper later on. On Boxing Day, enjoy a hearty breakfast before a day spent at leisure with plenty of tea and Christmas cake before a four-course gala dinner in the evening. On the 27th it’s time for a fond farewell… but not before one last Cotswold breakfast.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at the Hare and Hounds: Prices for a three-night stay from £900 per person, based on two people sharing, single rooms available from £995.
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The hotel: Like the Hare and Hounds above, the Bear of Rodborourgh near Stroud is part of Cotswolds Inns and Hotels and is a spacious 17th-century coaching inn on Minchinhampton Common, making it perfect for country walks in the Cotswolds.
The Christmas package 2023: Start off with a welcome afternoon tea, before a glass of Champagne and four-course dinner in the evening. Wake up on Christmas Day for a traditional Cotswolds breakfast with Bucks Fizz, before enjoying some time to relax and open presents. There’s then a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, with time for tea and Christmas Cake in the afternoon and a light supper in the evening. On Boxing Day, start off with a leisurely Cotswold breakfast and in the evening there’s a four-course dinner and music from a harpist.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Bear of Rodborough: Prices for a three-night stay from £630 per person, based on two people sharing, prices for a two-night stay from £525, singles rooms available.
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The hotel: Located in 165 of undulating grounds, the 93 bedroom Tewkesbury Park hotel has a par 72 golf course, a luxury spa and gym and is located next to the historic site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury.
The Christmas package 2023: On Christmas Eve arrive to a festive afternoon tea, a Christmas film on the video wall with hot chocolate, marshmallows and popcorn accompaniment, before a drinks and canapes reception and a three-course evening meal. On Christmas Day after a bountiful Bucks Fizz breakfast there’s a four-course traditional Christmas lunch with Champagne followed by a relaxed evening spread of local produce. On Boxing Day there’s a leisurely brunch, a relaxing day and an evening of music, cocktails and feasting with a four-course dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Tewkesbury Park hotel: From £1,095 per room for the three-night package based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Vast spa hotel with six pools, spa treatments, luxury rooms, gym and Thermal Spa complex
The Christmas 2023 package at Ragdale Hall: It’s a mixture of pampering and indulging at Ragdale Hall this Christmas. The package includes Christmas Eve pre-dinner cocktail and canapes, live festive music, a delicious three-course dinner and entertainment, followed by Christmas Day buffet breakfast the next day in the Dining Room, pre-lunch champagne cocktails, a four-course traditional Christmas Lunch with wine followed by tea/coffee and mince pies, an afternoon treasure hunt and a Christmas Day supper.There’s then a Boxing Day breakfast, three-course buffet lunch followed by tea/coffee and Christmas cake and a three-course dinner. Full use of facilities and two treatments included.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Ragdale Hall: From £282 per person per night, singles, twins and doubles.
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The hotel: Stapleford Park country house hotel and sporting estate is surrounded by 500 acres of Capability Brown landscape in the heart of Leicestershire with a luxury spa and 55 rooms in a Grade I-listed mansion.
The Christmas package 2023: There’s a classic Christmas package on offer at Stapleford Park, starting with mulled wine and mince pies on arrival, cakes in the Drawing Room, Champagne and canapés and a four-course Christmas Eve dinner. Christmas Day starts with sloe gin and mince pies on Christmas morning with Santa, then traditional five-course Christmas Day lunch and Christmas cake and evening buffet. On Boxing Day there’s the option of spending an extra day at Stapleford Park with a cream tea, Champagne reception and Boxing day dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Stapleford Park: From £800 per person based on two people sharing over the two-night break, with an extra night option at £265 per person.
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The hotel: A Leicestershire Grade 2-listed luxury hotel set in 38 acres with fine-dining, stylish rooms, great hospitality and country walks and a 550-seat auditorium which hosts productions throughout the summer months.
The Christmas package: Enjoy a three night break at Kilworth House hotel over the festive holiday, including Christmas Eve afternoon tea, Christmas Eve dinner and a seven-course Christmas Day lunch, plus Christmas Day evening buffet and Boxing Day dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Kilworth House hotel: From £625 per person based on two sharing for two-night stay, or from £760 for a three-night stay.
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The hotel: Dating back to the 1760s the hotel blends heritage with modern interiors and is set in a 2,000 acres estate with gardens designed by Capability Brown – the aptly-named Great Hall.
The Christmas 2023 package: Check-in from 3pm, but guests are welcome to book some pampering in the spa before festive afternoon tea in the stunning Grand Hall followed by Champagne and canapés with carols led by the local choir. A three-course dinner is served in the Cedar Restaurant and guests are invited to join midnight mass or, the next morning, the Christmas Day services at the nearby village church. Guests awaken on Christmas Day to a full breakfast and ample time for presents or exploring the grounds. A traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings is served from midday and the King’s Speech will be on in the hotel’s cinema before showing a host of classic Christmas films and a sumptuous buffet will end the day. On Boxing Day, guests will be served a cooked breakfast before departing or can extend the celebrations with a third night and join the guided walk to the local village of Badby or alternatively relax with a board game, make the most of the spa or hit the sales at nearby shopping outlets before an afternoon tea buffet. A final festive break gala tasting menu with wines will be served in the evening with live jazz entertainment.
Cost of Christmas package at Fawsley Hall 2023: Three nights from £2,370 based on two sharing, or four nights from £3,195.
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The hotel: Practically perfect country house hotel, small but perfectly formed, with a Michelin-star restaurant, cosy bar, traditional rooms and beautiful grounds leading down to Rutland Water.
The Christmas package: Guests are always assured of a fabulously festive stay at this gorgeous hotel. The hotel is already fully-booked for Christmas 2023 but for guests interesting in booking for next year, in previous years the schedule has been mulled wine and carols from a local choir before a gourmet four-course dinner, full English breakfast and a six-course traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and the annual Boxing Day picnic at Fort Henry (with Lord Gainsborough’s permission) – the hotel takes along a fine hot meat pie, cheeses and dessert and guests wrap up warm inside the Fort with a log fire blazing.
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The hotel: This vast four-star hotel – which has recently undergone a £14 million refurbishment – has luxury bedrooms, 50 acres of grounds, afternoon tea on the terrace, two restaurants, tennis courts and hiking trails, and a huge 85,000 sq ft spa with treatment rooms, pools and relaxing options galore.
The Christmas 2023 package: Arrive at the hotel on Christmas Eve and enjoy a festive afternoon tea and spa access. Celebrations begin with Champagne and canapés in the Long Gallery followed by a delicious course dinner served in the Ballroom. There’s Midnight mass at the Church of the Holy Angels from 11:30pm, followed by hot chocolate or mulled wine on your return. On Christmas Day enjoy a five-course lunch and spa access, then brunch in the Ballroom on Boxing Day.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Hoar Cross Hall: From £550 per person for the two-night package, or from £765 for the three-night Christmas stay.
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The hotel: Lutyens-style grand manor hotel and grounds with designer room and art deco brasserie.
The Christmas house party package 2023: Arrive on Christmas Eve to afternoon tea, then mulled wine and carols from St Mary’s Choir of Boys and Men, followed by the five-course Tastes of the Season menu served in The Manor House. Midnight mass is held at the local church with mince pies and hot chocolate on return. On Christmas Day after a Bucks Fizz breakfast and maybe a swim in the spa, enjoy a traditional Christmas Day lunch with a glass of champagne on arrival. Christmas Cake and tea will be served in the lounge in the afternoon and a light supper will be served in the evening. On Boxing Day wake to a delicious breakfast and spend the day exploring local attractions such as Warwick Castle or Stratford-on-Avon and enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner in The Dining Room with live music in the evening.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Mallory Court: From £849 per person for three nights based on two sharing, or add a fourth night from £125 per person
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The hotel: One of the Hand Picked Hotel‘s chain of hotels, New Hall started life as a manor house built by the Earl of Warwick as a hunting lodge in the 13th century, giving it the reputation today of being England’s oldest listed inhabited moated house. Set in 26 acres, it has 60 bedrooms and a luxury spa.
The 2023 Christmas celebrations at New Hall: Arrive to mulled wine and a delicious cream tea and settle in before a candlelit three-course evening meal. Wake on Christmas morning to Bucks Fizz and a cooked breakfast. Raise a Champagne toast and enjoy some canapés prior to a seven-course gourmet feast. If you have any room left, there will be an evening buffet dinner. On Boxing Day after a hearty breakfast why not soak up the spa, or explore the grounds one last time before a final three-course dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at New Hall hotel: From £1,130 per room for the two-night package based on two people sharing or from £1,555 for the three-night Christmas package.
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The hotel: Located in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, and directly opposite the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres, The Arden Hotel, Stratford is a sophisticated 45-bedroom boutique hotel.
The Christmas package 2023: Enjoy afternoon tea on arrival, then relax and unwind before a welcome drink and a three-course dinner served in No44 Brasserie on The Waterside. Visit Shakespeare’s resting place at Holy Trinity Church for Midnight Mass and return to a warming glass of mulled wine or sherry and a mince pie. Start Christmas day with a Champagne breakfast and maybe a walk around historic Stratford before more fizz, canapés and a four-course Christmas Day lunch, followed later by a light informal supper. On Boxing Day feel free to explore the Warwickshire countryside before a glass of bubbly and a four-course gourmet dinner served in the evening.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Arden hotel: From £575 per person for the three-night break, based on two sharing.
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[See also separate entries for Dormy House and Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds section at the top of this article]
The hotel: This former manor house set in the Worcestershire countryside is a charming, relaxing and luxurious place to relax and enjoy delicious food and wine.
The 2023 Christmas package: Arrive to a festive sharing platter and mulled wine in the lounge with magician entertainment before joining fellow guests for a three-course evening dinner. There’s hot chocolate and homemade cookies (or brandy) for attendees of Midnight Mass. Wake to views of the estate and a Champagne breakfast and take in the festive atmosphere before enjoying a glass of Champagne and canapés and a magnificent six-course Christmas Day lunch. Join in the Christmas Day quiz before enjoying a light informal supper. Following breakfast on Boxing Day there’s the chance to take a trip on the Severn Valley Railway. Enjoy tea and Christmas cake in the afternoon and a four course dinner in The Chaddesley Restaurant in the evening.
The cost of Christmas 2023 at Brockencote Hall hotel: From £775 per person based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Luxury half-timbered 15th century hotel at the heart of the historic village of Lavenham in Suffolk. The hotel with oak beamed interiors, roaring log fires, cosy nooks and delicious food plus a spa is the perfect place to enjoy a three-night festive package.
The Christmas package 2023: Enjoy a Christmas Eve mulled wine welcome followed by cream tea, Champagne and canapés with carols from a local choir and a four-course Christmas Eve dinner. Afterwards there’s Midnight Mass in the local church before returning to the hotel for a late-night glass of mulled wine and mince pies. On Christmas Day after a Champagne breakfast the fizz keeps coming with a Champagne and canapés reception before a traditional five-course feast with all the trimmings in the high-beamed Gallery restaurant or Brasserie depending on availability. After the King’s Speech and an afternoon relaxing, for those who are still hungry there’s an informal supper in the evening followed by a Christmas quiz while on Boxing Day there’s a late brunch and optional guided walk around the historic medieval village of Lavenham before a final five-course Boxing Day dinner with live jazz entertainment.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Swan at Lavenham: The three-night package starts from £2,150 for two sharing, single rooms also available.
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The hotel: An immaculate 35-room boutique hotel in the lovely Suffolk town of Southwold. Owned by Adnams brewery, the hotel has great rooms, excellent food and drink and is less than a minute’s walk from the Suffolk coast.
The Christmas 2023 package: A team of butlers will greet guests arriving for The Swan’s three-night Christmas break with a mulled wine or hot chocolate and each room will have been beautifully decorated for the occasion. There’s afternoon tea on Christmas Eve followed by a three-course feast served in The Still Room restaurant and guests will find a hamper of festive treats has been delivered to their rooms. On Christmas Day after a Bucks Fizz breakfast, a four-course lunch with all the trimmings will be served, following which guests can relax by the fire or take a walk along Southwold beach before a sharing platter and glass of Adnams Champagne in the evening. On Boxing Day, a full English brunch is on offer before guests can explore the range of boutique shops and cosy cafés on the high street. On this final day there’s a two-course lunch followed by a three-course dinner with live acoustic music from a local artist.
Cost of Christmas stay 2023 at The Swan, Southwold: The Swan’s Christmas Escape starts from £2,190, based on two adults sharing.
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The hotel: Set in one of Britain’s best seaside locations, the stylish 44-bedroom hotel is just a step away from the shingle beach with magnificent panoramic sea views to the front, while at the back it overlooks the river Alde and surrounding countryside. The Brudenell features coastal themed decor and fresh, locally sourced food.
The Christmas package 2023: Arrive on Christmas Eve and you will be welcomed with a warming glass of mulled wine and afternoon tea to put you in the festive spirit. Then take your table for canapés and a three-course celebratory dinner in the Seafood & Grill restaurant with its great sea views. Start Christmas day with a full Suffolk breakfast, or perhaps something lighter and save your appetite for the epic five-course banquet, starting with a glass of Champagne, followed by an evening buffet. On Boxing Day enjoy another hearty breakfast and watch brave people descend into the North Sea for the traditional Boxing Day swim, then explore the local area or take a bracing walk along the seafront. Lunch and then a hand-carved buffet dinner will be served at the hotel.
Cost of the Brudenell Christmas package 2023: Prices start from £1,380 for the three-night package based on two sharing an inland-facing Aldeburgh room – sea views and extra nights available for a supplement, single rooms also available from £880.
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The hotel: Food-oriented restaurant with rooms just a few steps from Henry II’s 12th century castle keep in a peaceful Suffolk village just on the edge of Orford Ness nature reserve.
The Christmas package 2023: Be welcomed on Christmas Eve with a Christmas hamper in your room and then join fellow guests for hot mince pies and mulled wine and enjoy a glass of fizz before a four-course a la carte dinner. Christmas Day begins with a gift from Father Christmas and breakfast before a five-course traditional Christmas feast starting with Champagne and canapés and with free-range Suffolk turkey plus all the trimmings. Work off some of the Christmas calories with a walk toward Orford Ness before returning for afternoon tea and a four-course a la carte dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at the Crown and Castle: From £1,150 per room based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Beautiful traditional Middlethorpe Hall is a William III country house just two miles from York’s city centre, yet is set in 20 acres of its own beautiful gardens and parkland and just next to York Racecourse.
The Christmas 2023 package: Arrive for afternoon tea delicacies in the Drawing Room followed by a Champagne and canapés reception with carols from a local choir. A three-course candlelit dinner will then be served in the Pineapple and Oak Rooms. Guests might wish to attend Midnight Mass in St Andrew’s Parish Church or at the glorious York Minster and will be welcomed with a glass of port and mince pies upon return. On Christmas Day start the day with a full Yorkshire breakfast followed by a Bucks Fizz reception, followed by a traditional four-course Christmas lunch. The King’s Speech will be shown in the Drawing Room, with a service of tea, coffee and mince pies and there’s a Christmas Day evening buffet. Boxing Day possibilities include pampering in the Middlethorpe Spa, pantomime at the York Theatre Royal, a drive around the Yorkshire Dales or an exciting day of horse racing at Wetherby. On Boxing Day evening there’s a black-tie four-course gala dinner with wine, accompanied by jazz tunes on the piano, and later a fun casino evening.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Middlethorpe Hall: From £2,090 per room based on two sharing, single rooms and additional nights also available.
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The hotel: Luxury but modern hotel in the heart of the historic village of Helmsley, with an award-winning, spa, smart restaurant and great spa bedrooms overlooking the hotel’s central swimming pool and hot tub.
The Christmas 2023 package: Arrive to a mini afternoon tea in the comfy lounge before a glass of fizz and three-course evening meal in the Weathervane restaurant. For those who wish to attend, Mass takes place at the nearby historic All Saints Church. Christmas Day starts with a Bucks Fizz breakfast before a sumptuous Christmas lunch with Champagne and canapés before the feast, with a light buffet in the evening. On Boxing Day following a hearty breakfast, why not take a Boxing Day walk to nearby Rievaulx Abbey, swim in the heated outdoor pool or relax in the Verbena Spa before joining fellow guests at sharing tables for a six-course Boxing Day celebration tasting dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Feversham Arms: From £1,799 per room based on two sharing.
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The hotel: One of the newest members of the excellent PoBHotels group, Grantley Hall is a hidden jewel of the Yorkshire Dales, with 47 bedrooms, four restaurants, three bars and a top spa and elite luxury gym and fitness space.
The Christmas house party 2023 at Grantley Hall: Enjoy spiced mulled wine and mince pies on arrival with carol singers followed by dinner in one of Grantley Hall’s three restaurants including the Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall restaurant. There’s the option to attend the festive service at Ripon Cathedral followed by hot chocolate and mince pies and entertainment in the Norton Lounge. The next day, enjoy Christmas Day breakfast at leisure and a present from Santa Claus before Christmas Day lunch. The King’s Speech will be shown in the Drawing Room and Norton Lounge and there’s a buffet in the evening in the Music Room. On Boxing Day there’s the option of a guided walk to Fountains Abbey, then dinner and post-dinner entertainment. Three Graces Spa & Elite gym facilities available throughout.
Cost of the Christmas package at Grantley Hall 2023: Prices from £4,950 per room based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Situated at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales within the romantic Bolton Abbey Estate, the 40-room Devonshire Arms hotel and spa is a charming country house hotel in 30,000 acres of breathtaking natural beauty.
The Christmas 2023 hotel package: Start your stay on Christmas Eve with a traditional afternoon tea and sparkling wine followed by a Sparkling Drinks reception and three-course dinner in the Burlington restaurant. After dinner join the carol singers outside for a Christmas sing-a-long and there will be transport to Midnight Mass at the Priory on Bolton Abbey estate for those who wish to go. Christmas Day starts with a full Yorkshire breakfast and a visit from Santa before a Champagne reception and a traditional Christmas lunch. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with maybe a stroll along the river to the Abbey ruins, and a light buffet supper in the evening. There’s a falconry display on Boxing Day followed by a Champagne reception and Black Tie Boxing Day evening dinner with paired wines, magician entertainment, resident pianist and fun casino evening to follow
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Devonshire Arms: From £3,396 per room for the three-night break based on two sharing.
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The hotel: A lovely luxury hotel located just outside the vibrant town of Clitheroe, with luxury bedrooms, a team of efficient and friendly staff and a stunning Michelin-starred restaurant.
The Christmas package 2023 at Northcote: Guests settle in with mulled wine and mince pies whilst enjoying a selection of festive carols from a live singer. Dinner starts off with a glass of Champagne served with a selection of snacks before sitting down for the festive four-course Christmas Eve dinner. After dinner the hotel arranges transport for guests wishing to attend Midnight Mass locally. On Christmas Day have a celebration Champagne breakfast then a vintage Rosé Champagne Party, a four-course Christmas Lunch served with a matched wine flight. Later that night a selection of twelve canapés will be served or choose a Christmas room hamper and watch festive favourites on the television. Wake refreshed and enjoy the Northcote Boxing Day Breakfast before Northcote’s resident Walking Guide for a leisurely 5 mile walk. Part way along the route you can enjoy turkey sandwiches and a glass of something special. Then there’s the Boxing Day Gala Dinner starting with a Champagne reception with canapés, followed by the hugely popular Boxing Day four-course menu.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Northcote: From £2,525 for the three nights, based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Set in 375 acres of parkland, the original building dates from the 1800s, but over the years the 61-room luxury hotel has been extended to include a highly-rated 50,000 ft spa and three restaurants, two of which overlook its 18-hole Championship golf course.
The Christmas house party package 2023: Rockliffe Hall Christmas package includes all leisure facilities throughout the stay, plus festive food and drinks and Christmas games, activities and entertainment. On Christmas Eve there’s a festive afternoon tea with carols from a local choir before a three-course dinner served in the Clubhouse or upgrade to The Orangery. On Christmas Day there’s a five-course lunch in the Rockliffe Suite with a glass of fizz and all the trimmings – Father Christmas will be making an appearance with presents for the children – and a festive buffet in the evening. On Boxing Day enjoy a round of golf or relax in the spa before evening dinner at The Clubhouse.
Price of the Christmas packages at Rockliffe Hall 2023: The three-night Christmas Break starts from £999 per person, based on 2 adults sharing.
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The hotel: Five-star all-suite boutique hotel and spa on Durham’s heritage coast.
The Christmas package 2023: Begin your break with Champagne afternoon Tea followed by a five-course Tasting menu dinner. Start Christmas Day with an indulgent breakfast delivered to your suite, followed by Champagne and canapés reception and four-course traditional Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings served in The Dining Room followed by mince pies. There’s a charcuterie platter with a glass of port available in your room on Christmas Day evening. On Boxing Day have a relaxed breakfast and chilled day ending with a five-course evening dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Seaham Hall: From £300 per person, per night, based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Grosvenor Pulford hotel and spa is a four-star Cheshire hotel which combines traditional elegance with contemporary luxury. In close proximity to the historic city of Chester, the family-owned hotel is nestled in the picturesque countryside along the Welsh border.
The Christmas package 2023: Arrive on Christmas Eve to be welcomed with mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate, before a three-course meal with live musical entertainment. On the big day itself there’s breakfast before Christmas Day lunch with live piano music and a visit from Santa. In the evening there’s an evening buffet with live music and magician entertainment. Explore Chester or hit the sales on Boxing Day or relax in the spa before a three-course Boxing Day dinner dance with musical entertainment and a fun casino night.
The cost of a Christmas stay 2023 at Grosvenor Pulford: Three nights from £530 per adult based on two sharing.
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Best hotels for Christmas 2023 in the Lake District
The hotel: This five-star luxury hotel near Windermere set in 21 acres has resident llamas, two restaurants onsite, including the Michelin-starred SOURCE, cocktail bar, spa treatment centre and luxury spa suites.
The Christmas package 2023: Four nights of gastronomy and hospitality – with plenty of time for relaxation. On Christmas Day, the Christmas Day Feast starts with Champagne and there’s a light supper later. On Boxing Day enjoy a wintery walk and fireside lunch in the Lake House grounds.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Gilpin Hotel: Check prices directly with the hotel.
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The hotel: Luxury hotel in the beautiful Borrowdale valley which recently underwent a £10 million redevelopment.
The Christmas package 2023: Guests are greeted on Christmas Eve with a gin afternoon tea followed by a cocktail and canape reception and a four-course welcome dinner, complete with magician and balloonist as well as live music accompaniment. Later on, guests can gather by the lake to experience the beauty of the lake and mountains at night with a bonfire and hot punch and toasted marshmallows. On Christmas Day, guests start with a full Cumbrian breakfast with a Mimosa Cocktail and a Christmas scavenger hunt around the spa garden before a six-course Christmas Day lunch. Finish off the day with a ‘Cumbrian Lakes and Fells’ buffet, before a Christmas quiz with prizes on offer. Begin Boxing Day with a Bellini cocktail and breakfast before activities such as guess the weight of the Christmas cake and photos in front of the ‘magic selfie mirror’ before a six-course black tie dinner with live music.
Cost of the Christmas package at Lodore Falls for 2023: Three-day Christmas package starts at £1,050 per person.
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The hotel: Described as ‘Windermere’s most distinctive hotel’ this four-star 55-bedroom hotel is on the banks of Lake Windermere with dramatic views across the lake to the Western Fells.
The Christmas package 2023: Arrive on Christmas Eve for a Lakeland afternoon tea with festive tunes and mulled wine followed by a Champagne reception and canapes before a relaxing four-course dinner with music from a string quartet. Continental breakfast with Bucks Fizz starts Christmas Day, followed by Champagne and a three-course Christmas Day lunch and, later, a traditional Christmas buffet with comedy and musical entertainment. Relax in Beech Hill’s Lakeland spa on Boxing Day or explore local Bowness and finish off with a three-course dinner and jazz evening.
Cost of the Christmas package 2023 at Beech Hill hotel: From £559 per person for the three-night package, spa access £60 extra per person
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The hotel: Luxury, award-winning five-star hotel in Ayrshire, Scotland, with period furnishings and interiors as well as breath-taking gardens, forests, and the seascapes that surround the castle.
The Christmas 2023 package: Arrive in time for afternoon tea and enjoy listening to the Glenapp pianist in the drawing room baby grand piano. A three-course gourmet dinner with harpist accompaniment will be served in the evening and afterwards perhaps a nightcap in the library before the Glenapp piper sends you off to bed in true Scottish style. Transport to the Watchnight service at Ballantrae Parish Church is also available. Enjoy a full Scottish Christmas breakfast on Christmas Day morning, visit the local Ballantrae church for the Christmas service, or relax around the Christmas tree with family and friends and enjoy Christmas gifts from Santa. Mid-morning there will be a falconry display before a Champagne reception and festive four-course Christmas lunch. After lunch, explore the Glen and the stunning estate and finish off the day with an evening buffet and entertainment. Boxing Day activities include clay pigeon shooting, archery and treasure hunts and after a light Boxing Day lunch join in the Scottish celebrations with a traditional Ceilidh band accompanied by Scottish highland dancers.
Cost of Christmas at Glenapp Castle in 2023: From £4,995 per room based on two sharing.
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The hotel: One of the top hotels in Scotland, the 850-acre Gleneagles estate offers an array of attractions that includes a five-star luxury hotel, three championship golf courses and an award-winning spa.
The Christmas package 2023: The hotel is offering a three-night Christmas break including all food and entertainment, including a Christmas Banquet. Says the hotel: ‘From brisk trail walks, ice skating and countryside adventures by day, to roaring log fires and decadent dining by night, the festive season transforms Gleneagles into a magical winter hideaway and a cosy home from home.’
Cost of Christmas at Gleneagles 2023: From £6,555 per room for a three-night stay, based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Set in 200 acres of parkland just outside Llandudno on the north coast of Wales, Bodysgallen Hall is located in an imposing building dating back to the 13th century but has modern luxuries including a spa with indoor pool.
The Christmas package 2023: Festivities commence on Christmas Eve with mulled wine and mince pies on arrival and a Champagne reception before a three-course dinner. Transport can be arranged to Midnight Mass and guests will be welcomed with port and mince pies on return. On Christmas Day traditional lunch will be served and in the evening there will be a light buffet supper. On Boxing Day guests can swim in the pool, be pampered in the spa, go for a drive to nearby Llandudno or just relax at Bodysgallen. There will be a Champagne farewell reception in the evening with music from a Welsh harp, followed by a four-course Gala Dinner, black tie optional.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at Bodysgallen Hall: Doubles from £2,090 for the three-night break or from £2,285 in a cottage suite. Single occupancy rates available.
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The hotel: Palé Hall is an 18-bedroom AA Five Red Star, Relais & Chateaux destination luxury country house hotel in the tranquil Dee valley.
The Christmas party package last year: Palé Hall is sold out this year but for inspiration for next year, here’s the previous year’s package: Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies on arrival before festive entertainment and a glass of fizz around the piano followed by canapés and chef Gareth Stevenson’s signature five-tasting menu with matching wine flight. After Christmas morning’s Bucks Fizz Welsh breakfast there’s a sumptuous five-course Christmas lunch with matching wines and later on a relaxed evening buffet with festive films and board games. The following day enjoy Boxing Day packed lunches or a light lunch while exploring the grounds or nearby Bala Lake and then relax in the evening with a three-course a la carte dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2022 at Palé Hall: From £1,865 for three nights based on two people sharing.
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The hotel: Privately owned luxury country house hotel nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills and just 12 minutes drive to the sea.
The Christmas package 2023: Christmas at The Grove at Narberth includes three nights luxurious accommodation, breakfast every morning, festive tea and cakes during the afternoon as well as festive dinner on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day evening, Christmas Day lunch, a Christmas Day evening hamper.
Cost of Christmas break at The Grove at Narberth 2023: From £2,310 per room for the three-night Christmas Break, based on two guests sharing.
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The hotel: Welcoming Welsh country house set in its own 50 acres, with rhododendron-lined pathways, riverside walks and a well-stocked trout lake as well as a spa with indoor pool.
The Christmas package 2023: Full afternoon tea on arrival and a glass of mulled wine and four-course dinner on Christmas Eve, followed by a full Welsh breakfast on Christmas morning, mid-morning coffee and homemade mince pies, Champagne reception and a five-course Christmas lunch. After lunch, coffee and petit fours, there’s a full afternoon tea and an evening buffet. On Boxing Day there’s a Welsh breakfast, full afternoon tea and a tasting dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2023 at The Lake Country House: From £2,050 based on two people sharing.
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And if you fancy a more family-friendly Christmas, why not try Center Parcs?
- Pre-order a Christmas tree, lights and decorations pack to add seasonal sparkle to your lodge
- Wake up in the breathtakingly beautiful winter forest on Christmas morning
- Visit Santa at his Woodland Workshop right up until Christmas Eve, with a gift and special souvenir photo to cherish
- Soak up the festive atmosphere and see brand-new displays at Santa’s Woodland Village
- Gaze up at sparkling lights and spectacular decorations all around the forest
- Discover fabulously festive activities for the whole family to enjoy, available up until Christmas Eve.
- Feast on a delicious Christmas dinner in one of our restaurants
- At the end of the day, curl up in front of a real log fire in your cosy woodland lodge
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Are you planning to stay in a luxury hotel for Christmas and do you have a favourite hotel you always return to, or do you like trying somewhere new each year? Do let me know in the comments and do say if I’ve missed any of your favourites out!
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