Christmas hotel breaks are special. If you think of the best luxury country house hotels for Christmas you can picture the festive scene: comfy sofas, roaring fires, beautiful decorations and acres of grounds for the Boxing Day walk.
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 Queen’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. (Here’s my day-by-day account of my Christmas spent last year at 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?
Read on for my epic round-up of the best luxury Christmas hotel breaks
Below is a round-up of the best luxury hotels for Christmas 2021 in the UK. The price of Christmas breaks is usually based on the cheapest room and so might be more expensive depending on what rooms the hotels have left. Where I haven’t been able to find a price for Christmas 2021 I’ve kept the price from last Christmas but will add a note to that effect. If any of these Christmas hotels take your fancy then be quick, as many of these will sell out fast if they haven’t already done so.
All hotels should have a clear policy regarding cancellations due to Covid on their websites but if not, or for added reassurance, call them directly to find out where you stand if you are unable to make it due to Covid.
I’ve included links so you can jump to the different regions or just scroll through the whole list for Christmas inspiration. Good tidings to all!
Best hotels for Christmas in the Cotswolds
The hotel: Quintessential country house hotel with Michelin-starred restaurant, top spa and beautiful ornate gardens.
The 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 from two-Michelin-starred chef Niall Keating on 23rd December. On Christmas Eve start with a Hatha yoga class and enjoy a film in Whatley Manor’s own cinema followed by a 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 2021 at Whatley Manor: 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: 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 mulled wine on arrival, curl up by the roaring fire with a warming mug of hot chocolate and then feast on a three-course dinner at The Potting Shed or the Back Garden Room restaurants. On Christmas Day, enjoy a hearty Cotswolds breakfast with Bucks Fizz and Bloody Marys, followed by a Christmas Day lunch, 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 five-course farewell feast with wine pairings and live music.
Cost of Dormy House hotel’s Christmas package 2021: From £2,500 based on two people sharing.
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The hotel: Cosy and charming award-winning boutique hotel in Cotswolds stone.
The Christmas package: 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. Breakfast on Christmas Day morning starts with Bucks Fizz, followed by a five-course Christmas Lunch and a glass of Champagne, the Queen’s Speech and a selection of board games to while away the afternoon before Christmas Day evening buffet. The hotel has loads of maps for Boxing Day walks – it’s right on the Cotswolds way – and then a Boxing Day dinner to reward hikers.
Cost of staying at the Painswick for Christmas 2021: From £1,576 per room for three nights based on two people sharing, suites are from £2,232.
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The hotel: Splendid historic manor house with beautiful grounds in the heart of picture-perfect Cotswolds village Castle Combe.
The Christmas package: Start with a festive cream tea and Champagne and canape reception before a four-dinner 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 – return for hot chocolate and mince pies afterwards. 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 pantomine, try your hand at laser clay-pigeon shooting, golf or festive games before Champagne and a four-course gourmet dinner.
Cost of Christmas package 2021 at Manor House: Three night stay from £2,300 per room based on two sharing. A four-night Christmas package is available for £2,550 per person 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: [The hotel is yet to put Christmas 2021 up on its website so here’s last year’s for guidance.] The three-day festive Christmas break includes a festive afternoon tea with a glass of fizz or mulled cider and three-course dinner on Christmas Eve showcasing Barnsley House’s ‘garden to plate’ cuisine. 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 or stroll to The Village Pub for Pie Night just yards away.
Cost of the Christmas package at Barnsley House 2020: From £2,326 for an elegant room 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: Guests are welcomed on 24th December with Christmas cake and mince pies in front of roaring log fires. That evening there’s a glass of fizz with carol singing followed by dinner in The Conservatory and hot toddies for those returning from Midnight Mass. Christmas begins with a Champagne breakfast – the spa is also open in the morning for some festive relaxing – then a traditional Christmas Lunch followed by candlelit dinner in Calcot’s own pub, the Gumstool Inn. Boxing Day take a stroll round Calcot Manor’s 220 acres or explore the nearby Westonbirt Arboretum and the Christmas break is finished off with a Champagne reception and dinner with wines.
Price of Christmas 2021 at Calcot Manor: Rooms start at £2,581 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: Unlike other hotels, Lygon Arms has gone for a ‘make your own Christmas package’ option which might be perfect if you would like more flexibility in your Christmas break. 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. So for example the rooms cost from £395 per night, including breakfast, mulled wine on arrival, Christmas Eve entertainment in the form of carol singers, welcome gift and gifts under the tree for dogs and children. However you then add your own extras, such as Champagne afternoon tea (£40), three-course Christmas Eve dinner with Beef Wellington as an option (£75 a head), Christmas Day lunch (£140 per person) and evening meal (£35). A Christmas tree in your room costs £125 (suites only). 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 (£75 per person).
Cost of Christmas 2021 at The Lygon Arms: See The Christmas package 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: A two-night break promising a ‘magical Christmas’ including Christmas Eve Champagne afternoon tea and three-course festive dinner, Christmas Day stockings, full Wiltshire breakfast and traditional Christmas lunch followed by a visit from Father Christmas and 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 and spa 2021: From £495 per person for a two-night break based on two sharing – a third night is also available.
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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: Afternoon tea with a glass of mulled wine on arrival on Christmas Eve followed by a ‘fabulously festive’ BBQ. Christmas Day begins with a hearty Cotswolds breakfast with Bucks Fizz and visit from Father Christmas followed by Christmas Day dinner with all the trimmings and for those who still have room, graze on the Chef’s supper in the evening. On Boxing day explore the 400 acres estate on mini-quad bikes or burn off the calories with laser clay shooting.
Cost for Christmas 2021 at The Fish hotel: Prices from £1,250 based on two people sharing a medium room.
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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 Christmas package at Luton Hoo: On Christmas Eve guests get a tour of the historic mansion, can take part in gin-tasting or have a swim in the spa, followed by dinner in the opulent Wernher restaurant with its glittering chandeliers. Christmas Day starts with gifts from Father Christmas, traditional Christmas lunch, tea and Christmas cake followed by a family quiz dinner in the lounge. On Boxing Day try clay pigeon shooting, crossbow and archery on the lawn, or a food a wine quix and treasure hunt for children, followed by a sumptuous dinner in the evening.
Cost of Luton Hoo’s Christmas package 2021: From £995 per person for three nights based on two sharing, or from £1,100 per person for four nights based on two sharing.
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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: Christmas Eve starts with afternoon tea, mulled wine and mince pies followed by a champagne and canape reception with carol singers and by a three-course gourmet black tie dinner with wines, while there’s a three-course Christmas lunch with wines on the big day itself. 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 on sharing tables with wines and dancing.
Cost of Cliveden House hotel’s Christmas House Party 2021: Prices start from £3,995 based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Five-star Michelin-restaurant hotel near Ascot, set in 240 acres of Berkshire parkland. Coworth Park is the only hotel in the UK with its own polo fields and also has an award-winning spa.
The Christmas package: Champagne afternoon tea on arrival with festive singing followed by Christmas card-making, family board games and story-time in the Oak Room followed by a three-course dinner at Restaurant Coworth Park or The Barn with pianist accompaniment. Father Christmas will be in the lobby on Christmas morning followed by champagne, canapes and entertainment in the Drawing Room and a four-course Christmas lunch at The Barn or five-course lunch at Restaurant Coworth Park (£50 supplement) and live entertainment in the evening. On Boxing day there’s a choice of country pursuits, children’s party, afternoon tea with harpist followed by a three dinner and live music.
The cost of the Christmas package at Coworth Park 2021: Rooms from £1,458 per room, per night based on double occupancy, suites from from £1,804 per room per night.
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The hotel: Luxury country house hotel and spa with 90 acres of land and impeccable customer service.
The Christmas package: 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 four-course Christmas Day lunch with wine, the Queen’s Speech in the lounge with tea and Christmas cake, and a Boxing Day farewell black tie casino evening with Prosecco reception, three-course dinner and wine pairings.
Cost of staying at Hartwell House for Christmas 2021: From £1,207.50 based on two sharing, use of spa included.
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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 186 acre-estate is full of beautiful historic rooms and even boasts its own spa and chapel.
The Christmas package: Ashdown Park’s Christmas package starts with afternoon tea, champagne and canape reception with carols, a candlelit dinner in its Anderida restaurant, hot toddies and mince pies to welcome people returning from Midnight Mass. Christmas Day begins with breakfast, mince pies and mulled wine – and a visit from Father Christmas – and continues with a buffet lunch with jazz music, afternoon treasure hunt and then a four-course traditional Christmas Dinner in the evening. Boxing Day treats includes clay pigeon shooting and archery, a festive quiz and a cabaret dinner followed by West End musical performances. Spa access included throughout the stay
Cost of Christmas 2021 at Ashdown Park hotel: From £1,050 per person for three nights, £1,200 for the four-night package based on two people 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.
The Christmas package: Choose between a three-night or four-night stay, starting with a two-hour Christmas baking experience in the cookery school, followed by Champagne and carol singers and a four-course dinner with wines to match. Transport will be provided for those who wish to attend Midnight Mass at Winchester Abbey follwed by mulled wine and mince pies. On Christmas Day there’s Champagne and canapés before a four-course Christmas Lunch served with wine pairing to match and live jazz music. Boxing Day choose between archery or clay pigeon shooting before a four-course Boxing Day evening gala dinner with live music. Four-night night guests can enjoy a private tour and tasting at Black Chalk Valley before a final farewell dinner.
Cost of Christmas at Lainston House 2021: Three-night stay from £2,420 and four-nights from £2900, prices per room based on two sharing.
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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 package: Start the celebrations off with a welcome afternoon tea with carol singers or relax in the vast spa before Christmas Eve dinner in the Brasserie or Latymer restaurants. Transport available for Midnight Mass. Christmas starts with – possibly – an HIIT fitness class, followed by more pampering in the spa, a four or six-course Christmas lunch with entertainment, then relaxing before a buffet dinner and Christmas quiz. On Boxing Day there’s archery and shooting before a drinks reception and gala dinner on sharing tables and casino fun.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at Pennyhill Park: From £2,200 for the three night package based on two people sharing or £2,790 for four nights. There is an extra cost if dining in the Latymer restaurant.
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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 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 buffet 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 with each meal.
Cost of spending Christmas 2021 at Bailiffscourt: From £1,125 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.
The Christmas package: Start off with a afternoon tea, 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 2021: From £1,085 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 two-day Christmas package: Arrive from midday to mulled wine and mince pies before finding your very own Christmas tree in your room (surprise gifts will appear in your personal hidey-hole in the Grand Hall throughout the break). There’s a sparkling drinks reception with a choir in the evening, followed by a three-course welcome dinner in The Camellia or Botanica restaurants or an eight-course meal in The Pass (at extra cost). The spa will be open throughout the festivities. After Christmas breakfast, enjoy traditional Christmas lunch in the South Downs Suite or The Camellia on Christmas Day and then enjoy a luxury hamper in your room over a classic Christmas film in the evening. On Boxing Day got 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 2021 Christmas package at South Lodge: Two-night stay from £2,280 per room or £2,790 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 Christmas package: Enjoy afternoon tea and a sparkling wine reception with carols and canapes before a Christmas Eve dinner 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 festive supper in Christmas Day 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 2021 at The Spread Eagle: Three-night stay for two people from £945 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: The Headland is yet to reveal its Christmas break details but promises a ‘wonderful festive break’. Last year there was festive tea and cake followed by carols from the Newquay Town Band on Christmas Eve, before a Champagne reception and jazz-accompanied candlelit dinner. Christmas Day started with a Buck’s Fizz breakfast and an appearance by Mrs Claus, then a five-course festive lunch and carols around the piano. The Cornish coastline is a great place for a Boxing Day stroll and in the evening after dinner there was a ‘Casino Royale’ themed black tie event.
The cost of Christmas 2021 at The Headland hotel: Three-night minimum stay from £450 per room per night based on two people sharing including breakfast and three-course dinner each day.
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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: Watergate Bay is offering an epic four-night Christmas back this year which promises to be a memorable one and bound to sell out fast. Start your break on the 23rd December with a stroll along the beach, a dip in the pool or just get stuck into the mulled wine. There’s crafts, reindeer making, games, carol singing and cake followed by dinner. On Christmas Eve there’s the chance to surf or body board, or try wreath-making, then bubbly, early evening carols and canapés around the tree before dinner and laid-back entertainment. Christmas Day there’s a Champagne breakfast and festive lunch while on Boxing Day gather for Watergate Bay’s ‘legendary family challenge.’
The cost of Christmas 2021 at Watergate Bay: From £984 per person based on two sharing, or from £1,116 with a sea view, including dinners, breakfast and Christmas activities.
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The hotel: A stunning but welcoming grand historic hotel in the heart of Dartmoor.
The Christmas package: Bovey Castle transforms into a ‘Winter Wonderland’ every year and the setting couldn’t be grander. Arrive on Christmas Eve for a host of festive activities including cider and sloe gin making, plus afternoon tea and a storyteller for all the family. The evening includes welcome drinks, and a five-course dinner with live music. On Christmas Day Father Christmas will be handing out presents to younger guests before a brass rubbing trail and a fabulous Christmas Day lunch in the Great Western Restaurant. After breakfast on Boxing Day, sign up for the golf tournament or a guided walk, 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 five-course black tie dinner and musical entertainment in the Great Western Restaurant.
Cost of Bovey Castle’s Christmas package 2021: From £900 per room per night for a three-night stay based on two sharing, single room also available.
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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 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 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 a 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 2021: Starting from £1,970 for a double room based on two sharing, or splash out on a Beach Suite for £2,935.
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The hotel: A Grade 2-listed 21-bedroom Georgian manor house with 28 acres and Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines.
The Christmas package: Arrive on Christmas Eve to mince pies and mulled wine and a festive brass band performance with carols. In the evening enjoy aperitifs and canapés followed by Michael’s eight-course tasting menu in the Georgian fine dining rooms. Afterwards there’s the option to have a chauffeured service to Midnight Mass at Exeter Cathedral. There’s a champagne breakfast on Christmas Day, followed by a five course Christmas lunch menu – 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 wine tour with tasting.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at Lympstone Manor: Three nights from £950 per night based on two people sharing.
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The hotel: Five-star 16th century country manor house near Plymouth with an award-winning Gaia Spa with indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, Finnish sauna, crystal salt steam room and alfresco hot tubs.
The Christmas package: Arrive to a warm welcome and a glass of mulled wine before a history tour of this Elizabethan house. On Christmas Eve enjoy a cocktail showcase and drinks reception before dinner in the 3 Rosette restaurant with wine-pairings and a murder mystery theme. Christmas Day starts with a Devonshire breakfast and an optional Christmas Day walk on Dartmoor (the spa will also be open) followed by four-course Christmas lunch. Later there’s Christmas cake and guests are encouraged to participate in Boringdon Hall’s Christmas Day tradition, the ‘Call my Bluff’ wine game. In the evening, a Christmas buffet dinner will be served, and The Swing Kings will perform live music in the Great Hall while Boxing Day activities include a falconry presentation and four-course black-tie dinner with live entertainment.
The cost of spending Christmas 2021 at Boringdon Hall: Three night Christmas break from £2,265 per couple, four-nights from £2,600 per couple including dining, all drinks and ‘frivolities’.
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The hotel: Just a few short steps from the historic Abbey town of Sherborne, The Eastbury Hotel is a charming boutique Georgian period listed townhouse dating from 1740 set within a walled garden and recently acquired by Peter & Lana de Savary.
The Christmas package: Settle in with a complimentary sloe gin before the Christmas Eve cocktail party followed by Christmas Eve supper with live music accompaniment . Champagne English breakfast begins Christmas Day followed by an epic seven-course Christmas feast in its award-winning Seasons restaurant. Explore Sherborne on Boxing Day or relax in the new hotel spa followed by another sumptuous dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at The Eastbury: From £1,443 for the three-night break based on two 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: Afternoon tea on Christmas Eve followed by a champagne reception and Christmas Eve dinner in Lucknam Park’s Michelin-starred Restaurant Hywel Jones. See if you make it to Midnight Mass at Colerne Parish Church followed by hot chocolate, mince pies and mulled wine in the library. On Christmas Day Father Christmas will arrives 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 Queen’s Speech and evening buffet. On Boxing Day there’s the chance to visit the Theatre Royal, Bath for the pantomime or enjoy relaxing at Lucknam with a light 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 2021: From £1,215 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: 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 in 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 trimmings, before a light buffet supper if you still have room. Boxing Day treats include afternoon tea, Champagne reception and a 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 2021: From £1,642 per person based on two sharing
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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: Ellenborough Park is offering two and three-night packages. On Christmas Eve enjoy a welcome glass of mulled wine and some festive mince pies before carols and a three-course dinner. Christmas Day starts off with a hearty Cotwolds breakfast, Champagne and canapes, Christmas Day lunch and night buffet dinner. Guests can hike Ellenborourgh Park’s 90 acres, swim in the heated outdoor pool or opt for a range of country pursuits including archery, clay pigeon shooting, Land Rover off-roading, duck herding or even dog-sledding with a pack of Siberian huskies.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at Ellenborough Park: From £919 per room per night based on two people sharing for the two night Christmas package, or from £819 per room per night for the three 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: Arrive Christmas Eve for Champagne cream tea to start off Greenway’s Christmas Experience before joining guests for a four course candlelit dinner.. Transport to Midnight Mass will be provided followed by roasted chestnuts and mulled wine on your return. On Christmas Day wake up to Bucks Fizz breakfast before cocktails and a six-course Christmas Day lunch. Spend the afternoon in the spa if you wish, then pens at the ready for the Christmas quiz. On Boxing Day after enjoying your day at leisure or shopping in nearby Cheltenham, return in the afternoon for tea and cakes in the front of the fire, before enjoying a four course candlelit dinner.
Cost of Greenway Hotel’s Christmas package 2021: From £695 per person, based on a three night stay or from £810 for a four night break.
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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: 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 five-course dinner with live music from the guest pianist and mince pies for returners from Midnight Mass. Christmas Day starts with a traditional Cotswold 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 evening 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 candlelit dinner in the evening. On the 27th it’s time for a fond farewell… but not before one last Cotswold breakfast.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at the Hare and Hounds: Prices for a three-night stay from £720 per person, based on two people sharing, single rooms available.
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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: Start off with full 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 Cotswolds brunch and in the evening there’s a four-course dinner and music from a harpist.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at The Bear of Rodborough: Prices for a three-night stay from £560 per person, based on two people sharing, prices for a two-night stay from £443.
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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 top the site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury.
The Christmas package: On Christmas Eve arrive to afternoon tea and carols and enjoy a classic festive film with popcorn and hot chocolate, before a drinks and canapes reception and a three-course evening meal. On Christmas Day there’s a four-course traditional Christmas lunch with Champagne and evening buffet, and on Boxing Day there’s brunch, bubbly and cocktails with a three-course dinner and music.
The cost of Christmas 2021 at Tewkesbury Park hotel: From £897 per room for the three-night package 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: Start off the Christmas house party with afternoon tea with 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 before a Champagne reception and Christmas lunch with wines followed by a festive cream tea with Christmas cocktails and canapés and buffet dinner. On Boxing Day there’s a black tie four-course dinner with wines followed by dancing.
Cost of spending Christmas 2021 at Chewton Glen: From £4,450 per room 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: 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 carols from the local choir on Christmas Eve, and a four-course traditional Christmas dinner on Christmas Day followed by vintage films and the Manor Christmas Quiz. On Boxing Day there’s a treasure hunt and the chance to explore nearby Burley.
The cost of Christmas 2021 at Burley Manor: From £540 per guest for three nights, from £612 per guest for four nights.
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The hotel: This award-winning four-star hotel was recently voted the most dog friendly in the New Forest. Just a short walk from Brockenhurst village, it has views across the forest and country walks can be enjoyed direct from the hotel.
The Christmas package: The festive celebration commences with a welcoming tea on arrival on Christmas Eve, followed by a drinks reception with canapés before dinner. After breakfast on Christmas morning, expect a visit from Santa with a surprise gift before a traditional Christmas lunch to suit everyone, and a buffet supper in the evening. Enjoy a lie-in on Boxing Day morning before a hearty brunch prepared by the chef and his team and an afternoon quiz before a black-tie gala dinner on Boxing Day evening. Guests have use of the in-house leisure facilities including gym, sauna, pool and jacuzzi.
The cost of Christmas 2021 at Balmer Lawn: The package costs from £1,650 per room (based on two sharing).
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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: The hotel is just finalising its Christmas package for this year but you are assured of a fabulously festive stay at this gorgeous hotel. Guests in previous years enjoyed a glass of mulled wine while checking into theirs room before indulging in a gourmet four-course dinner for two. Christmas Day they enjoyed a full English breakfast and a six-course traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. The next day after a hearty full English breakfast guests depart for 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.
Cost for Christmas at Hambleton Hall 2021: To be confirmed
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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: There’s a classic Christmas package on offer at Stapleford Park, starting with mulled wine and mince pies on arrival, a cream tea buffet and Champagne reception with canapés ahead of a Christmas Eve dinner. The morning starts in traditional Leicestershire style with pork pie and whole gammon followed by sloe gin and mince pies on Christmas morning with Santa, then traditional Christmas Day lunch and Christmas cake. On Boxing Day there’s breakfast and lunch followed by a ‘country pursuits taster’, including archery, clay pigeon shooting and falconry, with the Christmas break ending in pre-dinner drinks and canapés and a three-course Boxing day dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at Stapleford Park: From £2,750 per room based on two people sharing over the three-night break; two-night packages available from £1,950 per room.
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The hotel: Lutyens-style grand manor hotel and grounds with designer room and art deco brasserie.
The Christmas package: Arrive on Christmas Eve to afternoon tea, then mulled wine and carols from St Mary’s Choir of Boys and Men, followed by 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 Bloody Mary breakfast and spend the day exploring local attractions such as Warwick Castle and enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner in The Dining Room with live music in the evening.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at Mallory Court: From £649 per person for three nights based on two sharing, from £799 per person for four nights.
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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: 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 full English breakfast and maybe a walk around historic Stratford before Champagne, canapés and a five-course Christmas Day lunch, followed later by a light informal supper. Boxing Day feel free to explore the Warwickshire countryside before a glass of bubbly and a four-course gourmet dinner will be served in the evening.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at The Arden hotel: From £425 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 Christmas package: Arrive to afternoon tea in the lounge with live piano accompaniment before joining fellow guests for a four-course evening dinner. Wake to a Champagne breakfast and take in the festive atmosphere before enjoying a glass of Champagne and canapés and a magnificent seven-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 2021 at Brockencote Hall hotel: From £650 per person based on two sharing.
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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 Christmas 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 Christmas Day services at the nearby village church. Guests awaken on Christmas Day to a Champagne breakfast in time for Santa’s arrival. A traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings is served from midday and the Queen’s Speech will be on in the hotel’s cinema before showing a host of classic Christmas films. On Boxing Day, guests will be served 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 cream tea buffet. A final festive break à la carte dinner will be served in the evening.
Cost of Christmas package at Fawsley Hall 2021: Two nights from £1,440 based on two sharing, three nights from £1,835.
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The hotel: Luxury half-timbered 15th century hotel at the heart of the historic village of Lavenham in Suffolk. The cosy 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: Enjoy a Christmas Eve mulled wine welcome followed by cream tea, Champagne and canapes with carols from a local choir and a three-course candlelit dinner in the Gallery restaurant. Afterwards there’s Midnight Mass in the Lavenham church before returning to the hotel for a late-night glass of mulled wine and mince pies in your room. On Christmas Day after a leisurely breakfast enjoy a glass of Champagne served before a traditional five-course feast with all the trimmings. 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 three-course lunch and a candlelit dinner plus an optional guided walk around the historic medieval village of Lavenham and a final three-course Boxing Day dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at The Swan at Lavenham: The three-night package starts from £1,840 for two sharing.
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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 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 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. 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 evening there’s a three-course dinner with live acoustic music from a local artist.
Cost of Christmas stay 2021 at The Swan, Southwold: The Swan’s Christmas Escape starts from £1,790, based on two adults sharing a room.
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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: Arrive on Christmas Eve and you will be welcomed with tea, scones and a warming glass of mulled wine to put you in the festive spirit. Then take your table for 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 six-course banquet, which will be served from 12.30pm starting with a glass of champagne followed by roast Suffolk turkey and all the trimmings. On Boxing Day enjoy a late breakfast and watch brave people descend into the North Seas for the traditional Boxing Day swim, then explore the local area or take a bracing walk along the seafront. Lunch and then dinner will be served in the evening.
Cost of the Brudenell Christmas package 2021: Prices start from £1,200 for the three-night package based on two sharing an inland-facing Aldeburgh room or £800 for a single room.
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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: Be welcomed on Christmas Eve with hot mince pies, mulled wine and chocolates 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 with free-range Suffolk turkey with all the trimmings. Work off some of the Christmas calories on Boxing Day with our of the hotel’s specially-chosen walks which range from 45 minutes to over seven hours, before returning for afternoon tea and a four-course dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at the Crown and Castle: From £999 for 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 package: Arrive for afternoon tea delicacies in the Drawing Room followed by Champagne and canapés reception, followed by carols sung by a local choir. A three-course candlelit dinner will then be served in the Pineapple and Oak Rooms from 8.15pm. 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 traditional four-course lunch. The Queen’s Speech will be shown in the Drawing Room, with a service of tea, coffee and mince pies. In the evening, sample the delights of a Christmas buffet. Boxing Day possibilities include pampering in the Middlethorpe Spa, pantomime at the York Theatre Royal, a picnic luncheon in 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 2021 at Middlethorpe Hall: From £1,845 per room based on two sharing, single rooms 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 package: Arrive to a mini afternoon tea in the comfy lounge before a glass of fizz and evening meal in the Weathervane restaurant. For those who wish to attend, Mass takes place at the historic All Saints Church. Mulled wine and mince pies on return. Christmas Day starts with a Bucks Fizz breakfast before a sumptuous Christmas lunch with Champagne and canapes before the feast. On Boxing Day following a hearty breakfast, why not take a Boxing Day walk to Rievaulx Abbey, swim in the heated outdoor pool or relax in the Verbena Spa before joining fellow guests for a Boxing Day gala dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at Feversham Arms: From £1,599 for a deluxe suite based on two sharing.
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The hotel: One of the newest members of the excellent Pride of Britain Hotels group, Grantley Hall is a hidden jewel of the Yorkshire Dales, with 47 bedroom, four restaurants, three bars and a top spa and elite luxury gym and fitness space.
The Christmas package: Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies on arrival followed by Champagne and canapes served before dinner in one of Grantley Hall’s three restaurants. There’s the option to attend the festive service at Ripon Cathedral. Christmas Day breakfast at leisure before Christmas drinks reception hosted by the General Manager and Christmas Day lunch served in the Hall. The Queens Speech will be shown in the Drawing Room and Norton Lounge and there’s a buffet in the evening. On Boxing Day there’s a Champagne brunch, a guided walk to Fountains Abbey, dinner and then a party in Valeria’s cocktail and Champagne bar. Three Graces Spa & Elite gym facilities available throughout.
Cost of the Christmas package at Grantley Hall 2021: Prices from £3,800 per room based on two sharing
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The hotel: Situated at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the 40-room Devonshire Arms hotel and spa is a charming country house hotel in picturesque surroundings.
The Christmas package: Start your stay on Christmas Eve with a traditional afternoon tea and sparkling wine followed by a Champagne reception and three-course dinner in the Burlington restaurant. Christmas Day starts with a full Yorkshire breakfast and maybe a stroll up the riverside to the Priory Ruins before returning for a glass of Champagne and Christmas lunch. There’s a guided walk on Boxing Day (with ‘Walkers Lunch’ provided) followed by a Champagne reception and Black Tie Boxing Day evening dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at The Devonshire Arms: From £1,380 per person for the three-night break.
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The hotel: Luxury hotel in the beautiful Borrowdale valley which recently underwent a £10 million redevelopment.
The Christmas package: Guests are greeted on Christmas Eve with a gin afternoon tea followed by a cocktail and canape reception and a four-course gala dinner, complete with magician and balloonist as well as live music accompaniment. On Christmas Day, guests start with a traditional Cumbrian breakfast with a Mimosa Cocktail followed by 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 quiz with spa prizes on offer. Begin Boxing Day with a Bellini 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 2021: Three-day Christmas package starts at £945 per person.
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The hotel: Self-described as ‘Windermere’s most distinctive hotel’ this four-star 55-bedroom hotel is right on the banks of Lake Windermere with dramatic views across the lake to the Western Fells.
The Christmas package: Arrive on Christmas Eve for a Lakeland afternoon tea with festive tunes 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 with a three-course lunch and an evening buffet with comedy and musical entertainment. Relax in Beech Hill’s Lakeland spa on Boxing Day and finish off with a three-course dinner and jazz evening.
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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 package: 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 before a three-course dinner served in the Clubhouse. On Christmas Day there’s a five-course lunch with a glass of fizz and all the trimmings – Father Christmas will be making an appearance with presents for the children. 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 2021: The three-night Christmas Break starts from £845 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: Begin your break with Champagne afternoon Tea followed by skincare advice from the resident spa expert and a three-course evening dinner. Start Christmas Day with an indulgent breakfast delivered to your suite, followed by Champagne and canapés reception and five-course traditional Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings served in The Dining Room. Guests also get a 60-minute spa treatment and use of the award-winning spa.
What it costs to spend Christmas 2021 at Seahall Hall: From £997.50 per person 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: Arrive on Christmas Eve to be welcomed with mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate, before a three-course meal with live music from pianist Chris Lloyd in the opulent Palm Court restaurant. On the big day itself there’s breakfast and then a Christmas Day quiz before the main event: a delicious four-course Christmas Day meal with a glass of bubbly and a visit from Santa. Your evening will wind down with fun roulette tables, a light evening buffet and relaxing acoustic music from guitarist Jack Woodward. Boxing Day presents the perfect opportunity to explore Chester after a hearty breakfast, whether taking in the historic sites or hitting the sales. Complete the festive fun with a Boxing Day dinner dance, accompanied by entertainment from swing singer Matt Roberts and master magician Robbie Danson.
The cost of a Christmas stay 2021 at Grosvenor Pulford: Two night stays from £320 per adult and three nights available for £439 per adult.
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The hotel: One of Scotland’s top gourmet destinations on the West Coast, named Luxury Scottish Hotel of the Year 2020.
The Christmas package: Arrive to home-made seasonal cakes and tea. Christmas Eve gets underway with a Champagne reception for guests with canapes followed by a candlelit five-course gourmet dinner. Wake on Christmas Day to Airds’ Scottish breakfast and Bucks Fizz. With traditional Christmas Lunch not served until 4pm, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the day: enter the annual Port Appin treasure hunt, burn some calories on a long walk or bike ride in the beautiful surrounding countryside, or simply relax by the fire. Mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine will be offered at lunchtime and light snacks in the evening. On Boxing Day, breakfast and dinner are taken at leisure and once the winner of the treasure hunt is announced, the day is free to explore further afield.
Cost of the Airds Christmas package 2021: From £710 per person for three nights. Contact the hotel directly for the latest prices and available rooms.
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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 package: Arrive in time for afternoon tea and enjoy listening to the Glenapp pianist in the drawing room baby grand piano. A six-course gourmet dinner 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 your Christmas gifts from Santa who will make an appearance. Mid morning there will be a falconry display before a Champagne reception and festive four-course Christmas lunch. After lunch, experience the endless possibilities for walks on the coast, in the Glen and throughout the estate and finish off the day with an evening buffet and Scottish ceilidh. Boxing Day activities include clay pigeon shooting, archery and treasure hunts and after a light Boxing Day lunch Glenapp harpist will play over the final three-course gourmet dinner.
Cost of Christmas at Glenapp Castle in 2021: From £3,945 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: The hotel is offering a three-night Christmas break including all food and entertainment, including a Christmas Banquet. Guests booking the full Christmas experience get an extra night free on the 23rd or 27th December as well as complimentary airport transfers.
Cost of Christmas at Gleneagles 2021: From £5,425 per room for a three-night stay, based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Luxury four-star hotel built in 1625 for the Dukes of Perth, with 15 rooms and set in 20 acres.
The Christmas package: Arrive at this country retreat for afternoon tea and sherry before carol singers welcome you to Christmas Eve dinner. There’s Christmas Day breakfast in bed before a lunchtime glass of mulled wine preceding a five-course Christmas Day feast at candlelit tables. Boxing Day is a day for relaxing after a late breakfast and then a final tasting dinner with a selection of fine wines to round off your stay.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at Roman Camp hotel: Rooms from £1,299 for the three-night package based on two sharing.
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The hotel: Traditional 114-year old country house hotel in five acres on the Scottish border
The Christmas package: This is yet to be finalised but here is what was on offer in previous years: Arrive on 24rd December for afternoon tea, followed by a three-course candlelit dinner and evening of live entertainment. On Christmas Day time for some last minute shopping in Biggar and then back to collect your jumbo quiz forms before dinner. Christmas Day starts with a hearty Scottish breakfast and a countryside stroll before traditional Christmas Day lunch, a glass of wine and a visit from Santa. The Queen’s speech is followed by Tea and Christmas cake. In the evening there will be a cold buffet, then live entertainment, and on Boxing Day chance to hit the Boxing Day sales in Lanark before returning for a three-course candlelit dinner.
Cost for Christmas 2021 at Tinto Hotel: To be advised.
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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: 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 or be pampered in the spa, go for a drive 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.
Cost of Christmas at Bodysgallen Hall 2021: Doubles from £1,800 for the three-night break or from £1,975 in a cottage suite. Single occupancy for a double room is from £1,285.
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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 package: Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies on arrival before carols and a glass of fizz around the piano followed by canapes and chef Gareth Stevenson’s signature five-tasting menu with matching wine flights. After Christmas morning’s Bucks Fizz Welsh breakfast there’s a sumptuous 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 2021 at Palé Hall: From £1,775 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: I’ve yet to find The Grove’s plans for Christmas 2021 but on previous years the programme was: Festive tea and mulled wine next to warming open fires greet guests before drinks and canapes before dinner. Wake up on Christmas morning to Welsh Country breakfast and Bucks Fizz, then Christmas Dinner, afternoon festive tea and buffet supper and Boxing Day dinner and drinks.
Cost of Christmas break at The Grove at Narberth 2020: Prices for the three-night Christmas Break last year started from £1,825 per room, 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: Full afternoon tea on arrival and a glass of mulled wine and tasting menu dinner on Christmas Eve, followed by Christmas morning full Welsh breakfast, mid-morning coffee and homemade mince pies, reception drinks 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 four-course gourmet dinner.
Cost of Christmas 2021 at The Lake Country House: From £1,350 per room based on two sharing.
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The hotels: The original health spa in a beautiful country setting
The Christmas package: Christmas might be about indulgence but the Champneys Eastwell Manor in Kent is offering the chance to be a little healthy too. Arrive on Christmas Eve and dive right into the Champneys spa. There’s a Champagne and canape reception in the Manor Bar and local choristers will sing carols around the Christmas tree before dinner. Mulled wine and mince pies await attendees of Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day, Father Christmas joins guest for breakfast with a present for everyone and a traditional Christmas lunch will be served in the Manor restaurant. On Boxing Day there’s a falconry display and the chance to fly the birds yourself and finish the day with a Country House Murder Mystery and five-course dinner.
Cost for spending Christmas at Champneys Eastwell Manor: From £652.50 for three nights per person, based on two sharing.
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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!
A Lady of Leisure