What is Twixmas? Twixmas is that magical time in between (twixt) Christmas and New Year when there’s nothing to do but relax, enjoy your presents, eat leftovers and go for lovely country walks with family and friends. Over recent years, lots of hotels have started offering Twixmas breaks of two or three days so you can do all that in the comfort of a lovely hotel – no washing up! – and here are some of the best hotels for Twixmas breaks I could find.
I’ve included links so you can jump to the different regions or just scroll through the whole list for Twixmas breaks inspiration. Let me know where you chose to stay!
Best hotels for Twixmas breaks 2022 in the South of England
Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in the Cotswolds
The hotel: Quintessential country house hotel with Michelin-starred restaurant, top spa and beautiful ornate gardens.
Twixmas breaks at Whatley Manor: Whatley Manor’s Twixmas break has been designed to allow guests to rest and recharge before the excitement of New Year. The three-night break includes luxury accommodation, festive afternoon tea on arrival, dinner in Grey’s on the Tuesday evening, dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant ‘The Dining Room’ on Wednesday evening, dinner in Grey’s on Thursday evening, group wine tasting experience during your stay, full use of the spa and bottle of Gusbourne sparkling wine in your room on arrival.
Cost of Twixmas breaks at Whatley Manor: From £2,062 for a classic room for three nights from Dec 27th, based on two guests sharing.
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The hotel: A smart golf and spa hotel on the beautiful Bowood Estate next to Bowood House stately home.
Twixmas breaks at Bowood: The hotel is offering specific Twixmas breaks for guests to wind down and recuperate after the exciting rush of the festive season. Included in the break is one night’s luxury accommodation, full Wiltshire breakfast, dinner in the Shelburne Restaurant up to £42 per person, full use of the spa and 15 per cent discount on Temple Spa products.
Cost of Twixmas breaks at Bowood: From £145 per person per night, available between 27th and 30th December.
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The hotel: Cosy and charming award-winning boutique hotel in Cotswolds stone in the charming village of Painswick, just a few miles from Stroud.
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The hotel: Splendid historic manor house with beautiful grounds in the heart of picture-perfect Cotswolds village Castle Combe.
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The hotel: Gorgeously cosy and charming boutique hotel in a beautiful little Cotswolds village, with Rosemary Verey gardens, spa including outdoor hydrotherapy pool and private cinema.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Bedfordshire
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 Twixmas ramble and the hotel has its own championship golf course and fleet of London taxis to ferry guests around.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Berkshire
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 is ideal for a luxury Twixmas break. The hotel is a Grade 1-listed stately home complete with antique furniture and a thoroughly modern spa and guests can expect a truly indulgent Twixmas.
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The hotel: Luxury five-star hotel near Newbury which has a passion for wine. Privately owned by the Michael family, which also owns the highly-regarded Peter Michael Winery in California, it has an award-winning cellar (with a mere 30,000 bottles), offers 100 wines by the glass in its restaurant, hosts wine-tastings and wine courses and even wine-themed treatments at its spa.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Buckinghamshire
The hotel: Luxury country house hotel and spa with 90 acres of land – perfect for walking off those festive calories – and impeccable customer service.
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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. Ideal for Twixmas shopping.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in East Sussex
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 a 186 acre-estate is full of beautiful historic rooms and even boasts its own spa and chapel.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Essex
The hotel: A luxury, boutique 12-bedroomed hotel with outdoor pool and spa on the Essex/Suffolk border near the village of Dedham, right in the heart of Constable country.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Hampshire
[See also Chewton Glen and Burley Manor which are in the Best hotels in the New Forest section of this article]
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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Hertfordshire
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.
Twixmas breaks at The Grove: Says the hotel: ‘For a little downtime between Christmas and New Year, escape to The Grove to truly unwind. Hide away at Sequoia spa, relax in the comfort of our lounges, or take in the fresh countryside air by exploring our beautiful grounds.’
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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.
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The hotel: The original health spa in a beautiful country setting – and possibly the perfect way to get back into fitness after the excesses of Christmas.
Twixmas breaks at Champneys Eastwell Manor: The package includes one-night’s accommodation, full use of spa facilities, access to up to 15 different classes per day, complimentary robe hire and flip flops, healthy breakfast, nutritious lunch and three-course dinner (£35 allocation).
Cost of Twixmas breaks: From £189 per person for the one-night break
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in the New Forest
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.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Surrey
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.
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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.
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The pub: The Merry Harriers pub in the pretty Surrey village of Hambledon is in ideal destination pub with wooden floors, exposed beams, a vast beer garden, excellent food, bedrooms including Shepherds Huts and llama trekking.
Twixmas breaks at The Merry Harriers: Says the hotel: ‘Looking to get out of the house and venture somewhere new for those fun days between Christmas and New Year? Why not spend it with us? We have plenty to offer, a seasonal menu of food & local ales & wines, the stunning Winter countryside with many walking routes from our doorstep to walk off those mince pies!’ The package includes bed and breakfast and a two-course dinner.
Cost of Twixmas breaks at The Merry Harriers: From £195 based on two sharing
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in West Sussex
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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks 2022 in the South West
Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Cornwall
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 is a mix of ‘discreet English ambiance and decadent hospitality’ and offers ocean views, a top spa and fine-dining.
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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.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Devon
The hotel: A stunning but welcoming grand historic hotel in the heart of Dartmoor with a spa, two restaurants, a golf course, luxury self-catering lodges and lots of country activities on offer including falconry, 4×4 driving experience, fishing and clay pigeon shooting.
Twixmas breaks at Bovey Castle: Between 27th – 30th December, the hotel invites guests to ‘escape and unwind with a fantastic post-Christmas break.’
Cost of Twixmas breaks at Bovey Castle: From £389 for Classic rooms and from £519 for Valley rooms per room per night including breakfast based on two sharing.
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 Twixmas.
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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.
Twixmas breaks at Cary Arms: Available from Tuesday 27th until Friday 30th December 2022. Says the hotel: ‘For guests wanting to relax during the festivities join us for a three night stay on our Twixmas getaway. Relax in our state-of-the-art Cary Spa and enjoy a delicious three-course gastro supper in the Inn. A lazy full English breakfast will follow the next morning.
Cost of the Twixmas breaks: From £1,035 for the three-night package. Cottage rental also available from £1,750 (sleeps 4-8).
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Dorset
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 owned by Peter & Lana de Savary.
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Alexandra hotel, Lyme Regis, Dorset
The hotel: A grade-II listed hotel perched on the hill coming into Lyme Regis, with a huge garden and stunning views over the harbour.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Bath and Bristol
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.
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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.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Gloucestershire
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks 2022 in the Midlands
Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Leicestershire
The hotel: Vast spa hotel with six pools, spa treatments, luxury rooms, gym and Thermal Spa complex. An ideal place for relaxing after a hectic Christmas!
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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.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Northamptonshire
The hotel: Dating back to the 1760s the hotel blends heritage with modern interiors and is set in a 2,000-acre estate with gardens designed by Capability Brown – the aptly-named Great Hall.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Rutland
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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Staffordshire
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 Twixmas options galore.
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Best hotels for Twixmas in Warwickshire
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.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Worcestershire
[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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Suffolk
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 relaxing and traditional Twixmas break.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in the North of England
Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Yorkshire
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.
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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.
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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 bedrooms, four restaurants, three bars and a top spa and elite luxury gym and fitness space.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The hotel: Five-star all-suite boutique hotel and spa on Durham’s heritage coast.
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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.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Scotland
The hotel: One of Scotland’s top gourmet destinations on the West Coast, named Luxury Scottish Hotel of the Year 2020, with breath-taking loch views, fine dining, luxury accommodation and an array of activities and experiences.
Twixmas breaks at Airds: Says the hotel: The period between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of an anti-climax, so why not take advantage of our special offer and enjoy the relaxation of The Airds. Take in the stunning scenery of Port Appin and walk off all that Christmas food before starting again with New Year! Arrive on Tuesday 27th December, enjoy an afternoon tea sitting by one of our open log fires, or enjoy a bracing walk before dinner. Indulge in 3 nights of pure relaxation and re-charge your batteries for the New Year.’
Cost of Twixmas breaks: From £575 per person for a three-night package including dinner and full Scottish breakfasts.
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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.
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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 Twixmas breaks: Gleneagles is calling its Twixmas break a ‘Halfway Holiday’ and says: ‘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. Stay at Gleneagles in the big build-up to the bells,
Cost of Twixmas breaks: From £1,240 per room per night including all food and entertainment, two night minimum.
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Best hotels for Twixmas breaks in Wales
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.
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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.
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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.
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And if you fancy a more family-friendly Twixmas, why not try Center Parcs? With three, four, six or seven night breaks between 23 December and 27 December 2022, Twixmas at Center Parcs could be your new family tradition: What it’s like to stay at Center Parcs
Are you planning to stay in a luxury hotel for Twixmas 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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