The lights on the high street have magically reappeared, the shops have stocked up on tinsel and the TV ads have premièred. It’s official, Christmas is coming.
For some it’s the most wonderful time of the year, for others hell on earth. But for us the holiday season is a great time to treat yourself, get away from it all and soak up the festive spirit somewhere new. And it’s not too late to plan your own escape! With that in mind, here are our ten top Christmas country retreats…
Huntly Arms Hotel, Aboyne
A stone’s throw from Cairngorms National Park, the Huntly Arms Hotel is in a magnificent location. With miles of rolling countryside perfect for a brisk walk, a stay here can help you feel a million miles away from it all. A great value package which includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast – as well as Christmas lunch – the Huntly Arms Hotel Christmas break is a fantastic choice for your getaway this winter.
Farington Lodge, Lancashire
In the heart of Lancashire, Farington Lodge couldn’t be easier to get to. Yet this striking hotel feels every bit the country getaway. Highlights of this special Christmas break include Afternoon Tea on arrival and a five course Christmas Lunch. Cosy on the inside, this suitably inviting Grade II-listed Georgian hotel is a charming country retreat – Farington Lodge is a superb destination for your Christmas break!
Botleigh Grange Hotel, Southampton
Speaking of the charms of being a stone’s throw from the city, yet feeling suitably secluded and rural, it’s always nice to find a hotel that allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. Botleigh Grange Hotel is such a place. Just outside Southampton, explore the vibrant south coast city to your heart’s content – you can check out a little early and head to the Boxing Day sales if you really wanted! To be honest though, we can’t help but think you’d want to be here for as long as possible…
Best Western Burn Hall Hotel, York
A short drive from historic York, the Burn Hall Hotel in Easingwold is one of our most popular country retreats year round. Home to a great value dinner deal, this special Christmas break is no exception – on arrival, you can enjoy Afternoon Tea and mulled wine, whilst on Christmas Day you’ll have a Champagne Reception before the delicious four course lunch. There’ll also be time for you to head into York itself and take in the city and the splendour of its Minster – a must!
Thatchers Hotel, Guildford
from £250pp for 2 nights
Always a popular retreat, the Thatchers Hotel just outside Guildford is incredibly comfy. Staying here during the festive season offers the ideal opportunity to explore outstanding natural beauty in the county’s rolling hills. From a festive Afternoon Tea on arrival to a hearty Full English before departure, expect to be thoroughly well fed throughout your stay. For the perfect getaway in Surrey this Christmas, don’t miss this terrific value package at the Thatchers Hotel!
Carnoustie Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Offering cosy accommodation, a stunning indoor pool, and one of Scotland’s most famous golf courses, the Canoustie Hotel is an inviting retreat on Scotland’s east coast, a short distance from Dundee. On Christmas Eve you can enjoy a local Brass Band, on Boxing Day a special Casino night.The hotel is also home to a well-equipped spa – yet another great way to indulge and treat yourself! A truly iconic destination, perfect for a break this Christmas, the Carnoustie Hotel is a fantastic choice for a retreat in the Scottish countryside.
Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel, Chester
The 4* Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel is one of our favourites for a break – in a great location, this comfy retreat is a welcoming place to stay throughout the year. A short drive from north Wales, there’s plenty around here to explore. What’s more, this package puts you within a stone’s throw of historic Chester, its fabulous shopping (including the Boxing Day sales at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet) and top attractions – what’s not to love?
Brownsover Hall Hotel, Rugby
Everything you could ask for from a country retreat, Brownsover Hall is plushly decorated, luxurious and inviting. This Christmas break is a particularly good time to enjoy it too. Arrive and take Afternoon Tea in the Old Library, before dinner and Midnight Mass in the evening – mince pies and mulled wine will greet your return. On the big day itself you’ll again stuff yourselves silly with lots of food and more mulled wine (or Winter Pimms if you’d prefer!) before doing it all again on Boxing Day too. A foodie paradise this Christmas, this break’s not to be missed.
Studley Castle, Warwickshire
Is there anything more romantic than spending Christmas in a Castle? We think not. Studley Castle is a charming country retreat full of old world charm. Built in 1833 for Sir Francis Holyoak its terrific location in Warwickshire puts you within easy driving distance of pretty Warwick and must-visit Stratford-upon-Avon. For a fairytale break this Christmas, nothing beats it.
Shrigley Hall Hotel, Peak District
Set within 262 acres of stunning grounds, this peaceful retreat is simply perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. An ideal setting in which to enjoy award-winning food – including a sumptuous three course dinner on Christmas Day itself – you can really indulge over the course of the long Christmas weekend. From a live Pianist and visits from Santa on Christmas Eve, to organised Nature Walks and treasure hunts around the grounds, Christmas at Shrigley is a sheer delight. Effortlessly elegant, this 4* Peak District Christmas Break exudes luxury – the perfect way to treat yourself this winter!
Off on a country getaway this Christmas? Tell us where you’re retreating to in the comments section below!