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UK getaways perfect for Christmas

Posted by Melissa Cullen on 13 October 2022

Whether you're craving a laid-back escape on the Cornish coast; a gastronomic, Michelin Star break in Devon; a quintessential Christmas in the Yorkshire Dales; a hotel sojourn with an award-winning spa in Sussex, or a special stay in a Shepherds Hut or a Treehouse in Staffordshire, below is a selection of some wonderful Christmas hotel offerings, each guaranteeing to ensure this festive season is the most memorable yet!

Scarlet Hotel exterior Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Scarlet Christmas
This Christmas enjoy a four-night, laidback luxury break at adult-only hotel and spa, Scarlet. Located on the Cornish clifftops of Mawgan Porth, Scarlet is a peaceful coastal escape and the perfect option for those looking for a slower pace this festive season.

Guests are invited to relax in the hotel’s capacious lounges, soak up the views, venture down to the beach for beautiful walks, experience deep relaxation in the spa and enjoy unrushed evenings of the finest festive food, including a five-course tasting menu on the night of their arrival, a daily two-course breakfast, and a three-course sea-view dinner on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Each night, guests will also receive a specially selected gift and a special Scarlet hamper to take home on their departure.

On Boxing Day, guests can go for an invigorating dip, hosted by King Surf on the beach just a short walk from the hotel. For those who would prefer something warmer, why not enjoy a Clifftop Hot Tub, or Candlelit Cooper Tub experience to round off this truly memorable Christmas getaway.

Scarlet Twixmas
Why not make the most of those festive days between Christmas and New Year and find deep relaxation with a three-night stay at Scarlet. Guests can indulge in a spa treatment or experience and let relaxation continue around them with a sea-view bedroom for wave watching, alongside restorative food at the Scarlet Restaurant, an invigorating sea dip on 28th December hosted by King Surf on the nearby Maygan Porth Beach, gifts delivered to their rooms each night and a special Scarlet hamper to take home on their departure.

Sofas at the Bedruthan Bedruthan, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Bedruthan Grown-up Christmas
Pack your bags and head for the Cornish coast for an intimate, three- or four-night festive break with a loved one or friends this Christmas. Bedruthan’s adult only Christmas offering invites guests to enjoy mornings meandering the coastline, afternoons lounging in the Sensory Spa Garden and evenings sampling the finest food and drink in sea-view restaurant, The Herring.
Bedruthan Family Christmas
This Christmas play, laugh and reminisce with Bedruthan’s family Christmas package. No matter what age, guests are invited to make the hotel their home and enjoy endless fun on the beach, lashings of cream-topped hot chocolates and a visit from Father Christmas himself. A family Christmas spent at Bedruthan is truly a time for excitement and wonder.

Grown up Twixmas
Enjoy an intimate Twixmas rest during the busy festive period at Bedruthan. Guests can use those in-between days to find a moment of calm and peace, while reminiscing about days past. Take a slower approach to your day, perhaps a wander over the quiet beach, an afternoon tea to share, or some time lounging in the spa.
Family Twixmas
Celebrations need not end too soon with Bedruthan’s Family Twixmas. Enjoy the quieter beaches and endless space to tire out the little ones, cosy up with a boardgame or get creative with festive-themed, family friendly craft workshops and sessions. Twixmas is all about making memories with those you hold dearest.

Lympstone Manor exterior Lympstone Manor, Exmouth, Devon

Christmas at the Manor

Enjoy the comfort and luxury of Lympstone Manor this Christmas with a three-night stay. The festivities commence on Christmas Eve with a brass band performance and traditional carols, mince pies and warming mulled wine followed by an evening of gastronomic delights with Michelin Star Chef, Michael Caines’ signature eight course tasting menu. After dinner, a chauffeured service to Midnight Mass at Exeter Cathedral is available. Christmas Day will be relaxed and magical with a Champagne breakfast followed by a five-course Christmas tasting menu served either as lunch or dinner. On Boxing Day, the hotel will host an afternoon vineyard tour followed by a wine tasting experience with a knowledgeable team of sommeliers and wine expert, Steve Edwards. Guests can enjoy the rest of the day at their leisure by the fire in the lounge or exploring the local area before enjoying a relaxed a la carte dinner.

The Coniston Country Estate Hotel & Spa outdoor pool The Coniston Country Estate Hotel & Spa, Yorkshire

Christmas Break
The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa in the Yorkshire Dales makes for the perfect quintessentially English countryside escape this Christmas. On Christmas Eve, The Coniston will welcome guests with a glass of fizz and afternoon tea where they can unwind in the hotel bar and lounge listening to the live harpist before the evening’s events commence. There will be a three-course dinner, packed with local produce, followed by live music Macleod’s Bar & Lounge. The following morning start Christmas Day right with a Bucks Fizz breakfast, a winter walk around the grounds before arriving back to a champagne reception and traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, followed by a screening of the King’s speech. Guests can spend the afternoon at leisure, unwinding with a winter walk, family boards games or a Christmas movie. For those who have space, dinner will be served with a Christmas quiz and then fall into a deep slumber after a festive-fuelled day. 

On Boxing Day, guests can relax in the award winning Nadarra Spa with a soothing spa session – or enjoy the great outdoors with a 4X4 Land Rover experience, clay pigeon shoot or hike in the Dales. There will be a self-guided Scavenger Hunt hosted on the estate, for some extra festive fun!

Tawny Hotel treehouse interior Tawny Hotel, Staffordshire

Dazzling 2022 Package

There is no setting more magical for Christmas this year than The Tawny in Staffordshire, located within the grounds of the old Consall Estate, home to meandering follies, forest paths and bridges.   Guests can expect a warm welcome on Christmas Eve with a fragrant mulled wine or hot chocolate, which will have cheeks glowing in anticipation of the festive fun ahead. A stroll through the glorious grounds will lead guests to discover carol singing, cocktails, and Chef’s Christmas treats and canapes at the Bandstand. In the evening there will be a sensational meal in The Plumicorn, where extra festive cheer will be added with a sensational live singer.

On Christmas Day, guests can raise a toast over a delicious, cooked breakfast, followed by a gentle stroll around the estate before an exquisite five-course Christmas lunch. For those still left wanting more, the hotel has Ploughman's Hampers on hand to be delivered directly to guests’ rooms or at the Lounge Bar.

Boxing Day is a day to chill out and soak up the winter wonderland that surrounds, or rediscover simpler pleasures by enjoying the traditional board games in the room. There will be a delicious Boxing Day Lunch to keep everyone in the festive spirit, followed by an evening of Christmas movies and games in The Perch with Chef’s street food.

South Lodge exterior South Lodge, Sussex

T’is the season at South Lodge
South Lodge is magical at Christmas time with roaring fires, decorations in abundance and the smells of the season floating in the air. The hotel’s two or three-night break is full of tasty treats with a choice of dining experiences and celebratory drinks. Fun is at the top of the agenda with entertainment and games organised throughout but still leaving plenty of time for relaxing in the award-winning spa. Each bedroom or suite is home to its very own little Christmas tree, setting the scene for one’s own family traditions. There’s something for the whole family, with personalised hidey-holes, full of activities and small surprises for little ones, and incredible views to enjoy whilst on long country rambles. Grandparents, kids and dogs are all invited for some real R&R whilst the South Lodge team do the hard work!

Rick Stein bedroom Rick Stein, Cornwall

Padstow in Cornwall makes for a brilliant UK winter holiday destination. During the summer months, accommodation, restaurants, parking, and square inches on the beach are hard to come by in the area! During the winter months, this bustling harbour town quietens down, yet still has enough to keep visitors entertained when the weather doesn’t allow for more than half hour bracing stints on the beach. 

Rick Stein offers numerous accommodation and restaurant options in the town, as well as homeware and gift shops, a fishmonger, and a world-renowned cookery school. From evening classes to two-day courses, the cookery school provides the perfect entertainment for out of season visitors, allowing them a true taste of Cornwall by learning all aspects of seafood cookery, with Rick Stein trained chefs and produce straight from the local waters. Just outside Padstow in St Merryn, Rick Stein’s pub The Cornish Arms has roaring log fires and hearty pub food to warm chilly fingertips after blustery walks.

Padstow is also home to one of the UK’s largest Christmas festivals (1-4 December), with demonstrations from Rick, Jack and Charlie Stein, alongside other famous chefs such as Angela Hartnett, Nathan Outlaw, Clare Smyth, Matt Tebbutt and Michael Caines, further proving this isn’t just a fair-weather destination.

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