UK Last Minute Christmas & New Year Escapes
11 Nov 2014
Michelin-starred manor house in rural Mid Wales
Wine master classes in Berkshire http://the-vineyard.co.uk/christmas.asp
Fine fare and fresh air in the Wye Valley http://www.llangoedhall.co.uk/events/christmas-and-new-year
Coastal comforts in a Cornish spa hotel
Award-winning gardens in North Wales http://www.bodysgallen.com/christmas/
Historic stately home in Buckinghamshire http://www.hartwell-house.com/christmas-newyear/
Make merry near medieval York http://www.middlethorpe.com/christmas/
A Michelin-starred Christmas & New Year at Ynyshir Hall, Wales
Ynyshir Hall was awarded 2014-2015 AA Hotel of the Year for Wales in the same year head chef Gareth Ward won a Michelin star. The Relais & Châteaux manor house is set in 14 acres of landscaped gardens, surrounded by an RSPB nature reserve and produces its own seasonal produce as well as using fresh local fare for the perfect festive feast.
Christmas and New Year from £1050pp for three nights, based on two sharing, including breakfast on each day, champagne cocktail party and dinner on Christmas Eve, pre-lunch Champagne, traditional lunch, afternoon tea, evening buffet on Christmas Day and afternoon tea and dinner on Boxing Day.
New Year’s Eve includes mulled wine and mince pies, Champagne cocktails and canapés and dinner; New Year’s Day Champagne cocktails and dinner with champagne, music and dancing and late brunch, Welsh afternoon tea and dinner on New Year’s Day.
Eglwysfach, Powys, Wales, SY20 8TA 01654 781209
Dreaming of a wine Christmas? The Vineyard, Berkshire
Home to over 30,000 bottles of wine, The Vineyard offers the perfect winter retreat for gastronomes with award-winning head chef Daniel Galmiche using locally sourced produce to concoct his French/Mediterranean cuisine. Add in a boutique spa and swimming pool for a break with total relaxation.
Christmas Getaway and New Year two-night packages from £675pp, based on two sharing, for two nights with a wine master class and four-course dinner on Christmas Eve; breakfast, five-course lunch and buffet dinner on Christmas Day, with breakfast and lunch on Boxing day.
New Year’s break includes four-course dinner on December 30, afternoon tea and Champagne master class on New Year’s Eve with six-course dinner with matching wines and entertainment. Breakfast and full use of spa included.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589
Wye spend Christmas anywhere else? Llangoed Hall, Wye Valley, Wales
Llangoed Hall in the stunning Wye Valley, mid-Wales is a Jacobean country house hotel once home to the Ashley family (Laura Ashley) set in 17 acres of grounds. Elegant décor reflects the designer’s legacy. Voted AA Hotel of the Year 2013/2014 the hearty regional fare includes Welsh lamb and free-range hen and quail’s eggs from the hotel’s gardens.
Three-night Christmas package from £750pp, based on two sharing, with cream tea and carols, Champagne reception and four-course dinner on Christmas Eve. Bucks Fizz reception, six-course Christmas lunch with afternoon tea and mince pieces and buffet dinner on Christmas Day. Boxing Day brings breakfast, clay pigeon shooting with Pimms and mince pies, afternoon tea and buffet grill.
Two-night New Year package from £550pp with a cream tea on January 31, a Champagne reception and black tie six-course dinner followed by a late disco. Clay pigeon shooting with mulled wine and mince pies follows on New Year’s Day with afternoon tea and a four-course dinner. A full Welsh breakfast sees guests off with a hearty farewell.
Llangoed Hall, Llyswen, Brecon, Powys LD3 0YP 01874 754525
Coast through Christmas with a Cornish getaway at The Headland, Newquay
With a stunning cliff-top location, the imposing Grade II-listed Victorian Headland Hotel is an award winning four-star hotel with five-star Cornish-village style self-catering cottages. Cornwall’s largest spa offers locally themed treatments such as a Cornish salt steam room and new AFYNA organic treatments.
Christmas from £249 per double per night with afternoon tea on Christmas Eve and Father Christmas visit; Christmas Day brings Bucks Fizz and presents, traditional five-course lunch and light evening buffet and Boxing Day afternoon tea, three-course dinner followed by Headland Horseracing. Minimum three-night stay.
New Year from £209 per double per night with breakfast, casino night (30 December) black tie Champagne reception and special buffet dinner on New Year’s Eve. Minimum three-night stay.
The Headland, Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1EW, 01637 872211
Christmas with a Welsh flavour at Bodysgallen Hall, North Wales
A restored National Trust-owned 17th century house with views across to Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, Bodysgallen Hall is set in 200 acres of award-winning, historic gardens. Imaginative menus feature largely local and seasonal fare while the stone former farmhouse holds the spa
complete with a large indoor pool and treatment rooms.
Doubles from £850 per night with daily breakfast and Champagne reception with three-course dinner on Christmas Eve; traditional three-course Christmas lunch and buffet supper in the evening of Christmas Day. Boxing Day Champagne reception in the evening with four-course dinner.
New Year House Party break from one to three nights from £650 per double per night with afternoon tea, Champagne reception and five-course dinner with wines on New Year’s Eve with brunch on New Year’s Day (dinner and breakfast on the other days).
Llandudno, North Wales, LL30 1RS 01492 584 466
Christmas like a King and Queen at Hartwell House (pictured main picture), Buckinghamshire
Hartwell House is an impressive grade I listed stately home in the Vale of Aylesbury, once graced by Louis XVIII, the exiled King of France. Suitably opulent interiors include rococo ceilings, antiques and paintings.
Two-night Christmas breaks from £1,500 per double including early morning tea, breakfast, afternoon tea with a four-course dinner following carols on Christmas Eve; four-course lunch with Champagne cocktail and wines, afternoon tea with Christmas cake and buffet supper on Christmas Day. Guests staying for Boxing Day get three-course dinner and casino evening.
New Year from £800 per double per night with afternoon tea on New Year’s Eve, a Champagne reception, fireworks and a five-course black-tie dinner with wines and dancing. A leisurely brunch restores guests on New Year’s Day.
Hartwell House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR 01296 747444
A merry Christmas and New Year in Medieval York at Middlethorpe Hall, York
This 17th century William and Mary country house hotel stands in 20 acres of manicured gardens and parkland just outside of historic York. Once home to the famous feminist diarist Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, Middlethorpe has been carefully restored with antiques and art.
Two-night package from £1050 per night at Christmas including Christmas Eve afternoon tea, with a Champagne reception, carols and a three-course dinner. A four-course lunch on Christmas Day with tea, coffee and mince pies and an evening buffet. A black-tie four-course dinner on Boxing Day accompanied by a jazz pianist with casino tables afterwards.
New Year’s Eve starts with a cream tea with a Champagne and canapés reception, six-course black tie dinner followed by a firework display with a jazz band. Consommé and sandwiches served around 1am. New Year’s Day brings a Bloody Mary brunch. Double rooms from £700 per night including (three-course dinner on other evenings).
Middlethorpe Hall, York, Yorkshire, YO23 2GB, 01904 641241