Christmas at Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Christmas Staycation: The UK’s Most Festive Hotels For 2022

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Roaring fires, carol concerts, family time and festive feasts: Christmas is truly joyous – the most wonderful time of the year, even. A lovely way to mark the end of a year in style is to whisk yourself and your loved ones off to a cosy bolthole for a Christmas staycation. Whether you’re an annual Christmas holiday goer, you’re debating whether to dip your toes into the world of Christmas travel, or you’re looking for festive and cosy hotel ideas, we’ve got you covered. These characterful UK hotels will guarantee you a very merry Christmas.

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Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Head to Mayfair, London for a chic, magical Christmas staycation at the Four Seasons, with a trip personalised to suit your Christmas wishes. Check out the popular winter terrace, enjoy a festive afternoon tea and head to the Amaranto Restaurant for a delicious Christmas dinner. There are also special festive seasonal treatments at The Spa, including a Heat Experience followed by a full body salt scrub, cocoon clay wrap and full body massage. Delightful.


Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham

Rockliffe Hall, County Durham

Bordered by the dramatic North York Moors and scenic Yorkshire Dales, Rockliffe Hall makes for the ideal Christmas staycation in the North. Kids will love Sunday lunch with Santa, a 2-course festive lunch in the Rockliffe Suite, plus a visit from Father Christmas. The Christmas break offer includes three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast after arriving on Christmas Eve. There’s festive afternoon tea with mulled wine and carol singers on arrival, two hours use of the hotel spa each day, five-course Christmas Day lunch with welcome glass of sparkling wine, visit from Father Christmas on Christmas Day with a gift for all children, and complimentary festive activities.


Christmas breaks start at £891pp.

Christmas at Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Chewton Glen, Hampshire

This country house hotel and spa is located on the edge of the New Forest National Park, and offers a host of Christmas experiences. In between feasting, guests can gather around roaring fires, enjoy brisk beach walks, warm up in the treehouse hot tubs, or cook at James Martin’s Cookery School. This year sees the return of Chewton Glen’s iconic Christmas and New Years house parties, which offer a meticulous itinerary brimming with delicious food, drinks and activities.


Christmas House Party from £4,815 per room and New Year House Party from £3,538.

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The Grove

The Grove, Hertfordshire

For a country-meets-town Christmas staycation, head to The Grove in Hertfordshire. Details for 2022 are yet to be confirmed, but the three-night Christmas Break, between 24–27 December, typically includes complimentary use of the spa, activities and an indulgent Christmas Day lunch. Check the website for updates.

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The Eastbury, Sherborne - Dorset, bedroom

The Eastbury, Dorset

This 26-bedroom country house hotel is set in historical Sherborne. Every year, their Christmas and New Year House Party packages are delightful. The Christmas package includes complimentary sloe gin in your room, mulled wine, an drink upon arrival on Christmas Eve, and a Christmas Eve Cocktail Party with live music. On the big day, a whopping seven-course Christmas lunch in the award-winning Seasons restaurant and a buffet in the evening will tide you over. On Boxing Day, a leisurely breakfast and evening buffet will bookend a day of relaxation – or, visit the village pantomime, go on a long countryside walk, head to the races, or wind down in the spa.


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The Great House at Sonning

The Great House at Sonning, Berkshire

Escape the city and hole up in the countryside on your Christmas staycation. Just a stone’s throw from Reading – 25 minutes on a train from Paddington, and set on the River Thames with gorgeous river walks on either side – The Great house is a cosy Christmas venue. Stay for Christmas, a festive bed and breakfast break or a winter supper and stay, including a three-course meal for two at Coppa Club. Book a festive igloo on the lawn for an extra cosy Christmas.


Merry Harriers

Merry Harriers, Surrey

This cosy Godalming hotel in the Surrey hills offers llama trekking and opened new Shepherds Huts in 2019. 2022 details are still to be confirmed, but Winter Llama Trekking is firmly on the agenda.


The Runnymede On Thames, Surrey

The Runnymede On Thames, Surrey

Located 10 minutes from Windsor, The Runnymede On Thames is a great base to explore Windsor Great Park, Christmas at Kew and festive shopping in the Royal Borough. Their Christmas Getaway offers guests a two-night break with festive feasts, cocktails, and full use of the hotel’s spa – with couples and family packages available. On Christmas Day, guests can enjoy the spa with indoor pool, infrared sauna and eucalyptus steam room. Christmas lunch will be followed by a cheese and wine dinner (for those with space) in the evening.


Christmas packages at The Runnymede start from £900 per room, based on double occupancy.

Lygon Arms

The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds

Escape to the Cotswolds this winter for a stay at historic hotel The Lygon Arms, which dates back to the 1300s. The coaching inn’s Christmas staycation package includes all the festive trimmings: from mulled wine to carol singers, delicious breakfasts to surprise gifts. Dogs are welcome, too – festive fun for all the family.


From £405 per night.

Read our full review of The Lygon Arms

Grantley Hall

Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire

From its picturesque countryside location to its elegantly styled suites and luxurious Three Graces Spa, Grantley Hall makes for an ideal Christmas staycation. Guests can choose from their fun and festive Christmas or New Year House Party packages, with all the trimmings included. Featuring log fires and hearty feasts, there’s much to enjoy throughout the festive season.


From £4570 per room based on two people sharing.

Christmas at Coworth Park, Berkshire

Coworth Park, Berkshire

Coworth Park’s Christmas staycation is a true family affair: the kids can enjoy Christmas Eve storytime and a Boxing Day party, while parents wind down, enjoying the plethora of food and drinks on offer. On Christmas Day, Father Christmas will pay a visit right after breakfast and just before Champagne, before a four-course lunch. Guests can then watch the Queen’s speech in the Garden Room, and continue to the Mansion House for dinner and live entertainment.


From £1790 per room per night, based on double occupancy.

The Pig at Combe

The Pig at Combe, Devon

It doesn’t get cosier than The Pig at Combe, where toasty log fires, warm mulled cider and homespun Christmas decor awaits. Details for Christmas 2022 are yet to be confirmed, but you’ll feel right at home at this inviting and sequestered Devonshire hotel. Cosy up in one of its snug rooms or cottages, indulge in delicious home-grown delights – the ‘Piggy Bits’ are a must-try – and cheers to the festive season with a bottle of English fizz or a ‘Kitchen Garden tipple’ in the bar. There’s even a private dining room in the Georgian kitchen for those more intimate festive feasts.


Dunalastair Hotel Suites, Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire

Dunalastair Hotel Suites, Perthshire

Head to Scotland in search of a white Christmas and Highlands Hogmanay, and check out the ‘Magic of Christmas’ package at Dunalastair, which includes Champagne and mince pies to welcome in Christmas Eve, followed by carol singing with the locals of Kinloch Rannoch, topped off with a 3-course dinner. Details for 2022 are yet to be confirmed, but a hearty Scottish Christmas day breakfast with Bucks Fizz is to be expected, followed by a leisurely stroll or and energising hike in the surrounding countryside, before a 4-course festive lunch.


The Angel Hotel – Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

This luxury family-run hotel located in the centre of Abergavenny, South Wales is a great spot for a seasonal Welsh break. With 31 bedrooms and four self-contained cottages there’s something for everyone and plenty of cosy public areas for festive gatherings.


The Fife Arms

The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire

The Fife Arms’ Christmas staycation promises pure festive magic: a reindeer parade, roasted chestnuts, a piano recital and a guided festive walk all accompany the classic staples of a four-course Christmas Day lunch and buffets across the three-day stay.


Cary Arms & Spa, Devon

Cary Arms & Spa, Devon

For a seaside Christmas staycation, head to South Devon’s Cary Arms & Spa. Located on the coast, there is plenty of opportunity for long winter walks with a beachy twist, while the boutique spa will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed (before you tuck into your next meal…). Cosy up in one of the hotel’s coastal cottages where you can enjoy a slightly more intimate festive few days, whilst delighting in all that the inn and spa has to offer.


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The Horse & Groom, West Sussex

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs National Park, The Horse & Groom is a 200-year-old pub and B&B that has both style and heart in abundance. Renovated by local entrepreneurs and husband and wife duo John Ayton MBE and Annoushka Ducas MBE, The Horse & Groom comprises a welcoming bar, cosy restaurant and ten luxury rooms. It’s the perfect spot to stop off for a festive meal or drink with your bubble – or even to stay for a night or two over the Christmas period.

Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor, West Sussex

Let this spectacular Elizabethan manor provide the setting for your seasonal staycation, complete with 35 acres of prepossessing gardens (ideal for winter walks), a renowned Michelin Star restaurant and opulent festive-enthused decor. Rooms are regal yet cosy, but it’s the breathtaking countryside surrounding which takes this historic hotel to new heights. Festive escapism at its best.


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