Christmas at Chewton Glen, Hampshire

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

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Even Scrooge would approve of these sumptuous festive sojourns

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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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Christmas Staycation: The UK’s Most Festive Hotels

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Middleton Lodge

Middleton Lodge

Richmond, North Yorkshire

Christmas in the country? Sounds idyllic. And Middleton Lodge, situated on the edge of the Dales, adds to the idyll with its indulgent Christmas package, commencing with a festive afternoon tea on Christmas eve. Christmas dinner is served in the Coach House, with an ‘estate to plate’ ethos, with handpicked wines and tasty cocktails available throughout the day. Explore the estate, relax in the snug, or pull on your wellies and venture further afield – just make sure you book in for a restorative body scrub or massage at the Treatment Rooms on Christmas Eve or Boxing Day, and don’t miss a dip in the solar-heated outdoor pool.

HOW? From £1,200, based on two adults sharing for a minimum of two nights. middletonlodge.co.uk

two people in bed with christmas gifts and magazines

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

London

Head to Mayfair, London for a chic, magical Christmas staycation at the Four Seasons, with a trip personalised to suit your Christmas wishes. 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.

HOW? Discover more at fourseasons.com

two shetland ponies wearing festive antlers

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

Hampshire

Or, head into the country for more Four Seasons festivities. With carriage rides and ice skating, mulled wine and carol singing, festive dining and the possibility of private dining, all tastes, couples, families and friends are catered for.

HOW? fourseasons.com

Commons Club Bar Lounge at Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

Edinburgh

The new Virgin Hotels Edinburgh is ending its first year with a festive bang. Settle down in Edinburgh’s Old Town, with 222 chambers and suites offering cosy, locally-sourced furnishings and views over Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Take it up a notch by booking Sir Richard’s flat, available 21–26 December and designed as Sir Richard Branson’s home away from home. With an in-room bar, free standing roll top bath, hardwood floors and double vanity, the suite is a luxurious setting for Christmas in Edinburgh.

HOW? Two nights (24 & 25 December) from £560 per night, including breakfast on Christmas morning, Christmas Day lunch and Boxing Day brunch. virginhotels.com

hot tub overlooking the cornish coast

Scarlet

Cornwall

Scarlet’s ultimate laidback luxury Christmas break is fully booked up, but you can still join their waiting list for cancellations or book their Twixmas break. Atop Cornish cliffs, Scarlet’s three-night, adult-only Twixmas break invites guests to soak up the pretty coastal views of Mawgan Porth, and relax in the hotel’s capacious lounges. If you’re feeling energetic, venture down to the beach for a brisk but beautiful walk – or lean in and experience deep relaxation in the spa, instead. 

HOW? The Twixmas break takes place from 27–30 December. Rooms from £1,885 based on two people sharing a Just Right room for three nights. scarlethotel.co.uk

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.

HOW? Christmas breaks from £891 per person. rockliffehall.com

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.

HOW? Book the Christmas House Party package from £4,815 per room, or the New Year House Party package from £3,538 per room. chewtonglen.com

The Grove

The Grove

Hertfordshire

For a country-meets-town Christmas staycation, head to The Grove in Hertfordshire. This year, the three-night break – from 24–27 December – is split between The Glasshouse and The Stables, and includes a plethora of delicious food, complimentary use of the spa, a range of activities, and exciting live music.

HOW? Book Christmas at The Stables from £2,570, or Christmas at The Glasshouse from £2,660. thegrove.co.uk 

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. Their one or two night Christmas package includes a welcome drink, Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day lunch, as well as mulled wine or hot chocolate with a mince pie.

HOW? Book the two-night Christmas Eve package from £470 based on a Relaxed Double bedroom. greathouseatsonning.co.uk

Merry Harriers

Merry Harriers

Surrey

This cosy Godalming hotel in the Surrey hills offers llama trekking and opened new Shepherds Huts in 2019. With Winter Llama Trekking firmly on the agenda, 2022 details were recently announced: from 24–27 December, guests can enjoy a cold glass of sparkling wine and three-course dinner on Christmas eve, followed by a candlelight walk to Hambledon Parish Church for Midnight Mass service; a lovely breakfast and four-course dinner on Christmas day; and a Boxing Day hamper. Dogs are welcome, too!

HOW? From £685 based on two sharing a room. Enquire on 01428 682883 or email [email protected] merryharriers.com

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.

HOW? Christmas packages start from £900 per room, based on double occupancy. Enquire on 01784 220980. runnymedehotel.com

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.

HOW? From £4570 per room based on two people sharing. Enquire on 01765 620070 or email [email protected] grantleyhall.co.uk

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.

HOW? From £1790 per room per night, based on double occupancy. dorchestercollection.com

The Pig at Combe

The Pig at Combe

Devonshire

It doesn’t get cosier than The Pig at Combe, where toasty log fires, warm mulled cider and homespun Christmas decor awaits. 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.

HOW? The Pig at Combe is currently fully booked for Christmas, but there is a cancellations waiting list that you can join. There are still plenty of dates available throughout December for a festive stay and a taste of their delicious Christmas menu. thepighotel.com

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. Book for a hearty Scottish Christmas day breakfast with Bucks Fizz, followed by a leisurely stroll or and energising hike in the surrounding countryside, before a 4-course festive lunch.

HOW? From £385 per person based on two sharing a Superior Room for two nights (additional nights can be added). dunalastairhotel.com

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.

HOW? From £1,370 per night. thefifearms.com

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.

HOW? Three nights from £2,220, based on two adults sharing a double room. Enquire on 01803 327110 or email [email protected] caryarms.co.uk

Featured image: Chewton Glen, Hampshire