November 20, 2018 | Eden Hotel Collection
From Father Christmas and festive menus to ferret racing and Christmas markets, the Eden Hotel Collection has a huge selection of events and experiences which are bound to get you in the party mood this festive season. And, if you’re seeking inspiration for Christmas presents, gift vouchers are available so that friends or family can enjoy a treat of their choosing.
Soak up the festive spirit at Mallory Court, a quintessential English country house hotel near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Spend Christmas Day relaxing in the Elan Spa pool and enjoy mulled wine, carols, afternoon tea and a delicious four-course Christmas lunch in The Dining Room. After a three-course gala dinner on Boxing Day, there will be dancing and live music to round off a truly memorable Christmas. Arriving on 24 December, a three-night Christmas Break is from £599 pp (two sharing a Classique Room). Call Mallory Court on 01926 330214 (www.mallory.co.uk).
With an enviable location next to the River Avon, just moments from the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres, The Arden Hotel is based in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon. Pick up some Christmas gifts at The White Company and explore the town’s independent shops and boutiques. This season’s festive RSC theatre production is A Christmas Carol (4 December – 20 January, tickets from £26 pp). The hotel’s one-night Pre-Christmas Festive Break costs from £189 per room/£95 pp (two sharing; Sun-Fri) and includes mulled wine and iced ginger cake, £20 pp dinner allocation in the Waterside Brasserie and full English breakfast. Saturday stays are priced from £209 per room/£105 pp). Valid 1-23 Dec 2018. Call The Arden Hotel on 01789 298 682 (www.theardenhotelstratford.com).
Set in its own 275-acre estate within Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle is transformed into a winter wonderland over the festive period, with a Christmas Country Fair, cider & sloe gin making, a scavenger hunt, ferret racing and guided winter walks. Plus, enjoy plump armchairs, roaring log fires, tables laden with seasonal fruit and snacks and what is thought to be the tallest Christmas tree on Dartmoor. The hotel is now home to a deer park, where guests can enjoy an informative one-hour Deer Park Tour (£12.50 pp) led by one of the estate’s deer keepers. Further festive activities include carol singers, a visit from Father Christmas and storytellers for both children and adults. Arriving on 24 December, a three-night Christmas Break at Bovey Castle is from £2,730 pp (based on two sharing a Classic room), including all activities mentioned above and all meals – including welcome drinks, candlelit dinners, afternoon tea (plus children’s high tea), Christmas Day lunch and breakfast each morning. To book, call Bovey Castle on 01647 445 007 (www.boveycastle.com).
Throughout December, treat your pooch to an indulgent night away in the Devon countryside. Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel is a 17th-century manor house situated in the exclusive South Hams, close to the coastal town of Salcombe. Set in its own valley – perfect for winter walks – the hotel has a cosy bar selling dog beer and ‘Pawsecco’. An overnight stay is from £135 per room/£68 pp (two sharing plus one dog), including a two-course dinner and full English breakfast. Valid 1-21 and 27-30 December subject to availability. Call Buckland Tout-Saints on 01548 853 055 (www.tout-saints.co.uk).
The King’s Hotel, a charming 18th-century town house in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, makes for a charming base for Christmas celebrations throughout December. Plan a visit to the town’s Christmas Market (1 & 2 December) with lunch or afternoon tea at the hotel. Festive menus are available in the cosy bar and Jackrabbit Restaurant throughout December (from £22.50 pp for a two-course lunch), or enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea with festive fancies, mince pies, sandwiches and scones (from £21.50 pp). On Christmas Day, The King’s Hotel will serve a traditional five-course gourmet feast (from £95 pp – half price for children under 12). Guests dining at the hotel pre-Christmas can stay overnight from £95 per room/£48 pp (two sharing), including full English breakfast, valid Sunday to Thursday from 1-23 December only. Call The King’s Hotel on 01386 840 256 (www.kingscampden.co.uk).
Boasting wonderful views over Taunton Vale, The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa is a Regency-style country house hotel with 19 bedrooms (two with private outdoor hot tubs), a fine-dining restaurant and an intimate spa. The hotel’s two-night New Year Break begins with a Champagne and canapé reception, followed by a six-course dinner – part of a celebratory New Year’s Eve Ball – with casino tables, live music and dancing, plus fireworks and Champagne at midnight. On New Year’s Day, a full English breakfast will be served, then enjoy a day at leisure before returning to the hotel for a delicious three-course dinner. Arriving on 31 December, the two-night New Year Break is from £385 pp (two sharing a Classic Room). Call The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa on 01823 442 500 (www.themountsomersethotelandspa.com).
A striking Victorian manor house with a lovely lakeside setting and views to the Malvern Hills, Brockencote Hall has 21 elegantly-appointed bedrooms and is surrounded by 70 acres of glorious parkland. The annual ‘All that Glitters Ball’ on New Year’s Eve begins with a Champagne and canapé reception, accompanied by a string trio. A seven-course dinner is then served with a pianist and singer for entertainment, followed by dancing and more live entertainment. After a restful night’s sleep, start 2019 in style with a Champagne brunch and spend the day relaxing at the hotel or exploring the beautiful countryside before a farewell dinner. Arriving on 31 December, a two-night New Year Break is from £370 pp (based on two sharing a Classic room). Call Brockencote Hall Hotel on 01562 777 876 (www.brockencotehall.com).
The Greenway Hotel & Spa is an atmospheric 16th-century ivy-clad Elizabethan manor set in eight acres on the outskirts of Cheltenham. With 21 bedrooms, the hotel has a relaxing house party vibe with a cosy lounge for board games, an atmospheric wood-panelled dining room and a bijoux spa (complete with a hydrotherapy pool, champagne nail bar and outdoor hot tub). The New Year’s Eve Break includes a six-course gala dinner in the newly-refurbished restaurant followed by live music and dancing with a Champagne toast at midnight. On New Year’s Day, indulge in a Champagne brunch, then perhaps head to Cheltenham’s January sales, before returning for a four-course candlelit dinner. Arriving on 31 December, a two-night New Year Break is priced from £399 pp (two sharing). Call The Greenway Hotel & Spa on 01242 862 352 (www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com).
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