Festive breaks with Pride of Britain Hotels

October 20, 2021 | Activities Abroad



After a cancelled Christmas in 2020, this year the festive celebrations are back on! Get into the spirit of the season at one of Pride of Britain Hotels’ collection of excellent town, city and country properties, offering luxurious interiors, sumptuous dining, and impeccable service.

A fairy-tale Christmas at Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire
Glenapp Castle, a Scottish Baronial castle that seems to be straight out of a fairy tale, transforms into a winter wonderland during the festive period. Boasting oak-panelled halls, roaring fires and sumptuous suites, the hotel is set within 110 acres of estate, woodland and gardens, in a breathtakingly scenic area of south-west Scotland, close to the coast. A truly memorable three-night stay, starting on Christmas Eve, features plenty for all the family to enjoy, including falconry displays, Dark Sky stargazing, clay pigeon shooting, archery, treasure hunts and, naturally, a visit from Father Christmas. Guests can walk to local Ballantrae church to join the Christmas morning service, returning to a deliciously festive four-course Christmas lunch, with a traditional Scottish ceilidh band providing entertainment. Prices start from £3,945 per room (two sharing) for a three-night Christmas package in the Garden View Suite.

A cosmopolitan Christmas in Edinburgh at the Dunstane Houses
Head to Edinburgh and experience a stylish Scottish Christmas in full festive swing at the Dunstane Houses. The historic hotel combines modern Scottish hospitality with classic Edinburgh architecture, Victorian period features and Orcadian soft furnishings, plus authentic tweeds. A stress-free two-night Christmas break kicks off with mulled wine and mince pies on arrival, followed by Christmas Eve celebrations in the Ba’ Bar, featuring an Orkney-themed supper. Christmas Day promises a five-course lunch with Champagne, and there’s a special Boxing Day breakfast to shake off the hangover. The best thing of all is that you won’t need to lift a finger; just relax in your supremely comfortable suite – many of which boast roll-top copper baths, four-poster beds and Chesterton sofas – or any of the many stylishly decorated lounge and communal areas, perhaps with a DunGin & Tonic (made with Dunstane Houses’ very own gin), or a wee dram of specialist whisky, and a board game. Prices from £395 pp based on two people sharing a Cosy Wee Double for two nights.

A country Christmas with Kilworth House Hotel in Leicestershire
A rural Christmas in Leicestershire is just the ticket. Set within 38 acres of stunning landscaped parkland, Kilworth House is a showstopper at Christmas. The two-night Christmas break includes a Christmas Eve Afternoon tea in the Wordsworth Restaurant and dinner in the ornate Victorian Orangery overlooking the parkland, whilst Christmas Day itself sees a delicious seven-course lunch. There is plenty of time to explore the estate and discover the abundance of wildlife, including pheasant and muntjac deer, as well as time to relax in the lounge with board games and drinks. Prices from £525 pp for two nights (two sharing a garden room).

An impeccably English Christmas at The Goring
Experience Christmas in the heart of London’s Belgravia at The Goring. The famed family-owned hotel offers a traditional three-night Christmas break, beginning on Christmas Eve with a sumptuous tasting menu in the Michelin-starred Dining Room. Christmas Day is a leisurely affair, with highlights including a gift from Jeremy Goring, Christmas Day lunch with traditional delights such as a Roast Caldecott Farm turkey and the excellent Goring Christmas pudding. Walk through the nearby Royal Parks on Boxing Day or snuggle up by a roaring fire and indulge in Christmas treats, rounded off with a Boxing Day dinner in The Dining Room. Prices start from £1,046 per night for a three-night stay in a Superior Room (two sharing).

Country pursuits and Christmas magic in the Lake District at Armathwaite Hall
A 17th century former stately home on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, backed by views of Skiddaw Mountain, Armathwaite Hall offers warm Cumbrian hospitality aplenty at Christmastime. On a three-night Christmas break, share mulled wine around a roaring fire, feast with friends and family in an award-winning lake-view restaurant, take part in exhilarating activities such as clay pigeon shooting and archery, and relax in a luxurious spa. Highlights of the Christmas experience include a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner with a magician, an exquisite six-course traditional Christmas Day lunch and a candlelit walk around the grounds. On Boxing Day, explore the majesty of the winter-touched Cumbrian fells all around the hotel, with a guided walk and luxury packed lunch, then head to a black-tie dinner and casino night. Prices start from £975 pp for three nights’ accommodation in a double or twin room (two sharing).

A Cotswolds Christmas at Ellenborough Park
With the charming Cotswolds as its stage, 15th century Ellenborough Park, a short drive from Cheltenham, is a grand setting in which to spend Christmas. Set within a 90-acre estate, the hotel features a rejuvenating spa, two fabulous restaurants showcasing local produce, and elegant décor with opulent antiques and enormous stone fireplaces. Choose from a two-night or a three-night Christmas break, arrive at the  beautifully-decorated entrance on Christmas Eve to be greeted with mulled wine, and local carollers performing before a three-course dinner. Christmas Day promises a hearty breakfast, then Champagne and canapés before free time to while away in the outdoor heated pool or meandering up Cleeve Hill, the highest spot in the Cotswolds, just metres from the hotel and with views to the Welsh mountains; a delectable four-course Christmas Dinner awaits on return to base.
Prices start from £919 pp (two sharing) for two nights.

To book a Christmas stay at a member of the collection of member properties, please call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 (www.prideofbritainhotels.com).

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