If, after 18 months of lockdown, you want to get out of the house for this year’s festivities here are some suggestions
Ye Olde Bell
Experience a traditional ‘country house’ Christmas at Ye Olde Bell with crackling log fires, cosy nooks and gourmet menus. The award winning spa will be open every day, excluding Christmas Day, offering guests the chance to unwind pre or post the big day. There is no minimum stay, meaning the festive break can be as flexible as guests need. Twixmas stays are also available. Ye Olde Bell in Barnby Moor is conveniently located on the borders of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Rooms start from just £80.
Celebrate Christmas at the boutique riverside townhouse in Richmond, whether it be a magical dinner in a one of the new garden igloos or seriously decadent dining from Steven Edwards.
The winter garden wonderland features private luxurious dining igloos, where guests can enjoy an abundant Christmas sharing feast.
On Christmas day it will be an adult only affair. The day starts with drinks by the fire in the inviting members drawing room, followed by a sumptuous 7 course festive tasting menu in Steven Edwards restaurant for £150pp with an optional wine pairing experience for an additional £120pp. Maximum of 6 per table.
Nestled in the heart of Bowness in the Lake District and offering views of the stunning Lake Windemere, newly refurbished, The Ro, is an idyllic winter destination.
Throughout December they will be serving a festive afternoon tea, in addition to the traditional scones, cream and jam there will be mini Christmas cakes and tarts and gingerbread men. Festive breaks and available for two and three night stays and include a 5 course dinner, plus added treats such as hot toddies and stole. Christmas at £299 includes Christmas Day lunch and hot toddy on arrival. New Year from £399 includes gala dinner dance and the champagne toast.
Ardoe House and Spa
Located in 30 acres of stunning Aberdeenshire countryside, Ardoe is a 19th century baronial mansion. Santa will be in his Grotto every Sunday from November 19th, there will be children’s entertainment throughout the afternoon, then children can visit Santa and receive their gift. There is also a Sunday carvery and dessert included in the price, £30 for adults, £22 for children and £8 for under 2s. They will be offering festive afternoon tea with highlights including haggis bon bons, pigs in blankets and mince pies. There is also a dedicated Children’s menu. Christmas day there will be a four course dinner plus a family buffet.