Book one of these hotels in South England and escape the hustle of the city this Christmas by heading to the seaside or countryside…
Seize the opportunity to take walks through frost tipped fields and along beaches through the fresh air. If you want to sit in cosy lobbies in front of a crackling fire and experience a traditional English Christmas this festive season, one of these hotels is for you.
Words: Millie Sykes
Cary Arms & Spa, South Devon
Travel down to Devon this Christmas and stay at the Cary Arms and coat your Christmas in luxury by enjoying the spa . The hotel’s doors are kissed by the ocean’s swell on one side and luscious forest on the other.
The celebrations commence with a glamorous cocktail party on Christmas Eve and the drinks keep flowing into Christmas day. Champagne is offered alongside five courses for lunch and a buffet style dinner will ensure that you are fit to bursting from hearty Christmas food.
Between the feasts you can bring the family together over a game of cards or stroll along the oceanfront in the crisp air. Celebrations will come to a close on boxing day with a full english breakfast to cure any lingering hangover so you are ready to head home and face the new year.
24 to 27 December 2022
Prices start from £2,200 for a stay in a Double Room or £2760 in a Beach Hut based on 2 adults sharing for 3 nights. Cottages start from £5505 for a stay in a Smuggler’s Cottage which can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults and 2 children.
The Eastbury, Dorset
Near the quaint and picturesque town of Sherborne sits the Eastbury hotel. It is opening its doors to guests this festive season to bring them a magical experience.
Choose the room you desire for your stay and enjoy all that the Christmas House Party Package has to offer. Food and drink are the focus of any festive weekend and The Eastbury’s restaurant, Seasons, is sure to provide. Supper on Christmas eve will start the celebrations off along with a Christmas Eve cocktail party and live music to enjoy as you sip mulled wine.
On Christmas day you will enjoy a seven-course lunch and then if you are still hungry, a buffet will follow for dinner. The delicacies don’t end there because on boxing day there will be a breakfast provided with plenty of Bucks Fizz and another buffet dinner in the evening.
The spa is the hidden gem of this hotel and it can be booked privately for families and couples. It includes an indoor hydrotherapy tub, sauna and a jacuzzi shower. Take the opportunity to relax at the hotel or be more adventurous and take a stroll through the Dorset countryside or Sherborne to see the castle or abbey.
24 to 27 December 2022
Prices start from £1650 staying in a Luxury Double Room based on 2 adults sharing for 3 nights arriving on 24 – 27 December, plus dinners, Christmas Day lunch, entertainment and drinks as stated. All room options listed here
The best hotels to stay in South East England
As beautiful as South West England is, we can not forget the South East. These hotels are gems in the countryside and by the sea which are waiting to be booked to make your festive holiday one to remember.
Merry Harriers, Godalming, Surrey
Merry Harriers is only a hour outside of London, in Surrey, but your stay there will transport you to another world of countryside views and sweet shepherd’s huts. It offers a unique, if not slightly bizarre experience, of staying next to lots of llamas and even going on a llama trek.
It will be your home away from home during the days surrounding Christmas as you are offered local sparkling wines by Albury Vineyards and invited to join locals on a candlelight walk to Hambledon Parish Church for Midnight Mass service.
On Christmas day a chef will provide a warming four course banquet at midday and while you unwind in the evening, a hamper bursting with festive delicacies will be available to enjoy. Boxing day will bring slow strolls through the surrounding area and in the evening a flavourful curry is provided for guests.
24th – 27th December 2022
Prices from £685 based on 2 adults sharing
The Beachcroft Hotel, West Sussex
The Beachcroft Hotel offers a range of rooms and luxury beach huts if you are seeking privacy and beautiful ocean views this Christmas.
Enjoy a festive dip in the sea before warming yourself and indulging in an afternoon tea on the day before Christmas. Joy will spill through the halls as children will be gifted wrapped presents.
A four course Christmas banquet will be served on December 25 beneath decorations and a light buffet dinner will follow to bring the celebrations to a close.
Prices start from £700 for 3 nights and 2 nights from £575