Where to spend a magical Christmas in the UK

UK Hotels

What if we were going to a hotel for Christmas ? An unusual thought probably as Christmas is for families but treating yourselves to a relaxing stay in a hotel, especially if it’s one of those very nice five star luxury hotels, could be the perfect Christmas present !

Imagine: having nothing to do, eating delicious food, not cleaning the dishes and just relaxing.  Given that Christmas is also often a time where rows happen, a neutral environment may diffuse it all !

So below are what my favourite hotels in the UK have planned for Christmas.

Heads up: those are not cheap so this is really a luxury choice. For more affordable options, it’ll always be best to rent a stylish cottage like Mead Cottage  or Court Farm.

Or you could also decide to venture further afield and check the Christmas markets in Austria. If so, here is my list of hotels and rentals in Salzburg.

Limewood, New Forest

Limewood, a luxury hotel in the New Forest. For Christmas you can enjoy the wonderful food by Angela Hartnett and relax in the spa.

The festive activities

  • Christmas Eve : Christmas Afternoon Tea of boozy mince pies, gooey yule log and spiced mulled wine.
  • There will be live music and merry making in the Courtyard followed by dinner at Hartnett Holder & Co. The unwinding really continues with a late nightcap and stocking hanging!
  • Christmas Day : Christmas Lunch is served in Hartnett Holder & Co. After lunch sink into sumptuous sofas in-front of ‘It’s a wonderful life’. Leftovers buffet in the evening.
  • Boxing Day : lunch at Hartnett Holder & Co

Christmas tariff

  • Minimum stay of 3 nights
  • Room and meals starting at  £695 per night

Read my review of Limewood

Lucknam Park, Sommerset

Lucknam Park, a luxury hotel near Bath, has a wonderful Christmas package including the arrival of Sana Claus in a horse carriage.
© Lucknam Park

The festive activities

  • Christmas eveFull Afternoon Tea, followed by a 7.00pm Champagne Reception during which the local parish choir will sing Christmas carols
  • Christmas Eve Dinner
  • Depart for Midnight Mass at Colerne Parish Church and return for hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies served in the Library
  • Christmas day: Father Christmas arrives by Victorian horsedrawn carriage to deliver presents. The carriage will be available for rides around the estate
  • Traditional Christmas Day Luncheon accompanied by a harpist
  • Her Majesty the Queen’s speech will be broadcast in the Drawing Room  followed by tea with Christmas Cake
  • Diner is a buffet served in the gastronomic restaurant
  • Boxing day : brunch in the Park Restaurant and then depart Lucknam Park to the Theatre Royal Bath for the pantomine Cinderella or go for a  Treasure Hunt for adults and children followed by Full Afternoon Tea
  • There is then a champagne reception and a Black Tie Dinner followed by dancing until midnight


  • 3 nights minimum
  • the first room is at £915 per nigth inclusive of all the above
  • Children under 12 – £95.00 when sharing a room with parents, per night but does not include their food

Read my review of Lucknam Park

Hotel Endsleigh, Devon

Hotel Endsleigh, beautiful boutique hotel in the Devon countryside, will offer a magical Christmas with open fires, music, movies and more...
© Hotel Endsleigh

The festive activities

  • On Christmas Eve ‘The Little Choir’ will entertain you with festive songs and carols while you sip mulled wine
  • After dinner they’ll happily organise taxis to take you to Midnight Mass at St Eustachius’ Parish Church in Tavistock.
  • Good elves will leave something by your door
  • On Christmas Day, roaring fires welcomes guests before lunch. At 3pm The Queen’s Christmas Message will be broadcast on the radio in the sitting room.
  • In the afternoon there is a visit from the real Father Christmas…
  • A buffet is available on Christmas Day evening.

Christmas tariff 

  • On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day rooms are available from £350 per night.
    On 23rd and 27th to 31st December 2014 rooms are available from £260 per night.
  • Christmas lunch : a delicious five course lunch including a present from Father Christmas is £100 per person.

Read my review of Hotel Endsleigh

Babington House

Babington House, boutique hotel in Somerset, Christmas in the log room
© Babington House

The festive activities

  • If you are a group of 8, you can book the log room to have your own private diner
  • Otherwise, it’s the classic mix of relaxation, cinema, spa, walks and hanging out with the glitterati.


  • the private diner is 50£ per person
  • rooms start at £270

Read my review of Babington House

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