Festive breaks in the South West

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Festive breaks in the South West: afternoon tea at Burleigh Court

Want to escape for a Christmas getaway or New Year break but don’t have time to search for last-minute luxury hotel deals? Don’t panic, we’re gifting you our roundup of the best festive breaks in the South West

Burleigh Court Hotel, Gloucestershire

At this Grade II-listed country house hotel in the Cotswolds, the grandeur of the old world meets the comfort of the new within a charming and beautifully landscaped estate. Burleigh Court’s friendly ambiance encourages guests to unwind and feel at home, while the two-AA-rosette restaurant crafts award-winning dishes from local and own-grown produce.

Burleigh Court has got the party season covered, with festive foodie feasts, advent getaways and New Year celebrations. Fires will be lit, corks popped, rooms festooned, and menus crammed with modern takes on traditional Christmas recipes. All you’ll need do is relax.

Price: varies according to package type selected. Book here.

The Idle Rocks, Cornwall

Boats gently buffeted by winter winds bob on indigo waters below the terrace that wraps around The Idle Rocks. A calm descends over guests as they surrender to its warm welcome and understated luxury. While visitors idle in cosy elegance, executive head chef Dorian Janmaat and team create exquisite Cornish dishes and serve them against a beguiling coastal panorama.

A four-night New Year break at The Idle Rocks will be a gourmet extravaganza, with an afternoon tea, three-course dinner, exceptional New Year’s Eve gala dinner, New Year’s Day brunch and seafood supper. The celebrations, featuring music and entertainment, round-off with a Cornish gin masterclass and a pizza supper at St Mawes Hotel.

Price: from £560 per room per night, based on two adults sharing. Book here.

Christmas dish at Housel bay festive breaks in the South West

Housel Bay Hotel, Cornwall

If your idea of a festive winter break is to hunker down with knock-out Cornish food and watch storms roll in off the ocean, then Housel Bay is the place to be. The cosy, family-run Victorian outpost on Cornwall’s rugged Lizard Point is all about nurture – of the body, soul and planet. A spectacular edge-of-the-world escape, amid nature’s finest coastal landscape.

The Housel Hootenanny two- and three-night packages weave moments of peaceful reflection on the passing of 2021 with cocktails, meals and events to celebrate the arrival of 2022. A six-course tasting menu in the hotel’s two-AA-rosette restaurant kicks off the New Year’s Eve celebrations, followed by a party, live DJ and fireworks finale.

Price: from £495 per room for two nights, based on two adults sharing. Book here.

Porlock Weir Hotel, Somerset

Wedged between Exmoor and Porlock Bay, Porlock Weir Hotel is a beacon of home-from-home warmth in a breathtakingly wild coastal landscape. The husband-and-wife team at the helm of this cosy harbourside hotel have created a relaxed, intimate vibe that fosters friendships, eases troubles and nurtures romance.

The dog-friendly seafront hotel offers a two-night New Year break which includes dinner, bed and breakfast. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a fireside pre-dinner glass of fizz followed by a five-course meal and casino games. A champagne brunch will fortify souls flagging the morning after, before you brave the elements to walk off any over-indulgence.

Price: from £705 per room for two nights, based on two adults sharing. Book here.

Widbrook Grange, Wiltshire

For an intimate Christmas at a country house in the Cotswolds, head to Widbrook Grange. Set in 11 acres, the lovingly restored boutique farmhouse hotel has a pool, spa, relaxed fine-dining restaurant and specialist gin bar stocked with 165 gins.

Make Christmas 2021 memorable with a sleep-over at Widbrook Grange. Carollers, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts set the festive mood for a three-course meal on Christmas Eve. Bubbles at breakfast and Christmas lunch keep the festivities flowing through to supper.

Price: from £700 per room for two nights, based on two adults sharing. Book here.

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