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New Year’s Eve breaks

Ten, nine, eight … count down to 2024 with bagpipes, gourmet feasting, a masked ball or a cosy night in
St Moritz New Year's Eve breaks

Ten, nine, eight … count down to 2024 with bagpipes, gourmet feasting, a masked ball or a cosy night in. Here’s our pick of some of the best New Year’s Eve breaks in the South West

St Moritz Hotel, Cornwall

Is there be a better place to ring in the new year than on the dramatic Cornish coast, snuggled up in a luxury hotel room just a short stroll from the shore?

At St Moritz Hotel, a two-night new year break promises flowing Champagne, gourmet cuisine, seaside strolls and joyous festivities. The laid-back luxe beach vibe of this coastal hotel is a great draw, and a stay in one of the rooms or suites offers a sense of space and luxury. You’ll get to tuck into a two-course dinner on the first evening of your stay and full Cornish breakfast each morning.

On New Year’s Eve itself, celebrations include canapés on arrival, bubbles aplenty, music, dancing and a sumptuous grown-ups only six-course Gala Dinner showcasing ingredients sourced from the county’s abundant hedgerows, fields and seas.

Should you be tempted to spend even more time exploring the winter splendour of the north Cornwall coast, there is also a three-night break available.

Two-night break from £720, based on two adults sharing.

Homewood Hotel & Spa, Bath

Homewood Hotel & Spa, Bath

Fancy an epic New Year’s Eve celebration in a grand Georgian house famed for its luxury touches, quirky artworks and fun vibe? If so, get ready to ring in 2024 Homewood style. The secluded country home in Bath is out to host a party you’ll never forget.

Two-nights of non-stop celebration kick off on arrival with a lavish cream tea beside a crackling fire. Then, in the evening, New Year’s Eve unfolds with Champagne, canapés and a five-course dinner, which you can choose to feast on in the Pavilion, Tibby’s or in one of the Dining Domes on the winter terrace. Live music, merriment and bubbles continue into 2024. You’ll be glad to retreat to one of the luxurious and arty bedrooms after all the festivities.

New Year’s Day kicks off with a leisurely brunch to banish post-party weariness followed by daytime country pursuits and a three-course dinner in the evening. A hearty breakfast and a dip in the pool the next morning rounds off an epic start to the new year.

From £700 per night.

Penventon Park Hotel

Penventon Park Hotel, Cornwall

A break at an elegant Georgian mansion in Cornwall guarantees you’ll see in 2024 with a good helping of glitz, glamour and gourmet dining. Penventon is pulling out all the stops to ensure that, as well as an overnight stay in one of its luxurious bedrooms, you’ll enjoy an evening of feasting and festivities.

Celebrations kick off with canapés, a glass of fizz and the chance to mingle with fellow guests before a five-course dinner, which includes sumptuous dishes such as maple and paprika marinated pork tenderloin.

The Grand Forum Ballroom will be given over to dancing and a traditional bagpiper will herald the dawn of 2024. Should you need further sustenance to continue partying until 1am, you can take advantage of a hot-from-the-oven pasty.

The next morning, post-party pampering includes a hearty breakfast and the chance to forgo the traditional New Year’s Day sea dip in favour of the hotel’s heated swimming pool.

Double room £349.

Daylesford Farm, The Wild Rabbit

Daylesford Stays, Cotswolds

Those craving a home-from-home approach to new year might prefer to book one of Daylesford Stays’ array of cottages in the Cotswolds, including those in Kingham, at Daylesford Farm and in Daylesford Village.

Staying cosied up in front of a warming open fire in the lead up to 2024 sounds deeply attractive when you know you can order delicious produce straight from Daylesford Farm via the Daylesford Delivered option.

Those looking to venture out for a special New Year’s Eve dinner can book into one of the Daylesford Stays pubs. The Fox at Oddington, for instance, offers live music, festive cocktails and a three-course feast which includes the likes of Wooton Estate venison and salted caramel tart. The Wild Rabbit is also putting on a seven-course celebratory menu featuring ravioli of confit rabbit, scallop ceviche and cep parfait, all accompanied by live music and plenty of Champagne.

Guests have access to the Bamford Spa so can start the new year with a relaxing and rejuvenating treatment.

Prices from £375 per night.

Boringdon Hall

Boringdon Hall, Devon

If you’re looking for an ultra-glam way to mark the start of 2024, then Boringdon Hall’s Masquerade Ball is set to sizzle.

Pop on a mysterious mask and join other guests for pre-dinner jazz and a Champagne reception in its Grand Hall followed by a gourmet four-course dinner. Dishes such as confit duck terrine with chicory and fig are followed by the likes of roast fillet of beef with rosti potato, truffle green beans and perigord sauce. The end-of-year party continues with live music to herald in 2024.

For those looking to extend the luxury a little longer, a special new year overnight break includes an overnight stay in one of the smart rooms or suites, a next-day lazy brunch and the opportunity to head to Gaia Spa for a soothing swim and massage.

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