The hotel: An immaculate, smart, room boutique hotel in the lovely Suffolk town of Southwold. On this final evening, dine at leisure in The Tap Room or Still Room with live jazz and acoustic music performance from a local artist.
Read my review of The Swan in Southwold here. Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
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The Brudenell features coastal themed decor and fresh, locally sourced food. Start Christmas day with a full Suffolk breakfast, or perhaps something lighter and save your appetite for the six-course banquet, which will be served from 12 noon starting with a glass of champagne followed by roast Suffolk turkey and all the trimmings. A quiz follows at 6.
On Boxing Day enjoy a late breakfast then explore the local area or take a bracing walk along the seafront and watch brave souls descend into the North Sea for the traditional Boxing Day swim. Lunch and a buffet dinner will be served in the evening. The Christmas package: Celebrations start on arrival at the hotel with a festive afternoon tea and glass of mulled wine served in the lounge, surrounded by sparkling Christmas trees.
A buffet supper and quiz follow in the evening. Lodore Falls, Lake District. The Christmas package: Guests are greeted on Christmas Eve by a finger sandwiches and a gin afternoon tea. On Christmas Day , guests start with a traditional Cumbrian breakfast with a Mimosa Cocktail for adults and a visit from a very special guest for little ones, plus a Christmas treasure hunt around the spa garden before a six-course Christmas Day lunch.
Begin Boxing Day with a Bellini breakfast before heading down to the river bank for a charity duck race. In the evening, join the team for pre-dinner drinks in the bar before a four-course steak and lobster dinner, followed by live entertainment in the Derwent Suite. Rockliffe Hall, Durham. The hotel: Set in acres of parkland, the original building dates from the s, but over the years the room luxury hotel has been extended to include a highly-rated 50, ft spa and three restaurants, two of which overlook its hole Championship golf course.
Father Christmas will be making a visit and guests can also add on extras such as a round of golf plus a two-hour experience in its exclusive Spa Garden room. Read my review of a stay at Rockliffe Hall here. Christmas Day starts with a hearty Yorkshire breakfast followed by a traditional Christmas lunch served from In the evening, enjoy an informal buffet together with a glass of mulled wine. Boxing Day Brunch shall be served until The day is free for guests to relax and enjoy York. The Christmas package: Arrive to home-made seasonal cakes and tea.
Christmas Eve gets underway with a Champagne reception for guests with canapes followed by a candlelit five-course gourmet dinner. Mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine will be offered at lunchtime and light snacks in the evening. On Boxing Day, breakfast and dinner are taken at leisure and once the winner of the treasure hunt is announced, the day is free to explore further afield. The hotel: Luxury, award-winning five-star hotel in Ayrshire, Scotland, with period furnishings and interiors as well as breath-taking gardens, forests, and the seascapes that surround the castle.
The Christmas package: Arrive in time for afternoon tea and enjoy listening to the Glenapp pianist in the drawing room baby grand piano. Transport to the Watchnight service at Ballantrae Parish Church is also available. M id morning there will be a falconry display before a Champagne reception and festive four-course Christmas lunch. After lunch, experience the endless possibilities for walks on the coast, in the Glen and throughout the Estate and finish off the day with a Scottish ceilidh. Boxing Day activities include clay pigeon shooting, archery and treasure hunts and after a light Boxing Day lunch Glenapp harpist will play over the final three course gourmet dinner.
The hotel: One of the top hotels in Scotland, the acre Gleneagles estate offers an array of attractions that includes a five-star luxury hotel, three championship golf courses and an award-winning spa. The Christmas package: The hotel is offering a three-night Christmas break including all food and entertainment, including a Christmas Banquet.
Guests booking the full Christmas experience get an extra night free on the 23rd or 27th December as well as complimentary airport transfers. The hotel is 30 minutes from Glasgow City airport and just a stroll from the pretty village of Luss. The Christmas package: The two-day seasonal house party include all sort of festive delights from three-course Christmas Eve dinner with entertainment and Midnight Mass at the local church followed by mulled wine and mince pies. The hotel: Situated in the heart of St Andrews, the five-star Old Course Hotel with an award-winning spa borders the renowned 17th Road Hotel of the Old Course, the oldest golf course in the world, just metres from the Scottish coast.
In the evening guests can choose from a carvery in the ballroom or a three-course menu in the Road Hole Restaurant. Roman Camp hotel, Stirlingshire, Scotland. The hotel: Luxury four-star hotel built in for the Dukes of Perth, with 15 rooms and set in 20 acres.
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The Christmas package: Arrive at this country retreat with afternoon tea and sherry before carol singers welcome you to a Christmas Eve tasting menu with wine. Boxing Day is a day for relaxing after a late breakfast and then a final tasting dinner to round off your stay. The hotel: Traditional year old country house hotel in five acres on the Scottish border The Christmas package: Arrive on 24 rd December for afternoon tea, followed by a three-course candlelit dinner and evening of live entertainment.
On Christmas Day time for some last minute shopping in Biggar and then back to collect your jumbo quiz forms before dinner. Christmas Day starts with a hearty Scottish breakfast and a countryside stroll before traditional Christmas Day lunch, a glass of wine and a visit from Santa. In the evening there will be a cold buffet, then live entertainment, and on Boxing Day chance to hit the Boxing Day sales in Lanark before returning for a three-course candlelit dinner. Bodysgallen Hall hotel and spa, Llandudno.
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The hotel: Set in acres of parkland just outside Llandudno on the north coast of Wales, Bodysgallen Hall is located in an imposing building dating back to the 13th century but has modern luxuries including a spa with indoor pool. There will be a Champagne farewell reception in the evening with music from a Welsh harp, followed by a Gala Dinner. Read my review of Bodysgallen Hall here. The Christmas package: Glass of fizz on arrival, carols around the piano followed by five-course Christmas Eve Set Menu and transport to midnight mass for those who wish with mulled wine and mince pies on return.
The hotel: Privately owned luxury country house hotel nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills and just 12 minutes drive to the sea. The Christmas package: Festive tea and mulled wine greet guests before drinks and canapes before dinner. Lake Country House hotel and spa, Powys. The hotel: Welcoming Welsh country house set in its own 50 acres, with rhododendron-lined pathways, riverside walks and a well-stocked trout lake as well as a spa with indoor pool.
The Christmas package: Full afternoon tea, a glass of mulled wine and four-course dinner on Christmas Eve, followed by Christmas morning full Welsh breakfast, mid-morning coffee and homemade mince pies, reception drinks, five-course Christmas lunch. After lunch, coffee and petit fours, full afternoon tea and an evening buffet. The hotels: The original health spas in beautiful country settings The Christmas package: Christmas might be about indulgence but Champneys offers the chance to be a little healthy too. Breakfast, lunch and dinner over two or three nights included as well as mulled wine and mince pies.
Christmas Day includes a Champagne and canape reception and a traditional festive three-course lunch, with Champneys treatments, a Thalassotherapy pool session and a Champneys gift set included in your stay.
Champneys countryside locations offering the perfect winter hideaway, and you can explore the beautiful grounds with Champneys popular guided walks. Have you stayed in a luxury hotel over Christmas?
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We were hoping to reach a little town just three miles 5 km ahead. Soon our lights caught a small sign with an arrow directing us to Villeneuve-de-Marsan. We had driven the two-lane road from Pau to Bordeaux many times, but never had we journeyed off the highway to the little town of Villeneuve-de-Marsan. As we hobbled into the town, the scene was like many small French villages. Homes and small shops were attached one to another, crowding the narrow road leading into town. People had closed their window shutters early, and the streets were dark and deserted.
The lights in the ancient Catholic church in the center of town showed the one sign of life as they glowed in preparation for the traditional midnight mass. We rolled past the church, and the van hesitated and then stopped. Fortunately, we found ourselves in front of a lovely country inn. The lights were on, and we determined that this was our last chance for help.
To avoid overwhelming those in the inn, Kathy, Camey, and the missionaries stayed in the van while I took the three younger children inside.
I explained our situation to the young woman at the front desk. She could see the beleaguered faces of my children, and she kindly asked us to wait while she called the innkeeper, Mr. Francis Darroze. Camey came in to see how we were doing. As we waited for Mr. Darroze to arrive, I silently said a prayer of thanksgiving.
We might not make it back to Bordeaux for the night, but how good of our Father in Heaven to lead us to a nice hotel! I shuddered as I realized how easily we could have spent the night in the van in a remote area of France. I could see a restaurant in the next room, and I was amazed to see it open on Christmas Eve.
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