By Katie Wilson
Are you dreaming of a festive break, but haven’t quite got round to booking it yet? We’ve rounded up some of the best Christmas breaks you can still book in the UK.
Whether you want to do nothing but marvel at gorgeous views or take long soaks in the back, scoff festive cream teas or get involved in festive activities like wreath making, we’ve got you covered.
Struggling to buy the perfect present for someone? Why not treat them to a llama trekking stay for Christmas?
All these Christmas breaks in the UK still have December availability and most can still be booked for Christmas Day.
Christmas breaks in the UK
Wreath making and festive cream tea stay in Sussex
For something a bit different this Christmas, why not book a stay at The Artisan Bakehouse in the quaint town of Horsham, West Sussex. This award-winning cookery school specialises in bread making, but has festive events such as wreath making with festive cream tea and Prosecco on offer until December 17. Coincide it with a stay in their luxury shepherd’s hut which sleeps 2 (from £350 for two nights) or one of their two cosy cottages that sleep 4 (from £495 for three nights). The stays are still available Christmas week.
Soak in a showstopping bath on a secluded houseboat
Fancy spending Christmas on a houseboat? If peace and quiet is what you crave, you can’t get more secluded than a stay on Blackbird, a newly converted narrowboat moored on a wildlife reserve in North Devon. Set in 20 acres of woodland, this stylish stay is totally off-grid as there is no TV or WiFi. Open a bottle of bubbly instead and curl up in the kingsize bed or take a long soak in that showstopper of a bath. Sleeps 2. Price from £114 a night.
Wake up to majestic mountain views in Wales
Wake up with views of the Welsh mountains on Christmas morning with a stay at The Laundry Retreat. This collection of two bespoke roundhouses have floor to ceiling windows to soak up the stunning surrounding scenery. You may have come across @thelaundrygarden – the grounds they are in – on Instagram, run by owner Jenny. Her spectacular videos of her secret garden have earned her more than 80,000 followers. Sleeps 2. Price from £145 a night.
Trek with llamas at this cosy pub with rooms
Animal lovers can swap reindeers for llamas this Christmas with a stay at The Merry Harriers in the picturesque Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Eat delicious food in a cosy 16th century inn before retiring to a boutique room or luxury shepherd’s hut in the grounds. Prices start from £130 a night. Or book their signature Llama Love Experience which includes dinner, bed and breakfast and a two hour guided llama trek starting from £350 for a one night stay.
Toast in the trees in this luxury treehouse
If five-star luxury in the sky sounds like your kind of Christmas Day, book a stay at the unique Dazzle Treehouse in Dorset while you still can. From the outside this treetop retreat is modelled on the camouflage used to conceal ships in WWI. Inside, it’s all about stylish comfort. Snuggle up near the log burner in the living room, doze beneath the stars on the sky lit king-sized bed, or sit back and enjoy the bubbles in that glorious hot tub. Sleeps 2. Price from £495 a night.
Have Christmas by the coast in fairy-lit Rye
Most people don’t associate Christmas with going to the coast, but you’re missing out if you don’t visit the magical town of Rye during the festive season. With its fairy-lit cobbled streets and hopefully a sprinkling of frost, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped straight into a the pages of a Dickens novel. There are Christmas markets, concerts and cosy pubs like the 600-year-old Mermaid Inn to cosy round the fire with a mulled wine. Going with the family? The White House on the dunes of Camber Sands sleeps 10 and is dog friendly. Prices for five nights start from £1,920.
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