By Boutique Handbook writers

Dreaming of a Christmas break? From country hotels where the price includes all your food to self-catering retreats, these are some of the best festive getaways in the UK.

Festive getaways in the UK

The Rectory Hotel, Cotswolds

Christmas fireplace with mince pies at The Rectory Hotel
Credit: The Rectory Hotel

If all you want for Christmas is fine food, idyllic views, and being able to curl up by the fire at a stylish country house, book a stay at The Rectory Hotel in the Cotswolds.

Stay over the festive period and enjoy three nights of culinary delights, Christmas cocktails, films in the drawing room and (optional) Midnight Mass.

Their self-catering cottage, which sleeps up to six guests, is also available to book over the festive period.

Hotel rooms sleep 2 | Prices from £1,450 for two people for a three night break including food

Book to stay at The Rectory Hotel here

Rothay Manor, Lake District

Rothay Manor bath boutique hotel Lake District
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Christmas in the Lake District is a magical time of year, and there are still a few rooms left at Rothay Manor if you want to get in on the action.

Stay from December 24-27 and get all your meals in with the price. This includes a Christmas Day Bucks Fizz breakfast and traditional Christmas lunch, plus breakfast and dinner on Boxing Day.

There is also a pop-up Christmas cinema with ice cream and popcorn to enjoy.

Rooms sleep 2 | Price from £729pp for a three night stay including all meals

Book to stay at Rothay Manor hotel here

Winscombe Court, Mendip Hills

Winscombe Court holiday let Somerset Boutique Retreats
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There is only room for six this year, but the dining room at Winscombe Court is definitely giving us Christmas table goals.

A new addition to the Boutique Retreats portfolio, this stunning 10-bedroom property is in the Mendip Hills, an Area of Natural Beauty in the Somerset countryside.

Stay for Christmas and cook up a feast on the Aga, or hire a private chef if you don’t want to do it yourself. Guests can also enjoy the snooker room, tennis court and extensive gardens.

Currently sleeps 6 (usually 12) | Prices from £3,081 for a long weekend or mid week break

Book to stay at Winscombe Court on Boutique Retreats here

Blue Moon Cottage, St Ives

Blue Moon cottage Sand and Stone Escapes
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If it’s a Christmas by the sea you crave, there is still availability at Blue Moon Cottage in St Ives.

Ideal for couples, this bohemian bolthole is a former fisherman’s cottage which has been transformed into a cosy and creative space set across two levels.

Moments from Porthmeor Beach, your feet can be in the sand in minutes if you’re brave enough to head there on Christmas Day.

Sleeps 2 | Prices from £118 a night

Book to stay at Blue Moon Cottage on Sand and Stone Escapes here

Artist’s Loft, Hay

Artists Loft Hay
Credit: Kip Hideaways

A Christmas hideaway for two, this unique property with plenty of character is exactly as the name suggests – an artist’s loft.

You’ll find the owner’s artwork on display on the walls here, and if you fall in love with a piece you can buy it.

Set in the centre of Hay-on-Wye, the light filled apartment has views of the town from the window seat. Watch the world go by, or get out in the fresh air and take a hike through the nearby Black Mountains.

Sleeps 2 | From £420 for a 3 night minimum stay

Book to stay at Artist’s Loft Hay on Kip Hideaways here

The Stag Shepherd’s Hut, Cumbria

UK Christmas getaway 2020
Credit: Canopy and Stars

Take a wood-fired bath in the wilderness of the Lake District on Christmas morning if you book a stay at The Stag shepherd’s hut.

Set on the grounds of a farmhouse, this cosy spot is made with comfort with a king-size bed, hobbit stove and underfloor heating.

When darkness falls, spend the night gazing up at the glorious unpolluted skies.

Sleeps 2 | Prices from £150 a night

Book to stay at The Stag on Canopy and Stars here

Beauport Cottage, Devon

Beauport Cottage Devon
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If your idea of a perfect Christmas morning is waking up in a stunning waterfront property, there is still time to book Beauport Cottage in Devon.

Set in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you don’t have to go far to find golden beaches and long country walks.

This three-bedroom luxury cottage also has an Aga and two woodburners to warm the place up on chilly evenings. Sit with a glass of wine and bask in the ambient glow.

Sleeps up to 6 | Prices from £1,350 for a week

Book to stay at Beauport Cottage on Unique Homestays here

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