Get away from the hustle and bustle of London over the festive season. You don’t have to go very far. Morag Turner picks her favourite hotels and cottage options.
Gleneagles refers to itself as ‘the glorious playground’ and it’s not hard to see why. With an unbelievable list of indoor activities and outdoor pursuits for all the family, it is one of the UK’s best five-star resorts. We spent a truly wonderful couple of days there with my sons enjoying mini Land Rover driving, a spot of falconry and even ferret racing. At Christmas they really pull out all the stops laying on an ice rink, a grotto for Santa Claus and his elves, carol singing and live entertainment though out the hotel.
From £3,895 per room for a 3-night stay, f/b incl Christmas banquet and entertainment.
Country house dream
If it’s a home-from-home you are after Boutique Retreats have a great selection of properties all over the UK, from small cottages to large houses that sleep up to 22. While they are essentially self-catering, the team can book a chef to cook Christmas dinner and you can arrive to the tree and decorations up, as well as a hamper of festive goodies. We love the look of the School House in a pretty Somerset village. Sleeps six.
£3301 for a week’s stay arriving on 21st December.
Christmas by the Coast
If you just want to put your feet up, head to the St Michaels Hotel in Falmouth. Following a recent multi-million-pound investment and transformation, this child-friendly spot now has a dreamy spa to relax in offering an array of treatments. It has a great gym or you can do a morning work-out on Gyllyngvase beach. The family suits are huge and kids will love the massive swimming pool.
3 night stay over Christmas or New Year for £495pp f/b.
Perfect for little ones
Clydey Cottages are set in 20 acres of Pembrokeshire country. The five-star converted farm buildings have fab facilities for a Christmas or New Year getaway with an indoor pool, spa and sauna plus complimentary children’s crèche, festive children’s club sessions and a soft play area. Plus outdoor play area with sandpit, rope swings, ride on toys and slide. Children can join Santa (Farmer) feed the animals which include pygmy goats and Shetland ponies.
Seven nights in Snowdrop Cottage sleeps four costs £2300 Bramble (sleeps 6) £2800 both for arrival 21 or 28th Dec.
If you don’t want to venture too far from home, what about the Bingham Hotel in Richmond. This riverside hotel has views over the Thames from its pretty Farrow and Ball painted rooms. The Bingham is very much a family-friendly place. Under 12s stay free and the hotel is well-equipped with baby monitors, cots, high chairs and a nappy-changing room.
From £114 per night.