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November 2021
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Escape the festive frenzy for some much-needed down time with family and friends this Christmas

Here are perfect places to unwind over Christmas.
Raithwaite Sandsend

Raithwaite Sandsend

Raithwaite offers a truly tranquil coastal Christmas. Stroll through Raithwaite’s frosty woodlands, take a bracing walk along beautiful Sandsend beach or just cosy up by a roaring fire with a glass of bubbly – there’s the option to unwind in the indulgent spa facilities too. Your Christmas break here will start with a glass of mulled wine, followed by festive entertainment throughout the afternoon and a selection of canapés before dinner at The Brasserie. The rest of your stay continues in similar festive style, with midnight mass, a sumptuous three-course Yorkshire Christmas lunch and a fun-filled Christmas quiz and entertainment to enjoy. Their stylish New Year package sees two night’s of festive fun with a spectacular firework display to see in 2022.
Whitby YO21 3ST
01947 661661

Original Cottages

There’s nothing quite like waking up on crisp, winter morning to views over rolling hills in the Yorkshire Dales, or strolling along the majestic Northumberland coast with not a soul in sight. That’s what makes the properties offered up by Original Cottages so magical around the festive season – giving you access to exclusive properties for a truly unforgettable Christmas getaway. They also ensure every stay is to the highest level of quality and convenience, so you can forget the world and fully immerse yourself in all that’s on your doorstep.
03332 020899

Headlam Hall

This 17th century country house is the perfect place to escape it all, located in the tranquil Teesdale countryside between Barnard Castle and Darlington. The festive period is particularly cosy here – prepare to be welcomed with a warming glass of mulled wine, enjoy comfortable lounges, open fires, and unwind in the luxury spa. Headlam specialises in providing the very best of dining in Teesdale, serving the finest local produce in the hotel’s Orangery Restaurant, which has an exceptional reputation for producing tasty dishes that reflect the best of British and continental cuisine. With charming winter packages available across December, January and February – Headlam serves as the perfect retreat over the festive season.
Darlington, DL2 3HA
01325 730238

Huts in the Hills

Set in the heart of Northumberland, Huts in the Hills offer up the ultimate glamping experience and the perfect place to unwind over Christmas. Each exclusive shepherd’s hut boasts an outdoor fire pit, an antique outdoor bath tub and panoramic views over the Northumberland countryside – with huts ranging in size to sleep two–five guests. With the opportunity to experience complete seclusion surrounded by nature, there’s no better way of switching off and spending quality time with loved ones over the festive period.
Prendwick Farm, Alnwick NE66 4UZ
01669 630273

Matfen Hall

Matfen Hall

Expect an exceptionally warm welcome from Matfen Hall this Christmas, with roaring log fires and majestic grandeur offering an experience like no other. Every little detail here is filled with festive luxury, from complimentary gifts upon arrival to delicious canapés as you sink into some fabulous Christmas Eve entertainment. It’s the perfect place to indulge in some decadent dining too, starting with a magnificent culinary experience in the Emerald Restaurant on Christmas Eve before enjoying a full Northumbrian breakfast and five-course dinner on Christmas Day. With historic gardens and grounds, and an impressive 27-hole championship golf course, there’s plenty of winter walks and stunning countryside to take in during your stay too.
Matfen, Northumberland NE20 0HR
01661 886500

Wrea Head Hall

This welcoming country house hotel serves up a traditional Christmas of timeless luxury. With views over Scarborough Castle, this is the perfect place to unwind, and Christmas here is crammed with festive fun, fabulous food and plenty of cocktails. Wrea Head’s winter packages include a succulent three-course a la carte evening meal, full Yorkshire breakfast, complimentary seasonal tea and nearby sea cliffs to blow away the cobwebs.
Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0PB
01723 371190

Grantley hall


This stunning 18th century property is nestled in the Washburn Valley – the perfect Christmas hideaway. The property has traditional features, including beamed ceilings and cosy log burners, but has been recently renovated to provide a relaxing haven for guests. The spacious kitchen and living area is a real highlight, providing the perfect place to entertain, as well as the games room fit with a dart board and billiards table for fun-filled family evenings, and an outdoor hot tub. The cottage has four bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom, and canine companions are welcome too.
Washburn Valley, Otley LS21 2QY
07712 622330

Rockliffe Hall

For a five-star retreat away from it all this Christmas – Rockliffe Hall boasts luxury, elegance and tradition. There’s an indulgent (and huge) spa with an extensive treatment menu to restore your body, alongside some magical festive activities for everyone to enjoy, including festive afternoon tea, Sunday lunch with Santa and seasonal dining in the three-AA Rosette Orangery. Expect exceptionally friendly service and a host of celebrations during a cosy home-from-home style stay.
Hurworth on Tees, Darlington DL2 2DU
01325 729999

Inn on the Lake

Expect thousands of Christmas lights, Christmas trees inside and out and open fires in one of the most spectacular settings in the Lake District, with breathtaking views over Ullswater. There’s plenty of opportunity to soak up the festive ambience, and there’s something for the whole family (and the dog too), from sumptuous dining in the two-AA Rosette Lake View Restaurant to Santa’s scavenger hunt, and of course, incredible winter walks to take in the stunning surroundings.
Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PE
0330 056 4885

Grantley Hall

A hidden gem in the Yorkshire Dales with a selection of rooms and suites across the restored Old Hall and the newly-built Fountains Wing – you’ll certainly wish to spend some of the festive season here. With Christmas carols in The Orchard, a Narnia-themed festive family lunch and a Winter Wonderland Ball, there’s something for everyone during your stay – as well as a relaxing hydrotherapy pool and luxurious spa facilities to indulge in.
Grantley Hall, Ripon HG4 3ET
01765 620070

Coquet Cottages

Coquet Cottages

Offering a collection of boutique retreats across the unbeatable Northumberland coast and countryside, Coquet Cottages provide everything you need for the perfect winter escape. Their properties are truly unique, with stylish and comfortable interiors giving a home-away-from-home feel. Many of the locations have nearby shops, restaurants and cafes, where you can embrace the festive season by supporting some incredible local businesses, who provide welcoming regional charm and unique produce.
20 Dial Place, Warkworth NE65 0XQ
01665 710 700

Black Horse Beamish

Black Horse Beamish With views over the rolling County Durham countryside, this is the ideal place to enjoy Christmas. There are festive celebrations you won’t want to miss, including festive afternoon tea for both children and adults, Christmas parties and a New Year’s Eve ball, and exceptional festive dining packages to indulge in. However you choose to celebrate over the festive season, Black Horse offers a tranquil Christmas hideaway in a picture-postcard setting – complete with a cosy bar, luxury bedrooms and a bottle of prosecco on arrival, ensuring your stay gets off to a merry start.
Red Row, Beamish DH9 0RW
01207 232569

Swinton Park

Treat your family to a traditional Christmas at Swinton Estate. The festive package here includes a magical three-night stay. On Christmas Eve, guests are invited to the Christmas tree on the lawn to enjoy a glass of bubbly and spread some Christmas cheer alongside a local choir and bell ringers. Christmas Day is all about the feast – enjoy cocktails and fizz all day long, alongside an indulgent Christmas dinner prepared by the Head Chef in Samuel’s Restaurant. And there’s so much to see and do on Boxing Day – with the option to learn something new in the Cookery School, try your hand at Falconry or take a stroll around the stunning grounds.
Masham, Ripon HG4 4JH
01765 680900

Greenhead Hotel

Greenhead Hotel

Greenhead are offering a Christmas to remember, with exclusive festive menus and celebrations to enjoy. Their winter getaway package boasts an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s seven individually-designed bedrooms, a three-course evening meal from their festive menu and an extensive breakfast menu in the morning – and the best part is, your four-legged friend can indulge in the Christmas getaway too. As the nights get colder, and the days get darker, Greenhead gets cosier – with warming fires in the bar and beautiful decorations around the hotel that will leave you feeling extra festive.
Greenhead, Brampton CA8 7HB
01697 747411

Host and Stay

With so many homes of different shapes and sizes spread out across the North of England, Host and Stay have a holiday home fit for any style of festive staycation. If you have a canine companion, you’ll be pleased to know that dog-friendly properties are available too, meaning even the dog can bask in a Christmas getaway. So whether you’re looking for a festive stay near the coast, an escape to the country or Christmas in the city, Host and Stay offer hand-selected properties to the highest standard.
01287 658171

High Force Hotel

Adjacent to High Force, England’s largest and most powerful waterfall, High Force Hotel are offering a country escape this Christmas, with a host of festive activities. Their festive dining is particularly special – you can relax in the beautifully refurbished Garden Room and leave everything in the capable hands of High Force’s knowledgeable team. Their festive dining menu features all your favourite staples including mouth-watering Yorkshire puddings, succulent meat and a heavy serving of gravy. There’s also 10 individually-designed bedrooms, each with luxury linen and special touches, making for a relaxing stay over the festive period – book in advance to snap up one of these exclusive rooms whilst they’re available.
Forest-in-Teesdale, County Durham DL12 0XH
01833 622336

Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House

Christmas at Jesmond Dene House is truly magical. This boutique hotel is just 10 minutes from Newcastle city centre, in an enviable position overlooking the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene – and they have so much to sink into this winter. With numerous package options throughout December, you’ll either be treat to a glorious four-course festive dinner in Fern Dining Room, a champagne afternoon tea with seasonal music, or a seven-course New Year dining experience alongside your stay. And if you’re looking for the perfect excuse to round up family and friends for a festive meal, there’s also the option for private dining.
Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle NE2 2EY
0191 212 3000

The Coniston

Nestled in the heart of a 1,400 acre estate in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, The Coinston is a go-to for a luxurious stay this winter. With Christmas cut short last year, this year the team are going above and beyond to offer a celebratory festive stay, and an opportunity to escape the busy run up to the festive season. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the fire, dine in The View Restaurant and soak up a refreshing spa experience.
01756 748080
Coniston Cold, Skipton BD23 4EA

Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages

With more than 500 holiday cottages to choose from, Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages have something for everyone, ideally situated in prime locations throughout Northumberland. They have a selection of festive cottages available, where you can celebrate in true Northumbrian style. Whether it’s a charming property overlooking the breathtaking Heritage Coastline, or an inland escape in an enchanting countryside cottage, each location offers up the chance to relax and enjoy some festive fun with family and friends.
Riverbank Road, Alnwick NE66 2RH
01665 830783

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