Sponsored: It’s so pretty in spring, summer and autumn, that rural England is often overlooked in winter.
But this is the time its beauty is at its most compelling and abstract, and never is this more apparent than at Christmas. What’s more, bookies say the odds of a White Christmas across the country are higher than they’ve been in years.
What’s more, Christmas is less than three weeks away, and New Year’s Eve less than four… meaning now is the perfect time to completely change your plans and do something completely different for the festive period! Luckily, holiday experts Hoseasons are here to help…
Set along the Northern coast of the Isle of Wight, between the villages of Cowes and Fishbourne, is the Woodside Coastal Retreat.
Surrounding the retreat you’ll find curious nature trails, lush woodland and a gorgeous, private shingle (or pebbled) beach. Nearby pockets of tranquil water are perfect for watersports, while some are full of wildlife, making them perfect for fishing. In contrast to the natural beauty of the surroundings, these lodges boast a strikingly modern appearance both inside and out.
Couples’ pamper packs including local sparkling wine, flowers and handmade chocolates are available (but must be ordered when booking, and paid for prior to arrival.) Then take your better half for a romantic, festive feast at nearby restaurant and bar, Kellermans.
£477 [$603, €564] – price based on a four-night stay arriving 23 December 2016 in a LP8322 Osbourne Lodge, sleeping four.
Back on mainland England and nestled in beautiful Devon is the luxury Hawkchurch Resort & Spa. It boasts unbeatable views across the stunning Axe Valley.
Perfect for a relaxing getaway to escape the stress of Christmas, the site offers indulgent treatments at Ezina Spa, complete with hydrotherapy pool, and a fine dining restaurant, Beeches.
Nearby attractions include Axminster, Charmouth, Seaton and the rugged Jurassic Coast. Exeter, with its rich two-thousand year history, is just an hour’s drive away.
£484 [$612, €573] – price based on a four-night stay arriving 23 December 2016 in a LP11463 Hardy Lodge, sleeping four.
Also on the south coast is Shorefield Country Park –set among 100 picturesque acres of landscaped parkland.
It has everything you could possibly need as you hunker down for Christmas. There’s a spa, sauna and steam room, tennis court, fitness center, children’s play area, indoor and outdoor heated pools, supermarket with off license and a restaurant currently offering a festive menu.
It’s located 30 minutes drive from Bournemouth and Poole, and three miles from the New Forest, which is rich in natural beauty and wildlife such as deer and wild horses.
£489 [$618, €579] – price based on a four-night stay arriving 30/12/16 in a LP8051 Select Plus Lodge 1, sleeping two.
To the North of England, and the rustic but modern log lodges at Faweather Grange Lodges, which offer a perfectly Christmassy scene.
Immersed in a pretty woodland, you can also enjoy therapy sessions in the comfort of your luxury accommodation, perhaps beside a log fire.
This five star resort boasts 40 restaurants within 15 minutes’ driving distance, such as the Michelin star-awarded Box Tree.
£729 [$921, €863] – price based on a seven-night stay arriving 23 December 2016 in Tamarisk sleeping two.
Finally, to the Welsh valley of Ceiriog, and scenes so idyllic local poets call it ‘Little Switzerland.’
Weather permitting, this is the place to get outdoors and be at one with nature among tumbling hills and meandering rivers, perhaps on long walk or a bike ride. Otherwise stay indoors and enjoy the modern comfort of your stylish stopover.
Guests can enjoy a complimentary welcome pack consisting of a bottle of bubbly, tea, coffee and biscuits.
£375 [$474, €444] – price based on a four-night stay arriving 23 December 2016 in a Ty Nant Apartment sleeping four.
For more unmissable last minute breaks, head over to hoseasons.co.uk and find your fabulous festive escape.