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7 gorgeous UK boltholes perfect for a last-minute Christmas or New Year escape

7 gorgeous UK boltholes perfect for a last-minute Christmas or New Year escape

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Sponsored: Don’t panic: there are only four days left until Christmas. OK, start panicking. But we have one simple solution to your winter woes: book a last-minute festive escape!

There are still a wide range of amazing accommodations to be snapped up across the UK this December, via holiday experts Hoseasons.

Here, we look at seven such examples, close to some of the country’s most vibrant cities, stunning scenery and dramatic coastlines  – sometimes all at once!

Close to cities

1 Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

First, to Bath: a World Heritage City founded by Romans as a thermal spa. A mere three miles from the historic town is the five star Bath Mill Lodge Retreat. It’s located by a woodland within in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The retreat is comprised of a range of luxury lodges (plus one huge, boutique-style studio cabin). It also boasts the Brook Bar and Bistro, housed within a 350-year-old mill house. The site is also a short drive from another of the West Country’s largest and most beautiful cities: Bristol, known for its art and music scenes.

Prices from From £505*

Find out more about Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

2 Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat

Looking for a secluded bolthole that’s swiftly accessible from the English capital? If traffic’s on your side, the village of Tilford is just over an hour in the car from central London. Here you’ll find Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat, part of the Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection.

These gorgeous, modern lodges are once again secluded in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the beautiful Surrey Hills. Meanwhile, the town of Guildford, with its population of around 150,000, is only 26 minutes’ drive away. Pamper packs featuring sparkling wine, flowers and chocolate are available for pre-order.

Prices from £318^

Find out more about Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat

Deep in the countryside

3 Thanet Well Lodge Retreat 

Now for a truly secluded countryside haven, miles from the coast and even further from any large cities. Thanet Well Lodge is located on the doorstep of the Lake District National Park and features a bounty of gorgeous views: of Carrock Fell, Blencathra Mountain, Bowscale Fell and Greystoke Forest, for example.

Why not enjoy the scenery from your own private hot tub in your luxury lodge? Or make the most of daylight hours by visiting a nearby lake (Ullswater, Bassenthwaite and more) or trying an activity at the off-site Rheged Centre?

Prices from £323*

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4 Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat

Down south to Dorset. Wareham Forest is home to Roe and Fallow deer, as well as the final retreat on this list. Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat is part of the Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection. With 14 square miles of forest on its doorstep, it feels utterly remote.

That said, the staggering Jurassic Coast is only a short drive away, as is as the city of Poole, home to Europe’s largest harbor. Or, simply hunker down for the festive period in your luxury accommodation complete with hot tub.

Price from £622^

Find out more about Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat

Close to the coast

5 Talacre Beach 

Now to the North Wales coast – as dramatic and stunning in winter as in summer. Set among the sands, and beside the Point of Ayr RSPB nature reserve, is Talacre Beach retreat.

You’re miles from any major cities, but you’ll want for nothing. The retreat boasts a heated indoor pool, restaurants, bars, a cabaret lounge, a supermarket, post office, off licence, laundrette, amusement arcade, and an on-site fish and chip shop! Meanwhile, activities on offer include archery, fencing and raft building.

Prices from from £154*

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6 Sandymouth Holiday Resort 

Back to England, and the southern coast. Walking distance from charming Sandymouth Bay in Bude, North Cornwall, is Sandymouth Holiday Resort. The site also benefits from 24 acres of surrounding meadowland and gardens; perfect for a walk on Christmas morning.

Once again, if you’re looking to forget about the wider world over the festive period, your every need will be met at Sandymore. The comfortable, modern lodges were newly-refurbished for 2017. The resort also has a heated indoor swimming pool, coffee shop, an all weather multi sports court, restaurant and spa.

Prices from £194*

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7 Piran Meadows Resort & Spa

Our third coastal location is also in Cornwall, but the North coast: near to the surf town of Newquay. Piran Meadows Resort & Spa is a short drive from all 11 of the area’s beaches, and the state of the art park itself is a previous Best in Britain award-winner.

Contemporary lodges and caravans are available to hire, while a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and serenity spa at your disposal. The list of activities is extensive: crossbows, target shooting, horse riding and bowling to name a few. Falmouth, Polzeath and the Eden Project are all within driving distance.

Prices from £171*

Find out more about Piran Meadows Resort & Spa

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Terms and conditions
*Price based on a 4 night stay arriving 23/12/17.
^Price based on a 4 night stay arriving 30/12/17.
* & ^ applies to selected UK lodge and park locations and specific accommodation types, accommodation only. Subject to availability. Booking conditions apply, see main brochure or website.