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Spice up your Christmas vacation with these luxurious yet alternative stays

Spice up your Christmas vacation with these luxurious yet alternative stays

Christmas is pretty much the same every year: open presents, eat too much food, listen to your weird relatives never stop talking, pass out. But what if the festive season was different? What if you could whisk yourself away from the brandy into some of the coolest Christmas vacation spots in Britain?

Luckily, this can be the reality for you this year. From a fairy tale stay in a castle to dreamy and modern seaside properties, this is the ultimate Christmas present to you, from you.

Caverswall Castle near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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Don’t just listen to the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day, live like her too at Caverswall Castle! 20-acre grounds surround a gorgeous Grade I listed property. Relax in Jacobean surrounds among ancient tapestries and suits of armor as a fire roars and a king’s feast is created in the commercial style kitchen. This is your chance to be the queen you’ve always wanted to be.

Mountain Bear Lodge near Aviemore, Highlands

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The pressures of the holidays can be enough to drive anyone to the hills. So if the stress is getting to much, this holiday in the Highlands allows you to escape in style. An ancient Caledonian forest is your playground, which you’ll be sharing with red squirrels, mountain hares and deer. Enjoy stylish furniture, gorgeous fabrics and a warm welcome from the Jacuzzi bath, hot tub and open fire.

Tan Y Fford near Beaumaris, Anglesey

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This former fisherman’s cottage makes for an unconventional but astounding Christmas break. Get cosy by the sea and enjoy views over the Menai Strait towards the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park. The interior is wonderfully welcoming and comfortable, and there are independent shops, pubs and excellent restaurants nearby – it’s a perfect place for an Xmas escape.

Stainton Cotes near Skipton, Yorkshire

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Twixmas – the period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve – is the perfect opportunity to escape the stress. And this gorgeous getaway in the Yorkshire Dales is just the thing you need.

Enjoy a 3 night stay for you and up to 9 other guests, with a snooker table, playroom, open fires and more. The nearby Coniston Hotel offers spa packages with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor Jacuzzi, clay pigeon shooting and off-road driving experiences and more!

Wingletang near Truro, Cornwall

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Enjoy a new perspective on New Year’s Eve with waterside views from the terrace of this amazing (and amazingly named!) Cornish escape. Only 3 miles from where BBC’s Poldark was filmed, you can enjoy the natural beauty in the surrounding area, before getting stuck into some spectacular events.

Both Truro and Falmouth are within easy reach, or you can welcome midnight from the comfort of your property. Sleeping 8, it’s a great escape for friends or families.

The Oldgate, Morpeth, Northumberland

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A stunning studio apartment, this sleeps-2 property is perfect for a cosy Christmas break.  Explore the cafés, restaurants and pubs in the adorable market town, or simply walk by the riverside. Then the Oldgate provides a wonderful relaxation pad.

It combines a touch of luxury with home comforts, boasting exposed brick and stonework, high lofty ceilings, original cast iron radiators and bespoke wooden stairwells. It’s true holiday heaven!

Garth Studio, Brampton, Cumbria

alternative Christmas Vacation in Britain

The ultimate romantic getaway is the ultimate tonic to too much family time. Once you’re at the property, you can sink into soft pillows or submerge in the deep bath at the end of your bed together. A shared indoor pool is a nice touch, but the private hot tub is where you need to be for something extra steamy.

Or if you fancy a blow out with your friends, the property can be booked with Garth Cottage to allow an extra 6 people to join in the fun.

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