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Luxury in the Cotswolds at The Lygon Arms hotel, Broadway

If you’re looking for luxury hotels in the Cotswolds The Lygon Arms will be high on your wish-list, and in fact it was on mine for ages. This historic hotel has been a main fixture in the beautiful Cotswolds village of Broadway since its days as a coaching inn back in the 17th century and […] The post Luxury in the Cotswolds at The Lygon Arms hotel, Broadway appeared first on...

If you’re looking for luxury hotels in the Cotswolds The Lygon Arms will be high on your wish-list, and in fact it was on mine for ages. This historic hotel has been a main fixture in the beautiful Cotswolds village of Broadway since its days as a coaching inn back in the 17th century and these days is an impressive and unmissable part of the High Street.

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The Lygon Arms has been at the heart of Broadway in the Cotswolds for more than 300 years

It’s steeped in history – Oliver Cromwell stayed here before the Battle of Worcester in 1649, while Charles I also visited, so it was used by both sides in the English Civil War (presumably not at the same time) – and modern-day celebrity guests at this four-star luxury hotel over the years include the likes of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Evelyn Waugh and Kylie Minogue.

However my main attraction to The Lygon Arms was the fact it was owned by the group behind Cliveden and Chewton Glen, two of the nicest (and grandest, and most expensive, and luxurious) hotels I’ve ever stayed in, and while The Lygon Arms seemed like a very different proposition to those vast country house hotels, it had to be a good sign.

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Behind the centuries-old front of The Lygon Arms hotels is a large courtyard and the rest of the hotel

Over the years The Lygon Arms (pronounced Liggon) has expanded, so while the front is as imposing as it has been for centuries, the hotel itself goes back far further than I’d expected. Inside you’ll find a rabbit’s warren of rooms, bars and corridors, where uneven flagstones and low ceilings reveal the building’s age.

To book directly with the hotel, go to:  The Lygon Arms hotel
To compare the latest prices for The Lygon Arms click on: Booking.comHotelsCombined – Expedia
To read more reviews and for the latest prices click here to go to The Lygon Arms hotel and spa on TripAdvisor

Walk through the various rooms however and you’ll find a modern-looking bar at the back and outside, a tree-lined courtyard stretching back to the access road behind, where the spa and many additional rooms are located.

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There are seemingly lovely little rooms and cosy pockets around every corner of the sprawling Lygon Arms: here is the Saddle Room at the front of the hotel

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There are lots of chairs and sofas to welcome weary shoppers or Cotswolds tourists

When Iconic Luxury Hotels acquired The Lygon Arms in 2016, the general feeling is that it was rather run down and in need of some serious TLC. Several millions of pounds later and there has been a crucial – but subtle – transformation, with the newer parts of the building blending in with the old and the really old bits looking as cosy and lived-in as befits an establishment which has served a lot of visitors over the years. After the refurbishment, The Lygon Arms now has  a total of 86 guest rooms and suites: 36 in the Main House, 19 Orchard Wing rooms, 13 Courtyard rooms, 12 Garden Wing rooms, and 2 cottages. However it is all rather spread out so you never feel as if you’re crowded next to other people.

Parking is always an issue in these pretty Cotswolds town and The Lygon Arms is no exception, so on arrival you can briefly stop outside to drop your bags off at reception before parking your car in one of several car parks around the back, or you can park, check-in and then retrieve your bags at leisure. We were staying in one of the ground-floor courtyard rooms outside the back of the hotel, and while I usually prefer staying in a hotel itself, it was just a few steps to the rear entrance of the hotel or the spa itself, and no-one batted an eye if you walked across the courtyard in your fluffy towelling robe.

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The newer extensions blend in with the older parts of the building with the use of the traditional Cotswolds stone

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Our bedroom was towards the rear of the central courtyard in a slightly more modern-looking building

Our bedroom itself was large, with a separate TV/sofa area, lots of wardrobe space and a good-sized bathroom with bath and stand-alone shower. It was decorated in mute colours and wasn’t the lightest of rooms, but it did feel very cosy and relaxing and you could certainly stay put and not feel you had to venture outside if it was a wintry night outside.

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Our bedroom was in a muted, classical style and had lots of space – there was an additional sofa/lounge space plus TV behind me when I took this pic

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Our bathroom was smart and modern, with two sinks and a separate shower and bath

We were lucky to arrive in glorious weather, with clear blue skies and bright sunshine, and so I headed straight out to explore beautiful Broadway and to try to resist buying up most of the sprawling delicatessen across the road. However it wasn’t long before I was drawn back to The Lygon Arms for some serious relaxing and people-watching.

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Sometimes it’s nice to grab a chair, a book and a drink and soak up the atmosphere… that was my plan!

The multitude of little rooms which form the inside of The Lygon Arms make it a perfect place for a morning coffee, afternoon tea or post-shopping drinks and there are many cosy corners to park yourself in and feel as if you have slipped back a few centuries.

However at the back there is a more modern bar, and next door and adjoining The Lygon Arms is the very modern and vibrant The Lygon Bar and Grill which soon became my favourite room.

With its contemporary decoration and buzzy vibe this felt more like a Soho House/Pig hotel type place, modern and fun (the tables had great little cabaret-style lamps which I loved) but even this had a traditional undertone, with a minstrels’ gallery and traditional wood paneling.

restaurant The Lygon Arms

The main restaurant at The Lygon Arms is part of the hotel but has a separate entrance of its own so is popular with both locals and visitors

Dinner at The Lygon Arms

We started off our evening at The Lygon Arms with an excellent ‘Taylor Burton Affair’ cocktail in the ultra-cool cocktail bar at the end of the restaurant (it’s tucked underneath the minstrels’ gallery in the picture above) – a mix of Cotswolds’ gin, violet liqueur, lemon and sugar in honour of the hotel’s A-list guests – before being seated in the main dining area which was already packed with diners.

The menu was large but clearly laid out; a good mix of light bites, starters, salads, mains, from the grill and desserts. My starter was one of the most delicious I’ve ever had and was practically a reason in itself to make a return trip: a twice-cooked cheese souffle which was absolute heaven.

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‘Absolute heaven’ – my cheese souffle starter

My ‘catch of the day’ – skate wing with capers and some samphire hidden underneath

We both went for fish for our main courses: an classic ale battered fish and chips and the catch of the day which was skate wing and both were excellently done. There was a good range of classic desserts on offer, ranging from Bakewell tart to seasonal crumble, but sadly my choice of Elderflower marinated strawberries weren’t available so the chef kindly whipped up a massive fruit salad instead. 

The spa at The Lygon Arms

Resisting the temptation to head back to the bar for some more cocktails, I had an early night and was rewarded with the energy for an early-morning swim the following morning. In the empty swimming pool all my own I felt like an A-lister myself and breezed into breakfast with the smugness of someone who’s already done some exercise (even though I spent most of the time lounging in the hot tub).

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I had the indoor pool at The Lygon Arms all today myself..

Breakfast was a sociable affair with conversations between fellow guests being struck up over the buffet, and the cooked option (Eggs Benedict) arrived promptly and were perfectly done.

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The buffet which was just outside the main restaurant. I grabbed a rare moment when it wasn’t full of people nattering away to each other

My only final ‘task’ was to head back to the spa and enjoy an hour-long massage and then I practically floated back to the room to reluctantly pack. However even once checked out there were more delights to a stay at The Lygon Arms: a visit to the Gordon Russell museum which was less than a minute away and was a real treat to visit.

Gordon Russell Design Museum

The lovely Gordon Russell Design Museum is practically next door to The Lygon Arms and has a long-standing connection with the hotel

Gordon Russell Design Museum

Those with even just a passing interest in design will find this museum fascinating and it’s definitely worth a visit, with friendly and informative volunteers as well.

Gordon Russell’s father used to own The Lygon Arms in the 1900s and Russell himself would restore antique furniture for the hotel in a loft above the coach house. He would go onto become one of Britain’s leading furniture designers, famed especially for his affordable and practical war-time ‘utility furniture’. It’s definitely not to be missed if you’re in the area – and if you’re lucky enough to be staying at The Lygon Arms it’s a perfect way to start or end your stay. 

The Lygon Arms, High St, Broadway WR12 7DU, United Kingdom

To book directly with the hotel, go to:  The Lygon Arms hotel
To compare the latest prices for The Lygon Arms click on: Booking.comHotelsCombined – Expedia
To read more reviews and for the latest prices click here to go to The Lygon Arms hotel and spa on TripAdvisor

The Lygons Arms is owned by Iconic Luxury Hotels which also owns top country house hotels Cliveden and Chewton Glen. (Click on each one to read my review of those luxury hotels). 

 

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60 of the best British luxury hotels to stay in for New Year

Read on for my utterly epic round-up of 60 of the best British luxury hotels to stay in for New Year… Knowing what to do for New Year’s Eve is always a tough decision. There’s an overwhelming choice out there but sometimes just the thought of getting there and back – the crowds, the transport, […] The post 60 of the best British luxury hotels to stay in for New Year appeared first on...

Read on for my utterly epic round-up of 60 of the best British luxury hotels to stay in for New Year…

Knowing what to do for New Year’s Eve is always a tough decision. There’s an overwhelming choice out there but sometimes just the thought of getting there and back – the crowds, the transport, the overall hassle – means you might be tempted just to stay at home.
This is where the idea of spending New Year’s Eve at a luxury hotel can sound really appealing: you can stay up as late as you want, knowing that your bed is only a few steps away. With many of Britain’s best hotels pulling the stops out for New Year’s Eve – think fine dining and wine-pairings, cocktails and canapés, dancing, entertainment, casinos, fireworks and who knows what else (you’ll also find falconry, murder mysteries and treasure hunts here) you will certainly be guaranteed a memorable (although not inexpensive) night. It’s one of the most anticipated nights of the year, however, so it’s a great excuse to splash out. But where? Hopefully my epic round-up of the best 60 British hotels for New Year’s Eve will give you some great ideas – let me know what you decide to do!

Note: These hotels are booking up fast for New Year so there might be only a small selection of rooms available. The prices here are just a guide so please contact the hotel directly to find out exactly what is still available.

Best hotels for New Year in the Cotswolds
Best hotels for New Year in South East England
Best hotels for New Year in the New Forest
Best hotels for New Year in South West England
Best hotels for New Year in the Midlands
Best hotels for New Year in the North of England
Best hotels for New Year in Scotland
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Best hotels for New Year in the Cotswolds

Dormy House, Worcestershire

60 of the best British luxury hotels to stay in for New Year

The spa at Dormy House

The hotel: Above Broadway in the Cotswolds, Dormy House is the perfect boutique hotel, with an ultra-modern spa, cosy bedrooms, two restaurants and a great eye for what makes a lovely break.
New Year’s Eve at Dormy House: The hotel is fully booked for residential stays over New Year but there are still tickets available for the evening itself: an Alpine-themed evening with gourmet food including a whole spit-roast pig, gravadlax and raclette, champagne, midnight fireworks and dancing into 2020.
Cost of spending New Year’s Eve at Dormy House hotel: Tickets £95 per person. Click to book tickets here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Dormy House here

The Painswick, Gloucestershire

The Painswick

The hotel: Cosy and charming award-winning boutique hotel in Cotswolds stone.
New Year’s Eve at The Painswick: The Painswick is hosting a ‘New Year, New Ewe’ celebration. Arrive from 3:00pm on New Year’s Eve and make yourself at home before Champagne and canapé reception from 7pm, then a five-course feast in The Painswick Restaurant followed by a house party with live jazz until 12:30am. Hangover breakfast on New Year’s Day from 8am. Breakfast and goodbyes on 2nd January.
New Year’s Eve at the Painswick: Rooms from £668 for two nights based on two people sharing, suites are £1,118. More info here.
Read what it’s like to stay at The Painswick here

Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

The hotel: Family-friendly Cotswolds luxury hotel (owned by the group behind Barnsley House, The Painswick and Lord Crewe Arms) set in 220 acres of Cotswolds countryside. Smart rooms, large spa and its very own pub make this a self-contained Cotswolds retreat.
New Year at Calcot Manor: Calcot is doing a two or three-night New Year package with ‘a Vegas twist’. Guests arriving on 30th December will be welcomed with afternoon tea or can visit its excellent spa before dinner in The Conservatory restaurant. New Year’s Eve celebrations start with a Champagne reception followed by dinner at 8.15pm, with dancing and a ‘just for fun’ in-house casino until 1am. New Year’s Day can be spent in the spa or on a bracing Cotswolds walk in Calcot’s 220 acres before dinner that evening.
Price of New Year at Calcot Manor: Rooms start at £830 per person in a cosy room for two nights, £990 per person based on two sharing for three nights – all meals and spa access included. More info here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Calcot Manor here 

Whatley Manor, Wiltshire

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Whatley Manor

The hotel: Quintessential country house hotel with Michelin-starred restaurant, top spa and beautiful ornate gardens.
New Year at Whatley Manor: While Whatley Manor has no more availability for its New Year’s Eve package there are still several dining options at this excellent Cotswolds hotel – if you’re pushing the boat out then it has to be the New Year’s Eve gala dinner (£265 per person) which includes a Champagne and canapé reception, six-course gala dinner in The Sitting Room followed by coffee with live music in The Drawing Room and a toast at midnight to the New Year. An alternative option is the New Year’s Eve dinner at Grey’s Brassiere at £95 per person, which includes a cocktail and canapé reception, three course menu with coffee and treats, DJ in Greys for dancing and fireworks and champagne at midnight.
Price of New Year at Whatley Manor: £265 per person for the more dining option, £95 per person at the brasserie. For more information click here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Whatley Manor here

Manor House, Castle Combe, Wiltshire

The Manor House

The hotel: Splendid historic manor house with beautiful grounds in the heart of picture-perfect Cotswolds village Castle Combe.
New Year at Manor House: Arrive from 2pm and explore the ground and the lovely village of Castle Combe before a Champagne reception at 7pm followed by a five-course gourmet dinner with wine pairing. After dinner try your luck at the in-house casino and dancing which goes on until 1am. 
Cost of New Year at Manor House: One-night stay from £375 for a cosy room and two-night stay (either 30/31 or 31/1) from £550 per person based on two sharing.
Read what it’s like to stay at Manor House here

Barnsley House, Gloucestershire

The hotel: Gorgeously cosy and charming boutique hotel in a beautiful little Cotswolds village, with Rosemary Verey gardens, spa and private cinema.
New Year at Barnsley House: Guests booking the two-night New Year’s package at Barnsley House will enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail reception, a four-course celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner in The Potager, a glass of Champagne at midnight, a three- course à la carte dinner on New Year’s Day in The Potager Restaurant or in The Village Pub, full English breakfast each morning. The cost also include use of the spa facilities, early morning tea/coffee and a daily newspaper.
Cost: From £1,356 for a junior suite based on two people sharing. More info here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Barnsley House here

Bowood hotel, Wiltshire

Bowood hotel

Bowood hotel, Wiltshire

The hotel: A smart golf and spa hotel on the beautiful Bowood Estate.
New Year at Bowood hotel and spa: There are two options at this spa hotel for New Year’s Eve: partying or fine-dining. Those in the Kerry Suite will have a Champagne and canapé reception on arrival, followed by a four-course dinner, disco, and a revellers’ breakfast, while in the Shelburne restaurant will be a Champagne and canapé reception on arrival, followed by a seven-course dinner, live entertainment and a revellers’ breakfast.
Cost of New Year at Bowood hotel and spa: Either option is £105 per person – and if you fancy staying over, it’s an extra £99 per room. More info here.
Read my review of Bowood hotel here

The Lygon Arms, Worcestershire

The hotel:  A four-star luxury coaching inn in Broadway, the heart of the Cotswolds. Sister hotel to Cliveden and Chewton Glen.
New Year at The Lygon Arms: This vibrant but traditional inn will be a great place to see in the New Year with its two-night New Year House Party. Starting with traditional afternoon tea, the festivities continue with a drinks reception and canapés, five-course dinner with wines and dancing to a live band at the Bar & Grill and welcome in 2020 with Auld Lang Syne and a piper. New Year’s Day will offer a brunch buffet breakfast at the Bar & Grill with jazz, then in the evening there’s cocktails and canapés and a three-course dinner with wines at the Bar & Grill.
Cost of New Year at The Lygon Arms: From £825 per night, based on two people sharing a Classic Room. For more information click here. My brand new review of The Lygon Arms will follow shortly!

The Fish hotel, the Cotswolds

The hotel: The Fish bills itself as a ‘back-to-nature bolthole’ with a little touch of luxury and is owned by the group behind the excellent Dormy House (see review at the top of this article).
New Year at The Fish: The Fish is offering an evening of feasting and festivity starting with afternoon tea, a ‘gourmet-fuelled DJ-soundtracked night to remember’ and brunch, afternoon tea and dinner the next day.
Cost for New Year at the The Fish hotel: Prices from £870 based on two people sharing a medium room. For more information click here.
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Best hotels for New Year in Bedfordshire

Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire

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Luton Hoo

The hotel: A stunning, five-star luxury hotel on the Bedfordshire border which has starred in several films including Four Weddings and a Funeral and Eyes Wide Shut. The vast 1,065 acre estate is perfect for a New Year ramble and the hotel has its own championship golf course and fleet of London taxis to ferry guests around.
New Year’s Eve at Luton Hoo: There are three different options for New Year’s Eve at Luton Hoo this year, from an intimate gourmet dinner, a gala dinner dance or a lively family disco. The five-course gourmet dinner in the Mansion House restaurant includes a Champagne and canapé reception and piper at midnight, while there will be dancing all night at the riverside Warren Weir restaurnat or there’s a family disco from 7pm with hot and cold buffet options.
Cost of New Year’s Eve 2019 at Luton Hoo: Gourmet dinner £155 per person or £255 including accommodation; dinner dance from £125 per person or £235 including accommodation, or £99 per adult, £50 per child for the family disco. For more information click here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Luton Hoo here

Best hotels for New Year in Berkshire

Cliveden House, Berkshire

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Cliveden House

The hotel: A 350-year old country house set in 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and woodland, Cliveden is one of Britain’s grandest country houses, a Grade 1-listed stately home complete with antique furniture and a thoroughly modern spa.
New Year’s Eve 2019 at Cliveden: Cliveden is putting on a two-night New Year House Party including four-course black tie New Year’s Eve gourmet dinner with live band playing, Auld Lang Syne, a traditional piper and Champagne and then a three-course dinner the following day. If you don’t fancy staying over then you can book for the New Year’s Eve dinner in the Astor Grill, with a glass of Champagne on arrival, followed by a three-course dinner and then joining the New Year’s Eve party in the main house.
Cost of New Year’s Eve 2019 at Cliveden House hotel: Two-night stay from £2,550 based on two sharing. £150 per person for the New Year’s Eve dinner, £160 per person for the New Year’s Day dinner. More information here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Cliveden here

Coworth Park, Berkshire

The hotel: Five-star Michelin-restaurant hotel near Ascot, set in  240 acres of Berkshire parkland. Coworth Park is the only hotel in the UK with its own polo fields and also has an award-winning spa.
New Year’s Eve at Coworth Park: Arrive on 30th December to a champagne afternoon tea with live pianist reception followed by children’s story time, family board games, wine-tasting and cinema afternoon followed by three-course dinner and musical entertainment. There’s more music on New Year’s Eve including a harpist, pianist, DJ and dancing, five-course lunch and midnight fireworks display.
The cost of New Year’s Eve at Coworth Park: Rooms from £1,333 per room, per night based on double occupancy for the two-night break, or from £1,208 for the three-night break. Suites from £1,563 or £1,438 for two/three night break. For more information click here.

Best hotels for New Year in Buckinghamshire

Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire

Hartwell House Buckinghamshire

Hartwell House

The hotel: Luxury country house hotel and spa with 90 acres of land and impeccable customer service.
New Year’s Eve at Hartwell House: There’s a two-night package at Hartwell House for New Year’s Eve 2019, starting with a cream tea and welcome dinner on 30th Dec. On New Year’s Eve itself there’s a Champagne reception with fireworks, then a black tie, candlelit dinner with five wines chosen to complement the food. Welcome in the New Year with dancing until the early hours and then on New Year’s Day, enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
Cost of staying at Hartwell House for New Year’s Eve 2019: From £1,530 based on two sharing. Click here for more information.
Read what it’s like to stay at Hartwell House here

Best hotels for New Year in East Sussex

Ashdown Park, East Sussex

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Ashdown Park

The hotel: The view from the hotel’s terrace will take your breath away – rolling lawns surrounded by Ashdown Forest (which inspired Winnie-the-Pooh creator AA Milne). The 106-bedroom hotel in 186 acre-estate is full of beautiful historic rooms and even boasts its own spa and chapel.
New Year 2019 at Ashdown Park: Guests arriving during the day on 31st Dec can book treatments at the spa or have afternoon tea, followed by the evening’s Champagne and canapé reception before an evening of fine food, wine and live music and dancing into the early hours.
Cost of New Year 2019 at Ashdown Park hotel: From £274 per person including room and New Year’s Eve celebration. Afternoon tea and spa treatments etc available at extra cost. For more information click here 
Read what it’s like to stay at Ashdown Park hotel here

Best hotels for New Year in Surrey

Pennyhill Park, Surrey

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Pennyhill Park

The hotel: 120-bedroom luxury hotel with one of the finest hotel spas in the country, covering 45,000 sq ft and with eight indoor and outdoor pools (one with underwater music), saunas, steam rooms, bubbling hot tubs, ice-cold plunge pools and a salt scrub ice cave. There’s also a gym, nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and 120 acres of parkland with paths and cycling trails and several restaurants and bars.
New Year’s Eve at Pennyhill Park: Arrive on 30th December and enjoy the afternoon in the spa before a three-course dinner. New Year’s Eve day can be spent in the spa, going for a walk in the grounds or curled up by a fire before Champagne reception and five-course gourmet dinner with dancing and New Year celebrations. The next day have a Bloody Mary breakfast before departing or stick around for the live jazz New Year’s Day brunch (£50 extra cost)
Cost of New Year’s Eve celebrations at Pennyhill Park: From £300 per person for one night or £515 for two nights based on two people sharing. For more information click here.
Read my review of Pennyhill Park here 

Best hotels for New Year in West Sussex

Bailiffscourt, West Sussex

Bailiffscourt

The hotel: Just yards from Climping Beach, Bailiffscourt feels far older than its 90 years, with four-poster beds and its own 13th-century chapel in its 30 acres – but its large spa is bang up to date.
The New Year’s Eve package: Overnight accommodation with full English breakfast and Bucks Fizz, Sussex sparkling wine reception with canapés, five-course gala dinner including wine on shared party tables, disco, dancing and Sussex sparkling wine at Midnight to welcome in 2020, traditional early morning dip in the sea led by General Manager Chris Alger, full use of our award-winning spa and swimming pools.
Cost of spending New Year’s Eve 2019 at Bailiffscourt: From £325 per person based on two people sharing. For more information click here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Bailiffscourt here

Ockenden Manor, West Sussex

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Ockenden Manor

The hotel: In the pretty village of Cuckfield, 28-room Ockenden Manor combines the history of an Elizabethan manor house with a first-class modern spa
The New Year’s Eve package at Ockenden Manor: Overnight accommodation with full English breakfast with Sussex sparkling wine, Sussex sparkling wine reception, six-course tasting menu made with the finest locally sourced ingredients (wine extra), music from pianist and singer, Champagne at Midnight and full use of the spa and pools.
Cost for Ockenden Manor’s New Year’s Eve package 2019: From £295 per person based on two sharing. For more information click here.
Read my review of Ockenden Manor here

South Lodge, nr Horsham, West Sussex

The hotel: Part of Exclusive Hotels group (which also includes Pennyhill Park and Manor House), South Lodge is a luxury hotel in West Sussex overlooking the South Downs, with a brand new spa and individually-designed bedrooms.
The New Year package at South Lodge: There is a variety of choices for dining on New Year’s Eve at South Lodge, from an eight-course tasting menu with paired wine, to a five-course menu at the Camellia restaurant. There’s also a three-course dinner with wine and dancing (the theme is The Greatest Showman) and those dining in the other restaurants can join in the fun, with Midnight celebrations and more snacks if you still have room. There are several breakfast options the next day and the spa is available until 4pm so you don’t have to rush off the next day. 
The cost of the New Year packages at South Lodge:
One-night stay from £520 per person with a £30 supplement for the eight-course tasting menu. For more information click here.

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Best hotels for New Year in the South West

Best hotels for New Year in Cornwall

Headland Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall

The hotel: Five-star luxury hotel in Newquay with private self-catering cottages set on an exclusive clifftop overlooking Fistral beach. The impressive hotel with a modern spa is a mix of ‘discreet English ambiance and decadent hospitality’ and offers ocean views and fine-dining.
The New Year’s Eve celebrations: There is something on every day over the New Year period at The Headland hotel. On New Year’s Eve Eve (30th Dec) A Champagne reception gets the evening off to an ‘elevated’ start served by an aerialist performer followed by dinner and chancing your luck at The Headland casino. On 31st Dec there’s a fun afternoon quiz from 2pm and then The Ballroom will be the venue for a night of glittering indulgence with a Champagne reception, followed by a Grand Gala Buffet and dancing. Banish the hangover by taking part in the New Year’s Day swim at Fistral beach and then warm up in the hotel spa followed by dinner with a live piano accompaniment and a magic show.
The cost of New Year’s Eve 2019 at The Headland hotel: Rooms available from £175 per cent with a two-night minimum stay. More information here. Brand new review of The Headland hotel to follow soon.

Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes, Cornwall

The hotel: Bought by  Olga Polizzi in 1997 and completely redesigned, Tresanton’s 30 rooms all have views across the sea to St Anthony’s lighthouse.
The New Year package: There’s a sea-faring theme at the Tresanton this New Year’s Eve with sea shanties and mulled wine around the fire pit on 30th Dec, followed by New Year’s Eve dinner and party on the 31st Dec and a brunch and a family film on New Year’s Day.
Cost: £120 for three-course dinner on New Year’s Eve, and party tickets at £45. For more information click here.
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Best hotels for New Year in Devon

Bovey Castle, Dartmoor National Park

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Bovey Castle

The hotel: A stunning but welcoming grand historic hotel in the heart of Dartmoor
New Year’s Eve at Bovey Castle:
There are several dining options at this stunning hotel: a six-course black tie dinner at its flagship Great Western restaurant or a four-course dinner at Smith’s Brasserie. Both options include a Champagne reception, a piper, entertainment, dancing to a live band and fireworks at midnight.
Cost of dining at Bovey Castle for New Year: £175 per person at the Great Western, £145 per person at Smith’s Brasserie. For more information click here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Bovey Castle here

Cary Arms and Spa, south Devon

Cary Arms

Cary Arms hotel and spa

The hotel: A charming boutique hotel right on the coast at Babbacombe Bay and just a few miles from Torquay. From the welcome glass of sloe gin to the excellent locally-sourced food, cosy spa and luxury beach suites, Cary Arms is a memorable place to stay.
Spending New Year at Cary Arms: Cary Arms is throwing a New Year ‘house party’ for its guests – a three-night stay including cocktail parties, dinners and entertainment. Arrive on 30th Dec for a three-course dinner in its cosy inn, before donning the glad rags for a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner followed by live music, dancing and a fireworks display. The brave-hearted might fancy a dip in the sea on New Year’s Day before relaxing in the bar or spa before a farewell three-course dinner with the resident pianist.
Cost of Cary Arm’s New Year’s package 2019: Starting from £1,705 for a double room based on two sharing including all meals and entertainment. For more information click here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Cary Arms and spa here

Buckland Tout-Saints, Kingsbridge, south Devon

The hotel: Part of the excellent Eden Hotel Collection (which includes Greenway, Mallory Court and Bovey Castle), this 16-bedroom luxury hotel is small but sumptuous, tucked away down tiny Devon lanes.
New Year at Buckland Tout-Saints: The hotel has a two- or three-night New Year break. On New Year’s Eve there’s a cocktail and canapé reception, followed by a seven course gala dinner and a selection of wines. After dinner join other guests in the Kestrel Suite for live music from ‘The Penguins’, a glass of Champagne at midnight and our firework display. On New Year’s Day there’s a Champagne breakfast a a day spent enjoying a stroll in the stunning surrounding countryside before a three-course dinner served in the Queen Anne dining room in the evening.
The cost: Two-night breaks from £385 per person, three-night break from £465 per person based on two sharing.

Lympstone Manor, Devon

Lympstone Manor Christmas

Lympstone Manor

The hotel: A Grade 2-listed 21-bedroom Georgian manor house with 28 acres and Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines.
New Year at Lympstone Manor: Arrive at 6.30pm for Canapés and a glass of Michael Caines blanc de blanc Champagne, followed by an eight-course Tasting Menu (on shared tables) with a matched wine flight. As the clock strikes midnight see the sky across the estuary light up with our display of fireworks and toast the New Year with a glass of Champagne.
Cost of New Year’s Eve 2019 at Lympstone Manor: £305 per person. More information here.

Boringdon Hall hotel, Devon

The hotel: Five-star 16th century country manor house near Plymouth with an award-winning Gaia Spa with indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, Finnish sauna, crystal salt steam room and alfresco hot tubs.
The New Year’s Eve package: Boringdon Hall is offering one- and two-night New Year’s breaks. Welcome in 2020 in unforgettable style with its exclusive black-tie Masquerade Ball and wake up on New Year’s Day to a lazy brunch complete with Bloody Marys before heading to Gaia Spa for a soothing swim and massage. Choose to arrive on either the 30th or 31st December.
The cost of New Year’s Eve 2019 at Boringdon Hall: One-night break from £475 per couple, two-night break from £850 per couple, including entry to the Masquerade Ball. Stand-alone tickets for the Masquerade Ball which includes Champagne reception and five-course tasting menu are £110 per person. Click here for more information.

Hotel Endsleigh, Devon

The hotel: A Grade 1-listed historic house set in 100 acres of woodland, follies and grottos and owned by hotelier Olga Polizzi.
The New Year’s Eve celebration: Join the Hotel Endsleigh for dinner in the Stables featuring a five-course menu followed by the New Year party in the House. At midnight fireworks will light up the sky.
Cost: £120 including five course dinner, coffee, petit fours, Champagne and all entertainment. For more information click here.

Best hotels for New Year in Dorset

The Eastbury hotel, Sherborne, Dorset

The hotel: Just a few short steps from the historic Abbey town of Sherborne, The Eastbury Hotel is a charming boutique Georgian period listed townhouse dating from 1740 set within a walled garden and recently acquired by Peter & Lana de Savary.
The New Year’s Eve package: Arrive at your leisure on 30th Dec and indulge in mince pies and mulled wine before a three-course dinner in The Eastbury’s award-winning 2 AA Rosette Seasons restaurant. The next day you can book treatments in the new Woodland Spa throughout the day before a Champagne reception, seven-course tasting menu,  music, dancing and a spectacular firework display. The next day you can visit the Lyme Regis Plunge and either take part or watch thousands of people take to the sea. In the evening there’s a farewell three-course dinner accompanied by music played by the resident pianist.
Cost of New Year 209 at The Eastbury: From £1,375 for the three-night break based on two sharing. For more information click here.
Read what it’s like to stay at The Eastbury in my brand new review here
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Best hotels for New Year in Bath

The Royal Crescent hotel and spa, Bath

The hotel: A five star, 250-year old hotel in Bath’s stunning Royal Crescent.
The New Year’s Eve package: New Year’s Eve at the Royal Crescent starts with festive Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room, a Champagne and canapés reception, five-course black-tie dinner accompanied by wines from our cellar, music from the resident DJ and see in the New Year at midnight with a traditional piper and a glass of Champagne. On  New Year’s Day breakfast will be served until late morning and before heading off have a final dip in the spa.
Cost of New Year 2019 at the Royal Crescent hotel and spa: From £586 per person based on two sharing. More information here.

Lucknam Park, Bath

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Lucknam Park

The hotel: A mile-long tree-lined drive leads to gorgeous Lucknam Park, with a top spa, fine-dining restaurant, beautiful grounds and a grand but welcoming country house feel.
New Year at Lucknam Park: This lovely hotel invites guests to ‘leave the organising to the experts and enjoy a hassle-free New Year’s Eve’. The celebrations start on 31st December with afternoon tea in the elegant drawing room or library, and a Champagne reception followed by a Michelin Star Gala dinner and dancing until 1am. During your stay, enjoy use of the award-winning spa facilities or take a ride through the parkland on horseback. The New Year begins with brunch in the former ballroom of the house, a treasure hunt for adults and children, before getting dressed up for an evening of jazz and fine dining in the New Year’s Day Celebration Dinner.
Cost of spending New Year’s Eve 2019 at Lucknam Park for 2019: From £970 per room per night for the three-night package based on two sharing. There is also the option of starting the two-night package on 30th December. For more information click here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Lucknam Park here

Best hotels for New Year in Gloucestershire

Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

Ellenborough Park

The hotel: Less than a few furlongs from the world-famous Cheltenham racecourse, Ellenborough Park is an impressive, 15th century luxury Cotswolds manor house with the racing theme running from the hotel bar to the rooms.
The New Year packages: Ellenborough Park is offering two and three-night packages for New Year. Arrive on 30th December and enjoy the spa and three-course dinner in the fine-dining restaurant. On New Year’s Eve there’s a Champagne and canapé reception followed by a five-course gala dinner, live music and fireworks, and the following day it can’t be easier to get to the Cheltenham racecourse for the New Year’s Day meeting, with chauffeur transfers taking less than a minute.
Cost of New Year 2019 at Ellenborough Park: From £709 per night based on two people sharing for a two-night stay, £609 per night for the three-night package until 2nd January. More information here.
Read what’s it like to stay at Ellenborough Park here

The Greenway Hotel and spa, Cheltenham

greenway hotel and spa cheltenham

The Greenway

The hotel: A smart yet relaxed spa hotel in beautiful grounds just outside Cheltenham.
The New Year’s packages: The Greenway is offering two- and three-night packages for New Year 2019. Arrive New Year’s Eve and settle into your room before cream tea in the Drawing Room. The evening celebrations will then begin with Champagne and canapés followed by a six-course black tie gala dinner with live music and dancing until midnight when you welcome in the New Year with a glass of Champagne. Wake up on New Year’s Day to a Champagne brunch then enjoy a day at leisure. Return and take time to relax before enjoying a four-course candlelit dinner.
Cost for Greenway hotel’s New Year’s packages: From £665 per person, based on a three night stay. For more information click here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Greenway hotel here

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Best hotels for New Year in Wiltshire

Bishopstrow hotel and spa

Bishopstrow hotel and spa,Wiltshire

The hotel: Set in 27 acres of rolling Wiltshire countryside, this Georgian manor house enjoys an enviable location in the Wylye valley and is a quintessential country pile and 32 bedroom boutique hideaway with spa in the adjoining barns.
New Year’s Eve at Bishopstrow: Arrive for afternoon tea before a black tie Champagne and canapés reception, followed by a seven-course gala dinner at the hotel’s 2 AA rosette Mulberry restaurant. After dinner there is dancing with a live house band and a fireworks display at midnight.
Cost of New Year at Bishopstrow: From £295 per person per night based on two sharing. For more details click here.

Best hotels for New Year in the New Forest

Chewton Glen, the New Forest

Chewton Glen

The hotel: Classic British luxury from one of the most established country house hotels, with a world-class spa and luxury treehouses on stilts in the forest.
New Year at Chewton Glen: This luxury hotel is putting on a two-night New Year House party to welcome in 2020, starting with afternoon tea on arrival on 31st December, followed by Champagne reception and black tie New Year’s Eve party with a five course dinner, wines and dancing before Auld Lang Syne and a traditional piper at midnight. On New Year’s Day there’s a brunch buffet with live jazz, afternoon tea served in the lounge, cocktails and canapés before a gourmet four-course dinner with wines and dancing. And there’s always the excellent spa to recover in plus walks down to the coast.
Cost of spending New Year 2019 at Chewton Glen: From £3,140 per room based on two sharing. More information here.
Read what it’s like to stay at Chewton Glen here

Montagu Arms, New Forest

Montagu Arms

The hotel: A 17th century country house in the heart of Beaulieu in the New Forest.
The New Year package: A two-night break at the Montagu Arms includes afternoon tea on arrival, the New Year’s Eve Black Tie Ball – Champagne and canapés reception, five-course dinner at the award-winning Terrace Restaurant followed by dancing to a live band, plus New Forest breakfast on two mornings and dinner at the Terrace Restaurant on New Year’s Day. Guests also get to use the award-winning spa at sister hotel Careys Manor a few miles away.
Cost of a New Year break at Montagu Arms: From £585 per person based on two people sharing. More info here.
Read what it’s like to stay at the Montagu Arms here

Careys Manor, the New Forest

The hotel: In the heart of the New Forest, four star Careys Manor has 77 bedrooms and suites, three restaurant and an award-winning SenSpa.
New Year at Careys Manor: The hotel’s New Year package includes the full use of SenSpa’s extensive spa facilities, a hearty New Forest breakfast each morning (New Year’s Day will be brunch between 9am-12pm), New Year Champagne reception, seven-course banquet at Cambium, entertainment from the resident DJ and time to chance the casino tables, plus dinner on New Year’s Day at your choice of restaurant.
Cost of the New Year break at Careys Manor for 2019: From £515 per person for a two-night break.
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Best hotels for New Year in the Midlands

Best hotels for New Year in Rutland

Hambleton Hall, Rutland

Hambleton Hall Rutland

Hambleton Hall

The hotel: Practically perfect country house hotel, small but perfectly formed, with a Michelin-star restaurant, cosy bar, traditional rooms and beautiful grounds leading down to Rutland Water.
The New Year package: Says Hambleton Hall: ‘Imagine an evening of glamour filled with champagne, a wonderful six-course meal and dancing in one of Britain’s finest country house hotels. Get dressed to impress and celebrate the year with us the best way we know how.’
Cost: To be confirmed with the hotel. Spaces for this spectacular evening are limited so contact the hotel directly on 01572 756 991 to book your space.
Read what it’s like to stay at Hambleton Hall here

Best hotels for New Year in Leicestershire

Stapleford Park, nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Stapleford Park

Stapleford Park

The hotel: Stapleford Park country house hotel and sporting estate is surrounded by 500 acres of Capability Brown landscape in the heart of Leicestershire with a golf course, luxury spa and 55 rooms in a Grade I-listed mansion.
New Year at Stapleford Park: Make the most of this traditional county hotel and great location by spending New Year’s Eve here, starting with cream tea and a glass of mulled wine on arrival, pre-dinner Champagne reception with canapés, five-course gala dinner with live entertainment, fireworks and Champagne toast at midnight. Stay in a luxury room overnight and then enjoy a relaxing start to 2020 with breakfast, New Year’s Day lunch and a traditional country pursuits taster on New Year’s Day.
Cost of New Year at Stapleford Park: From £385 per person based on two people sharing, or book the gala dinner without accommodation for £188 per person, £38 for the New Year’s Day lunch. More information here.
Read my brand new review of what it’s like to stay at Stapleford Park hotel here

Best hotels for New Year in Warwickshire

Mallory Court, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Mallory Court

Mallory Court

The hotel: Lutyens-style grand manor hotel and grounds with designer room and art deco brasserie.
The New Year package: Mallory Court is putting on a two-night New Year break, starting 30th or 31st December. Those arriving on 30th December can unwind with afternoon tea served in the lounge, followed by three-course a la carte menu served in the award-winning Dining Room. On New Year’s Eve wake up to a full English breakfast and after a day relaxing in the spa join fellow guests for a black tie cocktail reception in the Knight’s Suite, five-course gala dinner then dancing to live music to ring in New Year. New Year’s Day brunch to be served until noon the following day before departing – if arriving on 31st, afternoon tea will be served on 1st January, plus dinner is included on 1st January.
Cost for New Year 2019 at Mallory Court: From £359 per person, based on a two-night stay.
Read what it’s like to stay at Mallory Court here

New Hall hotel and spa, Sutton Coldfield

The hotel: One of the Hand Picked Hotel’s chain of hotels, New Hall started life as a manor house built by the Earl of Warwick as a hunting lodge in the 13th century, giving it the reputation today of being England’s oldest listed inhabited moated house, Set is 26 acres it has 60 bedrooms and a luxury spa.
New Year at New Hall: As well as offering a more traditional gourmet tasting menu New Year’s Eve dinner, New Hall is offering something rather more different: a murder mystery evening. The evening will commence from 7pm with a festive apéritif in the Garden Pavilion prior to a four-course dinner on shared tables. Guests will then work together to crack the case of Nigel Reeves and his new bride… sounds intriguing! After the mystery is solved (assuming the guests work it out) then there’s dancing until 1am.
The cost: Murder mystery evening with dinner and overnight stay from £220 per person. For more information click here.

Best hotels for New Year in Northamptonshire

Fawsley Hall, Northamptonshire

The hotel: Another owned by Hand Picked Hotels and dating back to the 1760s, the hotel blends heritage with modern interiors and is set in a 2,000 acres estates with gardens designed by Capability Brown.
New Year at Fawsley Hall: The celebrations begin in the Tudor Great Hall with a Champagne and canapés reception followed by a lavish five course dinner in the Salvin Longroom. A Scottish piper and live band will see you through the night, with carriages at 1am.
Cost of New Year at Fawsley Hall 2019: Tickets for the gala dinner are £145 per person, overnight package from £545 per room. For more information click here.

Best hotels for New Year in Worcestershire

The Cottage in the Wood, Malvern
The hotel: The Cottage in the Wood is a boutique hotel opened in 2015. Its Georgian heritage contrasts with pop art and Timorous Beasties wallpaper, with views over the Severn Valley as the backdrop.
New Year at The Cottage in the Wood: Celebrate the New Year with a two-night stay, gourmet dining and dancing. On New Year’s Eve, be served a seven-course tasting menu including poached oyster with yuzu and roast beef rump and oxtail, wine, cocktails and Champagne. Dance into 2020 with the crowd-pleasing Firefly covers band and renowned vocalist Suzy Jacoby. For more information click here.
Cost of New Year at The Cottage in the Wood: From £395 per person based on two sharing. Tickets just for the New Year’s Eve event £110 each.

Best hotels for New Year in Suffolk

The Swan at Lavenham, Suffolk

The Swan at Lavenham

The Swan at Lavenham

The hotel: Luxury half-timbered 15th century hotel at the heart of the historic village of Lavenham in Suffolk. The cosy hotel with oak beamed interiors, roaring log fires, cosy nooks and delicious food plus a new spa is the perfect place to enjoy a three-night festive package.
New Year at The Swan: Arrive on 30th December for a three-course dinner before New Year’s Eve cream team, Champagne and canapé reception with piper and five-course black tie gala dinner followed by an evening of Swing music with big band vocalist Ian Gallagher. Celebrate the New Year with dancing through to 1am. You can also start your New Year’s Eve package on the 31st and there’s an optional guided walk on New Year’s Day.
Cost of New Year 2019 at The Swan at Lavenham: The three-night package starts from £650 for a single room or £914 for two sharing. Click here for more information.
Read what it’s like to stay at The Swan at Lavenham here

The Crown and Castle, Orford

The Crown and Castle, Orford

The hotel: This cosy hotel is more of a restaurant with rooms, based in the pretty Suffolk village of Orford, just a few steps from Henry II’s 12th century castle keep and the nature sanctuary of Orford Ness.
New Year at The Crown and Castle: This three-night break will be both relaxing and indulgent. Arriving on 31st December, guests will enjoy tea and cake before Prosecco, canapes and a five-course feast at this acclaimed restaurant. The next day guests can enjoy exploring the area or relax by log fires before another three-course dinner.
Cost of New Year at the Crown and Castle: From £650 based on two sharing. Dogs welcome in the ground floor rooms and can even stay with their owners as they dine at the pre-booked dog-friendly table at the restaurant. For more information click here.

The Swan, Southwold, Suffolk

Bedroom at The Swan, Southwold

Bedroom at The Swan, Southwold

The hotel: An immaculate, smart, 35-room boutique hotel in the lovely Suffolk town of Southwold. Owned by Adnams brewery, the hotel has great rooms, excellent food and drink and is less than a minute’s walk from the Suffolk coast.
The New Year package: Welcome the arrival of the New Year in style with a two-night stay at The Swan in Southwold. Starting with Champagne and canapés and followed by a glamorous black-tie evening featuring live jazz and a five-course menu.
The cost of New Year at The Swan, Southwold: Single rooms from £480, doubles from £750. The two-night package can be taken 30th/31st or 31st/1st. For more information click here.
Read my review of The Swan in Southwold here

Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Brudenell hotel Aldeburgh Suffolk

Brudenell hotel, Aldeburgh

The hotel: Set in one of Britain’s best seaside locations, the stylish 44-bedroom, four-star hotel is just a step away from the shingle beach with magnificent panoramic sea views to the front, while at the back it overlooks the river Alde and surrounding countryside. The Brudenell features coastal themed decor and fresh, locally sourced food.
The New Year package: A two-night break at The Brudenell starts on 30th December with dinner at the Seafood and Grill restaurant overlooking the beach.  A full Suffolk breakfast is necessary in preparation for the celebrations this evening. Tea and scones will be available between 3pm-5pm. Welcome in the New Year with a Black Tie party beginning with a cocktail, followed by a lavish six-course dinner. When the clock strikes midnight there will be fireworks on the beach with a glass of champagne.
Cost of a two-night New Year break: Prices start from £465 for a single and £760 per twin or double. Separate tickets available for New Year’s Eve dinner only. For more information click here.
Read what it’s like to stay at the Brudenell Hotel here

White Lion, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The White Horse

The White Lion, Aldeburgh

The hotel: The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh is right on the Suffolk coast and overlooks the fishermen’s huts along the beach.
New Year at the White Lion: Celebrate New Year’s with a two-night stay arriving on either the 30th or 31st December and party in style at the Winter Wonderland Ball at Thorpeness Country Club (transport is included in this package). Package includes full Suffolk Breakfast and three-course dinner in our Brasserie while guests welcome in the New Year with tickets to the New Year’s Eve party at Thorpeness Country Club from 6.30pm – a five- course dinner with live music and fireworks at midnight.
Cost for New Year 2019 at the White Lion, Aldeburgh: From £335 for a single room, £665 for a double or twin room based on two sharing. More details can be found here.
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Best hotels for New Year in the North of England

Lodore Falls, Lake District

The hotel: Luxury hotel in the beautiful Borrowdale valley which has just undergone a £10 million redevelopment.
The New Year package: There’s a packed itinerary for guests at Lodore Falls over the New Year period, starting on the 30th December with gin afternoon tea buffet, cocktails and canapés, a four-course candlelit dinner followed by a magician and balloonist and live music. On New Year’s Eve there’s a treasure hunt, sushi or Champagne masterclass and photos in front of the magic selfie mirror and then a six-course dinner and ‘Hollywood Glamour’ party, disco and piper and bubbly at midnight. It just keeps coming with a jazz brunch buffet on New Year’s Day, a guided walk, four-course dinner with dessert buffet followed by a comedy night – and guests can guess the weight of the gingerbread house to win a spa day for two (before watching the house be smashed to pieces by the children – a Lodore Falls tradition).
Cost of New Year at Lodore Falls for 2019: New Year packages start at £645 per person. More information here.  

Rockliffe Hall, Durham

Rockliffe Hall, Durham

The hotel: Set in 375 acres of parkland, the original building dates from the 1800s, but over the years the 61-room luxury hotel has been extended to include a highly-rated 50,000 ft spa and three restaurants, two of which overlook its 18-hole Championship golf course.
The New Year packages: You can choose between the Orangery or the Black Tie Gala Ball breaks at Rockliffe Hall this year. Start with high tea on arrival followed by a three-course dinner in one of the three restaurants on the evening of the 30th. Wake up and make the most of the luxury resort facilities during the day – there’s a spa, golf course and acres of lands – and in the evening there’s Champagne and canapés and a seven-course tasting menu in the 4AA Rosette Orangery accompanied by live music, or a four-course gourmet banquet, live band and disco at the gala ball. The New Year will be piped in, followed by fireworks and late-night bacon rolls and there’s a late check-out the following day.
Price of the New Year packages at Rockliffe Hall 2019: The Orangery Break is £545 per person for the two nights, while the Gala Ball Break is £595 per person for two nights.
Read my review of a stay at Rockliffe Hall here

Seaham Hall, Durham

The hotel: Five-star all-suite boutique hotel and spa on Durham’s heritage coast.
New Year at Seaham Hall: Guests booking the New Year package will get a suite for two, use of the award-winning spa from 12 noon on day of arrival until 12 noon day of departure, a Champagne and canapé reception in The Courtyar, a five-course dinner with wine served in The Ballroom, designed by head chef Damian Broom and can then dance the night away before fireworks at midnight.
What New Year at Seaham Hall costs: Rooms available from £849 per room based on two sharing. More information here.

Middlethorpe Hall hotel, York

The hotel: Middlethorpe Hall is an elegant and historic 17th century country house hotel with open fireplaces set in 20 acres on the outskirts of the historic City of York.
The New Year package: The hotel is offering a two-night package starting on New Year’s Eve with afternoon tea. The evening will start with a Champagne and canapés reception accompanied by a harpist from 8pm, to be followed by a six-course black-tie gala dinner. Welcome in the New Year with a firework display and dance to the tunes of a jazz band until the early hours. A light consommé and sandwiches will be served around 1am. On New Year’s Day enjoy a leisurely Bloody Mary breakfast/brunch served from 9:30 am.
Cost of New Year at Middlethorpe Hall: From £619 for a single room and from £1,149 based on two sharing. For more information click here.

The Grange hotel, York
The hotel: The Grange Hotel is a luxury hotel in a Grade II listed building within walking distance from the city centre of York and with a 2 AA Rosette restaurant. The country house hotel has 41 individually-designed en-suite rooms set amongst Regency style décor, antique paintings, sash windows, rare racing memorabilia and a sweeping staircase.
The New Year Package: New Year’s Eve celebrations start with afternoon tea before Champagne and canapés and New Year’s Eve dinner in the Ivy Brasserie, with a late breakfast the next day before check-out.
The cost of New Year at The Grange: One night from £232.50 per person, a two-night stay starts from £333.50 per person. More information can be found here.

The Devonshire Arms hotel and spa, Skipton, North Yorkshire

The hotel: Privately owned by the Duke of Devonshire, this 40-room hotel is set in acres of rolling parkland at Bolton Abbey. The interior décor of the hotel is traditional country house style with individual touches of contemporary chic. Four-posters carved on the Chatsworth Estate have pride of place in the hotel suites, and original artwork is plentiful throughout the property.
New Year at The Devonshire Arms: Starting with afternoon tea, the two-night New Year package at The Devonshire Arms continues with a Champagne reception and Black Tie gourmet dinner, before welcoming in the New Year with a piper, fireworks display and dancing until 2am. New Year’s Day offers a guided walk with lunch, then afternoon tea, a drinks reception and candlelit dinner with paired wines.
The cost: From £865 per person based on two sharing. More information here.
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Best hotels for New Year aka Hogmanay in Scotland

Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

The hotel: Luxury, award-winning five-star hotel in Ayrshire, Scotland, with period furnishings and interiors as well as breath-taking gardens, forests, and the seascapes that surround the castle.
The New Year’s package: Glenapp is fully booked for this year but is already taking bookings for New Year’s Eve 2020 and the hotel tells me the itinerary and cost will be similar to this year’s, where guests are welcomed with Champagne afternoon tea by log fires while listening to the Glenapp pianist on the hotel’s baby grand piano. The black-tie Hogmanay party begins with a champagne cocktail in the drawing room and  guests are then piped into the six-course Hogmanay banquet dinner followed by  traditional Scottish dancing with a ceilidh band. After New Year’s Day brunch there’s a trip to the local Stranraer curling rink to try curling yourself before the final six-course gourmet dinner.
Cost of Hogmanay at Glenapp Castle in 2019: From £2,895 per room based on two sharing.

Gleneagles hotel and spa, Perthshire

The hotel: One of the top hotels in Scotland, the 850-acre Gleneagles estate offers an array of attractions that includes a five-star luxury hotel, three championship golf courses and an award-winning spa.
Hogmanay at Gleneagles: The hotel is offering a three-night traditional Hogmanay experience at Gleneagles. Guests booking the full New Year experience which includes all meals and entertainment get an extra night free on the 29th December or 2nd January as well as complimentary airport transfers.
Cost of New Year at Gleneagles 2019: £5,540 per room for a three-night stay, based on two sharing a Sovereign Room. More information here.

The Lodge on Loch Lomond, Scotland

The hotel: Modern hotel with a unique location on the shore of Loch Lomond, with 48 guest bedrooms and leisure facilities including a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The hotel is 30 minutes from Glasgow City airport and just a stroll from the pretty village of Luss.
The New Year package: Welcome 2020 from the shores of bonnie Loch Lomond with a Gala Dinner, including Champagne and canapés, four-course gourmet dinner, ceilidh dancing and disco. There’s also a three-day New Year’s Eve package including the Gala Dinner as well as other treats including whisky-tasting, folk music, New Year’s Day quiz and dancing – with departure on 3rd Jan 2020 it’s ideal for those wanting to hang onto that New Year’s spirit for as long as possible.
The cost of New Year 2019 at The Lodge on Loch Lomond: Rooms start from £485 per person based on two sharing. More information here.

Old Course hotel, St Andrews

The hotel: Situated in the heart of St Andrews, the five-star Old Course Hotel with an award-winning spa borders the renowned 17th Road Hotel of the Old Course, the oldest golf course in the world, just metres from the Scottish coast.
New Year’s Eve at St Andrews: The hotel says there is no finer place to be when the bells strike and the fireworks fill the sky above West Sands Beach. On Tuesday 31st December, join the Old Course Hotel for its Hogmanay Black Tie Gala Ball which includes a glass of fizz and canapés on arrival, six-course meal, live music and firework display.
Cost of the New Year’s Eve at Old Course hotel: Tickets from £225 per person. More information here

Fairmont St Andrews hotel and spa

Fairmont St Andrews

Fairmont St Andrews hotel and spa

The hotel: This 211-room, 520-acre resort has two championship golf courses, a spa and has clifftop views of St Andrews and the North Sea.
New Year’s Eve at Fairmont St Andrews: Diners are invited to indulge in a five-star Hogmanay dinner in the hotel’s St Andrews Bar & Grill with live music until late. The package includes a full Scottish breakfast, four-course Hogmanay dinner, a traditional Scottish music performance from 3-piece trio Sultans of Fling throughout the evening and access to a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Alternatively, guests are invited to enjoy a magical evening of fantastical celebration bringing the holiday classic The Nutcracker to life.  Attendees will be greeted by giant living Nutcrackers as they arrive for pre-dinner drinks along with entertainment from dancers, illusionists and a close-up magician throughout the dinner service. In addition, guests can access the Circus Workshop where they can be treated to a glitter tattoo, dance the night away to Central City Groove, a 6-piece band who will perform after dinner, and view a beautiful fireworks display near midnight to bring in the New Year.
Cost of New Year at Fairmont St Andrews: One night from £365 per adult per stay, two nights: from £449 per adult per stay. Additional nights available from £169 per room per night. The Nutcracker Hogmanay package is from £345 per adult for one night, from £429 per adult for two nights, all based on two sharing.

Roman Camp hotel, Stirlingshire, Scotland

The hotel: Luxury four-star hotel built in 1625 for the Dukes of Perth, with 15 rooms and set in 20 acres.
The New Year’s Eve package: Roman Camp Hotel is hosting a three-day New Year Break with a traditional Hogmanay party so you dance along to the Dashing White Sergeant, Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow – all accompanied by its very own Ceilidh band. On 30th December there’s a five-course dinner with all seated at one grand dining table. There will be the spectacle of actors performing a Murder Mystery evening and a prize for those that solve the mystery. On New Year’s Eve enjoy a light lunch and afternoon tea before meeting in the lounges for more Champagne and the gala meal accompanied by vintage wines. The Ceilidh band will lead guests in traditional Scottish and modern dancing while the New Year will be greeted with fireworks, Champagne and stovies. New Year’s Day is a day of relaxing before a grand final dinner.
Cost of New Year 2019 at Roman Camp hotel: Rooms from £1,420 for the three-night stay based on two sharing.

Tinto Hotel, Biggar, Scotland

The hotel: Traditional 114-year old country house hotel in five acres on the Scottish border
Hogmany at the Tinto hotel: Arrive from 3pm and enjoy afternoon tea and scones in the lounge. Enjoy a candlelit dinner in the restaurant from 7pm. The next day enjoy a hearty Scottish breakfast while celebrations start in style with a glass of bubbly and canapés at 7pm. A three-course dinner will be served in the Cameron Suite at 7.30pm followed by traditional Scottish entertainment with the Scotia ceilidh band and DJ to bring in the new year with dancing till 1am and late night stovies. The next day after blowing the cobwebs away with local hikes, there’s dinner followed by dancing in the evening.
Cost of New Year 2019 at Tinto Hotel: Three-night package £360 per person, two-nights £290 per person. More information here.

Dalhousie Castle, Midlothian, Scotland

Dalhousie Castle

The hotel: Just eight miles from Edinburgh, the 13th-century Dalhousie Castle is Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle and has 35 bedrooms set within 11 acres of parkland on the banks of the river plus a spa and fine-dining restaurant.
Hogmanay at Dalhousie Castle: The castle is putting on a three-night Hogmanay break, starting on 30th December with afternoon tea, falconry and a tour of the 700-year old castle. There’s clay pigeon shooting, a cocktail masterclass and a chance to practice your Ceilidh dancing before a six-course New Year’s Eve gala dinner. Start the New Year relaxing in the spa before a buffet dinner on 1st Jan.
Cost: From £900 per person, based on two sharing. For more information click here.

Airds Hotel, Port Appin, Scotland

The hotel: One of Scotland’s top gourmet destinations on the West Coast.
The New Year package: Airds is already completely sold out for New Year 2019 but is taking bookings for 2020. To give you an idea, this year’s package includes full Scottish breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner in the three-AA Rosette restaurant each day, as well as a Ceilidh dance on 31 December and a special Hogmanay black tie gala dinner on New Year’s Day, introduced with music played by a Scottish piper. Spend time exploring stunning locations such as nearby Loch Linnhe or the high peaks of Glencoe and Ben Nevis. Arriving on 30 December, the cost is from £1,790 per room total/ £895 pp (two sharing), including all meals and activities listed. Find out more here.
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Best hotels for New Year in Wales

Bodysgallen Hall hotel and spa, Llandudno

Bodysgallen Hall, north Wales

Bodysgallen Hall, north Wales

The hotel: Set in 200 acres of parkland just outside Llandudno on the north coast of Wales, Bodysgallen Hall is located in an imposing building dating back to the 13th century but has modern luxuries including a spa with indoor pool.
The New Year package: Arrive for the New Year’s Eve House Party on 31st December.  This break includes accommodation for one night, full afternoon cream tea, Champagne reception and a five-course dinner with selected wines on New Year’s Eve (black tie optional or lounge suit), and brunch on New Year’s Day.
Cost of New Year at Bodysgallen Hall 2019: Doubles from £805 for the one-night break, single occupancy for a cottage is £550.
Read my review of Bodysgallen Hall here

The Grove at Narberth

The hotel: Privately owned luxury country house hotel nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills and just 12 minutes drive to the sea.
The New Year package: The Grove is offering a two- or three-night break, including luxurious accommodation, breakfast, festive tea and cakes, together with pre-dinner drinks and evening dinner including the New Year’s Eve Celebration, a four-course gala dinner followed by dancing and music from The Numbers Racket Swing band and midnight fireworks on the front terrace.
Cost of New Year at The Grove at Narberth 2019: Prices for the New Year breaks start from £450 per room per night, based on two guests sharing. More information can be found here.

Lake Country House hotel and spa, Powys

The hotel: Welcoming Welsh country house set in its own 50 acres, with rhododendron-lined pathways, riverside walks and a well-stocked trout lake as well as a spa with indoor pool.
The New Year package: Join the Lake Country House for an indulgent New Year break in the Welsh countryside. Enjoy lazy hours in its luxurious lakeside spa, leisurely walks in our gorgeous grounds and nearby countryside, fine dining in our award-winning restaurant, not to mention a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember, with Champagne reception in the lounge, eight course gourmet dinner,  entertainment with dancing, fireworks at midnight and mulled wine.
Cost of New Year 2019 at The Lake Country House: From £750 per room for a two-night break. More information here
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Best hotels for a healthy New Year

Champneys Tring, Forest Mere, Henlow and Springs (Leicestershire)

The hotels: The original health spas in beautiful country settings
The New Year packages: New Year’s Eve might be about indulgence but Champneys offers the chance to start the New Year off on a healthy note too. Guests will be able to make full use of spa facilities during their stay to help completely unwind – including a Head in the Clouds massage – before the party gets started. There’s a glamorous gala dinner with fine food, drink and live entertainment and the next day start the New Year off with a nutritious buffet lunch and late departure.
Cost of New Year at Champneys: From £250 per person – prices vary per hotel. More information here.

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Have you stayed in a luxury hotel over New Year? What was it like? Do let me know in the comments – and if I’ve missed any of your favourites out! 

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My first week exploring Herceg Novi and Boka Bay, Montenegro

Exploring Herceg Novi and indeed moving to Montenegro for five weeks was done on a whim. I wanted to live somewhere in mainland Europe for November as a) I hadn’t got much planned either home or away for the month and b) I love Christmas but want to avoid the inevitable build-up until it’s actually […] The post My first week exploring Herceg Novi and Boka Bay, Montenegro appeared first on...

Exploring Herceg Novi and indeed moving to Montenegro for five weeks was done on a whim. I wanted to live somewhere in mainland Europe for November as a) I hadn’t got much planned either home or away for the month and b) I love Christmas but want to avoid the inevitable build-up until it’s actually December and c) while I travel a lot for work, it’s usually just for a few days or a week at the most. I love living somewhere for longer if it’s possible, and feeling like a local (which it’s easy to do quickly, if you live somewhere which has a kitchen – there’s nothing like going shopping and then coming back to cook what you’ve bought to make you feel like you really live somewhere).

I first thought of Norway, as I’ve travelled along the Norwegian coast with shipping line Hurtigruten and love the coastal towns such as Trondheim, Svolvar and the Lofoten Islands and could easily imagine myself living there… but it is November after all and I didn’t want to live in almost constant darkness. So southern Europe it was. By chance I saw a Facebook post from travel bloggers and friends Kach and Jon Howe aka Two Monkeys Travel (who co-incidentally I’d met on a Hurtigruten trip, but to Antarctica) which said they were moving to Herceg Novi in Montenegro. I’d never heard of Herceg Novi before but having travelled to over 100 countries and countless places around the world, I thought it was a vote of confidence in Herceg Novi that they’d decided to put their roots down here. I was sold. A few minutes on Airbnb and a surprisingly cheap (£49) one-way ticket on British Airways and I was practically there.

So it’s been a week now and what have I discovered here so far? Here are a few highlights of my week in Herceg Novi:

That Bay. Those views.

view Bay of Kotor

A double espresso and an epic view…

This was my first coffee in Montenegro and – well, the view speaks for itself. This is taken from the balcony at the stunning Verige 95 cafe which is located right at the narrowest spot in the Bay of Kotor. The coffee was almost as good as the views by the way – I really have to go back here and soak it both the view and the coffee over over again.

Talking of the bay – Herceg Novi, my new home for the next five weeks – is right at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor (also called Boka Bay) and has a 7km-long promenade running through it (the promenade actually goes between the coastal towns of Igalo and Meljine and Herceg Novi is in the middle). This means it’s great for running along in good weather, and great for a bracing walk avoiding the waves crashing over the sea wall in less good weather. In terrible weather I’m staying at home!

promenade at Herceg Novi

My morning run along the promenade at Herceg Novi

marina at Herceg Novi

The marina at Herceg Novi, just a few steps from my apartment

Sailing around the Bay of Kotor

A boat trip in the Bay of Kotor is not to be missed and it was a real treat when I got to go out all day on a sailing boat.

The boat crewed by a very pleasant and relaxed husband and wife team picked me and Dalibor (from the tourist board) up from the marina and took us out for the whole day.

We first cruised along the coast past Portonovi (of which more later) to the UNESCO-listed town of Perast and then onto Kotor, the beautiful walled city at the further point of the bay.

Perast is a tiny village tucked away on the innermost part of Kotor Bay and I expect during summer time and peak tourist season it’s absolutely rammed with tourists. There’s just one main street but lots of lovely cafes, museums and churches to visit. There are two tiny islands in the bay just by Perast: St George’s Island, which contains a monastery and cemetery and which isn’t open for visitors, and Our Lady of the Rock Island, which is little more than a church and surrounding walkway and which is hugely popular with tourists popping over by boat from Perast.

The historic town of Perast in Kotor Bay

The historic town of Perast in Kotor Bay

Once back on board we headed further into the bay towards Kotor. It was the first of November but I just couldn’t resist having a swim in the water which was so clear and still. It was fresh but not cold and it felt as if I had the whole bay to myself (which I probably did). I could have spent hours swimming around our ship and dried off in the sun afterwards feeling extremely invigorated.

An exhilarating swim in Kotor Bay

An exhilarating swim in Kotor Bay – and the weather is remarkable for the first day of November!

A 12th century church in Kotor

A 12th century church in Kotor

We sailed (although strictly speaking we were using motor rather than wind power) on through the bay to the beautiful walled town of Kotor which is right at the far end.

Popular with cruise ships (we arrived at the same time as the vast Costa Deliziosa) the historic town was crowded with tour groups but its maze of streets still had enough room for us to wander around it, checking out its churches, piazzas and walking along its walled which surround the old town.

It’s believed that Kotor was originally part of the Roman province of Dalmatia, but its Italian look and feel owes much to 400 years of Venetian rule, when it was known as Cattaro.

The historic walls which surround the town of Kotor

The historic walls which surround the town of Kotor

If we’d had more time it would have been nice to make the hour-long hike up 1350 to St John’s Fortress at the top of the nearby hill which rewards travellers with spectacular views, but there was no time on this particular trip for a lengthy trek. However I’ll certainly be back and in the meantime here’s a rather fabulous picture which Dalibor took on a previous trip instead.

Spectacular views over the Bay of Kotor greet those with the time and energy to hike up to the top of the hills behind the historic town

We then got back on board for a massive pasta lunch while pottering back through the bay to arrive at Tivat and Porto Montenegro, a modern marina development with shops, restaurants, hotels and apartments. We arrived back at 4pm in the cool afternoon sun with some great memories and several hundred pictures.

Eating and drinking in Herceg Novi

Savina winery Herceg Novi

Drinking up the view (literally)

So far here I’ve eaten cuttlefish ink risotto, a lot of pasta, salads and prosciutto, but the food and wine with the best view has to have been at the Savina Winery, high above Herceg Novi. Owned by the Obradovic family who divide their time between Herceg Novi, Belgrade and London, the grapes grow on vines on the hills behind the winery and in the neighbouring monastery and are used to make a range of excellent wines, from Chardonnay and Grenache (for rose wine) to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and the strong local spirit varities Travarica and Loza.

The grapes which grow on vines planted high above Herceg Novi

The grapes which grow on vines planted high above Herceg Novi are all picked by hand

I spent a incredibly pleasant few hours drinking my way through the wine range and eating olives, freshly-baked bread, anchovy and sour cream dip and smoked cheese – tours and tastings can be booked here by appointment throughout the year.

There’s always room for one more picture – this time facing north towards the entrance of the bay which leads to the Adriatic sea.

Some perfect prosciutto

Talking of prosciutto… this barn (right) belongs to Bane Palikuca (pictured below) and he makes his own prosciutto by hand, with no mechanical presses or artificial drying or additives or anything. Just meat, pressure and time.

The pork, which comes from his own free-range pigs, is salted, then salted again, then pressed for a week and then smoked in the barn for between 45-60 days. It’s then a matter of waiting – for two years!

The barn is built to have a natural air flow going through it which dries the meat out and produces some amazing prosciutto. Simple.

There’s a massive rock in the barn which helps keep it cool and which handily helps keep his home-made wine cool too (the wine is aptly called Stone…)

Bane doesn’t sell his prosciutto commercially as it’s so labour-intensive the price wouldn’t be able to compete with the mass-produced stuff you get in supermarkets (and it’s everywhere – Montenegrins are prosciutto-crazy) but people can try it for themselves by arranging a trip out to Bane’s ‘Domestic Tavern’.

Pouring red wine straight from the rock

Pouring red wine straight from the rock – apparently it’s a great way of keeping it naturally cool

We visited Bane in his barn – handily it’s just next to the adventure park – to try the products of all his hard work. (He used to be an electrical engineer but is having a career break to pursue his passion for prosciutto). We sat on hand-made three-legged stools (which are more stable on uneven ground) and sampled the excellent home-cured prosciutto, plus some equally good pancetta, as well as lots of tomatoes, olives, cheese, potatoes, red wine, rakija, more red wine… it was quite an afternoon as you can probably tell.

To get to Bane’s tavern, you need to head out of Herceg Novi towards Mount Orjen in the range of mountains called the Dinaric Alps, which stretch from Italy in the northwest through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo to Albania. Just a few minutes’ out of town you will be heading up some winding roads which make for some spectacular views.

Some amazing views across the valley. The mountains here are made from stone which you can see piled up in the foreground.

It’s becoming an increasing popular place for hiking and cycling – some new cycling trails were launched just last week between Herzegovina and Montenegro under the name ‘Cycling Rural’ – and routes are well sign-posted with little shelters along the trails.

Herceg Novi

Sometimes the views aren’t quite so spectacular…

About 40 minutes drive up into the mountains from Herceg Novi, close to the Bosnian border, is the newly-opened Vrbanj adventure park.

Vrbanj adventure park

Vrbanj adventure park has been open for less than a year

Open all year round, the park contains several routes of varying degrees of difficulty and includes all sorts of fun including climbing, balancing and zip-lining. I tried out one of the course after a shot of Rakija – not quite sure that’s recommended! But I certainly felt like I deserved one afterwards…

The stone village of Zlijebi

There was quite a gathering at the stone village of Zlijebi when I went there – and I’m not talking about the several cute cats which were wandering around (there are lots of cute cats wandering about Herceg Novi and quite possibly elsewhere in Montenegro; they’ve all seemed happy and well-fed so far). Last week’s launch of the local cycling routes was held in Zlijebi, is a preserved Herzegovinian village where everything, including roofs, walls and terraces was made out of the local stone from the local quarries – and everything built, carved and extracted by hand. You can wander freely around the houses, which are furnished in a traditional style, and we were even served food made in the traditional way: huge vats of lamb and beef covered in hot ash and slow-cooked – delicious.

The stone village of Zlijebi looks ever stranger up close – where you’d expect to see bricks or tiles in the walls and roofs there is only stone

Traditional cooking styles on displays (and the food was excellent)

Hotels in Herceg Novi

I couldn’t resist checking out a few hotels while I was here and visited a couple of very different propositions. By far my favourite was the gorgeous boutique hotel Lazure located in an 18th century former monastery, with immaculate rooms, a thoroughly modern spa with indoor pool, hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas, and its own marina.

Lazure boutique hotel

Lazure boutique hotel is built inside a former monastery

It’s very smart inside and has kept the original building structure

indoor pool at Lazure

The rather impressive indoor pool at Lazure

The view from the roof at Lazure, showing its wedding venue, part of the marina and the rather nice coastal views

Just along the coast next to the new Portonovi development (of which more later) is the vast 230-room four-star Kumbor hotel, which has just closed for the winter season but will open next year as a five-star hotel under its new brand Iberostar, the Spanish hotel company which recently acquired three hotels including the Kumbor in Herceg Novi.

There are outdoor pools and stunning views at the Kumbor hotel

There are outdoor pools and stunning views at the Kumbor hotel

With outdoor pools, a private beach and stunning views of the bay, the hotel looks like a popular destination for the 2020 season.

One of the bedrooms at the Kumbor hotel

One of the bedrooms at the Kumbor hotel

Portonovi

And talking of Portonovi… I got a chance to look around this €700 million, 26-hectare development which has only recently opened and which currently has an almost empty marina just waiting for the super-yachts of the super-rich.

If you build it, then the superyachts might come…

Built on the site of a former military base, Portonovi is a larger version of Porto Montenegro near Tivat, but you can’t just stroll into it as you can Porto Montenegro: it’s certainly a destination place. So far the newly-built streets are empty, as are many of the retail outlets – there’s a creche and an art gallery so far – but next year a five-star hotel from the upmarket One & Only chain will open and more of the 214  €500,000 – €4 million-plus apartments will have been sold.

One the bedrooms in a two-bedroom apartment at Portonovi

Serviced apartments are available to book for a night or long-term and I had a nosy around some of them, all brand new and kitted out with everything from dishwashers and smart TVs to coffee machines and cutlery.

A picture of two halves at Portonovi… on the left is the completed marina so far, on the right is the work still to be completed

Finally – some images of what Herceg Novi has been mainly about to me so far (and I’m only a week in, so I’ve got lots to discover still).

Fortresses. There are fortresses all over Herceg Novi. This one, Kanli Kula, means ‘bloody tower’ but these days offers great views over the bay and host musical and theatrical performances

Kanli Kula

Cats.They are cute and they are everywhere.

Steps. They are also everywhere (but not as cute as cats).

And at the end of the day, it’s all about soaking up the view…

Thanks to everyone who’s made my first week in Montenegro so memorable! Particular thanks go to Dalibor and the team at Herceg Novi tourist board who arranged many of these visits.

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A relaxing stay at Stapleford Park hotel, golf and spa in Leicestershire

It was only when I heard the receptionist answer the phone at Stapleford Park hotel in Leicestershire that I realised I’d been saying its name all wrong and it was actually pronounced Stappleford, rather than Stapleford – but the friendly staff at this rather smart hotel, spa and golf club said that it could be […] The post A relaxing stay at Stapleford Park hotel, golf and spa in Leicestershire appeared first on...

It was only when I heard the receptionist answer the phone at Stapleford Park hotel in Leicestershire that I realised I’d been saying its name all wrong and it was actually pronounced Stappleford, rather than Stapleford – but the friendly staff at this rather smart hotel, spa and golf club said that it could be said both ways. Either way, this luxury hotel in central England was a real treat; a combination of traditional stately home and modern spa, with all the trimmings of a luxury hotel: staff happy to drive you to the spa at the other end of the hotel grounds in little buggies for example, or tell you about the history of the hotel, or just leave you in peace to enjoy the view, a drink or just curl up in a cosy chair with a book.

Exterior of Stapleford Park luxury hotel and spa

Stapleford Park hotel is a Grade 1-listed luxury country house hotel in 500 acres

Stapleford Park hotel is set within 500 acres of parkland just a few miles away from pork pie capital Melton Mowbray, and arrival at the Grade 1-listed hotel is a via pretty winding drive through the woods, past a little chapel and through an old stone arch before sweeping round to the hotel itself.

Exterior of Stapleford Park luxury hotel and spa

There are buggies (one is pictured in front of the hotel) to whisk guests around the estate

giant chess at Stapleford Park

Giant chess at Stapleford Park

We were lucky to arrive on a gloriously sunny day and I hastily took several hundred pictures of the building in the sunshine before checking in and being shown my room for the next few days. It was right at the top of Stapleford Park’s impressive staircase in the main hall, and had the highest ceiling of any hotel room I’ve ever stayed in.

Stapleford Park luxury hotel and spa staircase

The staircase at Stapleford Park hotel is rather impressive

Called Zoffany, it was vast, with huge curtains draped over the large windows overlooking the front of the hotel, and everything you would hope for in a luxury hotel room: lots of storage space, Nespresso coffee machine, fresh milk, tea and biscuits, a sofa, desk, smart TV and large bathroom with lots of fluffy robes and towels. (I nearly jumped out of my skin when entering the bathroom for the first time as something was flapping at the window. It turned out to be the Union flag being blown about outside – Stapleford Park is nothing if not a traditional historic hotel.)

Zoffany bedroom Stapleford Park hotel

My room was called Zoffany and was vast, with the highest ceilings of any hotel bedroom I’ve stayed in

The bathroom in Zoffany bedroom at Stapleford Park hotel

My bathroom in Zoffany bedroom at Stapleford Park hotel was large and had a deep, fast-filling bath

decanter of sloe gin

A decanter of sloe gin is always a welcome sight in any hotel bedroom

There was also a lovely little decanter of sloe gin which is always a nice touch: other hotels I’ve stayed in recently which had complimentary sloe gin were Bovey Castle and Cary Arms and spa in Devon, and The Eastbury in Sherborne, so Stapleford Park was in great company.

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I could have happily stayed in my room for the afternoon just lounging about, but I had a massage booked in just a few minutes’ time. No matter, I was whisked instantly to the spa (which was probably a good 10 minutes hike away).

The spa at Stapleford Park hotel

The spa at Stapleford Park hotel is set in the Grade 2-listed former stable block

As it was my first time there it would have been nice to have been shown where everything was rather than a wave of a hand down a corridor – I met a few other people who were also lost – but once I’d worked out where the changing rooms and showers etc were, and where to get robes and where to go for my treatment I had an excellent massage, made even better by the therapist being very straightforward and just getting on with it, rather that having the usual ‘sit down and we’ll have a chat’ type-thing which is always fairly excruciating. (My friend, who was travelling with me, said her massage was the best she’d ever had, so high praise indeed).

The indoor swimming pool at Stapleford Park hotel

The indoor swimming pool at Stapleford Park hotel

As well as the spa, which was built in the old stable blocks, Stapleford Park has a championship golf course and an indoor pool, rather confusingly not in the spa but in the hotel building itself. I would definitely recommend asking for a proper tour of the hotel on arrival as we had assumed the swimming pool was in the spa and throughout our stay we kept finding other rooms we hadn’t spotted such as several lounges, including one with a billiard table.

snooker table at Stapleford Park hotel

There are lots of rooms to discover at Stapleford Park, including the rather smart billiard room

It would be very easy to only discover things just as you were leaving – although of course, that might tempt you to return… There was some confusion at reception about whether a map of the grounds existed but when one was found it revealed all sorts of delights to discover at this country house stay, such as a herb garden, helipad, garden chess, tennis courts and a croquet lawn.

downstairs rooms at Stapleford Park hotel

Some of the smart downstairs rooms at Stapleford Park hotel

Guests can also book various country pursuits such as archery, clay pigeon shooting and falconry which seems appropriate for a property which dates back to the 14th century and which was in the same family for a staggering 484 years (do ask the staff to show you the oldest parts of the buildings and the more recent additions – it’s hard to spot the difference in places).

The Library bar at Stapleford Park hotel (hotel pic)

The Library bar at Stapleford Park hotel (hotel pic)

Another buggy whisked me back to the hotel after my massage. As we had the rare luxury of a two-night stay at Stapleford Park, we were having a relaxed dinner on the first night in the Library Bar and were dining in the more formal Grinling Gibbons restaurant on the second night (the restaurant is named after the famous sculpture and wood carver who decorated the room).

The Library Bar was one of several cosy rooms dotted about the ground floor and contained – as you’d expect – a bar and was lined with books. It led onto another, larger room and it was here we were directed to eat that evening, which felt as little odd at first as none of the tables were laid out for an evening meal and it felt as it we were in a lounge more suited for afternoon tea.

However the waiter quickly set the table and assured us we were in the correct place, handing us the lounge food menu which had a selection of food from snacks and starters to sandwiches and mains available from 12pm-9.15pm daily. It was a good option if you wanted to eat at an unconventional time or just grab an informal bite without having to look smart. We chose a fairly random selection of smoked salmon with brown bread, lemon and capers, truffle macaroni cheese (which was delicious – exactly the right combination of ingredients) and club sandwich (which was huge). With just a glass of wine each it wasn’t long before we were in our respective rooms and feeling very much at home.

Crabtree & Evelyn bedroom

My friend stayed in the lovely Crabtree & Evelyn bedroom

The bathroom in the Crabtree & Evelyn room

The bathroom in the Crabtree & Evelyn room

The weather next day has transformed from gloriously sunny to wild and wintry, so we ditched our plans for an early start and long country walk for a relaxed breakfast instead. The breakfast things were set up in the second main hall under the gaze of dozens of stuffed animal heads from back in the house’s history and even the grand piano had been reduced to a mere bearer of cheese and croissants.

The breakfast buffet

The breakfast buffet came in for some intense scrutiny…

However the choice was good with some particularly nice locally-made yogurts from nearly Manor Farm and the swift arrival of some excellent coffee. I opted for a full English and lingered over the complimentary newspaper and some more coffee afterwards, commiserating with some guests who had been hoping to play golf that morning.

We parked ourselves in a charming little front room for the morning to read and play board games and only stirred when it was time to head to the excellent hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant Hambleton Hall which was just 20 minutes away (separate review to follow).

Feeling replete after our excellent lunch we returned ‘home’ to Stapleford Park feeling a little panicked about yet more food to be enjoyed in just a few hours time. However it was also a great chance to thoroughly relax in our rooms and I especially enjoyed the deep, fast-filling bath and then relaxing on my chaise-lounge pretending I was lady of the manor (I suspect previous guests which include the Duchess of York and Joan Collins – their pictures are dotted around the hotel – did much the same thing).

Due to hosting a conference the next day, the Grinling Gibbons restaurant had been relocated to the Old Kitchen where we’d had breakfast but the room was perfectly suited to hosting a formal meal.

The signs were good from the start, with an explanation in the menu of where much of the food was sourced from, including Belvoir Ridge creamery and Rutland charcuterie.

Amuse-bouche to start off an excellent meal

The menu at the two AA rosette restaurant at Stapleford Park

The menu was clear, classic and simple, with six starters and mains to choose from. Aside from some amuse-bouche to start the proceedings, we decided to plunge straight into the mains to leave room for dessert, so enjoyed some excellently-cooked Hereford beef fillet and fondant potato, and poached halibut with mussels, saffron potatoes and broad beans before tucking into a great selection of local cheese.

The next morning after a really great night’s sleep (the mattress had not only a standard mattress protector but an inch-thick luxury Hypos mattress topper, I have to get one!), I woke up to the sun streaming into my bedroom.

I couldn’t resist taking a snap from my bed of the sun trying to stream through the epic curtains

There was just time after another excellent breakfast for a walk around the (rather water-logged) golf course and even the discovery of a model railway track.

Stapleford Park from a nearby footpath

Stapleford Park from a nearby footpath

There were some areas where things could be improved at Stapleford Park – the wellington boots for guests had seen better days, for example – but these are minor points in what was an excellent stay. We chatted to some other guests who were also delighted with their visit to Stapleford Park and were very envious of our two nights there – there’s certainly more than enough at this luxury spa and golf hotel to keep you occupied.

Stapleford Park, Stapleford, Melton Mowbray LE14 2EF

Rooms from £175 per night room only or £190 B&B, with spa breaks. golf breaks and dinner, bed and breakfast deals also available.

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Cornish spa delight at Mullion Cove hotel in Cornwall

Not having had the luxury of a clifftop spa hotel on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall before, I didn’t have much to compare Mullion Cove hotel with, but judging on my first visit I think it will be hard to beat. The location of Mullion Cove hotel  is spectacular, its high position on the cliffs […] The post Cornish spa delight at Mullion Cove hotel in Cornwall appeared first on...

Not having had the luxury of a clifftop spa hotel on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall before, I didn’t have much to compare Mullion Cove hotel with, but judging on my first visit I think it will be hard to beat.

Mullion Cove hotel in Cornwall

Mullion Cove hotel in Cornwall is perched right on top of the cliffs at the tip of the Lizard peninsula making it one of the most southerly hotels on the British mainland

The location of Mullion Cove hotel  is spectacular, its high position on the cliffs yielding great views when the weather is clear (Cornwall can disappear very quickly when the clouds roll in however). Approached by a steep and winding road from the village of Mullion itself – which is just a few miles from the very tip of the Lizard peninsula, the most southerly point in Britain – the square, white imposing hotel building is impossible to miss.

Mullion Cove Cornwall

Mullion Cove bay just below Mullion Cove hotel

What comes as a surprise is the outdoor spa just outside the front of the hotel, the newly-built facility providing an outdoor pool and hot tub (to make the most of those great Cornish views) as well as indoor spa pools and treatment rooms.

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This means that guests at Mullion Cove hotel get the best of both worlds: a warming spa for when the rain sets in, and a gorgeous outdoor pool for soaking up the sunshine.

Mullion Cove Cornwall outdoor swimming pool

The outdoor pool at Mullion Cove is great for soaking up the rays as well as some great views – and there’s a hot tub and an indoor spa for when the weather changes

I arrived at Mullion Cove on one of the most beautiful days I’d experienced in Cornwall and the skies were blue and clear. Driving down from Mullion Cove hotel’s sister hotel Thurlestone Manor (review here) I’d gone right to the tip of the Lizard peninsula and sampled a massive Cornish cream tea before attempting to walk off some of the calories with a bracing walk along the stunning cliff path.

cream tea in Cornwall

I certainly wan’t going to go hungry after this massive cream tea at the Wavecrest cafe at the tip of the Lizard peninsula

Lizard peninsula Cornwall

The views were superb along the cliff path at the very southernmost part of mainland UK

Neither the scenery nor the weather were any less stunning when I finally arrived at Mullion Cove hotel, a welcome sight up a short but steep winding road, and I felt like imitating the cast of Poldark by striding along the dramatic cliff edge and looking moodily out to sea. (The cast including Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson used to stay at Mullion Cove during filming). However the swimming pool and hot tub were calling (the hot tub won due to its warmer temperature) and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon there being served prosecco and locally-sourced G&Ts until the sun set right in front of me and it was time to head indoors.

Mullion Cove hotel outdoor pool

Some great views are never far away at Mullion Cove hotel Cornwall

hot tub Mulllion Cove hotel Cornwall

My fellow traveller Amanda aka The Boutique Adventurer enjoys the hot tub (our G&Ts are out of shot!)

indoor spa mullion cove

If the weather turned chilly then there was a hot tub and indoor plunge pool and treatment rooms to keep the spa experience going

My room was on the second floor facing over the spa, so I got to enjoy the views all over again. My room was large, with a double bed, fitted wardrobes, sofa, desk, coffee and tea-making facilities and a bathroom with bath, shower and underfloor heating.

Bedroom at Mullion Cove hotel Cornwall

My bedroom was light and airy, with great views and tonnes of pillows

Bedroom Mullion Cove hotel Cornwall

Well, I did say there were tonnes of pillows…! There was also a sofa at the far end of the room and a wardrobe just by the door (both not in shot)

Before heading into the hotel restaurant for dinner I checked out some of the rooms downstairs. There were several cosy lounges, done up in a traditional style (the kind of rooms people play chess in or have a snooze in) and a more modern-looking bar where we enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail and amuse-bouches before heading into dinner.

The dining room which, with its massive picture windows, would be a perfect lunching spot on a sunny day but at night yielded just mysterious lights flashing deep into the channel. The menu was a well chosen selection of locally-sourced food and excellent value at £40 for three courses with coffee; I started with seared scallops before grilled plaice with crab risotto, crispy mussels and chard and devoured the lot which was delicious.

My starter of scallops

My starter of scallops

dinner at Mullion Cove hotel Cornwall

My main course of grilled plaice with crab risotto, crispy mussels and chard

Thankfully I still had room for cheese as there was a Cornish cornucopia of cheese, from Cornish Blue and Cornish Nettle Yarg to Helford Blue, Cornish Brie and Cornish Camembert (there was also Driftwood from Somerset so they couldn’t be accused of not venturing beyond the county line).

Cornwall in the mist

What a difference a day makes… Cornwall had disappeared

After a dreamless sleep (amazingly really, after all that cheese) I tucked into the breakfast buffet and full English and tried to work out where Cornwall had disappeared to.

The clear blue skies and sweeping views from yesterday had been replaced by mist but thankfully Mullion Cove hotel was prepared for that and there was a wealth of suggestions in its ‘What to do on a rainy day’ leaflet.

There was also a great map with a selection of walks from short to epic – full marks to Mullion Cove for that (I love a map).

They’re well prepared for the odd bout of inclement weather at Mullion Cove hotel

I donned my walking boot and headed out into the clouds and thoroughly enjoyed my walk along the South West Coast Path to Polurrian beach and back. Had I been staying for another night I would have headed straight back to the spa… but that will have to wait for next time.

Mullion Cove hotel, Mullion Cove, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall TR12 7EP

The hotel is dog-friendly and also has separate stand-alone apartments to book. Rooms in the main hotel building from £140 per night.

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A room with a seaside view at Thurlestone hotel in south Devon

Reaching Thurlestone hotel in south Devon is like going down Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole. You plunge off the main road along one of those high-hedged, single-track lanes which Devon specialises in and can do nothing but blindly follow its winding path (praying not to meet any oncoming tractors) until, half an hour later, you […] The post A room with a seaside view at Thurlestone hotel in south Devon appeared first on...

Reaching Thurlestone hotel in south Devon is like going down Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole. You plunge off the main road along one of those high-hedged, single-track lanes which Devon specialises in and can do nothing but blindly follow its winding path (praying not to meet any oncoming tractors) until, half an hour later, you pop up into the open air once again and think: ‘Where on earth am I?’

Thurlestone hotel south Devon

After the narrow south Devon lanes, Thurlestone hotel comes as a welcome sight

Thankfully the views from the four-star hotel at Thurlestone will soon have your bearings back on track, facing as it does across the English Channel and giving sweeping views all the way along the Devon coastline. Located right on the hills overlooking Thurlestone beach in one direction and the local church and cliffs in the other, the Thurlestone is one of those hotels which isn’t located right on the beach but gives great views of them (and there’s parking by the beach if the steep walk back isn’t for you).

Thurlestone hotel exterior

Thurlestone hotel was built in the 1890s and has been regularly updated since but has a traditional seaside hotel appeal

Thurlestone beach

The beach at Thurlestone, south Devon, which is just below the Thurlestone hotel

In and around Thurlestone

The village of Thurlestone is small but pretty, with an imposing church, handy shop and village pub (which is owned by the hotel) but the main feature is the hotel itself. Set in 19 acres, the 65-bedroom hotel has been in the Grose family since 1896 and certainly feels traditional: the kind of place Agatha Christie could have stayed at in the 1930s.

This is not a place for guests looking for boutique chic and a lively vibe but if you want to stay put for a few days, a week even, in a cosy, relaxing, comfortable hotel which has ample sofas and lounges for afternoon tea or even a snooze then this is the place for you.

Thurlestone hotel lounge

The lounge area at Thurlestone hotel has a nautical theme

That’s not to say it’s dull: there’s an excellent contemporary restaurant, a stunning outdoor art deco pool as well as an indoor pool plus spa, a golf course, tennis courts and excellent children’s play facilities (multi-generational holidays are popular here) so you won’t be short of things to do. However the point is you won’t be made to feel bad if you don’t feel like doing anything at all but curl up with a book or just enjoy the views.

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bedroom Thurlestone hotel

My bedroom at Thurlestone hotel was on the third floor and was large and airy, with a separate lounge off to one side and great views of the coast (which can be glimpsed through the door to my private balcony)

bathroom Thurlestone Hotel

My bathroom was large and smart

view from my bedroom balcony at Thurlestone hotel

The view from my bedroom balcony

The views are a big draw here and within seconds of entering my large, third-floor bedroom, I was outside on my balcony and drinking up as much of south Devon as I could.

The sun obligingly came out and prompted the taking of dozens of photos (none of which do the view justice) and it was only when it disappeared behind a cloud that I could tear myself away to the spa. The indoor pool was warm and welcoming (there’s also a steam room and a spa) and there are several treatment rooms too.

hotel swimming pool

The indoor swimming pool in the Voyage Spa at Thurlestone hotel. There are also treatment rooms as well as sauna and steam rooms (and lots of loungers all around)

The Trevilder restaurant at Thurlestone hotel

The Trevilder restaurant at Thurlestone hotel is large and modern and its picture windows make the most of those stunning views

menu Trevilder restaurant

A glimpse of part of the menu at The Trevilder restaurant the night I dined there

It felt like the afternoon to get out and explore however, so I donned my wellies and headed off to visit the local church (where Mary Grose, Thurlstone hotel’s business development manager and member of the owning Grose family is getting married next year) and to have a good old plodge around the neighbourhood. Returning in search of a drink I ended up at the hotel bar and enjoyed a half of local ale before heading to the Trevilder restaurant.

Recently refurbished, this was the most modern part of Thurlestone hotel and its vast picture windows showed off a great sunset and would yield excellent views the following morning over breakfast. For now I was happy to explore the well-chosen menu which offered a wide range of dishes with local ingredients and suppliers (who were listed in the menu which I always like).

My starter of hand-dived Start Bay scallops with samphire and lemon, served in a scallop shell

The lamb with parmesan risotto was an excellent main course

I started with Start Bay scallops grilled and presented in a shell with lemon, garlic butter and samphire,  and continued with rump of Devon lamb, carved pink with parmesan risotto and charred leeks. Both were excellent as was the red wine recommended by our waitress. The meal ended on a high note of an excellent cheese board which offered a great choice local and British cheeses with apple jelly, crackers, celery and chutney. The portions were very generous but I loved sampling them all, (particularly the Helford Blue and the Driftwood goats cheese) and I staggered off to bed convincing myself of the merits of an early-morning swim in the outdoor pool the next day.

cheese board at Thurlestone hotel

The cheese board at Thurlestone hotel was excellent

outdoor swimming pool at Thurlestone hotel

The vast outdoor swimming pool at Thurlestone hotel

Predictably I enjoyed sleeping too much to make it for a swim but I popped down before breakfast to find a few hardy souls taking a dip and looking invigorated. I indulged myself instead with a massive breakfast – I resisted the waffle maker but still made inroads into the wide selection of cereals, pastries, bread, cooked options and fresh juice – and made up for it with a massive hike along the South West Coastal Path towards Cornwall.

 great views of Burgh Island and its famous art deco hotel

My clifftop walk along the South West Coastal path was a glorious way to start the day and ended with great views of Burgh Island and its famous art deco hotel

A picture of bathers from yesteryear next to the outdoor pool

The clifftop path is just a few minutes from Thurlestone hotel through the golf course, and – having been thinking of Agatha Christie earlier – goes directly to Burgh Island and its famous art deco hotel which  supposedly inspired several of her novels and where Noel Coward visited, supposedly for three days and ended up staying three weeks. That seems to be the charm of a hotel on the south Devon coast – time just gets away from you.

Thurlestone Hotel, Thurlestone near Kingsbridge, south Devon TQ7 3NN 
01548 560 382 and enquiries@thurlestone.co.uk

Rooms at Thurlestone hotel cost from £155 bed and breakfast for an inland view room off-peak, while a deluxe sea view bedroom (such as the one I had) in the peak summer season can start from around £485 bed and breakfast.

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Thurlestone Hotel is a member of the Pride of Britain Hotels group, a collection of no more than 50 of the UK’s loveliest luxury hotels.

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