At Christmas, Britain’s most beautiful hotels are far grander than our four walls and come with stately proportions, splendid traditions and no arguments over the washing-up. Check into one of these luxury hotels and you’ll find gargantuan feasts and even bigger Christmas trees, plus estates and beautifully tended gardens to explore.
Most offer a package that starts on Christmas Eve and allows you to depart gently on Boxing Day after a blissful few days because luxury sometimes needs time – and this Christmas, we deserve both.
If you want the full English countryside experience, head to Bovey Castle on Dartmoor. Once guests pass through the gates on Christmas Eve, the rangers will whisk children away to explore its 275 acres while adults can relax, making and tasting sloe gin followed by afternoon tea, with the day rounded off by the arrival of carol-singers.
Christmas Day at the Fife Arms in Braemar (pictured) includes a blow-out feast and a treasure hunt in hidden rooms
Baronial panache: The Roux family (Albert and Michel Jr) oversee the kitchens at Inverlochy Castle Hotel in the west Highlands
Magical: If you want the full English countryside experience, head to Bovey Castle on Dartmoor
Christmas Day sees a visit from Father Christmas, followed by a brass-rubbing trail around the estate, a leisurely dinner and a relaxed slide into evening.