From festive fun in a wooded wonderland to retreats covered by snow-covered peaks, take a break from the norm this Christmas
If you fancy a change this year, why not spend the festive period in a Boundless leisure retreat, each offering a different take on Christmas relaxation? Unwrap your perfect getaway…
West Cliff Hotel in Bournemouth
A pleasingly contemporary hotel, West Cliff Hotel in Bournemouth is located slap-bang in the centre of one of southern England’s most unhurried and tourist-friendly seaside towns.
Fancy kicking off Christmas day with a swim and then maybe a visit to a steam room? Or sitting back with a delicious afternoon tea – or a glass of something bubbly – in the Brasserie Bar or lounge? There’s everything you’re likely to desire for a truly indulgent Christmas treat – book a stay or just join in with one of its Christmas parties, which include a Bucks Fizz on arrival, a three-course meal and a resident DJ, should you want to let your hair down.
After enjoying your hotel, head into the must-see Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland, a free festive trail that runs from November 2019 through to 2 January 2020, where your eyes will be treated to over 100 glittering trees and illuminations.
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Whitemead Forest Park in the Forest of Dean
A perfect getaway for camping, glamping or caravanning with plenty of amenities, Whitemead Forest Park is situated within acres of luscious woodland in the Forest of Dean.
Fancy spending Christmas in a log cabin? It’s hard to think of a more tip-top location for a festive break. This forested wonderland offers up plenty of Christmas-themed excitement including a Santa’s grotto, a tasty carvery (with a five-course feast served on the big day) and even a panto in the shape of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
There are also heaps of festive activities happening around the Forest of Dean this December, including a family-friendly Christmas Spectacular at the bewitching Clearwell Caves and a chance for the kids to get up close with Kris Kringle and his elves on the Santa Railcar Special at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.
Parkergate cottages in the Lake District
The collection of 18th-century Parkergate cottages are surrounded by sheep and cattle, located near the tiny village of Bassenthwaite and a short hop from Keswick in the heart of the North Lakes.
Did you know the Lake District has been the inspiration, over hundreds of years, to some of our most enduring art and literature? Indeed, it’s where the great William Wordsworth penned his eternal classic, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’, roused as he was by the area’s peerless tranquillity.
Christmas and New Year in the Lake District is a particularly magical time. With its snow-peaked mountains and crystal lakes, the landscape takes on a spellbinding winter beauty, providing you and your family with some unforgettable scenes.
While Bassenthwaite itself is noted for its unabated calm, there’s plenty to do and see in the surrounding area in December, including Christmas markets in Cockermouth and Carlisle. If you fancy seeing the New Year in with fellow revellers, why not head to Keswick where, during the countdown to midnight, the crowds gather in front of the clock tower in the town centre. There are some great restaurants there, too.
Cotswold Cottages in Bourton-on-the-Water
Positioned in the exquisitely beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswold Cottages are a collection of four period cottage apartments, all constructed from local honey-coloured Cotswold stone and boasting original rustic exposed beams throughout, housed within an old mill building.
Bourton-on-the-Water is one of those villages you occasionally motor through and find so arrestingly pretty you wonder why they’re not world-famous. Stay in the village and you’ll be able to soak up its beauty, from the arched stone bridges that sit atop the River Windrush to the gentle rolling hills that envelop it. It’s not for nothing that Bourton’s nickname is the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ – and the Christmas tree is traditionally placed in the river. The village attracts on average 300,000 visitors each year, but it’s at its most peaceful at Christmas and New Year.
Check out the beautiful new illuminated trail around the pretty grounds of Sudeley Castle – this year’s installation has a Peter Pan theme. Alternatively, check out the gourmet grub and artisan toys, jewellery and clothing at Cirencester’s Christmas market.
Treworgie Barton cottages in Cornwall
Treworgie Barton cottages is a charming collection of self-catering properties homed in 36 acres of peaceful farm and woodland, boasting dazzling views over the rolling Cornish countryside to the sea beyond.
A shared holiday experience, away from the hustle and bustle, can help bring families together and so if you’re looking for a restful break over the Christmas period, or a tucked-away retreat to escape the New Year madness, it’s hard to think of a more perfect destination than Devon and Cornwall.
Treworgie Barton Cottages are impeccably positioned for making the most of all that this unique part of the country has to offer. And if you enjoy a cream tea, you’d be hard pushed to find a better one than you’ll enjoy in Cornwall.
Head on down to the Eden Project for a seasonal spin on the indoor rainforest’s ice rink or, if that doesn’t appeal, then maybe you might prefer to sample some mulled wine and mince pies in the fishing port of Mousehole (yes, that’s its real name). Here, the real attraction is the Mousehole Christmas-themed illuminations that include 40 set pieces and which, for three weeks from 14 December, transform the village into the most colourful in the whole of Cornwall.