Escape from home this New Year

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What a year?! Here are some suggestions for getting away from it all this New Year, or some ideas for a post-New Year break.  There’s no better time to show the hospitality industry some support than this Christmas.  So whether its a voucher for a present, for yourself or booking an escape from the same four walls, here are some places to start that search off.


Scottish Hogmanay Getaways

Dunalastair Hotel Suites in Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire, has launched a series of festive 2-4-night stay packages that promise an idyllic Highlands Hogmanay, combining sumptuous feasting in the traditional Scottish style, courtesy of the new head chef, Simon Kelman, with gorgeous outdoor scenery

Couples can bundle up and head outdoors for photography tours or Land Rover Safaris discovering elusive native fauna, such as the majestic red deer. For an extra level of wintery cuddliness, you can opt for the opulent Honeymoon Suite, which comes with its own private turret for spectacular views over the loch and the peaks beyond, including the mystical Schiehallion.

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One of Scotland’s leading hotel groups, Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels, is looking ahead to 2021 and offering exclusive staycations thanks to a partnership with the National Trust for Scotland.

Families or couples booking an overnight bed and breakfast stay or three-night self-catering break at any hotels in the Family from Isles of Glencoe on the West Coast to Crieff Hydro Resort in Perthshire can redeem a free family ticket to a National Trust for Scotland attraction.

With acres to explore right on the doorstep of each hotel, guests can choose from a variety of different walking routes and cycling trails to follow during their stay which suits all abilities. Alternatively, they can make use of a wide range of outdoor activities at Crieff Hydro and Peebles Hydro.  Guests may struggle to fit it all in but luckily the National Trust for Scotland voucher is valid until 31 December 2021.

The Crieff Hydro Family National Trust offer is available for stays from 2nd January – 20th December 2021.


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‘Just for January’ gift vouchers from Prestonfield House, Edinburgh

Banish the January blues and enjoy exceptionally affordable experiences at one of Scotland’s most iconic five-star hotels. Luxury stays, fine dining and afternoon teas are available at ‘Just for January’ rates at Prestonfield House; the perfect gift for Christmas. An indulgent and memorable champagne afternoon tea for two is priced from £60 or make a night of it and enjoy an overnight stay for two with a bottle of champagne on arrival and breakfast included from £235. Upgrade your night away and include a memorable dining experience at Prestonfield’s award-winning Rhubarb restaurant from £295.

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Gleneagles Hotel gifts and vouchers

The iconic Perthshire hotel is offering exquisite afternoon tea, winter escape bed and breakfast experiences, three-course Sunday lunch in The Strathearn, a signature martini cocktail experience and even a four-ball round on one of its three golf courses, to name a few. Whilst opportunities for travel remain limited, the Gleneagles vouchers are valid for a year and will provide the perfect treat to look forward to in the new year.

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The Gate Lodge at Cromlix is a one-bedroom lodge which has its own sitting room with fireplace and sofa bed, kitchen and bathroom and is ideal for those wanting privacy away from the main house to relax and enjoy all the luxuries Cromlix has to offer. A full Scottish breakfast is available in the main building and dinner can be reserved in the Chez Roux Restaurant. The Cromlix Car is on hand to pick guests up at any time to bring them to the main building.
Stay from £299 per night, based on two people sharing, including breakfast and dinner at Cromlix.

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Hogmanay in Style at Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa.  Arrive at Fonab Castle ahead of the Hogmanay festivities to mulled wine and cherry cake before a champagne reception accompanied by a live piano performance. This is followed by a sumptuous four-course dinner in the hotel’s 3 AA Rosette-awarded fine dining restaurant Sandeman’s. On New Year’s Eve, take part in clay pigeon shooting before a drinks reception in the Castle Suite. Delight in a delicious six-course dinner with entertainment as guests countdown to the main event. At midnight, the bells will be accompanied by a traditional piper and a glass of champagne served with a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Syne, before Stovies and Scotch Pie served back in the lounge. On New Year’s Day enjoy a brunch after a lie-in, relax in the hotel’s spa before a cocktail or toast in the year with a whisky afternoon tea overlooking the stunning scenery followed by a four-course dinner.

Prices for the three-night Hogmanay Package start from £2,065 per room based on two people sharing. To book please call 01796 470140 or email

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Northern Ireland Getaways

Culloden Estate and Spa overlooks Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coastline.  We haven’t stayed here but did have dinner in their Vespers Restaurant.   Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland.  Whilst surrounded with greenery t Culloden Estate is just 10 minutes from Belfast City centre and is conveniently located to many of Northern Ireland’s major visitor attractions, ideal for couples looking for an elegant escape whilst also enjoying some Belfast culture and activities to create memories on their getaway.

Culloden Estate & Spa ( / 028 9042 1066) offers rooms from £100 per person on a B&B basis.

Culloden Resort and Spa

We did stay at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort – click here for our review.  Ring in the New Year with a stay at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort. There are three packages available

New Years Eve dinner, bed and breakfast which includes an overnight stay in a luxurious Resort Guestroom, A La Carte Breakfast,  3 Course Evening Meal in Gillies Grill, Fratelli Ristorante or Castle Kitchen + Bar
Thermal Spa Village Relaxation, and Complimentary Mini-Bar
Price from £270.00 per person sharing

New Year’s Eve Deluxe Dinner, Bed & Breakfast with Private Bathing Experience
Enjoy a stay in a Deluxe Guestroom at the Resort, and feast upon a 3 Course Meal in your choice of Gillies Grill, Fratelli Ristorante or Castle Kitchen + Bar.
Unwind with leisurely access to the Thermal Spa Village, and relax in style with a private bathing experience.
No stay would be complete without a full A La Carte breakfast the next morning to set you up for the day. Price from £315.00 per person sharing

Cottage New Year’s Eve Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Ring in the New Year with an overnight stay in a comfortable cottage suite.
Enjoy an evening meal in your choice of Gillies Grill, Fratelli Ristorante or Castle Kitchen + Bar.
Unwind with leisurely access to the Thermal Spa Village, where you’ll find a smorgasbord of heated indoor and outdoor Spa experiences. Price from £290.00 per person sharing

New Year’s Eve at The River Room, Bed & Breakfast
Unwind with leisurely access to the Thermal Spa Village. Savour a delicious Champagne Cocktail & Canape Reception to the sounds of the resident pianist, before indulging in a 5-course evening meal in The River Room.
Retire to The Conservatory to listen to the resident lounge singer, before making your way to the front lawn at Midnight to listen to the piper and take in the fireworks display.
Get a good night’s sleep before setting up for the day ahead with a full A La Carte Breakfast the next morning.  Price from £330.00 per person sharing

Theses packages are subject to availability.  Available Thursday 31st December 2020 only. Full pre-payment required at time of booking. Book online at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort.

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Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds. A golden strand of beach borders one side while the mighty Royal County Down Golf Links frames the other. This lovingly maintained Victorian hotel is now home to one of Europe’s finest resort Spas and is ideally suited to a wintery romantic getaway.

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa ( 028 4372 1066) offers rooms from £70 per person on a B&B basis.
Slieve Resort and Spa

North of England Getaways

We can verify that The Black Bull, Sedbergh is somewhere to be added to your to-do list this year.  With its cosy firesides, fell or riverside walks and delicious food in luxurious surroundings in the Yorkshire Dales.


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The Folly at Halls Hills is a five-star gold contemporary barn conversion tucked away in peaceful rural Cumbria with uninterrupted views across the open countryside, it’s ideal for couples that love the great outdoors as walking and cycling can be enjoyed from here. It’s also a great base for exploring The Lakes and Scottish Borders. A New Year break for two arriving 30th December is £765 for five nights and £900 for a week

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South West England Getaways

Situated on a private headland overlooking Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, The Headland is a luxury five-star hotel offering the best of the Cornish coast. We spent a night here on our honeymoon and can say it was stunning.

Rooms range from a secluded double in the hotel turret, to oceanfront rooms with private balconies. Perfect for a more private escape is the village of five-star self-catering cottages in which couples can enjoy their own one-bedroomed coastal bolthole which includes open-plan living with sea views and a log effect gas fire.

With its fantastic location, The Headland enjoys immediate access to some of the most exciting coastline in the UK. Wintery walks across Fistral beach and the south-west coast path are the perfect excuses to spend your evenings cosied up next to the fire.

Guests staying at the hotel also enjoy complimentary use of the hotel’s five-bubble spa, and the new Aqua Club, which includes six pools and a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. Oceanfront dining is also available at the double AA rosette awarded Samphire restaurant and the more relaxed Terrace.

Lead-in rates are £155 per night for a room including breakfast or £145 per night in a cottage with a minimum three-night stay.

More information can be found on The Headland’s website.

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Crown and Castle in Orford have a special one-night New Year’s Eve package and gala dinner. The cosy restaurant with rooms is a few steps from Henry ll’s 12th-century castle keep in the peaceful Suffolk village. Relax by the open log fire before the evening’s celebrations, starting with Ayala Champagne and canapés in the restaurant followed by an indulgent five-course feast.  Later enjoy a ‘midnight feast’ of favourite treats and bubbles in the comfort of your room when the clock strikes twelve.

Dogs are welcome (extra) to stay with their owners in one of the ground floor garden rooms. They can also stay alongside their owners while they dine at the pre-booked dog-friendly table in the restaurant.

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Cary Arms & Spa, South Devon – award-winning “Inn on the Beach” with a spectacular coastal location, boutique spa, fabulous local food, warm atmosphere and exceptional service.

Twixmas Package is available from 27 – 30 December 2020. For guests wanting to relax – they should also take full advantage of their state-of-the-art Thalgo Spa!- during the festive season, the Cary Arms & Spa offers a three-night getaway which includes a delicious 3-course gastro supper in the inn and a full English breakfast. Prices start from £825 for a stay in a Double Room based on 2 people sharing. Cottage rental is also available from £1,410.

The New Years House Party Package is available from 30 December – 2 January (3 nights) and includes a three-course dinner in the cosy inn followed by the Cary Quiz Night; English Breakfast followed by a Champagne reception and five-course feast, masquerade ball and spectacular fireworks display, so guests can ring in the new year in style! New Year’s Day kicks off with a lazy ‘Hair of the Dog’ late breakfast and then in the evening, a farewell three-course dinner accompanied by the resident pianist.

Based on a 3-night stay, prices start from £1,685 for a stay in a Double Room based on 2 adults sharing. Cottages start from £4,445 in Smugglers or Cove Cottage which can sleep up to 4 adults and 2 children. Beach Hut Suites start from £2,116 based on 2 adults sharing.

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cary arms and spa

South East England Getaways

Tinwood Estate in West Sussex. Couples can stay in one of 3 secluded lodges overlooking the vineyard, with a barrel sauna nearby, mountain bikes to explore the estate and beyond, and a tasting room in which to sample the delicious sparkling wines produced there. Located at the foot of the South Downs National Park, the area is full of lovely cosy pubs, winter walks such as to the nearby Halnaker Windmill.

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Swallow Barn is a cosy cottage for two set in the heart of the rolling Devonshire countryside. Converted from a grade II listed barn it is furnished farmhouse style with a super king-sized bed, exposed beams, stripped floors and a wood burner that ensures couples keep toasty on chilly evenings. Romantic strolls can be enjoyed from the Barn across the neighbouring estate and there’s plenty of long walks across nearby Dartmoor. A New Year break for two arriving 30th December is £823 for three nights and £1011 for a week.

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The Shepherd’s Hut at Boskenna provides the ideal New Year bolthole for two in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Heritage Coast. The spacious hut offers a king-size bed, underfloor heating plus a log burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom with a large drench shower. There is also a secluded private hot tub at the back of the hut that’s perfect for stargazing. The sea is just a few minutes’ walk away and the area offers plenty of coastal walks, moorland trekking and a choice of cosy pubs in pretty coastal villages. A week’s New Year break for two arriving 30th December is £681.


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