What to expect on a festive UK break with HF Holidays

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The festive period might still be a few months away, but it's creeping up on us fast. So for those eager to get into the Yuletide spirit, we've got some fabulous ideas for spending Christmas and New Year away from home.   

Here's our handy guide to what you can expect when you book a festive break at one of our 16 characterful UK country houses.  

Houses fit for the festive season

With everything from Victorian manor houses and elegant Georgian mansions to converted farmhouses, and lakeside hideaways, we offer wonderful winter escapes within easy reach of some of the UK’s best-loved national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. While each have their own character and charm, all our houses will be decorated with Christmas trees, tinsel, and twinkling lights to help spread some festive cheer.

Delicious food and drink

We pull out all the stops at this time of year and that includes extra fabulous food and a fair few festive treats. Staying on a full-board basis, you’ll enjoy a mulled wine reception on arrival, plus daily afternoon teas complete with Christmas cake and mince pies. Alongside a choice of cooked or continental breakfasts each morning and generous packed lunches, you can look forward to seasonally-themed three-course evening meals, all carefully planned by our expert chefs.

Fun and games

There are games and activities to get involved with (or ignore when that roaring fireplace beckons), gorgeous grounds for strolling in, and comfortable lounges ideal for cosying up with a good book and a glass of mulled wine. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without a quiz, of course. Our after-dinner HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz is a weekly staple. And if you’re staying with us on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, the quiz will have a festive theme.

Magical winter walks

Little is more magical than wrapping up warm and exploring a glistening wonderland of frosted hills and mountains. Head out on one of three guided walks a day led by our experienced HF Holidays Leaders or go self-guided and explore on your own using our easy-to-follow routes and maps. Whatever you choose, you’ll find that walking in winter can spark pure joy.

Christmas markets

This year, we’ve created three brand-new festive breaks that combine a choice of guided winter walks with some of the best Christmas markets and festive experiences in the UK. With limited availability due to their huge popularity, these breaks will be gone faster than the last mince pie. Find out more about our Christmas Markets & Winter Walking breaks, here.

Christmas and New Year celebrations

If the thought of finding extra chairs, setting the table, and spending hours slogging away in the kitchen has you reaching for the sherry already, we’ll take care of absolutely everything (including the washing up). Book to stay with us on Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve and you’ll be treated to a pre-dinner drinks reception followed by a celebratory four-course evening meal with all the trimmings. On New Year’s Eve there'll also be a live band or DJ* to keep you dancing until midnight when we’ll see in 2024 with a toast of complimentary drinks.

*Except New Year Bridge holidays

Christmas Markets & Winter Walking in the North York Moors

Accommodation: Larpool Hall, Whitby

Departures: 17 & 24 Nov 2023, 3 nights

Price from: £419pp

Book now or call 020 3974 8865

3-night Northern Lake District Festive Guided Walking

Accommodation: Derwent Bank, Keswick

Departures: 27 Dec 2023, 3 nights

Price from: £539pp

Book now or call 020 3974 8865

4-night Exmoor Christmas & New Year Guided Walking

Accommodation: Holnicote House, Selworthy

Departures: 23 & 30 Dec 2023, 4 nights

Price from: £895pp

Book now or call 020 3974 8865

7-night Peak District Festive Guided Walking

Accommodation: The Peveril of the Peak, Dovedale

Departures: 23 & 27 Dec 2023, 7 nights

Price from: £1,115pp

Book now or call 020 3974 8865