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School’s Out (For Christmas!) Glistening Getaways for End-of-Term Festive Fun

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Published 15/11/2021 School’s Out (For Christmas!) Glistening Getaways for End-of-Term Festive Fun


After 2020's cancelled Christmases, 2021 has a lot to make up for!

So wouldn't it be great to know that, when the bell finally rings to end another year of school, you've all got a festive family getaway to escape to?

Get a head start on those well-deserved celebrations by browsing these incredible retreats... all of which currently have availability over the Christmas school holiday and New Year period.

(They won't be available for long, though, so we suggest snapping your favourite up quickly!)

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Festive Floatel Cabins | Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire


The Control Tower B&B

The Control Tower B&B

A restored Control Tower B&B bursting with history, period art deco features and furnishings on a former North Norfolk airfield. A former RAF control tower, lovingly restored as a B&B.  Original art deco furniture throughout, from the beds to the bathtubs.  A delicious vegetarian breakfast, all locally and ethically sourced where possible.  Oh, and a promise there won't…

Sunday 19th December for three nights in Signals and Board Rooms £160 per night Sunday 27th December for three nights in Board Room £175 per night Signals Room - larger double with green en suite art deco bathroom // Board Room – double room with pink art deco en suite bathroom Prices include fully cooked vegetarian breakfast. Minimum two night stays.
Hoe Grange Holidays

Hoe Grange Holidays

Eco-friendly, accessible, self-catering log cabins, camping pods and a gypsy caravan on a working farm in the Peak District. Escape to the Peak District with a stay at Hoe Grange Holidays - an eco-friendly retreat everyone can enjoy. There are many reasons why this wonderful place has won numerous awards for its accessible accommodation and green credentials - but the best way to…

Availability for Christmas in Skylark glamping pod for 2 guests, £750 for 3 nights including a festive welcome pack. Pod will be decorated for Christmas and exclusive for Host Unusual bookings a free fire pit kit! Quote “Glow” on booking. Free bike loan too to explore the nearby stunning Peak District trails. Pizza oven evening £25 for two - including oven, kindling, wood, home-made dough and passata, guests add own toppings (not available Christmas Eve or Christmas Day)
The Woodman's Treehouse

The Woodman's Treehouse

Set deep in the heart of the Dorset Woodland lies this enchanting, skilfully crafted treehouse; a peaceful natural retreat under the forest canopy. For the ultimate romantic retreat, there's nothing more special than an escape to The Woodman's Treehouse. A RIBA award-winning design, this treetop utopia is like no other, complete with two sensational decks, a sauna and hot tub, exquisite…

Availability in this stunning architect designed treehouse for a 3 night stay from 24th December at £1950
West Stow Pods

West Stow Pods

How about an unforgettable escape to the beautiful Suffolk countryside with West Stow Pods, where hobbit pods and more offer something for everyone at this glamping idyll. West Stow Pods is a family-run glamping site, about four miles from bustling Bury St Edmunds. You'll discover a range of fantastic glamping pods and unique abodes here, each one perfectly situated in private woodland for…

2 nights available in Pod Hollow from 26th Dec for 2 nights and also in the Woodland Lodge from 21st Dec until 27th for stays of 2 nights or more.
Tinkers Treehouse

Tinkers Treehouse

Retreat to Tinkers Treehouse, a luxuriously romantic treetop hideaway, privately nestled in the rustling East Sussex leaves. Located in the peaceful East Sussex village of Ticehurst - Tinkers Lane, to be exact! - Tinkers Treehouse is privately set within five gloriously secluded acres of leafy woodland, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   Full of wildlife and with…

Availability for 24th December for 2 nights - spend Christmas in the tree canopy!
The Oakey Koakey Treehouse

The Oakey Koakey Treehouse

Get set for family fun, fresh adventure and relaxing woodland seclusion at The Oakey Koakey Treehouse, just an hour away from London. A childhood dream made enchantingly real, the Oakey Koakey Treehouse is the perfect hideaway for small families in need of a woodland retreat (yet still enjoying all those essential creature comforts!) You'll find the secluded Oakey Koakey Treehouse in…

Availability for 24th December for 2 nights - spend Christmas up in the trees!
Cromwell's Hideaway

Cromwell's Hideaway

A bespoke-crafted shepherd's hut, luxuriously nestled amongst the captivating Monmouthshire countryside. Monmouthshire is a very special place.  Stunningly set between the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you'll find more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the UK.   Cromwell's Hideaway, a bespoke-crafted shepherd's…

Cromwell's Hideaway has availabilty from December 1st to 29th.
The Cider House

The Cider House

A stylish bolthole on a welcoming Dorset farm, perfect for an eco-friendly, all-weather rural escape from everyday life. If life and work are getting too much, grab your loved ones and head for Higher Kingsland Farm in Dorset, where you'll find The Cider House ready and waiting for you to relax. Lovingly styled and ridiculously cosy, friendly owners Eddy and Caroline have put a great…

Availability from Friday 19th December 2021 to Sunday 3rd January 2022. The Cider House was specifically designed to be super cosy during the winter. The central wood-burning stove keeps the place very toasty and warm, and it is a wonderful place to switch off from the outside world, or to use as a base to explore Dorset and the Jurassic Coast.
Okel Tor Mine

Okel Tor Mine

Beauty, peace and calm combine in two romantic Cornish riverside retreats: the former Smithy and Captain's Office of a Victorian tin mine. Okel Tor Mine consists of two very special cottage retreats, both perfectly positioned within an Ancient Monument and a World Heritage Site. Dreamily set amongst sixteen glorious acres of wildlife-steeped woodland, the Grade II listed Count House and…

Christmas week is available in The Smithy at Okel Tor Mine @ £799 for 7 nights. The cottage will be decorated traditionally with holly, ivy and other seasonal foliage from the surrounding woodland. Walk along the riverbank to the National Trust’s enchanting Cotehele, see the Christmas Flower Garland, listen to the carol singers and browse the local arts and crafts in the gallery. Have a festive drink at the riverside pub before returning to your romantic woodland hideaway for two where you can snuggle up next to the log fire…
Salmestone Dutch Barge

Salmestone Dutch Barge

A floating home-from-home filled with quirky comfort, peacefully moored in medieval Sandwich. What better way to explore the delights of Sandwich - one of England's best-preserved medieval towns - than with a tranquil stay aboard a 110 year-old Dutch barge? You'll find the quirky, irresistibly homely Salmestone moored on the tidal river Stour, right in the heart of Sandwich.…

Availability at Salmestone Dutch Barge from 19 - 29 December, minimum of 3 night stay. The barge is moored in the heart of relaxed, romantic and rustic medieval town of Sandwich. Guests will love the laid back vibe and idyllic charm of this Kentish gem steeped in history. After last year’s Christmas, make this year’s special and unique. Bookings during this period will be greeted with a welcome hamper.
The Secret Yurts

The Secret Yurts

The Welsh countryside's best-kept secret, until now - three luxurious, eco-friendly yurts packed with cosy creature comforts.If you could design your very own private and lavish yurt experience in the Welsh countryside, it would probably look a lot like The Secret Yurts. Featuring three bespoke yurts packed with luxuries including downy bedding, fluffy towels and cosy robes, there is plenty of…

The following dates are available over the Christmas period, with a bottle of chilled Prosecco on arrival: All three yurts available for either a two night or three night stay arriving on Monday 20th December 2021 All three yurts available for either a two night or four night stay arriving on 27th December 2021 All three yurts available for a two night stay arriving on 27th December 2021
Floatel Cabins

Floatel Cabins

A serene quartet of luxury floating havens for two, set on the glistening doorstep of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Milford Waterfront, perfectly positioned by the UK's only coastal national park, is a wondrous base from which to explore some of Wales' best beaches - not to mention the bustling market town of Milford Haven itself. Now you can rest your heads on that serene waterfront,…

Christmas holiday availability in the Floatel Cabins! There's lots going on locally over the Christmas period, including live music at some of the restaurants, carol singing, and a Great Gatsby Party on New Years Eve!
Still Southwold

Still Southwold

Lovingly custom-created havens, rich in holiday luxuries and peacefully secluded on a private estate just minutes away from the beach. Beautifully positioned just a stone's throw from the iconic beach at Southwold, the historic hamlet of Easton Bavents was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.   Although this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty forms part of a peaceful and…

Easternmost Cabin (1 bed sleeps 2) 19-23rd December Watch Room and Listening Station (each sleep 4) both are available 20 - 27 December The Warren House (sleeps8) 19 - 27 December and 31 - 3 January
Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field

Wild luxury glamping at its most naturally breathtaking, in cosy wooden cabins nestled on a friendly, family-run farm in the Yorkshire Dales. Surrounded by Yorkshire's trademark natural beauty, and boasting gorgeous views of the Nidderdale Valley, you'll discover Little Seed Field nestled on a friendly dairy farm that's a long way from the beaten tourist track. Owned by four successive…

Availability in standard cabins - 20th Dec-31st Dec - prices start at £95 per night. Ensuite cabins available - 20th Dec-26th Dec - prices start at £120 per night. Superior ensuite - 21st Dec-31st Dec - prices start from £150 per night. All on a min two night stay basis. All cabins will have festive treats on arrival.
Stable Stays

Stable Stays

A fun and completely unique stay in luxury self-catering stable, complete with a beautiful horse for company, set on a friendly farm in the Lake District. The ultimate in fun sleepovers, Stable Stays offers a unique opportunity for you to sleep in a cosy, self-catering stable, with a beautiful Friesian horse or a cute Shetland pony right by your side! Your soothing location is a historic,…

Spend the night in a stable like Mary & Joseph did around Christmas time! We can't promise the birth of a child but we can promise an unforgettable night with a wonderful stablemate! Stable Stays dates currently available: 23rd, 24th, 27th through to 31st December 2021
Unplugged

Unplugged

Lock your phone away and escape to the country, on a three-day digital detox that's carefully curated for you to rediscover the natural joys of life. Do you wish you weren't quite so glued to your phone... yet you're unable to stop frantically checking each new notification that buzzes through? Then maybe it's time to lock that phone away, and re-focus your attention on the simple beauty of the…

Christmas holiday availability - escape the distractions for a much needed digital detox at this unique retreat.
Arcadia Glamping

Arcadia Glamping

Two sumptuous, sustainably crafted cabins, packed with romantic luxuries and nestled amongst magical woodland near Loch Lomond. ‘Arcadia' is a word that describes a perfect image of life in the countryside... a pure and calm oasis in the desert of stressed, chaotic everyday life. That's exactly what will greet you as you arrive, loved one in tow, at the 21-acre woodland-and-pasture site that's…

Availability in Elysium for a two or three night stay between 20th - 23rd December.
Willow Roundhouse

Willow Roundhouse

A unique and detail-rich off-grid retreat, lovingly crafted from natural materials and nestled amongst 20 soothing acres of Norfolk countryside. Round The Woods, positioned amongst 20 acres of magical Norfolk countryside, has been featured on the BBC TV show ‘Gone Fishing', as well as being selected as one of The Times' top 'Winter Glamping Spots' and The Guardian's best ‘back to nature'…

Willow Roundhouse currently has full availability from 19th - 24th Dec & from 27th - 31st.
The Hedgerow

The Hedgerow

An award-winning, dog-friendly timber lodge, beautifully positioned in idyllic Chilterns countryside with direct access to the Ridgeway National Trail. The proud winner of a Gold Award in the 2020 Beautiful South Tourism Awards, The Hedgerow at Wainhill is a dream-like, dog-friendly lodge retreat for two, newly constructed in 2019, and soothingly positioned in the heart of The Chilterns.…

Availability for Christmas and New Year – min. 4 night stay. Cost per night is £185 all inclusive. Over the Christmas and New Year guests will be treated to home-made festive cakes and bakes, a bottle of champagne, freshly laid eggs, home produced apple juice and a heap of Christmas goodies. Two small or one medium sized dog welcome - they too get their own pet pack with home-made cheddar cheese biscuits. There are some fabulous (and Michelin starred) pubs and restaurants close by so guests can book Christmas lunch out to avoid the cooking and washing up too!
Hidey-hole Cabin

Hidey-hole Cabin

A sumptuous, uniquely designed retreat with a huge picture window that transforms into a cinema screen by night, privately secluded amongst glorious East Sussex woodland. From its snuggly name, you can probably guess that Hidey-hole Cabin, lovingly designed by friendly owners Stephen and Jane themselves, is ideal for holing up with your loved one. You may not guess, however, that the luxurious…

Availability for a 5 night stay from 24th December at this luxuriously cosy cabin
Dazzle Treehouse

Dazzle Treehouse

A distinctive, design-led treehouse - complete with hot tub - inspired by warship camouflage, expertly crafted and blissfully secluded on an adults-only site in rural Dorset. If the name Guy Mallinson seems familiar, it could be that you've heard it before.   The former ‘wood mentor' on BBC2's popular Mastercrafts series, Guy was also the winner of the RIBA South West award for his…

Availability in this stunning architect designed treehouse from 22nd - 28th December
Blyth Rise Stays

Blyth Rise Stays

Savour rural Suffolk at its most beautiful, from the comfort of a nature-steeped, adults-only retreat that's home to lakeside lodges, cosy Igluhuts, and two luxurious woodland saunas. A country paradise in rural Suffolk, Blyth Rise Stays is the perfect passion project of friendly owners Pam & Mark, managed by their daughter Katie. With help from their hard-working family, Pam and Mark have…

Christmas availability for week-long stays, plus now offering a shorter stay option for New Year of 4 nights with the option to arrive on either 29th or 30th December. Both Christmas and New Year bookings will also include special treats and surprises for all guests to celebrate.
Llanthony Castaway

Llanthony Castaway

A lovingly restored railway carriage for romantic couples, privately secluded amongst a deep, hidden valley in the Black Mountains for epic Dark Sky stargazing. Featured as one of The Times' 30 Epic Escapes in 2021, Llanthony Court Castaway is blissfully encircled by lush, rolling scenery, in a ‘secret' Black Mountains valley that's also a Dark Sky reserve. Although Llanthony Valley is only…

Availability at Llanthony Castaway Friday 17 – Monday 20 December Monday 20 – Friday 24 December (or as 2 shorter 2 night breaks) and Mon 27 – Weds 29 December
Bowland Retreat Lodges

Bowland Retreat Lodges

A sumptuous collection of self-catering lodges with Jacuzzi hot tubs and scenic decking, beautifully positioned in the heart of the Ribble Valley. Uniquely mesmerising, Lancashire's Ribble Valley is steeped in heritage, magnificent scenery, and gastronomic delight. Not only did the renowned author JRR Tolkien discover a wealth of creative inspiration in Ribble Valley, but the Queen herself once…

1 and 2 bed lodges available between 27th December and 3rd Jan for New year staycations, as well as 10th - 20th December!.
Pinwheel Treehouse

Pinwheel Treehouse

An adults-only, master-crafted treehouse, complete with an al fresco hot tub and wood-fired pizza oven, beautifully secluded on an exclusive site in rural Dorset. Mesmerisingly designed to mimic the shape of a child's windmill, Pinwheel is a treehouse that evokes fun childhood memories... whilst also boasting the highest levels of luxury. You may also recognise the master craftsman who created…

Availability in this stunning architect designed treehouse for a 3 night stay from 24th December at £1950
The BOX BNB

The BOX BNB

Shipping containers creatively transformed into stylish cabins nestled on the scenic edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, close to the ‘foodie capital' town of Malton. If the daily grind is getting you down, find your soothing sanctuary at the BOX BNB. Peacefully nestled on a working farm on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, are three sumptuous, high-end cabins that boast luxury facilities…

Availability in 2 of the BOX BNB’s fantastic shipping container cabins, Pig box and Duck box from 27-Dec for 3 nights (check-out on 30-Dec), and all 3 cabins are currently available from 19-24 December.
Hafod Hideaways

Hafod Hideaways

A lovingly hand-crafted, off-grid tree cabin with a wood-fired hot tub and a suspended stargazing net, peacefully secluded in the picturesque Cambrian Mountains of mid-Wales. Vast and mesmerising, the Hafod Estate thrives with nature's abundant beauty, from gushing waterfalls, shimmering streams and meandering forest footpaths, to swooping red kites, otters, and playful hares.   Set in the…

Availability from 27th December - 3rd Jan at Woodcock Cabin. The cabin will have a decorated Christmas tree and guests will receive a special gift hamper full of lovely little surprises! They will also get complimentary bathrobes (usually £10/gown hire)!
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