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Top 3 ideas for festive holidays

The fireplace at Christmas, The Farm House, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall © Chris Lacey

The fireplace at Christmas, The Farm House, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall © Chris Lacey

Traditions make Christmas – but if you’ve never given your festive routine a shake-up, you could well be missing out on an extra dose of seasonal magic.

Whether you want classic Christmas ‘together time’ with friends and family, or to disconnect from the seasonal pressures, we’ve got a holiday for you. Here are three of our festive favourites:

1. The big fat social Christmas

If you’re a social butterfly who can’t get enough of the ones you love, it’s time to gather the tribe. Pick a large farmhouse or country manor, and get set to celebrate together!

Enjoy group rambles through wild winter woodland or frosty fells and dales, before heading home for long fireside evenings of laughter and mulled wine. Get creative in a big kitchen, where you can rustle up a turkey with all the trimmings, or experiment with cocktails – Mince pie Martini, anyone?

With our larger cottages accommodating groups of up to 18, there’s room for everyone to share the most social Christmas ever.

2. The retreat

Big gatherings aren’t for everyone. If you want to escape the Christmas craziness, a peaceful break with your partner or just a couple of close friends could be just the tonic you need.

Treat yourselves to nourishing walks in winter gardens designed to bring a splash of yuletide colour. We love Cambridgeshire’s Anglesey Abbey for its flaming red-barked dogwood, and Dunham Massey’s bright winter floral displays.

Take in picture-perfect churches as you wander through scenes worthy of a Christmas card – Fountains Abbey and Clumber Chapel are two festive favourites.

3. The health-kick New Year

Want to start the New Year inspired and energised? Pass up the party hangover and kick-start your year with an invigorating break.

Take in the fresh sea air in one of of most spectacular coastal destinations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Tread the peaceful, walking trails, and stay up to watch the first dawn of the New Year spread over a deserted beach. You’ll return inspired for a whole year’s worth of new adventures.

Book now and save 15% on 2016 New Year breaks.

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