With a chill in the air and mince pies in the shops it can only mean one thing…we are headed towards the Christmas break!
Here are some lovely hotels that provide the perfect environment to retreat to after a brisk walk in the fresh air with a glass of your favourite tipple and a good book!
At Pennyhill Park it is all about choice. Each of the bedrooms is individually designed so that no two are the same and once checked in there is a pillow menu to ensure the best night’s sleep. There are a selection of dining options—the Michelin starred restaurant, the more casual Brasserie or the Ascot Bar, there is even a restaurant in the spa so that once you have visited one of the 23 treatment rooms, relaxed in the indoor or outdoor hot tub or worked out in the state-of-the-art fitness suite, you won’t have far to go for lunch!
Ellenborough Park is set within a 15th century estate in Cheltenham. The hotel has a spa, a relaxed pub/bar the “Horse Box” and a beautiful oak paneled fine dining restaurant. There are 6 categories of bedrooms from a cosy double to a classic four poster bedded suite. You can be sure of a warm welcome here.
Stapleford Park has a lovely warm feel and has been running wreath making workshops this year. This is a great hotel, at any time of the year, for meetings and particularly for incentive trips as they have beautiful meeting rooms, a lovely spa, and an onsite team to run shooting, archery, falconry and horse-riding activities. The hotel also has cottages for hire for family groups.
The Old Swan and Minster Mill near Oxford are two hotels that work together perfectly for small to medium groups. Between them they offer a choice of pub, restaurant or bar for dinner as well as meeting rooms, outdoor space for team building activities and a beautiful spa.
Huus Hotel Gstaad in Switzerland is a luxury hotel with 136 bedrooms. Formerly a Steigenberger hotel it is now part of the Marriott group and has been refurbished to a very high standard. The hotel has a fine dining restaurant, wellness centre, conference space, lounge and living room complete with library and fireplace. The snowy slopes and trails are perfect for winter sports.
We visited Bovey Castle, in Devon, again last month and couldn’t help but be impressed. It is stunningly beautiful at any time of year but even more magical when festooned with evergreen sprigs, ribbons and twinkling lights. And if relaxing isn’t enough for you there are plenty of activities to entertain you, golf, regular falconry display, horse riding, feeding the deer and a trip to the barn deep in the forest full of cider and gin! Loose yourself at Bovey Castle for a truly memorable incentive trip or residential meeting.