7 Of The Best Country Hotel Breaks For Winter

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From cosy New Forest retreats to historic Scottish castles, we round up eight of the best country hotel offers for the perfect winter getaway...

1. The Manor Country House Hotel, Oxfordshire

Winter shopping break from just £90pp PLUS cream tea

Occupying a beautiful mansion on the outskirts of the Cotswolds, The Manor Country House is the ideal spot for a cosy country break. It may be a warren of rooms but The Manor has plenty of quiet spaces for relaxation.

If you can drag yourself away from the elegant bedrooms, there's numerous wood-panelled drawing rooms with crackling fireplaces to lounge in. During the day, explore the acres of lawns and secret gardens, or start your Christmas shopping in nearby Bicester Village with an exclusive shopping voucher. It's truly one of the best country hotels to visit this winter.

Check availability: one-night stay from £90pp*

What's included?

Enjoy a one-night stay including cream tea on a day of your choice, 10% discount voucher for Bicester Village Shopping Outlet and breakfast in the morning.

2. Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh

Two-night stay from £154pp PLUS complimentary dinner

This hotel has a truly spectacular setting inside Scotland's oldest inhabited castle and sits just eight miles from Edinburgh. A luxurious transformation turned the 13th-century fortress into a romantic hideaway, with cosy bedrooms and lashings of period charm.

Wander the historic corridors and discover secret passageways and antique treasures or visit the state-of-the-art Hydrotherapy spa to be pampered. Outside, the hotel's award-winning falconry is home to a whole host of majestic birds. The real highlight is dining in the dramatic barrel-vaulted Dungeon Restaurant surrounded by suits of armour.

Check availability: two-night stay from £154pp*

What's included?

Stay for two nights and receive complimentary room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, three-course dinner in the Dungeon Restaurant, full Scottish breakfast each day, 15% discount from pre-booked spa treatments, and late checkout subject to availability on arrival.

3. Swinton Park, Yorkshire

Save £55 PLUS free dinner & spa treatment

Situated in a 20,000-acre estate, Swinton Park is the perfect country escape. The real draw is the newly opened Country Club and Spa. Shake off those Autumn chills in the steam room and sauna, swim laps in the indoor pool and indulge in a 35-minute ELEMIS spa treatment, included in this offer.

In the evening, dine in the award-winning Samuel's restaurant on a menu based on ingredients from the hotel's kitchen garden.

Check availability: stay in a Knights room from £142pp*

What's included?

Enjoy dinner at Samuel's restaurant or The Terrace on one evening, full breakfast in the morning and an invigorating ELEMIS spa treatment per person, as well as full use of Swinton Country Club & Spa and 20% off any additional booked spa treatments.

4. Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire

Save up to 36% on a two-night stay PLUS Bicester Village shopping discounts

If you're craving relaxation and stunning surroundings, make a beeline for Hartwell House, a magnificent stately home in the Chilterns, with 90 acres of private landscaped gardens and beautiful original features dating back to the 1700s. Spend a day shopping in nearby Bicester Village, with over 130 boutiques offering discounts of up to 60%.

Enjoy exclusive access to the Bicester lounge plus a VIP inclusion of your choice. Relax back at the National Trust-owned Hartwell House. Seek out the spa, languish in the steam room and pool, and enjoy top-notch beauty treatments.

Check availability: two nights in a Classic Double from £225pp*

What's included?

This fantastic two-night shopping break includes a two-course seasonal dinner, full use of the Hartwell spa, cooked breakfast each morning, VIP 10% discount voucher for Bicester Village, VIP lounge access at Bicester Village and the choice between: hands-free shopping service or valet parking at Bicester Village.

5. Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

Two-night country escape from £289pp

Voted England's leading country house hotel last year, Ellenborough Park has a history that goes back to the early 16th century. This former baronial estate on the outskirts of Cheltenham features an impressive grand hall and has a fantastic reputation for fine dining.

Interiors of the hotel's 61 rooms were designed by interior designer Nina Campbell, who has created a fresh take on the country house hotel. You are also ideally placed to explore the surrounding countryside: Cleeve Hill, the highest point of the Cotswolds, is a delightful walk away.

Check availability: two-night stay from £289pp*

What's included?

Enjoy a three-course dinner in the Brasserie, a romantic picnic lunch and full use of the hotel's leisure facilities, as well as complimentary use of Hunter wellies and Dubarry jackets.

6. Montagu Arms, Hampshire

Two-night gourmet break from £249pp

Nestled in the New Forest and within earshot of Beaulieu River, the Montagu Arms is above all a wonderfully romantic retreat, famous for its impeccable, friendly service and comfortable bedrooms that have recently been refurbished for a warm, contemporary feel.

The garden is also a delight: carefully tended and beautifully landscaped, the grounds are designed to be "full of happiness, tranquillity and colour" and a wander around them can be worth a trip in itself. We love the wonderful kitchen garden, with its rows of carrots, runner beans, chard, beetroot and more, all serving the outstanding restaurant.

Check availability: two-night stay from £249pp*

What's included?

This exclusive gourmet break includes a bottle of Champagne on arrival, dinner from the tasting menu in the Terrace Restaurant on the first night, tour of the kitchen garden with the head gardener, full breakfast each morning, complimentary morning tea and coffee served daily in your room, late checkout at midday and complimentary use of nearby Careys Manor leisure facilities from check-in until check-out.

7. The Manor at Sway, Hampshire

Three-night gourmet mini break from £140pp

Sprawling across south-west England, the New Forest is a unique assortment of heathland, forests and river valleys, where ponies roam free and there's plenty of outdoor pursuits. This beautiful pocket of the UK has something for everyone and there's no better base than the Manor at Sway.

After a busy day exploring, return to the manor for a five-course set seasonal menu before retiring to the comfort of your room.

Check availability: three-night stay from £140pp*

What's included?

Stay for three nights and receive breakfast each morning, complimentary five-course set menu on one evening and tea and cake on arrival.

*Based on two sharing. Subject to availability. For validity dates and full terms and conditions please visit the individual offer pages.