Christmas at hotels in the Cotswolds
Finest Hotels in the Cotswolds are extremely popular at Christmas. There’s something about the image of a manor house hotel or inn at Christmas time. It seems that the gentle hilly scenery and the lights shining from cottage windows brings out our inner Dickens. It’s all very cosy.
All hotels plan Christmas carefully and, for practical reasons hotels in the Cotswolds offer packages usually of three nights for Christmas stays. Sometimes they offer the opportunity to book for Christmas lunch only - we tried this last year and it was a reve-lation!
Hotel packages often reflect hotels in the Cotswolds location at the heart of village life, very often the local church is nearby, a town square with its Christmas tree and almost certainly a cheery local pub. Such historic hotels are often on the local carol singers’ rounds, with the option of traditional Midnight Mass in an ancient church. More than one hotel offers a late night whisky, or perhaps a restorative cocoa, to guests returning from church.
Christmas Day in the Cotswolds is atmospheric. Some strategic snow would make the setting magical… but it’s never less than charming. A time for short walks, books in front of open fires (A few years ago, Penguin published Laurie Lee’s ‘Village Christmas’, which we’d recommend) and some fine dining too.
Hotels in the Cotswolds come into their own at Christmastime.
After Christmas, and that slightly messy bit afterwards that has come to be called ‘Twixmas’, hotels in the Cotswolds return to familiar ground with their New Year packages. These are usually two night affairs.
Each of the hotels in the Cotswolds does New Year in their own way, but you can expect to see live music, the odd casino and spa treatments. Local Champagne deliveries are stepped up and in general it’s a glamorous time, as hotels in the Cotswolds aim for the ultimate house party atmosphere.
Dinner is a highlight. After all the traditions and the conventions of Christmas dinner, chefs are let off the leash to really excel with their signature dishes on New Year’s Eve. It’s the evening of the year when Chefs most want to impress and make things memorable.
Guests slowly emerge on New Year’s Day. Somehow appetites revive in time for brunch - and a few hardy types head off for racing at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.
Our tip would be to add an extra night and head off to sales in some of the quirky shops and boutiques in the area. It’s a complete joy compared to the High Street.
In any event, any excess partying can be redeemed with fresh air on one of the hundreds of walks in the Cotswolds. Your hotel reception team will have plenty of ideas for you.