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5 Reasons We Love A Country Hotel At Christmas

10th Nov 2023

5 Reasons We Love A Country Hotel At Christmas

There are endless reasons people love Christmas. Every family has their own traditions and festive expectations; for some, the ‘festive feeling’ comes from being at home, or from the cosiness that winter brings, whilst for others the spirit in the season originates in the senses, the smell of mulled spices and freshly baked minced pies, or the rich feasts shared together.

Whatever makes it ‘Christmas’ for you, let us share our 5 reasons why we love a New Forest hotel at Christmas, and why we think you will too.


1. That picture-postcard Christmas feeling 

If it’s an idyllic picture-postcard Christmas you’re dreaming of, a winter wonderland in the heart of a beautiful National Park, then you ought to step into our luxury hotel in the New Forest at Christmas. It doesn’t get more festive than a quintessential country village welcoming you with twinkling lights and the amber glow of our hotel windows inviting you in to warm up in front of our roaring fireplaces; whether you feel like sitting in our peaceful lounge or heading for our cosy country pub, Monty’s. 
And, we’re delighted to be able to share with you too that our Hampshire hotel is a finalist in the Small Hotel of the Year category at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards - we’ll know whether we’ve won Gold, Silver, or Bronze at the award ceremony in December. 


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2. Festive feasting

A little indulgence is expected during the festive season; specially designed Christmas menus, afternoon teas, delicious treats, and rich flavours to nourish and warm the soul are just another reason to visit our luxury New Forest hotel. At our 18th century country hotel, you’ll discover fine dining and fine wine to accompany your relaxing break in Hampshire; the best flavours of Christmas crafted from ingredients handpicked from our surrounding coast and countryside. The Terrace restaurant menu changes with the seasons, offering modern British dishes created from the very best seasonal, regional, and local produce for unforgettable culinary experiences. Monty’s is our cosy wood-panelled New Forest pub inviting you to get comfy and enjoy the best hearty, seasonal food, and fine local brews in front of the fire. 


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3. Escape and relax 

Escape to one of the best hotels in the New Forest for exactly that, an escape. The log fire is lit and the Christmas tree twinkling so you can simply sit back and feel festive. Centre your Christmas break around great sleep, well-needed relaxation, and time away from the ‘to do’ list. Bring the whole family, including your four-legged friend; the countryside at Christmas is a dog-friendly haven with a slice of festive fun for all. Delicious dining options, fresh countryside air, frosty forest walks, and peace and quiet in the countryside... A New Forest break is the perfect way to head into the New Year feeling well-rested and renewed. If that’s not quite enough, find deep relaxation and warming hydrotherapy at the award winning Thai Spa, SenSpa, located just 6 miles away at our sister hotel in Brockenhurst - Careys Manor – the perfect way to bring the year to a close.  Why wait until New Year when you can set your intentions now? 


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4. Wintery activities 

Get away and discover new activities; for many explorers or adventure-seekers our luxury hotel in the New Forest is the perfect base from which to get out and active. Wrap up and head out, experience organised guided activities like canoeing along the tranquil Beaulieu River or, if you prefer to roam free, wander miles of forest trails and enjoy the crunch of frosty paths beneath your feet; hire bikes and wind your way through our ancient woodland, stopping in quaint New Forest villages along the way. Once you’re back, head to your room to freshen up before dinner and enjoy a long cosy evening relaxing. What will tomorrow have in store…


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5. Bring people together

We’ll host so you can concentrate on what matters, getting together in a home away from home, to reconnect, eat, rest, and explore our New Forest National Park. If you’d rather join in the fun, why not suggest a Hampshire hotel break for friends or family, and bring the dog, so you can simply relax, enjoy every moment, and leave the hosting, cooking, and organising to us. It’s the perfect time of year to bring the family together, play games, open that book you’ve been meaning to read, sleep soundly and lie-in guilt-free - this is just part of the charm of heading to a New Forest hotel at Christmas. If you’re thinking that it might be time to mix things up and foster some new festive traditions, such as making time for a break at a luxury New Forest hotel, we can assure you that it will reawaken your festive spirit, you’ll come away renewed and excited by the season and you’ll feel better prepared for the new year. 


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