Winter staycations at De Savary Hotels

Terrace at Cary Arms & spa in the snow with sea view Credit: Cary Arms & SpaWhether you're a couple who want to get away having had to postpone your wedding; or perhaps you've gone ahead with a micro-wedding following the new Government guidelines and are looking for a post-vow minimoon, you really are spoilt for choice with UK staycation options this winter.
   With a selection of beautiful UK hotels and quirky inns, owned by hotelier Peter de Savary, you can take your pick from winter llama trekking and stay in a Shepherds Hut at Merry Harriers, Surrey, a seven-course Christmas Day dinner at Seasons, The Eastbury's 2 AA Rosette Restaurant, or cosy coastal break and fireworks over Babbacombe Bay at Cary Arms & Spa...

In light of recent government announcements and the ever-changing guidelines, it's worth noting that all properties offer rooms with their own entrances for more privacy whether you're travelling as a couple or small family. Some also offer self-catering options, including the 17th century Eastbury Cottage (which opened in August), and the Beach Cottages at Cary Arms & Spa. All properties are also dog-friendly.

Rose Cottage at Cary Arms & Spa Cary Arms & Spa, South Devon - award-winning "Inn on the Beach" with a spectacular coastal location, boutique spa, fabulous local food, warm atmosphere and exceptional service. A much-loved and firm fixture on the South Devon coastline, the hotel offers the perfect Christmas and New Year escape with a lively program of events for families and couples looking to get away over the festive period.

The Christmas House Party Package includes a 3-night stay (24 - 27 December 2020) in a room or cottage of your choice and celebratory mulled wine with mince pies followed by a cocktail party Christmas Eve cocktail party, champagne breakfast, five-course lunch and buffet dinner on Christmas Day with plenty of live entertainment, including Crazy Quiz Night; and English Breakfast on Boxing Day. Prices start from £1,790 for a stay in a Double Room based on 2 adults sharing for 3 nights. Cottages start from £4,440 for a stay in a Smuggler's Cottage which can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults and 2 children. Beach Hut Suites are also available and they start from £2,225 based on 2 adults sharing. Rates include accommodation, dinners, breakfasts, Christmas Day lunch, entertainment and drinks as stated.

Twixmas Package is available from 27 - 30 December 2020. For guests wanting to relax - they should also take full advantage of their state-of-the-art Thalgo Spa!- during the festive season, the Cary Arms & Spa offers a three-night getaway which includes a delicious 3-course gastro supper in the inn and a full English breakfast. Prices start from £825 for a stay in a Double Room based on 2 people sharing. Cottage rental is also available from £1,410.

Aerial view of The Cary Arms Hotel The New Years House Party Package is available from 30 December - 2 January (3 nights) and includes a three-course dinner in the cosy inn followed by the Cary Quiz Night; English Breakfast followed by a Champagne reception and five-course feast, masquerade ball and spectacular fireworks display, so guests can ring in the new year in style! New Year's Day kicks off with a lazy 'Hair of the Dog' late breakfast and then in the evening, a farewell three-course dinner accompanied by the resident pianist. Based on a 3-night stay, prices start from £1,685 for a stay in a Double Room based on 2 adults sharing. Cottages start from £4,445 in Smugglers or Cove Cottage which can sleep up to 4 adults and 2 children. Beach Hut Suites start from £2,116 based on 2 adults sharing.

Hotel Highlights:

  • Dog-friendly rooms with a dog bed, bowl and treats
  • Sustainability manifesto which includes things like eliminating single use plastics and installing an aqueous ozone generator which turns water into a cleaning fluid that is more effective than bleach in killing bacteria whilst posing no harm to the environment.
  • Activities including; sea kayaking, mackerel fishing, paddle boarding, coastal walks, classic wooden sailing yacht 'Escape', exploring Babbacombe, Oddicombe and Petitor Downs interconnected, attractive little bays known for their top water quality and cleanliness
For more information, please visit caryarms.co.uk

The entrance of the Eastbury Hotel, Dorset The Eastbury, Dorset - recently refurbished 26 bedroomed country house hotel with 2AA Rosette Restaurant, Seasons, and beautiful gardens in the heart of historical Sherborne. The new Eastbury Cottage opened August 2020 and the hotel's bijou Spa (which can also be booked exclusively) and Victorian Garden Potting Shed Suites autumn were completed in 2019. Perfect for couples and families (a selection of family rooms) and their dogs looking for a cosy and intimate setting to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

The Christmas House Party Package includes a stay in a room of your choice - arrival drink on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve Cocktail Party accompanied by live music, Christmas Day seven-course lunch in the award-winning Seasons restaurant and buffet in the evening, and Boxing Day brunch served until 1pm. Prices start from £1,475 staying in a Luxury Double Room including breakfast based on 2 people for 3 nights arriving on 24 - 27 December 2020.

Hotel Highlights:

  • The Eastbury also has an array of beautiful traditional rooms, garden rooms and Victorian Garden Potting Shed Suites which have their own entrances for added

Hotel room with courtyard at Eastbury hotel, Dorset privacy and private fire pit, perfect for cold nights relaxing under the stars

  • Beautiful spacious award-winning gardens with outdoor seating, croquet, badminton, table tennis and large chess
  • Dog-friendly rooms available with comfy dog beds, bowls, treats, a squeaky dog toy and even a welcome letter
  • Sherborne - the ancient capital of Dorset - is a sleepy market town with many local gardens (Stourhead, Minterne, Tintinhill), fly fishing, hot air ballooning, Sherborne Castle and Abbey
Open August 2020: Eastbury Cottage is a fully refurbished charming 17th century stone period property with 3 generous bedrooms. The cottage is full of character with a large Inglenook wood burning fireplace, wooden beams and modern facilities. With its own kitchen and large dining room, families can enjoy cosy mealtimes together. The cottage is self-catering but guests can book Christmas Lunch and dinner separately in the main hotel, pending there is availability at the time of booking.

A stay in Eastbury Cottage based on 2 people is £625 per night with a minimum 4-night stay at Christmas and 3 night minimum over new year or £4,375 for 7 nights. Price based on 4 people or more is £850 per night with a minimum 4-night stay at Christmas and 3 night minimum over new year or £5950 for 7 nights on a self-catering basis.

For more information, please visit theeastburyhotel.co.uk

Shepherds Hut by the lake at Merry Harriers, Godalming Merry Harriers, Godalming, Surrey - de Savary owned refurbished country inn with llama trekking and five new Shepherds Huts spring 2019. The inn is an hour from London but feels a world away. They are offering special festive packages in the lead-up to Christmas and over New Year.

Festive Dinner & Bed & Breakfast Getaway, includes a festive three-course dinner served in the cosy Inn, one bottle of wine, bed and breakfast. Available on all weekends leading up to Christmas, including the last weekend in November and Christmas weekend. Offer is valid on a Friday to Sunday night with a minimum 2-night stay. Prices start from £310 staying in an Inn Room, £390 for the Shepherds Huts and £290 for the Garden Room including breakfast and based on 2 people sharing. Extra night stay rates available upon request.

Twixmas Package includes dinner, bed and breakfast from 27 - 30 December 2020 for a minimum 2-night stay. Prices start from £310 staying in an Inn Room and £390 for the Shepherds Hut. Prices for the Garden Room start from £290, Garden Rooms start from £280 including breakfast based on 2 people sharing.

Outside The Merry Harriers, Godalming, Surrey NYE Dinner and Celebration includes a 4-course dinner with entertainment to ring in the New Year. Prices start from £50 per person including champagne. The inn is also offering a minimum 2-night stay from 31 December with prices starting from £254 for a stay in the Inn Room, Garden Rooms from £280 and Shepherds Huts from £390 including breakfast based on 2 people sharing.

Guests not staying at the hotel can also book a Christmas Day lunch at the hotel. Prices start from £75 per adult and £40 per child (12 or under) and include a 4-course menu, a glass of Champagne and Canapes on arrival. There is also a Boxing Day Curry option, with all the trimmings. Christmas Lunches & Dinners ( also available from Monday 23 November through to 24 December. Price per adult £30 with glass of prosecco on arrival. Children (12 and under) £15 with glass of juice/ soft drink on arrival

Inn Highlights:

  • Guests can walk-off their festive food and enjoy the Christmas scenes overlooking Surrey Hills with one of the inn's much-loved Llama treks. Guests can book a guided winter morning llama trek for £55.20 per adult, £27.60 per child (8 -18-year-olds). Available for treks throughout the Christmas and NYE, excluding Christmas Day
  • Five Shepherds huts surrounding a pond with views of the Surrey Hills. Each with its own entrance, outdoor log fire pit and indoor log burner
  • Six Garden Rooms each with its own entrance and views of the llamas in the neighbouring field and four inn rooms Some dog-friendly rooms with a Doggy welcome pack, dog bed and bowls, treats, a toy and a doggy dinner
  • In the area: Albury Vineyards, many walks and cycling routes, gin distillery
For more information, please visit merryharriers.com

Beach Hut Suites at The Beachcroft, West Sussex Beach Hut Suites at The Beachcroft, West Sussex - Situated on a seven mile coastal footpath, Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites make the ideal West Sussex bolthole for couples, families, friends and not forgetting, four-legged companions.

Festive Dinner, Bed & Breakfast package which can be booked over a weekday and weekend in the lead-up to Christmas and includes 3-course festive dinner and festive afternoon tea. If staying over the weekend, Saturday nights leading up to Christmas includes the wonderful Christmas favourite, a Michael Buble tribute act. Guests can make the most of their time away and explore the seven-mile coastal path right (direct access from Beach Hut Suites) or guests can head into Chichester for Christmas shopping; Arundel is also nearby, for countryside walks.

Midweek stays in a Beach Hut Suite is £800 on a Bed and Breakfast basis, for stays on a monday to friday only. Offer includes a 3-course dinner including live entertainment (bookable Wednesday and Thursday). Festive afternoon tea is bookable on Thursdays. The Festive Weekender package is available from Friday to Sunday (only) on a Bed & Breakfast basis and is £640. Three-course festive dinner available on Saturday including live entertainment. Prices are based on 2 adults sharing. Options available for extra guests and children. Dog-friendly options too, please state at time of booking.

Looking out to coast from inside a Beach Hut Suite at The Beachcroft, West Sussex Beach Hut Suites Highlights:

  • Four Beach Hut Suites with private entrance for contact free travel, overlooking Falpham pebble beach
  • Accommodating up to 2 adults and 2 children in a mezzanine master bedroom and a second bedroom with bunk beds
  • There's a stylish lounge area with corner sofa, Netflix-enabled smart TV and a Nespresso coffee machine and pods, a Smeg kettle with selection of teas and a welcome amenity Bottle of Rose & Decanter of Sloe Gin
  • Part of a hotel, so rates include breakfast and room service available
  • Reopening safety measures 
  • Doggy getaways
  • Beach Hut Suites from £237 B&B per night based on 2 adults sharing
For more information, please visit beachcroftbeachhuts.co.uk

 
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