Top UK hotels for a traditional Christmas break

Traditional Christmas breaks across the UK
Traditional Christmas breaks across the UK

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose... there's nothing like a cosy wintry setting to make your Christmas even more special.

Even better? Not having to slave away in the kitchen all day. From beautiful country house hotels to quaint B&Bs, thatched cottages and countryside inns, there's a host of places on offer to enjoy family-fun festive holidays for 2016.

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Treat yourself to mince pies and mulled wine in front of a roaring log fire at the upmarket Coworth Park in Ascot, where you can also take part in Santa Segway races on Boxing Day.

Take a winter wonderland break at Galgorm in Northern Ireland, where the kids can wander down the river to the Christmas grotto and take selfies with Santa, before family time in the hotel swimming pool, movies, popcorn and a live singer.

Wake up to stockings packed with presents at the snug Cotswolds spa retreat Ellenborough Park. While over at Eynsham Hall in Oxford, a Christmas Day Carvery is accompanied by balloon modelling, a magician, a chocolate fountain and a visit from Father Christmas himself.

Or if you want to keep things simple, why not hire the pretty-as-a-picture Blacksmith's Cottage in Norfolk for a week? Run by the National Trust, it's oozing with traditional English chocolate-box charm.

Fancy a festive seaside break? The Cary Arms in Devon is the perfect spot. You'll be treated to Devon cream tea, Champagne breakfasts, a lavish five-course Christmas lunch, evening cocktails and entertainment. And what could be more beautiful than a post-Christmas dinner walk along the stunning South West Coast Path?

See our top picture-perfect traditional Christmas breaks below... Hohoho(lidays).