Christmas is in the air….
28 November 2016
In need of a quick break away and some festive cheer, then soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas at one of Britain’s atmospheric Christmas Markets and combine it with a relaxing stay at a cosy pub with rooms. Choose one of these with fabulous inns close to traditional markets in Bath, York, Leeds, Winchester, Cirencester, and one overlooking fairytale Leeds Castle in Kent.
Hidden away in a secret valley, the 16th-century Wheatsheaf is a favoured rural retreat for exploring Georgian Bath, just 15 minutes away. Book one of the super-cosy rooms in the former cowshed and take in the city’s beautiful Christmas Market (until 11th December), where 170 chalets line the streets around the Abbey. Back at the inn, relax by the fire in the contemporary-smart interior and tuck into some great food.
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Judges Lodging, York, North Yorkshire
The stunning Grade I-listed townhouse dates from around 1730 and retains many original features despite being refurbished from top to toe. The entire building is shot through with period charm, so expect a quirky interior and stylish bedrooms. So kick back and take your time, before striking out to explore the city’s magnificent St Nicholas Fayre and its 100 snug chalets (until 23rd December).
Read more about this pub with rooms in York, North YorkshireThe Village Pub, Barnsley, Gloucestershire
A casual offshoot of swanky Barnsley House across the road, the self-proclaimed ‘village pub’ in picture-postcard Barnsley certainly lives up to its name. Earthy colours, rustic timbers and blazing log fires set the tone and smart bedrooms are cut above the pub norm. Perfect for exploring the Cotswolds and Cirencester’s traditional Christmas Market located in the town’s Market Place on 3rd/4th December.
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The Milk House, Sissinghurst, Kent
Rescued and stylishly revamped in 2013, the Milk House has a laid-back vibe, brilliant staff and exciting food on crowd-pleasing menus. The four spacious and very relaxing bedrooms provide the perfect winter bolthole for exploring Kent and stocking up on Christmas gifts at the Leeds Castle Christmas Market, located on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the floodlit castle (weekends in December).
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The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge, Hampshire
Transformed into a civilised country inn, the Greyhound backs onto the River Test in Stockbridge, England’s fly-fishing capital. You can expect a warm, sophisticated décor, stylish and cosy bedrooms, and some innovative cooking – well worth the 10-mile drive to Winchester’s famous Christmas Market, set in the atmospheric Cathedral Close (until 20th December).
Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire
A renovated 17th-century corn mill hidden in the folds of the wooded Shibden Valley, overlooking the babbling Red Beck – a truly peaceful spot just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Halifax and only 30 minutes drive from Leeds and the city’s traditional German Christmas Market (until 18th December). Return to roaring fires, exciting menus and a cosy room.
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