It’s not too late to join the fun at a country house this Christmas

For example, Mortons House Hotel, a 16th-century manor house in the picturesque Dorset village of Corfe Castle, has reduced its three-night Christmas break by £160 to £850 for a double room (two sharing). Guests enjoy champagne and canapés followed by a gala dinner on Christmas Eve, lunch and evening buffet on Christmas Day, and Boxing Day brunch, afternoon tea and Elizabethan banquet.
If you’re seeking a real away-from-it-all break, Knockinaam Lodge, tucked away on the south-west tip of Scotland, offers fabulous walks along unspoilt coastline and its own private beach.
This intimate country house hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant where guests will enjoy a gourmet tasting dinner on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, and a champagne reception before traditional Christmas lunch. Knockinaam has knocked £100 off its three-night festive break – now £1,030 for two.
Couples who book a three-night Christmas stay at Losehill House in the Derbyshire Peaks for £1,125 can return next year for a free three-night spa break worth £300.  
Set in stunning countryside ideal for walking, the hotel starts its celebrations on Christmas Eve with afternoon tea and mulled wine, a spa treatment each, kir royale reception and gastronomic dinner. There is a four-course Christmas Day lunch and evening buffet. Guests can burn off the calories by taking a packed lunch on Boxing Day for a climb to the summit of Losehill – before piling them on again at a black-tie dinner.
Finally, if you’re looking forward to a guaranteed white Christmas, head for Ruthin Castle in North Wales where a snow machine is on stand-by if the real stuff doesn’t appear. 
The 13th-century castle is laying on a suitably medieval feast on Christmas Eve with costumed singers, dancers and court jester. There’s a traditional Christmas Day lunch and Boxing Day dinner with a pantomime performance of Dick Whittington. Cost of three nights is £860 per couple. 
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