12 top local spots for a winter break


EXG NOV 13 WINTER BREAKS - Credit: Archant

Stoke by Nayland Hotel,

Golf & Spa

Keepers Lane, Leavenheath

Colchester CO6 4PZ

01206 262836


The atmosphere at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is magical during the Christmas season. The four-star, family-owned resort pulls out all the stops to treat guests to sumptuous festive meals and excellent entertainment. There are two, three and four-night Christmas break packages available, with all the trimmings including entertainment, delicious dinners and unlimited poolside access. There is also a New Year’s Eve Short Break option for two or three nights, both including tickets to the prestigious New Year’s Eve Gala Ball, or enjoy one of the Twixmas Breaks to take care of that in-between period with live entertainment and incredible festive food.

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The Roslin Beach Hotel

10-12 Thorpe Esplanade

Thorpe Bay

Essex SS1 3BG

01702 586375


The Roslin Beach Hotel is a seaside retreat with 62 rooms including three luxurious suites and 18 executive rooms situated in a quiet location opposite an award-winning beach in Southend on Sea. The newly-opened Roslin Retreat welcomes you into an environment of relaxation and rejuvenation that combines all the benefits of health, wellbeing and beauty with the care of the face and body. Perfect for warming you up this winter.

The Ship at Dunwich

St James Street



IP17 3DT

01728 648219


Once a haunt of smugglers, The Ship Inn is now a great place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all, surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beaches. Only the romantic ruins of Dunwich monastery remain as a hint to the fate of this once thriving medieval port which was claimed by the waves during a terrible storm. What could be better than to share in the magic of this wonderful location this winter – especially as stays at The Ship at Dunwich in December and January include 50% off our room rates, excluding the Christmas and New Year period?

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath,

Bishop’s Stortford


CM22 7AS

01279 731441


Escape this winter with a relaxing break at Down Hall Country House Hotel and make the most of a great winter package of £169 per couple. You will be welcomed with a warming Winter Pimms and a delicious Apple Pie in the bar or lounge before you enjoy all of Down Hall’s fabulous facilities and stunning grounds. Later, sit down to a delicious three-course dinner in the stylish Grill Room Restaurant and settle down for a restful night’s sleep before tucking into a full English breakfast.

The County Hotel

Rainsford Road


Essex CM1 2PZ

01245 455700


With London Liverpool Street Station, just 35 minutes away, staying at The County Hotel in Chelmsford is a perfect way to start or end a great day out of Christmas shopping. Leave the car behind and hop on a train to all your favourite shops and return ready to enjoy a wonderful AA Rosette dinner in The County Hotel restaurant. With 50 bedrooms available, there is sure to be one to suit you with a package rate of dinner, bed and breakfast for £135 per couple on a Friday or Saturday night.

Prested Hall





01376 573300


If you love old buildings, but value contemporary style and comfort, Prested is your kind of place. When you step inside, you are in a country house with fine period interiors and art nouveau features. Outside, lawns lead to a partial moat, a charming bridge and fields beyond. The bedrooms have fresh flowers, real coffee and, to quote a guest, ‘lovely beds and big chunky bedding that you can get lost in’. Next door, is the modern health club with a 40-station gym, a 20m pool, a sauna and a steam room, plus lawn and real tennis courts. The Elemis spa offers a range of indulgent treatments to help you unwind and recharge.

Milsom Hotels

Stratford Road

Dedham, Colchester



01206 322367


Who could resist a break this autumn and winter at a Milsom Hotel? Quite simply, there is a choice of delicious offers to tempt everyone, from an overnight dinner, bed and breakfast by the sea at The Pier at Harwich to a luxurious two-night spa break at Maison Talbooth in Dedham. The outdoor pool at the Maison Talbooth is heated all year round to a sizzling 85?C, so don’t forget to pack your costume.

The Victory

Coast Road

Mersea Island


01206 382907


Enjoy a winter break on the coast at The Victory at Mersea and enjoy three nights in four-star rated accommodation for the price of two nights, from Sunday to Thursday. You’ll discover a great menu of award-winning food with a traditional pub foundation, plus fantastic views over the Blackwater estuary.

Ufford Park

Yarmouth Road




IP12 1QW

01394 383555


Ufford Park in Woodbridge provides the perfect setting for that leisurely winter golf break. There is an award-winning 18-hole, par 71 golf course and due to the naturally free-draining characteristics of the soil, combined with their dedicated green keepers, no matter what the weather the course is open all year round – even when many other courses have to close. Stay for a short break and take full advantage of the DoctorGolf Academy and the Health Club during your stay, where you can relax in the deck level swimming pool, hot tub and sauna.

Prices start from as little as £89 per person, per night including dinner, bed and breakfast, two rounds of golf and use of the Health Club.

Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester CO4 3SQ

01206 863666


Let Wivenhoe House take care of all the hard work this winter while you sit back, relax and stay warm. Whether it’s the extravagance of the fine dining experience, a relaxing lunch in the contemporary brasserie or trialling the delights of an afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of the drawing room, Wivenhoe House has a range of mouth-watering options for you to enjoy this winter. There is also an extensive array of spacious and elegant rooms and suites, so you can choose the perfect place to get away this winter.

The Mill Hotel Sudbury

Walnut Tree Lane


CO10 1BD

01787 375544


The Legacy Mill Hotel in Sudbury is steeped in history and nestled away in elegant Suffolk countryside. Surrounded by breathtaking rivers and meadows and located just a short stroll from the market town of Sudbury, the hotel offers everything you need for a delightful break this winter. With roaring fires in several open fireplaces, a heated roof terrace, the Riverside Restaurant & Bar and 63 stylish bedrooms, guests will have no need to leave the hotel. Look out for fabulous discounts for stays in January and February 2014.

The Angel Inn

Polstead Street

Stoke by Nayland

Suffolk CO6 4SA

01206 263245


Stoke by Nayland is in the heart of the area where John Constable found inspiration for many of his masterpieces. In the centre of the village is St Mary’s Church, with it’s 120ft perpendicular grand tower, a favourite of Constable’s which appears in several of his paintings.

To this day The Angel Inn remains a traditional 16th century, oak beamed coaching house, in the heart of this idyllic Suffolk village, offering all the comfort of modern life, in an historic setting.

Winter offerings include a package of one night’s accommodation with continental breakfast, a three-course meal and a bottle of wine for two people from £140.

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