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PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 December 2015

Get cosy in front of the fire at Flinders, in Blakeney, a cottage from Barefoot Retreats

Get cosy in front of the fire at Flinders, in Blakeney, a cottage from Barefoot Retreats


If you fancy escaping the stress of Christmas, you don’t have to travel far to find a perfect spot for relaxation and fun

From hotels and luxury self-catering cottages to glamping and Nordic-style lodges, there is a perfect getaway for everyone this season, whether you want peace and tranquillity or fun and entertainment.

If you are planning a break in December, it is important to research exactly what is on offer and whether it will suit your needs. You might not be at home, but you will still want to sample that special festive atmosphere, perhaps snuggling in front of a log fire or joining in a chorus of We Wish You A Merry Christmas at the bar with fellow guests.

At Potters Leisure Resort ( at Hopton the aim is to get everybody in the Christmas spirit, no matter what their age. As well as welcoming accommodation and a great choice of food and drink, there is also the chance to unwind in the swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool.

Danielle Howard from Potters says it is essential at Christmas to make guests feel completely at home. “The resort will be decked with Christmas trees and glistening lights with an atmosphere of festive cheer, a backdrop of classic Christmas songs and the smell of cinnamon and sugar in the air as you’re greeted with a mince pie and glass of mulled wine.”

There are family breaks aimed at everyone from little ones through to teenagers, parents and even grandparents. As well as activities, entertainment and great food and drink, guests can also enjoy this year’s Christmas Spectacular performed by the Potters Theatre Company.

“The show The Great Christmas Songbook features all the classic festive tunes – from Driving Home for Christmas and Fairytale of New York to White Christmas and All I Want For Christmas Is You. As always, the talented team of performers recruited from London’s West End have been busy since Easter choreographing routines, choosing the set list and sewing on multitudes of sequins. Energetic and lively, this is your chance to dance away to all your Christmas hits and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of festive cheer,” she says.

If you prefer something a little quieter, why not consider booking a self-catering cottage?

Helen Millin, who co-owns Barefoot Retreats ( at Thornham, has about 50 properties on the Norfolk coast.

“It is a hugely popular time of year to get away,” she says. “People like to escape all the stresses of Christmas, and it is a nice way to spend quality time with the people you love without all the pressure. We offer a welcome basket on arrival filled with festive seasonal treats and we also provide bathrobes and slippers at each property and most have open fires, so you really can kick back and indulge in the festive atmosphere.

“Christmas is a very special time in Norfolk and we love sharing that with guests – whether it’s seeing the Queen and Royal family arrive at Sandringham church or watching the festive swimmers on Hunstanton beach.”

Don’t miss the Great British Holidays and Breaks 2016 magazine, which will be available with the next issue.

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