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Book your Christmas break in Canterbury

Whether you need a romantic retreat, a sumptuous meal or afternoon tea, a cocktail class, some much needed pamper time or an escape to the country, you will find the perfect Christmas and New Year base in Canterbury. Here are some of our top picks:

Cathedral Views
When it comes to rooms with a view, these ones are hard to beat. Utterly unique in every way, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a contemporary hotel in the tranquil grounds of the famous cathedral itself. Nestled behind the ornate cathedral gates, you will be based in the heart of the city and wake up to views of the cathedrals from your bedroom window. The hotel is mere steps away from the bustling city centre yet remains serenely peaceful. Plus your stay includes full entry to the cathedral, so you can absorb its thrilling history or enjoy a choral evensong service. 

Magnificent Martinis 
Whether you want a romantic break or just daiquiri to die for, The Falstaff Hotel is a must visit for Canterbury visitors and residents alike. The historic coaching inn has been providing hospitality for more than 600 years, and today boasts one of the best cocktail bars in the city. Think decadent décor, bottomless brunches and beautiful bedrooms, all just around the corner from Canterbury West Station and the main high street. And if you need an original Christmas gift, why not pick up a voucher for a cocktail masterclass with their head mixologist? We’ll drink to that!

Pubs with rooms
If your idea of heaven is a country walk followed by a hearty meal and a foamy pint, then look no further than The Dog at Wingham. Voted one of the top 50 UK Gastropubs, this is the perfect place for a meal out or an overnight stay to escape to. The picturesque rural village has beautiful walking and cycling routes so you can work up an appetite, but it’s also the perfect spot for foodies looking for a long, lazy meal with loved ones. And with rooms on site, you don’t need to worry about the drive home.

Country Manors 
Sometimes you just want to escape to the country and play Lord or Lady of the Manor. We can help with that…

Broome Park Hotel and Golf Resort is a perfect retreat if you are yearning for roaring fires, elegant wood panelling, and a quick nine holes before lunch. The historic country house was once the home of Lord Kitchener, and today has a choice of beautiful manor rooms and a collection of stylish woodland lodges in the grounds for guests. With sprawling grounds and an 18-hole championship golf course, you might not want to leave. 

Or head over to Howfield Manor, where their signature service has guests returning year after year. This 12th century manor house is set within five acres of lush grounds, and is a great place for a special celebration or just a spot of afternoon tea. 

Accommodation blog Dec 20 gridHome Comforts
Sometimes you need a little slice of home comfort, and you’ll find that in spades at 7 Longport B&B. This detached cottage, hidden behind a Georgian townhouse, offers 21st century comforts in a 15th century setting, with a wood burner and delicious locally-sourced breakfast (cooked on the townhouse Aga!). A great base for exploring the city or Canterbury’s picturesque surrounding villages, and historic St Augustine’s Abbey is right on your doorstep.

Digital Detox
Take a deep breath and get some much-needed R&R surrounded by nature.

Great Field Farm has a collection of eco barns available on a bed and breakfast or self-catering basis in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by farmland, paddocks and woodland, you can explore the great outdoors in all seasons and spot wildlife such as deer, hares, pheasants, badgers, foxes, and butterflies. The barns are solar-powered and breakfast is resplendent with local seasonal goods. And while you have all the mod cons you need, it’s the perfect place to switch off your screens and recharge your batteries. Prebook a stay and you can also combine your visit with a cultural excursion to Canterbury or a golf break.

Cosy cottages 
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than booking a Christmas or new year break for you and your best friends and fam in a gorgeous cottage. Kent and Sussex Cottages have accommodation dotted across Canterbury, Whistable and Herne Bay, and offer flexible options for those wanting to explore the beautiful coastline and Kent countryside. Choose a seafront holiday cottage in Herne Bay with sweeping sea views or cosy medieval cottage with your very own wood burner. 

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