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8 perfect places for a winter break near Essex

PUBLISHED: 12:57 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:07 28 November 2017

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Whether it be in Essex itself or in any of the counties surrounding us, there are numerous hotels, cottages and lodges that make for a wonderful winter break. Here are 8 you should book in to right away

1) Hintlesham Hall

Hintlesham Hall has to be one of the most beautiful Country House Hotels in Suffolk. In the most amazing rural setting, the hotel offers 32 individually¬designed bedrooms and suites, making it an ideal destination for a short winter break. Including relaxed dining with afternoon tea and Sunday lunches, Hintlesham Hall is also a food lover’s delight. With its beautifully laid table, overlooking the gardens, the main Hotel Restaurant is a truly unrivalled setting.

The restaurant has been awarded two prestigious AA Rosettes in recognition of the high standard of cuisine on offer and is open to hotel guests as well as the general public. Hintlesham Hall is also home to a beautiful Elemis spa located in the hotel grounds. The spa has three, soothing treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, a relaxation lounge plus a quaint outdoor terrace with a Jacuzzi. It’s ideal for gathering a group of friends together for a birthday treat or a surprise for a bride to make for a most memorable and relaxing overnight break.

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2) Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe House is the perfect place to escape this winter. Once painted by John Constable, the hotel can be used as a base to explore the surrounding parkland. Take a stroll along one of the walking trails set up throughout the grounds before heading back for a Sunday Roast and to sit in front of the fire in the Grade II listed main house.

This autumn and winter, the hotel is running some fantastic offers including a Sunday stay and dine package from £60 per person and a 30% discount on suites when booking 30 days in advance.

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3) Orsett Hall

Why not visit the award¬winning Orsett Hall for a warming break this winter? The hotel is offering some lovely overnight packages, giving you the opportunity to dine in the Garden Brasserie for Afternoon Tea and/or Dinner, use of the stunning Spa facilities, and the chance to relax in the beautiful Café Sartoria before retiring to one of the luxurious bedrooms.

Whether you are looking for a night away with a loved one or a chance to unwind with family and friends, Orsett Hall is the perfect winter escape.

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4) Suffolk Secrets

Suffolk Secrets has the largest portfolio of self¬catering holiday cottages in the county of Suffolk, with more than 500 properties to choose from, so it’s a great place to find your ideal winter break. Wangford Lodge, just a short drive from Southwold and perfectly placed for exploring the Suffolk coast, is one of the latest additions to the Suffolk Secrets portfolio.

Soft, muted shades and floods of natural daylight combine in this contemporary residence to create a sophisticated holiday retreat for up to seven guests. Enjoy a 3¬night winter break for £75 per person, based on seven people staying.

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5) Strattons Hotel

Strattons is an award winning boutique hotel, restaurant and cafe deli offering cool contemporary style with originality. The hotel is hidden in the historic market town of Swaffham, located in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, not far from the North Norfolk coastline. Enjoy afternoon tea by the fire, a light lunch from the cafe deli or a delicious dinner in the chic restaurant.

Then stay in one of the 14 individual, sumptuous and eclectic bedrooms, featuring maybe a Jacobean four¬poster bed, an open fire, a freestanding bath at the foot of the bed with room for two, original period features or a huge decked balcony.

6) Down Hall Country House Hotel

At just £179 per couple, you can enjoy dinner in Down Hall’s AA Rosette award winning restaurant, a night’s stay in a classic double bedroom with breakfast, a 15 minute taster treatment each plus two hours of the wet spa facilities, all set in the beautiful countryside at Down Hall Hotel & Spa.

Running throughout January and February 2018, this limited time offer is one not to be missed.

7) Hotel Felix

Combining traditional Victorian architecture with contemporary design, Hotel Felix provides a stylish and characterful alternative to the ordinary in the heart of Cambridgeshire. Guests can expect contemporary rooms, an in¬house art collection, an award¬winning restaurant with a real passion for food and inviting, cosy spaces in which you can relax, unwind and enjoy a quiet drink.

Set in beautiful leafy gardens, just one mile outside central Cambridge, it’s the perfect place to stop over when visiting this beautiful and historic city.

8) Milsoms Hotels & Restaurants

Who can resist an overnight break this autumn at a Milsom Hotel? There are some delicious offers to tempt everyone including the Super Sunday bed and breakfast at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall or the Autumn Sundays at Milsoms offering a great bed and breakfast package.

You’ll also find fabulous value if you book a top of the range luxurious two¬night spa break at Maison Talbooth, also in Dedham. The outdoor pool at the Maison is heated all year round to a sizzling 85˚C, so don’t forget to pack your costume!

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