Winter breaks: Escape from it all
PUBLISHED: 15:06 16 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:10 20 February 2013
Essex Life reveals these idyllic destinations that are all on<br/><br/>our doorstep but offer an ideal escape from the winter blues
Forest Lodge Holidays
Little Lodge Farm
Santon Downham, Brandon
Suffolk IP27 0TX
Nestled in the heart of Thetford Forest on the Norfolk/Suffolk boarder, Little Lodge Farm offers a selection of fully-equipped log cabins. Surrounded by the forest with a nearby river, there is an abundance of wildlife to enjoy, providing the perfect tonic to help ease you through the darker, winter months.
Best Western Ufford
Suffolk IP12 1QW
This family-run hotel is beautifully situated in 120 acres of historic parkland, near Woodbridge, in the tranquil heart of the Suffolk countryside. With 87 comfortably-appointed en suite bedrooms, a challenging winter golf course, a well-equipped health club and a luxurious day spa, Ufford Park is perfect for a relaxing break.
Stoke by Nayland
Suffolk CO6 4SE
The Crown at Stoke by Nayland is a privately-owned village inn with a reputation for making everyone feel welcome. It was the winner of the 2011 Good Pub Guides Suffolk Dining Pub of the Year and is also cited in the 2011 Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide. The boutique hotel has also received rave reviews and offers luxury en-suite bedrooms, each stylishly furnished and individually designed in sympathy with the historic surroundings.
Stratford Road, Dedham
Colchester CO7 6HN
Milsom Hotels and Restaurants offers a delicious range of one or two-night breaks this winter. Maison Talbooth in Dedham, named the 2010 Essex Small Hotel of the Year, is complete with a heated pool, tennis court and day spa, while milsoms is a relaxed brasserie with 15 bedrooms. On the quay in Harwich, The Pier is a unique hotel with two superb restaurants or if you feel like a trip over the border into Suffolk, you can stay at milsoms Kesgrave Hall, a Georgian mansion with a brasserie restaurant.
Essex CO5 9EE
As guests enter the country manor house, a comfortable and inviting lounge area with cosy armchairs and a roaring fire awaits. Afternoon teas can be enjoyed in one of the halls period rooms, or a table booked in the Oak Restaurant for a three-course dinner. From the lounge, a handsome oak staircase leads to 11 en suite rooms.
Suffolk IP13 6NU
Built by Sir Thomas Seckford in 1530, Seckford Hall is surrounded by 34 acres of parkland. Combining a Tudor setting with chic accommodation, facilities include a swimming pool, spa, gym and beauty rooms. Seckford Hall also offers 20% reduction on green fees at the Seckford Golf Club adjacent to the hotel.
The Swan Hotel
High Street, Lavenham
Suffolk CO10 9QA
The Swan Hotel is one of Englands most iconic hotels dating back to the 15th century. This winter, why not relax in front of a roaring log fire within the peaceful and relaxing surroundings of the hotel? From fabulous cuisine to sumptuous accommodation, this really is an ideal chance to get away from it all.