Last-minute getaways for the New Year

Say hello to 2019 from the comfort of your very own houseboat, lighthouse or prison cell

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13 Dec 2018

To the Lighthouse

The lantern of Pendeen Lighthouse has watched proudly over the North Cornwall Coast for more than 100 years. Solebay Cottage, with its whitewashed walls, sits at the foot of the beacon on a jutting granite headland just six miles north of Land’s End.

Say hello to 2019 in a Penzance lighthouse

The area is one of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wildlife lovers should keep an eye out for grey seals or bottlenose dolphins among the waves.

Watch the sun setting on 2018 from the southernmost tip of the UK, or make wishes on the canopy of stars above from your private watchtower.

The lighthouse cottage sleeps four and is available to book for £623 for three nights.

Pendeen Lighthouse, Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 7ED

Happy New Yurt

Meet Poppet. She’s an 18ft yurt, full of furs, blankets and a king size bed. She lives in a woodland in Dorset, close to popular holiday town Lyme Regis and the rugged Jurassic Coast. Poppet is part of the Crafty Camping site which, aside from yurts, offers tipis, bell tents, a luxury tree house and a shepherd’s hut.

Spend the evening reading by the flickering light of lanterns or go for a steam in the sauna yurt before taking a dip under the hot tree shower. Forget bland NYE set menus in overpriced restaurants, here you can make your own woodfired pizza in Crafty Camping’s coal oven. On New Year’s Day enjoy free tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cereals in the Woodland Kitchen.

Poppet the yurt is available for two nights for £348. 

Crafty Camping, Yonder Hill, Holditch, West Dorset, TA20 4NL.

Party like its 1813

If you’re more interested in donning your glad rags than a pair of muddy wellies on December 31, the Georgian gem of Bath promises an ideal city escape. Hidden inside an elegant period townhouse at No 15 Great Pulteney Street is Bath’s most boutique independent hotel.

The Royal Crescent, Bath. Credit: Getty

For a New Year celebration plucked straight from the pages of a Jane Austen novel join the hotel’s guests for a five course dinner followed by champagne and dancing in the foyer until the early hours. Luxuriating in No 15’s stone vaulted spa the next morning is sure to cure any after effects of the bubbly.

For a one-night stay over New Year’s Eve prices start from £310 per person which includes a welcome champagne afternoon tea, champagne reception, five-course dinner and a reviving breakfast the morning after.

No 15, 15 Great Pulteney St, Bath BA2 4BR.

All aboard!

This year, Liverpool’s skies will be lit up by hundreds of New Year’s Eve fireworks displays. Rather than jostling among the crowds, ooh and aah from the comfort of a private waterside terrace with a glass of bubbles in your hand. How? By donning your captain’s hat for the evening and hiring a boat at the city’s famous Albert Dock.

Sleep on a ship in the Albert Docks. Credit: Dave Wood

The World Heritage Site waterfront is just a few minutes walk from the bright lights of the city centre and its bustling bars and restaurants. The Glacière is a tall ship built in 1899. There’s enough room on board its timber deck for dancing the night away among the rigging and the large cabin down below has space for six people.

The Glacière can be booked via Beds on Board and prices start from £95.

Shepherd’s delight

A small but bijou shepherd’s hut nestled within swathes of South Welsh woodland, the Bugail (meaning shepherd in Welsh) Hut is just 25 minutes from bustling Cardiff yet feels a world away.

It is tucked away within Tresilian Wood in the Vale of Glamorgan, an area rich in ancient castles, churches and myths. The hut sleeps two and has its own kitchen, bathroom and a wood burner to keep you snug on the last night of the year. Step out the stable door onto your own private terrace complete with a fire pit. Make sure to drink in the view of the wild Welsh coast on your New Year’s Day walk. Three nights in the Bugail Hut costs £390.

Tresilian Wood, Dimlands Road, St Donats, CF61 1ZB.

Party behind bars

Start the year as you mean to go on: in a dungeon. Surely not? But the ancient prison in Oxford’s historic Castle Quarter is no ordinary lock-up.

Greeting guests with a view of its imposing stone battlements, Malmaison’s Oxford hotel was still housing prisoners in the late 1990s. Heavy metal doors and barred windows add to the theatre of your stay. Inside rooms are plush and kitted out with modern luxuries such as freestanding baths and power showers. From the top of the Norman Castle Mound just outside your bedroom window you can enjoy panoramic views across the city’s dreaming spires.

Spend New Year in Prison (voluntarily)

Malmaison are offering New Year’s Eve experiences at 15 of their locations across Britain. Prices start from £299 and include a drink, dinner of freshly caught seafood and succulent roast meats, live evening entertainment and breakfast the next morning. After all, after a long Christmas of cooking, cleaning and washing up – who doesn’t deserve some TLC from their New Year B&B?

Oxford Castle, 3 New Rd, Oxford OX1 1AY.


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