Top picks for New Year Breaks

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Forget another boring New Year’s Eve down your local pub, why not gather family and friends together for a fun-filled mini break?

A recent survey by revealed that East Anglia is demand for holiday rentals, great if you’re looking for a quick getaway or toying with the idea of potentially letting a property as a holiday home. Topping the list was Great Yarmouth and Norwich, while Reepham and Swaffham had the largest increase in enquiries in the last year.



To the Broads

Popular hot spots for rentals were also Blakeney, Felixstowe and the beautiful Oulton Broad and we’re not surprised, this area of the Broads is absolutely stunning. If you’re looking to escape the hype of the New Year or just want to unwind after the stress of Christmas, head 20 minutes down stream from Oulton Broad to the Waveney River Centre.

Set on a marina, the park features a choice of accommodation including luxury lodges, a boutique hotel and camping facilities, although that option may be a little chilly for New Year. Both lodges and the hotel are cosy and comfortable and complete with a TV and DVD if you fancy kicking back with a film on New Year’s Day.

The park is ideal for those who are keen walkers or if you have the family dog joining you on your break, you’ll discover miles of unspoilt countryside and endless footpaths. The pretty market town of Beccles is not too far away, and the Waveney waterside pub and restaurant is great for a bite to eat with tasty hearty food and friendly staff. 

Prices for a New Year break start from £99 for two on a B&B basis with a free bottle of Prosecco. 

Waveney River Centre, Tel: 01502 677 343


Sleek and stylish

If you fancy a country escape but don’t fancy drifting to far from pure luxury then New Year’s Eve at Maison Talbooth could be just what you’re looking for. The Victorian country house set in a breathtaking position overlooking the Stour Valley near Dedham in Essex is a home away from home. Part of Pride of Britain Hotels, the grand accommodation feels more homely and relaxing rather than having the sense and feeling of staying in a hotel.

Here, you’ll be able to celebrate NYE in style. The evening starts with champagne and canapés before a piper leads you through to a fabulous five-course dinner at the hotel’s riverside restaurant, Le Talbooth, then grab your party shoes and dance the night away. A night’s stay costs from £368pp, based on two sharing including accommodation in the Shakespeare suite, full English breakfast, gala dinner with wines, use of the outdoor pool, which is heated year-round to 29.5°C, hot tub and pool house with outdoor log fire and blankets to keep guests toasty.

Pride of Britain Hotels, Tel: 0800 089 3929


City chic

Described as where chic meets classic Cambridge, The Varsity Hotel is an elegant and convenient base for exploring the city over New Year. Whether its arts, sight seeing or shopping you are looking for there’s always plenty to see and do.

The hotel features a fantastic spa for those who want to relax and its River Bar Steakhouse and Grill is located on the Quayside, with breathtaking views of the river. Stylish and contemporary with its split-level dining, the restaurant serves a range of mouth-watering dishes, including a delicious full flavoured steak, using only the finest prime beef.

The cocktail and wine menu is extensive. With classic concoctions to River House specials, Champagne mixes and non-alcoholic versions available, you’ll be spoilt for choice of ways to toast the New Year. The Varisty Hotel, Tel: 01223 306030


Charming celebrations

For a romantic break with roaring log fires, ancient oak beams and twinkling lights, the iconic 15th century Swan at Lavenham is a must visit this New Year.

The charming historic Suffolk hotel is offering a two-night, half-board NYE package from 30 December including afternoon tea, drinks reception and dinner both days plus live entertainment. 

On arrival enjoy a light afternoon tea in the lounge in front of the wood burning fire. Settle into your room and meet fellow guests for aperitifs before sitting down to a four-course dinner in the beautiful AA two rosette Gallery Restaurant accompanied by international vocalist Ian Gallagher for an evening of swing.

On New Year’s Eve breakfast is a leisurely affair allowing plenty of time to explore the town and local area before gathering for Champagne and canapés. The reception is followed by a grand, black tie, five-course dinner to the sounds of the hotel’s talented pianist, then dance the night away and see in 2015 with style.

The two-night stay, based on two sharing a classic double or twin room, is priced from £845.

he Swan at Lavenham, Tel: 01787 247477




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