The Newt, Somerset
Best for: budding horticulturists
Garden lovers should consider New Year’s Eve at The Newt, the new country house hotel, restaurants, farm, cyder press, gardens and garden shops near Bruton. Join the hotel’s Hadspen House Party – a night of champagne and canapés with a Jazz band at The Threshing Barn, a 5-course dinner at The Garden Café, DJ entertainment and fireworks at midnight.
On New Year’s Day, sign up for the morning garden tour, where your knowledgeable gardener-guide will lead you through the history of gardening, taking in everything from a Victorian fragrance garden and modern water gardens to a charming cottage garden.
Gleneagles, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Best for: old school Hogmanay
For a traditional Hogmanay celebration, Gleneagles, at the start of the Highlands, is an excellent choice. Its 3-night New Year break includes a black tie dinner, dancing to a live band and pipes and drums to ring in the New Year.