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12 of the most unusual Christmas family holiday destinations

From white-sand beaches to monochrome hotels and the real deal in Finland, these amazing holidays all evoke a snowy spirit


Posted: 21 November 2013
by Catherine O'Dolan


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Le Manoir, Oxfordshire

A visit to Monsieur Blanc’s haute hotel and restaurant in Oxfordshire, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, is a treat at any time of the year, but for Christmas it has to be a gourmand family’s ultimate delight. For that snowy-white feel, stay in the Blanc de Blanc suite, which is layered in shades of white ready to be boldly punctuated with colourfully wrapped presents! 

Christmas Eve kicks off with relaxing pampering treatments for mummies followed by mulled wine and festivities – there’s also a lovely Midnight Mass at the neighbouring 12th-century St Peter’s church – though younger guests will no doubt be tucked up in bed and dreaming of Santa by this time. On Christmas Day, the private dining room, La Belle Epoque, will be magically transformed into a games room where children will be able to play Nintendo Wii, table tennis and giant Jenga, while lunch will be a very grand eight-course affair celebrating both French and English seasonal traditions. 

From £965 per person for a two-night break, based on two people sharing, including accommodation, activities and excursions and meals. It costs £45 per child per night staying in an adults’ room, including breakfast. Tel: 01844 278881
or visit www.manoir.com

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