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Ten places to spend New Year's Eve

by Dinah Hatch

“What shall we do for New Year’s Eve this year?” My husband asks me routinely each December. Whether you turn into a party animal or prefer quiet gatherings with loved ones come December 31, deciding where to kick off the coming year can be a tricky task. Here’s my ten suggestions for ensuring an original, fun and relaxing start to 2014.


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Duisdale House Hotel

Isle Ornsay, Sleat, Isle of Skye

Duisdale House Hotel, Isle Ornsay, Isle of Skye, Highland

Country mansion: Duisdale House, Skye Three night New Year house party anyone? They always see in the New Year in style in Scotland but at Duisdale House, a former hunting lodge at the southernmost tip of the romantic Isle of Skye, they go for it big time. Book yourself in from December 30th and prepare for a Bucks Fizz reception, seven course Highland banquet and fireworks at midnight on the 31st. And for your brisk and refreshing walk on January 1, you’ve 35 acres of gardens and woodlands at your disposal with truly lovely views across the Sound of Sleet channels and mountains beyond. This place ticks all the country house boxes, from the grand but cosy lounge with roaring log fire to beautifully furnished warmly luxurious bedrooms with simply awesome views.

Drakes Hotel

43/44 Marine Parade, Brighton

Drakes Hotel, 43/44 Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex

Romantic getaway: Drake’s, Brighton Wake up on New Year’s Eve to the unmistakeable sound of seagulls and the ocean waves at one of Brighton’s most exclusive romantic getaways. Drake’s. Stroll off to town, just minutes away, where the eclectic shops, restaurants and coffee shops of the South Lanes and North Laine await you and then retire back to your room for a luxurious afternoon nap or a soak in the freestanding bath tub overlooking the coastline through a picture-window. Party the night away in any one of the hundreds of pubs and clubs on your doorstep and then walk off your hangover on the pebbles the next day, fish and chips and NY resolutions high on the agenda.

Lumley Castle Hotel

Chester-le-Street

Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street, Durham

Regal celebrations: Lumley Castle, Chester le Street Go the whole hog and book you and a group of friends into an Elizabethan banquet fit for kings and queens this New Year’s Eve. The stunning 600-year-old Lumley Castle in Chester Le Street hosts awesome five course feasts complete with goblets of wine and mead amidst jaw-droppingly beautiful 14th century surroundings. Plus entertainment from the “lords and ladies of the court” followed by dancing and a piper at midnight. Then you get to wander off to your room featuring a velvet-curtained uber-romantic four poster bed and secret bathroom. Wake up to stunning views of the River Wear and Durham County cricket ground, tuck into a fabulous full English and then head off for a morning stroll or a restorative lunch in nearby Newcastle.

Penpont

Brecon

Penpont, Brecon, Powys

Group booking: Penpont, near Brecon It’s always a bit of a pain searching around for somewhere large and luxurious enough to host a New Year’s gathering so PenPont in the Brecon Beacons could be the answer to your prayers. A Grade 1 listed house owned by the same family since 1666, it sits in glorious grounds on the banks of the River Usk amid a working rural estate and surrounded by a church, Dower House, stables, stilted dovecote and 19th century conservatory. Pack the fizz, order the Ocado groceries and make the six-bedroom West Wing annexe your New Year’s home from home. Shops, tea rooms, pubs and everything else you need is a quick drive into picturesque Brecon.

Dukes Hotel

St James's Place, London

Dukes Hotel, St James's Place, London, London

Capital sophistication: Duke’s, London For some, there’s nowhere quite like London for ringing in the New Year and Duke’s, tucked away in the exclusive St James area of Mayfair, lays on a classic British festive welcome, from mulled wine and mince pies to fabulous banquets and the finest wines and champagnes. Start your celebrations off with one of the famous Duke's martinis created in the bar by dedicated mixologists and then head off to the legendary Duke’s New Years Eve feast that this year features guinea fowl with lentils and brioche and wild bass plus complementary wines and champagne and sherries. Totter back to your heavenly haven of a room for some shut eye before a brisk walk in Hyde Park on January 1 to banish the bad head blues.


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