Travel challenge: A UK break between Christmas and New Year

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a short break in the UK between Christmas and New Year. Prices are for two people staying for two nights from 27 December.





i-escape.com



£390: The Cove, near Penzance, Cornwall



Includes accommodation in an apartment with hot croissants delivered each day, and basic supplies in the kitchen. i-escape guests receive a bottle of champagne. "The Cove offers all the style and facilities of a boutique hotel with the freedom of your own apartment. You're surrounded by fabulous beaches to walk off that Christmas excess or to continue the festive fun they've set up a kind of snow-free toboggan run through the trees," says Michael Cullen at i-escape.com.



von Essen hotels



£590: Mount Somerset hotel, Taunton, Devon



Includes accommodation with breakfast and an upgrade to a deluxe room (subject to availability), two 30-minute treatments or one one-hour treatment in the spa, a three-course dinner on the first night and an upgrade to a seven-course taster menu on the second night. "Mount Somerset is the ideal hotel for a country break and is only two hours from London by train. The brand new spa, set in the stunning grounds of the hotel and designed as a traditional bath-house, will provide an exclusive and intimate haven where guests can truly relax," says Greg Ward of von Essen hotels (01823 442500; vonessenhotels.co.uk).



Laterooms.com



£309.90: Malmaison Oxford



Includes accommodation in a double room with cooked breakfast. "This is a quirky getaway in the quintessentially British city of Oxford. The former prison has been converted into stylish rooms and suites, with original architecture, a brilliant brasserie and bar. The deal includes use of the fully equipped gym to make the perfect post-Christmas break," says Andrew Pumphrey of LateRooms.com (0844 774 2003; laterooms.com).

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