Comfort & Joy
at The Retreat

Christmas & New Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the year

It's the season to be jolly, and Christmas will be magical at The Retreat, as our famous packages and parties return for 2023.

There's no better place for a magical Christmas than The Retreat - cosy and welcoming, full of rural charm and perfectly located for a crisp, Boxing Day ramble. 

Immerse yourself in festive traditions at a beautiful location... the drinks will flow, the food will be sensational and a magical time will be had by all. 

Join us, for the most wonderful time of the year - an idyllic escape at a quintessentially Christmassy home-from-home.

Scroll down to find out all about The Retreat's festive celebrations, or download our brochure below.

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Christmas Escape

Three Festive Nights

For the ultimate traditional Christmas, spend a few days at The Retreat with flowing drinks, sensational food and a magical festive atmosphere, with treats, traditions and surprises.

Festive Food

Christmas Day Lunch

The Best Part of Christmas

Join us for a traditional lunch on Christmas Day, with a fabulous three course festive feast, as you soak up the rustic yuletide atmosphere at The Retreat. 

Parties

Big Party Nights

Join the fun at The Retreat

Perfect for smaller office parties or festive get-togethers with friends or family, join one of our big party nights for fabulous food and drink and dancing the night away in stunning surroundings.

Parties

Private Parties

at the perfect venue

The Retreat is perfect for your Christmas party, which can be tailored to your requirements. 

Festive Food

Festive Menus

Throughout december

The Christmas season is a perfect opportunity for an extra-special catch up with friends and family, so join us for our festive lunch and dinner menus throughout December.

Parties

Christmas Ball

Saturday 9th December

For the ultimate Christmas party, The Retreat's black-tie Christmas Ball is the place to be, with a welcome drink, a 3-course festive supper, live music and more.

Shopping

CHRISTMAS MARKET

21st & 22nd NOVEMBER

Our amazing Christmas Market returns, bigger and better!

Events

The Great Wreath Making Workshop

Thursday 23rd November, 10:30-2pm

Get into the Christmas spirit and join florist Sarah Styles at The Retreat, for our Great Christmas Wreath Making Workshop.

Festive Food

Winter Afternoon Tea

Throughout December

Our Winter Afternoon Tea is a real treat, something a little different, with seasonal sandwiches, scones and cakes, served in the Atlas Room or Orangery.

Events

Christmas Events

Something for Everyone

The Retreat will have a packed calendar of events over the festive period, something for everyone, whether you're on our doorstep or visiting from further afield.

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New Year's Stay

Time to Toast 2024

Celebrate the arrival of 2024 at The Retreat, with roaring fires, fabulous food and drink, cosy rooms and an unforgettable evening of entertainment, in the gorgeous setting of the North Wessex Downs.

Christmas Craft

CHRISTMAS WATERCOLOUR PAINTING WEEKEND

6TH - 8TH OCTOBER

Enjoy a weekend of wonderful watercolour with artist Nicola Watters. Create your own beautiful artwork to keep for yourself or gift to a loved one at Christmas.

Christmas Escape

Three Festive Nights

An indulgent, traditional break, with lots included:

Christmas Eve

Settle in at The Retreat, enjoy our sumptuous spa, soak up the festive atmosphere in the Atlas Room, or explore the local countryside.  Supper in our 1772 Brasserie is included.

Christmas Day

Start your day with Breakfast & Bubbles, maybe go for a ramble around the Kennet Valley or stay at our cosy home-from-home hotel to open your presents, before a traditional Christmas lunch. For supper, we will give you a hamper full of delicious goodies, to enjoy wherever you like in the hotel.

Christmas Lunch Menu >>

Boxing Day

Extend your stay  and relax at the hotel, chill in the spa or explore the local countryside. Brunch and dinner is included.

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Christmas Day Lunch

The Best Part of Christmas

Join us for a traditional lunch on Christmas Day, with a fabulous three course festive feast, as you soak up the rustic yuletide atmosphere at The Retreat. 

£150

View the menu >>

Big Party Nights

Join the fun at The Retreat

Perfect for smaller office parties or festive get-togethers with friends or family, join one of our big party nights for fabulous food and drink and dancing the night away in stunning surroundings.

£79 per person to include an arrival drink, 3-course festive meal and a top DJ providing the tunes for a party to remember. View the menu >>

A special room rate is available to anyone attending our Big Party Nights, starting at £150 (room only).

Thursday 7th & Thursday 14th December

Member's price £70

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Private Parties

at the perfect venue

The Retreat is perfect for your Christmas party, which can be tailored to your requirements. 

£79 per guest, including a welcome drink, DJ, private room and a delicious 3-course festive dinner. View the menu >>

Dinner only: £60

Contact our team of Christmas Elves today to start planning your Retreat Christmas party!

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Festive Menus

Throughout december

The Christmas season is a perfect opportunity for an extra-special catch up with friends and family, so join us for our festive lunch and dinner menus throughout December.

Choose our elegant 1772 Brasserie, or our bright Orangery, or for that extra special occasion, why not book one of our beautiful private dining rooms?

The three-course Festive Menu is £60 per guest.

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For bookings of 10 or more, or to book a private dining room, please contact us on christmas@retreatelcotpark.com or 01635 800520

Christmas Ball

Saturday 9th December

For the ultimate Christmas party, The Retreat's black-tie Christmas Ball is the place to be, with a welcome drink, a 3-course festive supper, live music and more.

Menu >>

£100 | £90 for our members

Arrive: 7.00-7.30pm

Dinner: 8.00pm prompt

Bar: 7.00pm-midnight

Entertainment until midnight

Why not make a night of it and stay with us?

Saturday 9th December

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CHRISTMAS MARKET

21st & 22nd NOVEMBER

Do your Christmas Shopping in Style…

Over 40 luxury stalls with quirky brands, local artisans, unique gifts, innovative fashion, homewares, festive food, local art & more…

Preview Evening : Tuesday 21st November

Stallholders include...

At Last

Bricks & Stitches

Multitude

Cotton and Gems

Foreman and Dring

Shibori

Sarah K Designs

Roxtons

Oak and Soap

Antra Designs

Purley Bespoke

Gastro Nicks

Astique London

Jenny Hopps Pottery

Emma Mousley Art

Southern Wines

Hunts Silverware

Moola London

Forage Somerset

Little Smartie Pants

Millie Pink

LivvyB

Club Matters

The Skargard Company

 

In support of Maggies

Kindly sponsored by Knight Frank

The Great Wreath Making Workshop

Thursday 23rd November, 10:30-2pm

Get into the Christmas spirit and join florist Sarah Styles at The Retreat, for our Great Christmas Wreath Making Workshop.

With Sarah's expert tuition you will create a stunning festive wreath. A warming 2-course lunch follows, with a Christmas set from the amazing Newbury Rock Choir.

Don't miss this unique festive social event, perfect for getting together with friends or taking some time out for yourself.

£80

In support of Maggies

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Winter Afternoon Tea

Throughout December

Our Winter Afternoon Tea is a real treat, something a little different, with seasonal sandwiches, scones and cakes, served in the Atlas Room or Orangery, every day between 12-5pm. (48 hours notice required)

Our culinary elves are busy conjuring up Christmassy cakes and more, so the menu will be available soon.

Christmas Events

Something for Everyone

The Retreat will have a packed calendar of events over the festive period, something for everyone, whether you're on our doorstep or visiting from further afield.

Like our presents, plans are very much under wraps at the moment but we hope to bring you some special seasonal suppers, a Christmas market, wreath making classes, festive live music, wine tastings and more...

New Year's Stay

Time to Toast 2024

Celebrate the arrival of 2024 at The Retreat, with roaring fires, fabulous food and drink, cosy rooms and an unforgettable evening of entertainment, in the gorgeous setting of the North Wessex Downs.

Your two-night stay will include an indulgent New Year's Eve dinner, and the superb local band The Lateshift - live band everything you need to start the new year in style.

From £700 for single occupancy and £860 for double occupancy

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CHRISTMAS WATERCOLOUR PAINTING WEEKEND

6TH - 8TH OCTOBER

njoy a weekend of wonderful watercolour with artist Nicola Watters. Create your own beautiful artwork to keep for yourself or gift to a loved one at Christmas.

Under the guidance of Nicola you will work step by step to create artworks which could be given as Christmas gifts.

Taking seasonal flora and fauna as our inspiration we will create several pieces of artwork including greetings cards. All art materials will be provided and all levels of ability are very welcome on this peaceful yet stimulating creative weekend.

Included in the Weekend

A welcome supper on the Friday night, hosted by Nicola. Menu >>

Art workshop Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 10am - 1pm

Buffet lunch on the Saturday

All art materials

Refreshments through the day

£200 per guest

Enhance Your Experience with a Stay

If you would like to stay in one of our gorgeous bedrooms, you will also be able to enjoy our stunning spa. Accommodation as available to guests attending the Painting weekend with a 20% discount. Browse our rooms here, and please book by contacting us directly. Your supper on the Friday and lunch on Saturday is included. 

About Nicola Watters

To find out more about your guide for the weekend please visit www.nicolawatters.com

Booking

Please call our reservations team to book both the writing weekend and your discounted accommodation - 01635 800520. 

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