It’s not too late to pack up the party-poppers and whisk the family off on a luxurious New Year’s Eve break in the UK. Travel consultant Julia Andrei from family-holiday experts Smith & Family shares her top five hotels for a last-minute festive getaway…

The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter, UK

Exeter is the unsung pit-stop on the way to Devon, but boutique hotel The Magdalen Chapter proposes you linger a while. After all, you need a few nights to work your way through the superb seasonal menu, and feel the full effects of Ren treatments in the spa; tot-tailored dishes (including mini-me high tea and a lengthy mocktail list) and heated pool will keep little Smiths festive post-Christmas. Come New Year’s Eve, warble Auld Lang Syne between sips of ‘Magdalen mixes’ in the fire-lit bar.

Doubles from £115 per night, including breakfast

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Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, UK

Smith’s first hotel find (and a part-time film star), historic Stoke Park has championship golf greens (featured in Goldfinger), chef Chris Wheeler’s Michelin-level dining and all-ages kid-friendly activities – pro-ready tennis courts, an adventure playground, air-hockey and set times for little Smiths in the indoor pool. The festive season ushers in glittering champagne receptions and a New Year’s Eve ball; tire out the kids by exploring the 300 acres of parkland, then party till the wee hours as they slumber in supersized rooms.

Doubles from £220 per night

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The Grove, Hertfordshire, UK

Less than an hour’s drive from central London, The Grove is a welcoming Hertfordshire manor house with an outstanding crèche and the Sequoia health club for head-to-toe pampering. The West Wing’s Deluxe Rooms interconnect, so smalls have a separate room; mini bathrobes and a plate of milk and cookies on arrival ensure they feel welcome (parents aren’t forgotten, they get a bottle of wine). On New Year’s Eve, champagne flows freely and fireworks light up the grounds; kids can join their parents at the party, hang out in the Kids Zone or be entertained by one of the hotel’s skilled babysitters. We’ll cheers to that.

Doubles from £320 per night, including breakfast

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Smith & Family gives you the best price, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival. Book online at or by calling Smith24 on 0330 100 3180.

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