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How to Have the Happiest of Holidays in the U.K. and Ireland

Theree’s much to be said about a traditional holiday experience—days spent surrounded by family, delicious food, and beloved traditions all set against the coziest of backdrops. For those who love to travel during this special time of year, booking a "house party" style vacation package is the best way to bring that familiar experience wherever you go. Incredibly popular in the U.K. and Ireland, we selected a handful of unique holiday house party options to inspire you this upcoming season and beyond.


Ring in 2022 in style with Glenapp Castle's New Year House Party. This three-day experience includes a stay in one of their luxurious suites, banquets, an ice curling competition, and of course, lots of champagne to toast to the new year. Famous for its sprawling gardens, world-class spa, and close proximity to six award-winning golf courses, Glenapp Castle's location is perfectly balanced by its fairytale-like setting. 

Situated in the heart of the Scottish countryside, Gleneagles is a luxury hotel, spa, and golfing destination. With ten on-site restaurants, indulging in excellent cuisine underscores your entire stay. Spend either Christmas or New Year’s in style with their three-night packages. All food and entertainment is included, with the option to add on an additional night. Especially anticipated are Hogmanay festivities, a word the Scottish use for New Year’s Eve.


This 18th-century country house in the English county of Berkshire is the definition of luxury. Part of the Dorchester Collection, Coworth Park is known for its romantic setting and world-class dining experiences. Welcome in the new year with their two-night package that’s fun for the whole family. Parents can enjoy a champagne afternoon tea while the kids can participate in a children’s storytime activity.


A lavish Regency-era mansion situated in the heart of Ireland, Ballyfin is the perfect setting for those looking to escape the modern world's stresses. With only 20 rooms, the main draw to this property—besides the beautiful surroundings—is privacy like few other destinations offer. Spend the holidays in style with their Christmas and New Year's Celebration Packages. Highlights include wine tastings, Christmas movies, banquets, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a falconry experience.  

Located near Kenmare Bay in County Kerry of Southwest Ireland, Sheen Falls Lodge is a gorgeous estate set on 300 picturesque acres. Boasting one of the largest wine cellars in the country, their extensive wine list pairs impeccably with the cuisine offered at The Falls Restaurant. Ring in the new year at this magnificent property with a two or three-night package. Highlights include a New Year’s Eve dinner and a full Irish breakfast each morning.  

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