Make your Christmas magical. A friendly welcome awaits you at Bridge House as you step into our historic hotel and warm yourselves by the roaring log fire. Unwind, relax and enjoy our traditional hospitality and the magic of Christmas in one of the most beautiful areas of West Dorset. Our head chef Dan Viner and his team will be creating sumptuous festive dishes, taking inspiration from locally produced ingredients and traditional Christmas recipes.
Our three night Christmas break starts on Christmas Eve, but if you are looking to avoid the great Christmas get away and would like to start your holiday earlier, join us on Saturday 23rd December on our usual dinner, bed and breakfast rate. We will also treat you to unlimited cocktails on the Saturday evening!
Sunday 24th December
Arrive anytime from 3pm, and once settled in your room, start the festivities with Christmas petit fours served with tea or coffee in the lounge. There’s a crib service five minutes’ walk away in St Mary’s Church or a short drive takes you to the picturesque village of Netherbury, where the church holds a children’s nativity service.
At 6.30pm join us in the candle-lit medieval bar and lounge for canapés and a glass of Furleigh Estate sparkling rosé (award-winning locally produced Dorset Champagne), whilst listening to carols sung by our local choir. This will be followed by a memorable four course dinner in the Georgian panelled dining room. For those who wish to attend midnight mass, St Mary’s Church is just a few minutes’ walk away.
Monday 25th December
Christmas Day begins with a splendid Dorset breakfast. Choose from eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or a full English breakfast, all accompanied with freshly baked bread and homemade jams and marmalades.
From midday onwards join us for a glass of Champagne in the bar or lounge. You will then be seated for a six course Christmas feast, featuring the best local produce such as free range turkey, fish from Lyme Bay and outstanding puddings and patisserie from the kitchen team. Christmas dinner will finish with coffee and chef’s Christmas cake in the lounge, where you will find a selection of games and books to enjoy.
Around 7.30/8pm a glass of vintage wine (specially selected from our wine merchants) will be served with a light Christmas buffet; expect delicious locally smoked fish, meats and cheeses, home baked bread and a selection of salads.
Tuesday 26th December
A relaxed late breakfast will be served from 8.30 to 10.30am.
Enjoy Boxing Day by exploring our corner of West Dorset, such as a stroll along the beach at West Bay (featured in ITV’s ‘Broadchurch’ series), or a drive through the countryside that inspired Hardy to write his classics.
There are some fantastic Brit Valley walks starting at the hotel and taking you across rolling hills and along the River Brit, passing the original River Cottage on your way. We can supply you with maps and plenty of local walks to enjoy.
Alternately take a short drive to Seatown near Charmouth and walk along the cliff top paths up to Golden Cap (the highest point on the South Coast). Another wonderful coastal walk is along the beach at Burton Bradstock and back over the cliffs through National Trust land.
Return to Bridge House for Champagne cocktails, followed by a delicious five course candle-lit dinner in the Georgian dining room.
Our sample Christmas Day Lunch
Champagne & Canapés
Wild mushroom broth, white truffle oil, double cream
Home cured gravadlax, beetroot cured salmon, chive potatoes, marinated cucumber, sweet dill grain mustard dressing
Bloody Mary jelly shot, celery salt crisp, vodka ice
Traditional roast bronzed turkey, herb roasted potatoes, bread sauce, port & cranberry
Tipsy Christmas pudding, cranberry & port cappuccino, brandy & clotted cream ice cream
Dark chocolate brownie, amaretto cheesecake, white chocolate & honeycomb ice cream
Platter of local cheeses, quince, walnut toast, grapes, celery
Coffee & mince pies
Christmas Package Prices
Coach House Family Suite
Superior Family Suite
Small Double (two people)
Small Double (one person)
- Children under 5 stay free
- Children aged 6 to 10 - £25 per child
- Children aged 11-16 £50 per child, per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.
- Prices are for a three night stay for two people sharing a room and include all meals and drinks as detailed in the package. We regret there will be no reduction for meals or drinks not taken.
- A non-refundable deposit of £300 per room is payable at time of booking. Please note that the balance must be received in full by 27 November. We strongly advise guests are covered by adequate holiday insurance in the event of cancellation.
- Tips for service are not included, and all gratuities are received by staff.
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