12 ways of relaxing before Christmas

27th November 2017

In a poll of choirmasters and choral experts conducted for BBC Music in 2008, In the Bleak Midwinter was voted as the best Christmas carol, with Christina Rossetti’s lyrics painting a vivid picture of a cold and hard winter, full of little cheer.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, 
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; 
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, 
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Christina Rosetti’s words conjure up the image many people have of this time of year when summer has long gone and Christmas is careering towards us at great speed. The days are shorter and there’s a distinct chill in the air.

But at The Royal Duchy Hotel we embrace this “bleak midwinter” with lots of different ways to banish the blues. Instead of the Twelve Days of Christmas, here are the Twelve Ways of relaxing before Christmas.

1 Head for The Retreat at the Royal Duchy Hotel – a warm and tranquil sanctuary where you can indulge in some lovely beauty and spa treatments. Just relax and unwind in the pine sauna, the warm swimming pool or on our heated ceramic beds.

2 If the weather’s mild you can sit on the huge sun terrace overlooking the sea. If it gets cold, simply head inside to enjoy the same panoramic views from our Terrace Lounge Bar.

3 The Pendennis Restaurant serves the finest local, seasonal produce with a contemporary twist, often drawing on influences from Asia and the Mediterranean. Don’t take our word for it, the restaurant has won many awards including two AA Rosettes.

4 Enjoy a glass of something special in the Champagne Bar – maybe bubbles or a cheeky cocktail?

5 If you don’t want to venture far from your luxury en suite room (and who can blame you), then there’s 24-hour room service.

6 Indulge in a cream tea (but remember, in Cornwall it’s jam first!) and add a glass of champagne if you want. Or try our Festive Afternoon Tea throughout December when your cream tea also comes with cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, cake and mince pies.

7 We haven’t forgotten those who want a family break – children will find a Royal Duchy Hotel teddy bear, crayons and colouring book, in their room when they arrive and there’s lots to keep them occupied – the heated pool, snooker room, outdoor play area, family room with games, toys, books and DVDs and free soft drinks and ice creams during your stay.

8 The Royal Duchy Hotel opened in 1893 and we have learned how to take care of our guests. We’ve come up with a number of breaks to suit everyone with added extras, like our Cornish Experience which includes a visit to beautiful Trebah Gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan or the National Maritime Museum.

9 Indulge in a cream tea. We know we’ve already mentioned them, but they really are delicious. Or you could book for Sunday lunch – a traditional roast with all the trimmings and just £16 for two courses (or £20 for three).

10 We’re going to let you into a little secret, as long as you promise not to tell anyone. It’s beautiful, sandy Gyllyngvase Beach which has sweeping views across Falmouth Bay towards Pendennis Castle. It’s less than ten minutes’ walk from the hotel along the seafront. In the winter it’s quiet but the views are no less inspiring. Reward yourself with a hot chocolate at the café on the beach.

11 If you do feel the urge to indulge in some Christmas shopping, Falmouth has some lovely independent shops – brilliant booksellers, groovy record shops, charming antiques emporiums and smart and sassy interior design stores. After a day of shopping, see number four above.

12 There’s lots to entertain you in Falmouth which is much quieter at this time of year. The world-famous National Maritime Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery, entertainment at the Princess Pavilion and the lovely restored gardens at Gyllyngdune with its shell grotto and Victorian follies.

Book a stay in December 1st - 22nd from £55 per person.