Christmas at the Hermitage Hotel
- No fly
- Full board
Enjoy a festive break in Bournemouth
Celebrate Christmas in style at the perfectly positioned, locally rated 4-star Hermitage Hotel, with free time to explore Bournemouth's attractions – from the lively bars and restaurants to the adjacent pleasure gardens, Christmas Tree Wonderland, and Victorian pier. Plus enjoy AA Rosette quality dining at the Hardy’s Restaurant, and perhaps splash out on festive cocktails at the NEO lounge bar.
Your stay begins with a welcome drinks reception and dinner. On Christmas Eve you have the day to perhaps explore this charming seaside resort or relax in the warmth of the hotel, with dinner and entertainment this evening. Celebrate Christmas Day with a traditional lunch, afternoon tea and mince pies or Christmas cake, plus dinner and more entertainment. You can blow the cobwebs away on Boxing Day with an included one-hour guided tour of Buckler’s Hard a fascinating shipbuilding village on the Beaulieu River where vessels which fought in the Battle of Trafalgar were created. Enjoy a final evening of entertainment before heading home after breakfast the next day.
4 nights at your hotel
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners including Christmas day dinner with all the trimmings
Dedicated Saga Host
- Welcome drink
- Cancellation rights
- Four nights of live entertainment
- Porterage at your hotel
- Buckler’s Hard visit and tour
The Hermitage Hotel, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK BH2 5AH
The 4-star Hermitage Hotel occupies one of the best hotel locations in Bournemouth, directly in front of the iconic pier.
All 76 traditional bedrooms have a flat-screen television, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Saga guests stay in standard rooms with inland views (upgrades to sea view, superior, superior sea view and suites available on request). The hotel has a lift, and some rooms are located on the ground floor.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
All meals will be served in the hotel's Hardy’s Restaurant, awarded an AA Rosette and using local and sustainable ingredients. The NEO restaurant (a la carte and at an additional charge) features a modern lounge bar serving over 40 gins and with an extensive cocktail menu.
A la carte restaurant
Bournemouth is located on a coastline of outstanding natural beauty and features fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, including Langtry Manor House built by Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry.
The town has many museums, perhaps the most striking of which is The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in nearby East Cliff. Set in an unusual Victorian garden, it exhibits a fantastic display of pictures, 17th to 20th-century oil paintings, oriental treasures and furniture.
Bournemouth also has 2,000 acres of parks and gardens and you can stroll from the town centre to the seafront through the Central and Lower Gardens without crossing a single road!
The New Forest, rolling Dorset hills and stunning Jurassic Coast are also only a short distance away. There's the pretty Boscombe area with its pier, Victorian arcade, antiques market, beautiful parks and fine sandy beaches; the tranquil seafront of Southbourne that boasts a splendid sandy beach and Christchurch – five miles away – is a charming town with a magnificent 11th-century Priory Church.
The area's other attractions include the country estate of Kingston Lacy and the scenic remains of Corfe Castle.
From the A31 turn into the A338 (Wessex Way) following directions to Bournemouth for about eight miles. At the Bournemouth West roundabout take the first left onto Cambridge Road. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto Commercial Road which then becomes Terrace Road and Exeter Road. Proceed to the next roundabout and continue on the B3066 towards the seafront. Your hotel is situated a short distance along on the left hand side. There is a free car park at the hotel subject to availability.
If you have arranged rail travel through Saga you will receive tickets to Bournemouth railway station. Transfers to and from the hotel are not included – it is about two miles from the hotel and easily reached by taxi or by using the local bus services (bus numbers M1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 pass close to the hotel). Your Saga host will meet you on arrival at the hotel.
The nearest National Express drop off point is the coach terminus, right next to Bournemouth railway station at the Travel Interchange. Details of coach services can be obtained by phoning 08705 808080 or you can visit their website for up-to-date timetables and bookings.
A taxi to the hotel should cost around £6. If you wish to pre-book a taxi, the hotel recommends PRC Streamline Warren taxis, telephone: 01202 373737. PRC Streamline Warren are not associated with Saga; any contract is between you and them, and all queries about their service must be referred directly to them.
Buckler’s Hard visit and tour
On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard. On an included half-day excursion you will uncover the history of this unique 18th-century shipbuilding village in the Maritime Museum and join a tour to learn the Buckler's Hard Story. Originally founded as a free port for the trading of sugar, Buckler’s Hard actually flourished as a naval shipbuilding centre and has become famous for building warships for Nelson’s Navy, including three vessels that took part in the Battle of Trafalgar.
Visit the Maritime Museum and Buckler’s Hard Story to follow the development of this fascinating village, the story of its ships, and the residents who lived and worked here, perhaps take a step inside a historic shipwright's cottage, or simply amble down the high street to watch the boats sailing by on the idyllic Beaulieu River.
Included on 4 nights itinerary