From the crisp country air and the crunch of frost underfoot, to the irresistible warmth of the roaring log fire, The Queens Arms in Corton Denham is the perfect destination for those wishing to embrace the tranquil allure of the Somerset countryside this Christmas. Rosy cheeks and winter woollies can while away the day traversing some of the finest countryside that the south west has to offer, returning to the cosy charms of this award-winning pub, including chestnuts around the fire, mulled wine and a truckle of Montgomery cheddar on the bar.

Hand-picked by The Queens Arms' owners, Gordon and Jeanette Reid, the four rural routes range from 5.5 miles to 16 miles and offer a variety of terrains. These are all mapped out in a handy walking guide lanyard, left on the back of the door in guests' individually designed rooms, and wellies are also made available for anyone wishing to go off the beaten track. Diners can therefore savour the indulgent Christmas day menu of produce from the pub's own kitchen garden and smallholding, including duck three ways, turkey with all the trimmings and homemade Christmas pudding, assured of a rejuvenating ramble to work it off later in the afternoon.

With sticky fingers, muddy boots and paws encouraged at this pub, which is tucked neatly away on Somerset's border with Dorset, this is a festive getaway for the whole family. For those wanting to relax with all the relatives over Christmas, The Queens Arms even has two brand new holiday hideaways in lovingly converted Piggery Barns, each sleeping up to eight and offering unspoilt views of the winter countryside.