Christmas Breaks

True Festive Hospitality

Enjoy a wonderfully festive Christmas break in Ilfracombe this December. Escape and bring yourself to this beautiful and vast wild landscape, whilst basing your stay at The Carlton Hotel. You can choose a three or four-night stay combination of excellent hospitality, arriving on Christmas Eve.

When you stay at The Carlton this Christmas you can expect a genuine welcome from our team. Our spacious hotel is the perfect venue for a getaway at this time of year. Warm and cosy, with service to match. Food of the highest standard at all times from the freshly prepared and cooked breakfast through to the sumptuous Christmas Day lunch – in between meals keep yourself fuelled with our lighter lunches and supper options. There’s long walks to be enjoyed by everyone – we’re dog friendly too so bring the four-legged friend along!

Christmas Eve

Arrive in the afternoon and enjoy a welcome glass of fizz with our fantastic festive afternoon tea. Relax in the cosy warmth of the hotel, or explore Ilfracombe before you enjoy your three-course evening dinner.

Christmas Eve Menu

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Christmas Day

Start the day in style with a full English breakfast then head out for a winter walk along the coast. A six-course Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings will welcome you back into the hotel. Then, afternoon tea is served with a slice of our Christmas fruit cake, then round the day off with our light buffet in the evening and off to bed.

Christmas Day Lunch

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Boxing Day

Enjoy a lie-in and then a full English breakfast. Boxing Day Lunch is included so you can relax in the hotel or enjoy a walk along the coast and return for a traditional Devon cream tea. We’ll be showing classic Christmas movies in our spacious lounge if you want to be nostalgic. Dinner is served in The Brasserie this evening.

Boxing Day Menu

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26th December

Indulge in a full English breakfast before heading home. If you’re leaving today we’ll send you in your way with a taste from our Deli, so you can picnic en route. If you’re staying longer, then you’ll have time to continue exploring Ilfracombe & the surrounding area, then return for a classic late Sunday Roast lunch.

Sunday Lunch Menu

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Christmas Breaks Lineup

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What’s On Around Us?

The Carlton is located about five minutes from the harbour and its quay in our maritime area. A longer walk will take you around Capstone Point and the more bracing channel air.

There is a choice of churches if you wish to celebrate the meaning of Christmas. Next to the hotel is Our Lady of the Sea, RC whilst Anglicans can celebrate at the parish church or Pip and Jims.

Within the town are a smattering of independent traders, selling handmade chocolates, proper marmalade, galleries showing art, micro-brewery beer, and everyday goods. The award-winning beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton are a short drive away. A little bit inland are the gardens at Rosemoor and Castle Hill which are planning to be open this season!

All Rooms Offer

Brand new beds & quality linen

Contemporary decoration, including blackout curtains.


Wardrobes with integral safe, personal bar, ironing boards.

Ensuite Bathrooms

Fully tiled ensuite bathrooms, fresh interiors.


Double glazing, sound proofing & controllable lighting.


Flat-screen TVs, in-room telephones, and hospitality tray.


We have adapted rooms and ensuites with options for carers to stay in the room or adjacent.

Free Wi-fi

Enjoy free superfast broadband where ever you are in the hotel for work or for pleasure.

Fresh & Airy rooms

Enjoy fresh, airy and spacious contemporary rooms, for the perfect ambience.


Your booking is truly flexible (without any penalty charges) when booked direct with The Carlton. Alterations, cancellations and changes to your booking may be made as close as 48 hours to your arrival time. Please note a group booking (of more than four rooms or eight guests) may be subject to different terms and conditions.


The Brasserie

All day catering included, freshly ground coffee and a superb selection of hot of cold buffet or dining menu options.

Escape to North Devon

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The Carlton Hotel

Runnacleave Road, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8AR

Contact Info
(01271) 862446

Have a Christmas break at The Carlton