Best cottages for Christmas

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Posted by Kate A on 21st October 2019

Christmas at Bank Barn - Wreay
Celebrate Christmas at Bank Barn - Wreay


Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to your very own winter wonderland, throwing open the curtains to reveal snow-capped mountains, frosty lakes, and sparkling forests. Or maybe you’d like to start the new year with a glass of buck’s fizz, watching the wild waves of the Atlantic roll in from the warm comfort of a wood-fired hot tub. If you’d like to add a little extra magic to the festive season this year, gather the whole family together in one of our Christmas or New Year cottages.

Capture the imaginations of little ones with a stay in a cosy log cabin, where you can celebrate the traditions of old, roasting chestnuts on an open fire and singing carols around the tree. If you’ve got a large family or fancy getting away with a big group of friends, one of our luxurious large holiday cottages will make the perfect yuletide setting – many featuring lavish extras like swimming pools, games rooms and home cinemas.

From the snowy top of Scotland right down to the glistening tip of Cornwall, if you're looking for an extra-special Christmas getaway in the UK, read on to discover some of our best cottages for Christmas. Mistletoe and wine optional.

Best cottages for big groups

Cottages for big groups

Celebrate in style at one of our large Christmas cottages; feast like royalty in a luxury manor house, cosy up in front of the fire in a castle or watch festive films in your very own cinema room. Make this Christmas getaway bigger and better than ever before – everyone is invited.

Highland Hall, The Highlands | Sleeps 14

Highland Hall

Surrounded by 6 acres of enchanting gardens and woodland dusted in a blanket of snow, this luxury Highland country house is a magical setting for a Scottish Christmas. Gather together your nearest and dearest, enjoy a frosty walk through the grounds, then return home to roast chestnuts on the open fire. It’s not Christmas without a good old-fashioned board game, so head to the games room and pick out your favourite for the whole clan to play, while the turkey cooks away in the Aga. Not to worry if you don’t fancy cooking the Christmas dinner yourself, a chef is available on request, as are a selection of indulgent spa treatments, so the whole party can feel relaxed and rejuvenated ready for the festivities ahead.

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Best cottages for multi-generational families

Cottages for multi-generational families

With enough room for everyone, our Christmas cottages for multi-generational families offer a fuss-free winter escape. After a day of adventuring together, return home to family film nights, games around the kitchen table, and mulled wine or hot chocolate in front of the fire. All you need to do is turn up, relax and be merry.

Bank Barn – Wreay, Lake District | Sleeps 8

Bank Barn - Wreay

A picture-postcard wintry scene of snow-kissed mountains towering above a glistening icy lake awaits at this dreamy festive retreat in the Lake District. Families of all shapes and sizes can look forward to a cosy Christmas or a sparkling New Year’s Eve here, with an abundance of space for everyone to spread out and have some fun. After the children have opened their presents on Christmas morning, don your winter woollies and set off on a windswept family walk along the shore of Ullswater Lake, with the promise of a roaring open fire on your return. As the flames crackle, warm some mince pies on the Aga, open your favourite bottle of sherry and pop some Christmas classics on the TV.

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Best cottages for couples

Cottages for couples

Our cute and cosy Christmas cottages for couples are perfect if you are looking for a romantic hideaway for two. Snuggle up on the sofa and watch festive flicks, drink mulled wine to your hearts’ content and make special memories together.

Thatched Cottage, Cotswolds | Sleeps 2 + 1 dog

Thatched Cottage

What could be more romantic than a chocolate-box Christmas cottage in a snow-dusted Cotswolds village? Hang your stockings by the inglenook fireplace and warm a bottle of red on the hearth, while the heavenly scent of Christmas pudding drifts through from the kitchen. Upstairs, a luxurious bedroom with a deep roll-top bath awaits; pour in the bubbles and sink into relaxation before drifting into a blissful slumber in the king-size bed. If you’ve been good this year, there might just be a gift or two waiting for you in your stocking when you wake…

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Best cottages for small families

Cottages for small families

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than in one of our Christmas cottages for small families? Enjoy the excitement of sharing presents, and then stride out on a family walk in the countryside or along the beach, and work up an appetite for the all-important Christmas dinner!

Barn Owl At Cobblestones, Lancashire | Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Barn Owl At Cobblestones

Place your presents under the tree, light the wood burner, and hunker down with your family for a Christmas you will never forget at this characterful Dutch barn in Lancashire. Soft, sheepskin rugs draped over the dining table benches offer a cosy spot to make gingerbread houses together, while the huge kitchen is perfect for heating up some homemade hot chocolate. Outside, kids will enjoy exploring the wildlife area or playing a round of ping pong in the shared games room. And as the stars begin to twinkle in the clear night sky, you can all jump in the bubbling hot tub, listening out for those elusive jingle bells.

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Best cottages for young families

Cottages for young families

Christmas is all about the kids, so why not treat your little ones to a magical stay in one of our Christmas cottages for young families? Maybe you could choose one with an open fire for Santa to squeeze down or pick one that boasts a games room or a play area in the garden.

Cliff House, Devon | Sleeps 10 + 3 dogs

Cliff House

Wake up to the beach on Christmas Day in this festive family coastal retreat in Devon. After the excitement of opening your presents, descend the steps from the front door onto the family-friendly beach of Slapton Sands for a walk along the shoreline, or if you’re feeling really brave, a dip in the sea. Warm up afterwards in the wood-fired hot tub before indulging in your Christmas roast, or settling in front of the toasty wood burner together. Perfect for younger families, kids can have fun in the games room with games consoles, table football and pool table. They might even get to see the beach covered in snow, an unforgettable Christmas picture.

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Best cottages for dogs

Cottages for dogs

Nothing beats a bracing walk across rolling hills or along the beach with the dogs on Boxing Day to burn off those Christmas calories! Let your four-legged best friends join in the festive fun with a stay in one of our dog-friendly Christmas cottages.

Gilar House, North Wales | Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs

Gilar House

Wrap up warm, throw on some wellies and explore 500 acres of frost-covered landscapes right from the front door of this 17th-century Grade II listed Christmas cottage in Wales. Tails will be wagging in delight as you and your hounds fill your lungs with crisp, country air and wander along miles of wintry walking trails. Return home to a hearty feast around the dining table, as your pups warm their paws in the glow of the open fire. Bellies full, relish in a game of charades or relax with a festive film before deciding on who gets to sleep in the magnificent four-poster master bedroom.

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Book a holiday cottage for Christmas or New Year

Make this Christmas a real cracker with a stay in one of our Christmas cottages in the UK. Whether you’re looking for a cosy getaway for two, a Christmas holiday for all the family, or a festive break with a large group of friends, we’re bound to have a cottage in our collection gift-wrapped just for you. And if you want the holiday magic to last even longer, why not book one of our New Year cottages for a great way to celebrate the new year in style?

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