Best cottages for Christmas

Accommodation, Christmas, New Year

Posted by Kate A on 23rd September 2020

Cosy holiday cottages for Christmas

Christmas might be a little different this year, however, we believe it should be no less magical. More than ever, this festive season should be about love, joy, reflection and holding those dear to us even closer. We might not be able to throw extravagant parties, but we can certainly make the most of spending some quality time together, so we’ve rounded up a selection of Christmas and New Year cottages which will add an extra sprinkle of magic to this quieter yuletide.

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.

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. Or for an indulgent treat, head to one of our luxury holiday cottages for gatherings of up to six people which will make the perfect yuletide setting with lavish extras like hot tubs, games rooms and home cinemas. Discover some of our best cottages for Christmas this year: mistletoe and wine optional.

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Best cottages for a family Christmas

Christmas is all about the kids, so why not treat your little ones to an enchanting stay in one of our Christmas cottages for families? With entertainment for all ages, these festive properties offer a fuss-free winter escape. Maybe you could choose one with a chimney for Santa to squeeze down or pick one that boasts a games room or a play area in the garden.

Barn Owl At Cobblestones

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

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 a romantic Christmas

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

Thatched Cottage, Cotswolds | Sleeps 2 + 1 dog

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 a luxury Christmas

Celebrate in style at one of our luxury Christmas cottages; feast like royalty in an extravagant manor house, cosy up in front of the fire in a chic beachside lodge or watch festive films in your very own cinema room. Make this Christmas getaway sparkle like never before.

Bank Barn - Wreay

Bank Barn – Wreay, Lake District | Sleeps 8

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 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 a dog-friendly Christmas

Nothing beats a bracing hike 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.

Hindlethwaite Hall

Hindlethwaite Hall, Yorkshire Dales | Sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Wrap up warm, throw on some wellies and explore mile upon mile of frost-covered landscapes right from the front door of this 16th-century farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. 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 wood burner. Bellies full, relish in a game of charades, relax with a festive film or hide away in the cosy snug with a glass of port and a plate of delicious local cheese.

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Best cottages for Christmas in the country

‘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 nestled in the peaceful countryside? Enjoy the excitement of sharing presents, and then stride out on a family trek, and work up an appetite for the all-important Christmas dinner!

Douglas Lodge

Douglas Lodge, Dorset | Sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Surrounded by Christmas trees dusted in a blanket of snow, this atmospheric lodge is a magical setting for a festive break in Dorset. Enjoy a frosty walk through rolling chalk downland and icy valleys, then return home to roast chestnuts while the wood burner throws out a welcome warmth. It’s not Christmas without a good old-fashioned board game, so make yourselves comfortable in the lounge while the turkey cooks away in the oven. Outside, a glorious hot tub awaits, boasting uninterrupted views over the lake and the shimmering countryside, perfect for a little rest and rejuvenation before the festivities ahead.  

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Best cottages for a coastal Christmas

Wrap up warm and enjoy windswept walks along the beach or if you dare, a bracing Christmas morning dip in the sea! Return home to one of our cosy coastal cottages for family film nights, games around the kitchen table, and mulled wine or hot chocolate in front of the fire.

Gulls Way

Gulls Way, Exmoor | Sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Wake up to the beach on Christmas Day in this festive family coastal retreat in North Devon. After the excitement of opening your presents, take a short stroll onto the sheltered sandy bay of Combe Martin for a walk along the shoreline, or if you’re feeling really brave, a swim in the foaming waves. Warm up afterwards in the beautifully styled lounge beside the gas fire before indulging in your Christmas roast, or enjoying a Champagne toast on the decked terrace with a backdrop of the crashing Atlantic. Perfect for families, kids might even be lucky enough to see the beach covered in snow, an unforgettable Christmas picture.

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Further inspiration

For more unique ideas to make this Christmas special, have a read of some of our other festive guides:


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 the kids, or a festive break with your canine companions, 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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