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Pre-Christmas cottage getaways

Customers enjoying shopping in Kent  © David Levenson

Customers enjoying shopping in Kent © David Levenson

As the days tick down to Christmas, why not treat yourself to an early present? Whether you want peace and quiet or hustle and bustle, we’ve got hundreds of traditional holiday cottages for you to unwrap.

With fragrant pine trees and holly bushes dappling the winter landscape, the New Forest’s wooded heathlands makes for an idyllic festive getaway. Or to escape Christmas altogether, pick up the keys to a slate and stone cottage in the Welsh valleys (complete with log burner, of course!)

If you’re looking for a little more Christmas spirit, our traditional fairs are full of festive delights. From carol singing and wreath making to mince pies and mulled wine, they’re hosted at many of the historic houses we look after. You’ll find plush guestrooms, ancient gatehouses and gamekeepers’ cottages at many of these places too – perfect if you want to make a weekend of it.

Of course, the weeks before Christmas are a busy time. So why not combine your break with a little seasonal shopping? From Cornwall to Cumbria, you’ll find charming townhouses and cottages just a stone’s throw from many popular retail destinations. So you can get all your shopping wrapped up in no time.

Here are a few suggestions on where to go below, you can also search for your ideal pre-Christmas break here.

Our selection

  • The exterior of Egryn, nr Barmouth, Gwynedd © Mike Henton


    nr Barmouth , Gwynedd

    On the sandy coast between Barmouth and Harlech, Egryn is a Grade II listed medieval hall house.

  • The exterior of Stonechat, Dunwich Heath, Suffolk © Mike Henton


    Dunwich Heath, Saxmundham , Suffolk

    A first floor apartment overlooking the Minsmere Reserve and with sea views.

  • The exterior and garden of Tippett's, Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall © Chris Lacey


    Lanteglos-by-Fowey , Cornwall

    Part of a traditional former farmhouse in excellent walking country.

  • The exterior of Woolley Lodge, Barnstaple, Devon. © Mike Henton

    Woolley Lodge

    Barnstaple , Devon

    An enchanting cottage in a wooded setting close to Arlington Court.

  • The exterior and garden Knowles Farm Cottage, Isle of Wight
 © Mike Henton

    Knowles Farm Cottage

    nr Ventnor , Isle of Wight

    This cottage stands close to a lighthouse and has huge sea views.

  • The exterior at Thrang, Lake District, Cumbria © Mike Henton


    Seathwaite, Lake District , Cumbria

    Difficult to find a more remote and peaceful spot than here.