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.
On the sandy coast between Barmouth and Harlech, Egryn is a Grade II listed medieval hall house.
A first floor apartment overlooking the Minsmere Reserve and with sea views.
Part of a traditional former farmhouse in excellent walking country.
An enchanting cottage in a wooded setting close to Arlington Court.
This cottage stands close to a lighthouse and has huge sea views.
Difficult to find a more remote and peaceful spot than here.