This year fingers are crossed for a Christmas without last minute government interruptions. Crackling fires, good food, long walks with the whole family.
But how do you meet in one place if nobody’s house is big enough? Booking a spacious cottage in the country could be the answer. Here we gather some of the best with availability this Christmas …
Guests of the picturesque Dove Farmhouse in the Cotswolds, pictured above, can explore the property’s ten private acres.
With five bedrooms, there’s plenty of room at Dove Farmhouse, costing from £ 6,600 for an eight-night stay.
The house is cozy with a large corner fireplace in the living room, pictured, and an oil Aga
Dove Farmhouse in the Cotswolds has ten private acres. The 17th century property is built of honey-colored stone, has exposed beams and tile floors.
With five bedrooms there is plenty of space and the house is cozy with a large fireplace in the corner of the living room and a diesel Aga.
DO NOT MISS: A trip to the market town of Cirencester, 15 minutes.
DETAILS: Eight nights at Dove Farmhouse from £ 6,600, sleeping nine (oliverstravels.com).
WALKING IN WALES
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The Hiker’s Haven is a beautiful four bedroom cottage in the heart of the village of Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire.
There are many beaches to explore and coastal walks to enjoy. And when you return after a long day, there is also a hot tub.
DO NOT MISS: Carew Castle, a Norman and Tudor-style fortress next to a 23-acre mill (Pembrokeshire coast.wales/carew-castle).
DETAILS: Seven nights at Hiker’s Haven from £ 2,447, sleeping six (plumguide.com).
ESCAPE FROM THE HIGHLANDS
Three acres of gardens surround the Ardullie Farm, pictured, which is based near Evanton in the Highlands
The large traditional Scottish house is blessed with views of the spectacular Cromarty Firth. The photo shows one of the bedrooms of the property.
Three acres of gardens surround Ardullie Farmhouse near Evanton in the Highlands. It is ideal for large groups, has no neighbors, and overlooks the spectacular Cromarty Firth.
This is a large traditional Scottish house, but it also has modern touches – huge TVs, good Wi-Fi, and a biomass heating system. Nearby historical attractions include the Fyrish Monument and the Dingwall Museum.
DO NOT MISS: Foulis Castle, seat of the Munro Clan since the 14th century (clanmunro.org.co.uk).
DETAILS: Four nights at Ardullie Farmhouse from £ 3,360, sleeping 12 (airbnb.co.uk).
Spend the festive season at The Old Farmhouse, pictured, a three-bedroom cabin overlooking the Cumbrian countryside
Expect plenty of space at The Old Farmhouse on the Hyning Estate near the Lake District and the town of Kendal.
This three bedroom country house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and overlooks the Cumbrian countryside.
There’s a good hike starting on nearby trails, perfect for burning off holiday excesses (and clearing heads).
DO NOT MISS: Lake Windermere is half an hour’s drive away.
DETAILS: Four nights at The Old Farmhouse from £ 1,875, sleeping six (premiercottages.co.uk).
The four-bedroom Elmar is located in the village of Cubert, near Holywell Bay. The photo shows the lane leading to the cabin, which is on the right.
Many people will tell you that the best time to visit Italy is in the quieter off-season. After a summer vacation, the same is now true for Cornwall.
There is plenty of winter availability in the county and having a choice of beaches, parking lots and restaurants will more than make up for any turbulent weather.
The four bedroom Elmar is a cozy cottage in the village of Cubert near Holywell Bay and is perfect for a peaceful break.
DO NOT MISS: The excellent pub in town: The Smugglers Den Inn (thesmugglersden.co.uk).
DETAILS: Five nights at Elmar from £ 1,660, sleeping four (independentcottages.co.uk).
The photo shows the living room of Amory House. The Suffolk property is an ideal base for those with a large family
Amory House has five bedrooms and can sleep ten, making it a great option for those with a large family.
It is in the center of the popular Suffolk seaside town of Southwold, close to the beach.
There is a decent sized garden surrounded by trees and with a large dining terrace (although it will be too cold for that).
DETAILS: Seven nights at Amory House from £ 3,055, sleeping ten (originalcottages.co.uk).
Gaze out at the calm waters of the Kintyre shoreline each morning at Ballygroggan Farmhouse, a charming six-room retreat.
The house is on a working sheep farm, a short walk from The Gauldrons, where a stony beach is home to seal colonies. On a good day, Islay, Jura and Gigha can also be seen.
DO NOT MISS: A walk through nearby Campbeltown with its whiskey shops.
DETAILS: Seven nights at Ballygroggan from £ 2,085, sleeping 12 (hoseasons.co.uk).
Sunnyside – Three Bedroom Camber, pictured, is a comfortable beach house near Camber Sands and Dungeness Nature Reserve
The beautiful medieval town of Rye in East Sussex could be the ideal place for a Christmas holiday. Cobbled streets, independent shops, half-timbered houses, and little pubs are sure to add to the festive cheer.
Three-bedroom Sunnyside – Camber, just a short drive from Rye, could be the ticket: a comfortable beach house near Camber Sands and Dungeness Nature Reserve.
DO NOT MISS: An invigorating walk on the sand.
DETAILS: Seven nights in Sunnyside – Camber from £ 2,599, sleeping six (holidayhomes.es).
For many, it could be that a laid-back Christmas is in order. And the Peak District has always been the place to get your much-needed peace and quiet. Barlow Brook Cottage sits on the banks of a small river with good access for fishing, walking and biking. There are two acres of shared grounds and the cabin is pet friendly.
DO NOT MISS: A trip to Bakewell, the classic Peak District town.
DETAILS: Seven nights at Barlow Brook Cottage from £ 844, sleeping two (peakcottages.com).
Butlers Cottage, pictured, sleeps four and has a wood-burning hot tub with a view; it’s a great place to gaze at the stars
Mayen is a historic estate in the Deveron Valley, on the border of Moray and Aberdeenshire overlooking a spectacular stretch of the river.
There are five cabins for rent here. Butlers Cottage sleeps four and has a wood-burning hot tub, a great spot for star gazing.
DO NOT MISS: This is castle country. Attack one of the 263 in Aberdeenshire.
DETAILS: Seven nights at Butlers Cottage from £ 1,512, sleeping four (mayenestate.com).