Category Archives: Christmas Holidays

Best Festive Cottages for Families

Family enjoying Christmas together

Looking to get away from it all with your family this Christmas or New Year? The festive period is a popular time of year to take a break away from it all so be aware that holiday houses book up quickly and that early booking is recommended. The type of holiday rental that you’re searching for, for your December break, will depend on the age of your children and whether you’re holidaying with a babe in arms, tots, younger children or teenagers.

Whatever the age of your kids, Country Cottages Online has put together some helpful hints and ideas to help you find the perfect family-friendly rental for your festive getaway.

Holiday Rentals with Leisure Facilities for Relaxing Festive Holidays

Whether you have young kids or teenagers, one of the most popular choices for Xmas or New Year getaways is renting a holiday rental with leisure facilities available. Properties with indoor facilities are preferable for December or January breaks.

Find a family cottage with indoor pool for a Xmas holiday

Search family cottages with indoor pools for New Year breaks

At most holiday properties swimming pools will be open over the festive period but it’s always recommended that you check before booking as at some holiday complexes for example it may be that facilities close over this time of year. Also be aware that some holiday homes have private facilities whereas at others they will be shared. Also, be sure to ensure that the holiday home you book for a festive break has access to an indoor pool as some holiday homes have outdoor pools which are closed over the winter months.

Games Rooms for Entertainment on a Festive Break

Whatever the age of your family members, when holidaying over winter when the weather can get a bit chilly, renting a holiday home with facilities to keep you entertained can make perfect sense. Some holiday houses feature full on games rooms with a combination of facilities like a pool table, table tennis and even table football, whereas others may just have a snooker table for example.

Search family cottages with a games room for Christmas breaks

Family-Friendly Rentals for New Year Breaks with a Games Room

Be aware when searching for a child-friendly holiday rental with a games room, that some houses have facilities outdoors. When it comes to booking a festive break when the weather is likely to be cold, it’s strongly recommended that you book a property with indoor games facilities.

Cottages with a Movie Room for Film Fanatics

When it comes to holidays over Christmas or New Year, sometimes there’s nothing more comforting than just relaxing and watching a film. If you’re family loves to watch films over the festive period, renting a holiday home with a cinema room could be a great hit. At some of these rentals there will be facilities to watch the likes of Netflix or Sky too!

Family Cottages with a Movie Room

Use the search filters to find holiday properties with availability for Christmas and New Year.

Finding the Perfect Family-Friendly Rental for your Festive Break

When it comes to finding the perfect holiday rental for your brood’s festive break, ideals can vary and what makes for the perfect holiday rental will very much depend on the ideas and interests of your family.

For some families renting a holiday home with indoor facilities like a pool, a games room or movie room will be the perfect choice whereas for other families it may be more important to have good walks close by for example.

For the full choice of family-friendly rentals for festive breaks see:

Family Cottages for Xmas Holidays

and for New Year getaways see:
Family-Friendly Rentals for New Year Breaks

Wherever in Britain you choose to stay for your break, we hope you find the perfect festive holiday rental and that you have a wonderful holiday.

Best UK Holiday Cottages for Christmas Breaks

Christmas Cottage

Cottage decorated for Christmas

If you’re thinking of going on a Christmas break, why not consider renting a holiday cottage? Choose independently owned self-catering accommodation for a getaway that you can enjoy in your own time and on your own terms. There are hundreds of holiday cottages up and down the country that would make for ideal places to stay, although for Christmas breaks, there are certain ones in particular you may want to look out for. When looking for holiday cottages for your next Christmas break, here are a few of the best ideas to make your getaway enjoyable, comfortable and memorable.

Remember before booking always check with the owner or agency to find out whether the holiday home will be decorated with a tree and other festive decorations ready for your arrival.  If you’re getting away for Xmas make life as easy as possible and choose a pre-decorated cottage.

Cosy Cottage Hideaways for Festive Breaks

Cosy pet-friendly Xmas cottage

Cosy pet-friendly Xmas cottage

When it comes to Christmas holidays, renting a cottage with plenty of atmosphere can be essential.  For warmth and ambience, holiday homes with wood burners or open fires can offer you that warm glow where you can put your feet up and bask in the warmth on a cold winter’s night.  There’s nothing quite like being snug and warm inside when it’s cold and may be even snowing outside.  Options include pet-friendly holiday homes where you can bring your pooch along.

Christmassy Cottages with Plenty to Keep You Entertained

As well as choosing a holiday home with a cosy feel, for your holiday cottage Christmas break to be a real success, it makes sense that you choose accommodation that has all facilities you’d need. If you’re looking to rent somewhere around Christmas time, you should make sure it offers the right facilities so that there is plenty to keep you entertained even when it’s cold outside.  Top choices include TVs, a games room and movie buffs may even want to find a holiday home with a movie room! Other popular choices, year-round, include cottages with hot tubs or swimming pools, where you can enjoy leisure and relaxation whatever the season. These holiday properties with leisure facilities can be perfect for a cool winter’s evening, especially if the cottage has nice views for you to admire while enjoying a leisurely dip.

Cottages with Plenty of Room for Celebrating and Having Fun at Xmas

Group celebrating Xmas

Group enjoying Xmas Celebrations

Some like to rent holiday cottages for a bit of peace and quiet, whereas others, especially large families and groups of friends, like to have a somewhat livelier experience while on a self-catering break. If your Christmas getaway is going to involve entertaining friends and family at any point, you’re going to want to look for a holiday home that offers plenty of space; not just spacious living and dining rooms, but also plenty of bedrooms for those planning on staying over after they’re done partying for the night.

Find a large holiday house to rent for Christmas

Big holiday houses are ideal for large groups of friends or family where you can enjoy a festive break altogether.  Some of the best cottages also have lots of outdoor space – many of them have beautifully tended gardens, for example, that are great for entertaining guests, for youngsters to play in, or for pets to run around (if the cottage is pet friendly, of course). If you’re particularly fond of countryside scenery, choose a holiday cottage in a more rural location. Of course, some people don’t necessarily need or want lots of space and are happier staying somewhere a bit more cosy. You’ll find many cottages that are a bit on the smaller side, but still offer enough space for you to feel comfortable.

Cottages Close to Top Festive attractions

Christmassy market

Christmas market for festive fun

If you’re going away for a Christmas break, you’ll definitely want to be close to some festive attractions. Christmas markets are very popular in the run-up to the Christmas Day and it’s a great idea to incorporate visits to these markets, and other festive attractions, during your trip away.

Look at what markets, fairs and other Christmas-related attractions appeal to you the most then look for cottages that suit your needs and are quite close by. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is one of the biggest and most popular in not just London, but the whole country; as well as an extensive festive market with stalls selling all sorts of food, drinks and gifts, there’s a funfair with lots of rides, a circus, an ice-rink and lots of exciting festive entertainment to be enjoyed. There are many other high-quality attractions of all kinds all across the country: the Manchester Christmas Market has over 350 whimsically decorated stalls and is known for its abundance of international cuisine; for an authentic German-style Christmassy market, there’s the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham; a dazzling festive light show with more than 60,000 lights can be found in Edinburgh along its historic Royal Mile street.

Finding the Best Holiday House for your Christmas Break

These are just a few ideas of the sorts of places you should be looking at to make your festive getaway a success. Whether you’re planning on going away for Christmas itself, or you’re looking to go sometime before the 25th of December, staying in a cosy, comfy holiday cottage with your nearest and dearest is a wonderful way to celebrate all the Christmas festivities. Whatever criteria you have for choosing your holiday home, make sure you shop around to find the perfect one for your needs.  Whether you’re staying home or going away, we hope you have a wonderful Xmas.