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Festive Holiday Ideas 2019

Cosy up this Christmas

Cosy up this Christmas

Although we’re still enjoying summer, with September just around the corner, it’s not long before many of us will be thinking about our next holiday, which is usually Christmas. Getting away for the festive period is a popular option nowadays, and whether you’re dreaming of escaping for Christmas or New Year, Country Cottages Online has some great ideas to make sure you have the best festive holiday yet in 2019!

Christmas Markets

For festive shopping and enjoyable days out, there are a good choice of Christmas markets scattered across the UK. Popular markets run in the big cities like London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bath, Manchester and Belfast, as well as other large towns. Some like to stay in the city or in large towns but for a more chilled out break this festive period, why not rent a country cottage in the countryside near to one of the Christmas markets that interest you?

Big Family Gatherings

For some, what makes Christmas and New Year truly special is the chance to get together with close family and often extended family too. Gathering together with brothers, sisters, parents and even family members like cousins and even aunts and uncles can make festive celebrations all the more special.

If you’d like to get together with family this Christmas or New Year, renting a large self-catering holiday house could be the perfect option for celebrating and holidaying altogether.


Pooch-Friendly Festive Rentals

Christmas and New Year are times of year when you want to spend time with family and that includes the family pooch! We feature a great range of pet-friendly properties where your happy hound will be just as welcome as the rest of the family. Some festive holiday homes even come complete decorated for Christmas with a tree and tinsel (as the owner or agency prior to booking if you’re looking for a holiday home decorated for Xmas).


Relax and Unwind this Christmas

For some people Christmas can get a bit stressful and if you’re someone who finds the pressure of the festive period stressful then renting a holiday home with leisure facilities could be just what the doctor ordered! Country Cottages Online features holiday rentals with hot tubs, and even properties with indoor swimming pools, perfect for relaxing and de-stressing this festive period.

Forget your cares and worries as you lie back and unwind in a hot tub cottage or swim your troubles away in a holiday home with a pool.

Festive Cottage Holiday Ideas for 2018

Relax by the Fireside on Holiday

Planning to take a festive cottage break this year? Need inspiration and ideas on the types of options out there when it comes to self-catering holiday homes. The festive season can be a truly magical time of year to get away from it all and if you need help finding the best place to stay for you, Country Cottages Online aims to help inspire you on available options for Christmas or New Year.

For those who want a festive break with the minimum of hassle, ask before booking whether the holiday property of interest to you will be all decorated for Xmas. Many holiday homes owners nowadays ensure that cottages are decorated with a Xmas tree, tinsel and other Christmas decorations, but it is strongly recommended that you check this prior to booking to ensure that the holiday home will be all decked out ready for your arrival.

Holiday Properties for Christmas and New Year Getaways

Log Cabins – ideal for that holiday feeling, that smell of pine and for relaxed nights in. For plenty of atmosphere look out for cabins with wood-clad walls where you can really soak up the holiday feeling and lodges with a woodburner where you can relax by the fireside of an evening. For plenty of family fun on holiday, look out for cabins on complexes with leisure facilities such as a swimming pool, games room or gym (remember to check prior to booking to ensure that any leisure facilities will be open during the festive period).

Find Log Cabins for Christmas Breaks

Lodges and Cabins for New Year Breaks

Country Cottages for Festive Breaks

Perfect for hiding away in the countryside, rent a family-friendly country cottage and enjoy the rural life over Christmas. Secluded cottages where you can hideaway with friends or family are a popular option, as are properties with a warming woodburner or log fire. Booking a rural cottage with good walks nearby as well as a woodburner or open fire could be ideal choice for an atmospheric rural festive break. If you like a taste of town life too, remember to book a property with a town or village nearby so you can pop out for day trips over the festive period.

Rural Retreats for Christmas Holidays

• Rural Retreats for New Year Getaways


Coastal Cottages for Festive Holidays

For those who want to holiday by the coast, renting a coastal cottage can be the ideal choice. For a truly memorable break away, look out for a holiday home with sea views, a wonder to wake up to whatever the time of year!

• Find coastal cottages for Xmas Breaks

• Coastal Holiday Properties with Availability over New Year

Large Country Houses, Mansions and Group Accommodation for Festive Holidays

Holidaying with a group of friends and family over the festive period is a popular choice. Whether you’re planning to celebrate altogether over Christmas dinner or are planning a party over New Year, there are some superb large holiday houses available to rent by groups. For entertainment come rain or shine, look out for properties with special features like a swimming pool, hot tub or games room, for plenty of fun on holiday.

Whether you’re searching for a romantic retreat, a family cottage or big group accommodation, we hope you find the perfect holiday home to rent this festive period on Country Cottages Online. For the full choice of holiday homes we feature for festive breaks browse:

Best Cottages for New Year Breaks

Where will you be celebrating this New Year?

New Year Fireworks

Fireworks to bring in the New Year

For many people, ringing in the New Year is an exciting annual tradition filled with partying, celebration and festivities. If you’re in the habit of staying at home every year to welcome in the New Year, why not consider doing something different this year? Cottage holidays are popular all throughout the year and while you may not have considered staying in a cottage over the New Year period, it can actually be a very worthwhile experience. So if you’re thinking of booking a holiday cottage getaway to end the current year and start the next one off, here’s a guide to some of the best ones you may want to consider.


Cottages near the big New Year celebrations

Every year we see New Year’s celebrations from major cities all around the world. The UK is no stranger to these festivities, with millions up and down the country gathering in large cities such as London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Glasgow, with many other cities, towns and villages up and down the country holding their own festivities. Of course, the biggest celebrations (and the most popular) are in the biggest cities. London’s celebrations, for example, are seen around the world, with millions watching the dazzling fireworks display and seeing landmarks such as the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament lit up. If you want to take part in these huge celebrations, consider staying at a holiday cottage close by or just a train ride from London.

Chances are, you’re not going to be able to stay within walking distance of the celebrations since they’re typically centrally located within the city and holiday cottages tend to be located a bit further away from bustling city centres. So you’ll probably end up staying a train ride away from where the New Year’s celebrations are set to take place. The great thing about staying in a holiday cottage close to major New Year’s celebrations is that you get to take part in all the action and you’re not just staying in some hotel close by: you’ve got a comfortable, peaceful home-away-from-home away from the crowds.

Escape to the Country for a Big New Year’s Celebration with Friends

Champagne Celebration

Celebrate with Champagne at New Year

While city celebrations are hugely popular, many prefer more intimate celebrations with their close friends and family. If this sounds like you, you may want to look for cottages that have more space, so there’s plenty of room for entertaining guests. Whether you’re going away with family or friends, or even both, you’ll want somewhere that’s got enough room for everyone to be comfortable and welcome in the New Year together. Look for somewhere that’s got enough bedrooms to accommodate everyone, and be sure to find a cottage that has ample living and dining space, along with a decent-sized kitchen if there are going to be a lot of you staying there. It’s also a good idea to find a cottage with good amenities for entertaining, such as a games room, a party room and even a swimming pool or hot tub for a really fun time. New Year comes at one of the coldest times of the year, so it’s worth bearing in mind that having things like open fires and wood burners will really come in handy should it get too cold outside.

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Cottages Somewhere New

Why not ring in the New Year somewhere you haven’t been before? Staying in a holiday cottage over the New Year period in a place you’re familiar with can of course be a very worthwhile experience, but so can staying somewhere that’s completely new to you. After all, the New Year is meant to be about starting afresh and trying new things, so it’s the perfect opportunity to visit somewhere you’ve never been to before. Even if you’re a seasoned traveller and have visited many parts of the UK, there are so many holiday cottages scattered throughout the country that you’ll still be spoiled for choice. If you’re used to celebrating the New Year in London and have never been to Edinburgh before, why not head north and welcome in the New Year somewhere new? Pick a holiday cottage on the outskirts of the city and you’ll have the best of both worlds: convenient access to all the major festivities and lots of peace and quiet away from the buzz of the city centre.

Pick the Best New Years Cottage for you

Choosing the right holiday cottage for your New Year’s break doesn’t have to be hard. Sure, there’s an overwhelming variety of them available, but so long as you bear in mind what you want most from your cottage getaway, you should have no problems finding one to suit your needs. Be sure to pick one that’s right for you and whoever else is joining you to bring in the New Year – whether you stay in to celebrate or head out and join the crowds, you’re bound to have a memorable experience waving goodbye to the current year and welcoming in the new one.