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Self-Catering Escapes for New Year Breaks

Planning a last minute escape this New Year? 2022 has been full of ups and downs, and if you want to end on a high note, then escaping for a New Year break could be a great choice. Raise a toast to 2023 with a glass of bubbly, from the comfort of your chosen holiday home and add a touch of magic to the new year.

Find the Best Holiday Rental for your New Year Break

When it comes to New Year breaks, there is a great choice of holiday accommodation rentals to choose from, from beautiful barns to cosy cabins, family cottages, big group holiday homes and romantic retreats. Ideally choose a holiday home decorated for Christmas, where you can enjoy good times amongst the tinsel and festive decorations.

If you want to spend quality time with friends or family huddled up at your chosen rental, then why not book a cottage with a warming woodburner or an open fire for that all important cosy atmosphere in the winter months?

Festive Cabins and Lodges

Celebrate New Year at a Holiday Lodge

Imagine seeing in the New Year from the comfort of a log cabin, cocooned in the wood-clad walls with that wonderful holiday feeling all around. When it comes to enjoying that special holiday feel, few things compare to lodges and cabins. Many lodges and cabins enjoy a scenic setting too, such as next to a lake or woodlands, which can help to make festive holidays all the more special. Some are on lodge parks where there may be shared leisure facilities such as a games room or even a pool to keep you occupied and happy during holidays.

Remember to pack the party poppers and plenty of Prosecco or champagne (if your budget allows) to ring in the New Year at your chosen holiday lodge.

Cabins and Lodges for New Year Breaks

Large Houses for New Year’s Celebrations

Large Houses for New Year Celebrations

New Year is the time for a big party, so whether you want to gather with friends or family, or both, renting a large house can be a great choice for partying it up at New Year. Country Cottages Online features a great choice of large holiday rentals, ideal for big groups of friends and family. From mansions to big barns and large lodges, the UK is home to a great choice of big holiday rentals. For that real party feel, look out for properties with features like a disco room, a games room or may be even an inviting warm bubbly outdoor hot tub where you can truly feel pampered and relaxed on your break away.

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Escape to a Rural Retreat for a Festive Break

Escape on a rural retreat break for New Years

If you’re dreaming of a peaceful escape for a New Year’s break, then renting a rural retreat could be the ideal choice. There are so many quaint and pretty holiday homes dotted throughout the UK countryside, from secluded retreats to remote cottages where you can truly escape from It all. Whether you want to hide away, far from others, stay in a picture-perfect thatched cottage, or wake up to views of fields and farmlands, there is a choice to suit you on Country Cottages Online. For somewhere truly inspiring, cottages with country views are a joy to wake up to in winter time where you may be lucky enough to see the landscape blanketed in snow, icicles shining in the sunshine and frost glistening in the sun. Choose a holiday home with both a country view and a warming woodburner or open fire, for the ultimate in atmosphere and bring in the New Year in an absolutely charming retreat.

Rural Retreats for New Year Breaks

Romantic Retreats

Escape with the one you love to celebrate New Year

Escape with your partner to a charming cottage where you can relax, unwind and enjoy celebrating the New Year with the one you love. Options include charming historical retreats with exposed beams in pretty counties like Suffolk where you can stay in a holiday home with an olde worlde feel, and log cabins with lake views, for inspiring views on holiday. Or may be you like the idea of renting a coastal cottage in winter where you can wake up to a sea view which can be a truly special and memorable experience, even in winter time. Make the start of 2023 extra special with a break and celebration with the one you love.

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Best Cottages for Cosy Festive Breaks

Come winter time, who doesn’t like to snuggle up on holiday, and enjoy quality time with friends and family in a lovely cosy atmosphere? Christmas and New Year are great times of year to enjoy a cosy festive break away in Britain.

Collect memories not things on a winter festive break

If you are searching for a festive holiday cottage you will want to find a holiday home befitting the occasion. For many people, the best kind of cottage for a festive break is a cosy welcoming holiday home.

Certain holiday homes lend themselves to cosy festive holidays. Here are some of our best picks.

Cottages with Warming Woodburners or Open Fires for Festive Breaks

Relax by the fireside on a festive cottage break

One of the top choices when it comes to festive breaks has got to be holiday homes with warming woodburners or open fires. Both people and animals love to snuggle up by the warmth of an open fire and watch the logs crackle and burn, or sit by the warming glow of a warming woodburner. It’s a simple pleasure but an important one in winter time that can make you feel all snuggly and warm inside.

Cottages with Open Fires or a Warming Woodburner for Festive Breaks

Christmas Cottages with a Woodburner or Open Fire

Cottages with a Woodburner or Open Fire for New Year Breaks

Log Cabins with Warming Woodburners for that Special Holiday Feel

Escape to a cabin by a forest perhaps this winter?

There’s something romantic about staying in a log cabin in winter time. Maybe it’s because so many Christmassy films feature snow clad wooden lodges, but there’s something special about winter log cabin breaks that give them extra festive appeal and can give you that special holiday feeling.

Many lodges are nestled next to forests or lakes which can look particularly beautiful in winter time, particularly when trees have been giving a dusting of snow or lakes have frozen over.

Festive Log Cabin Break Ideas

Log Cabins for Christmas Breaks

Wooden Lodges for New Year Breaks

Charming Cottages with Exposed Wooden Beams for Festive Charm

Holiday homes with wooden beams exude charm and warmth. Whether barn conversions or character cottages, there’s something so welcoming and homely about houses with exposed wooden beams. Some of us just love them. Particularly in winter time, these types of holiday homes can be particularly welcoming, particularly when teamed with an open fire or warming woodburner.

Cottages with Wooden Beams for Charm and Warmth

Cottages with Country Views for Festive Holidays

Whatever the time of year, renting a holiday home with a countryside view is an appealing notion. Holiday homes with countryside views can be popular year-round as each season leads to different kinds of vistas. In winter time you might be able to gaze out to snow covered hills and fields or see the frost glistening over the surrounding landscape in the morning light. Holiday homes with country views can really help to uplift you and help you tofully appreciate the beauty of wintertime as you relax and unwind with friends or family on holiday.

Cottages with Country Views for Festive Breaks

Pretty, Quaint and Olde-Worlde Country Cottages for Christmassy Appeal

Picture perfect Bee Cottage in Rutland

Maybe it’s because of the picture-perfect holiday cottage featured in the winter blockbuster ‘The Holiday’ that makes the notion of taking a break in a quaint and olde-worlde cottage at Christmas or New Year so very appealing. Usually, the prettier the cottage the better, and ideally your chosen holiday home would be kitted out with sparkly Christmas decorations and feature a door with a festive wreath to really give you that fabulous festive holiday feel.

Pretty Country Cottages for Festive Breaks

Pretty country cottages for Festive Breaks

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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).

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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

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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!

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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.