Sitting right in the heart of the Victorian seaside resort of Swanage on Dorset's stunning Jurassic Coast, this first floor holiday apartment is perfect for those wanting a break by the sea with an abundance of attractions, pubs, restaurants and shops on the doorstep. Opposite the railway station (great for steam train enthusiasts) and three minutes from the beach, there is plenty to keep those with or without a car occupied.
A delightful holiday cottage converted from a former Watermill with a cottage garden that provides an ideal place to relax and unwind. Located on the outskirts of a small village close to Grizebeck, The Watermill is ideally situated for exploring the Southern Lakes and its popular attractions.
A detached country house in the Northern Lake District, ideal for large groups of friends or family located mid-way between Buttermere and Keswick in the picturesque Newlands Valley. Sitting in an elevated position, Bawd Hall provides a secluded retreat to relax whilst offering easy access to the areas many attractions and tourist hot spots. Wonderful views and super walking opportunities straight from the front door. Tourist board rating: 5 Star.
On the North Cornish coastline, this spacious holiday home is located apx 200 yards from the coastal path, the picturesque harbour and the village of Boscastle with its pubs, shops and tea rooms. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
Located on the outskirts of the beautiful fishing village of Boscastle on Cornwall's North Coast. With the coastal path just a mile away and excellent village amenities (including a choice of places to eat) a pleasant stroll through the famous Valency Valley (a mile and a half) this is a perfect holiday destination for walkers and beach lovers. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
Sitting on the edge of the picturesque coastal village of Boscastle on the north coast of Cornwall, this self-catering cottage sits in a quiet country lane and affords distant sea views. Just a mile from the South West Coast Path and a mile and a half from the village with its beautiful harbour, pubs and shops. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
Three elegant, well-appointed holiday cottages just four miles from Wroxham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads with shared use of an indoor swimming pool. Ideal for exploring the waterways and also the Norfolk Coast with its glorious golden beaches and incredible wildlife. Norwich City, steeped in history and culture, is also within easy driving distance offering a taste of city life.
A delightful holiday cottage within the Rusland Valley providing the perfect place for couples to relax and explore the beautiful Lake District and its many attractions. Set within unspoilt rolling countryside, the views are simply stunning and the walks are equally as lovely. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
Marston Magna is a charming village in the heart of Somerset, just five miles from Yeovil and Sherborne. Set back from the road Bridge Cottage sleeps four guests in two bedrooms plus a baby or toddler. The period cottage was built in 1883 and retains some original features, including exposed beams. Bridge Cottage is within easy reach of Hayes Motor Museum and Fleet Air Museum. Plus, Glastonbury Tor and many National Trust properties are also a short distance away. With a wealth of excellent walking paths nearby, Bridge Cottage is an ideal base in Somerset for your holiday.
Comfy and welcoming, this charming self catering holiday cottage sits in the traditional Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey on the South Coast of Cornwall and affords lovely views over the harbour and sea from the sun lounge, back bedrooms and terrace. A perfect destination for walking, enjoying the glorious beaches of the area, exploring South Cornwall and its many attractions, and simply relaxing!
A delightful old stone holiday cottage in the bustling market town of Settle, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Excellent amenities and attractions on your doorstep and ideal for exploring this beautiful area by foot or car.
Welcoming and comfy self catering holiday accommodation in an idyllic setting within Exmoor's glorious National Park on the Devon/Somerset borders. Stunning location and ideal for walking, cycling, relaxing and sampling the good selection of country pubs.
Sitting in an elevated hillside position surrounded by rolling Devonshire countryside, this cosy welcoming self-catering retreat provides a piece of tranquility with no passing traffic to interrupt. A good base for exploring Devon's many attractions including the Blackdown Hills, coast and even Exmoor. On-site fishing for guests.
Two delightful holiday cottages in a lovely rural position within the Exmoor National Park in Somerset. With lots of original character, log burning stove and fine surrounding scenery, the holiday cottages are an ideal peaceful retreat at any time of the year and within easy reach of the many attractions of Somerset and Devon. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
Located within an acre of land with a stream running through it, this comfortable Cumbrian holiday cottage has beautiful scenery all around and offers wonderful forest and fell walks from the front door. Whinlatter Forest Centre is nearby and there are lovely bike rides and plenty of attractions throughout the Lake District for days out.
A cosy welcoming log cabin ideally positioned within an eighteen acre private secluded woodland estate in the Langdale Valley, near to Ambleside in central Lake District. A perfect base for exploring the areas many attractions and an ideal base for walkers, cyclists, or those who want to simply relax.
Offering self-catering for those on a budget, Bluebell Loft sits on a working farm in the Welsh village of Llanspyddid, a mile from the market town of Brecon within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Sleeping four, the apartment lends itself equally well to couples as it does small families, and is a good choice for those who enjoy outdoor adventures. Spend your days out and about exploring with a comfy affordable base to return home to of an evening to cook, relax and recharge.
A luxury holiday lodge providing a perfect base for a short break or family holiday conveniently located on an estate, alongside the River Tay in Dunkeld within Perthshire - a gateway to the Scottish Highlands with lots to see and do locally and a great base for exploring Scotland.
A delightful red brick cottage in the riverside town of Fordingbridge on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Shops, restaurants and nice walks on the doorstep and miles of forest tracks to explore close by. Whether you are looking for a relaxing break or a base to explore the areas many attractions, this is an ideal retreat.
A comfortable and ideal base from which to explore Cornwall and its many attractions. Set within five acres of rolling Cornish countryside, guests have the use of a fishing lake, hot tub and can enjoy panoramic views. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.
Many owners decorate the cottage for the Christmas period, allowing you to arrive, unpack and instantly get into the Christmas spirit. Others are more than happy for you to add your own little sprinkle of Christmas magic. One of the many benefits of booking directly with the owner is that you can discuss your arrangements in advance, to ensure your Christmas is every bit as special, if not more, than normal. Click here for some more Christmas inspiration.
Tips: To ensure Christmas runs smoothly, make sure you discuss any special requirements you have, at the point of booking with the owner (for example: the number in your party including pets; whether you can put up decorations and a tree if not supplied; whether friends are allowed to visit and the size/quantity of catering facilities such as ovens and dishwashers if you are a large group). Find out what supermarkets deliver groceries and pre-book a delivery (some owners are happy to accept deliveries ready for your arrival). Do a little research and find some good local suppliers for your turkey or goose and make sure you pre-order it. If you're planning on eating out over the festive period, book well in advance. Make sure you pack your winter woolies and walking boots so you can burn off some Christmas calories on Boxing Day. For more tips, see our Essential Cottage Christmas Checklist.