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Dreaming of a relaxing Christmas?
Dreaming of a relaxing Christmas?

Holiday Cottages With Christmas 2021 Availability

As magical as Christmas is, it brings with it a fair number of stresses and strains. Let Independent Cottages take the strain out of Christmas for you and book a holiday cottage to spend the festive season in. We have romantic cottages for two, ideal for those who want to escape the Christmas mania. Log cabins set deep in the forest for a traditional family Christmas which is bound to capture the imaginations of the little ones. Luxury retreats to spoil the family at this special time of year and for large groups, we have some fantastic big houses which can cater for you, your friends and family, all under one roof. So no need to worry about space, seating, crockery and slaving over a hot stove - go away and let everyone share the cost and muck in! Read more

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54.249832, -2.420511

A 17th Century holiday cottage located in a peaceful position amongst beautiful countryside just three miles from the Cumbrian cobbled village of Dent in the Yorkshire Dales and within easy reach of the Lake District. Ideal for walking, relaxing or visiting the areas many attractions and with a fire for winter nights and pretty garden with glorious views, it is the perfect place to escape away from it all and relax. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£589 to £989

6  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

50.781172, -0.682790

Settle back in style in this fantastic seaside Victorian mews house in Aldwick. Mews Cottage is on a private gated estate, metres from Bognor Regis promenade and beach, with space for six people to sleep in three bedrooms. It's perfect for a family holiday in any season as there is so much to see and do. Go windsurfing, SUPing and sailing, visit Goodwood and Arundel Castle. Shop in Chichester and Brighton, and sightsee in Portsmouth historic dockyard. The South Downs National Park is only a few miles away, and there are miles of spectacular coastline to explore. 

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £950
Short breaks from £120 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.980259, -4.270763

This quiet holiday cottage is part of the owner's estate, with space for three people to sleep in two bedrooms. Little Yeo is within easy reach of Westward Ho! and just over two miles from the South West Coast Path. It is welcoming and comfortable, with a large garden and a lovely sitting room with a log burner. It's ideal for a relaxing break in any season and the layout suits couples, solo travellers or small families. Clovelly, Barnstaple, Exmoor National Park, Arlington Court and RHS Rosemoor are just a few of many choices for days out. 

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £900
Short breaks from £90 per night

3  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

58.311004, -6.288288

With white sandy beaches, crystal clear rivers, ancient monuments and modern rural communities, it's no wonder the Isle of Lewis and Harris is considered one of the most scenic spots in Scotland, if not the entire UK. This charming holiday cottage is a modern take on a traditional crofter's home, sleeping six people in three bedrooms with loads of space and fantastic views over the Gress River. The beach is a short walk from the door, and there are miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycling routes to explore. Stornoway is a 15-minute drive from the door, so you're close to shops, restaurants and other useful amenities. 

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £600
Short breaks from £70 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.775284, -5.108755

Discover why Little Haven is a perfect holiday destination with a stay in this superb ground-floor self-catering apartment which sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and is ideal for couples, families or friends. The beach and Pembrokeshire Coastal Path are a short stroll from the door, as is the village's shop, cafes and pubs. Broad Haven is only half a mile away and easy to reach via the beach when the tide is out, footpath or bicycle if you'd prefer not to drive. Day trips can include exploring historic St David's, crabbing from the harbour wall in Solva, admiring the animals at Folly Farm or browsing one of the region's many excellent weekly markets.

Weekly guide price:
£725 to £1530
Short breaks from £125 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.770520, -5.111777

This secluded contemporary holiday cottage is so quiet you'll hardly believe it's barely a five-minute stroll from Little Haven's beach, pubs and cafe. The Annexe offers upside down accommodation with lovely views from the living area. Recently renovated to a very high standard, The Annexe sleeps four people in two bedrooms with a layout that suits couples, families and friends. You can walk from the door to the famous Pembroke Coast Footpath, taking in panoramic views over St Bride's Bay and enjoying one of Wales' favourite attractions. Walking, cycling, surfing, swimming, SUPing, coasteering, golf, and horse riding are all readily accessible, while local attractions include St David's Cathedral, Folly Farm, Pembroke Castle, and Barafundle Bay. 

Weekly guide price:
£540 to £1550

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.406506, -1.734863

Stay in the desirable Pottergate area of Richmond in this gorgeous Yorkshire self-catering holiday home. The first-floor, two-bedroom apartment sleeps four people and is furnished to a very high standard. A comfortable sofa bed can sleep one or two more people, making the apartment well-suited to couples or families. Shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are all within a five-minute walk. Stroll beside the river to Easby Abbey or tackle the footpaths and mountain bike trails of the spectacular Yorkshire Dales, which are on the doorstep. Garden View has allocated off-street parking and is available for bookings all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £800
Short breaks from £100 per night

4+2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

57.339589, -5.651208

A spacious holiday home ideally located in the picturesque Highland village of Plockton within a minutes walk of local pubs, the sea front and excellent restaurants. Braewood offers a peaceful retreat for relaxing or exploring in one of the Highlands prettiest waterside villages with great facilities on the doorstep.

Weekly guide price:
£480 to £850

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Sunday

50.684018, -4.692922

The Old Dairy is 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) just 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

Weekly guide price:
£249 to £495
Short breaks from £50 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

50.684236, -4.695974

On Cornwall's stunning north coast, this welcoming holiday home enjoys a perfect position for walkers on the South West Coastal Path and strollable distance to the picturesque harbour and quaint village of Boscastle with its pubs, shops and tea rooms. A beautiful part of North Cornwall for a holiday by the sea. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£310 to £975
Short breaks from £70 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

53.032067, -4.266676

Wake up to the sight of Snowdon and relax after a busy day in a hot tub under the stars at this charming barn conversion. The one-bedroom holiday cottage sleeps two people and is perfect for couples or solo adventurers. The beautiful beaches of the Llyn Peninsula are only 20 minutes away, as are favourite attractions like Carmarthen and Portmeirion. Snowdonia National Park is less than a mile from the door, and guests have immediate access to incredible walks and bike rides. The self-catering cottage is available for short breaks and longer holidays all year round, so it's perfect for a romantic weekend away or a full exploration of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast.

Weekly guide price:
£775 to £783
Short breaks from £115 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.308605, -1.825158

Welcoming and cosy, Wensleydale House is a great choice if you are looking for somewhere for a large gathering of friends or family. Perfect placed in the thriving Dales market town of Leyburn, this lovely holiday rental sleeps up to 10 guests and is strolling distance to shops, eateries and the many amenities of this vibrant historic Yorkshire town.

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1350
Short breaks from £165 per night

10  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.899409, -1.757540

Why take a day trip to the Cotswold's most beautiful village when you can stay there? Arlington House is in Lower Slaughter, within walking distance of the River Eye and the Slaughters Country Inn. Set back from a quiet lane behind private gates and with plenty of off-street parking, this three-bedroom cottage offers everything for families or groups of up to six friends to relax and unwind. Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden and dozens of other picturesque sights are within a few miles, and there are lovely country walks and bike rides from the front gate.

Weekly guide price:
£885 to £1145
Short breaks from £115 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 5 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.864612, -1.986229

Situated in the middle of a 35 acre sheep farm are three 'adults only' holiday cottages nestling in the heart of West Yorkshire countryside. They provide a perfect rural retreat and the opportunity to enjoy a taste of country life, as well as a good base for exploring, being accessible to both the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £650

4  |   2  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

54.491496, -2.336813

Surrounded by breathtaking views and gorgeous countryside, this charming 17th century farmhouse is a true gem. Perfectly combining character with modern day comforts, the owners of Hill House have created a cosy and welcoming holiday cottage in the beautiful Upper Eden valley. Hill House is located in the small village of Winton, just a 30 minute walk to the traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen. Explore a new footpath each day or enjoy meandering around the picturesque towns and villages. With the North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep, and the Lake District just a stone's throw away, there are endless opportunities for exploring this stunning part of the world.  

Weekly guide price:
£470 to £1099
Short breaks from £120 per night

5  |   3  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.378407, -5.115256

A characterful old holiday cottage dating back four hundred years with an impressive large inglenook fireplace housing a log burning stove in the peaceful village of Cubert, North Cornwall. Walking distance of three beaches (Crantock, Polly Joke and Holywell Bay) and pubs/restaurants in the village for a meal out. Just four miles from Newquay and a great self-catering base for exploring Cornwall's many attractions or enjoying a lazy beach holiday. Tourist board rating: 3 Star

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1995

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 3 Star

54.210761, -0.591949

Located in a peaceful position just outside of the village of Snainton close to the edge of the North York Moors, The Stables Cottage offers a luxurious place to stay while discovering the many delights of the Moors. There is space for five guests to sleep in two bedrooms (both with en-suite bathrooms), so the cottage is a favourite with couples as well as families who enjoy being close to beautiful countryside and friendly towns including Pickering, Helmsley, Scarborough and Whitby.

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £1095
Short breaks from £130 per night

5  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.210761, -0.591949

This welcoming holiday cottages sits in the ground of a 100-year old granary, offering a high standard of accommodation for up to four guests in two bedrooms. Granary Cottage offers ground floor accommodation and sits on the edge of the North York Moors within easy reach of popular destinations including Malton, Scarborough, Pickering, Whitby and York. Picture yourself in the summer, enjoying an evening glass of wine as you gaze across countryside views towards the North York Moors, or in winter, relaxing in a cosy sitting room with a proper open fire. Just outside of the village of Snainton and within walking distance of a pub, Granary Cottage is a favourite all year round.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £995
Short breaks from £115 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.829161, -4.702444

This charming waterfront holiday cottage is only steps away from Luce Bay with beautiful waterfront views. Craignarget Cottage has been in the same family for over 60 years and has recently received an update to include underfloor heating and a log burner. There is lots of space indoors and outside, with the main bedroom sleeping two people and the comfortable double sofa bed sleeping up to two more. Gorgeous beaches, hill walks, mountain bike trails and cycling routes are within easy reach, and the cottage is in the ideal spot for exploring the wider Dumfries and Galloway area.

Weekly guide price:
£395 to £550

2+2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

53.842602, -0.636258

A cosy welcoming cottage in the pretty village of Sancton in the Yorkshire Wolds within easy reach of the vibrant market town of Beverley. Beautiful countryside surrounds with excellent opportunities for those who enjoy wildlife, walking, exploring Yorkshire or simply relaxing! Within easy reach of the cities of Hull and York.

Weekly guide price:
£410 to £650
Short breaks from £100 per night

3  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Xmas in a cottage

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.

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.