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 collection of six award winning holiday cottages (rated Five star Gold) with views across the Yorkshire Wolds just two miles from the vibrant market town of Beverley. Cosy cottages to sleep two or four and larger barn conversions that sleep up to twelve, all have a private garden and free WIFI. An ideal base for visiting the areas many attractions and wildlife reserves – there are walks from the door with pubs and restaurants close by. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold
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 versatile holiday cottage well located in the picturesque seaside village of Little Haven on the Pembrokeshire coast in West Wales. With the beach just 150 yards away and pubs on the doorstep, sea lovers and walkers will love this costal location. A haven for wildlife.
Perfectly placed in the popular Cotswolds village of Broadway, this picturesque thatched cottage offers the chance to experience a taste of country living with lots of character perfectly blended with modern day luxuries. Direct access to the Cotswolds Way and pubs/restaurants within walking distance.
One of three cottages enjoying a tranquil position within the historic Cumbrian town of Alston with a good choice of pubs and shops just around the corner, but just a short stroll from open countryside. Set amidst the beauty of the North Pennines AONB, this stylish self-catering apartment is a great base for those who enjoy walking and exploring, with both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales within easy driving distance. 4 Star Gold. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
One of three holiday cottages sitting in a tranquil position within the historic town of Alston with pubs and interesting shops within 5 minutes walk, but with open countryside just around the corner. Located in the North Pennines AONB with superb walking and within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. 4 Star Gold. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
A comfortable stone holiday cottage enjoying magnificent panoramic views over open countryside. Located in Durham in the pretty country village of Woodland between the North Yorkshire Moors and the Northumberland National Park, this area offers plenty to see and do being on the edge of the North Pennines. Tourist board rating: 3 Star
The stunning position of Plas Haf makes it a prefect choice for couples looking for a romantic break by the sea. With access onto a private beach, this stylish holiday lodge sleeps two (or four with the use of a sofa bed) and is located in an enviable waterside position in the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno in North Wales. With stunning views over the Conwy Estuary and Snowdonia Mountains, Plas Haf will fulfil your holiday dreams, whether they are to relax by the sea, explore South Wales or get active in the Snowdonia National Park.
A characterful old cottage dating back four hundred years with 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 base for exploring Cornwall's many attractions or enjoying a lazy beach holiday. Tourist board rating: 3 Star
A spacious holiday home for groups of eight located amongst the stunning scenery of the Afan Valley on the outskirts of the Welsh village of Blaengwynfi providing an excellent base for those who enjoy mountain biking and walking. Perfect for getting away for some outdoor activities and adventure with friends. Tourist board rating: 3 Star
Located in the medieval village of Dunster on the Somerset coast, this lovely holiday cottage is positioned in a quiet road standing at the foot of Dunster Castle and ancient church - ideal for an activity packed holiday exploring Exmoor or relaxing break by the sea.
A modern stylish Four Star Gold self-contained annex in the Hampshire village of Godshill within the New Forest National Park. Close to Fordingbridge, Wayside is an ideal place for enjoying all the forest has to offer including fabulous walking, cycling and horse riding, along with the wider area including Salisbury, Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
A delightful traditional Cornish holiday cottage in the little hamlet of Cockwells, providing the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or to use as a base for exploring West Cornwall with its lovely beaches and abundance of attractions. Close to St Michaels Mount and only five miles from St Ives. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Offering the perfect blend of traditional charm and modern comfort, this delightful stone holiday cottage provides an ideal retreat for couples or small families and is located a few minutes walk away from the vibrant market town of Pickering - the gateway to the North York Moors. A great choice of places to eat, shops and attractions on the doorstep and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities locally.
A welcoming pet-friendly holiday cottage in unspoilt Norfolk countryside within easy reach of the Norfolk Broads and Norfolk Coastline. A great touring base for visiting the areas many attractions and a haven for wildlife sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just two miles from North Walsham with its weekly market, shops and eateries.
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
A picturesque thatched holiday retreat on the edge of the New Forest National Park providing a superb base for exploring the forest, and also the many attractions of the area including Winchester, the South Coast and Stonehenge. The county town of Fordingbridge with a good choice of shops and eateries is just half a mile away.
A very pretty thatched self catering holiday cottage on the edge of the New Forest, providing very comfortable holiday accommodation and an ideal base for touring the area being just a few miles from world famous Stonehenge, Bournemouth and beaches. Just half a mile from Fordingbridge with a good choice of amenities close by.
On the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, this self catering holiday cottage offers a comfy affordable base to explore this lovely area and sits in the village of Chadlington with good village pub and butcher. Between Woodstock and Chipping Norton, the areas many attractions are within easy reach.
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.