Tucked Up in Front of a Fire
Fancy something slightly different for this Christmas? Renting a cottage to get away from it all may be just the ticket…
Those seeking to flee and envelop themselves in coziness this winter, Premier Cottages still has availability at a variety of picturesque properties for Christmas and New Year – complete with trees, mince pies and fizz.
Homes available to rent include:
Hopton Hall in Derbyshire
Hopton Hall is a historic property in 30 acres of grounds on the edge of the Peak District National Park. The cobbled courtyard of stables, coach house and former servants’ cottages have all been refurbished to offer comfortable and luxurious accommodation.
There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained here with a play area, paddock with football goals, volleyball nets plus an indoor pool. Historic Chatsworth House and Alton Towers are also just a short drive away. The property will be decorated for the festive season and guests will be greeted with Christmas treats including mulled wine and chocolates.
Hopton Hall’s Gardener’s Cottage has four bedrooms and sleeps eight. A week’s stay arriving on 22nd December costs £1,800. (01629 540458)
The Old Cheese Factory, Derbyshire
The Old Cheese Factory is set in an idyllic and private location in the rural village of Windley right on the edge of the Peak District and has breath-taking views and fantastic walking and cycling opportunities straight from the door.
Built around 1690, and used at various times as a farm outbuilding, a Malt House and then a Cheese factory, producing Stilton Cheese, this grade II listed building has been carefully restored and retains many original features including the oak beams and lime ash floors.
The Old Cheese Factory offers 5 star holiday accommodation and will be tastefully decorated for the festive season. Guests will be welcomed with Christmas treats including mulled wine and chocolates.
The Old Cheese Factory sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms, all en-suite and is available for a week’s stay from 22nd December for £2,200. (01773 550947)
Cae Du in Snowdonia National Park
Cae Du in the Snowdonia National Park provides a stunning location for a festive escape with beautiful mountain panoramas, quiet forest walkways and tumbling waterfalls all close by. Surrounded by around 14 acres and with the river LLEDR running the full length of the land, the property is also only five miles from Betws-y-Coed, the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.
There are great walks straight from the door ranging from gentle strolls to a challenging hike to the summit of a distant ridge. Cae Du will be decorated for the festive season and guests will be greeted with champagne, and a host of Christmas treats including: local produce, mince pies and chocolates. Dogs are also welcome here.
Enjoy a week’s stay for up to 12 people for £2,450, arriving on 21st December. (0208 542 3480)
Breamish Valley Cottages, Northumberland
Breamish Valley Cottages offers a number of traditional stone built country cottages in the Cheviot Hills near Alnwick on the edge of Northumberland National Park. Facilities at the main site are extensive with tennis courts, a gym, sauna, steam room and hot tub. Families will love the adventure playground and games room complete with table tennis and football.
Hemmel House, a short drive from the other cottages, is the most luxurious property and sleeps eight. Those staying at Christmas can be sure of a cozy break with underfloor heating, woodburning stove and outdoor hot tub.
A week’s stay at Breamish’s property ‘Kilnfield’, arriving 21 December, costs £1,075 for up to four guests (in two bedrooms). (01665 578263)
New Year Stays at Thatch Close Cottage, Herefordshire
Tucked away in the Herefordshire countryside, Thatch Close Cottage is set in 12 acres on the edge of the Wye Valley Area of Natural Beauty; there are plenty of nearby activities to work off the Christmas excesses including walking, canoeing, cycling, shooting, archery and ‘Go-Ape.’
Guests will receive a Christmas welcome pack and pets also get their own doggie goodie bag. A seven-night stay for two in Thatch Close Cottages’ in Valley View arriving 30 December costs £855. (01989 770300)
New Year Getaways at Bulverton House, Devon
Enjoy a New Year break for two in Bulverton House’s five star Orlando Suite. Formerly a milking parlour, the property seamlessly blends traditional charm with modern luxury. It’s located on the rural edge of Sidmouth, making it easy for guests to start 2018 with a winter’s stroll along the Jurassic coast.
A week’s stay in Bulverton House’s Orlando Suite arriving 30 December for two costs £550. (0797 156 1139)
New Year break at Cranmer Country Cottages, Norfolk
Set in 175 acres of farmland, Cranmer Country Cottages were converted from a Victorian dairy farm and now offer spacious accommodation – ideal for throwing a New Year’s party. The property also boasts a heated indoor swimming pool, two all-weather tennis courts, games room and children’s adventure play area.
A seven-night stay in Cranmer Cottages’ Wagtail or Tern, both sleeping four, arriving 29 December costs £1,245. The cottages are next door to each other so can be booked together for larger parties. (01328 823135)
New Year Break at Clydey Cottages, Pembrokeshire
Clydey Cottages’ multi-award winning properties will be adorned with dressed Christmas trees and its 20 acres of lawns, fields and woodland will also be festively decorated for the season. The five-star converted farm buildings have excellent family facilities including: two festive themed children’s club sessions, an indoor pool, Decleor spa and sauna plus complimentary children’s crèche and soft play area. For sunny December days there’s also an outdoor play area with sandpit, rope swings, ride on toys and slide and children can join farmer Malcolm and feed the animals including pigs, pygmy goats, rabbits, Shetland ponies and guinea pigs.
Guests receive a Christmas welcome pack including Welsh Cakes, mulled wine, Prosecco, mince pies, local jams and honey.
Clydey Cottages is offering seven nights in Heather Cottage for four guests arriving 29 December for £2,400. Other cottages are also available for the festive season. (01239 698619)
New Year stay at East View Farm Holiday Cottages in Norfolk
East View Farm Holiday Cottages are perfectly situated in 10 acres of peaceful countryside, and offer two luxury barn conversions. They are fully decorated for Christmas and exceptionally well equipped with new contemporary furnishings, Wi-Fi and log-burning stoves. There is also a private miniature steam railway on site. The Norfolk Broads National Park, North Norfolk coast and beautiful cathedral city of Norwich are all close by. Guests will be welcomed with a Christmas hamper.