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20 last-minute UK and Ireland cottages to rent for Christmas and New Year

20 last-minute UK and Ireland cottages to rent for Christmas and New Year

The Bathing Home

South Devon

Begin 2019 off-grid on this Grade II listed Georgian bathing lodge on the banks of the River Dart. There’s no TV or Wi-Fi, however you possibly can look to the river for leisure. Egrets, kingfishers and herons can be your neighbours, viewable from the riverside terrace. The home is a part of the 550-acre Sharpham Property, which has a winery, so you’ll be able to crack open the hyperlocal bubbly in fashion.

Sleeps two (plus couch mattress), £1,156 per week, helpfulholidays.co.uk

Sobrachan, ArgyllSobrachan, Argyll


Argyll & Bute

You’ll discover loads of “coorie” – the Scottish equal of hygge – at this distant, five-bedroom home wedged deep inside 11 acres of grounds. Overlooking Loch Awe and the Ben Cruachan mountain, it’s backed by thick woodland. In case you’re not up for exploring, stoke the hearth and sink underneath a merino wool blanket with the bottle of scotch your hosts have left for you.

Sleeps 10, £900 per week, 01866 844 204, [email protected]

Magherintemple Lodge in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim.Magherintemple Lodge in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim.

Magherintemple Lodge

Co Antrim

A stunning gatehouse outdoors fairly Ballycastle, this lodge is simply 5 minutes from the seashore – and on the Antrim coast, the seashores are world class. Inbuilt a Scottish baronial fashion, it’s good for households, with a double room and two bunks. Inside, the look is rustic-chic, whereas the terrace outdoors overlooks the grounds of the grand principal home.

Sleeps 2+2, £476 for three nights, irishlandmark.com

Bagdale Cottage, WhitbyBagdale Cottage, Whitby

Bagdale Cottage

North Yorkshire

Its uncovered beams and brick partitions across the woodburner ramp up the cosiness at this terraced cottage within the coronary heart of Whitby. The house owners have recreated interval paint colors and materials, and added antiques to give it a really feel of the previous. Take a look at the unique “salt box” cupboard in a sitting-room alcove.

Sleeps 4, £981 per week, £737 for three nights, nicheretreats.co.uk

Head Gardener’s House at Floors Castle, KelsoHead Gardener’s Home at Flooring Citadel, Kelso

Head Gardener’s Home at Flooring Fort

Scottish Borders

Have fun Hogmanay within the grounds of Scotland’s largest inhabited citadel, in Kelso. The home has been restored by its proprietor, the Duchess of Roxburgh, and because the identify suggests, it sits inside the rambling backyard. Whereas it’s creamy-stoned and classical from the surface, inside it has been superbly designed, with stylish clashing prints, function wallpaper and a woodburner within the cozy front room.

Sleeps 4, £1,500 per week, crabtreeandcrabtree.com

The Loose Box, Walsingham, NorfolkThe Unfastened Field, Walsingham, Norfolk

The Unfastened Field

North Norfolk

Certainly one of six stylish barn conversions in significantly chichi Walsingham, this L-shaped property – which used to be a secure – was designed by its architect proprietor. There are excessive ceilings with uncovered beams inside, whereas floor-to-ceiling home windows overlook a sunny personal courtyard. A welcome hamper comes full of native natural produce – get caught in after a bracing stroll on the encompassing seashores.

Sleeps 4, £1,200 per week, 5 nights for £950, barshambarns.co.uk

Churchill Hideaway, CotswoldsChurchill Hideaway, Cotswolds

Churchill Hideaway


Assume Kate Winslet’s home in The Vacation and you have got this 300-year-old jumble of thatched roof, honey stone and duck-egg door and window frames. Inside, it’s as pretty as it’s stylish, with uncovered brick partitions, a chain-slung staircase and a copper tub in one of many bedrooms. You’re proper outdoors Chipping Norton, so that is as twee because it will get.

Sleeps 4, 5 nights for £2,045, i-escape.com

The Olde House, Chapel Amble, North CornwallThe Olde Home, Chapel Amble, North Cornwall

The Olde Home

North Cornwall

This 550-acre working farm in Chapel Amble, inland from a few of Cornwall’s most spectacular shoreline, has 30 self-catering cottages sleeping two to 10 individuals. Within the three-bedroomed “Laurel”, the kitchen overlooks the bullocks’ yard, whereas, in its main bedroom, a hayloft door has been became a floor-to-ceiling window.

Sleeps six, £980 per week, £710 for 5 nights, theoldehouse.co.uk

Cushendun N.Ireland Strand House, CushendunStrand Home, Cushendun

Strand Home

Co Antrim

Get away from all of it on this superbly distant cottage simply outdoors Cushendun, on the coast. This basic whitewashed cottage sits in a wood-backed backyard overlooking the seashore. On a transparent day, you possibly can see the Mull of Kintyre. Inside, you’ll discover the whole lot you need from a comfortable cottage – woodburner-equipped front room, eating room, rest room and bedrooms – in a delightfully higgledy-piggledy format.

Sleeps 5, £809 per week, three nights for £526, nationaltrust.co.uk

Platform 1, Vale of YorkPlatform 1, Vale of York

Platform 1

Vale of York

This one-bedroom cottage in Gilling East was as soon as the village practice station home – the previous platform is in entrance of the property. Fort Howard is just 10 miles away, the place the décor – together with 25ft tree and three,000 baubles – plus reside music, Santa and particular afternoon teas, will put you within the festive temper. Additionally out there over New Year.

Sleeps two, £544 per week, £382 for three nights, originalcottages.co.uk

Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Park, EdmontonLee Valley Tenting and Caravan Park, Edmonton

Woodland Cabins at Lee Valley Tenting and Caravan Park

Larger London

An excellent price range choice – and a fast repair for Londoners wanting a brief escape for New Year – these cabins sleep two adults and two youngsters, whereas doing a superb impression of a fairy hut (spherical, roof like a witch’s hat, and aromatic wooden interiors). Smaller picket “camping pods” are additionally obtainable.

Sleep 4, £65 per night time, pitchup.com

Brae Cottage, Perth and KinrossBrae Cottage, Perth and Kinross

Brae Cottage

Perth & Kinross

It will not be as spectacular because the 18th-century Monzie citadel on whose property it sits, however this beautiful cottage overlooking the four,000-acre property holds its personal when it comes to views. Soak them up from the recent tub outdoors, or settle in for dinner cooked within the handcrafted walnut kitchen. Within the night, have some wine with a board recreation by the hearth.

Sleeps two, £1,400 per week, monzieestate.com

Wdig Farmhouse, Pembrokeshire, WalesWdig Farmhouse, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Wdig Farmhouse


This Grade II listed, slate-hung farmhouse sits on pristine headland close to St Davids. You’re inside strolling distance of Whitesands Seashore, and St Davids Cathedral may have its Pageant of Classes and Carols on 22 December. The sun-drenched conservatory is right for Christmas lunch. Notice that it’s semi-detached (the adjoining cottage can also be rented out). Additionally obtainable New Year.

Sleeps six, £1,299 per week. qualitycottages.co.uk

The Buttery, Marros

The Buttery


Amid 17 acres of pasture and woodland, the Buttery in Marros is a contemporary barn conversion and considered one of 5 cottages on the working Clyngwyn farm. Providing astonishing views over Marros mountain, it sits between Pendine Sands and Amroth Seashore, so there’s loads of strolling round – although chances are you’ll not need to depart the home, because it’ll come full with Christmas tree, mince pies and truffles.

Sleeps 4, £625 per week, coastalwoodholidays.co.uk

The Boat Shed, New ForestThe Boat Shed, New Forest

The Boat Shed

New Forest

Inside the grounds of the Royal Lymington Yacht Membership is that this former boat shed, situated within the dinghy yard. Not that you possibly can inform its humble origins in the present day – it’s a stunning little home owned by Alice and Henning Stummel, whose London residence gained the Royal Institute of British Architects’ home of the yr in 2017. It’s compact, however the birch-clad kitchen-living space is divine, and the terrace outdoors is ideal for a crisp breakfast.

Sleeps three, six nights for £710, newforestescapes.com

The Cable Hut, Aberbach, WalesThe Cable Hut, Aberbach, Wales

The Cable Hut


Constructed greater than 100 years in the past to home the primary phone strains to cross the Atlantic, the Cable Hut in Aberbach was destroyed by a storm and rebuilt as a luxe retreat with a heart-soaring outlook over the Pembrokeshire cliffs. It’s cosy, with a seashore hut really feel, however brilliant, thanks to the mixture of white partitions, white tiles and loads of home windows. A clear slate for a brand new yr.

Sleeps two, £1,595 per week. uniquehomestays.com

Cae'r Borth, Moelfre, AngleseyCae’r Borth, Moelfre, Anglesey

Cae’r Borth


Push the boat out with a keep at this astonishing seafront home in Moelfre, with its personal personal seashore. It was constructed within the 60s, which suggests it’s additional cosy (there’s underfloor heating), and belongs to native aristocracy, which explains the panoply of grand portraits round the home. There’s a suitably grand eating room however you might favor to rejoice within the conservatory overlooking the ocean.

Sleeps 12, £four,535 per week, £three,185 for three nights, menaiholidays.co.uk

Draper’s Flat, YorkDraper’s Flat, York

Draper’s Flat

North Yorkshire

This brand-new condominium within the centre of York marries previous and new for a comfortable metropolis expertise. It’s set in a half-timbered brick constructing (shared with a Nationwide Belief store) in Minstergate, inside one in every of Europe’s largest pedestrian zones. Décor is modern whereas retaining unique options, taking inspiration from the drapers who as soon as sat under.

Sleeps 4, £1,125 per week, three nights £731, nationaltrust.org.uk

The Old Chapel Annexe, Nayland SuffolkThe Previous Chapel Annexe, Nayland Suffolk

The Previous Chapel Annexe


Get up on Christmas morning with mild streaming by way of the huge home windows behind your head on this former chapel in Nayland, within the Dedham Vale Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence. It was as soon as a United Reformed church, as you’ll see from the neo-gothic arched home windows and inner columns. That is Constable nation, making for a quintessentially English Christmas. Additionally out there over New Year – and there’s a settee mattress if you need to deliver buddies.

Sleeps two (plus couch mattress), £586 per week, suffolkcottageholidays.com

Shepherd's Crook, GrasmereShepherd’s Criminal, Grasmere

Shepherd’s Criminal

Lake District

Chocolate field from the surface however trendy and cosy indoors, the function wallpaper within the eating room will brighten up your Christmas dinner, and the wraparound couch is ideal for vegging out with festive TV. Even higher, you’re simply not far away from the Grasmere Gingerbread store. Save the food plan for New Year.

Sleeps seven, £1,473 per week, £1,261 for 5 nights, sykescottages.co.uk