With shops promoting their stocking fillers, radio stations playing Christmas songs and the smell of festive market food filling the streets, it’s fair to say that the holiday season has well and truly begun. It’s an exciting but tiring time and with so much to do, many of us find ourselves in need of a break. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up this Christmas then keep reading as we suggest a wonderful collection of properties that are perfect for a pre-Christmas break.
Located in the picturesque fishing village of Portknockie, Failte is the ideal location for those looking to escape the crowded atmosphere of the larger cities. The area’s fantastic food and drink is sure to help revitalise you and if you still need a little kick, it’s worth noting that the famous Malt Whisky Trail is also located close by. The cottage itself provides a welcoming escape from the harsh winter weather with a soothing wood burning stove and comfortable bedrooms that will see you catching up on your sleep in no time.
Mundford, East Anglia
If your perfect winter escape involves ‘walking in a winter wonderland’ then we would suggest a trip to The Wagtail in East Anglia. This charming cottage boasts wonderful woodland walks straight from the doorstep where you can follow one of the numerous trails to discover the local wildlife and birds. Alternatively, Thetford Forest is also located close by where you can enjoy a quiet walk or one of the many other activities they have on offer. After your refreshing walk, you can head back to The Wagtail and enjoy a festive film whilst cuddled up on the sofa with a large cup of hot chocolate.
You’ll find Crabtree located on a spectacular 5,000 acre private country estate alongside a lake, forest, woodland and meadow. The landscape here is truly amazing and as Crabtree welcomes two-well behaved pets, this could be the ideal location for giving your pooch some well needed winter exercise. If you fancy a pre-Christmas workout yourself, then also available at Crabtree is an indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis room and fitness suite all great for working up a sweat and forgetting all about your Christmas troubles.
Muir of Ord, Scotland
If you’re planning a pre-Christmas break for the whole family then you’re going to need a large property; a property with plenty of space that still feels cosy, a property just like Easter Urray. This character property is thought to be over 300 years old and with two welcoming sitting rooms, each with a wood burning fire, this cottage’s comfortable atmosphere is excellent for family groups. As well as two sitting rooms, the property also has five stylish bedrooms, a large kitchen with dining area and a separate dining room that seats ten, creating a wonderful environment for a slap up family meal.
Knockholt, South of England
Rushmoor Lodge offers a modern and very stylish retreat this festive season with three luxury bedrooms, a gorgeous open plan living area and games area complete with pool table and table football. This is definitely the place to be if you’re a group of friends looking for a last minute getaway this Christmas. The open plan living area is a great space for socialising with plenty of seating for eight and a large TV with cinema surround sound. You could spend hours catching up and sharing fond Christmas memories.
The character features and beautiful wood burning fire at Sandbed just scream winter getaway. Quietly situated in the beautiful Rawthey Velley between Harter and Wild Boar Fell, this cottage not only has a wonderfully cosy atmosphere inside but a glorious winter landscape outside. We would recommend this cottage to couples looking at spending some quality time together before the family arrive to celebrate Christmas. The open fire, spacious living area and beautiful views are perfect for a romantic getaway; all that’s missing is a couple of glasses of mulled wine!