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Packing to go away with the family or friends can be a stressful thing and especially so if you’re going away at Christmas. With lots more to remember than on a normal cottage holiday and stress levels heightened over the festive period, follow our guides for a hassle-free Christmas break.


Before you set out…

Think about what the weather will be like at your destination for the duration of your stay. Check the forecast in the week before you travel and pack accordingly. Don’t forget good walking boots and waterproofs for your and de-icer for the car! Make sure you check your water, oil and tyres before you leave home so you don’t get caught short in the cold weather.

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If you’ve got pets that aren’t coming away for Christmas with you, find someone to look after your furry friends. Why not treat them to a special Christmas toy so they don’t feel left out of the festive fun! If you’ve chosen a pet-friendly property, make sure to pack a lead and enough food and treats for your time away.

It’s Christmas!

When it comes to food, Christmas is a great excuse to indulge. To save space in the car and make room for the presents, consider arranging a grocery delivery to coincide with your arrival at the cottage. Take the basics so you can have a cup of tea before the shopping arrives and the festivities can commence. If you’re meeting up with friends or other family doing your shopping in advance is a great way to plan ahead and share the cost. Don’t forget the turkey, the stuffing and of course the sprouts!

You’ll find most of our holiday cottages decorated for Christmas but do check before you travel. Don’t forget to pack decorations if you need them, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a tinsel-covered tree!

If there are children in your party, it’s the presents that make Christmas truly magical. For those with children still young enough to believe in Father Christmas, why not get them to write a letter to the North Pole to tell him you’re going to be away for Christmas. That way you won’t have to deal with any awkward questions come Christmas morning! Travelling to a holiday cottage and keeping the presents hidden can be quite a tricky business so pack them in the car first or arrange for friends to take them if you’re going with a larger group.


So now you’ve arrived, all you need to do is have a good time! Nominate someone to light the fire for a cosy festive feeling, put on some Christmas songs and make a batch of mulled wine for a great start to your Christmas break. On Christmas Eve, don’t forget to leave a mince pie and a brandy for Father Christmas and a carrot for Rudolph!

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