Unwrapping gifts by the fire, kisses under the mistletoe and bottomless bubbly – it’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s time to swap sangria for mulled wine, dust off your Christmas jumper and celebrate the festive season in true holiday style. Whether you’re looking for a cottage in the UK, a cosy castle in Ireland or a ski chalet in France, we’ve chosen the top 12 places you can stay with the family on a cracking Christmas break! 

1. Callander House, Loch Lomond

Callander House - Scotland - Oliver's Travels Places to Stay for Christmas and New Years

Callander House – Scotland – Oliver’s Travels

Forget tinsel and fairy lights, spend your Christmas surrounded by a showcase of unique and contemporary styling! The 19th-century baronial house has been splendidly modernised with state-of-the-art interiors and a range of modern amenities. Nestled among twelve acres of private land, you’ll be graced with uninterrupted views over Ben Ledi and the Highlands.

Sleeps: 12-24

Prices from: £193pppn

2.Landscove House, Devon

Landscove House, Devon

Landscove House – Devon – Oliver’s Travels

Part of our Sustainable Collection and boasting plenty of green pastures for your pooch, Landscove House is a countryside oasis. The bright and airy conservatory dining room makes for a grand Christmas dinner setting and the relaxing family room is perfect to retreat to with a full belly and a warming mug of mulled wine.

Sleeps: 16

Price from: £52pppn

3.Manor Farmhouse, Kent 

Manor Farmhouse, Kent

Manor Farmhouse – Kent – Oliver’s Travels

Situated in the Garden of England AONB, this quirky farmhouse has plenty to offer all ages. The quaint and welcoming interiors give off a traditional vibe whereas the leisure complex in The Barn screams pure indulgence. You’ll be treated to a billiard room with a snooker table, a library and a sauna. Oh, and don’t forget the cinema room, including a stereo to bang out some Christmas tunes.

Sleeps: 18
Price from: £39pppn

4. Boarzell, East Sussex

Boarzell - East Sussex - Oliver's Travels

Boarzell – East Sussex – Oliver’s Travels

 If you’re looking for glamour this Christmas, Boarzell won’t disappoint. Bursting with charm and character, this Grade II listed building has it all; from an elegant entrance hall, formal dining room and bright kitchen to a traditional sitting room where you can ‘rest your eyes’ after Christmas dinner. The surrounding countryside makes for a serene family walk or enjoy a game of tennis in your very own private tennis court! And only an hour’s drive from London, Boarzell is a hassle free trip for all you city dwellers!

Sleeps: 15

Prices from: £66pppn

5. Broadwindsor Farmhouse, Dorset

Broadwindsor Farmhouse - Dorset - Oliver's Travels

Broadwindsor Farmhouse – Dorset – Oliver’s Travels

Broadwindsor Farmhouse adds a sprinkle of luxury to British country living. This farmhouse offers the best of both worlds, from the traditional charisma of stone walls and a thatched roof to luxurious modern amenities. The fully equipped kitchen will make cooking the turkey easy and the cosy drawing room will have the whole family playing charades by the fire! Kids will love the outdoor treehouse – but be sure to wrap them up warm for the frosty December weather!

Sleeps: 12

Prices from: £34pppn

6. Shore House, Hampshire

Shore House, Hampshire

Shore House – Hampshire – Oliver’s Travels

If you’ve never had Christmas by the sea, you’ve been missing out. Within walking distance of the beach, enjoy a crisp morning stroll, pop to the shops for a spot of last minute Christmas shopping or tuck into a meal in one of the local restaurants.  And after a busy day, return back to the house, snuggle up together in the cinema room and stick on one of your festive favourites.

Sleeps: 20

Price from: £26pppn

7. The Grange, Glastonbury

The Grange, Glastonbury

The Grange – Glastonbury – Oliver’s Travels

For cosy vibes all round, The Grange is everything a Christmas getaway should be. This Grade II listed house boasts Gothic features and traditional interiors, including open fireplaces and a stunning dining room. Think exposed beams, countryside walks and a croquet lawn for an after-dinner game.

Sleeps: 10

Price from: £16pppn

8. Cameron North Lodge, Loch Lomond

Cameron North Lodge - Scotland Olivers Travels

Cameron North Lodge – Loch Lomond – Olivers Travels

 If the contemporary style is more up your street, Cameron North Lodge’s glass front and state-of-the-art modern interiors will certainly impress. The luxurious furnishings and blissful surroundings are sure to treat you to a seriously special Christmas. Gaze out onto views of the breathtaking Loch while you soak in the hot tub or treat the family to an early Christmas day out at nearby Cameron House Spa. 

Sleeps: 6 – 8

Prices from: £82pppn

9. Northborough Manor Gatehouse, Midlands

Northborough Gatehouse, Midlands

Northborough Gatehouse – Midlands – Oliver’s Travels

Calling all history buffs! Fancy staying in this Grade I listed gatehouse that Oliver Cromwell used as a garrison during the Civil War? Seamlessly combining original charm and character with all the modern amenities you’ll need, this spacious house boasts antique furniture, intricate stonework and beautiful interiors. Socialise in the spacious living areas and feast in the dining room before cosying up in the drawing room with a warming brandy.

Sleeps: 8

Price from: £24pppn

10. Gaelic Castle, County Clare

Gaelic Castle - Ireland - Oliver's Travels

Gaelic Castle – County Clare – Oliver’s Travels

 
This imposing 15th century castle offers the perfect mixture of grandeur and homeliness. The beautifully styled interiors make it warm and endearing and underfloor heating allows you to stay snug within the striking stone walls. There’s plenty of space to celebrate (inside and out!) so pop that turkey in the oven, pour the prosecco and get stuck into a Christmas fit for king!

Sleeps: 4 – 8

Prices from: £126pppn

11. Chateau Lignol, Brittany

Chateau Lignol - Brittany - Oliver's Travels

Chateau Lignol – Brittany – Oliver’s Travels

Fancy a fairytale ending to the year? This historic miniature castle has a dash of magic that’ll bring childhood dreams alive! The grand entrance opens onto a vista where the famous tower peeks over swaying branches. You’ll be nestled away behind Breton farmland so you and your group can have a peaceful, pretty Christmas among the charm of rural France.

Sleeps: 10

Prices from: £38pppn

12. Chalet Sibyla, Chamonix

Chalet Sibyla - Chamonix - Oliver's Travels

Chalet Sibyla – Chamonix – Oliver’s Travels

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas… and those dreams can become a reality at this snowy ski resort! Chalet Sibyla is one for those who really want a relaxing Christmas break this winter. With stunning views of Mont Blanc straight from your window and a hot tub on the outdoor terrace, you can pop open the bubbly and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year! Cosy up by the fire in this picture-perfect chalet and let the views do the talking!

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: £59pppn

Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or want to chase some winter sun, we’ve got you covered! Looking for more ideas for a perfect holiday in the UK or France? Check out these Christmas cottages and houses. Or if you fancy a trip a bit further afield, discover these Christmas villas in Europe and the rest of the world. Get in touch with our concierge team and they’ll take care of all your festive needs.  

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  1. Alison

    Very lovely. I love France. Do you have a Top 10 of the best ski resort for families in France?
    We’d like to go next winter… but we don’t know where! You might know val d’isere?

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