Unwrapping gifts by the fire, kisses under the mistletoe and bottomless bubbly- yes, 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. Peach Cottage, Dordogne

Peach Cottage - Dordogne - Oliver's Travels

Peach Cottage – Dordogne – Oliver’s Travels

This family-friendly stone house is the perfect spot for an intimate family Christmas away from the usual commercial rush. Set in the heart of the Dordogne it’s truly enchanting! Spend the holidays surrounded by castles, caves, market towns, vineyards and restaurants. Of course, with all this on offer, there’ll be plenty of festivities for your family to enjoy.

Sleeps: 4

Prices from: £31pppn

Christmas offer: 20% off, Christmas hamper, Christmas tree and festive decorations

2. 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: £36pppn

3. Chateau Les Peintures, Aquitaine

Chateau les Peintures - Aquitaine - Oliver's Travels

Chateau Les Peintures – Aquitaine – Oliver’s Travels

Tis the season for family and friends to come together! And luckily enough, this chateau is ideal for large families wanting to bring everyone along for the celebrations. What’s more, the recently renovated Chateau Les Peintures has been fine-tuned and lovingly furnished so you can enjoy your festive season in style. With 3 hectares of beautiful parkland, make the most of the walking trails- best enjoyed on a crisp winters morning! 

Sleeps: 18-20

Prices from: £26pppn

4. Chalet L’Etincelle, Meribel

Chalet l'Etincelle, Meribel - Oliver's Travels

Chalet l’Etincelle – Meribel – Oliver’s Travels

Is it just us or does Chalet L’Etincelle sound a lot like Chalet Tinsel?…  This welcoming top-floor apartment is traditionally decorated for a warm and festive feel. Situated away from Meribel centre, it’s a tranquil location for an intimate family Christmas, sipping mulled wine around the open log fire. With ski-in and ski-out facilities, you can even take a morning ski before returning to your fully catered Christmas dinner! 

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: £90pppn

5. 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: £142pppn


6. 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: £61pppn

7. 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: £52pppn

8. 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: £26pppn

9. 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 breath-taking Loch while you soak in the 8 person hot tub or treat the family to an early Christmas day out at nearby Cameron House Spa. 

Sleeps: 6 – 8

Prices from: £53pppn


10. County Meath Castle, County Meath

County Meath Castle - County Meath -Oliver's Travels

County Meath Castle – County Meath – Oliver’s Travels

 A castle for Christmas? Yes, please! County Meath Castle really does have the wow-factor and makes for the perfect spot to host a Christmas ‘do’ or a festive family get together. Sing carols around the piano or take a woodland walk around the forests of Mullaghmeen. Only an hour’s drive to the magical city of Dublin, you can join in with the merry Irish celebrations and return to the tranquility of the countryside. 

Sleeps: 15

Prices from: £42pppn

11. 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: £45pppn

12. Tack Room Cottage, Count Galway 

Tack Room Cottage - Ireland - Oliver's Travels

Tack Room Cottage – County Galway – Oliver’s Travels

Keep warm beside the fire of this quaint cottage in County Galway! Tack Room Cottage is the epitome of relaxed luxury, perfect for those looking for a homely but stylish retreat. Fancy a peaceful Christmas? Get away from the bustle of modern life in this calm and secluded dwelling, set amongst one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. Why not get the family together and make the most of the wider estate’s facilities, from clay pigeon shooting and fishing to delightful afternoon teas! 

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: £22pppn


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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3 Responses

  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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