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 chateau in France, we’ve chosen the top 11 places you can stay for a cracking family Christmas break! 

1. Chateau Beaucharm, Champagne

Chateau Beaucharm

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas… and those dreams can become a reality at this chic little retreat in rural Champagne. Set among charming gardens, meadows and forest with a nearby stream, you’ll have endless wintery walks, and when it’s time to retire back to the house, get the fire roaring for the ultimate cosy Christmas feel.

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: £20pppn

2. Landscove House, Devon

Landscove House

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. Chateau Chamborigaud, Languedoc

Chateau Chamborigaud

This fairytale castle will leave a lasting impression on old and young visitors alike, making it the perfect place to spend the festive season. With a grand dining table seating up to 18, you can just imagine the Christmas banquet before retiring to the huge vaulted living room with impressive fireplace. What’s more, the area is known for cultivating chestnuts which will be hard to resist roasting on an open fire…

Sleeps: 18
Price from: £74pppn

4. Boarzell, East Sussex

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. Shore House, Hampshire

Shore House, Hampshire

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

6. The Grange, Glastonbury

The Grange, Glastonbury

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

7. Cameron North Lodge, Loch Lomond

Cameron North Lodge

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

8. Northborough Manor Gatehouse, Midlands

Northborough Gatehouse, Midlands

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

9. Gaelic Castle, County Clare

Gaelic Castle - Ireland - 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

10. Chateau Lignol, Brittany

Chateau Lignol

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


Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or want to chase some winter sun, Oliver’s Travels has got you covered! Looking for more ideas for a perfect family Christmas break 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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