Unwrapping gifts by the fire, kisses under the mistletoe and bubbly at the strike of 12 – 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. So, whether you’re staying ashore or travelling across the border this festive season, you can celebrate on a whole next level with our pick of the top 10 holiday homes perfect for Christmas and New Years.

1. Pavillion Normandie, Normandy

Pavillon Normandie - Normadie - Oliver's Travels

Pavillon Normandie – Normandy – Oliver’s Travels

There’s an airy historic charm that perforated this 16th-century home,  filled with the period-style furnishings, including an 18th-century tapestry, beamed ceilings and four-poster beds that’ll make your holidays unmistakably grandeur. Picture it now, you and all your loved ones in the opulent dining area enjoying Christmas dinner next to the warming fireplace. We can almost taste the turkey!

Sleeps: 10

Prices from: £54pppn 

2. 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: £33pppn

3. Chateau Lignol, Brittany

Chateau Lignol - Brittany - Oliver's Travels

Chateau Lignol – Brittany – Oliver’s Travels

Fancy a fairytale ending to 2017? 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

4. 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 Peinture 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: 20

Prices from: £22pppn

5. Le Moulin Charmant, Dordogne 


Le Moulin Charmant – Dordogne – Oliver’s Travels

Set in 4 hectares of grounds and gardens within a lush countryside dotted by historical towns and villages. We adore this stunning converted mid-nineteenth century mill house is a top choice or Christmas. Bordering the delightful Auvézère river, the personal touches around this holiday home include availability to arrange additional services such as fridge stocking, hampers, babysitting and maids mean you’ll get both comfort and style this Christmas.

Sleeps: 14

Prices from: £13pppn

6. Villa Restinga, Lanzarote

Villa Restinga - Lanzarote - Oliver's Travels

Villa Restinga – Lanzarote – Oliver’s Travels

Want to trade in your woolly socks for some flip-flops? Villa Restinga is situated in the exclusive marina of Puerto Calero, just across the pond from Puerto del Carmen! But don’t worry, the festive traditions are not lost – the quieter location of the villa means although attractions are not far off, you’ll have the peace you need to get that valuable family time! Try something new and spend your Christmas under sunset hues and sea views.

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: £37pppn

7. Casa Anahi, Lanzarote 

Casa Anahi - Lanzarote - Oliver's Travels

Casa Anahi – Lanzarote – Oliver’s Travels

Also within the Puerto del Carmen, sitting on a cliff over the old town is Casa Anahi. Its exclusive front line position means that rather than the usual dreary skies, your view this Christmas will be of crashing waves down the promenade stretching to the harbour. The fantastic location provides a wide range of excellent amenities within walking distance, including shops, bars and restaurants, so new years is sure to be a real blast.

Sleeps: 10

Prices from: £33pppn

8. Smiths Castle, Ireland

Smiths Castle - Ireland - Oliver's Travels

Smiths Castle – Ireland – Oliver’s Travels

Step away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas and go back in time at Smiths Castle. This renovated 15th-century Irish castle provides you with all the modern comforts but still retains peace, quiet and privacy among the 5 acres of grounds overlooking a River Valley. Start your day wrapped up for a dreamy walk along sandy beaches marvelling at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. In the evening light up some candles in the large banqueting hall and enjoy dinner in grand style at the 17th-century carved wooden table.

Sleeps: 4

Prices from: £44pppn

9. Chevaliers Gatehouse, Midlands

Chevaliers Gatehouse - Heart Of England - Oliver's Travels

Chevaliers Gatehouse – Heart Of England – Oliver’s Travels

Combine old-time splendour with contemporary comfort during your holidays at this luxury property in a secluded hamlet near Bridgnorth. This Elizabethan originated gatehouse has a courtyard and private garden that you can enjoy among fragrant flower beds, fruit trees and a flowing fountain on a quiet Christmas morning. For those in-between festive days, you can explore the region’s historical sites, scenic walks and gastro hotspots.

Sleeps: 4

Prices from: £44pppn

10. Callander House, Scotland

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

Callander House – Scotland – Oliver’s Travels

This residence is the creation of artist Stuart McAlpine Miller and his wife, Nikki. 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 amongst twelve acres of private land you’ll be graced with uninterrupted views over Ben Ledi and the Highlands.

Sleeps: 26

Prices from: £66pppn

Whether you’re dreaming of a  white Christmas or want to chase some winter sun, you can have it all! Get in touch with our concierge team and they’ll take care of 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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