After a frankly crazy year, it’s an understatement to say we’re all in need of some TLC. As the year draws to a close, we’re hoping for a New Year full of travel and exploring. But in the meantime, we’re making the most of the beautiful destinations that our pretty England has to offer. So grab your loved ones and wrap up warm because we’re on the hunt for the best Christmas staycations for 2020 that all adhere to the Rule of Six. Whether it’s an advent adventure or cuddling up by the fire, we’ve found you our top 10 cosy cottages for Christmas because festive fun is certainly not cancelled this year!
The Hideaway, Suffolk
Best for: A couple’s Christmas
Price from: £156pppn (approx. $206 USD)
If you’re looking for some time together with your special someone, The Hideaway will give you the peace and quiet you’re craving. With the only noise coming from the gentle, babbling stream, you’ll have total privacy. The wooden interiors give off an enchanted forest vibe that will get you in that festive feeling from the moment you step through the door. And only a short cycle ride from the main estate, how about a game of tennis to kick off Christmas morning?
Ropewalk Cottage, Cotswolds
Best for: A small family getaway
Price from: £19pppn (approx. $25 USD)
Nestled in a chocolate box village, Ropewalk Cottage serves up a traditionally idyllic backdrop for a relaxing Christmas with the little ones. It’s only a short distance from the Cotswolds Way so you can take a crisp morning walk through the snow before returning home to the log burning fire. Get the family together in the evenings to enjoy some good old fashioned board games!
Beach Bay Cottage, Devon
Best for: Hearty pub grub
Price from: £47pppn (approx. $62 USD)
Who said the seaside is just for summer? Although the sea may be a bit chilly, there’s still plenty to do at Beach Bay Cottage for Christmas. Take a brisk walk on the beach and work up an appetite for one of the many cosy pubs in the area or pop open some bubbly and hop in the hot tub! You can dry off by the fire in the living room with a warm mince pie in hand.
The Brick House, New Forest
Best for: A fairytale Christmas
Price from: £32pppn ($42 USD)
Hidden within the New Forest National Park and positioned by a private lake, this renovated factory makes for a fairytale stay. Charmingly decorated with warm and characterful interiors, it’ll feel like a home from home. The chef of the group can whip up the Christmas dinner using the fully equipped kitchen – aga included! Risk a cold morning swim in the lake or snuggle up together on the sofa and open your stockings by the fire.
Lambs Cottage, Dorset
Best for: Kids and parents alike
Price from: £20pppn (approx. $26 USD)
Having kids around at Christmas makes everything that little bit more magical, doesn’t it? But we adults certainly need a bit of down time during the festive season. Lambs Cottage offers the best of both worlds, catering to kids with an outdoor play area and a cosy snug to try out all their new toys while parents can enjoy some grown up time in the luxury BBQ hut (it’s perfect for toasting marshmallows with a glass of mulled wine!). Oh, and don’t forget the underfloor heating… ahhh bliss.
Shaldon Cottage, South Devon
Best for: Exploring the outdoors
Price from: £22pppn (approx. $29 USD)
For those seeking an active Christmas involving a little bit more than falling asleep by the fire, Shaldon Cottage is the place to be. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor activities, including seashore strolls, exploring the dramatic Shaldon Cliffs and the Teignmouth Circular walking route. But if you find yourself missing the excitement of the city, the vibrant streets of Exeter are less than half an hour away – perfect for some last-minute Christmas shopping!
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Artisan Cottage, Dorset
Best for: A multi-generational family getaway
Price from: £54pppn (approx. $71 USD)
If you’re searching for a crowd pleaser to suit all the family, Artisan Cottage with have you covered. Set in sleepy village, you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of a countryside Christmas while having all your favourite people by your side. The exquisite interiors will make it hard to leave but if you fancy exploring the area, the local pub is only a short stroll away for a warming winter dinner. Top tip: the private annexe makes the perfect hideaway for grandparents needing a bit of tranquillity or a young couple looking for privacy.
Daffodil Cottage, Cotswolds
Best for: Snuggling up by the fire with that special someone
Price from: £68pppn (approx. $90 USD)
With everything that’s gone on this year, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ resonates with us more than ever. And that’s where Daffodil Cottage comes in. This pretty little bolthole is everything you’ll need for a romantic Christmas getaway; think snuggling up by the fire, enjoying a dreamy soak in the freestanding tub or strolling through the peaceful countryside surroundings.
Snow Goose, The South East
Best for: Christmas movie nights
Price from: £32pppn (approx. $42 USD)
Kicking off our dog-friendly cottages for Christmas, Snow Goose’s waterfront setting is perfect for pups who like to paddle. For owners, there’s something for everyone with the hustle and bustle of Chichester only 15-minutes away and for country dwellers, there’s walks galore right on your doorstep. And after a day of whatever you choose to do, stick on a Christmas film and have movie night in the home cinema.
Wisteria Cottage, Ilminster
Best for: A picture-perfect Christmas
Price from: £32pppn (approx. $42 USD)
From the exterior this picture-perfect cottage is as Christmassy as it gets and the interiors are just as good. The mixture of quaintness and luxury go hand-in-hand with traditional wooden beams juxtaposing modern fixtures like the magnificent free-standing nickel bathtub. Delicate details make this charming house extra special and the wood-fired hot tub will have you outside admiring your surroundings no matter the weather!
So there you have it. The ten cosiest England cottages for Christmas. If you see something you like, you can contact our friendly concierge team with any questions or book through our website. Or why not check out all our properties in the UK for a 2020 Christmas staycation?