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Ho Ho… Holiday Homes with Christmas Availability!

10 November 2022

“What are you doing this Christmas?”

Many people are asking this all-important question, now that the glut of seasonal TV ads have started making their way onto our screens.

And after two years of necessarily curtailed Christmases, you’d surely be excused for wanting to make this year’s yuletide celebrations extra-special.

That means the usual festive routine – of opening your presents, then sitting around the same old dining table, and then in front of the same old TV until it’s finally time for bed – just might not cut it anymore!

So, whether you’re in the mood to gather up your loved ones and spirit them away, or you simply want to escape the usual Christmas-induced stress at home, these retreats all promise to hit the seasonal spot.

You’ll find each of these heavenly holiday hideaways has plenty of availability over the festive period, including on the Big Day itself. Though we recommend booking your favourite up quickly, to avoid any disappointment.

You may even be greeted with full-on, twinkling Christmas decorations, so you can sit back and savour the most wonderful time of the year without any added effort on your part.

(There’s just one thing left to do: make sure Santa knows where you’ve gone!)

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Yurt Hideaway | Carmarthenshire (equipped with cosy welsh blankets, heated mattress and log fire inside!)

The Control Tower B&B

Walsingham, Norfolk, England
A restored Control Tower B&B bursting with history, period art deco features and furnishings on a former North Norfolk airfield.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 2 per room
From
£125 / night

Hoe Grange Holidays

Matlock, Derbyshire, England
Eco-friendly, accessible, self-catering log cabins, camping pods and a gypsy caravan on a working farm in the Peak District.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£180 /2 nts

Down on the Farm

Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Welcome to the unspoiled Aberdeen countryside and a family-run farm; a delightfully off-grid retreat that affords stunning views over sea and farmland from its unique accommodation options.
Bedrooms:
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
From
£65 / night

Round the Woods

Weston Longville, Norfolk, England
Come and unwind with luxury eco-friendly glamping, set in 20 beautifully serene acres of Norfolk countryside.
Bedrooms: 1 per yurt
Sleeps:
From
£220 (2 nts)

The Shepherd's Retreat

Summerbridge, North Yorkshire, England
When all you and your loved one wish for is an escape to somewhere pretty, peaceful and enchanting, The Shepherd's Retreat promises everything you've been looking for (including a hot tub!)
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£160 / night

Railholiday

St Germans, Cornwall, England
View the best of Cornwall's unspoilt countryside from the window of your very own eco-friendly, lovingly restored railway carriage at Railholiday.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-6
From
£80 / night

Cartshed Cottages

Sharrington, Norfolk, England
Experience a stylish set of barn conversions, ideal for exploring the unique beauty of North Norfolk.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per cottage
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per cottage
From
£350/2n£450/3n

Tor View Shepherd's Huts

Maesbury, Somerset, England
Meet Ted and Len, two luxurious hot tub hideaways perched high on Somerset's soothing Mendip Hills at Tor View Shepherd's Huts.
Bedrooms: 1 per hut
Sleeps: 2
From
£109 / night

Wolf Wood Treehouses

Bratton Clovelly, Devon, England
Come and live the high life, in a luxury hand-built treehouse, beautifully nestled amongst soothing Devon woodland.
Bedrooms: 1 per treehouse
Sleeps: 2 per treehouse
From
£285 / night

Will's Tree House

Upper Tysoe, Warwickshire, England
Architect-designed luxury amongst the leaves, set on a working farm in a Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Bedrooms: Studio
Sleeps: 4
From
£255 / night

The Boathouse London

Paddington, London, England
A design-led boutique hotel barge, indulgently moored on the scenic waters of the capital's first floating park.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: Up to 4
From
£360/nt

Old Mill

Lauder, Scottish Borders, Scotland
A sumptuously stylish water mill conversion in the Scottish Borders, for a romantic break that's rich in design-led chic.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£395 / week

Daphne Cottage

Mawnan Smith, Cornwall, England
An architect-designed, dog-friendly cottage that's full of cosy luxury, beautifully secluded near Cornwall's Helford River.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£300 (4 nts)

Lydcott Glamping

Widegates, Cornwall, England
A unique, expertly handcrafted back-to-nature escape that showcases some of the best sea views in Cornwall.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps:
From
£100 / night

Woodland Escapes

Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Feel compelled to relax in a luxury dome, lodge or treehouse, soothingly set amongst 45 acres of magical Shropshire countryside.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£100 / night midweek

The Inspiration

Brixham, Devon, England
An impossibly charming 'glam-boat' with picture-postcard sea-and-harbour views of the colourful Brixham harbour on The English Riviera.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 3
From
£65 / night

Woodcutter's Cottage

Beckley, East Sussex, England
A fairytale retreat with woodfired hot tub that's perfect for wildlife watching, deliciously secluded amongst unspoilt Sussex woodland.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 (+2)
From
£310 (2nts)

Still Southwold

Southwold, Suffolk, England
Lovingly custom-created havens, rich in holiday luxuries and peacefully secluded on a private estate just minutes away from the beach.
Bedrooms: 1, 2 or 4
Sleeps:
From
£826/week

Little Seed Field

Ripon, Yorkshire, England
Wild luxury glamping at its most naturally breathtaking, in cosy wooden cabins nestled on a friendly, family-run farm in the Yorkshire Dales.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: Up to 4 per cabin
From
£95 / night

The Roost Glamping

Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, England
Two sumptuous adults only, dog-friendly cedar cabins with a hot tub and luxuries galore, bespoke crafted and nestled in the magical Forest of Dean.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps:
From
£172 / night

The Laundry Retreat

Llanrhaeadr, Denbighshire, Wales
Luxury log-cabin-style hideaways, surrounded by breath-taking gardens on a historic Grade II-listed property in North Wales.
Bedrooms: 1 per roundhouse
Sleeps: 2 per roundhouse
From
£145 / night

Trelan Farm Wonder Wagon

Cilcain, Flintshire, Wales
A creatively upcycled boutique retreat with a scenery-showcasing outdoor bath, surrounded by idyllic North Wales countryside that's perfect for bracing walks.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£140 / night

Hidey-hole Cabin

Ticehurst, East Sussex, England
A sumptuous, uniquely designed retreat with a huge picture window that transforms into a cinema screen by night, and a well-being shelter, privately secluded amongst glorious East Sussex woodland.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£139 / night

Hawthorn Hideaway

Doncaster, Nottinghamshire, England
Two stylish and romantic couples' cabins, each with their own private hot tub, soothingly secluded on a magical Nottinghamshire woodland site that features a wood-burning sauna and a barbecue cabin.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
From
£199 / night

Dazzle Treehouse

Holditch, Dorset, England
A distinctive, design-led RIBA award-winning treehouse - complete with hot tub - inspired by warship camouflage, expertly crafted and blissfully secluded on an adults-only site in rural Dorset.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£395 /night

Graig Wen

Arthog, Gwynedd, Wales
A wild and wondrous glamping site, with eclectic, dog-friendly accommodation beautifully set within 45 private acres of Snowdonia National Park.
Bedrooms: Varies (8 units)
Sleeps: 1-5 guests
From
£60/nt - yurt

Camillia Boatel

Edinburgh, Scotland
A sustainable, bespoke-crafted lime-green haven, rich in hotel-suite comfort and permanently docked just minutes away from Edinburgh's iconic Royal Mile.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
From
£350 / night

Skoolie Stays

Ashington, West Sussex, England
An iconic American school bus, creatively transformed into an off-grid haven with loving attention to detail, nestled beneath the South Downs National Park.
Bedrooms: 1 & bunks
Sleeps: 4
From
£135 / night

Harbour House Stromness

Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
An enchanting Orkney retreat steeped in maritime heritage, with sea views, a private pier, and a quirky boathouse for feasts and games alike.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
From
£280 / night

Dittisham Hideaway

Dittisham, Devon, England
An exquisite collection of luxury treehouses, a gleaming American airstream, and artisan shepherd's lodges, all with al fresco hot tubs and beautifully nestled in the scenic heart of Devonshire countryside.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 1-5
From
£195/night

The Warren

Dolassey, Powys, Wales
A gorgeous, glass-fronted haven with a green roof, an al fresco hot tub, and luxurious bedrooms that face the rolling hills, dreamily secluded on a friendly family farm in Powys.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 7
From
£200 / night

Rocket Lodge

Nr Uppingham, Rutland, England
A utterly unique, bespoke-crafted retreat with its very own island, wildlife pond, and a wood-fired hot tub for stargazing, secluded on a ‘secret' woodland site in the heart of rural Rutland.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£1,100 (3 nights)

Sweet Donside Cabins

Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Heavenly, hand-crafted hideaways with private hot tubs, beautifully secluded amongst nine magical acres of the Cairngorms National Park.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
From
£150 mid week

The Yurt Hideaway

Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
The ultimate romantic retreat, pet-friendly and secluded in an idyllic corner of a Welsh farm, complete with an oak-crafted bed and an al fresco hot tub.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2
From
£95 / night

Dol Swynol Glamping

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales
Detox from digital life in a bespoke, lovingly hand-built cabin with a dreamy outdoor bath, set within an enchanting Welsh meadow close to Aberystwyth.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£110 / night

Birdholme Glamping

Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire, England
Unwind in a luxury safari lodge with its very own hot tub, surrounded by 15 acres of woodland and lush wildflower meadows in rural Nottinghamshire.
Bedrooms: 3 per lodge
Sleeps: 4 (+2) per lodge
From
£640 (4 nights midweek)

Ecotone Cabins

Ullapool, The Highlands, Scotland
Two lovingly-crafted eco-cabins, peacefully secluded among unspoilt coastal woodland in the Scottish Highlands, on a family-run site that's dedicated to sustainability.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per cabin
Sleeps:
From
£495/ 4 nts

Mid Auchengowan Glamping Dome

Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
A luxurious family-run farm retreat with a wood-burning stove and incredible views of peaceful Scottish countryside, with bustling Glasgow a mere stone's throw away.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£160 / night

Ursabear Cabin

Morebath, Devon, England
A sumptuous, hand-built Amazing Space that takes inspiration from the stars, filled with bespoke elements and mesmerisingly nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£220 / night

The Quist

Brinsop, Herefordshire, England
A luxurious, off-grid tree-scape with designer interiors and a Swedish wood-fired hot tub, secluded on a scenic hilltop amidst a private, 800-acre estate in rural Herefordshire.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£350 / night

Dalnaglar Castle

Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
A grand 19th century retreat, spectacularly set within a 200-acre estate in the heart of Glenshee, on the southern fringe of the Cairngorms National Park.
Bedrooms: 10
Sleeps: Up to 20
From
£3,999 (3 nights)

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