Treat your loves ones to a luxury family Christmas cottage break in the UK by escaping to a winter wonderland of your own.
Wake up on Christmas day to stunning views from your window or take long scenic walks through the country. Open presents under the tree, enjoy large family dinners and curl up by the crackling fire. With cottages to accommodate families of all sizes and decorated upon arrival, this will be the perfect break.
To help find a luxury cottage just right for your family, we’ve put together our favourite properties in the UK.
Starting life as a butcher’s shop in the Victorian Era, this luxury cottage is bursting with charm. Now fully refurbished this grand home is perfect to spend Christmas time with family.
With a semi-open plan living space and views of the patio and private garden, enjoy family time around the table. With Old Posting located in Brancaster Staithe, just a short distance from Burnham Market, you’ll also have all you need to prepare a classic Christmas dinner.
Best for: There’s no doubt that Brancaster Staithe is popular with walkers all year round. Just a five-minute walk from the sea, staithe and coastal path, this will be an amazing way to spend your Christmas morning.
If you do one thing: Visit the Brancaster Activity Centre, a family-friendly activity centre that is sure to be bursting with festivities over the Christmas period.
Where to eat: The award-winning Jolly Sailor’s Brancaster Staithe is a sung and rustic pub that welcomes all. Serving pub classics and delicious desserts, there’ll be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Indulge during the festivities in this luxury lodge. As you step into this grand property, you’ll be met by a large hall – the perfect space for a well-lit Christmas tree. Moving further along you’ll find a striking staircase with a galleried landing and chandelier. This leads up to plush seating and entertainment on the first floor where you can wind down with family and spend the evening.
Situated on Stapleford Farm, you’ll be able to bask in the spectacular view of the countryside. And within a short drive, you’ll find picturesque villages decorated in Christmas lights and popular attractions such as the Mapperton Gardens.
Best for: This lodge is great for families that want to be out and about. Within a short distance, you’ll be in the small town of Beaminster which is well known for its artisan shops, restaurants and cafes.
If you do one thing: A must see-sight is the Durdle Door! Carved out by the sea over time, it’s one of the UK’s most scenic sights.
Where to eat: If you’re looking for somewhere to refuel on tasty treats try the Hive Beach Cafe for festive cakes and hot drinks.
Todd Hills Hall Farmhouse & Vale Croft
Get into the Christmas spirit at Todd Hills Hall Farmhouse & Vale Croft. This marvellous cottage has a warm glow that runs throughout the property. With under-floor heating, oak furnishing and two sandstone fireplaces, curl up on the sofa with your family and enjoy Christmas around the crackling fire.
This lavish cottage offers breathtaking views. Located in Rowley Estates farmlands in Penrith, there is an abundance of fields to marvel from every side.
Best for: This cottage is perfect for winter walks. With Pennies on one side and the Lake District on the other, get outdoors with your loved ones and experience the stunning beauty of the lakes.
If you do one thing: Visit the Windermere German Christmas Market. With live music, street food and entertainment, you won’t want to miss this one. Your little ones can even say hello to Father Christmas!
Where to eat: The Shepherd’s Inn is a family-friendly pub serving delicious food all day. Within a short walk from the cottage, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Celebrate Christmas in style in this chic cottage. This coastal home has been designed for families to relax. Set on a mile-end beach outside your front door, wake up on Christmas to the sound of soft waves. Cosy up to the flickering wood burner during the day and flick on a Christmas classic in the cottage’s sound-proof cinema by night.
Located in Kingsbridge, this pet-friendly property is great for dogs. Explore the coasts with your family and any four-legged friends!
Best for: This cottage is a pearl for families who want adventure before retreating back home to re-energise. We recommend Beesands Beach for its children’s playground and hospitality to dogs.
If you do one thing: Join the tradition and have an icy Christmas day swim! At any one of the coastal beaches, you’ll find people of all ages taking an exhilarating dip!
Where to eat: The award-winning Cricket Inn offers fresh seafood. A hidden gem by Beesands Beach where you can make the most of your luxury family Christmas break and bring pets along.
This lavish cottage is the ultimate luxury pad for a family this Christmas. Pick and choose from toasting marshmallows on the roaring firepit to sinking into the bubbles of the hot tub. With four good-sized bedrooms, it’s the perfect retreat for your loved ones.
Located in Brixham, the stunning cottage is a short walk away from the vibrant harbour where you can stop for mince pies and mulled wine in one of the many cafes.
Best for: This location is a dream for families who want to be near the coast. Down by Brixham harbour you’ll find eateries serving afternoon tea or pry around gift shops for any last-minute presents!
If you do one thing: Light up Brixham harbour with their free lantern making workshop. Followed by a parade and grand fireworks display, this will surely top your festive break.
Old Hall Farm
This beautifully serene, luxurious farmhouse will captivate families looking to relax during the festive break. Offering peace, privacy and lots of space, this property will ensure you have a blissful Christmas.
Set in a beautiful valley, marvel Stiffkey Chalk stream which runs through the grounds. Explore the beautiful gardens and venture out to the picturesque Stiffkey village where flint houses decorate the narrow streets.
Best for: For families who want a special hideaway North Norfolk Coast Path is a magical land of salt dunes and marshes that you can explore during the winter.
If you do one thing: Visit the Art Café. Great food and a collection of arts and crafts to pick up so the kids can get creative during Christmas!
Where to eat: Stiffkey Red Lion serves fantastic pub food and Stiffkey Stores is amazing for home-baked goods and light entertainment.
Hidden away, this refreshing escape is ideal for a Christmas getaway. Boasting two large sitting rooms, a dining room that comfortably sits 12 and six good sized bedrooms, it supplies spacious and comfortable accommodation for families.
Lyng Farmhouse is 1.5 miles from the coastal village of Thornham in Kings Lynn. Secluded in a rural countryside, you and your family will be able to create cherished memories of times well spent.
If you do one thing: There’s no better way to get your family in the Christmas spirit than visiting the largest Christmas show in the country, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. This magical extravaganza includes fairground carousels and non-stop performances from West End acts.
Where to eat: We recommend the Orange Tree Restaurant. A stylish award-winning dining pub that is well known for adding twists to pub classics. Their four-course Christmas menu offers classic turkey and flavoursome monkfish to striking vegan dishes and fantastic desserts.
Standing proudly at the end of a gravel driveway and framed by a pretty garden, this gorgeous cottage offers a picture-perfect Christmas escape.
With a grand sitting room, large dining room and hand-crafted kitchen, the Brook Farmhouse has been exceptionally refurbished to provide you and your family with a splendid getaway. The cottage lies in the charming village of Brook which is located in the South Wight Jurassic Coastline.
Best for: This cottage is a gem for families who love the great outdoors. All around are footpaths, idyllic scenery and coastlines that are perfectly matched for walking or cycling.
If you do one thing: Visit the Ventor Botanical Garden during your luxury family Christmas break. It’s one of the island’s most popular attractions.
Where to eat: The Sun Inn is a picturesque pub and garden. Spoil your family with a flavoursome lunch and views of the sea.