Why not do something a little different this year and getaway for a Christmas or New Year break?
Whether you fancy bracing fresh air on the coast or frost-white fields in the countryside a cosy cottage break is the ideal way to celebrate a family Christmas or to party in the New Year. What better way to get in to the festive spirit than a bit of Christmas shopping in the pretty village stores or just hanging out at a friendly coffee shop and watch everyone else rush around buying their last-minute gifts!
Across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland there are just so many perfect places for a Christmas short break, for a couple, family or large group of friends… so take a look at some great ideas on our Christmas selection
If you are looking for a great place to bring in the New Year then head for one of the our city breaks where you are bound to find some great party celebrations.
There is nothing quite like the exuberant Hogmanay celebrations each New Year in Scotland.
Tens of thousands take to streets in the major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to bring in the New Year with a very Scottish flavour. A fun evening of celebrations and wonderful food reaches the New Years Eve climax with the accompaniment of a lone piper, the bells at midnight and the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne (based on the words of famous Scot Robbie Burns).
Each area of Scotland has their own traditions and customs for Hogmanay, although perhaps the best known and most widely continued is that of First Footing. This is where you hope that the first person crossing your threshold after midnight is a tall dark stranger bearing gifts which will bring you good luck in the year ahead.
You will find Hogmanay celebrations taking place in towns all across Scotland but some of the popular bigger events can be found in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Stirling.
We think it is a great time to visit Scotland, to fully immerse yourself in the culture, tradition and celebrations, so why not enjoy a cottage or apartment break in Scotland. We have put some suggestions together for you including close to some of these bigger Hogmanay New Year events. Cottages for Hogmanay and New Year
Now that the weather has turned decidedly chilly and the clocks have gone back, I think it’s safe to give our first mention to the Christmas holidays.
And, while many people like Christmas at home, a lot of people love the opportunity to escape over the festive holiday break. we can certainly see the appeal, either with or without the extended family, to enjoy the Christmas and New Year holidays in a lovely cottage in the country or on the British coast.
A cottage for Christmas can be perfect for couples wanting a quiet retreat but are so perfect for big families all looking to get together in one place that is big enough to take them all.
Let’s be honest, Christmas holidays are not about the rush to see holiday attractions and theme parks, they are much more to do with staying in with your friends and loved ones – with the occasional walk to get some fresh air and exercise. Which is why getting away makes such perfect sense and so to help you find a cottage for you this December, Christmas and New Year we have put together a couple of list that you will find useful: