One of the best things about Christmas is spending time with the family. True, you might be tired of Grandad’s jokes, hate sprouts and cringe when it’s your turn at charades, but there’s something about Christmas that makes us come over all warm and fuzzy.
Whether you want to keep things traditional at a cosy cottage in Lancashire or take your teens on a European city break, staying in a holiday rental is a great way to liven up your festive season. Here are 10 family-friendly places to book now, or get excited about for next year…
Escape the crowds this Christmas at this spacious stone cottage surrounded by stunning countryside. The cottage is suitable for all ages (with a cot available) giving you and yours the perfect opportunity to spend some well-needed time together away from the distractions of everyday life. Don’t worry though – if you can’t be without your mod-cons, the cottage has plenty (including wi-fi). Local attractions, such as the beach, golf courses and cosy country pubs, are just a few minutes away.
With its twinkling lights, carousels, ice-skating rinks and food so good you’ll feel like all your Christmases have come at once, this stylish city is perfect for a festive family getaway. This comfortable apartment is light and bright, and ideal for families wanting to explore the city. Hire a bike or hop on the metro to explore Paris’ main attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and much, much more.
This impressive family home set in eight acres of beautiful grounds and woodland is just a stone’s throw from the beach. Imagine a brisk walk near the waves or a stroll along the prom on Christmas Day before heading back to this warm and inviting rental for a joyous Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Perfect!
Why stay at home this Christmas when you can get corks popping and crackers cracking at this stunning rental just a few minutes from Polzeath? The four en-suites, family bathroom and four bedrooms mean that there’s plenty of room to spread out, while the farmhouse-style dining room is just right for a festive family feast. And as the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and a plethora of art galleries are close by, you can do as much or as little as you choose.
If roasting a turkey on Christmas Day gets you in a flap, then you’ll love the leisurely feel of cooking a feast at this beautiful cottage in the Forest of Bowland. The four-oven Aga, dishwasher and open plan kitchen-diner mean that everyone can pitch in, enjoying a glass of mulled wine (or two) as the pots and pans bubble away. Work off dinner with an outdoor activity in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as walking, pony trekking or fishing.
With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from this cosy and spacious lodge, you’ll be able to enjoy the Icelandic countryside whatever the weather. Warm up in the geothermal tub with a glass of bubbly or take a snowy winter walk by the creek just near the cottage. And as Reykjavik is only a 45 minute drive away, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do. The cottage is already booked for Christmas 2016 so book for 2017 now to avoid missing out.
Looking for a stress-free Christmas? They don’t get more relaxing than a stay at this peaceful chalet in Switzerland with gorgeous views of Lake Brienz. Watch the sunset over the snowy mountains or curl up with a book in the warm and cosy living area. There’s a regular direct bus to Interlaken where you can take in the sights and pick up a few supplies for your family Christmas party.
If the idea of wintery mornings leaves you feeling chilly, then why not pack the sunscreen and jet off to sunny Spain this Christmas? As the region has year-round sun, you could be laying on the warm sand sipping cocktails on Christmas Day. This expansive villa sleeps six and is close to restaurants, shops, bars and, of course, the beach.
This beautiful Georgian house nestled in the heart Solva sleeps 10 so it’s perfect for large family get-togethers. Spend the day pottering around the picturesque village with its fishing harbour, traditional pubs and independent shops before gathering around the fireplace at Llys Aber for a few drinks and some family board games. You’ll be feeling full of Christmas cheer and good tidings before you know it!
Make a break from tradition this year and whisk your tribe off to Vienna. This elegant apartment sleeps up to eight people and is in the ideal location for exploring the city. Pick up some goodies from the Christmas market, see the town hall illuminated and listen to the sound of a choir whilst the smell of gingerbread and mulled wine fills the frosty air.