This festive season, guests will be greeted by fabulous decorations, luxury hampers filled with goodies and beautiful scenery, at these wonderful cosy country cottages.
The Old Cheese Factory, Derbyshire
The Old Cheese Factory is set in an idyllic location in the rural village of Windley, offering breathtaking views of the Peak District and fantastic walking and cycling opportunities straight from the door.
Built around 1690, this grade II listed building has been restored to an incredibly high standard. It retains many original features including the oak beams and lime ash floors.
The property will be tastefully decorated for the festive season and guests will be welcomed with a variety of Christmas treats. The Old Cheese Factory sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms, all en-suite and is available for a week’s stay from 22 December for £2200. Visit premiercottages.co.uk or call 01773 550947.
Cae Du in Snowdonia National Park
Cae Du provides a stunning location for a festive escape with beautiful mountain panoramas, quiet forest walkways, lakeside trails, and tumbling waterfalls nearby. A short distance away is Betws-y-Coed, the principal village of the park, if you need anything. Dogs are welcome here too; there’ll be plenty of space for them to run around.
Cae Du will be decorated for the festive season and guests will be greeted with champagne, local produce, mince pies and chocolates. Enjoy a week’s stay for up to 12 people for £2450, arriving on 21 December. Visit premiercottages.co.uk or call 0208 542 3480.
Breamish Valley Cottages, Northumberland
Breamish Valley Cottages offers a number of traditional stone built country cottages in the Cheviot Hills near Alnwick on the edge of Northumberland National Park. At the main site you’ll find tennis courts, a gym, sauna and steam room. Families will love the adventure playground and games room complete with table tennis and football.
Hemmel House, a short drive from the other cottages, is the most luxurious property and sleeps eight guests. Those staying at Christmas can be sure of a toasty break with underfloor heating, a large woodburning stove and an outdoor hot tub.
A week’s stay at Breamish’s Hemmel House, arriving 21 December, costs £1945 for up to eight (in four bedrooms). Visit premiercottages.com or call 01665 578263.
Baker’s Cottage and Swallow’s Nest, Gower
Baker’s Cottage and Swallow’s Nest are two beautifully converted one bedroom cottages on the Gower peninsula’s north west coast. The cottages are perfect for couples in search of a peaceful Christmas hideaway and plenty of coastal walks. Each has a small private garden, beautiful sea views and access to a shared hot tub.
Baker’s Cottage is a former 17th century bakehouse with, the original fireplace and baker’s oven still intact and a cosy bedroom under the eaves. Swallow’s Nest is a converted barn that has been furnished in a similar period style, with a mezzanine bedroom complete with a four-poster bed.
Quality Cottages can offer stays at either of the cottages for a week over Christmas for £554, arriving on 22 December, based on two sharing on self-catering basis and including Christmas tree and decorations. For more information visit qualitycottages.co.uk or call 01348 837 871.
Llofft Storws and Stabal, Anglesey
These two cottages form part of a group of eco-conscious converted farm buildings, centred around a stone courtyard and with shared access to a large garden.
The former stable,‘Stabal’, sleeps six and has a lavish playroom for kids, while ‘Llofft Storws’, the old hay loft, sleeps four. Each of the properties offers contemporary, accommodation with en-suite bedrooms and open-plan living spaces, in a beautiful rural location. Visitors can enjoy walks around Newborough Warren Nature Reserve or uncover the legend of St Dwynwyn on Llanddwyn Island.
Quality Cottages can offer stays for a week over Christmas at Llofft Storws for £804, based on four sharing on self-catering basis. Alternatively, a stay for up to six sharing Stabal will cost £904. Prices are based on arrivals on 22 December and include a Christmas tree and decorations. For more information visit qualitycottages.co.uk or call 01348 837 871.
Gellideg in Wales
Gellideg is a gorgeous traditional Welsh cottage nestled in the small village of Cwmhiraeth, just a short drive from Cardigan. Built in 1850, it oozes character with beamed ceilings, a slate hearth and large country kitchen. With scenic woodland and river walks right outside and stunning beaches only half an hour away, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind this Christmas.
The cottage will be decorated for festivities, and its log burner and underfloor heating will ensure guests stay toasty. Gellideg sleeps four and a four-night break is just £500 from 23 to 27 December. Visit premiercottages.co.uk or call 07890 300375.
Aish Cross Holiday Cottages in Devon
Situated three miles from the medieval market town of Totnes, Aish Cross Holiday Cottages offer beautiful views across the Dart Valley and surrounding countryside – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property is also a mile from the riverside village of Stoke Gabriel, where Father Christmas will be arriving by boat on Christmas Eve.
Each of Aish’s cottages will be stylishly decorated with a lit Christmas tree and guests will be welcomed with a generous hamper full of local ‘goodies’. A seven-night stay for up to six in Aish Cross Cottage’s The Coach House Family costs £1199 and a week for four in the Hayloft costs £984, arriving on 23 December. Visit premiercottages.co.uk or call 01803 782022.
Belle Grove, Suffolk
Celebrate Christmas in style at the gorgeously converted farm buildings at Belle Grove. Bursting with character and comfort, their ‘East meets West’ twist is provided by carefully chosen antiques and textiles. The under-floor heating and wood-burning stoves are ideal for cosy nights in. A seven-night break for two in Belle Grove’s Gate House arriving 22 December costs £950. Visit premiercottages.co.uk or call 01986 873124.
Mulberry House, Pembrokeshire
This traditional stone built farmhouse, owned by the same family for over 100 years, combines period features with modern living. Mulberry House sleeps nine, plus two dogs, in five bedrooms, with cosy under-floor heating throughout, stylish contemporary fittings, log burners, exposed original stonework and beams.
The house is within easy reach of cliff-top walks along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and some of the region's best beaches, as well as the Preseli Hills. Over Christmas, visitors can also make the short journey to St Davids and join a number of special services at the city’s impressive Catherdal, including Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and a service on Christmas Day.
Quality Cottages can offer stays at Mulberry House for a week over Christmas for £1,679 arriving on 22 December, on self-catering basis and including Christmas tree and decorations. For more information visit qualitycottages.co.uk or call 01348 837 871.
Cae Marchog, Brecon Beacons
Perched above a valley in the Black Mountains, Cae Marchog is a luxurious self-catering farmhouse and barn conversion that makes a wonderful retreat for larger groups at Christmas. Guests can enjoy modern luxuries such as underfloor heating, games consoles and a home cinema system.
The house is stylishly furnished and has three spacious bedrooms, while the barn features an additional two bedrooms and an open-plan living space. There’s plenty of room to cook a festive feast, plus a large hot tub and a second sitting room in the main house that is stocked with board games perfect for Boxing Day.
The surrounding mountains offer refreshing winter walks, including Hay Bluff and the dramatic Cat’s Back. Quality Cottages can offer Cae Marchog for a week over Christmas for £2,219 arriving on 22 December, on self-catering basis and including Christmas tree and decorations. For more information visit qualitycottages.co.uk or call 01348 837 871.
Main image: Bellegrove in the snow.
All images by Premiere Cottages.
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