Cozy hotels and Airbnbs to book for a Christmas getaway
After Christmas celebrations were marred last year by Covid restrictions, you might be looking for something special this time around.
And while we don’t yet have complete travel freedom, you can still enjoy a festive break away from home.
As quarantines and testing rules remain in place for those traveling overseas, it’s more about staying – and there are many gorgeous getaways right here on the UK shores.
If you’re looking to take a vacation while on vacation, we’ve rounded up the best places across the country that you can book right now.
All of these hotels and rentals are available around Christmas, but check in advance if possible as bookings increase at this time of year.
From Welsh nature retreats to the chicest Hotels in London, there is something on our list of tourist destinations for everyone.
Pigeon Hole Shepherds Hut, East Sussex
The Pigeon Hole is an 18 foot shepherd’s hut with its own veranda built by local carpenter, Dicky Dean, and nestled deep in the forest of Coe’s Farm.
Inside you’ll find a kitchen, a small fridge-freezer and induction hob, a double bed, a wood-burning stove and a dining area, as well as a composting toilet, while guests can walk to a Luxurious shower block just steps away.
The appeal of this property is certainly its location, where you enjoy the tranquility it offers while cooking with the on-site barbecue.
City dwellers will love this boujee hotel just a short walk from bustling Manchester Canal Street.
Festive feasts are served at Kimpton Clocktower’s restaurant, Refuge, after which you can retire to your uniquely decorated room and snuggle up in your hotel bathrobe.
Romantic treehouse, Hertfordshire
If you are looking for a romantic getaway, this rustic treehouse is ideal for two, with original wood floors, beams and stones creating a cozy atmosphere.
The real fireplace also adds an extra festive touch.
Guests have access to amenities at King’s Langley Estate where the treehouse is located during their stay, including an indoor pool and gym.
Quarry house, Devon
Close to Salcombe, the Quarry House is a vacation property you will never forget, with estuary views and serious design.
Glass walls make the place light and airy, while minimalist decor is by Danish company BoConcept and showcases cutting-edge technology from Miele and Sonos.
This vacation rental can accommodate up to eight people and you can opt for the ‘LUXURY’ package if you’re in the mood, with extras available like a welcome basket, private chef and access to a fleet of boats.
Stylish townhouse in Malton, North Yorkshire
Perfect for families, this chic townhouse sleeps five and has parking for two cars, plus free Wi-Fi, a Smart TV with Netflix, and a Nintendo for the more. small.
Just 10 minutes from Malton, Yorkshire’s food capital, you can enjoy the culinary delights that the city has to offer, with enough space to cook your own Christmas dinner inside.
With views out to the Cornish Sea and its own secret woodland garden, Dreckly is a stay for those who love nature.
It can accommodate up to four people, but that’s what counts outdoors, with a fire pit, barbecue and double hammock in your private space for spending winter nights.
You can also reserve breakfast, cream tea, or a basket of local cheese for a special treat.
The Standard, London
Are you more talkative than blessing the merry gentlemen? The Standard’s Christmas decor is more your style.
The “Not So Standard” decorations were designed by Artist-in-Residence Harris Reed and Chet Lo and are an antidote to the chintz we often see this time of year.
With several restaurants and bars on-site – not to mention your centrality to other places – your Christmas doesn’t have to be all about gravy, sticky garlands and Christmas carols.
The old Sunday School, Brecon Beacons
This traditional Victorian vacation rental offers you the best of both worlds, with original features as well as modern amenities.
With two bedrooms, you can sleep four, and its location in the heart of the Brecon Beacons makes it ideally placed for hiking, biking, and nature – as well as the great Christmas promenade.
Yacht Temptation II, Southampton
Not everyone can say they spent their Christmas on a yacht. The Temptation II is moored at Ocean Quay Martina in Southampton and can be booked for private stays.
There is a hot tub on the upper level, as well as a kitchen, king bedroom, twin bedroom, shower room, and sitting area.
You can also add bubbles or candy if you surprise someone.
15-04 Boutique Central London
Velvet Morning is a 57-foot riverboat built over 100 years ago, available to book on Airbnb for a maximum of four adults and one child.
One bedroom (with king-size bed and children’s bunk bed) leads to a living and dining area (with folding double bed). There is also a kitchen area on the boat, with a gas oven and hob, a good freezer compartment refrigerator, and a sink and drainer.
The real selling point here, however, is something you’ll rarely find on a boat: a fully functional roll-up tub. If you like to spend Christmas in the bathtub and let go of your stress, this vacation is for you.
Fairytale treehouse, Ladybank
This Scottish treehouse provides a magical festive break, set around six living sycamore trees on the grounds of Fernie Castle.
Stained glass windows and handmade oak furniture add to the fairytale vibe, as do the friezes of mystical pixies on the walls.
Explore the surrounding woods or relax on your light-decorated balcony, with an Insta-compatible swing.
Box Barn, Monmouthshire
Are you celebrating with a large group this Christmas? This converted Monmouthshire barn can be the perfect setting.
It can accommodate 16 people, with a hot tub, outdoor bar, and outdoor pizza oven for gatherings and parties. Notable touches also include a vintage record player with vinyl and a private nap area.
Boutique hotel room, Nottinghamshire
If you prefer a cocooning break to a stay in nature, the luxurious rooms at Manor Court are on your street.
Stays include frozen bubbles in the room upon arrival, truffles, Molton Brown products, turndown service and a la carte breakfast served by candlelight in the splendor of the Manor’s dining room Short.
If you decide to venture out, you are right next to the peaceful village of Thorpe and its quaint pubs and markets.
The cookie jar, Northumberland
Alnwick Castle – where Harry Potter’s iconic Hogwarts scenes are filmed – is directly opposite this luxury boutique hotel, and the historic property was once a Convent of Mercy.
Each room is decorated to suit a different local location, but all feature Penhaligon toiletries, English linens on Hypnos beds, and exclusive walk-in showers, plus of course homemade cookies.
Stay in The Chapel Suite if you fancy a little pampering, where you’ll find a ‘heavenly’ bathtub alongside original stained glass windows.
The Pink House, Essex
It’s not within any of our budgets, but if you’re looking to spend a lot of money on a lavish Christmas getaway, you can’t beat The Pink House.
Sleeping 16, the Essex Mansion is an art installation you can stay in, designed by the creators of Eaton House Studio.
It’s a candy-colored paradise, with 6.5 bathrooms, three bar areas, a sleepover room, and a hot tub – all in the house’s signature pink hue and with flamingos and unicorns for sure. for good measure.
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