Staycation trips: discover the British Christmas houses that are still for rent

This year, fingers crossed for a Christmas without any last-minute interruptions by the government. Burning fires, good food, long walks with the whole family.

But how do you collect in one place when nobody’s house is big enough? Booking a spacious cottage in the countryside could be the solution. Here we round up some of the best with availability this Christmas…

COZY COTSWOLDS

Guests of the picturesque Dove Farmhouse in the Cotswolds, pictured above, can explore the ten private acres of the property

Guests of the picturesque Dove Farmhouse in the Cotswolds, pictured above, can explore the ten private acres of the property

With five bedrooms, there's plenty of space at Dove Farmhouse, which costs from £6,600 for an eight-night stay

With five bedrooms, there's plenty of space at Dove Farmhouse, which costs from £6,600 for an eight-night stay

With five bedrooms, there’s plenty of space at Dove Farmhouse, which costs from £6,600 for an eight-night stay

The house is cozy with a large fireplace in the sitting room, pictured, and an oil fired Aga

The house is cozy with a large fireplace in the sitting room, pictured, and an oil fired Aga

The house is cozy with a large fireplace in the sitting room, pictured, and an oil fired Aga

Dove Farmhouse in the Cotswolds has ten acres of private land. The 17th-century property is built of honey-coloured stone, with exposed beams and flagstone floors.

With five bedrooms there is plenty of space and the house is cozy with a large fireplace in the living room and an oil-fired Aga.

NOT MISSING: A trip to the market town of Cirencester, 15 minutes away.

DETAILS: Eight nights at Dove Farmhouse from £6,600, sleeping nine (oliverstravels.com).

HIKING IN WALES

Online rental company the Plum Guide is known for its rigorous, high-quality property vetting process.

The Hiker’s Haven is a beautiful four bedroom cottage in the heart of the village of Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire.

There are plenty of beaches to explore and coastal walks to enjoy. And when you come back after a long day, there is also a hot tub.

NOT MISSING: Carew Castle, a Norman and Tudor fortress on a 23 acre mill pond (pembrokeshire coast.wales/carew-castle).

DETAILS: Seven nights at the Hiker’s Haven from £2,447, for six (plumguide.com).

HIGHLAND ESCAPE

Three acres of gardens surround Ardullie Farmhouse, pictured, which is located near Evanton in the Highlands

Three acres of gardens surround Ardullie Farmhouse, pictured, which is located near Evanton in the Highlands

Three acres of gardens surround Ardullie Farmhouse, pictured, which is located near Evanton in the Highlands

The traditional large Scottish house is blessed with views of the spectacular Cromarty Firth.  Pictured is one of the bedrooms in the property

The traditional large Scottish house is blessed with views of the spectacular Cromarty Firth.  Pictured is one of the bedrooms in the property

The traditional large Scottish house is blessed with views of the spectacular Cromarty Firth. Pictured is one of the bedrooms in the property

Three acres of gardens surround Ardullie Farmhouse near Evanton in the Highlands. It is great for large groups, has no neighbors and is blessed with views of the spectacular Cromarty Firth.

This is a traditional, grand Scottish house, but there are modern touches too: huge TVs, good wifi and a warming biomass heating system. Historic sites nearby include the Fyrish Monument and Dingwall Museum.

NOT MISSING: Foulis Castle, seat of Clan Munro since the 14th century (clanmunro.org.co.uk).

DETAILS: Four nights at Ardullie Farmhouse from £3,360, for 12 people (airbnb.co.uk).

ROAMTIME

Spend the festive season at The Old Farmhouse pictured, a three bedroom cottage overlooking the Cumbrian countryside

Spend the festive season at The Old Farmhouse pictured, a three bedroom cottage overlooking the Cumbrian countryside

Spend the festive season at The Old Farmhouse pictured, a three bedroom cottage overlooking the Cumbrian countryside

Expect plenty of space at The Old Farmhouse on the Hyning Estate near the Lake District and the town of Kendal.

This three bedroom cottage is surrounded by beautiful gardens and has views of the Cumbrian countryside.

There’s a good walking trail that starts along trails nearby – perfect for burning off festive indulgences (and clearing heads).

NOT MISSING: Lake Windermere is half an hour’s drive away.

DETAILS: Four nights at The Old Farmhouse from £1,875, for six people (premiercottages.co.uk).

Four bedroom Elmar is located in the village of Cubert near Holywell Bay.  Pictured is the lane leading to the cottage, which is on the right

Four bedroom Elmar is located in the village of Cubert near Holywell Bay.  Pictured is the lane leading to the cottage, which is on the right

Four bedroom Elmar is located in the village of Cubert near Holywell Bay. Pictured is the lane leading to the cottage, which is on the right

CORNISH CRACKER

Many people will tell you that the best time to visit Italy is in the quieter low season. After a summer of staycations, the same is now true for Cornwall.

There is ample winter availability in the province and the choice of beaches, parking and restaurants will more than make up for any turbulent weather.

Four bedroom Elmar is a cozy cottage in the village of Cubert near Holywell Bay and is perfect for a peaceful break.

NOT MISSING: The village’s excellent pub: The Smugglers Den Inn (thesmugglersden.co.uk).

DETAILS: Five nights in Elmar from £1,660, for four (Independentcottages.co.uk).

BIG MEETING

Pictured is the living room in Amory House.  The Suffolk accommodation is an ideal base for those with a large family

Pictured is the living room in Amory House.  The Suffolk accommodation is an ideal base for those with a large family

Pictured is the living room in Amory House. The Suffolk accommodation is an ideal base for those with a large family

Amory House has five bedrooms and can sleep ten, making it a great choice for those with a large family.

It is in the center of the popular seaside town of Southwold in Suffolk, close to the beach.

There is a decent garden surrounded by trees and with a large terrace (although it will be too cold for that).

NOT MISSING: A trip to the historic sites of Sutton Hoo (nationaltrust.org.uk) and Framlingham Castle (english-heritage.org.uk), both 30 minutes away.

DETAILS: Seven nights at Amory House from £3,055, for ten (originalcottages.co.uk).

CELTIC HIDEAWAY

Gaze out each morning over the calming waters of the Kintyre coast at Ballygroggan Farmhouse, a charming six-bedroom retreat.

The house is on a working sheep farm and within walking distance of The Gauldrons, where a stony beach is home to seal colonies. On a good day, Islay, Jura and Gigha can all be seen too.

NOT MISSING: A stroll through nearby Campbeltown with its whiskey shops.

DETAILS: Seven nights in Ballygroggan from £2,085, sleeping 12 (hoseasons.co.uk).

COASTAL HAIRDRESSER

Three Bedroom Sunnyside - Camber, pictured, is a comfortable beach house close to Camber Sands and Dungeness Nature Reserve

Three Bedroom Sunnyside - Camber, pictured, is a comfortable beach house close to Camber Sands and Dungeness Nature Reserve

Three Bedroom Sunnyside – Camber, pictured, is a comfortable beach house close to Camber Sands and Dungeness Nature Reserve

The pretty medieval town of Rye in East Sussex could be the ideal place for a Christmas break. Cobbled streets, independent shops, half-timbered houses and small pubs are sure to add to the revelry.

Three Bedroom Sunnyside – Camber, a short drive from Rye, might just be the right choice: a comfortable beach house close to Camber Sands and the Dungeness Nature Reserve.

NOT MISSING: An invigorating walk along the sand.

DETAILS: Seven nights in Sunnyside – Camber from £2,599, sleeps six (holidaycottages.co.uk).

TWO COMPANY

For many, a relaxed Christmas may be in order. And the Peak District has always been the place for much-needed peace and quiet. Barlow Brook Cottage is situated on the banks of a small river and has good access to fishing, walking and cycling. There are two acres of communal grounds and the cottage is pet friendly.

NOT MISSING: A trip to Bakewell – the classic town in the Peak District.

DETAILS: Seven nights at Barlow Brook Cottage from £844, for two (peakcottages.com).

DIVINE DEVERON

Butlers Cottage, pictured, sleeps four people and has a wood-fired hot tub with a view - it's a great place to watch the stars

Butlers Cottage, pictured, sleeps four people and has a wood-fired hot tub with a view - it's a great place to watch the stars

Butlers Cottage, pictured, sleeps four people and has a wood-fired hot tub with a view – it’s a great place to watch the stars

Mayen is a historic estate in the Deveron Valley, on the border of Moray and Aberdeenshire overlooking a spectacular stretch of the river.

There are five houses for rent here. Butlers Cottage sleeps four people and has a wood fired hot tub – a great spot for stargazing.

NOT MISSING: This is castle land. Continue to one of the 263 in Aberdeenshire.

DETAILS: Seven nights at Butlers Cottage from £1,512, for four (mayenestate.com).

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