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Christmas and New Year cottages

The exterior of Craflwyn Hall, Gwynedd
The exterior of Craflwyn Hall, Gwynedd | © National Trust/Mike Henton

Gather friends and family to celebrate Christmas 2023 and New Year 2024 in one of our holiday cottages. Present Christmas dinner in a stately dining room, fill the games rooms with New Year celebrations or whisk someone special away to a cosy cottage for two.

Cottages with games rooms

Get the New Year and Christmas parties started in these cottages with games rooms.

Exterior of Lower House, Minehead, Somerset

Holnicote Lower House, Somerset 

Packed with original features, this five-bedroom cottage boasts a rear and front garden along with a private stream. Play table tennis in the games room, take a Boxing Day stroll along the nearby beach or settle in for a cosy evening by the log burning stove. Sleeps 10.

The entrance hall at Wainman House, near Peckover House, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Wainman House, Cambridgeshire 

Situated in the small market town of Wisbech, Wainman House is for those who love an adventure. Along with a games room, there's a boot room ready for muddy wellies and storage for bikes. You’ll have your own private terraced garden and access to the grounds of Peckover House too. Sleeps 12.

The exterior of Ty Cipar, Gwynedd

Ty Cipar, Gwynedd 

Set within one of the best stargazing sites in Eryri (Snowdonia), Ty Cipar cottage offers plenty of opportunities to connect with nature. When you're back from exploring the windswept moorland, head to the games room in the adjoining converted barn to continue the fun. Sleeps 4.

The billiard room at Higher Brownstone Farm, Devon

Higher Brownstone Farm, Devon 

For a group holiday, head to Higher Brownstone Farm with its six spacious bedrooms and large private garden. There's even a billiard room with a full-sized billiard table. Found at the end of a quiet lane, soak up countryside views all around. Sleeps 12.

Cottages with grand dining rooms

Take your festive feast to the next level by sitting down to eat in one of these stately dining rooms.

The dining room at Bosveal, Cornwall

Bosveal, Cornwall 

Bosveal occupies the central part of Bosloe House, an Arts and Crafts manor brimming with luxury décor and period features. Work up an appetite with a short stroll to the nearby beach before sitting down to a festive feast in the ornate dining room. Sleeps 10.

The dining area at Horton Court, Gloucestershire

Horton Court, Gloucestershire 

A Grade I listed manor house, Horton Court sits on the edge of the rolling Cotswold countryside and was used as a filming location for Poldark and Wolf Hall. Gather around the large table for a Christmas feast with all the trimmings. Sleeps 10.

The medieval dining room at Egryn, nr Barmouth, Gwynedd

Egryn, Gwynedd 

Step back in time with a stay at Egryn. The house has been furnished in keeping with each period of its development with a replica Egryn dining table taking pride of place in the medieval dining hall. Sleeps 9.

The dining room at Lytes Cary, Somerset

Lytes Cary, Somerset 

Make a special occasion of it in the west wing of Lytes Cary Manor. This extravagant holiday let has multiple sitting rooms and a formal dining room that will make you feel like you're feasting with medieval lords and ladies. Sleeps 14.

Cottages for group getaways

Room for all the family and your friends too, these large cottages are spacious enough for everyone to come together.

The living and dining room at Craflwyn Hall, Gwynedd

Craflwyn Hall, Gwynedd 

Complete with a library, bar and conservatory, Craflwyn Hall provides plenty of space for a group escape. Nestled in the heart of Eyri (Snowdonia), there's room for 16 guests but that's not all. Book any of the six smaller adjacent cottages in the former stable block and you can have up to 39 guests.

The exterior of Village Farmhouse, Cheshire

Village Farmhouse, Cheshire 

Bask in light, airy interiors in the three-storied Village Farmhouse. Look out for the original wooden doors and floors, terracotta tiles, fireplaces and hidden paintings. There's space for everyone with a cosy snug and spacious sitting room. Sleeps 12.

The sitting room at Nanceglos House, Penzance, Cornwall

Nanceglos House, Cornwall 

A stone cottage tucked away in a wooded clearing, Nanceglos House can host up to nine guests. Explore the exotic shrubs of Trengwainton Garden, follow wooded paths to sea views or embrace the crisp air with a stroll through open meadows. Sleeps 9.

The exterior of Millbeck Towers, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria

Millbeck Towers, Lake District 

For a magical Christmas, head to Millbeck Towers with its castle-like exterior. There are six bedrooms in this mansion, along with open fireplaces and a large stained glass window. Sleeps 12.

Cosy cottages for two

Chocolate box cottages and secluded retreats for those romantic weekends away.

The bed within the open-plan living room at Dinefwr Deer Lodge, Carmarthenshire

Dinefwr Deer Lodge, Carmarthenshire 

For a holiday cottage full of character, Dinefwr Deer Lodge ticks all the boxes. The stone building is full of comfy touches – relax to the sound of water trickling down the stream in the garden and curl up by the log burning stove. Sleeps 2.

The bedroom at Hop Kiln Mews, Herefordshire

Hop Kiln Mews, Herefordshire 

An 18th-century hop kiln comprises this homey apartment for two on the Brockhampton Estate. The shower looks up into the tall, conical roof of the kiln, while an internal window gives you a glimpse inside the historical building’s structure. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of Downpatrick Gate Lodge, County Down

Downpatrick Gate Lodge, County Down 

Beyond gothic, wrought-iron gates is the period cottage of Downpatrick Gate Lodge. As it's situated on the Castle Ward estate, you can explore the grounds once visitors have gone home for the day. Have a relaxing soak in the roll-top bath and take in the views of the rolling countryside around you. Sleeps 2.

The entrance at Portland House, Weymouth, Dorset

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