Decorate your holiday cottage for Christmas

How to holiday let

Warm fires, hot drinks and stolen glances at the sky to search for a distant flash of light; Christmas is nearly here. With plenty of people looking to try something new this Christmas, guests are swapping traditional Christmases at home in front of the box for exciting adventures.

From enchanting walks through the frost-laced countryside to strolls along the harbour watching multi-coloured lights dance on glassy seas, guests are in for an atmospheric treat this South West Christmas. But why not bring the magic indoors too?

Christmas lights reflecting off the water

Whether or not you’re a Christmas fan we can all appreciate the messages of giving and well-wishing that come with the festive season. No matter your budget, you can invest in some decorations big or small to add to your holiday cottage and make your guests’ Christmas experience the best one yet.

If you want to go all out or simply mix and match your favourite festive decorations, here are our top choices for every Christmas cottage:

Christmas tree

Fresh or faux, Christmas trees have been the symbol of Christmas ever since Prince Albert made them popular in the mid-1800s. Lavish them in tinsel and ornaments or dress them in minimalist baubles, Christmas trees are the, well, star on the treetop for any Christmas cottage.

Christmas tree decorations for your guests to enjoy

DIY Christmas decorations

The internet is full to bursting with DIY Christmas decorations, from 40 decorations to make with pine cones to a whole host of last minute easy DIY decorations.


Hung on the mantelpiece, over your bedpost or sat by the tree, Christmas stockings are a lovely touch for guests spending Christmas day in your cottage.

Festive treats

Mince pies, Christmas pudding, and candy canes. Leave some tasty treats in a little welcome tray for your guests to enjoy.

Festive treats for your guests


No Christmas meal is complete without crackers.

Christmas table set up with crackers

Fairy lights

Loop them around your tree, drape them across your fireplace, hang them over door frames or pretty much anywhere you’d like to add a pretty, romantic touch. Just make sure they’re PAT tested to avoid a toasted Christmas tree!


For a more grown up treat, why not leave some wine of the classic or mulled variety for your guests to sip on a wintery eve.

Board games and a tipple at Christmas

Christmas cards

Leaving a greetings card, not just at Christmas but year-round, for your guests to read on their arrival is a nice personal touch that’ll leave them feeling really welcome.

Festive foliage

Holly, poinsettia, mistletoe and other festive foliage can be left in bunches around your holiday home as easy, effective decorations.


Create an extra special welcome by placing a Christmas wreath on the front door. Or for a tasty twist, why not try an edible wreath from Edible Blooms?

Christmas tree

Once you’re sure you’re ready for winter and have sufficiently decorated your cottage, all that’s left to do is enjoy.

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