The kitchen is the heart of the home, and at Christmas it’s the epicentre – the source of the main event. Some people open presents first thing in the morning, some in the evening, and some the night before, but the turkey is always carved on Christmas Day.
Like a scene from a well-known gravy ad, gather all the family around the kitchen table, the ‘man of the house’ poised at the head, sharpening the knife in anticipation, cracker debris strewn over the Brussels and the aftermath of bad jokes dulling to a low roar. Christmas is a time for being with loved ones. So why not make it extra special by staying in a holiday cottage well-equipped for such an event? Hang some mistletoe over the Aga and set the farmhouse table overlooking the sea. If you’re looking for a Christmas cottage or even a New Year holiday home, we’ve only the best to choose from.
Here’s a taster of holiday cottages with a set up suitable for a lovely large Christmas dinner
3.6 miles N of Kingsbridge | Sleeps 14 + 2 cots
Cluster around the kitchen table of this beautiful farmhouse for you Christmas day breakfast then serve up the main event in the exquisite dining room for a change of scenery. This property also has a games room, gym and swimming pool for an alternative to the usual Christmas day swim.
4.2 miles SW of Falmouth | Sleeps 9 + cot
Once you've had Christmas here, you'll be hard-pressed to match it. All the family can gather around the woodburner in the open plan living-area and enjoy the view out over the garden to Port Navas Creek - imagine if it actually snowed!
St Helens | Sleeps 8 + cot
Spend Christmas on the Isle of Wight, celebrating in the pretty dining room at Bay View. With breathtaking views across the St Helens Bay, you won't need to leave this property to explore the island, it's all on your doorstep.
1.1 miles NE of St Mawes | Sleeps 8 + 2 cots
This large detached property has a waterside setting that will truly set the scene for a memorable Christmas. The views from the double aspect dining area will set the scene for a celebratory feast, and the games room will be host to festive family rivalry for all those obligatory board games.
6.5 miles E of Wells | Sleeps 6 + cot
Pray for a white Christmas and this property could be just the ticket with its scenic views come rain or shine. With plenty of space indoors for all the to family eat together and even more room outside for little ones to let off some steam after dinner, the Coach House is great for families.
7.7 miles W of Honiton | Sleeps 10 + cot
This secluded rural east Devon setting will make for the perfect Christmas break. Begin your day with views of early morning frost on the rolling hills as the sun rises. The thatched roof adds charm and nostalgia to the holiday cottage while a hot tub brings added relaxation to your break. Middle Weaver Farm is sure to be a winner with guests of all ages.
2.7 miles S of Helston | Sleeps 8 + 2 cots
Seaview | Sleeps 8 + cot
Just five minutes from the heart of Seaview on the Isle of Wight, Crowsteps is a cosy property to gather together family and friends for Christmas. This beautiful holiday let is complete with a rooftop terrace for nights wrapped in blankets under the stars with a celebratory tipple.