By Katie Wilson
Are you dreaming of a festive break but haven’t quite got round to booking it yet?
From a cosy Cotswolds cottage to a waterfront escape in Scotland, or a luxury tree top escape in Dorset, these Christmas breaks in the UK are still available to book for December 25.
Christmas breaks in the UK
Blackbird Houseboat, North Devon
Fancy spending Christmas on a houseboat? If peace and quiet is what you crave, you can’t get more secluded than a stay on Blackbird, a newly converted narrowboat moored on a wildlife reserve in North Devon. Set in 20 acres of woodland, this stylish stay is totally off-grid as there is no TV or WiFi. Open a bottle of bubbly instead and curl up in the kingsize bed or that showstopper of a bath.
Sleeps 2 | Price from £100 a night
The Laundry Retreat, North Wales
Wake up with views of the Welsh mountains on Christmas morning with a stay at The Laundry Retreat. This collection of two bespoke roundhouses, which only launched a few months ago, have floor to ceiling windows to soak up the stunning surrounding scenery. You may have come across @thelaundrygarden – the grounds they are in – on Instagram, run by owner Jenny. Her spectacular videos of her secret garden have earned her nearly 50,000 followers.
Sleeps 2 | Price from £135 a night
Number 4 Bank House, Cotswolds
If Christmas in the Cotswolds is your idea of festive heaven, Number Four Bank House in Fairford is still available to book. This stylish cottage used to be part of the old town bank, but has since been converted into four private residences. It sleeps 4 and can seat six at the dining table. There is also a huge kitchen for rustling up Christmas dinner.
Sleeps 4 | Short breaks from £478
Dazzle Treehouse, Dorset
If five-star luxury in the sky sounds like your kind of Christmas Day, book a stay at the unique Dazzle Treehouse in Dorset while you still can. From the outside this treetop retreat is modelled on the camouflage used to conceal ships in WWI. Inside, it’s all about stylish comfort. Snuggle up near the log burner in the living room, doze beneath the stars on the sky lit king-sized bed, or sit back and enjoy the bubbles in that glorious hot tub.
Sleeps 2 | Prices start from £495 a night
Waterside Cabin, Isle of Skye
Still deciding what kind of Christmas break in the UK you want? Escape from it all with a stay at Waterside Cabins on the Isle of Skye. The French doors open out onto a private decking area where you can watch the tide come in or lie in bed and watch the sunrise. Although it seems remote, there is still WiFi and it is within walking distance of the village of Broadwater, where you’ll find local restaurants and a few pubs. Perfect for a Christmas drink or even dinner.
Sleeps 2 | Prices start from £89 a night
Malting Farm, Colchester, Essex
If you dream of waking up on a farm on Christmas morning, there is still availability at these three luxury cabins in the Essex countryside. Only an hour’s drive from London, each cabin comes with its own private hot tub and firepit. There is a roll top bath in the Hares Hideaway cabin. Extras include hampers and homecooked meals if you don’t fancy cooking.
Sleeps 4-6 | Prices start from £175 a night
The Dragon’s Gate, Hereford
Enjoy enchanting views this Christmas from three quirky cabins set on a working farm on the border of Wales. How magical would it be if it snowed? Each cabin is fully equipped with luxury king-size beds, bathrooms and kitchenettes. The Graig has a private wood fired hot tub. Pen Y Fan comes with a hammock and its own swing. While The Cat’s Back boasts an outdoor bath tub on the private decking which is big enough for two.
Sleeps 2 | Prices from £95 a night
Little Westacre Barn, Norfolk
Set on a working farm, you’ll need a car to get to this architect-designed flint barn in Norfolk, but once you’re there you can do as little or as much as you like over the festive break. There is a log fire, smart TV for binging on Christmas movies – but don’t forget your swimmers as there is an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and steam room to enjoy. The Norfolk broads and wide sandy beaches are a 30-minute drive away if you need some fresh air.
Sleeps 2 | Prices from £420 for three nights
Next Door, York
Next Door, just eight miles from York, is a stylish barn conversion which feels more like a boutique hotel. Think organic toiletries, luxury linens and you can even request afternoon tea on arrival. This luxury two bedroom, two bathroom country pad sleeps six in total. Dogs are also welcome. Cosy up by the woodburner, toast your toes on the underfloor heating, or snuggle up and toast marshmallows around the woodland fire pit down a secret garden path. Can you think of a more perfect Christmas break in the UK?
Sleeps 6 | Prices from £190 a night
Orchard House, Rock, Cornwall
Looking for a festive group stay where you can take the family dog? This beachside escape in Rock, Cornwall is still available to book for Christmas. The beautiful five-bedroom house offers panoramic views of the Camel Estuary and Padstow from both the balcony and dining room. It’s also close to the beach if you fancy getting sandy toes on Christmas morning.
Sleeps 10 | Price from £2,000 for 3 nights