From magical country walks to cosy nights round the fire, renting a lodge or cottage over Christmas is the perfect way to get together as a family and make merry during the most wonderful time of the year.

Old Low Farm Cottage exudes a cosy atmosphere with its log burner

Old Low Farm Cottage, East Yorkshire

A lovely, detached cottage boasting a wood burner, perfect to cosy up in front of after a day of exploring the sundry delights of East Yorkshire.

Old Low Farm Cottage is a charming, whitewashed, detached cottage situated on the cliffside, just outside the village of Aldbrough and near Hornsea. Located on a working sheep farm, this spacious property is perfectly placed to enjoy a family holiday in a peaceful setting, yet central enough to explore the delights of a traditional seaside town.

The cottage is single-story with well-proportioned rooms. Upon entering you will find a good-sized hallway with plenty of space to hang coats and store your buckets and spades. The kitchen is to the rear of the cottage with a family dining table, offering lovely views across open fields to the sea. With modern units and appliances, the chef in the group will enjoy preparing delicious, home-cooked meals here. The spacious living room has large, comfortable sofas which surround the hearth and wood burner, and the large windows let in lots of light giving this room a homely feel.

There is a selection of games and books to while away some time during the evening. There are three well-appointed and attractively decorated bedrooms, with two doubles and one single. The shower room features a large shower and plenty of storage space for all your holiday essentials. Outside the cottage is an enclosed garden, a great spot for children and your four-legged friends to play. The hot tub is nestled to one side of the garden with seating opposite. This is an ideal space to enjoy an alfresco breakfast or to watch the evening dusk over the English Channel.

Book this East Yorkshire cottage break from £534 at Family Traveller Holidays.

Staward boasts a hot tub with uninterrupted views of the Northumbrian countryside

Staward, Northumberland

Offering stunning 360-degree views, this property is ideal for families who wish to enjoy a peaceful holiday break in the Northumbrian countryside, surrounded by nothing but nature.

Enviably nestled in the Northumberland countryside, Staward is a detached log cabin, adjacent to the owners’ home, and offers a stunning holiday location with views for miles. Perfect for families, friends or couples wishing to enjoy a peaceful romantic break, the cabin has been finished to a very good standard and offers practical facilities, as well as the touches of a private balcony and hot tub.

It is well-designed for the less mobile guests too, with the accommodation being on one level with spacious, airy and light rooms. The kitchen and living room are open-plan and have fabulous views that look right across the countryside. It has a double bedroom and also a bedroom with full-size twin beds that are comfortable and cosy. The shower room has been well-finished with a large shower cubicle that is also accessible for people with a wheelchair and has a heated towel rail for extra comfort. Staward can also be adapted for disabled access and for guests with any difficulty with mobility.

Situated in the rural village of Catton which lies at the beginning of the East Allen Valley, this log cabin is tucked away down, in a sheltered hollow with fields rising up on both sides, and leads to beautiful heather-covered fells. It is ideal for guests who enjoy walking, rambling, horse riding and cycling, with numerous well-established public footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways that lead straight from the front door and out through the owners’ grounds, leading guests through some of the most picturesque landscapes and scenery that the county has to offer.

Book this Northumberland cottage break from £719 at Family Traveller Holidays.

Benview Holiday Lodges provides the ideal location for exploring the local area

Benview Holiday Lodges, Scotland

This holiday lodge is ideal for an active holiday with many activities nearby, or simply relax in the hot tub.

Situated in the fantastic location of the Trossachs, these holiday lodges offer breathtaking views over Ben Lomond and the Menteith Hills. In the perfect setting for those who love outdoor pursuits, with hundreds of miles of forest track easily accessible.

This is an ideal location to explore one of Scotland’s most picturesque areas with excellent outdoor activities to be enjoyed including walking, cycling, golf, fishing, pony trekking and water sports nearby, as well the Rob Roy Way and Cycle Track 7, both of which pass through Gartmore.

Visit the Trossachs Discovery Centre to learn more about this exciting area, or a little further afield, why not enjoy a cruise on the stunning Loch Lomond. Stirling, with its ancient castle, is also easily accessible for the day and well worth a trip.

The surrounding district is steeped in history and there are many characters in Scottish history who have had vast amounts written about them, but few as famous as Rob Roy Macgregor, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots, all of whom had a part to play in the history of this area. Shop and restaurant 50 yards, pub 2 miles.

Book this Scottish lodge break from £880 at Family Traveller Holidays.

Tregea Signature offers luxury family suites with views of the Cornish coast

Tregea Signature, Cornwall

Spacious, luxurious two story detached Scandinavian log cabin. Ground floor features one master double bedroom with TV and stylish ensuite shower, and two spacious twin rooms. Family bathroom features a bath with overhead shower. An outdoor sun terrace provides a great setting for al fresco dining, and a two person hot tub.

First floor offers beautiful Cornish sea views from the balcony, the perfect spot for an evening drink. Inside, an open-plan and well-sized living area includes a lounge featuring a wood burning stove with comfortable seating and flat screen TV, well-equipped modern kitchen and an elegant dining area set nearby.

Ideal for families looking for accommodation with a difference. No pets allowed.

Book this Cornwall lodge break from £1,135 at Family Traveller Holidays.

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