May 30, 2024

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If a Christmas break to somewhere cosy doesn’t appeal to you, then I’m not sure we can be friends. Just picture it: a log-burning fire, chic arm chairs, enough throw blankets to sink a ship and a new location to explore. Bliss.

The best time of the year (December) is all about indulging, so why not #treatyourself to a festive staycation?

Travel hasn’t been the easiest over the past 20 months, and although some of us have dipped our toe into returning abroad there’s still nothing quite like supporting our own and taking a trip to a part of the UK we’ve not seen before – right? Up until October of last year I’d never been to Northumberland, and now all I do is dream of going back.

Quaint villages, cosy cottages, fresh countryside air…yes please.

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Whether you’re seeking a stay at one of the best hotels in the UK, a holiday cottage with a hot tub, a cheeky girl’s weekend away, or a week aboard a houseboat, making it a Christmas break just takes things to a new level. Piling your walking boots, puffer jacket and copious amounts of knitwear into your weekend bag and suitcase is still as exciting as packing your bikinis for a summer holiday. Promise.

The best part? Getting away, even if it’s not for Christmas Day itself, will put you in the most festive mood – seeing all the twinkling lights of a new town and doing some last-minute present shopping in local boutiques is a sure fire way to jingle your bells.

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The Lambing Shed in Causeway Coast and Glens, Northern Ireland, is a cosy one-bedroom apartment just 10 minutes away from the picturesque village of Bushmills. It features a log-burning stove – is there anything more perfect for winter? – and is still available over Christmas (including Christmas day).

If ever there were just one guest house to stay at around Christmas, it would be Belle Vue in Denever in Norfolk. It epitomises that merrymaking feeling with Christmas trees and Christmas decorations throughout the building, and warm bedrooms with private bathrooms.

Though it’s not available to book on the 25th December specifically, this lodge in St. Merryn, Cornwall, will make for an ideal place for groups to stay in the lead up. Plaid furniture, wood finishes and a warming log-burning fireplace will instantly put you in the festive spirit.

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