17 beautiful UK vacation rentals for multigenerational Christmas getaways


After Christmas plans canceled last year, a family reunion this year will be all the sweeter. But you’re not the only ones planning a big, festive reunion: UK holiday rental bookings for Christmas week are already five times higher than they were last year, says the UK. Guesty hosting company, with companies like Cornwall, Devon and Pembrokeshire. summer honey jars – again turn out to be the most popular.

Prices are also rising: the average rent per night is about 47% higher than it was before the pandemic, and rising.

The moral of this festive fable? Be quick: because the search for a Christmas-worthy property – with log fires, a beautiful location, and space for large families – will only get more complicated. Christmas time also makes things trickier, with the 25th and 26th falling squarely on a weekend – not to mention the arrival of international tourists, when UK border rules are expected to ease further.

Whether you’ve set your sights on the UK countryside, coast or city, the following properties are all available for the Christmas season – with plenty of room for large families.

For a preserved countryside

Cromwell House, West Sussex

Although Oliver Cromwell was no fan of Christmas, his West Sussex hunting lodge – Cromwell House – makes for a lovely festive retreat. The property can accommodate 10 to 12 people in six bedrooms, with a large living room, games room and separate dining room (seating 12). If time permits, swap this annual charades game for the lawn tennis court and croquet lawn; if not, the hot tub and sauna / steam room await you. (December 24 to 31: £ 9,495; thewowhousecompany.com)

Thursford Castle, Norfolk

Combining the alluring ruins of a Gothic chapel with a luxurious and expansive new build, Thursford Castle appears to have been ripped from an episode of Grand Designs. It can accommodate eight people in four bedrooms – each with its own bathroom – and features a very large dining area, a double-sided wood-burning stove, and private catering available on request. The Norfolk countryside is on your doorstep, as are the villages of Thursford and Great Snoring. (Dec 23-27: £ 5,684; grands-chalets.com)

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