Eight beautiful UK vacation rentals for multigenerational Christmas getaways


After last year’s canceled Christmas plans, a family reunion this year will be all the sweeter. But you’re not the only one 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 quest to find a Christmas-worthy property – with log fires, a beautiful location, and space for large families – will only get more complicated. Christmas time also complicates matters, with the 25th and 26th falling squarely on a weekend – not to mention the arrival of international tourists, as UK border rules continue to ease.

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

Devizes Castle, Wilshire

With a history dating back to 1080, Devizes Castle served as a royal retreat, political prison, and Civil War stronghold … and is now a story-rich private rental for groups of up to 10 people (in seven bedrooms). Surrounded by private landscaped gardens, it feels more rural than it actually is, while antique accessories – including armor and canopy beds – bring its history to life. (December 20-26: £ 10,804; vrbo.com)

Basket weaving mill, Scottish Borders

It might be in the Scottish Borders, but Winnow Mill is incredibly cozy – with an open fireplace (and an expansive log store), underfloor heating, and a private sauna. It is set in a 100-acre estate, open to guests, and has tennis courts and stunning valley views. The house itself is a 19th century stone mill, sleeping 10 in four bedrooms (each with its own bathroom), and has both a comfortable and spacious living room, as well as a a comfortable shepherd’s hut in the garden. (December 24 to 31: contact for price; Luxurycottage.com)

Laburnum House, Somerset

If your Christmas isn’t complete without a long and exhilarating family walk, Laburnum House in Somerset has a plethora of options nearby – from hikes in the woods through the Hawthorn Dene Nature Reserve, to coastal jaunts on the trail Coastal National Trust, or just two minutes drive to the nearest village pub. Inside, you can gather around the inglenook fireplace on leather Chesterfield armchairs and bathe in the wood-fired hot tub. 10 beds. (December 21-28: £ 1,999; grands-chalets.com)


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