The Christmas Holiday

We’re now fast approaching Christmas and for most people in the UK that means holidays, special time with family and hopefully fun, fun, fun.  The shops are already packed to the brim with an assortment of gifts and trinkets.  Now is a great time to enjoy all that Christmas has to offer.  Christmas shopping, whether for yourself or others can be a delight.  There is a wonderful array of Christmas decorations in an assortment of colours and sizes to be found.  With such great variety it can be great fun to buy a couple more to add to your collection.  Big garden centres in particular can be great places to shop for Christmas decorations.  Many garden centres have grottos, which can be great places to take the kids to look in wonder at the displays and lights.  Christmas lights really help with making Christmas a magical time, for old and young, and brighten up dark winter nights.  Although a little early to be buying your Christmas tree, you may already be planning what you’re going to be eating and stocking up on some tasty indulgences for Christmas.  Homemade can often be the best but it’s important to also make things easy.  My preference is often to buy some ready made options then if I feel inspired I’ll do a bit of home cooking but there’s no pressure if you are all stocked up.

Christmas can also be a great time for winter walks, preferably in the snow.   Sledging for kids, weather permitting, has to be one of the best things about this time of year.  Snow can cause disruption in this country with the roads and transport system struggling to cope.  I’m however hoping for at least a little snow this Christmas as there is something so magical about a white Christmas.  Getting together with friends and family is also another great thing about Christmas.  Playing games together or just sharing a meal or drinks can be great fun.  If your budget stretches to it you may want to catch a Christmas pantomine or go out for a special meal.  Some people also like to get away at Christmas.  Holidays can be special times and combining Christmas with a break away should make for an extra special time.  Renting a cottage can often be an attractive option for people who want to go away together and rent a ‘home from home’.  Before booking  a cottage for Christmas do ask about whether the property is decorated.  It will be important to many people for the cottage to be complete with decorations and a tree.  Click for a selection of Christmas cottages.  Or perhaps you are looking to take a break just after Christmas and are looking to rent a cottage for New Year.  Whatever you choose to do this Christmas we hope you have a very special time.

New search facility to help you find cottages in the country

We’re pleased to let you know that finding cottages throughout the country to rent has just got easier.  See Country Cottages for a new regional search facility which is aimed at making your search for a self catering holiday cottage as quick and easy as possible.  We love to hear your feedback so your ideas about this new facility are very welcome.  We hope you find it really useful whether you are looking for a cottage in Shakespeare’s Country, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District or elsewhere.  Remember there are so many amazing places to visit in the UK for self catering cottage holidays, whether you are looking for a short break or longer stay we hope you find what you are looking for.

Holiday parks throughout the country

At this time of year holiday parks aren’t always top of the agenda for people.  However, if you are looking for a break away for Christmas or New Year then you may well want to consider a stay at a holiday park.  Holiday parks by and large benefit from more facilities than can be found at smaller self catering cottages.  At some of these parks it is possible to find swimming pools and leisure complexes.  Enjoying a swim, sauna or relaxing time in a hot tub can be fun at any time of year.  Holiday parks vary in their make up.  Usually parks are made up of a number of chalets or log cabins, which can be just perfect for holidays.  Some benefit from fantastic locations – some truly are parks with greenery all around.  Others are by lakes or deep in forests.  Whatever type of holiday park you are looking for, do take a look at this selection of holiday parks.

Or if you want to spend some time somewhere with a country feel but holiday parks aren’t your thing then take a look at these self catering barn conversions for some inspiration.

Welcome to Self Catering Country Cottages new blog

We’ve set this blog up to keep you updated with everything to do with country cottages and self catering.  We’ll be adding more news on a regular basis so do keep checking back to see our updates.  In the meantime whether you are taking it easy or enjoying a self catering break away, we hope you have a good weekend.



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