There is one night of the year that you can genuinely say ‘let’s go all out and do it in style’. And that night is New Years Eve. The world over celebrates the bringing in of a new year; mostly decadently, sometimes opulently, and always ferociously over the top.
But if something a little quieter, more intimate and personal takes your fancy this year, why not look to bringing your closest loved ones together for a night spent indoors at a luxury cottage rental…don’t worry, you can still bring alcohol!
Set up the TV for Jools Holland and the fireworks over the London Eye, pop down to the supermarket and stock up on drinks and finger food, and while away the evening with your nearest and dearest in the comfort of…well, a beautiful, unique cottage!
Burnhope Shooting Lodge – Yorkshire Dales
Sleeping 18, this remarkable shooting lodge is set in spectacular rolling hills and moorland above the pretty village of Wearhead, County Durham…so there is no need to keep the noise down as the clock strikes 12! The lodge is luxuriously appointed, providing first-class, spacious accommodation throughout.
A ramble across the local moorland and a spot of fishing at the local reservoir will clear your lungs and refresh your bones for the night ahead. Once you have worked up an appetite, why not hire a chef to cater for your New Years Eve party, and include waiters to serve you in the vast dining room. And for the sporting ones amongst you, there is a games room with a full-size snooker table, bar and television.
The lodge is currently available to book for 7 nights in December, for around £5,000: http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Lake-District-Cumbria-The-Lake-District/Burnhope-Shooting-Lodge-13416.html
Telford House – Menai Straits, Wales
A unique semi-detached property nestled in stunning grounds; Telford House is above sea level and overlooks the beautiful Menai Straits and the world famous Menai Straits suspension bridge. With seven large bedrooms, sleeping 14, this gorgeous build is suitable for families and friends alike.
With a home gym, large patio, reading area and music room complete with piano, you could really make the most of a week here over New Year. The vistas from the property are stunning; with panoramic sea views…would be rather hard to prize yourself away from this place once it is time to leave.
To bring your loved ones, and two well-behaved pets, over the Christmas/New Year period would cost circa £3,700: http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Anglesey-Penrhos-garnedd/Telford-House-14628.html
Horton Lodge Boathouse – Peak District
Located on the edge of Rudyard Lake, amongst the Staffordshire moors, Horton Lodge Boathouse is a treat for all the senses. A converted Victorian building, the property benefits from original features, contemporary furnishings and lake views from all three of its floors.
Although on the smaller side, the boathouse sleeps 8 people and is the perfect escape for an intimate family Christmas break.
Despite the weather being a little on the cold side come the Christmas period, Rudyard Lake and the surrounding areas have plenty to do for all ages, from sailing, fishing and rambling. Or if shopping is your game, then head to the nearby town of Leek, which is well known for its amazing antique shops.
Dates are limited in December, with Christmas and New Year being booked already, however, if you fancy a bit of time off over the festive period, a weeklong stay will set you back around £785: http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Peak-District-North-Wales-Snowdonia-Rudyard/Horton-Lodge-Boathouse-23174.html
Rush House – Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Rush House is the place to stay if you have a large group of friends who enjoy having a bit of fun. Spacious, contemporary and complete with a hot-tub, the house sleeps 20 people. Beautifully presented, the property is both high tech and high end.
The sitting room is well presented, with fantastic seating and a great entertainment system…providing the perfect backdrop to any gathering you may wish to hold over Christmas and New Year. A fully-equipped gym will be sure to rid anyone of their hangovers; otherwise, a dip in the hot tub will certainly clear the fuzziest of heads! The property also includes a generous dining area with enough seating and table space for all twenty guests.
And if it all becomes a bit claustrophobic…escape to the seaside and try out some authentic, home-caught seafood in nearby Shanklin or Bonchurch!
To bag yourself this amazing property for the festive period, you’ll have to cough up around £4,200: http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Isle-of-Wight-Upper-Hyde/Rush-House-19428.html
Park Farm Cottage – Garsdon, Wiltshire
A stunning detached stone cottage, offering 360 degree views of the unspoilt local countryside, Park Farm Cottage is a warm, welcoming accommodation perfect for a winter getaway.
The cottage is largely traditional, with a farmhouse style dining room-come-kitchen, including a range cooker and a wood burning stove. There is a larger dining room for sit-down meals, with a beautiful period fireplace.
The house is located on the Wiltshire Cycle Way, thus any keen cyclists will find this a perfect place to stretch their legs.
Nearby, there are many great places to visit; Avebury Stone Circle, Westonbirt Arboretum, the Michelin starred Whatley Manor and Cheltenham Racecourse.
Over the Christmas and New Year period, Park Farm Cottage is available for 7-day rentals for around £1,700: http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Cotswolds-Gloucestershire-Garsdon/Park-Farm-Cottage-12186.html