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Christmas Breaks Large Houses for Christmas


Bring all the family together for a holiday to remember in a large house rental for Christmas. From coastal properties with windswept sea views to Scottish castles with roaring log fires, our big houses are perfect for a family Christmas. Enjoy presents under the tree, the Christmas feast around a huge table, space to party, and luxury bedrooms for peace and tranquillity. There’s plenty more to do in our big houses too, from hot tubs and cinema rooms to snooker tables and swimming pools. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas cottage to rent for a dozen or so, or a country manor to host a festive party for 30 or more, you’ll find your dream big house for your Christmas celebrations right here.

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Our Christmas houses get booked well in advance, so we advise booking early to get the best choice. All the houses are decorated with a tree for Christmas and offer the perfect setting for a festive celebration to remember.

The majority of houses are available from Friday, 20 December 2024:

View all options for 7 nights from 20 December 2024

Other date or durations may be available at a small number of our houses. Click to explore dates on our Large Houses to Rent search page. Or give our friendly team a call on 01242 352747.


Christmas 2025 pricing is still being set for many of our properties, but some are available to book right now. The most popular houses get snapped up first, so it's well worth booking early to avoid disappointment.

The majority of houses for Christmas 2025 are being offered from Saturday, 20 December 2025:

View all options for 7 nights from Saturday, 20 December 2025

Other date or durations may be available at a small number of our houses. Click to explore dates on our Large Houses to Rent search page. Or give our friendly team a call on 01242 352747.


The best places to spend Christmas

Christmas in the Cotswolds

Spend Christmas in the Cotswolds this year in a country manor that adds to the festive feelgood factor for all the family. You can visit chocolate-box villages with their Christmas lights twinkling, go for a Boxing Day walk across the gentle Cotswold hills, and seek out cosy traditional pubs full of Christmas cheer. Stay at Honeystone Manor, where wood-panelled walls, stone fireplaces and exposed beams add atmosphere, or Stowmeadow Farm, where you can spread yourselves out across four immaculate properties.

Christmas in Scotland

Make Scotland your Christmas base; the land of Christmas tree forests, snow-capped mountains and historic, stone-built houses with cosy open fires and maybe the odd dram of Whisky. Go the whole hog and stay at Carron Castle, a historic baronial chateau where you can serve your Christmas feast beneath the crystal chandeliers.

Christmas in the Lake District

Escape to the Lake District for a family Christmas to remember. With stunning scenery, untold opportunities for walking and climbing, and the chance to explore without the summer crowds, it’s a wonderful destination for a Christmas with a difference. Our large houses in the Lake District can easily accommodate your Christmas gathering – the numbers add up quickly , when you’re doing something special! The Gothic Victorian period details at Fallbarrow Hall set the scene for epic an Christmas with up to 30 guests, while Keswick Country Manor sleeps up to 20 in 10 bedrooms.


The best amenities for a Christmas trip

A cinema room

It wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t all gather round the TV for a festive film or five. When you have a cinema room to watch your Christmas movies, in you can take it to a whole new level, watching as many movies as you want on a big screen, sinking into comfy seats with your popcorn at your side. The cinema room at Galene House has an 80-inch screen with Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon TV, Now TV, Sky TV – and a DVD player for the oldies.

A cosy fireplace

You need somewhere to hang your Christmas stockings and our large houses have some amazing fireplaces. But more than that, a cosy fire or log burner brings everyone together and creates just the happy, festive atmosphere that we all crave at Christmas time. Stay at Winsham Manor for huge fireplaces that that warm the Great Hall and the cosy, wood-panelled Winter Parlour.

A games room

Christmas is about fun and games. Having taken the children out of their electronic comfort zones for a big house Christmas break, it’s only fair to lay on some slightly more traditional activities. That’s why a games room is important, particularly if the winter weather at Christmas keeps you indoors. Many of our properties boast games rooms with table football, ping pong, pool tables, board games and other activities. Alvington Lodge even throws a Karaoke machine and disco lighting onto the mix!

A hot tub

It might not be your first idea when you think of Christmas, but a hot tub is an added luxury on a family Christmas in one of our large houses. Imagine sinking into the bubbles to wind down at the end of an exciting Christmas Day. Stay at Royd Moor Manor in Yorkshire where there are two hot tubs or Longhollow House, where the hot tub is complemented by a steam and sauna house and an outdoor plunge pool.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will the house have a Christmas tree?

    Yes. Whichever house you choose for your Christmas gathering, you can be certain there will be a Christmas tree, complete with lights and baubles. This means you will step into Christmas as soon as you step through the door and it sets the scene for a wonderful Christmas. You are perfectly welcome to bring your own decorations too, so if you have any special or sentimental ones that really make Christmas for you, make sure you pack them.

  • What should we pack for Christmas away?

    Christmas away from home does need a little planning. Make sure you pack all your presents - with wrapping paper and sticky tape too, if you want to do your wrapping on Christmas Eve. Plan your food and drink, and remember, you can get a local delivery from the supermarket direct to the house. Think about all your Christmas traditions and bring what you need for them, whether that’s stockings to hang or Christmas crackers for the table. And, when you’re packing your clothes, don’t forget your Christmas jumpers!

  • Can I get a Christmas supermarket delivery to the house?


    Yes, you can. Ocado and the major supermarkets will deliver to our houses. We suggest booking a delivery for the start of Christmas week so if there is anything out of stock you can nip to the local supermarket or farm shop. Put your order in as soon as you can before you arrive to make sure you get a delivery slot.

  • Where can I book a Christmas Lunch?

    There are some excellent gastro pubs and restaurants within a short drive of most of our properties and many of them will have a Christmas Day menu. Do book as early as possible though, particularly as you will be in a large group. We have included details of local pubs and restaurants on the web page for each individual property, so check them out and get your booking in.

  • What are the best games to play at Christmas?

    You have to have a round or two of Charades. It’s the law. Here are some other suggestions: Play Guess Who, where you each have a Post-It note on your forehead with a name and you have to guess who you are – all the people and characters must have a connection to Christmas. Or how about a scavenger game. Hide candy canes around the house for the children to find. Don’t forget, many of our houses also have board games, a piano, games rooms and more, to keep the fun going over the festive period.

  • Does Santa know if you stay somewhere else?

    It’s perfectly understandable if the children are asking this question as you set off for your Big House Christmas. It’s a good question and the answer is, Santa knows everything. Getting the right presents to the right children is his job and, just like he knows if you’ve been good, he knows where to deliver everyone’s presents. That’s the magic of Christmas.