DESPITE uncertainty once again surrounding foreign travel, we can still look forward to getting away.
Why not pack up the car and head into the British countryside to see in the New Year on a family break?
From cosy cottages with roaring fires to luxury lodges and their hot tubs, Sophie Swietochowski hunts out the best hideaways where there is still availability.
Gallery Cottage is in the pretty Norfolk village of Wighton and a three-minute walk from a country pub, The Carpenters Arms, which has a special New Year’s Eve menu.
There is enough room for four people in two bedrooms and it also has a large garden overlooking fields. Four nights’ self-catering is from £748 for four people, arriving on December 30. For details see norfolkhideaways.co.uk.
The rugged Sunbird cottage in Beaumont Village on the Silverlake Estate feels more like a hotel than a cosy holiday home, although there is a log burner. It has a modern living and kitchen area with bi-fold doors leading on to a patio area, as well as an on-site pool and spa, plus the estate’s Hurricane bar.
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Four nights’ self-catering is £1,759 for six people, arriving on December 30. See habitatescapes.com.
Book a stay in this stone-built home and you’ll have all sorts of activities on your doorstep, from gliding at Ulster Gliding Club to fly-fishing at the nearby Duncrun Lakes.
Tucked away in Limavady village, the Old Shop Cottage sleeps four in two bedrooms, one with an en suite, and there is a terrace hot tub.
Seven nights’ self-catering is from £702 for arrival on December 30. See sykescottages.co.uk.
The Hen House is a romantic retreat in the Cairngorms National Park, with private garden and hot tub.
Everything inside the open-plan home is wooden, from the varnished walls, to the kitchen cabinets and four-poster bed. Pop into the nearby village of Beauly and walk along one of Scotland’s famous salmon rivers.
Seven nights’ self-catering is £894 for two people arriving on December 30. See sykescottages.co.uk.
Bull Cottage’s timber beams cover the ceilings, and medieval stone archways lead you into each quirky room. The property dates to 1390 and is one of the oldest buildings in Burford.
You’ll feel like royalty sitting down in the castle-like dining room next to the fireplace, while outside you can soak up the best of the Oxfordshire countryside.
Seven nights’ self-catering is £1,978 for six, arriving December 29. See sykescottages.co.uk.
You won’t need fireworks to celebrate at this popular stargazing spot in the small town of Aspatria, where the night skies sparkle.
Tucked away in Brayton Park Estate, the four-person Lawson Lodge accommodates four and is perfect for countryside walks.
There is a log burner and private hot tub.
Four nights’ self-catering is £1,805 in total, for arrival on December 30. See cottages.com or call 0345 498 6900.
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